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Tuesday, April 21
 

7:00am

7:55am

8:05am

Work 4.0 - A Glimpse Around the Corner…

The more things change, the more they look the same… 

What work looks like, and how it’s done, has changed a lot since the early 1800s.  Actually, it’s changed a lot just since 1990!  But, to understand where we’re going, we have to first understand where we’ve been.

By popular demand, Trivalent has invited back Lance J. Richards, who keynoted our 2014 Expo.  Lance is a senior Human Resources executive and a Workforce Futurist.  He will take us on a rapid ride from the days of the caveman to the Industrial Revolution to today… and beyond.  We’ll look at the evolution of work, from man-as-machine to machine-as-brain, from Push to Pull.  We will also consider the impact of communications, technology and globalization on how work continues to evolve…especially the changes in the immediacy ratio of work: rewards.  Even the realities surrounding labour arbitrage and acceleration of technology could suggest that China and India may be nearing a peak.  Now what?

We know where we’ve been, but do we understand where we are going?  If you employ or lead people, this has an enormous impact on you and your company. Well grounded in statistics, and leveraging a number of specific research sources, this talk is a curated blend of what we know, and where it’s all pointing.

Speakers
avatar for Lance J. Richards

Lance J. Richards

Workforce Futurist
A sought-after HR Strategist and Futurist, Lance is both an educator and advisor on the evolution of the workforce and the workplace as well as a frequent speaker and an accomplished author. | | Lance also spends a good deal of time on thought leadership activities. He is a frequent speaker and writer on workplace issues, having presented at HR conferences around the globe. He is co-author of the just-released book Gen Now (Amazon, 2013... Read More →

Sponsors


Tuesday April 21, 2015 8:05am - 8:50am
Executive (Great Hall)

9:00am

HP: The New Style of IT – What is it? How does HP fit in.
Like you, technology specialist Dan Galardini has heard many definitions of the term "cloud." Is it getting my data off-site, provisioning faster, leveraging “Software as a Service,” or simply trying a public cloud provider? The presentation will cover HP’s point of view on what is driving the New IT, where our customers are focused and how HP can support the transition.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Galardini

Dan Galardini

Regional Sales Specialist- Cloud Portfolio, HP
With over 30 years’ experience in managed services, Infrastructure as a Service and software automation with Comdisco/SunGard, Rackspace and HP he focuses on helping his customers transform to being a broker of services. With this approach IT organizations are viewed as an enabler of innovation. It is not about deciding on the right service. It is about creating an environment that matches the right services with the requirements and having... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 9:00am - 9:40am
Cloud (Hickory)

9:00am

MMBJ: Key Considerations for IT Governance
Although it can be tempting to delegate all things technology-related to the “tech department,” governance of information technology needs to be a top-down process involving representatives from executive management as well as staff. By developing priorities and strategies relating to information technology, business owners can facilitate the delivery of value to stakeholders while ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations. During this breakout session, we will discuss the issues on which business leaders should be focused and the actions that business leaders should take to guide the business toward productive and profitable use of information technology while minimizing related risks.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer A. Puplava

Jennifer A. Puplava

Partner and Attorney, Mika, Meyers, Beckett & Jones, PLC
Jennifer A. Puplava, Partner and Attorney for Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones, PLC, practices primarily in the areas of intellectual property law and technology law. She helps clients protect their trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property, and she assists clients with the negotiation, drafting and enforcement of related agreements, policies, terms and conditions and other documents. She counsels clients regarding a... Read More →



Tuesday April 21, 2015 9:00am - 9:40am
Executive (Great Hall)

9:00am

Dell: Intelligent Storage in a Compact Form Factor

Regardless of industry or size, more and more customers are running enterprise storage workloads—unified communications and collaboration, online transactions, database, enterprise resource planning—in both remote office and data center locations. To stay competitive, businesses need their critical applications to be able to access data quickly and efficiently to convert customer interactions into transactions and turn information into insights. The new Dell Storage portfolio delivers enterprise storage features, with the industry's most fully optimized flash performance and intelligent storage software on a platform that scales from the remote office to the data center.

