Events

Feb 9th, 2017 - "Innovation: Collaborating with the Business To Create Change"

Innovative is a word that is commonly used to describe startup companies, but how do large companies work with their customers and internal employees to create solutions that meet new requirements or to rise to the challenges of existing market needs?

 

Please join us for a panel discussion of high level technology professionals from some of the largest enterprises in the region. How can you take their best practices around innovation and apply it to your own company?

Confirmed Speakers

Donagh Herlihy is Executive Vice President Digital and Chief Information Officer for Bloomin’ Brands, where he oversees global strategy, development and implementation of all IT and digital consumer initiatives for the company. Donagh joined Bloomin’ Brands in September of 2014, and has more than 25 years of IT management experience in a variety of industries. Previously, he was CIO and SVP, IT and eCommerce with Avon Products, Inc., as well as CIO for the Wrigley Company prior to joining Avon. Donagh has a BSC in Industrial Engineering and an MA from the Institute of Technology and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

 

 

Colleen Sargent is the VP of Information Technology at WellCare Health Plans. She is a leader with over 25 years of diverse business experience in Retail, Healthcare, and Financial Industries. She is an achiever, known for obtaining organizational results in both Executive Management and Consulting roles. She is also an effective leader with experience managing large-scale global workforces and has a history of success in leading organization-wide change initiatives and transformation. Prior to WellCare Health Plans she worked as an EVP at US Bank and as a VP at Blue Cross Blue Shield.

 

AGENDA

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Networking & Registration

8:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Breakfast and Discussion

DATE & TIME

Thu, February 9, 2017

7:30 AM – 9:50 AM EST

LOCATION

The University of Tampa

401 West Kennedy Boulevard

Vaughn Center, 9th Floor

Tampa, FL 33606

LOCATION MAP

http://www.ut.edu/uploadedFiles/About/UTCampusMap.pdf

 

Member event fee is $0, Student fee is $0, Non-member event fee is $25

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Dec 13th, 2016 - Holiday Happy Hour

Nov 10th, 2016 - "A Panel on Best Practices in Mentorship"

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Oct 22nd, 2016 - "GETSMART"

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Aug 11th, 2016 - "IBM Watson - Cognitive Computing"

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Thursday, August 11th, during the early morning hours on the lovely campus of the University of Tampa, a group of technology leaders gathered to learn about IBM Watson and what is possible with data analytics.  This meeting was hosted by TBTLA, the Tampa Bay Technology Leadership Association, and the University of Tampa, for TBTLA’s members, guests, students, and the general public.  CIO’s, COOs, VPs, Directors, business owners and others interested in technology were an avid audience as Thomas Ericsson with IBM Watson Analytics, demonstrated the power of cognitive computer learning.

 

Some highlights from the morning included the difference between ‘what is Watson’, and the analytics engine and output of IBM Watson Analytics.  The thing with IBM Watson, you have to teach it your business.  IBM Watson Analytics uses data of all types. It is smart data discovery that finds connected points of data and uses them to deliver results.  By the way, results are delivered in consumable formats, like dashboards, charts and lists.  And results  are readable without an analytics degree.

 

What attendees watched was a powerful tool with the capacity to answer  business questions through 5 modules:  explore, predict, assemble, social media and refine.  The example used was customer satisfaction data in the airlines industry.  A very relative topic for us locally after the effects of the recent computer outages with Southwest and Delta Airlines that grounded hundreds of Tampa International Airport travelers.

 

They say it’s the next wave of change in the technology space.  Now we can see and understand why.

 

The presentation slides can be downloaded here.

 

Thomas_EricssonThomas Ericsson, our featured speaker has been in the analytics space for over 14 years, with career history at Arthur Andersen, working with Cognos, and now with the IBM Watson Analytics solution.  A local UF graduate, Tom comes highly recommended by his peers at IBM and is a certified BI guy.

