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Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

8:30 AM : Registration Opens

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM : Welcome & Opening Comments

John MillerJohn Miller
PDS EVP and GM John Miller will be back to emcee PDS Connect for the 10th time this year. Beyond “connecting” you to our conference and its purpose, John’s message this year will help you explore setting a personal course-of-action to help you achieve success at work and life.

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM : Opening Keynote

David Robertson
Be prepared to be fully engaged by David Robertson who will enlighten you on how the LEGO Corporation inspired innovation and how you can too.

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM : Networking Lunch

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM : Women in IT Luncheon

Be a part of a powerful gathering of women innovators and leaders shaping and transforming technology today. Share stories, recognize and celebrate your peers, and make new connections along the way. Come join your female colleagues for lunch and networking on Wednesday afternoon.

Panelists: Maureen Wind (moderator), Lisa Messner, Erika Ferrell, Kathy Lang, Meghan Hendricks

Assessing Your Organization's IT Maturity

Assessing where you organization is and understanding where it needs to be is critical in today’s Digital Landscape. During this interactive session, attendees will assess their organization’s IT Maturity, how it stacks up to other organizations and recommended steps for achieving a higher level.

Speaker: Jack MacKenzie

Block a Data Breach - How to Build Walls of Security in Your IT Environment

The risk of a data breach is significant and the cost to comply with privacy protection programs is daunting. Learn more from information security professionals about how to establish and maintain risk mitigation strategies that leave IT systems susceptible to attacks.

Speakers: Scott Carolan, Kevin Bong

Do You Have a Security Solution that Protects All Entry Points?

Isn’t it time to upgrade for increased security and manageability, along with improved productivity?Seeing this evolution and taking into consideration the fact that there are 400 million PCs greater than 4 years old that are vulnerable, HP has produced the most secure and manageable PCs in the world.  When it comes to your printers and PC’s, do you have the right security features to keep your organization protected?

The Cloud Journey: It’s a Hybrid Strategy!

Building efficiencies and optimizing your IT to keep pace with the demands of dynamic business needs can be very challenging. Working to understand how to take advantage of a “public cloud” provider can be daunting! So many questions, is it secure? Who owns my data? Seems the public cloud providers make it sound easy to get my workloads out there – Is it? This session with give you insights to how to make the right decisions  and next steps into your cloud journey.

Speaker: Jason Lambert

Workforce Movement and Productivity

Hear how Ergotron is creating ergonomic spaces for better health and productivity with real measurable ROI, while improving wellness and working satisfaction.

Speakers: Betsey Banker & Jerry Sirjord

Creating Innovation in the Corporate Culture

The quest for innovation is often viewed as an independent, free-spirited endeavor. A company is, at its best, disciplined and deliberate. This session will discuss how to marry these seeming disparities to create a culture that excels at creativity and new product development. Join Pulitzer Prize winner and Director of the Milwaukee Institute, Kathleen Gallagher as she moderates a panel discussion of local Innovation Leaders.

Panelists: Kathleen Gallagher (moderator),  Joe KirguesCoby SkonardGreg Meier

HP’s Office of the Future

That’s what we call “one-life” – the evolving blend of our personal and professional lives. The “one-life” phenomenon and our desire to build technology for the office of the future are at the core of our innovation…When we look at what’s happening at the Workplace, we realize that today’s “office” can be at the airport, a customer site, a coffee shop, or at home. In fact, 62% of us work from more than one location. In addition to that, many companies – 70% – opt for open floor office plans to evoke a sense of energy, openness and belonging to a team. But both of these evolutions can lead to more security risks such as visual hacking, device theft, identity breaches and many others. And IT Decision Makers are aware of these growing risks, actually, 50% of them cite security as their biggest concern.

The Cloud Journey: It’s a Hybrid Strategy!

Building efficiencies and optimizing your IT to keep pace with the demands of dynamic business needs can be very challenging. Working to understand how to take advantage of a “public cloud” provider can be daunting! So many questions, is it secure? Who owns my data? Seems the public cloud providers make it sound easy to get my workloads out there – Is it? This session with give you insights to how to make the right decisions  and next steps into your cloud journey.

