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Seminar Schedule

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Seminar Room: The Dressing Room

  • Crafting a cyber-security strategy for your organization can be a daunting task. With all the threats and uncertainty out there, where do you even start? Join security consultant Jacob White for a in-depth look at building a plan that best meets the needs of your organization. Learn more about how to assess risk, identify your organization’s crown jewels, and keep common criminals out of your networks.

    Speaker: Jacob White, Ingram Micro
    Jacob White is a 10-year veteran of the IT industry, with the past four focused on cyber security. Jacob’s career started in higher education, acting as a supervisor for the University at Buffalo’s CIT Service Desk. Since then, he has supported advanced technology initiatives in supercomputing, enterprise software and security practice building. When he’s not traveling the U.S. as a consultant, Jacob spends his time in the great outdoors and gaming with friends.

  • Join Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, as we discuss how reducing the overall footprint of your environment is a key to your success in today’s hostile environment. We will discuss how the foundation of a good security program begins with secure infrastructure and how you can make your current environment more secure by embracing a modified Zero Trust network. Intelligent Edge, Aruba’s latest announcement, tackles these challenges with a four-step approach to IoT connectivity at the edge: identifying what’s on the network, connecting mobile and IoT devices with intelligent switches, protecting the network with industry-leading policy management and innovating via our partner ecosystem to provide end-to-end security.

    Speaker: Fred M Anderson, CISSP, Channel Security Sales Director, North America

    Security is the fastest growing segment for Aruba Networks and we continue to invest in our growth. Fred Anderson was recently promoted from director of NA SMB sales for Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. Fred is accountable for driving the channel security number through the Partner Ready for Networking program with security specialization and all related efforts. Our goal is to ensure a dedicated security focus for our partners and assist them to expand Aruba’s footprint in the security market.
    Prior to his nine years at Aruba, Fred worked in technology for over a decade, including eight years in internet security sales and served proudly for eight years with the US Army.

  • Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is a comprehensive set of desktop and app virtualization technologies provided by Microsoft and running in Azure.  It delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10 Enterprise, integration with Azure Active Directory, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus in virtualized environments, and support for legacy Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments.  Deploy, manage, and scale your Windows desktops and apps with WVD in Azure and get built-in security and compliance features.

    Speaker: Jason Lambert, Ingram Micro

  • Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. In the AV space, Legrand offers an extended portfolio of branded audiovisual products including flat panel mounting solutions, projector mounts, projection screens, equipment racks, PTZ cameras and furniture for AV markets.

    Speaker: Steve Woll, Territory Manager for Legrand AV Division

  • Microsoft 365 provides the best value when you are buying cloud services by providing suite discounts versus purchasing each component separately. Microsoft 365 also allows businesses to license in a true per user licensing model, giving them a consistent productivity experience on any device and on any operating system.

    Speaker: Jason Lambert, Ingram Micro

Seminar Room: The Control Room

  • Combining best-in-class hardware with powerful Microsoft software, the Crestron Unified Communications platform powers seamless collaboration across the enterprise. Crestron has a Unified Communications solution to bring Microsoft to any space. From cubicles and huddle spaces, to the boardroom and public spaces, Crestron hardware natively supports Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business running on a laptop or dedicated in-room PC. Crestron was named the winner of the prestigious 2018 Microsoft Global Partner of the Year Award for IoT for the Crestron XiO Cloud™ IoT-based service. Built on the Microsoft Azure platform, Crestron XiO Cloud was recognized for the innovative way it’s tying together the E2E cloud-to-device experience to improve the modern, intelligent workplace.

    Speaker: Marshall Carlson, CTS, DMC-D, Sr. Regional Sales Manager

    Mr. Carlson is the Midwest regional sales manager for Crestron Electronics, the world leader in control and automation systems and high tech solutions. Based in the Crestron Midwest office in the Chicago area, Marshall represents Crestron in the regions of Wisconsin and Illinois. His primary responsibilities are to provide direct support for Crestron’s dealer, enterprise, education and government partners, and to support Crestron’s focused partner programs and clientele.

