Renaissance Schaumburg, Chicago

What You Get

Our ‘invitation-only’ approach allows us to provide exceptional service for our audience.

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Conference Pass

Full access to the event, from educational sessions to networking events.

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Flight Voucher

Traveling more than 100 miles? We'll help with a $200 flight credit.

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Overnight Hotel

We cover the first night and offer a discounted rate. Spouses welcomed.

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5 Star Catering

Breakfasts, lunches, networking receptions and dinner included.

Who You'll Meet

A unique engagement opportunity with IT executives from emerging mid-market companies.

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Influential Peers

Learn from the best in the field and walk away with actionable insights.

20+

Thought Leaders

Gain valuable and actionable insights from knowledgable IT experts.

40+

Leading Partners

Meet only the solution providers most relevant for your projects and initiatives.

1.5K

Connections

Unparalleled networking opportunities with high profile industry leaders.

What You'll Do

Your registration creates a truly customized agenda based on your specific areas of responsibility, challenges and interests.

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Peer-Led Learning

Spend most of your time participating in educational sessions and networking activities.

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Educational Sessions

Keynotes, case studies, plenary sessions, industry panel discussions, and more.

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Networking Activities

The ideal event to connect with peers who can truly make a difference to your career.

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Research Meetings

Discover and validate leading solutions guided by knowledgable executives.

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KEY THEMES

A 100% peer-driven educational program centered around 6 key themes addressing the mid-market IT challenges.

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Key Themes

close CIO Leadership & Innovation
  • How to Personalize A.I. and Customer Engagement
  • Leadership Challenges and the Resistance in Changing Processes
  • Strategies on IT Governance – Budgeting and Prioritization
  • Vendor Relations & Contract Negotiations
  • How to Strive in an Environment Where Stated Goals Do Not Match Observed Behavior
  • Understanding the Mechanics of Teaching & Delivering
  • Managing IOT Infrastructure Growth Without the Infrastructure Staff
  • Advantages & Disadvantages of Public vs Private Cloud
  • Staffing Changes in a Cloud Environment
  • Controlling Cloud Costs: Leveraging Cloud to Drive Your IT Cost Down
  • Challenges & Opportunities When Switching to the Cloud
  • Developing a Mobile Cloud Strategy for Business
  • Cloud Based Initiatives How to Support Cloud vs. Security
  • Network Integration Between Public and Private Cloud
  • The Future of VoIP & It’s Reliability
  • Security Protocols: Network Security/Cyber Security/Data Security
  • The Use of AI in Data Security: Today’s Opportunities and Challenges
  • Successful Data Governance Approaches
  • Lowering the Risk of a Data Breach When Using the Cloud
  • Protecting Unstructured Data: How Secure Do I Need to Be?
  • Network Visibility and Integration with Security Needs
  • BYOD-Wireless Protection: Implementing Company-Wide Phone Wipes
  • How Do We Make It Easier to Keep Ourselves and Our User Communities Safe?
  • Integration of Security into Strategic Planning Processes and Operations
  • Security vs. Ease of Access
  • Disaster Plans & Business Continuity

2017 SPEAKERS

AGENDA

Make every session valuable by selecting up to 3 key themes to mix and match the most relevant topics to you.

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CIO Leadership & Innovation
Cyber Security
SundayNetworking

Welcome Cocktail Reception & Registration

MondayNetworking

Breakfast Buffet

Monday

Targeted Research Meetings

Expo Hall
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Technology Infrastructure Program: A Process to Grid Modernization

Otter Tail Corporation - VP of Information Technology

Long-term vision and framework for proactive investments in technology and infrastructure, which enable a mobile, automated, analytics-based future to optimally and efficiently operate utility.

