CIO National Digital Transformation Virtual Summit

December 7, 2021

CIO National Digital Transformation Virtual Summit

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Opening Remarks


Keynote Panel: “Rise of Machines and the Impact on Digital Transformation

University of California, Merced 
Fifth Third Bank
Republic Services
Kevin Bocek
VP of Security Strategy and Threat Intelligence
Tolgay Kizilelma
Chief Information Security Officer
John Podboy
SVP Cyber Security
Patrick Cooper
Director Cybersecurity
Sujeet Bambawale

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The number of machines of all types is on the rise. Every machine requires an identity. However, compromise, misuse, and fraud of machine identities are prime attack vectors for hackers. Errors are creating debilitating outages and resulting in millions of dollars in lost revenue and impacted customer satisfaction and trust. That’s why leading analysts are recommending Machine Identity Management as a top security trend. During this session, we will discuss the impact that this is having on an organization’s ability to move faster in their quest for Digital Transformation and the steps that should be taken to strengthen the enterprise security strategy and posture.

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Keynote Presenter: “Enterprise Technology Management’s Role in Managing Digital Transformation

Arthur Lozinski
CEO and Co-Founder

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CXO Fireside: “Defying (Data) Gravity | Building Data-Centric Hybrid IT Architecture for Your Digital Business

Wes Jensen
Director of Solution and Innovation

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Almost half (49%) of the world’s stored data could reside in public cloud environments by 2025. 1 Within every industry, IT tech leaders and C-level executives are positioned to influence their organization’s digital transformation, which needs to leverage exponential data growth and solve data gravity’s impact on hybrid IT infrastructure.

The acceleration of digital transformation comes with heightened urgency to address the intensifying presence of data found in the digital economy. Already by next year, in 2022, more than 50% of enterprise data will be created outside the data center or cloud. 1 This rapidly increasing intensity of data gravity, across all industries, underpins the necessary shift to a data-centric hybrid IT architecture and capabilities. As applications and services move closer to the data, centralized backhaul architectures incur higher costs, complexities and risks. A plan to “pivot and adapt” to a pervasive data-centric hybrid IT architecture that optimizes data exchange, especially as more data gets stored in the cloud, through a connected data community approach has become mission critical.

Enabling connected data communities allows for integration between core, cloud and edge at centers of data exchange, implementing a secure, data centric hybrid IT architecture at global points of presence deployed in multi-tenant datacenters. The result is faster data access and aggregation, secure data near the customer and effectively embedded edge, cloud and core solutions.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • About the rapid growth of data globally and the implications of data gravity intensity
  • Why it’s important to re-think hybrid IT architecture with a focus on optimizing data exchange
  • How to move the needle on digital transformation and the benefits of a connected data
    community approach
  • Strategies designed to yield greater competitive advantages and new growth opportunities

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn strategies to overcome the implications of accelerated data growth and data gravity intensity on cloud migration
  • Learn how a connected data community approach helps remove legacy barriers across the
    interconnection industry and tackles data gravity head on
  • See why data gravity forces a shift to a data-centric architecture, where data is at the center of
    the architecture and integration is the challenge

1 “The Digitization of the World – From Edge to Core,” IDC White Paper, November 2018
2. “How Much Data is Generated in a Day,” World Economic Forum, April 2019

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CXO Panel: “Requirements for the Open Data Stack in a Microservices Oriented World

Deutsche Bank
Bryan Kirschner
Vice President, Strategy
Linda Zhang

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CXO Fireside: “From Survive to Thrive: Mastering digital disruption

GM Financial 
Thom Farrell
Software Enterprise Architect
Srini Alagarsamy
Vice President, Digital Software Solutions

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Got questions? We've got answers!

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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