    As University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, he began working in the A/V and broadcast video industry over 30 years ago, breaking into the staging and rental equipment marketplace in Chicago, then moving to the Milwaukee area to manage a start-up rental and staging company for nine years. Entering into sales in 2000, he was the Wisconsin sales manager for a regional A/V & production systems sales company for five years. Marshall has been in his role as a RSM for Crestron Midwest for over eight years.

  • Understanding how a breach occurs and what steps can be taken to prevent a breach is paramount.  We will take a journey down the pathway of understanding the process cyber criminals use to build and implement an attack.  We will discuss possible tools that could be used at each stage, and how they could help.  The presentation is designed to be informative and generic, yet provide insight into the process.

    Speaker: Andy Crocker, Fortinet
    Andy Crocker is a security consulting engineer for the Advanced Threat Protection organization within Fortinet, Inc. Andy has been at Fortinet for over three years, exclusively supporting Fortinet’s Advanced Threat Protection products. Andy is NSE 7 certified.

    Andy has spent over 35 years in information technology, 16 of those years were at FedEx in Memphis. At FedEx, Andy’s role was to support all facets of the IT environment there, including networking and network engineering. The last 20 years Andy has been a senior systems engineer for several organizations providing technical support in a pre-sales role. Technical training has been a large part of the various roles and responsibilities.

  • At HPE, our vision is nothing short of an autonomous data center. HPE InfoSight is an artificial intelligence platform that fundamentally transforms how infrastructure is managed and supported.  It predicts and prevents problems that cause application disruptions and eliminates wasted time, transforming support from break-fix…to predictive.

    Speaker: Paul Krupa

  • Experts worldwide predict that the era of greatest economic change in human history is at our doorstep, The Great Transformation. An entire wave of new technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, will change jobs, impact careers and the fortunes of businesses, and could upset the competitive dynamics of entire industries.

    To prepare ourselves for this era of change we need to understand what is happening, learn how new technologies are creating this kind of impact and what we as individuals, as leaders and as organizations have to think about and do.

    Our guest speaker, Oliver Buechse, has dedicated himself to creating awareness on this topic. As a local expert with a national reputation in digital transformation, you may have heard Oliver speak before. If so, you know you are in for a treat. This keynote session will explore new ground and be incredibly thought provoking. Oliver will share his insights on Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and other less familiar concepts in a way that makes it easy to understand them, even if you don’t have a tech background. He will share many examples across industries and aspects of our daily lives to encourage all of us to get ready for The Great Transformation.

Seminar Room: The Green Room

  • Just as thoughtful leaders invest in those around them by creating an environment for success, forward-thinking organizations nurture their audiences with spaces that reward their presence and engage with their interests. Many of the world’s most recognizable brands turn to NanoLumens to enrich these spaces with future-proofed visualization solutions that ensure audiences feel valued for years to come. Our innovative displays elevate the experiential standard for transportation hubs, flagship retail locations, casinos and sportsbooks, as well corporate campuses and headquarters, thereby refocusing common space culture towards the collective successes ahead.

    Speaker: Joe’ Lloyd, VP Marketing

  • As the video surveillance industry evolves, a camera is no longer just a camera. They now have the capabilities to run a variety of applications on them to detect and address threats to your organization, interact with other systems and also respond to incidents that arise.

    Speaker: Justin Neese
    With over 15 years in the security industry, Justin has experience as an investigator and video solutions designer. His investigative experience comes from major retailers including Target and Kohl’s. Justin started with physical security design while at one of the major retailers, implementing the solutions they have in place today with over 1,000 locations. He also worked for Excel Engineering as a technology solutions architect, specializing in security and surveillance. He now works for Axis Communications as a regional sales manager, educating partners and end users with the variety of solutions they offer.

  • SMART Signage transcends the conventional viewing experience through realistic and compelling content. Backed by best-in-class picture quality, these displays bring creative ideas to life, and enable businesses to deliver refreshing content that engages, informs and entertains.

    Speaker: Catherine David, National Channels Manager
    Successful solution sales manager with over 15 years of thoughtful and agile selling to both solution providers and end users.

  • In this session we will discuss how the data center is rapidly changing with Hyper Converged Infrastructure, as well as how using Hyper Converged Technology can save on infrastructure costs, ease management and utilize resources you already have in your data center. Products we will discuss include VMware vSAN, vSphere, NSX and vRealize Operations.