  • Fully optimized flash performance at the price of disk
  • Enterprise-class features like intelligent data placement, snapshots, replication and reporting
  • Modular, flexible architecture that scales alongside your business on a single platform

Speakers
avatar for Tim Brock

Tim Brock

Enterprise Solutions Architect, Dell
Tim Brock is an Enterprise Solutions Architect for Dell, specializing in the design of complex, scalable and cloud ready data center solutions.  With over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, Tim brings a unique perspective on the design, management, and operation of today’s complex data centers.  Prior to joining Dell, Tim was an adjunct professor at Baker college focused on Microsoft, security, and information systems... Read More →



Tuesday April 21, 2015 9:00am - 9:40am
IT Best Practices (Board Room)

9:00am

VMware: vRealize Operations: Managing the Software Defined Data Center

The Software Defined Data Center is now a reality, and traditional tools and processes of managing this new landscape is taxing on both IT and Business Professionals alike. 

VMware’s vRealize Suite offers a single-pane-of-glass view into both virtual and physical environments, and provides critical insight into the health and efficiency of your data center’s compute, storage and networking resources.  This session will break down our vRealize offerings, and which licensing model addresses your management needs.

 


Speakers
avatar for Gregg Bielawski

Gregg Bielawski

Field Technical Consultant at Ingram Micro, VMware
As a field technical consultant, Gregg focuses on VMware solutions in the Central US. He assists partners to grow their virtualization practices with emerging technologies like End User Computing, Software Defined Data Center and Cloud solutions. Over his 8 years in the industry, Gregg has extensive experience working with customers of all sizes – from large enterprises to small-and-medium businesses (SMBs) across the region.  




Tuesday April 21, 2015 9:00am - 9:40am
Managed Services/Networks (Willow West)

9:00am

Sophos: Today’s Threat Landscape and Next Generation Protection

Learn about today’s threat landscape, and the tools and techniques that hackers are using to gain access to your networks and money.  We will discuss a few of their methods, see a few demonstrations of how they are gaining access, then we’ll talk briefly about what Sophos is doing as a company to get ahead of these criminals.


Speakers
avatar for Ryan Archer

Ryan Archer

Systems Engineer, Sophos
Throughout my 20 year IT career I have served in various roles, from Satellite Communications Technician, to Senior Network Engineer at a Fortune 200 company, to a Sales Engineering Manager. I have been in technical sales for over 10 years and currently manage a team of highly capable sales engineers



Tuesday April 21, 2015 9:00am - 9:40am
Security (Willow East)

9:00am

AT&T: Secure Networks
Speakers
avatar for Danny Summerfield

Danny Summerfield

Technical Sales Manager, AT&T
Been with AT&T since 2007- Manages and leads a team of Technical Sales Consultants who work directly with account managers on pre-sales technical design for accounts within the AT&T Wholesale Wireless and Emerging Markets organization



Tuesday April 21, 2015 9:00am - 9:40am
Survival/Data Protection (President's Dining)

9:50am

US Signal: Cloud & Business Continuity

Legacy business continuity architectures have been around for many years; however, their cost has put them out of the reach of most organizations. New cloud technologies have brought this goal within the reach of all consumers.  Not only does cloud computing make BC/DR technology affordable, but also more feature rich, quicker to deploy and easier to test than traditional systems.  In this executive briefing, Aaron Shaver, Solution Architect for US Signal will show how these new architectures provide a path to affordable business continuity.


Speakers
avatar for Aaron Shaver

Aaron Shaver

Cloud Solution Architect, US Signal
Aaron is currently a Cloud Solution Architect for US Signal but formerly the Director of Research and Development.  Most recently he was the Executive Director of Information Management for Pennock Health Service.  He has a Master’s of Science in Information Security from Baker College and is completing his PhD in Information Assurance from Colorado Technical University.  Aaron is a Certified Information Systems Security... Read More →



Tuesday April 21, 2015 9:50am - 10:30am
Cloud (Hickory)

9:50am

Lance J. Richards: Work 4.0 - A Deeper Dive…

For our participants in the Executive Track, our morning keynote speaker, Lance J. Richards, will bring further commentary to his earlier comments and then lead a roundtable discussion about specific applications and situations, especially drilling into the impact of these changes on the technology industry…and your people.  Join us in this more intimate setting for a deeper dive into the future of work. 