Speaker: Jason Lambert

Leveraging Your Security Solutions to Improve Your Security Posture

Are you getting the most of your security solution today? Is there more you can be doing to prevent a breach, data exfiltration or ransomware from hitting your organization? With new and integrated security solutions being developed all the time, we will look at the roles and responsibilities of many of the malware protection features, why decrypting SSL should be a serious consideration and why authentication/user-id should be used in your security policy. We will also look at why you should be looking at threat information sharing in your security solutions.

Speaker: Tom Heideman

Supplementing Your IT Services - Is Now the Time?

Deciding whether or not to supplement your IT department can be a daunting process. This session will provide you with the information you need to make an educated decision on whether or not supplementing is right for you. We will also discuss strategies to address the questions and concerns you are likely to have.

Speaker: Eric Winburn

A Lifecycle Approach to Managed Services: Putting All the Pieces Together

As the consumerization of technology continues, more and more IT departments find themselves trying to assemble the right combination of technology blocks and keep them running in order to meet the business need. Join me for a discussion on how a shift in mindset is needed to achieve the business outcomes you need for the future of your IT organization.

Speaker: Greg Fliearman

Creative Connections: Build Your Network

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Be better understood by understanding yourself better. As professional expectations and performance criteria change, self-awareness remains central to leading in today’s evolving workplace. Once you have the confidence to declare and be who you truly are, you become someone to whom others will look for direction, and your network will grow.

Through a series of LEGO® Serious Play® challenges, you’ll use your imagination—and your hands—to build representations of your true identity and explore your essential self: what makes you, you.

This workshop aims to help you:

  • Uncover who you are at your core.
  • Learn a better way of communicating.
  • Describe what you do well, and what you wish you were better at doing.
  • Present your essential self to others in word and action.

Speaker: Paul Jung

Good Governance is Good Business: Identity Governance and Administration for the Digital Enterprise

Involving the business is the key to effectively governing and protecting your Digital Enterprise, but it can’t be done at the expense of business productivity and efficiency. Micro Focus Identity Governance is a comprehensive identity governance solution that provides a business-friendly interface built on a common governance model that spans all of your business processes relating to identity, access and certification. Demonstrate compliance and be confident your access recertification campaigns are done right using Identity Governance. This session will provide an overview and demonstration of the Identity Governance solution. With a focus on the innovative ways which the product streamlines governance processes and improves the effectiveness and efficiency of access review and certification.

Speaker: Patrick Gookin

Improve the Patient Experience with Digital Signage: Five Use Cases in Healthcare

By improving communication, wayfinding signage and other digital displays also improve the patient experience. Here are some benefits and applications of using digital signage in hospitals.

LenovoHealth: The Difference is in the Details

With lives on the line can you really afford to assume that all PCs are created equally?  Join Lenovo Ambassador Casey Sutton as she explains that when it comes to Lenovo, the difference is in the details and those details can make all the difference.  Come discover which Lenovo solutions can help you change the landscape of your approach to Administration, Patient Care, Diagnostics and Home Health, truly impacting patient outcomes.

Speaker: Casey Sutton

Clinical Computer Integration: Lessons Learned at a Major Medical Center

Come and hear this exciting session presented by Mayo Clinic!

Good Governance is Good Business: Identity Governance and Administration for the Digital Enterprise

Missed this session last time? Catch it for a second appearance! Involving the business is the key to effectively governing and protecting your Digital Enterprise but it can’t be done at the expense of business productivity and efficiency. Micro Focus Identity Governance is a comprehensive identity governance solution that provides a business-friendly interface built on a common governance model that spans all of your business processes relating to identity, access and certification. Demonstrate compliance and be confident your access recertification campaigns are done right using Identity Governance. This session will provide an overview and demonstration of the Identity Governance solution. With a focus on the innovative ways which the product streamlines governance processes and improves the effectiveness and efficiency of access review and certification.

Speaker: Patrick Gookin

PDS End-User Compute (EUC) Group

This is an established End-User Compute(EUC) Group but OPEN to all PDS Customers where you are discussing topics that interest you. The PDS Connect theme for this year is the Power of Play we decided to bring it to the End User Group as well. Come Play with your peers and network while discussing topics for you and by you!

