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Hear from some of the brightest industry thought leaders as they discuss the latest trends & challenges in IT


Rob Carter | FedEx Corporation

EVP Information Services & CIO

Join us in a fireside chat with Rob Carter, one of the preeminent CIOs in the country, who is widely recognized for his innovation and leadership over his 20+ years at FedEx. In this conversation Rob "delivers" on a broad range of topics, including infrastructure challenges faced by a global, distributed team; how an IT organization must approach its relationship with partners (both internal and external); and how building a culture with intention and purpose has been critical to the success of FedEx. These are just a few things we cover in our conversation with Rob.

In addition to his role as Executive Vice President of FedEx Information Services and Chief Information Officer at FedEx Corporation, Carter is a member of the five-person Executive Committee, which plans and executes the corporation’s strategic business activities. He is responsible for setting the technology direction of the FedEx applications, infrastructure and networks that provide around the clock and around the globe support for FedEx product offerings. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer and information science from the University of Florida and his MBA from the University of South Florida. Carter has been awarded many industry accolades, including, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune Magazine’s Executive Dream Team, Forbes Magazine CIO Innovation Award, Information Week's Chief of the Year Award, and a charter inductee of CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame. Carter serves on the Board of Directors of New York Life and Pilot Flying J.

Alysa Taylor | Microsoft

Corporate Vice President, Business Applications & Global Industry Marketing

Taylor is the Corporate Vice President responsible for Microsoft's Business Applications and Global Industry Marketing. She leads the product marketing teams responsible for Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform (Power BI, Power Apps, Power Virtual Agents and Power Automate), as well as the global industry product marketing team. In her keynote, Taylor will introduce the idea of democratizing data and digital to enable IT to impact the broader business. She will share use cases where IT and data has had a major impact on business results and will discuss the tension between “traditional” and “democratized” IT. She will then participate in a Q&A to discuss how they’ve dealt with that tension.

Greg Lavender | VMware


In his role at VMware, Lavender’s main focus area is to ensure VMware’s long-term technology leadership through research and innovative programs, with the primary goal of positively impacting and shaping the future of VMware, its ecosystem and its customers. Lavender has over 35 years of experience in software and hardware product engineering and advanced R&D in industry research labs and academia.

At a time when IT Pros are increasingly being asked to create value for their organizations, innovation has never been more important. Regardless of title or responsibilities, we all need to think like a Chief Innovation Officer, balancing long term vision with the practical needs to get things done today. Innovation, however, is a concept that is easy to promise and difficult to execute. Greg has navigated that tricky road over the course of his career leading large technology organizations, both as a user and vendor. In his keynote he will share his secrets and lessons learned and help us all build that bridge to the future -- rooted in what’s needed to get work done in today’s environment, without losing sight of the opportunity in the future.

Gunter Ollmann | Microsoft

CSO, Cloud and AI Security Division

As Cloud Computing accelerates so does the necessity for adopting security and networking solutions to safely and efficiently power Cloud environments. With data available anywhere at any time, however, Cloud-driven demands on security and networking require next-level coordination, as well as a growing reliance on AI. Join Microsoft’s Cloud and AI Security division CSO Gunter Ollmann as he shares his insights on how these separate IT disciplines will become increasingly intertwined in the service of Cloud Computing.

Gunter Ollmann serves as Chief Security Officer (CSO) within Azure’s Cloud and AI Security group and helps drive the cross-pillar strategy at Microsoft. He has over three decades of information security experience in an array of cyber security consulting, advanced research, and product engineering roles. Before joining Microsoft, Gunter served as CSO at Vectra AI driving new research and innovation into ML and AI-based threat detection of insider threats. Prior to Vectra AI, he served as CTO of Domain Services at NCC Group, where he drove the company's generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) program. He was also CTO at security consulting firm IOActive, CTO and vice president of research at Damballa, Chief Security Strategist at IBM, and built and led well-known and respected security research groups around the world – such as X-Force. Gunter is a widely respected authority on security issues and technologies and has researched, written and published hundreds of technical papers and bylined articles.

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