Speakers
avatar for Lance J. Richards

Lance J. Richards

Workforce Futurist
A sought-after HR Strategist and Futurist, Lance is both an educator and advisor on the evolution of the workforce and the workplace as well as a frequent speaker and an accomplished author. | | Lance also spends a good deal of time on thought leadership activities. He is a frequent speaker and writer on workplace issues, having presented at HR conferences around the globe. He is co-author of the just-released book Gen Now (Amazon, 2013... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 9:50am - 10:30am
Executive (Great Hall)

9:50am

HP: What’s New and Exciting in Workstations for 2015 – And Why it Matters to You
Neal will be reviewing all the new solutions for 2015;  new displays and where they could benefit you, why PCIe SSDs are the way to go and when and where a workstation can improve your productivity and expand your business.

Speakers
avatar for Neal Riley

Neal Riley

Workstation Channel Specialist, HP
Neal has been with HP for 13 years with 9 of those years spent in the HP Workstation group as an HP workstation specialist. He has worked with HP salespeople, HP partners, and end users providing the best workstation solutions in the world.  He has worked with end user companies in the following markets: financial, oil and gas, automotive, architecture, media and entertainment, healthcare, education, and space exploration.  He... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 9:50am - 10:30am
IT Best Practices (Board Room)

9:50am

Microsoft: Extending your On-Premise Network to Azure with Site-to-Site VPN

The benefits of the public cloud are numerous, yet one roadblock that is commonly run into is establishing connectivity to workloads once they’ve been migrated to the public cloud.

It’s one thing to connect to a web app across the public internet, but some applications either don’t play nicely that way, or you don’t want them to send traffic across the public internet. One economical way around this issue is with the Site to Site VPN capabilities that are baked into Microsoft Azure.

This demo-heavy session will cover the use cases, architecture, and configuration of a site to site VPN from your on-premise network, to workloads hosted in Azure.

 


Speakers
avatar for Andy Syrewicze

Andy Syrewicze

Senior Cloud Services Engineer/Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Trivalent Group
Andy has spent the last 12+ years providing technology solutions across several industry verticals including, education, fortune 500 manufacturing, healthcare and professional services. Andy’s skills include VMware, Linux, and Network Security, but his focus over the last 8 years has been in Virtualization, Cloud Services and the Microsoft Server Stack, with a focus on Hyper-V. With that said Andy has become quite involved in the Microsoft... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 9:50am - 10:30am
Managed Services/Networks (Willow West)

9:50am

WatchGuard: Defending against Modern Day Malware

Cyber-attacks once were mainly the concern of governments, large corporations and other highly visible networks. Not anymore. The financial rewards generated from the theft of credit card information and other sensitive data gave rise to a new breed of malware, the polymorphic threat, and with it, the amount of malware has skyrocketed.

Most of today's malware is polymorphic and highly adept at changing its identity to evade standard, signature-based security platforms. Alone, these platforms will not recognize many of these threats.  Advanced persistent threats, or APTs, increase the threat level by employing sophisticated evasion capabilities to get payloads past a network's defenses where they persist, undetected. APTs are targeted to an organization or a specific technology and often leverage zero day vulnerabilities - flaws for which no patch is available and no signature has been written. Any organization can become a victim.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Pearson

Michael Pearson

Sales Engineer, WatchGuard Technologies
Michael Pearson is the Sales Engineer for the North Central Territory for WatchGuard Technologies, and brings 14+ years of experience in network security and overall information technology.  From large enterprise deployments, information technology design and consulting, Mike’s background includes 11 years working for the Salvation Army where he built and managed a 600 location hub and spoke network using only WatchGuard... Read More →



Tuesday April 21, 2015 9:50am - 10:30am
Security (Willow East)

9:50am

Trivalent Group: BIASurvivor

In a disaster, you need tools to survive.  Our BIASurvivor workshops teach you how to determine the need for a Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Plan and the steps to help you get started.

As businesses rely more and more on technology to support their operations, they must consider the effects of technology outages and downtime on the productivity of their end users. Interruptions in daily productivity represent significant costs to businesses. The goal of any good Business Continuity strategy is continuity of  business operations with minimal interruptions. Trivalent Group provides several solutions centered around solid strategies for business continuity that are based on their operational value.