The Evolution of IOT and Mobile Users in the Workplace and the Security Challenges it Creates

We will dive into the challenges of keeping the network secure in a world of IOT and Mobile Users. We will look at what customers are doing today to guard against network breaches from the inside by using User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA), role based access and authentication.

Speaker: Troy Arnold

5:00 PM – 8:30 PM : Welcome Reception & Partner Showcase

Time to play! Join us Wednesday night for fantastic food, drinks and prizes at our treasured Partner Showcase demonstrating the latest and greatest in partner technologies! Keeping in tune with our Connecting Through Play sub-theme, you will have a blast with some awesome games and contests.  Let’s have some fun!

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

7:00 AM : Registration Opens

7:00 AM – 8:15 AM : Networking Breakfast

7:00 AM – 8:15 AM : Hyperconverged-in-Education (Breakfast Provided)

Refreshing your datacenter must go beyond replacing traditional Host and Storage. Join us for breakfast and an overview of Simplivity hyper-converged offering, in conjunction with addressing backup and DR. Discussion will highlight use cases in education, although all industries are welcome to participate.

Speaker: Richard Gay

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM : Opening Comments & PDS Tech Talks 2017

Connection a is pre-requisite to collaboration, which in turn catalyzes diverse parties and ideas to come together to innovate and co-create. In this session, PDS CEO, Dr. Asif Naseem will share with the audience how PDS is innovating through collaboration with partners and customers.  In addition, he will moderate a panel discussion among an extraordinary panel of industry experts who will share their thoughts and insights on the state of innovation in their respective industries.

Panelists: Dr. Asif Naseem (moderator), Kathleen Gallagher, Dr. Martha GrayDr. Joseph SmithDavid Cagigal, Tammylynne Jonas

Future-Ready Workforce

Today’s workforce is evolving and people want ultimate choice in the tools they use to be productive. In fact, 82% of Millennials believe that workplace technology would influence their decision to accept a new job. That’s why Dell is helping build the future-ready workforce. In our presentation, we will address the massive technology trends changing the workplace and the workforce. We will also cover our latest award-winning client products and how Dell’s philosophy leads to devices that are easy for IT to manage, desired by employees, and fit the latest workplace use cases.

Speaker: Scott Tyson

Game of Pwn3d

With the established families reigning supreme and their botnet armies deployed throughout the lands, how will you fare when Winter comes? In this session, 6x Microsoft MVP & author of Advanced Windows Security, Duncan McAlynn, will assess our previous battle plans and how our defenses failed while providing keen insights into how dragon glass alone won’t suffice the next attack vectors if we are to save the wall.

Speaker: Duncan McAlynn

Latest Trends and Innovations in IP Video Technology and Cybersecurity

Genetec and Axis Communications discuss the latest technologies in IP video technology and cybersecurity. The points of discussion will include:

  • Video Analytics – Latest technologies and applications that enable proactive video surveillance
  • Unified Security and Decision Support Systems – Refining the operator experience
  • Security of Security – Unrivaled security and privacy to prevent man in the middle attacks

Speaker: Rob Druktenis

Simplifying IT with an Enterprise Cloud Approach

Join Nutanix to learn more about the latest trends in cloud architectures, virtualization, and datacenter automation. Nutanix presents a new model for IT infrastructure that delivers the agility of the public cloud, without sacrificing the security and control of on-prem datacenters. Find out how to chart your strategy to radically simplify your IT stack.

Speaker: Ajay Aggarwal

Zebra Clinical Mobility Solutions

Clinicians need a way to bring data capture to the point of care, enhance the ability of their staff to collaborate, retrieve critical patient data, and improve workflows.  Healthcare providers are discovering the power of mobility to increase patient safety, improve staff productivity, and better enhance workflows. This session will highlight how Zebra helps with staff productivity and patient safety by providing a mobile platform that brings identity to the point of care, enables clinical collaboration, and improves clinical workflows.

Speaker: Chris Sullivan

HPE Storage Chief Technologist, Jason White, Presents Achieving Maximum Velocity with Composability

Synergy from a Storage Point of View.  You won’t want to miss this hearing from one of HPE’s leaders!

