CDO East Virtual Summit

March 18, 2021

CDO/ CIO East Virtual Summit

In today’s digital landscape, the role of the CIO/ CDO has become the most dynamic amongst their peers. CIOs are focused on finding the most transformative technologies that enable them to bring value to their enterprise and customers.

Adopting an enterprise wide transformation strategy is driven by fundamental shifts in internal and external forces that impact the business and how it operates. Disruptive technologies are being introduced to the market faster than ever and executives must have the ability to align and address the enterprise-wide transformation challenges. These changes will ultimately influence strategic planning, business operations and the overall trajectory of the operating model moving forward. With unceasing demands, technology has become more complex and solution providers more difficult to decipher.

Apex Assembly will unite visionary leaders and industry experts for a half day of content and discussion, where we will examine the challenges of 2020 and concentrate on the most pressing issues of 2021 in the information technology sector.

Through collaboration with our executive community, we have discovered key industry challenges and trends. These topics form the foundation of the Summit and will be addressed through Panels, Disrupter sessions, and Fireside chats.

Hosted using video conferencing technology, our Virtual Summit gives executives and service providers the opportunity to engage with like-minded executives and industry leaders without having to leave their office or home.

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Opening Remarks


Keynote Panel: “Top Pressing Priorities for Data Authorization and Data Governance in 2021

Regions Bank
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ
Ally Financial
Nick Halsey
CEO, Okera
Solomon Madadha
SVP – Data Analytics & Governance
Vijay Venkatesan
Chief Analytics Officer
Ashish Agarwal
Sr. Director Enterprise Data & Analytics

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Join Okera CEO Nick Halsey and a panel of industry experts to discuss the top concerns around data authorization and data governance in 2021

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Keynote Presenter: “Work is a thing- Not a Place: measuring outcomes- not hours

Sridhar Mullapudi
EVP, Product Management, Citrix
Damian Hanna
Sr. Director, PreSales Engineering, Citrix

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Work will never be the same again – Remote working is here to stay. Digital transformation and emerging technologies have brought people together across regions and times zones in ways that weren’t even imaginable years ago. Recent global disruptions, shifting marketplaces, and other unexpected situations have magnified the need for flexibility in how we measure productivity and new ways of working, while ensuring that employees feel supported and championed in their day- to-day roles. Lessons learned from 2020’s biggest remote working experiment in history have taught us that there is a change of mindset- trust, culture and technology play heavily. Organizations need to build a remote work strategy that supports employees working from anywhere, while ensuring that users are set up for success and enabled with the right technology to remain productive while maintaining the necessary level of security and reliability, wherever they may be.


  • How do you get ready for the future of work be flexible: remote work is here to stay, embrace flexibility in what is measured and how we work
  • Be prepared: technology like AI will come into your business, build awareness/educate and apply
  • Be human: one thing the lockdown showed is how important the human side is; having a connection with people, digital wellness

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Fireside Chat: “Improving data quality as part of your cloud migration strategy

Bristol Myers Squibb
Ravi Hulasi
Chief Cloud Evangelist, Tamr
Meghan Raman
Head of IT – Biometrics/Biostatistics & Data Science

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Disrupter Presenter: “Smart Apps Win Markets: Why “Fast Data” is the New Gold

Bryan Kirschner
Vice President, Strategy, DataStax

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Technology is not a strategy, but some strategies are only possible with the right technology in place, backed by an operating model tuned to make the most of its capabilities. More data than ever is available to CIOs and CDOs–but architecture and practices fit for handling “less data, more slowly” aren’t enough to use it compete and win. We will dive into how today’s leaders have shown the path toward starting, scaling, and sustaining shared mastery of the new “fast data” powering winning apps to drive growth:

  • Why you want the modern open source data stack
  • How to break the organizational barriers to data velocity
  • Why “fast, smart, and big” are the future of data for the apps that matter most

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Fireside Chat: “Accelerating Data Science: Unlock Model Velocity

Ally Financial
Josh Poduska
Chief Data Scientist, Domino Data Lab
Meenakshi Thanikachalam
Head of Data Strategy, Architecture, Analytics
Sean Otto
Director of Analytics

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During this fireside chat, we’ll discuss a new framework for measuring data science results: Model Velocity. Getting one model into production isn’t going to impact the business. But delivering many models, and constantly measuring, managing and improving them in production — that’s the key to data science at scale. Measuring model revisions per month, or MRPMs, can help CDOs develop a benchmark and continuously improve the performance of their data science teams over time.