 


Speakers
avatar for John Hey

John Hey

Chief Operating Officer, Trivalent Group
I am a tenured professional that has multiple layers of executive experience in building and guiding a diverse professional services organization and driving corporate strategy. My goals are to take Trivalent Group to the next level of success through efficiency, competency and culture. Leadership of daily operations, along with strategic leadership, visioning and continuous improvement. Deeply passionate about culture, quality of service... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 9:50am - 10:30am
Survival/Data Protection (President's Dining)

10:40am

Veeam: The New Approach to Cloud

In this session, Veeam will discuss their new Cloud Connect technology and how this is changing the game for doing cloud backups for an off-site data protection strategy. Cloud is typically considered backing up data to one of the many public cloud providers but Veeam has created technology that will modify how you consider doing cloud backups. This approach to cloud backups has enhanced the integration between both Veeam customers and Veeam Cloud Providers to give customers a great level of data protection.


Speakers
avatar for Andy Barhorst

Andy Barhorst

Systems Engineer, Veeam Software
Andy Barhorst is a System Engineer for Veeam Software where he works with partners and end users providing expertise in the virtualization and data protection arena. Andy has worked in several different roles within the IT industry while virtualization has been his primary focus. His career began as a Systems Administrator for the Ohio Department of Youth Services managing their VMware datacenter. He later transitioned into another role as an... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 10:40am - 11:20am
Cloud (Hickory)

10:40am

US Signal: Compliance in the Cloud

Join US Signal as we talk about compliance.  During this presentation we will explore what HIPAA and PCI compliance are, who has to be compliant, and how compliance impacts business operations.  We will explore the requirements, risks, and opportunities associated with HIPAA and PCI compliance for the customer, managed service provider, and the cloud service provider.   We will then build on this by discussing solutions that Managed Service Providers and Cloud Providers can offer to help business and IT teams address their compliance obligations while achieving their business objectives.

 


Speakers
avatar for Trevor Bidle

Trevor Bidle

Vice President of Technical Strategy, US Signal
As Vice President of Technical Strategy, Trevor Bidle directs the strategic and tactical goals for the organization, providing foresight into product offerings. Before joining US Signal in 2003, Trevor held technical and management positions with SBC Communications, Choice One Communications, and US Xchange, LLC, where he was responsible for escalations and network engineering. His 18 years of telecommunications... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 10:40am - 11:20am
Executive (Great Hall)

10:40am

Tegile: Accelerate, Redefine, and Transform your Next Generation Storage with Tegile!

Learn about the cutting edge Next Generation Storage. We are the leading provider of Intelligent Flash Arrays! Our mission is to accelerate, redefine, and transform enterprise IT by changing the performance and economics of enterprise storage. Our flash storage arrays, with patented IntelliFlash Architecture, deliver high I/O and low latency for business applications such as databases, server virtualization and virtual desktops. Our customers achieve business acceleration and unmatched storage capacity reduction.


Speakers
avatar for Shawn Bergsma

Shawn Bergsma

Regional Sales Manager, Tegile Systems
With a successful career in information technology, Shawn Bergsma demonstrates not only his extensive knowledge on the technical side, but also his energetic personality, resulting in consistently excellent sales performance over the course of his 10-year career in IT.  In his current position as Regional Sales Manager with Tegile, Shawn is responsible for building Tegile’s brand in the Ohio Valley, working with channel partners and... Read More →



Tuesday April 21, 2015 10:40am - 11:20am
IT Best Practices (Board Room)

10:40am

AT&T: Mobility
Speakers
avatar for John Lauria

John Lauria

Strategic Account Manager, AT&T



Tuesday April 21, 2015 10:40am - 11:20am
Managed Services/Networks (Willow West)

10:40am

Varonis: Insider Threats - Malice, Mistakes, and Mountain Lions

This session will help you understand the most common insider threats and provide tips to help protect against them.  We will take a look at the actors involved in insider breaches and dissect the anatomy of a typical breach.  Then review some of the stats from Verizon's DBIR and look at a few real world breaches.  We will also discuss irrational biases we have has humans and how they impact our ability to accurately quantify risk and 6 actionable tips for mitigating various types of insider threats.


Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Milton

Jeremy Milton

Field Sales Engineering Manager, Varonis Systems
Over 14 years of experience architecting and implementing Microsoft collaboration solutions ranging from Exchange, SharePoint and Lync/OCS technologies in mid to large market organizations. Ensuring the necessary infrastructure and guiding principles are established delivering optimal solutions meeting all required business objectives. Recently moved into a new role with Varonis Systems, a leader in data governance solutions, focusing on... Read More →



Tuesday April 21, 2015 10:40am - 11:20am
Security (Willow East)

10:40am

Barracuda Backup
IDC has ranked Barracuda the volume shipment leader in Purpose Built Backup Appliances.  Barracuda Backup is a complete cloud-integrated solution for protecting physical and virtual environments that includes software, appliance, and offsite replication. Barracuda Backup is simple to deploy, easy to manage, and offers unlimited cloud storage. With an extensive range of supported environments organizations can replace multi-vendor piecemeal backup solutions with an all-in-one Barracuda Backup appliance. 

Speakers
avatar for Brian Carol

Brian Carol

Channel Sales Engineer, Barracuda Networks
Brian Carol has been with Barracuda Networks for over six years in various technical support and engineering roles.  Currently as a sales engineer within Barracuda’s Data Protection division, Brian assists with partner enablement and customer implementations for Barracuda Backup and the Barracuda Message Archiver.  Brian is the face of many of Barracuda video demonstrations found on Barracuda’s YouTube page.  Brian... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 10:40am - 11:20am
Survival/Data Protection (President's Dining)

11:30am

Microsoft: Introduction to Microsoft Azure IAAS

– Expanding or upgrading on-premise compute and storage resources can be an expensive endeavor and many organizations are putting off such upgrades and replacements due to capital expenditure concerns.

As more organizations are finding  themselves in this situation, many are turning to the operational expenditure route that the public cloud offers in addition to numerous other advantages.

This session will serve as an introduction to Azure IAAS, with a heavy focus on Virtual Machines hosted inside of Azure. Azure will be introduced and discussed and the session will wrap up with demos of the Azure pricing calculator and the Azure Management Portal. 


Speakers
avatar for Andy Syrewicze

Andy Syrewicze

Senior Cloud Services Engineer/Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Trivalent Group
Andy has spent the last 12+ years providing technology solutions across several industry verticals including, education, fortune 500 manufacturing, healthcare and professional services. Andy’s skills include VMware, Linux, and Network Security, but his focus over the last 8 years has been in Virtualization, Cloud Services and the Microsoft Server Stack, with a focus on Hyper-V. With that said Andy has become quite involved in the Microsoft... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 11:30am - 12:10pm
Cloud (Hickory)

11:30am

Brian 'Skip' Schipper: Q&A on How to Attract and Retain Top Tech Talent

Brian “Skip” Schipper will host an informal Q&A before his keynote discussion, sharing insights about what makes a company great to work for in the eyes of its employees.  In March 2015, Twitter placed in the 25 best companies in Fortune magazine’s annual survey.  During his tenure as head of HR at Cisco, the company moved from the mid-40s to number 6 on the Fortune survey.  After thirty years in HR positions in companies like Compaq, Microsoft, Cisco, Groupon and Twitter, Skip will answer your questions about how these technology companies strive to create distinct workplaces to attract top talent.


Tuesday April 21, 2015 11:30am - 12:10pm
Executive (Great Hall)

11:30am

Cisco: Your WIFI Is Slow. Your Battery Is Low. Here Is What You Need To Know
The demands on your wireless network have changed. Join us to see what your business can gain from 802.11ac. Learn about the new Cisco and Meraki solutions that leverage 802.11ac and other breakthrough technologies that can deliver remarkably better performance across your network, especially with your mobile devices. These solutions are simple and easy to use, at prices you will like.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Sands

Jim Sands

Unified Access Consulting Systems Engineer, Cisco
Jim Sands has over 20 years of experience in the information technology field and has enjoyed the last eight years as a Cisco Commercial systems engineer.  Jim’s focus has primarily been on the Enterprise Networking Group, Security, and Data Center architectures. Previously, Jim worked at AT&T for nearly ten years.  His last position held was a sr. technical security manager on the Internet Services UVerse team.  He... Read More →



Tuesday April 21, 2015 11:30am - 12:10pm
IT Best Practices (Board Room)

11:30am

123.Net: Building and Managing Multi-Location Networks

This presentation will cover blending multiple service types into a seamless network, strategies for implementing MPLS and Quality of service, tips for traffic analysis and managing network utilization, options for a cloud overlay, and creating a network location failover plan.

