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15th annual Taste of IT Conference

Sinclair Conference Center, November 17, 2021

Join over 400 IT Professionals for a day of networking and learning!

Registration and Sponsorships can be purchased here!

Announcing the 2021 Sessions:

Opening Keynote:

The Digital Economy - Kenneth McGee, Research Fellow, CIO Practice, Info-Tech Research Group

Lunch Keynote:

CIO Leadership PanelTransformation Perspectives: What it Means to Modernize, Simplify, and Accelerate

David Burns, CIO, GE Aviation

Dr. Thomas Skill, Associate Provost and CIO, University of Dayton

Devon Valencia, CIO, CareSource

Moderated by Tom Pohlmann, EVP of Customer Success & CMO, AHEAD

Cloud & Collaboration Track

Build a Foundation for Any Enterprise Workload using Azure Storage - Andrea Waugh Metzger, Senior Azure Specialist, Microsoft

Getting Control of Cloud Costs - Steve Daly, Senior Director Technology, Fusion Alliance

The hybrid office is the future and will present new challenges to businesses that we can solve with CBTS/Cincinnati Bell Technology - Joe Ropp, Director of Commercial Sales, Cincinnati Bell & Brent Baker, Senior Sales Engineer, CBTS

Lift and Shift to The Cloud - Jake Hewitt, Tenet3

Workflows to M365 Power Platform - Richard Toland, Chief Technology Officer, Focal Point Solutions

Cybersecurity Track

Advanced Persistent Threats: Root Causes and Solutions - Bilge Karabacak, Lead Faculty, Franklin University

The Evolution of Ransomware and Recipes to Defend Against It - Dan Wilkins, Director of Cyber Defense, CareSource

Prepare for the Unthinkable - Knowing How to Navigate the Inevitable Cyber Attack - Bryan Hogan, President/CEO, Afidence, Inc.

SASE is the future of SD-WAN and Network Security - Nick Enger, CTO, Advanced Technology Consulting (ATC)

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing...Living off the Land - Chris Kuhl, CISO/CTO, Dayton Children's Hospital

Data & Analytics Track

Blend Your Digital and Data Clouds for Better Decision-Making - John Kitson, Business and Data Analysis Leader, CoStrategix

Data Actionability: Rightsizing data presentment for every user type - John DeCaprio, VP, Fusion Alliance

Data Rocket - an Internet-of-Things distributed data processing platform - Philip Moore, VP Engineering Innovation R&D, 84.51°

Uncover Sentiment, Opinions and Other Insights With Text Data Analysis Using Cloud APIs - Andrew Murphy, Business Intelligence Consultant, Integrity Data Insights

What Data Scientists and Engineers can learn from each other - Nick Hamilton, VP Engineering, 84.51°

Developers Track

Agile Approaches to Project Estimation and Future Planning - Michael Miller, Scrum Master & Agile Coach, Smart Data

Leveraging cloud and API enterprise strategies to drive true digital transformation - John Dages, Sr. Solutions Director, Fusion Alliance

Low-Code/No-Code Software: A Game Changer for Small, K-12 School Districts - Margaret Swanson, EMIS Coordinator, Huber Heights City Schools

Software Release Speed with Quality – the synergies and ecosystem of DevOps Pipelines, QA SDETs and SREs - Dave Middendorf, 84.51°

Developers Panel Topic

Leadership Track

The Case for Leadership Agility - Aaron Kopel, CEO, Project Brilliant, LLC

Document Management-Pre and Post-Pandemic - Leah Seymour, Senior Sales Director & Zak Danison, Director of Software, Modern Office Methods

Everything I know about leadership I learned from my 6 year olds - Jim Sparks, Scrum Master, Midmark

How Co-Managed Partnerships Can Benefit In-House Technicians - Kyle Hamilton, Vice President, Opti-Vise IT

Academic Panel - Workforce Development Sinclair College, University of Dayton, and Wright State University

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