FutureIT Canada 2024: Agenda

Our agenda is constantly evolving, check back again soon for more speakers and sessions. All times are listed in Eastern Standard Time.

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Data Products at the Forefront: Revolutionizing AI Deployment

Join us for a riveting exploration into the heart of AI implementation. With a staggering one-third of AI projects meeting failure, we delve into the pivotal role of data products in reshaping this landscape. Unpacking the AI paradox, we confront why 75% of organizations grapple with disjointed data ecosystems and how AI can transition from mere buzzword to a core business enabler. Investigating the hurdles hindering AI adoption, we uncover the significance of aligning data infrastructure. Embracing the concept of data as a product, we unveil its potential to invigorate AI initiatives. Discover the blueprint for success, emphasizing a robust data strategy, a culture driven by data, and a logical data management framework as the keys to amplifying AI efficacy. Don’t miss this session for actionable insights on unleashing the full potential of your data to propel AI-driven innovation forward.

Speaker
Kevin Bohan Director of Product Marketing Denodo Technologies
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Building the Digital Foundation for Innovation

Investment in digital technology is on the rise even as traditional IT spending stagnates. Companies want to improve experiences for both customers and internal stakeholders as well as improve the digital business platforms providing the technology. In this on-demand video, Craig Powers, IDC Research Director for Worldwide Digital Business Strategies, and Steve Padgett, CIO, HCLSoftware, discuss the major trends impacting digital transformation and HCLSoftware’s move into the digital business era.

Speaker
Steve Padgett CIO HCLSoftware
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Mixing technology & intelligence to combat threats

As cyberattacks evolve using complex techniques, defenders must adapt their security posture. We will delve into the fascinating world of detection & response, threat intelligence, and the crucial role of predictive analysis. Discover how raw information transforms into actionable insights for proactive threat prevention & detection. Gain a deeper understanding of how this empowers organizations to proactively identify and mitigate potential cyber and zero-day attacks to safeguard digital assets.

Speaker
Tony Anscombe Chief Security Evangelist ESET
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Preparing your Organization for Autonomous Endpoint Management

In an era where the complexity of IT environments is continuously escalating, the need for more efficient, secure, and self-reliant IT operations has become paramount. Autonomous endpoint management stands out as a pivotal framework to meet these demands, aiming to revolutionize the way organizations manage their IT infrastructure. This presentation will delve into the strategic preparations necessary for organizations to effectively implement and leverage autonomous endpoint management solutions.

Speaker
Ryan Doon Sr. Director, Technical Account Management Tanium
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The Business Impact of Cyber Attacks

While Cyber Security commands the spotlight in today’s world, Cyber Resilience plays an equally crucial role. They’re not one and the same. Resilience is all about bouncing back after an incident — because it’s not a question of IF, but WHEN an attack will occur. Organizations affected by Cyber Attacks run the risk of having their normal business operations disrupted, as well as losing valuable data, customers, and reputation within their industry.

Is your organization prepared to face this threat? Let IBM and Mid-Range help you find out by asking about the IBM-funded Cyber Resiliency Assessment (CRAT).

Based on the NIST Security Framework, CRAT serves as a bridge mechanism to evaluate your organization’s current data protection state, identify gaps, strengths, weaknesses, and provide recommendations to build an effective cyber resiliency plan. We look forward to scheduling a CRAT workshop with you today!

Speaker
Ian Shave Director, WW Distributed Storage Sales IBM
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Roger Kasten Principal Sales Enablement Lead and Skill Content Specialist IBM
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Is Your Business Copilot Ready?

In this session we’ll explore unlocking the potential of Microsoft Copilot for enhanced efficiency and productivity. We will delve into the importance of conducting a comprehensive Copilot readiness assessment to navigate potential pitfalls such as readiness uncertainty, hidden bottlenecks, and low user adoption. We’ll address key areas including licensing optimization to ensure access to Copilot functionalities, bolstering security measures for a secure Copilot environment, and strategies for increasing user adoption rates across essential Microsoft applications. Don’t miss out on actionable insights to maximize the benefits of Copilot for your organization.

Speaker
Shaun Thomson Solutions Architect Gibraltar Solutions
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Securing Your IT Ecosystem: A Unified Approach to Cyber Resilience

In the ever-shifting landscape of technology, safeguarding your organization’s digital frontier is paramount. In this session, we explore the importance of aligning cybersecurity measures with business objectives and adopting employee-friendly practices through unified endpoint management. We will dive into practical strategies for navigating through the era of cloud computing and learn how ManageEngine can help you stay ahead of the curve and ensure the resilience of your IT infrastructure.

Speaker
Romanus Prabhu Raymond Director of Product Support ManageEngine
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Microsoft Copilot: How to get started and what you need to know

Microsoft recently opened the availability of Microsoft Copilot to businesses of all shapes and sizes, removing seat minimums and adding licensing program availability. SHI’s own Lane Shelton will dive into the latest announcement by Microsoft, why you should take advantage of Copilot technologies, and how SHI can help you get started in the Era of Enablement.

