NORTH DAKOTA IT SYMPOSIUM

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Ramada Plaza & Suites, Fargo

Dynamic Industry Keynotes

Aaron Thomas | Principal & Head Basketball Coach, Aplington-Parkersburg High School

Brett Leatherman | Assistant Section Chief, FBI Cyber Division - Cyber Outreach Section

Steve Wille | Author, Colorful Leadership

Interactive Breakout Sessions

Innovation, Leadership, Agility
Enterprise, Architecture, Hybrid Storage
Security, Infrastructure, & More!

Invaluable Networking Opportunities

Network, Connect &
Reconnect with Colleagues

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Education & Resources
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Committee

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Planning Committee

Gary Inman

SVP of IT
Bell State Bank & Trust

Joe Jaszkowiak

Director of IT Services
HERE

Marc Windahl

VP of IT
Scheels All Sports

Robert Kaspari

Director
EduTech Education Technology Services

Tracey Koenig

CIO
TMI Hospitality

Daniel Heckaman

CIO
Minnesota State University Moorhead

Mark Hayes

Director of IT
Forum Communications

Mike Gratz

Director of IT
Moore Engineering

Honorary Advisors

Byron Snider

SIS Leader
Scheels All Sports

Steve Peterson

IS Manager
John Deere Electronic Solutions

Steve Rau

IT Manager
Otter Tail Power

Michael Toy

COO/CIO
First International Bank & Trust

Nick Ingolfsland

IT Manager
Utleig Engineers

Pete Lambertz

Director of IT
Noridian Mutual Insurance Co, Fargo

Ryan Stall

VP of IT
Border States Electric

Tim Heilman

CIO
Choice Financial Group

Tim Sanden

VP of IT & CIO
Cass County Electric Cooperative

David Scott

Director IT Marketing Process Improvement
Butler Machinery Company

Ron Gronneberg

CIO
City of Fargo

Rodney Lemna

MIS Director
SSC

Marc Wallman

VP of IT
North Dakota State University

Jean Ostrom-Blonigen

EPSCoR Project Administrator
NDSU
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Agenda

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7:30am - | Attendee Check-In: Breakfast Buffet Served

Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Muffins, American Fried Potatoes, Chilled Juices, Coffee, Hot or Ice Tea

8:20am - Crystal Ballroom | Welcome Message

Mark Hayes

IT Director
Forum Communications
 
8:30am - Crystal Ballroom | Opportunities & Platform: Overcoming Adversity

Aaron Thomas

Principal & Head Basketball Coach
Aplington-Parkersburg High School

Holding true to what you believe is important in life and it will be tested in the most difficult situations.  How will you react when life surprises you with adversity?  Life presents you with opportunities in both good and bad situations but how an individual responds to those opportunities are crucial.  Aaron will challenge you to look at your life, your family, and your job to see if you are maximizing the circumstances you are presented with.

9:15am - | Networking Break
9:45am - | Breakout Sessions
9:45am - Bach | Should You Move Your Server Infrastructure to the Cloud? Private or Public or Never?
Moderator

Mark Hayes

IT Director
Forum Communications

Joe Jaszkowiak

Director of IT Services
HERE

Byron Snider

SIS Leader
Scheels All Sports

Pete Lambertz

Director of IT
Noridian Mutual Insurance Co

So you finally finished virtualizing your servers and are feeling pretty good about yourself. But are you ready to begin moving your server infrastructure to the Cloud? How many of you have used Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services for testing or production? You can spin up a site configuration while you’re getting a cup of coffee and off you go. Hybrid and Converged infrastructures are what people are talking about today. You can focus on those in the short term but in the long term it looks like it will be all Cloud Based. Come join the discussion and start thinking about what it will take to move your infrastructure to the Cloud, or not.

9:45am - Brahms | Detecting Insider Threats

Mike Saunders

Sr Application Security Penetration Tester
Cargill

Now, more than ever, organizations are aware of and sensitive to security threats originating from the Internet.  This focus on external threats is often distracts from a significant threat much closer to home - the insider threat.  According to the 2015 Verizon DBIR, nearly 20% of all breaches were the result of insider actions and nearly 40% of all data loss incidents were caused by insiders.

