Oct 12 2017

IT Leaders Take On Digital Challenges at CDW SummIT

Technology professionals and key vendors will explore how innovative solutions are driving an evolution in organizations across every industry.

Digital transformation will be a key theme next week when IT leaders from across the U.S. meet in Chicago for the CDW Executive SummIT “Going Digital with Modern IT.”

The event will include speeches, panel discussions and presentations from senior leaders throughout the IT industry. They will focus on strategies that can help businesses achieve greater efficiency, scalability and performance, even while simplifying their IT environment and maintaining a close watch on security.

Among the speakers will be such high-level IT leaders as Antonio Neri, president of Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco Systems; and Tom Richards, chairman and CEO of CDW.

Digital Transformation Remains a Key Priority 

Several presentations at the SummIT will address aspects of digital transformation. The ongoing transformation across every industry has disrupted a huge number of businesses, which are struggling to keep pace.

Some experts estimate that 70 percent of chief executives globally are focusing their entire strategies on digital transformation. William Giard, CTO of the Data Center Group at Intel, will offer strategies for how businesses can modernize their infrastructure to drive digital transformation and prepare for disruption in the future.

Brian Javonillo, director and chief architect for information services with Booz Allen Hamilton, will explain how transformative technologies help the company solve complex problems for business, government and the military. In a separate session, Scott Emigh, CTO of Microsoft, will explore how digital transformation delivers capabilities that enable businesses to boost productivity.

Cybersecurity: The Elephant in Every Room

Virtually every IT discussion must include a robust conversation about security. IT leaders’ concerns about sensitive data and critical applications influence nearly every decision they make regarding technology.

This reality has influenced the agenda at the CDW SummIT, which will include discussions of several important security topics. Don Tapscott, CEO of The Tapscott Group, will deliver a keynote address on the role blockchain will play in securing technology elements of the global economy. Tapscott will examine the implications this trend will have in revolutionizing IT strategy, architecture and leadership.

Ransomware has emerged in recent years as one of the most significant threats that organizations face. Attacks based on malware such as WannaCry and Petya crippled organizations around the globe. Thomas Hansen, executive vice president at security vendor Carbon Black, will detail how organizations can evaluate their security practices to ensure that they minimize their risk of infection and future-proof their defenses.

Look for further coverage of the event over the next few weeks.

Learn more about the CDW Executive SummIT “Going Digital with Modern IT.”

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