Chicago Private Dinner
Cloud Roadshow Series

May 19, 2022


Cloud Transformation Roadshow Series

Apex Private Roadshow Dinner Series are customized turnkey engagements that are tailored to meet your unique business needs. Designed to be versatile, this format allows you to map your networking investments around your organization’s geographical sales initiatives. Leverage our robust Membership to strengthen existing relationships and establish new partnerships in an effortless, yet effective experience.

Have your team present and discuss key technologies in an intimate setting alongside other industry experts and only three other sponsors. Using our tailored approach we will ensure you are maximizing time with those individuals that mean the most to you.

In today’s digital landscape, the role of the CIO 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.

Apex Assembly is proud to host an exclusive Private Cloud Transformation Dinner focusing on Cloud Optimization, Analytics, DevOps, IT Operations, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Security, ML, AI and all cloud related topics. As large enterprises scale, they have identified that cloud is a top requirement for their IT strategy. Enterprise executives are on the hunt for the right platform to deploy in order to achieve faster innovation, secure seamless delivery and flexible deployment. With unceasing demands, technology has become more complex and solution providers more difficult to decipher.

Event Speakers

Jason Georgi
Global Field CTO, Prisma SASE
Palo Alto Networks

Naresh Chintalcheru
Director, Software Engineering
XPO Logistics

Anil Saldanha
Chief Cloud Officer
Rush University System for Health

Joe Flynn
Director & Distinguished Engineer, Modern Workplace

Larry Postlewait
Regional Manager

Praveen Moturu
VP & Chief Enterprise Architect

Narendra Rao
Solutions Engineer

Jason Georgi, Global Field CTO, Prisma SASE, Palo Alto Networks

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Jason is the Global Field Chief Technology Officer for Prisma SASE at Palo Alto Networks. He is an accomplished technology executive with over 25 years of experience driving innovation and transformation initiatives across global organizations. Jason collaborates with CIOs, CTOs, and other technology leaders on strategies aimed at enabling business outcomes.

His recent previous experience includes being the global head of Zscaler’s business consulting practice, and eight years at GE where his organization was responsible for enabling GE’s cloud journey through network and network security transformation.

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Narendra Rao, Solutions Engineer, Couchbase

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Narendra is a Senior Enterprise Solution Engineer at Couchbase. He has over 30+ years of technical leadership experience in enterprise architecture, sales engineering and leading projects. Previously, he was at Dell Technologies, Oracle Corp and as CEO of his own technology consulting business enabling many globally dispersed organizations succeed in their transformational journey, and interacting with CIO, CTO, IT Architects, and business representatives.

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Joe Flynn, Director & Distinguished Engineer, Modern Workplace, Insight

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I’ve been in the IT industry for 25+ years. I love that technology is constantly changing and providing new challenges — pushing me to learn and absorb more each day. Like many in the technology space, I started at the bottom and worked my way up. Working for a vendor-agnostic company, I can truly recommend to the client what will be the best value add to their business. I think that more people need to realize that their personal preferences may not always be the right decision for the client. I consider myself a champion across many technologies and while sharing knowledge is not a “project” that someone works on, it should be a continued mindset in the workplace.

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Larry Postlewait, Regional Manager, Okta

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Larry serves as Regional Manager at Okta, focused on the state and local government and higher education space in Illinois. He has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry and has worked for IBM, Dell Technologies, Merrill Lynch and now Okta – aligned to organizations ranging from small and medium businesses to Fortune 100 accounts to academic research institutions. In particular, Larry has a passion for helping to resolve issues and challenges in the public sector. Larry is a native West Virginian and now resides in Peoria.

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4:45pm-6:00pm (CT)

Registration, Cocktails, and Networking

6:00pm-6:10pm (CT)

Executive Introductions

6:10pm-6:50pm (CT)

Thought Leadership Speaking Presentations

Keynote Fireside Chat:
Cloud Transformation Fireside Chat

Keynote Presentation:
Convergence Without Compromise | Palo Alto Networks

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Work is no longer a place we go – it’s something we do – anywhere, anytime. Similarly, the infrastructure that runs our applications and stores our data is no longer all located within our own four walls – more often, it is delivered as a service.

Today, we have a unique opportunity to rearchitect our networks to be as flexible and scalable as we need; to reimagine security as something built-in rather than bolted-on; and to put the user at the center of everything, creating countless possibilities and enabling the future of work.

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Visionary Partner:
Modern Cloud Applications: Accelerating Innovation & Competitive Advantage | Couchbase

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Modern applications must be responsive, scalable, available, and flexible to deliver an exceptional user experience – cloud to edge. Distributed cloud data platforms address the dynamics of changing user behavior by providing the foundation for mobile integration, analytical processing, and the rapid evolution of microservices. We’ll talk about how companies like Louis Vuitton and Emirates are leading their field with modern applications.

Modern Applications:
– The ability to run anywhere, from the cloud to the edge
– Are responsive, scalable, and highly available
– Are flexible to evolve rapidly
– Deliver a more personalized experience based on behavior and interactions
– More device-aware, both interactions (mobile) and monitoring (IoT)

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Visionary Partner:
Modern Identity Management from Ground to Cloud | Okta

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Digital services and capabilities are more critical than ever, and customer-facing identity and access management (CIAM) sits at their center. Whether your organization is engaging with customers, suppliers, students, citizens or patients – a modern approach to identity management powers digital experiences—and is the foundation for secure, frictionless user experiences.

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Visionary Partner:
Realize the promise of secure cloud transformation | Insight

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Plan, build, optimize, secure, and manage your cloud environment with Insight. The cloud has revolutionized how businesses operate. An enabler of agility and innovation, the cloud is essential to driving business value in the modern world. But many companies have not achieved the benefits they expected out of their cloud initiatives. We help you secure your cloud(s), implement cloud governance, and use cloud-native security tool sets to simplify and greatly enhance your security capabilities:

– Governance and security strategy
– Cloud security, governance, identity and access management
– Services for Azure Sentinel
– Managed Security

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6:50pm-9:00pm (CT)

Dinner, Interactive Discussion & Dessert


At Couchbase, we believe data is at the heart of the enterprise. We empower developers and architects to build, deploy, and run their most mission-critical applications. Couchbase delivers a high-performance, flexible, and scalable modern database that runs across the data center and any cloud. Many of the world’s largest enterprises rely on Couchbase to power the core applications their businesses depend on. For more information, visit


Our success is measured by your business outcomes. Throughout the years, technology and business challenges have changed, but the core foundation of our business has remained the same: listen to our clients, understand their business needs, and know how to serve them.

We are Insight Solutions. As a complete IT services and solution provider, we help organizations transform technology, operations, and service delivery to meet business challenges.

Simply put, we help you increase the impact of what IT does for your business.


Okta is the leading independent identity provider. The Okta Identity Cloud enables organizations to securely connect the right people to the right technologies at the right time. We provide simple and secure access to people and organizations everywhere, giving them the confidence to reach their full potential.


Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organizations operate. Our mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. For more information, visit

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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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