In this talk, we’ll discuss some of the causes of breaches, information leaks, and outages that originate within a company.  We’ll also discuss strategies for preventing these incidents, as well as ways to monitor for these threats, even if you don’t have the budget for big ticket items like a SIEM.  When you leave this talk, you’ll have resources you can use immediately to gain visibility into insider threats without a significant investment in tools or infrastructure.

9:45am - Mozart I | Video Collaboration - Empowering Employees to Enhance Your Organizational Culture
sponsored by Marco

Tim Heilman

CIO
Choice Financial

In this breakout session come see how video combined with the right organizational culture can empower employees to better collaborate. Heilman will share examples of how video has transformed communication into collaboration and the distinct differences between them. Today’s world is about finding the right people no matter where they are physically located and creating the environment to allow them to collaborate.

9:45am - Mozart II | The Case For Enterprise Architecture
sponsored by Aruba/HPE

Steve Scarbrough

CISO
Daktronics

Enterprise Architecture is a holistic approach to meet common challenges to growing companies, especially the complexity of supporting business operations. This session will review the challenges that brought EA to Daktronics, introduce EA frameworks, and will offer success stories and remaining challenges.

10:30am - | Networking Break
11:00am - | Breakout Sessions
11:00am - Bach | Cybersecurity 2016 & Beyond: The New Normal
Moderator

Eric Andring

VP/ISO
Bell State Bank & Trust

Ryan Wentz

Intelligence Officer
Department of Homeland Security

Dave Hinkley

Member
InfraGard

John Bonhage

Special Agent
FBI Minneapolis

Technology continues to evolve as the network perimeter evaporates into the cloud and electrons become the new global currency. Enterprises are continuously challenged by an elusive and morphing cyber threat from bad actors and opportunists who use the vulnerabilities in our Information Systems as weapons. From fraudsters to nation state-sponsored cyber warfare, these attacks come at us from every direction as the ingenuity of criminal minds seek new and creative ways to infiltrate our valuable information resources and engage in cyber warfare against our businesses and our way of life--compromising our financial and national security. We are bombarded daily with newspaper headlines and digital media reports about the latest cyber security breach. This breakout session will allow our panel of experts the opportunity to share hard won experience and best practices.

11:00am - Brahms | How Will You Take Advantage of Innovations That Happen Only Once Every Decade?
sponsored by Oracle

Matt Delcambre

Senior Director of Partner Strategies
Oracle

While the Cloud revolution is in progress, gaining a clear competitive advantage that provides your organization and customers significant business value with minimum risk will continue to be a strategic goal.  What are your deployment choices?  Which one will allow you to move workload seamlessly and securely from on-premise to the public cloud?  How can you ensure that your business transformation yields a secure information fortress?  This presentation will share how to transform your business addressing these challenges all while achieving significant cost savings and assuring deeply integrated security.

11:00am - Mozart I | Leveraging Information Technology to Differentiate Our Business
sponsored by Nexus Innovations

Darla Crossley

Enterprise Architect
The Aagard Group LLC

Aagard is a manufacturer of automated packaging equipment. We specialize in developing custom built systems that meet our customer’s unique needs and integrated combination equipment that increases overall efficiency and reduces costs. We apply the same principles that differentiate our equipment to our internal operations and leverage our IT systems and team to help us win. Learn how Aagard has seamlessly integrated their CAD systems to their ERP system and their shop floor and how Aagard is currently improving cross-department collaboration and information accessibility by utilizing SharePoint. Hear how Aagard’s internal IT team works together with leaders across the organization to gather requirements and establish a vision for the right tools, researches options and weighs when to buy and when to develop integrations and/or custom solutions, and then implements and supports our systems.

11:00am - Mozart II | Benefits of Ethernet and Co-Location Services
sponsored by Dakota Carrier Network

Shannon Hammeren

Information Systems Manager
First International Bank & Trust

First International Bank has seen significant benefits to upgrading their network infrastructure.  In this breakout session, Shannon will demonstrate the implementation of First International Bank’s WAN ethernet network infrastructure and co-location sevices and the added efficiencies that have occurred as a result.

