Track B - Technology Trends and Innovations

B01: Monday, April 19, 2010 9:00:00 AM
Surviving the Downturn

Presented by:
Mr. Joseph Scioscia, Vice President of Sales, VAI - Vormittag Associates Inc.

Difficult economic conditions, a broader set of  business imperatives, and evolving technology requirements are presenting companies with challenges and new opportunities. Companies must take a fresh look at ways to make far better use of the resources available to them. This session will explore ways to achieve benefits in difficult economic times. 

B02: Monday, April 19, 2010 10:15:00 AM
Data Center and Desktop Platforms for 2010 - 2012

Presented by:
Mr. Jim Nelson, President, Business Continuity Services, Inc.

Particularly in turbulent economies, cost cutting is a required responsibility of leadership. The art, however, is to do so without impacting performance and reliability. Gartner, in a recent study, pointed to their top 10 technologies to be watching for the next 3 years.  Data Center and Desktop Platforms were 2 of those top 10.  There are lots of advances and changes happening in the area of computing hardware, both in the server room and on the desktop.  Come hear how you can be one step ahead and prepared for these advancements without breaking the bank. 

B03: Monday, April 19, 2010 11:30:00 AM
Cloud Computing

Presented by:
Mr. Wade Wegner, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Google are challenging mainstream thinking as to where applications run and data resides. Cloud computing offers individuals and companies a choice – run your applications on-premises, move them to the cloud, or take a hybrid approach. In this session, we will explore what the cloud is and what it means to your business, the strengths and weaknesses of the three industry leaders, and things you should be thinking about today. 

B04: Monday, April 19, 2010 1:30:00 PM
Sustainability 2010 - Achieving a Green Supply Chain

Presented by:
Mr. Bryan Larkin, Chief Supply Chain Strategist, Digital Management
Mr. Steve Keifer, VP, Industry and Product Marketing, GXS

Financial and environmental sustainability go hand in hand with supply chain maturity. Most organizations have some form of environmental sustainability initiative in their enterprise goals.  Stakeholders, consumers, citizens, business partners, and employees have come to expect this.  Smart organizations have found how environmental and financial goals are often one in the same and are using this knowledge to their competitive advantage.  These companies leverage mature supply chain automation programs and other tools to achieve both their business and sustainability objectives.  This session will help you understand the broad environmental and business benefits that come from maturity in supply chain automation.  We’ll also discuss ways to identify and measure maturity and the corresponding benefits in support of your corporate goals. 

B05: Monday, April 19, 2010 2:45:00 PM
Maximize Your IT Dollars Through Virtualization

Presented by:
Mr. Michael Lee, Managing Consultant, SWC Technology Partners

In today’s challenging business climate, virtualization technologies can help your IT team reduce costs, improve performance, and provide a dynamic platform to support your growing infrastructure. Server virtualization offers many benefits and plays a critical role in your server consolidation and disaster recovery plans. Desktop virtualization can help your organization migrate to Windows 7 with less pain and improve the management and protection of your end-user systems. Learn about the strategic value of virtualization as well as the tactical steps you can take to reap the benefits when you return to the office. 

B06: Monday, April 19, 2010 4:00:00 PM
ERP Projects create significant B2B Opportunities

Presented by:
Mr. Steve Keifer, VP, Industry and Product Marketing, GXS

Most companies are in the middle of a major ERP project – an upgrade, consolidation or extension to new geographies. While it is well known that ERP projects are lengthy and complex initiatives for an organization, many don’t realize the impact of such implementations on their electronic commerce B2B programs.  Do you know how much data is actually generated OUTSIDE your enterprise?  Do you know how many companies experience a delay in ERP rollouts due to integration issues?  Attend this session to hear the results of a study on the impact of ERP projects on B2B integration programs and what you can do to ensure that your value chain is not disrupted when you embark on a new ERP project. 

B07: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 8:30:00 AM
Customer Extranets, Increasing Customer Satisfaction for Fun and Profit

Presented by:
Ms. Joanna Wrublik, Information Quality and eBusiness Manager, USG Corporation

Providing quick access to information is an important part of today's business climate. Join us for a discussion focusing on how to increase customer satisfaction by offering your customer online access to information pertaining specifically to them.  This session will help you understand whether offering a customer extranet is right for your business, what's involved in getting started, and various project lessons from someone who has done it. 

B08: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 11:15:00 AM
60 Tips in 60 Minutes

Presented by:
Mr. Dan Rey, , Microsoft

In this fast paced session you will learn dozens of ways technology can help you get things done better, faster, and cheaper.  Beginners and Advanced users will find something to take away and bring back to their jobs. 

B09: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 1:15:00 PM
Where Web Technology is Going

Presented by:
Mr. Larry Clarkin, Technology Strategist, Microsoft

During this session we will look at some of the emerging trends in technologies on the Internet.  We will explore location, data formats, emerging standards and the increasing importance of mobile on the internet experience.  More than just an academic overview, we will look at how you can apply some of these technologies on websites today. 

B10: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 2:30:00 PM
GS1 Data Bar

Presented by:
Mr. Alan Garton, Director, Business Development, GS1 US

The next generation of barcodes is upon us and now is the time to begin planning for the potential use of this new technology within your company.   GS1 DataBar ™ symbols can carry more information and identify smaller items than the U.P.C. bar code.  This session will provide an overview of how GS1 DataBar enables unique GTIN identification for hard to mark products as well as how it can be combined with other information such as serial number, lot number, etc.  Learn how the GS1 DataBar is being used on other categories of products as well as the potential for other products in the future. 

B11: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 3:45:00 PM
Seller Solutions In Action

The Seller Forum is now the Seller Solutions in Action. 

This change is to meet the demands of the 21st century, remembering the past but moving forward. As the new name implies, this new "World Café" style format will give you the opportunity to work together as a community tapping into the collective wisdom of your peers. Come prepared to discuss some of those vexing issues we all face, and how you have worked to solve them. Be prepared to walk out of this session with new insight into how your peers have brought about change or solutions within their organizations.

Bring plenty of business cards, as you will need them at our own version of your local coffee shop discussion. 

B12: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 8:30:00 AM
Security (Emerging Threats)

Presented by:
Mr. Mike Coogan, CISSP, CPP, CISM, ISSA - Chicago

IT Security is more than just buying a series of technologies and placing them in your infrastructure.  This session will cover the evolving threat landscape and discuss techniques that can be used to limit the effect they have on your business.  This session will not be simply war stories, but designed to give you actionable advice that you can use as soon as you get back to the office. 


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