 

 

 

Aug 3rd, 2016 - "Networking Happy Hour"

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May 12th, 2016 - WORLD RENOWNED SPEAKER, Peter Bendor-Samuel, Founder & CEO of Everest Group

A world renowned speaker was in Tampa!   On the stately campus of the University of Tampa, Peter Bendor-Samuel, Founder and CEO of the Everest Group, joined the members of the Tampa Bay Technology Leaders Association (TBTLA*) to discuss the next disrupters for today’s CIO.  This presentation was sponsored by GAVS Technology.

 

The event was well attended, blending CIO, CTOs, COOs, CXOs and a mix of other interested technologists, eager to hear about what is next on the horizon of challenges facing the technology industry. Peter’s insight and relevant case studies challenged the current beliefs of many CIOs. One challenge was the way in which we all look at our infrastructure. Though we are all getting used to hearing that IT is just a commodity, Peter described that infrastructure can be broken down into three categories: legacy, private cloud, and public cloud. And those that have not embraced the two newer cloud entries, are likely investing in an architecture who’s utilization is draining away in favor of private and public cloud solutions.

 

What comes after agile development? It’s Dev Ops, the practice of combining methodology plus technology. Peter considers Dev Ops the completion of agile. Reviewing some interesting case studies on Dev Ops, the results and ROI were outstanding.

 

Tales of watermelons, honeydew melons, and Ferrari’s all converged, alerting us that we are shifting from IT being a cost paradigm to a speed paradigm. How you help the business gain that speed and efficiency when it all derives from technology, is the new value proposition for the CIO. Five years ago, CIOs lost their jobs due to failed ERP implementations. Today it is for not moving at the speed of business.

 

Peter advised the leaders in the room to view the traditional IT staffing models as ‘The Stack’ and the stack is our enemy. Traditional horizontal stacks are not designed for business value or speed. You need to take vertical slices, or vertically oriented delivery, to realize a performance breakthrough. Sounds easy?

 

Peter Bendor-Samuel

Founder & CEO of Everest Group

Peter BendorPeter founded Everest Group in 1991 with the vision to assist the then nascent outsourcing and global services industry to evolve more powerful and effective mechanisms to create and capture value.  Peter has been recognized by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year, PWC’s Outsourcing Leadership award, and by invitation from the Country of Japan, served as the honorary advisor to the outsourcing council of that Asian nation.  Peter has published the best-selling book, Turning Lead Into Gold:  the Demystification of Outsourcing and is a regularly featured thought leader in the media including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Financial Times.

 

Feb 11th, 2016 - "Lean Enterprise, Shifting IT from an Internal Utility to a Technology-Powered Innovation Center" presented by Ryan Dorrell

presented by Ryan Dorrell, Co-Founder and CTO at AgileThought.

 

Enterprise IT continues to shift from an internal utility to a software and technology-powered innovation center, and the traditional management models for IT must change to keep up with new pace of delivery.  In this discussion, we will look at what the most successful organizations in the world are doing to transform their IT capabilities, and also look at what a few local companies have done.

 

The presentation slides can be downloaded here.

 


Ryan_DorrellRyan Dorrell
is the co-founder and CTO at AgileThought, with 20 years of experience in software development.  He is a graduate of Florida State University and is very active in the Agile community, co-organizing the Tampa Bay Agile Meetup and the annual Agile Open Florida event.  In 2014, he was named TBTF CIO of the Year.

Nov 12th, 2015 - "Mobile Engagement, Keeping up with the Connected Consumer" presented by Rob Hammond

The rise of the mobile-first consumer provides a greater-than-ever opportunity for companies to build brand loyalty, enhance their competitive position and increase revenues. That’s because the mobile device is the strongest connection a company can have to its customers and, as the bridge between the physical and digital worlds, mobile’s advantage is that it can bring a deeper-than-ever level of contextual relevance to the relationship between the brand and the connected consumer at every stage of the customer journey.

 

We discussed how we company can leverage mobile to build brand loyalty, deliver more personalized services and drive revenues from one of the industry’s leading experts in the field.

