The 2012 IT Summit at Mohegan Sun is coming up on November 29th

November 29, 2012, Mohegan Sun Conference Center 8:30AM to 2:00PM

Morning Keynoter: 9:00 to 9:45 – John Hagerty,Vice President, Distinguished Analyst, Gartner

John Hagerty brings more than 30 years of experience in enterprise applications and technologies to his coverage of business analytics. His research is focused on business intelligence and analytic platforms, analytic applications, competency center organization and evolution, and impacts of cloud computing on business analytics deployments. John’s presentation will provide his insights and prognostication on Big Data, the Cloud and other areas he tracks for Gartner. Expect a stimulating presentation.

Morning Panels (10:00 to 11:15)

First Topic: Managing Big Data for the Enterprise

Big Data is less about raw volume as it is about the variety of data available to make business decisions.  With this variety come new roles and disciplines in managing Big Data assets. Learn how organizations are planning for and managing Big Data activities in their organizations. Learn how to think of Big Data assets as enriching business decisions in combination with traditional enterprise data.

Moderated By: Paul Kent- Vice President, Big Data Initiatives, SAS Institute, Inc.

Panelists: Joseph Polizzano, Vice President of Information Technology, Standard & Poor’s, Johnny Scarborough VP, Engineering Operations & Quality, Greenplum, a division of EMC, Jonathan Miller, CIO, JD Power & Associates/The McGraw Hill Companies, David Donahue, Benefits XML CEO, SS&C Technologies, Inc.

 Second Topic: Managing Regulatory and Compliance Issues

Connecticut and its neighbors are a “highly regulated” group of businesses, particularly in insurance, financial services and healthcare.  In this session, we will explore what social media, big data and the cloud means to compliance and regulatory teams in business and technology operations.

Moderated By: Bryant Richards, Director of Corporate Governance, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

Panelists: Jay Adams, Audit Manager – Technology, Travelers, Matt Dallahan, Executive Vice President, Product Development, Evolution1 and Jayne Burke, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Third Topic: Going Mobile

Mobile Applications are changing the way we do business with our customers and clients. Outward-facing mobile apps can provide richer interactions with consumers and business partners on their mobile devices. Some IT leaders in concert with their business managers are exploiting mobile apps to also increase employee productivity and responsiveness. Hear from three companies about how their specific mobile application strategy, challenges and success stories.

Panelists: TBA


Lunch (11:30AM to12:45PM)

Keynoter: Paul Kent- Vice President, Big Data Initiatives, SAS Institute, Inc.

Paul Kent is Vice President of Big Data initiatives at SAS. He spends his time discussing, evangelizing and developing software at the confluence of big data and high performance computing. Paul was previously Vice President of the Platform R&D division at SAS and led groups responsible for the SAS foundation and mid-tier technologies, teams that develop, maintain and test Base SAS®, as well as related data access, storage, management, presentation, connectivity and middleware software products,11:30AM to 12:00 Noon.

Followed by Panel Discussion and a Question and Answer Session with Four CIO’s.

CIO Q&A Moderated by Gartner Analyst – The four will provide a CIO perspective and talk about today’s IT trends, ongoing challenges, and future projects they plan to implement at their respective companies. The four CIO’s will also answer attendee questions collected at registration and during an interactive session with the audience.

Panelists: Daniel Barchi, CIO Yale New Haven Health System, Mike Byam, CIO Commercial Lines, The Hartford, Allan Campbell, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) MassMutual Financial Group,

Chris Friday, Senior Vice President& CIO, Mohegan Sun


Afternoon Panels (1:00PM to 2:15 PM)

First Topic: Thinking Agile – Adopting Iterative Development Methods

It all sounds good on paper; six weeks to delivery each time, exciting “Scrum” sessions; “Epics, Stories and Sprints”. Great! But really, what are we talking about? When is Agile truly superior in project execution and what kinds of projects aren’t naturally Agile-fit? Learn from the panelists how they implemented Agile in their organizations and what lessons they learned.

Moderated By: Rick Huebner, President & CEO Visual Technologies, Inc.

Panelists: Kimberly Dornisch, Vice President, IT Effectiveness, MassMutual Financial Group, Sue Bergamo, CIO, Net Atlantic, Marl Allard, Chief Architect, Wealth Management, Hartford Financial Services Group,

Second Topic: Business and Technology Modernization


Modernization has typically been aligned to technology: “How do I get off of my 40 year old mainframe?”  Though this question still applies, “modernization” now also applies to practices like data management and ranges to business effectiveness and operational excellence.  This session

focuses on three aspects of modernization: technology, data and business.  Attendees will hear the why’s and how’s of modernization from business and technology professionals who have gone through transformational modernization efforts in their organizations

Moderated By: Ernst Renner, CEO, NEOS, LLC

Panelists: Mike Byam, CIO Commercial Lines, The Hartford, Allan Campbell, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) MassMutual Financial Group, Joe Held, Senior Vice President & Global Chief Information Officer, Readers Digest Association, Inc and TBA’s

Third Topic: The Cloud for SMB’s: Three Case Studies

We have moved beyond defining the Cloud. Hear how three Connecticut companies have implemented cloud computing as they talk about their successful applications

Moderated By: Rob Stephenson, Chief Revenue Officer, XAND

Panelists: James Billotta, Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Matt McCormack, CEO, Quantum Discovery, Andy Greenawalt, Founder & CEO, Continuity Control.

End of Day Tours of Mohegan Sun (2:15PM to 3:00PM)

At the end of the day Mohegan Sun attendees will have the option to get a sneak peek at three of Mohegan Sun’s operations. Attendees will have the option of seeing where the high rollers stay when gambling at Mohegan Sun. The visit to the 36th floor luxury suites where they stay will be one of the offered tours.

Ever wonder how all those meals get cooked and how big the kitchen is at Mohegan Sun? A second tour will open the door to the culinary secrets at Mohegan Sun.

The third tour will take you backstage to Mohegan Sun Arena to see dressing rooms, production staging and to hear insider stories about the big-name stars who perform at the arena.

Sponsors of this year’s event include:

  • Accuvant
  • Comcast Business Services
  • Dell Computer
  • Information Builders Inc.
  • Robert Half Technologies
  • ServiceNow