Speaker
Lane Shelton VP of Business Development SHI
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Dell & AMD Advancing Together

Join John Byrne, President of Sales, Global Theaters, and Dell Technologies Select at Dell Technologies, in an engaging conversation with Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, as they discuss the exciting prospects of advancing together and the vast market opportunities that lie ahead. Gain valuable insights from these industry leaders as they share their perspectives on collaboration, innovation, and the potential for growth. Don’t miss this inspiring dialogue that explores the future of technology and how partnerships can drive success in an ever-evolving market landscape.

Speaker
Lisa Su CEO AMD
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John Byrne President of Sales, Global Theaters, and Dell Technologies Select Dell Technologies
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The Data Security Platform for Enterprise

DataStealth is a patented Data Security Platform (DSP) with solutions designed to protect sensitive data and documents from unauthorized access or theft throughout their entire lifecycle, helping organizations meet data privacy, regulatory, and compliance requirements while reducing the risk of a data breach.

By combining our core technologies, which include data discovery, classification, and protection, in one consolidated platform, DataStealth’s integrated suite of solutions bridges the gaps left by traditional perimeter security, access control, and encryption methods.

Our approach at DataStealth is simple – we make it easy for you to tokenize, encrypt, and mask sensitive data without requiring any application code changes, agent installation, integration using APIs, or changes to user behaviour or workflow.

Speaker
Saher Ghattas SVP of Sales DataStealth

Thursday, September 26

11:30 AM -12:00 PM
Virtual Platform Opens

Get familiar with virtual platform, join the contest for prizes, check out the always on videos and visit the sponsor booths.

12:00 PM - 12:10 PM
Welcome Remarks

Join us to kick-off FutureIT Canada’s fall edition, hear about the top trends in the industry and meet your host for the day.

Moderator
Lee Rennick Executive Director CIO Communities
Host
Allice Shandler Events Director IDC
12:10 PM - 12:40 PM
AI: Art of the Possible. Delivery of the Practical

You’ve spent the past year dreaming of, experimenting with, and piloting GenAI projects. One year later, you’ve likely run 33 GenAI POCs that resulted in 4 production roll outs; and it is becoming clear that a lack of skills, concerns about data protection, and GenAI costs are getting in the way of scaled rollout. How do you build to the AI vision of productivity gains, improved customer engagement, and revenue growth when there are so many obstacles? Join Meredith Whalen, IDC’s Chief Research Officer, as she offers practical guidance on architecting the AI-fueled business, building the AI tech foundation, securing and governing the AI enterprise, and creating business value. Ms. Whalen will share IDC’s most recent research from your peers on use case prioritization, data and model management, governance practices, and expected ROIs.

Speaker
Meredith Whalen Chief Research Officer IDC
12:40 PM - 2:00 PM
General Session 1

Join us for an insightful opening general session, featuring multiple segments with industry experts. The session will begin with presentations on the latest advancements in AI, Generative AI, and cybersecurity. Following these talks, we’ll delve into a compelling case study showcasing real-world applications. The session will include a moderated panel discussion that explores the use of AI in enterprise companies, highlighting the risks and rewards of AI in the financial services industry. This dynamic lineup promises to provide valuable perspectives and practical insights from leaders in the field. Don’t miss this opportunity to stay at the forefront of AI technology.

Speaker
James Scott Field CTO Dell Technologies
Moderator
Lee Rennick Executive Director CIO Communities
14:00 PM - 2:20 PM
Breakout Sessions Round 1

Join our first round of breakout sessions for in-depth explorations led by sponsors and industry experts. These sessions may cover AI, data, cloud technologies, and cybersecurity. Gain valuable insights during the session of your choice.

14:20 PM - 2:40 PM
Breakout Sessions Round 2

Continue your learning journey with our second round of breakout sessions, led by sponsors and industry experts. Delve deeper into advanced topics such as AI, data, cloud technologies, and cybersecurity in a session of your choice.

14:40 PM - 3:55 PM
General Session 2

Join us for an engaging final general session with industry experts, CIOs, and IDC analysts. We’ll feature presentations on AI innovations, insights from 2024 CIO Awards Canada winners on their projects, and a panel discussion with a guest speaker from Dell Technologies. The session will conclude with closing remarks reflecting on the day’s learnings. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable knowledge from key influencers in the AI, data and cybersecurity landscape.

Moderator
Michael Hainsworth Contributing Editor IDC & CIO, Foundry, formerly IDG Communications Inc.
Speaker
Megha Kumar Research Vice President, Software and Cloud Services IDC
Host
Allice Shandler Events Director IDC
Speaker
James Scott Field CTO Dell Technologies
15:55 PM - 4:00 PM
Closing Remarks

Join our host for the closing remarks to reflect on a day full of learning from the best in the industry. We’ll also revewal the event day contest winners, live!

Host
Allice Shandler Events Director IDC