 

Rob_HammondRob Hammond joined Syniverse in 2013 and has more than 28 years of global leadership experience in enterprise strategy, product management, sales and engineering, with a special focus in mobile and enterprise applications. In helping brands unlock the value of mobile, Hammond is one of the leaders in Syniverse’s Enterprise and Intelligence Solutions, the business unit that enables brands and mobile service providers to better engage mobile users. During his tenure at Syniverse, Hammond has helped lead the development of products from inception to launch for such areas as A2P messaging, campaign management and fraud prevention. Prior to Syniverse, he served in leadership roles for several of the world’s largest mobile and technology companies, including Microsoft, Sprint and Motorola. Hammond is currently a doctoral candidate at the Muma School of Business, University of South Florida, with expected graduation in 2017. He also holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Science in engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering.

Aug 13th, 2015 - “Meet the Technology Leaders who power your Favorite Tampa Bay Sports TEAMS!”

The August membership meeting brought together an interesting panel discussion, visited by the technologists from the Buccaneers and the Lightning.  Michael Davidson, Director of Tampa Bay Lightning and Storm Teams and Edwards Johnston, Director of IT for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, brought in an engaged audience on the lovely University of Tampa campus. These local Leaders, who keep your favorite teams online and delivering the entertainment to millions of fans locally and worldwide, fielded questions from the facilitator and Board Chair for TBTLA, Sam Esfahani. Topics ranged from how they keep their networks operational, to what unique challenges they face and how they interact with owners, managers, fans and the teams they serve. Audience participation was alive and well during this engaging discussion by members of TBLTA sporting their favorite fan gear.

 

Some of the new projects these two Directors are challenged with are unique to their vertical, such as digitizing score boards, moving tickets and rewards programs to paperless and NFC technology, as well as renovations of large pieces of real estate in the Tampa Bay area. Planning for fan loyalty spend, playbook technologies that are secure, and just what is the right mix for social media and mobile applications, are a few of the other challenges they shared with local technology leaders. For these two gentlemen, the “Off season is the busy season”. They have been involved in all aspects of the sports they support; from player selection support, to owner support, fan support, real estate projects, and post-game loyalty programs.

May 14th, 2015 - “Innovation: It’s Nothing New!”

With over 45 members and guests in attendance, TBTLA members opened up to new message on innovation and how it effects our ecology and interoperability. Many of the most successful technology ventures of the past few years have been highly celebrating for bringing us new things. However, are they really new or have these companies simply utilized technology in an innovative way?

Fredda McDonald took the TBTLA membership and guests through the definition of innovation in a thought provoking way to help organizations solve problems and create breakthroughs.  McDonald’s unique ability as a storyteller and the compelling examples she provided challenge our conventional wisdom and made us think differently about what it takes to truly fuel innovation. McDonald offered us to think about the ecological approach to innovation; we should be using what we have – what is natural in nature. When we stop doing that [..building, inventing, .com, latest and greatest trends], we lose sight of what is an obvious resource at our disposal! She shared the 3 “E’s” of meaningful innovation and answered dialogue around how IT leaders mitigate and balance between regulations that stifle or reverse innovation and creativity. In closing, the message was to disrupt yourselves. New shifts in infrastructure, the cloud, IaaS, SaaS, new paradigms in computing and services WILL challenge us to change and to think differently about what value we offer.

 

Fredda_MFredda McDonald’s career has been characterized by measurable business results in a variety of senior executive roles in strategy, consulting services, marketing and branding.  Most recently, as Executive Vice President of PSCU – the nation’s largest credit union services organization  – her leadership was instrumental in successfully navigating the company through the most rapid growth and change in its thirty-year history.  The team she led was able to positively impact revenue at the same time awareness was raised for the company’s distinctly new brand.  Most notably, the programs she created also raised awareness and membership in credit unions nationally.

 

Previous to her role at PSCU, McDonald was Senior Vice President of MasterCard International, where she led the team that oversaw the relationships with financial technology giants FIS, Fiserv, TSYS and First Data.  Her success there was fueled by the years of experience she gained in financial technology when she had her own consulting practice, Mentor Management Group.

