2012 InformationWeek 500 Conference Expands Speaker Lineup

Leading Business Technology Executives From General Motors, Allstate, Google, And Other Top Companies To Take The Stage At Prestigious CIO Event

Sep 6, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- InformationWeek 500 Conference announced additional sessions and speakers for its 21st annual event, whose theme is "Throw Out The Old IT Rulebook." The InformationWeek 500 Conference takes place September 9-11, 2012, at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, Calif.  For more information, go to www.informationweekconference.com.

Among the added keynote interviews and sessions:

  • Keynote Interview: General Motors VP & CIO Randy Mott – General Motors no longer has the luxury of managing its sprawling IT operations the same old way. Emerging from bankruptcy protection and a controversial $50 billion government bailout, GM tapped veteran CIO Randy Mott earlier this year to lead what he calls an "IT transformation." Mott's plan: Replace IT outsourcers with in-house staff on an unprecedented scale; consolidate data centers, data marts, and applications; build and hire for four U.S.-based software development centers; require thorough cost-benefit analyses for every new IT project; and perhaps most important, get IT employees to spend more of their time on new development and less on maintenance and support. InformationWeek editor in chief Rob Preston will question Mott about the ambitious three-year plan, which is fraught with risk. Mott plans to draw on his CIO experiences at Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Wal-Mart to overhaul the way GM delivers and innovates with IT.
  • Keynote: Google In The Enterprise, Featuring Michael Lock, Vice President, Google Enterprise, and Clay Bavor, Head of Product Management, Google Enterprise How serious is Google about enterprise IT needs? The boundless company that re-invented search and created the Android mobile operating system seems to dip its toes into nearly every viable digital market, from media to social to cloud. As Google wedges itself into the enterprise with search, apps, platforms, and infrastructure, it gives IT organizations new choices. However, enterprise IT remains only a small sliver of its nearly $40 billion in revenue. InformationWeek editorial director Fritz Nelson will chat with two of the principal architects of Google's foray into the enterprise to assess just how serious Google is.

Newly announced 2012 InformationWeek speakers and panelists include:

  • Anthony Bettini, Co-Founder & CEO, Appthority
  • Richard Boly, Director of eDiplomacy, U.S. Department of State
  • Nick Colisto, VP and CIO, Hovnanian Enterprises Inc.
  • Michael A. Davis, CEO, Savid Technologies Inc.
  • Jonathan Feldman, Director, IT Services, City of Asheville, N.C.
  • Matt Manzella, Director of Technology Innovation, Allstate
  • Steve Garrity, Co-Founder & CTO, Hearsay Social
  • Jim Hagemann Snabe, co-CEO, SAP
  • Ron Hira, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Drew Hylbert, Engineering Director, Opower
  • George Kurtz, Co-Founder and CEO, CrowdStrike
  • Gaurav Manglik, Co-Founder and CEO, CliQr Technologies
  • James Staten, VP and Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
  • Richard Thomas, CIO, Quintiles
  • Chenxi Wang, VP and Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
  • Ben Werther, Founder and CEO, Platfora

Now in its 21st year, the InformationWeek 500 Conference celebrates the 500 most innovative users of business technology across America.  Past overall winners include PACCAR Inc., The Vanguard Group, CME Group, National Semiconductor, Con-Way, and Principal Financial Group.  The event also honors the top Government IT Innovators.  Past winners include the Internal Revenue Service, the Transportation Security Administration's Office of Information Technology, and the U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Marshals Service.

This year's conference sponsors include HCL Technologies, Dell, Riverbed, VMware, IBM, Microsoft, Rimini Street Inc., T-Systems, Vidyo Inc., Information Builders, and Liaison Technologies.

Attendance at the InformationWeek 500 Conference is limited to approximately 250 CIOs and other high-level business technology executives to foster dialog among participants.  General attendee registration can be found at the conference website; only qualified registrants will be accepted. Media credentials are also extended upon request; interested media should contact Winnie Ng-Schuchman at wng@techweb.com.

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