11:45am - Hot Lunch Buffet Served

Plaza Salad with Assorted Dressings, Oven Roasted Chicken or Country Fried Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Warm Biscuits and Sweet Butter

12:25pm - Crystal Ballroom | Mind Shift Introduction

Tony Thomann

Executive Director
Mind Shift
 
12:35pm - Crystal Ballroom | ITCND Update

Kevin Kaeding

Vice President
ITCND
 
12:40pm - Crystal Ballroom | Keynote Introduction

Ryan Stall

VP of IT
Border States
 
12:45pm - Crystal Ballroom | Cyber Threat Landscape and Emerging Cyber Threats

Brett Leatherman

Assistant Section Chief
FBI Cyber Division - Cyber Outreach Section

Who are the threat actors we face (from an FBI perspective)?  What vulnerabilities are being exploited?  What does the future of cyber security looks like? And what are the ways to mitigate threats to private sector organizations?  Current FBI Assistant Section Chief from FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC will provide answer these questions while also providing details on collaboration and information sharing between the public and private sector and what it looks like.  Please join us for this much anticipated keynote address on Cyber Security.

1:30pm - | Networking Break
2:00pm - | Breakout Sessions
2:00pm - Bach | Don't Get Caught "Phishing in the Dark"
Moderator

Tracy Koenig

CIO
TMI Hospitality

Robert Kaspari

Director
EduTech Education Technology Services

Jesse Van Nevel

ISO
First International Bank & Trust

Cal Helgeson

IT Manager
Minnkota Power Coop

With the dramatic increase in phishing attacks and techniques used, IT departments around the world are being forced to increase security, awareness and training. Please join our panelist as we investigate what your peers are seeing and doing to protect their organizations from becoming just another statistic.

2:00pm - Brahms | Practical Application: Virtualization and SANs
sponsored by ByteSpeed

Bill Hartog

Sr Server Administrator
American Farm Bureau

This session will cover how to setup a VMware environment using a Nimble SAN.  We will touch on plug-in’s and best practices to tightly integrate the SAN into the VMware environment.

2:00pm - Mozart I | Leveraging Unified Communications

Joe Jaszkowiak

Director of IT Services
HERE

In this session, we will define Unified Communications and describe industry best practices and trends.  Most importantly, you’ll discover creative ways to leverage this technology to enable your business to be more effective and efficient.

2:00pm - Mozart II | CyberSecurity Posture: Where Does Your Company Stand?
sponsored by KLJ CyberNet Security

John Nagel

VP
KLJ CyberNet Security

Protecting your organization from cyber-attacks can be a daunting task, one that you are most likely addressing, but to what degree. In this presentation, we will discuss ways in which you can identify the risk, implement safeguards and ultimately protect your enterprise from the hackers of the world.

2:45pm - | Networking Break
3:00pm - | Breakout Sessions
3:00pm - Brahms | Cybersecurity & The NDSLIC

Tony Aukland

Security Analyst
State of North Dakota

In this presentation we’ll discuss cybersecurity trends and methods (worldwide, nationally, state and locally). Also the NDSLIC, North Dakota State and Local Intelligence Center, and the role it plays in Cybersecurity for the State, Private Industry, and Homeland Security.

3:00pm - Mozart I | Strategies for Recruiting & Retaining Your Employees: Closing That Generation Gap Via Mentoring

Kristi Berg

Associate Professor - IS, College of Business
Minot State University

Welcome to the multi-generational workplace. Managing and participating in this environment welcome methods, such as mentoring, to keep the peace, turn the profit and meet the needs of your organization’s shifting workforce. Generational tension can wreak havoc in the workplace, but here’s where mentoring can make a difference. Mentoring recognizes and takes advantage of the distinct skill sets and differences employees have to offer. While traditional mentoring offers many benefits, it does not take into account the generational gap which is prevalent as five generations are working side-by-side in the workplace.