Feb 12th, 2015 - “Intelligence Driven Cyber Security”

For years, our security approach of building thick walled defenses has been fundamentally unchanged.  We may have even believed that with thick walls we can keep out all attackers, or if we hide the inside our organization with layers of inside walls we can deflect any attack. However, the last couple of years have proven that theory wrong.  In the era of mega-breaches, is it possible to secure our critical data?  With new attacks and exploits coming in the hundreds per day, how can we keep up?  This engaging presentation from Gene Fredriksen explored the attack patterns that have been used successfully by cyber criminals. There was discussion on the approaches to stopping an information leak or breach before it happens, as well as some of the biggest breaches in history and why this is getting to be THE imperative in all of our industries.

 

Over 60 attendees attended the February session on cyber security to learn of new threats coming from those who want to take technology out, who want the internet down, the idealists among us. An interesting statistic given by Gene was that there are over 69 more threats presented per minute! He recommended to the TBTLA membership to send your developers through a secure coding course. And not to rely on traditional virus protection software to save you.

 

Gene_FGene Fredriksen is the CISO for PSCU. In this role, he is responsible for the development information protection and technology risk programs for the company. Gene has over twenty-five years of Information Technology experience, with the last twenty focused specifically in the area of Information Security. In this capacity, he has been heavily involved with all areas of Audit and Security.

 

He served as the Chair of the Security and Risk Assessment Steering Committee for BITS, as well as serving on the R&D committee for the Financial Services Sector Steering Committee of the Department of Homeland Security.  He also served as an advisor on various cyber security steering committees for the administration of two presidents, assisting in the preparation of the president’s Cyber Security Position Paper.  Gene is a member of the SC Magazine Editorial Advisory Board.  He is also a Distinguished Fellow for the Global Institute for Cyber Security and Research, headquartered at the Kennedy Space Center.

 

He has published numerous papers and books, and is a frequent speaker before audit and security audiences, He served as Chair of the St. Petersburg College Information Security Advisory Board. He is a member of multiple advisory boards for universities, organizations, and security product companies. Gene attended the FBI Citizens Academy and maintains a close working relationship with both local and federal law enforcement agencies.

Nov 13th, 2014 - “Wearable Technology”

The November 2014 membership meeting had a powerful presentation on Wearable Technologies. The presentation covered:

 

  • What is wearable tech and its value proposition
  • The current trends and adoption in wearable tech
  • Current efforts to make wearable main-stream
  • Current challenges to wearable tech
  • What is the next step for someone to explore wearable tech

 

Presenter, Shafayet Imam, demonstrated various technologies and gadgets alike. The audience asked questions about the complexity of development on these new devices, as well as taking the place of the ApplePay application and making something uniquely branded and marketable.

 

The University of Tampa students participating in the November meeting are Liliana Roman and Ahmed Attar.  Both are seniors in the Management Information Systems degree program at UT. The students helped to engage the audience with a real-time text-survey tool.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: AGOSTINI PHOTOGRAPHY (www.pjagostini.com)

Shafayet Imam’s career has focused on Systems Architecture, Design, Integration, R&D and Technology best-practices across distributed technologies throughout FinTech, Health-Care, and Insurance industries.  He has gained expertise in IT Product Management, Enterprise tactical & strategic roadmap formulation, Agile Scrum, System Integration in legacy, middleware, and front end thick, thin, & web clients and can seamlessly bridge the business to the appropriate technology solutions.  He is actively engaged in the research & development of intelligent tools which utilize  “Wearable Technology” & “Big Data” that enhance collaborative human & systematic information exchange.

Aug 14th, 2014 - “Big Data”

Big Data for senior IT  leaders: this forum provided an overview of what Big Data is, what tools and skills are involved in delivering meaningful solutions, the creation of use cases and even a live demo of how Big Data can make life easier for the consumer.  How industry leaders addressed the differences in consumer’s expectations that exist between the generations and other human factors that need to be taken into consideration when designing, developing and implementing Big Data solutions? This interesting topic was a facilitated panel discussion between IT professionals in Education, Consulting and Finance. The crowd was engaged with all of the possibilities of big data collection, analysis, uses, and benefits.