Key Takeaways:

  • GIS will be the primary source for most company data unless disproven and GIS will be integrated with nearly all major company systems to improve decision making
  • AMI will be strategically deployed to minimize employee change and maximize benefits
  • Greater interconnected systems that minimize redundancy of feature sets
  • Communications and other operational systems will enable switches to operate remotely to isolate system issues. This will enable demand savings and energy efficiency possibilities through automated regulator and capacitor control (i.e. Conservation Voltage Reduction, Volt/Var Optimization) Customer loads will be synched to the markets to react in real time to pricing signals to improve load factors and system efficiency. (DERMS) This communication system will be used to support all utility applications from SCADA, to AMI, to load management.

Speaker

Don Reed
VP of Information TechnologyOtter Tail Corporation
MondayNetworking

Lunch

Monday

Targeted Research Meetings

Expo Hall
MondayBreakout Presentation

close How To Recover From an IT Crisis?

Classic Hotels & Resorts - VP of IT & Cyber Security

Steps on what to do during a technology crisis. Wrong and right ways and how others handle similar situations. Necessary to have audience involvement as there is no right way.

Key Takeaways:

  • Its going to happen?
  • What to do when it happens?
  • Multiple levels to what a crisis is, virus, system failure, power outage, INTERNET outage, data breach.
  • How to utilize your resources and recover?
  • How to translate IT speak to the masses in your business? This is key as communication and recovery steps are most likely overlapping as you and your teams try to recover from the IT Crisis.

Speaker

Esteban Velez
VP of IT & Cyber SecurityClassic Hotels & Resorts
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Analytics, Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence: The What and How?

NASS & USDA - CIO

This presentation will explain big data analytics, internet of things (IoT), machine learning, neural networks, deep learning artificial intelligence (AI) and data science. It will also cover how these technologies are being leveraged to increase efficiencies in enterprise’s daily operations, to identify new business opportunities and to enhance customer service.

Key Takeaways:

  • Distinction between and understanding of: Analytics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Neural Nets, etc.
  • Examples of how these technologies are being used to create new business models and enhance customer service
  • How to integrate data from various sensors (IoT) – Challenges and opportunities
  • How sensors are being used in Precision Agriculture to increase profit
  • How to initiate digital transformation in a legacy organization

Speaker

Dr. Michael Valivullah
CIONASS & USDA
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Building a Transformational IT Team: Create the Future and Make it Sustainable

Ash Brokerage - EVP & CIO

Talent acquisition, development and retention are critical to all IT projects, and especially to digital transformation. Building transformational and high performance teams requires a general framework, a vision towards the future and a means to sustain progress in the event of team, talent and market disruptions. In this session we’ll discuss how you can acquire, create and retain highly performing IT teams despite adversity and change.

Key Takeaways:

  • Surround yourself with exceptional senior leadership, 3 to 5 key members
  • Tie into the local universities in a big way – advisory committees, adjuncts, etc.
  • Build your intern bench as large as your organization will allow
  • Create a social contract – everyone must develop their replacement
  • Develop future technical, managerial and executive leaders
  • For complete employee buy-in, make your framework organizationally agnostic
  • Pay employees at or slightly above area market

Speaker

David Threm
EVP & CIOAsh Brokerage
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Technology Development at Scale: a LeSS Overview

Goldline LLC - Chief Information Officer

Traditional sequential-lifecycle application development doesn’t work well.  Since 2001, Agile development and Scrum in particular have revolutionized software development.  LeSS is a scaling framework that finds the sweet spot between defined concrete elements and empirical process control.  LeSS as a framework is more than a set of principles and experiments. It also provides a framework with rules. The LeSS Rules define what is LeSS (and what isn’t) and they provide a concrete framework for applying LeSS.

Key Takeaways:

  • LeSS Principles
  • A Framework that Focuses on Customer Value and Rapid Innovation
  • Organizational Impact of Agile at Scale

Speaker

Doug Spencer
Chief Information OfficerGoldline LLC
MondayNetworking

Industry Dinner

TuesdayNetworking

Breakfast Buffet

Tuesday

Targeted Research Meetings

Expo Hall
TuesdayNetworking

Lunch

2017 STEERING COMMITTEE

Active mid-market IT pros help us design a relevant and 100% peer-led educational program.