 


Speakers
avatar for Bryon Hurd

Bryon Hurd

Channel Sales, 123.Net
Byron Hurd has been an information technology professional since 1982.  His career has spanned positions in Sales, Sales Management, Operations, Business Ownership, Software Design and Software Programming.  Byron helped build out the fiber optic network at West Michigan Internet Service beginning in 2008.  He has been a part of 123.Net since 2011, working with Managed Service Providers and Internet Service Providers throughout... Read More →



Tuesday April 21, 2015 11:30am - 12:10pm
Managed Services/Networks (Willow West)

11:30am

BBB/WMCSC: Are You Ready for the Hack?

Businesses today are tasked to improve their Cybersecurity posture.  For the past few years headlines are highlighting those that fall short.  Whether you’re just getting started, or have a repeatable process; this 30 minute presentation can help.  It includes the National Cyber Hygiene Campaign, which is designed to assist small to medium businesses with guidelines to improve your Cyber profile.  WMCSC security professionals will review the campaign and share tips for reducing risk to your business.

 


Speakers
avatar for Phil Catlett

Phil Catlett

President, Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan
President of the Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan, serving 38 counties and 3 million people. During the past 2 years, consumer requested Business Reviews provided by our BBB increased nearly 100%, and so did web visits! Radio Station Group VP/GM for 23 years. The radio group grew from one station to five and successfully evolved through multiple ownership, competitive, technological, and economic transformations. Identified... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Hiemstra

Barbara Hiemstra

Kent County, Information Security Director
Barb is responsible for leading a new team at Kent County responsible for Information Security. The team is developing a security program to include awareness training, incident response and continue their existing work securing the data and infrastructure for the county. | Formerly the Deputy Director for Technology, she was responsible for Infrastructure and Service Desk teams that support a variety of applications serving the 30+ County... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday April 21, 2015 11:30am - 12:10pm
Security (Willow East)

11:30am

Unitrends: Rocket to Recovery

With the amount of data that business is generating exponentially increasing, so goes the need to protect that data. Critical data, such as employee information, financial records, and health records cannot afford to be left in jeopardy. 

However, Backup is not your destination. Backup is merely one of many roads on the journey to providing Recovery. This Recovery starts with the Backup and extends to automated Disaster Recovery (DR) & Service Level Agreement (SLA) testing with DR orchestration and SLA compliance reporting.

You will learn:

  • Why you should plan for failure
  • Why the “on premise” device is still critical
  • How the Cloud plays a role in your DR plan
  • Why testing is the most important piece

Speakers
avatar for Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson

Senior Systems Engineer, Unitrends
Tom was born in Charleston, South Carolina but grew up in Big Rapids, Michigan. By 10 years old, Tom had my first computer; a commodore Vic-20. After college Tom joined the navy to follow in his father and Grandfather’s footsteps. He was trained as an electrician but ended up developing Dbase & DOS applications from 1991 to 1994. He then moved to Atlanta, Georgia and worked for a financial printing company where he was the WAN/LAN... Read More →



Tuesday April 21, 2015 11:30am - 12:10pm
Survival/Data Protection (President's Dining)

12:10pm

Plated Lunch
Tuesday April 21, 2015 12:10pm - 12:40pm
Executive (Great Hall)

12:40pm

Door Prizes
Tuesday April 21, 2015 12:40pm - 12:50pm
Executive (Great Hall)

12:50pm

Making Twitter a Great Place to Work: Lessons for Other Organizations

Twitter was recently named one of the best twenty-five companies to work for by Fortune magazine.  Brian “Skip” Schipper, Twitter’s global head of Human Resources will share insights that you can apply to make your workplace great for your employees.  These practices are central to attracting, developing and retaining top tech talent.