Today’s CDOs are investing heavily in Data Science, AI and Machine Learning — it’s widely acknowledged that incorporating models throughout the business’s DNA will drive the operational efficiencies and breakthrough innovations needed to thrive in today’s world. But few CDOs have figured out how to truly measure and realize the impact of their data science investments.

Our panelists will discuss:

  • Where they’re seeing bottlenecks or breakdowns occur in the data science lifecycle.
  • How they’re thinking about building out an MLOps competency.
  • How they’re measuring the performance of data science products today, and how they think about Model Velocity in their business.
  • What key investments they’re making in 2021 surrounding data science, and why.

Attendee takeaways:

  • Attendees will leave with a new understanding of Model Velocity and tangible ideas for how to achieve it.
  • Attendees will learn how to identify gaps within their organizations that are preventing Model Velocity.
  • Attendees will learn MLOps best practices from other industry leaders.

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Thought Leadership Presenter: “Optimize Data Science Productivity through an Industrialized Approach with HPE

Matt Maccaux
Global Field CTO, HPE Ezmeral Software

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Data is the new oil, or gold, depending on who you speak to and Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning are all the rage right now. But what is behind the hype? How are enterprises approaching this domain and where are they struggling? It turns out that Data Science is a team sport and goes far beyond just building analytical models. Organizations must get their data operations in order and align them software development and data science. This is no easy feat! HPE GreenLake + HPE Ezmeral may not be the “silver bullet”, but it comes pretty darn close. During this session, we’ll talk about how best-of-breed organizations have built their data science capabilities as an industrialized function, taking best practices from just-in-time manufacturing and modern factory concepts. This presentation is suited for a broad audience from business executives to IT platform owners and data science practitioners.

Session take-aways:

  • Data Science is a team sport and only functions well when all participants are aligned
  • Even the best teams won’t succeed without the right tools and infrastructure
  • Organization change and business process optimization are often the most difficult

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Virtual Disrupter: “Liberate your data with logical data fabric

Paul Moxon
SVP Data Architectures & Chief Evangelist, Denodo

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The best of breed big data fabrics should deliver actionable insights to the business users with minimal effort, provide end-to-end security to the entire enterprise data platform and provide real-time data integration, while delivering self-service data platform to business users.

While big data initiatives have become necessary for any business to generate actionable insights, big data fabric has become a necessity for any successful big data initiative. The best of breed big data fabrics should deliver actionable insights to the business users with minimal effort, provide end-to-end security to the entire enterprise data platform and provide real-time data integration, while delivering self-service data platform to business users.

Attend this session to learn how big data fabric enabled by data virtualization:

  • Provides lightning fast self-service data access to business users
  • Centralizes data security, governance and data privacy
  • Fulfills the promise of data lakes to provide actionable insights

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Closing Keynote Fireside Chat: “The Future Enterprise AI: Data Analytics, Data Science and Machine Learning

Capital One
Aamer Charania
Director of Machine Learning

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Why should I attend?

Your time is valuable and we make sure to make the most of it! We take the time to figure out your challenges and customize your experience to meet your needs. Our agendas are tailored to your feedback and we pride ourselves in covering the most cutting-edge content delivered by renowned industry experts. Look forward to building enduring partnerships and together we’ll go straight to the top.

Where is the event taking place?

The event is by invitation-only. The location will be released to all attendees once your registration has been confirmed. 

What is the dress code?

We recommend business attire. Most attendees wear suits or comparable attire. Ties are optional.

Can I bring a colleague with me?

Yes! We always urge our members to refer their colleagues! We love adding new members to the community, especially if they come highly recommended by a current member. Either have them reach out to your Apex POC or have them fill out the Member Registration Form.

What if I have dietary restrictions?

No problem! Please let your Apex POC know as soon as possible in order for us to work with the venue on providing alternate options for you at the event.

What if I want to speak at an assembly?

Apex is always looking for speakers that can contribute their valuable insight. If you would like to speak, please contact your Apex POC or fill out the Speaker Registration Form on the Assemblies page. Please keep in mind that we receive many inquiries for speaking and sessions are available on a first come first served basis. But no need to worry, we have plenty of opportunities available at future assemblies.

I plan on being in attendance, but what if something comes up and I have to cancel?

We understand that something may come up on your calendar! Before canceling with us, please know that we will have a separate room for attendees to step out for work-related activities (meetings, emails, conference calls, etc.). If you must cancel, we just ask that you let us know at least 48 hours in advance so that we can open up the waitlist for another member.


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