    Speakers: Blake Maras – VMware Technical Consultant
    Time working in IT: eight years of experience working with data center technologies. In his free time he enjoys: fishing, reading books related to business, brewing beer and working on Jeeps.

    Dan Eyrick – VMware Market Development Executive
    Time working in IT: 15 years. In his free time he enjoys: spending time with my three children, golfing, fishing, hockey, cars, film and cinema.

  • No company is immune to the threat of ransomware. Organizations large and small must remain vigilant to protect not only their data but also their reputation with customers and stake holders. There is no magic bullet to prevent ransomware. Learn 19 tips to prevent ransomeware from holding your data hostage.

    Speaker: Troy Dunavan, Public Sector and Education Systems Engineer

Seminar Room: The Interview Room

  • Get your head out of the sand and into the cloud! Explore how you can take your business to new heights by migrating to cloud communications. Learn the benefits of a cloud-based phone system, what to consider when making your move, and so much more. Join us – opportunity awaits.

    Speaker: Rick Boyd, VP Cloud Sales at Mitel
    Rick Boyd is a telecommunications equipment and cloud UCaaS sales veteran. With over 30 years of experience as a sales leader, Rick has managed sales teams in the SMB through Enterprise space at companies including ShoreTel, 8×8, and now at Mitel. He firmly believes in the customer experience and positive outcomes that are realized with Mitel’s UCaaS solution.

  • Design, collaboration, and security are in HP’s DNA and continue to be a core theme in our exciting summer product announcements. As our home and work lives blend, our expectations and relationship with technology change. HP, as the market leader, continues to innovate and adapt to these changes. 

    Join us to see a snapshot of what’s coming next.  HP can help you and your organization as we #KeepReinventing

    Speaker: TJ Roche

  • Really ask, “why?”

    Why is your situation better suited to an LED wall versus projection or conventional LCD TVs? There are certainly good reasons for choosing video walls over other technologies, but there are also drawbacks. Items to consider include: scalability, portability, flexibility and overall cost of ownership. Also, if you’re upgrading from smaller screens, don’t forget: you’re going to need impactful, giant-sized content to show.

    With great power comes great responsibility. So, don’t stop asking “why?” until it’s really clear. What do you want the wall to do? What do you need it to do? Your wall will demand very different content if it’s part of a presentation or a performance versus if it’s an installation in a retail environment where it has to grab a customer’s attention enough to make them stop and watch. If you’re clear what you want the wall to accomplish, then you’ll build a better wall. More than that, when you’re clear, you may be able to accomplish that and have a budget that really makes business sense.

    Join the folks from Blizzard, a Wisconsin company, and learn about IRiS VideoWalls! 

    Speaker: Rich Anders, National Sales and Product Manager
    Rich Anders serves as National Sales and Product Manager for IRIS Video Products, a division of Blizzard Pro. As a 23 year industry veteran, Rich has predominately worked in the house of worship market as an SLV specifier. Rich spent 15 of those years as a manufacturer’s representative with a focus on contractors and integrated SLV solutions. For the last six years Rich has focused much of his career on the burgeoning LED video display market. In his role with IRIS, Rich works with our manufacturer on product development, works with our vendor partners on distribution and support of LED Video Wall control products, and handles the specification of displays in all types of environments.

  • Experts worldwide predict that the era of greatest economic change in human history is at our doorstep, The Great Transformation. An entire wave of new technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, will change jobs, impact careers and the fortunes of businesses, and could upset the competitive dynamics of entire industries.

    To prepare ourselves for this era of change we need to understand what is happening, learn how new technologies are creating this kind of impact and what we as individuals, as leaders and as organizations have to think about and do.

    Our guest speaker, Oliver Buechse, has dedicated himself to creating awareness on this topic. As a local expert with a national reputation in digital transformation, you may have heard Oliver speak before. If so, you know you are in for a treat. This keynote session will explore new ground and be incredibly thought provoking. Oliver will share his insights on Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and other less familiar concepts in a way that makes it easy to understand them, even if you don’t have a tech background. He will share many examples across industries and aspects of our daily lives to encourage all of us to get ready for The Great Transformation.