Tuesday April 21, 2015 12:50pm - 1:35pm
Executive (Great Hall)

1:45pm

VMware: vCloudAir: The True Hybrid Cloud
The introduction of the Cloud to the Data Center was met with many questions.  How can IT manage heterogeneous environments efficiently, securely, and of course, cost effectively?  

vCloudAir has positioned itself to be the true leader of the “Hybrid Cloud”, addressing the dilemma of choosing either a private or public infrastructure.  Learn how your company can leverage its existing resources simultaneously with vCloudAir’s IaaS offerings and BC/DR solutions

Speakers
avatar for Gregg Bielawski

Gregg Bielawski

Field Technical Consultant at Ingram Micro, VMware
As a field technical consultant, Gregg focuses on VMware solutions in the Central US. He assists partners to grow their virtualization practices with emerging technologies like End User Computing, Software Defined Data Center and Cloud solutions. Over his 8 years in the industry, Gregg has extensive experience working with customers of all sizes – from large enterprises to small-and-medium businesses (SMBs) across the region.  




Tuesday April 21, 2015 1:45pm - 2:25pm
Cloud (Hickory)

1:45pm

Trivalent Group: Identifying Readiness to Implement or Expand Cloud Computing

Cloud computing discussions may have gone stale in many organizations.  However, why aren’t more companies embracing it?  Perhaps it has to do with not understanding the different solutions available or how it can be used in new and creative ways.  We’ll help you better understand what Cloud Computing means today and your opportunities with it.


Speakers
avatar for Jim Bruxvoort

Jim Bruxvoort

Director of Cloud Services, Trivalent Group, Inc.
Jim has been in IT services for over 21 years. He was a part owner of an IT services company in Iowa for over 17 years before moving to Michigan. He has also been the Director of IT for Kent District Library and Tenon Limited in Grand Rapids. His experience has included managing large data networks, building and managing a number of data centers, application development, and leading teams of engineers. He has most... Read More →



Tuesday April 21, 2015 1:45pm - 2:25pm
Executive (Great Hall)

1:45pm

MMBJ: IT Policies Your Business Needs

Businesses in some industries are required to implement specific policies and procedures relating to the use of information technology. Even if your business isn’t required to implement a specific policy, policies and related procedures are often a legal and practical necessity. During this breakout session, we will discuss the IT policies that every business should consider implementing, and tips for constructing a good policy for your business.


Speakers
avatar for Jennifer A. Puplava

Jennifer A. Puplava

Partner and Attorney, Mika, Meyers, Beckett & Jones, PLC
Jennifer A. Puplava, Partner and Attorney for Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones, PLC, practices primarily in the areas of intellectual property law and technology law. She helps clients protect their trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property, and she assists clients with the negotiation, drafting and enforcement of related agreements, policies, terms and conditions and other documents. She counsels clients regarding a... Read More →



Tuesday April 21, 2015 1:45pm - 2:25pm
IT Best Practices (Board Room)

1:45pm

Veeam: Get out of the Backup Game

In this session, Veeam will discuss how Veeam Partners can help customers get out of the backup game and offload backup services to a trusted advisor. Data protection is not always a topic that many customers enjoy but it is all a necessity when it comes to the integrity of the customers’ business information. Data needs to be protected and having the proper tools for the job can help enable businesses to perform optimally with reduced setbacks.


Speakers
avatar for Andy Barhorst

Andy Barhorst

Systems Engineer, Veeam Software
Andy Barhorst is a System Engineer for Veeam Software where he works with partners and end users providing expertise in the virtualization and data protection arena. Andy has worked in several different roles within the IT industry while virtualization has been his primary focus. His career began as a Systems Administrator for the Ohio Department of Youth Services managing their VMware datacenter. He later transitioned into another role as an... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 1:45pm - 2:25pm
Managed Services/Networks (Willow West)

1:45pm

Barracuda: Security Solutions
The Barracuda security product portfolio addresses network, email and web based threats with a wide-range of built in features to secure your network and prevent malicious threats from email, the internet or mobile devices.  Barracuda’s Total Threat Protection concept provides the powerful, best-of-breed  security solutions customers prefer with UTM-like management capability using Barracuda’s free Cloud Control management dashboard.    