 

Klara_NKlara Nelson is an Associate Professor in the Information and Technology Management Department at The University of Tampa. She teaches courses in database systems, business intelligence and analytics, information systems, and innovation management. Dr. Nelson has published in Decision Sciences, the Journal of Global Information Management, the European Journal of Operational Research, Information & Management, and the Journal of Management and Marketing Research.

 

Jose_CJose Chinchilla is a certified Database Administration and Business Intelligence Architect with more than 10 years of experience developing and architect Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence and Big Data solutions. He is a Regional Mentor for PASS and leader of the Tampa Bay Business Analytics user group. Jose is President & CEO of Agile Bay, Inc. a full-service IT consulting firm based in Tampa, FL with strategic partnerships with Microsoft and Hortonworks. He is author of several  books including “SQL Server 2012 Professional Administration”, and “SQL Server 2012 Bible” and “Applied Microsoft Business Intelligence”.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: AGOSTINI PHOTOGRAPHY (www.pjagostini.com)

Shafayet Imam’s career has focused on Systems Architecture, Design, Integration, R&D and Technology best-practices across distributed technologies throughout FinTech, Health-Care, and Insurance industries.  He has gained expertise in IT Product Management, Enterprise tactical & strategic roadmap formulation, Agile Scrum, System Integration in legacy, middleware, and front end thick, thin, & web clients and can seamlessly bridge the business to the appropriate technology solutions.  He is actively engaged in the research & development of intelligent tools which utilize  “Big Data” that enhance collaborative human & systematic information exchange.

TBTLA offers quarterly meetings with the hottest technology based topics facilitated by industry leaders.  Our members constantly update a list of discussion topics which may include issues such as retention of staff or specific problems being faced by an individual member or sponsoring company. At our regular quarterly meetings we apply our collective expertise to the current topic. Our goal is to develop “best practices” for the management of information technology.

 

Our quarterly meetings are free for members. There is a cost of $25 per event for any non-members, payable at the door via cash or credit cards.

 

In addition to our quarterly meetings, we also provide social networking events throughout the year. Our socials are an opportunity for Information Technology Leaders to get to know each other personally and to have some fun in an unstructured format.

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We have invited a world renowned speaker on technology to Tampa Bay

 

Peter Bendor-Samuel

Founder & CEO of Everest Group

 

Peter BendorPeter founded Everest Group in 1991 with the vision to assist the then nascent outsourcing and global services industry to evolve more powerful and effective mechanisms to create and capture value.  Peter has been recognized by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year, PWC’s Outsourcing Leadership award, and by invitation from the Country of Japan, served as the honorary advisor to the outsourcing council of that Asian nation.  Peter has published the best-selling book, Turning Lead Into Gold:  the Demystification of Outsourcing and is a regularly featured thought leader in the media including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Financial Times.  

 

Peter will discuss with the TBTLA attendees, the perils of CIO jobs in today’s rapid changing environment, and the gaps between business expectations and how CIOs are performing.  He will share with us remedies and case studies.  

 

Do NOT MISS this great opportunity to see Peter speak and answer your questions at the May TBTLA meeting.  

 

This presentation is sponsored by GAVS Technology.

Time & Location

    May 12th, 2016   7:30AM  

     

    The University of Tampa
    401 W. Kennedy Blvd
    Vaughn Center , 9th Floor
    Tampa, FL 33602

    Complementary Parking is provided to RSVP’d guests

     

    Free for Members,  $25 for Non-Members

     

    RSVP are now closed. For Special considerations please contact Dale Hempel  at dale.hempel@tbtla.org or (813) 220-5332

     

    Questions?  Please contact Dale Hempel at 813.220.5332

    Directions, Vaughn Center, 9th Floor, University of Tampa

     

    RSVPs are now closed. For Special considerations please contact Dale Hempel  at dale.hempel@tbtla.org or (813) 220-5332

     

     

    7:30am – 8:00am  Networking & Registration
    8:00am – 9:50am  Breakfast & Discussions

     

    RSVPs are now closed. For Special considerations please contact Dale Hempel  at dale.hempel@tbtla.org or (813) 220-5332

    TBTLA  mission is to:

    “To be the forum of choice for senior technology managers to share real-world problems and solutions found in the everyday management and application of technology.”