Steering Committee Members

Annette Findlay CIO
Southwest Human Development
Satish Dave CIO
Acuity EyeCare Group
Jeffery James CTO
Newberry College
Sonya K Wells VP Information Services
SRS Distribution Inc.
John Barrett VP of IT
HITT Contracting
Michael J. Lehman CIO
Parachute CIO
Scott Caschette CISO
Vology
Anthony Mendez CIO/CTO
Global RMS
David Cross VP of IT
Pioneers
Hunter Smith CIO
Continuum
Scott K. Stevens VP of IT
Coastal Federal Credit Union
Miguel Abdo Vice President
Freedom Scientific
Bhaskar Banerjee Chief Architect
McKinsey & Company
Rajan Odayar VP, Head of Big Data Analytics
ProQuest
Tom Valva Chief Technology Architect
ADP Global Internal Systems & Technology

2017 ATTENDEES

Over the year’s we’ve help thousands of senior level IT executives connect with peers in different industries to discuss their top-of-mind directives.

Attendee Testimonials

"The format of the sessions and one-on-one meeting with vendors was a very effective use of my time. The best part of the event is the experts from various areas of information security and solution providers under one roof. It provided an opportunity to learn in a succinct manner without spending too many days out of the office."

"CIO VISIONS is time well spent. In the office, I often don't have time to answer all the emails I received from vendors and then find out which one is the right fit for what I need. The personalized research meeting format allows me to have conversations with vendors that I currently have initiatives for, so the conversations with them are very productive. The sessions are in line with current industry and the networking experience with industry peers is phenomenal!"

"As CIOs we understand the need to network and learn from our peers and experts in the market place. The good news is that there are a plethora of opportunities for us to attend CIO centric events, but sadly, therein lies the difficulty. We have limited time and need to select the events that help us provide the best technological guidance to the enterprises we serve. Having served on many panels and chaired many sessions across many of these events, I have narrowed down the events I attend to a handful. CIO VISIONS is one of them. "

"CIO VISIONS Mid-Marekt is an excellent event for IT leaders to connect, network and discuss the current state of IT. With practitioners providing the presentations and key talks, this is a very practical and "real" event for the attendees."

Attendee List

EXHIBITORS

CIO VISIONS is the IT industry’s fastest growing event, quickly establishing a reputation as the boiling pot of information, ideas and solutions.

Exhibitor Testimonials
EXHIBITOR TESTIMONIALS

"This was my second year attending the CIO VISIONS Mid-Market Summit and each year was worth every dollar we spent. The quality of the meetings and attendees exceeded our expectations!"

EXHIBITOR TESTIMONIALS

"CIO VISIONS continues to attract an array of bright-minded and forward thinking IT professionals, and to showcase impressive industry thought-leaders – benefits every conference goer looks to realize. The unique networking opportunities combined with the stimulating atmosphere make this event one in a class of it’s own."

Exhibitor List

ABOUT CIO VISIONS

North America's leading IT executive level event plays host to over 500 attendees each year. In the last decade, we’ve produced 15 large scale CIO VISIONS summits across America.

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Our Team

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Sponsor Relations
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Attendee Relations
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Sales Manager
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HOTEL & TRAVEL

Your full access conference pass includes overnight accommodations, meals and cocktail receptions.

The Hotel

Renaissance Schaumburg

Experience refined style at the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg where stunning design blends seamlessly with impeccable service.

Our Schaumburg hotel accommodations boast stylish design and luxurious comfort. Located in an accessible hub with a sophisticated collection of retail and culinary options such as Sam & Harry’s and Woodfield Mall, this Schaumburg, Illinois hotel serves as an indigenous ambassador for entire Chicagoland area…and a gateway for the entire Midwest.
Accommodations must be booked through the conference organizers and not through the venue directly. We cover the first night and offer a discounted rate. Spouses welcomed. For reservations please contact:
The nearest airport is Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), which is less than 15 miles away. Alternatively, you may fly into Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). This hotel does not provide shuttle service. Taxis are readily available at the airport.
The Renaissance Schaumburg  | 1551 N. Thoreau Drive Schaumburg, IL 60173