Speakers
avatar for Steve Scheidegger

Steve Scheidegger

Regional Sales Manager, Barracuda Networks
Steve Scheidegger has 20 years of sales and marketing experience at several computer, data security and storage technology companies.  As Regional Sales Manager, Steve is responsible for sales and account management for Barracuda’s Michigan based customers. Prior to the eight years he’s spent with Barracuda, he held sales and territory management positions at Computer Associates, Evault, and Compaq Computer. Steve holds a... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 1:45pm - 2:25pm
Security (Willow East)

1:45pm

NETGEAR: Storage Essentials

In this session we will discuss NETGEAR's key benefits and portfolio overview .In business, confidence is everything. When it comes to your network, it’s even more important. Whether you’re a small business with big dreams or a mid-size business ready to take the next step, you need to share access and ideas safely, connect remote locations securely and give your people the tools to perform. At NETGEAR, we provide networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of big IT. Our advanced range of reliable, affordable networking products are easy to install and maintain. We deliver solutions you can count on, so you can spend more time on what matters most – growing your business.


Speakers
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Desi Whelan

Sales/Systems Engineer, NETGEAR



Tuesday April 21, 2015 1:45pm - 2:25pm
Survival/Data Protection (President's Dining)

2:35pm

Panel Discussion: Future Trends
We will have a Q & A with 6 of our Gold Sponsors, 1 from each track.  

Moderators
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John Hey

Chief Operating Officer, Trivalent Group
I am a tenured professional that has multiple layers of executive experience in building and guiding a diverse professional services organization and driving corporate strategy. My goals are to take Trivalent Group to the next level of success through efficiency, competency and culture. Leadership of daily operations, along with strategic leadership, visioning and continuous improvement. Deeply passionate about culture, quality of service... Read More →

Speakers
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Andy Barhorst

Systems Engineer, Veeam Software
Andy Barhorst is a System Engineer for Veeam Software where he works with partners and end users providing expertise in the virtualization and data protection arena. Andy has worked in several different roles within the IT industry while virtualization has been his primary focus. His career began as a Systems Administrator for the Ohio Department of Youth Services managing their VMware datacenter. He later transitioned into another role as an... Read More →
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Dan Galardini

Regional Sales Specialist- Cloud Portfolio, HP
With over 30 years’ experience in managed services, Infrastructure as a Service and software automation with Comdisco/SunGard, Rackspace and HP he focuses on helping his customers transform to being a broker of services. With this approach IT organizations are viewed as an enabler of innovation. It is not about deciding on the right service. It is about creating an environment that matches the right services with the requirements and having... Read More →
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Jennifer A. Puplava

Partner and Attorney, Mika, Meyers, Beckett & Jones, PLC
Jennifer A. Puplava, Partner and Attorney for Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones, PLC, practices primarily in the areas of intellectual property law and technology law. She helps clients protect their trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property, and she assists clients with the negotiation, drafting and enforcement of related agreements, policies, terms and conditions and other documents. She counsels clients regarding a... Read More →
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Aaron Shaver

Cloud Solution Architect, US Signal
Aaron is currently a Cloud Solution Architect for US Signal but formerly the Director of Research and Development.  Most recently he was the Executive Director of Information Management for Pennock Health Service.  He has a Master’s of Science in Information Security from Baker College and is completing his PhD in Information Assurance from Colorado Technical University.  Aaron is a Certified Information Systems Security... Read More →
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Andy Syrewicze

Senior Cloud Services Engineer/Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Trivalent Group
Andy has spent the last 12+ years providing technology solutions across several industry verticals including, education, fortune 500 manufacturing, healthcare and professional services. Andy’s skills include VMware, Linux, and Network Security, but his focus over the last 8 years has been in Virtualization, Cloud Services and the Microsoft Server Stack, with a focus on Hyper-V. With that said Andy has become quite involved in the Microsoft... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 2:35pm - 3:15pm
Executive (Great Hall)

3:15pm

Door Prizes
Tuesday April 21, 2015 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Executive (Great Hall)