Reverse mentoring is where it’s at! This new wave of mentoring has junior employees sharing their tech savviness and multitasking skills with more senior colleagues while also granting access for the junior employee to their colleagues who have years of experience and leadership in the field. Creating opportunities for the generations to work together is a win-win situation as research has shown a higher degree of learning takes place with cross-generational pairings, an increase in the recruitment and retention of talented employees is experienced and job satisfaction increased overall.

3:00pm - Mozart II | Jumping Off The Deep End With Hyperconverged Infrastructure
sponsored by SimpliVity

Herb Kraft

MIS Manager
Prairie Knights Casino & Resort

Have you heard all about the new buzzwords Hyperconverged Infrastructure and Software Defined Datacenter? All the cool kids are doing it. Ever wondered what they are all about and if anyone outside the Tech 100 and startups are using it?

This session gives you a basic introduction to the wonderful world of hyperconvergence and reviews how Prairie Knights Casino Resort jumped in head first, utilizing Simplivity/Cisco UCS OmniStack to update their infrastructure and implement real-time replication to their secondary datacenter.

3:45pm - | Networking Break
3:55pm - Crystal Ballroom | Keynote Introduction

Pete Lambertz

Director of IT
Noridian Mutual Insurance Co, Fargo

 

4:00pm - Crystal Ballroom | Harnessing the Power of Human Ingenuity

Steve Wille

Author
Colorful Leadership

To survive as corporate IT managers, we must get through the next three months, on plan, on budget, with no surprises. Thriving is a different story.  Every day the game changes because somebody, somewhere, is inventing the next new thing.  As technology managers we must make a choice: survive then die, or adapt and thrive.  People are by nature clever and adaptive but our desire for order and control can shut down any human ingenuity.  Is there a way to have it both ways at the same time?  Steve offers a three dimensional model for surviving, collaborating, and thriving in an era when technology changes come from every direction.

Steve Wille, author of Colorful Leadership, is manager of software engineering at a large financial company with U.S. operations based in Colorado. He has over 25 years experience in corporate information technology management.  Steve is a PMP (Project Management Professional) and has developed multiple large information technology systems from the ground up.  Steve's MBA degree is from Regis University in Denver, and his BSBA degree is from the University of Denver.

4:45pm - Crystal Ballroom | Closing Remarks

Pete Lambertz

Director of IT
Noridian Mutual Insurance Co, Fargo
 
4:50pm - Networking Reception

Enjoy this complimentary cocktail reception featuring an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and conversation. Make this an important element of your attendance to the Symposium. The ability to network and collaborate with your peers in an open and no-hype environment will prove to provide long lasting value to your key business initiatives moving forward.

 

What Our Attendees Say.

Customer Testimonails

The North Dakota IT Symposium is a great example of the power of bringing people together to share and explore new ideas. The conversation generated from the talks not only provides value to the attendees but the relationships fostered by the event provided dividends for years to come

Tim Sanden CIO
Cass County Electric Cooperative
Customer Testimonails

The North Dakota IT Symposium is invaluable. The topics are timely and concise. I also have an opportunity to meet with trusted prospective suppliers to learn about new and innovative technologies and services.

Robert Kaspari Technology Director
ND EduTech Education Technology Services
Customer Testimonails

The networking opportunity and content of the ND IT Symposium is well worth the day out of the office. We have taken ideas and advise from other attendees over the years and saved our company significant IT spend.

David Scott Director of IT Mktg & Process Improvement
Butler Machinery Co
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The IT Symposium is an excellent and continuously growing opportunity to network and learn. The topics are timely and the presenters are excellent. Everyone in IT should be attending!

Pete Lambertz Director, IT
Noridian Mutual Insurance Co
Customer Testimonails

The North Dakota IT Symposium is a great event to come hear leading industry experts share their experiences and ideas for many of the same challenges we all face in IT.

Marc Wallman VP of IT
NDSU
Customer Testimonails

Many of us across the IT community are facing the same issues. This is the event where you can connect with people who have developed creative solutions to these issues. Even more importantly, they are happy to share these solutions with you.

Mark Hayes Director of IT
Forum Communications
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