Speaker: Jason White

Is Your EMR Environment Open for Business? You May Also be Open for Audit.

As Healthcare organizations find new ways to improve patient treatment through shared EMR services, Software Licensing Compliance risks can unknowingly grow out of control. Join us to learn about risks Healthcare organizations face when allowing non-employees to access EMR/HER systems. Learn what to look for, what to listen for, and more importantly how to reduce spend and mitigate risk now and in the future! Understanding these complexities has proven millions of dollars of savings both in cost avoidance as well as cost reduction.

Speakers: Brett LaForge & George Buetel

Jumpstart Your Path to IT Transformation

IT Transformation requires some new thinking and approaches when it comes to infrastructure. Modernizing your infrastructure also means far more than ensuring that the latest hardware is sitting on the floor. This session will provide insight into the spectrum of considerations when modernizing your infrastructure to support your mission critical applications while providing the agility to support the next generation of applications whether they sit within your data center, or extend beyond your walls through Hybrid Clouds. The best way to jumpstart the path to a Digital Transformation is through IT. This allows organizations to increase the efficiency of existing systems, implement faster, and enable greater business agility. Less time for maintenance, more time for revenue-generating initiatives. The Modern Data Center is streamlined yet still processes the most complex applications with ease. Converged and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure systems integrate your IT infrastructure for faster deployments at a lower cost while All-Flash Storage provides the quick response to customer demands. The result: ease of management and improved performance.

Speaker: Sam Marraccini

VMware NSX is Not Just About Virtualizing Your Network …

VMware NSX also provides advanced security, automation and application continuity. See how your organization can start with one of these use cases and see advantages within weeks. This does not need to be a big bang deployment – you have the flexibility to take small incremental steps. By the way – Did you know that VMware NSX adoption is growing at faster rate than VMware ESX did when first released!

Speaker: Brad Burns

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM : Lunch & Partner Showcase

Change The Equation For Effective Security

Major network security attacks continue to occur.  Greg will describe recent attacks, the importance to review your current security posture and how Cisco’s security architecture is providing protection against these latest attacks.

Speaker: Greg Busse

7 Tips to Prevent Ransomware Attacks on Backup Storage

Ransomware is on everyone’s minds. You’ve prepared by backing up your data, but are your backups protected? Attend this informative session to learn great ways to make sure that not only is your production data protected from ransomware, but that your backups are also protected.

Speakers: Joe Marton and Patrick Murray

Composable Infrastructure - A New Category of Computing That Accelerates Application Delivery!

Digital transformation requires the ability to run next-generation applications alongside legacy apps, which in turn requires IT departments to manage “infrastructure duality.” IDC recently conducted a study on datacenter infrastructure and operations efficiency among medium-sized and large enterprises, which found that nearly all datacenters in enterprise IT have areas where efficiency can be improved. Please join us to find out how solutions such as HPE Synergy, the world’s first composable infrastructure with fluid resource pools for networking, fabric, storage, and compute, can optimize your IT operations so that your business can thrive in the idea economy.

Speaker: Bill Frey

Device as a Service: Connecting Devices,Lifecycle Services, and Subscription Financial Models

The consumerization of IT has transformed not only the device types within an organization, but also the services required to configure, deploy, and support them. Additionally, IT business models are changing from physical purchases to subscriptions. Join me for a discussion on these industry changes and how PDS is supporting organizations’ transitions to a DaaS model.

Speaker: Nick Wojciechowski

Making IT Asset Disposition a Value Generating Activity

Want an easy way to reduce the cost of your IT asset purchases by 10-25%? An effective IT Asset Retirement strategy can do just that. Cascade recently reviewed a new set of resale data and found the average sale price of refurbished computers and laptops has actually increased by up to 24% per year. This presentation will review information from over 200,000 assets Cascade refurbished and resold in the past three years and will show organizations how they can best capture this value from their retired IT assets, all the while ensuring their data security is protected.

Speaker: Neil Peters-Michaud

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM : Closing Keynote

David Pogue
Three-time Emmy winner and CBS Sunday Morning correspondent, David Pogue will make an incredible impression on you with his technology insight and experience. We’re sure his comedic approach will no doubt provide a memorable ending to PDS Connect!

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