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Monday, April 1
 

8:00am

8:30am

Leading a Data-Driven Organization – A Practical Guide to Transforming Yourself and Your Organization to Win the Data Science Revolution
 This is a workshop designed after the book of the same name. It is onsite, in-person learning designed for all levels of leaders within an organization. Filled with stories and real-world examples, the workshop will walk through the concepts of data science with an eye for what leaders need to know. From “What Data Science Does” to “Organizational Challenges,” the workshop makes sure you “Know if the Answers are Right.” With sections titled, “How Data Science is Done” and “Time is Not Your Friend” you get straight talk about business challenges and opportunities. Whether you are faced with your first data science project or you are just thinking about how to use the latest data science tools for your company’s benefit, this workshop is for you.
The author, Gordon Summers, is a data science consultant who has helped companies from large Fortune 500 corporations to small not-for-profit companies. He also teaches data science and has helped many leaders understand and implement data science within their organizations. In this book, the author’s casual style helps demystify an emerging technology with no difficult formulas to memorize.

Speakers
avatar for Nate Watson

Nate Watson

president, Contemporary Analysis
Since becoming president of CAN in early 2015, Nate has tirelessly led the charge for Omaha to become a major hub of data science in the US. He has started a peer and mentor network for beginner data scientists, created the Omaha Data Science Academy to educate those needing additional... Read More →
avatar for Gordon Summers

Gordon Summers

Senior Data Strategist, Contemporary Analysis
Gordon is the Senior Data Strategist at Contemporary Analysis (CAN), a modern data science consulting firm in Omaha, NE, and author of: Leading a Data Science Organization. He has led hundreds of projects including data science strategy, machine learning, data lake and data engineering... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 8:30am - 12:30pm
Dapper I

9:00am

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Training-Day 1 of 2 Day Course
Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
This training provides all of the core concepts taught by top-rated trainers and expert coaches from Agile For All. Beyond learning the Scrum framework the trainers will, inspire, challenge and motivate you. We guarantee our CSM workshop will be a one-of-a-kind experience, instilling confidence to engage successful Agile practices right away.
During the workshop you will:
  • Learn the underlying Agile principles, practices, techniques to succeed as a ScrumMaster.
  • Gain insights on how to facilitate, coach, resolve conflict and lead a team.
  • Benefit from real world industry experiences so the course material remains relevant to your needs. 
This workshop includes: 
  • Bound copy of the course materials
  • CSM Exam Prep Review booklet
  • Access to free Scrum and Agile resources
Upon completion you will: 
  • After completing this course you will become a Certified ScrumMaster® by passing a short exam on the Scrum Alliance website.
Who this workshop is designed forIf you work in an organization that creates any sort of product, then you are an ideal CSM candidate.  While the course is primarily designed for people filling the role of ScumMaster, anyone who wants to help their organization be more successful is encouraged to attend. 
If you are already on a Scrum team you will learn how to become a change agent to help your team achieve a higher level of success.
  • Architects
  • Business Analysts
  • DBAs
  • Developers
  • Directors
  • Documentation Specialists
  • Executives
  • Managers
  • Marketing People
  • Product Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Testers
  • Team Members
  • Sales People
  • Operations and Support
  • Technical Writers
  • Trainers
This workshop will run from April 1st through April 2nd.

CSM early course registration: $995 
CSM regular pricing: $1,195 

Speakers
avatar for Bob Hartman

Bob Hartman

Certified Scrum Trainer, Agile For All
Bob Hartman, known to his clients as “Agile Bob” is a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Scrum Coach (CSC) based in Aurora, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. He trains and coaches for companies throughout the United States as well as internationally. He blogs... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Fedora ll
 
Tuesday, April 2
 

7:30am

8:30am

Welcome & Opening Keynote: Adaptability: Small Steps for Everyday Innovation, Josh Berry
In a world of constant change, there is a push to adopt the latest and greatest technologies to manage your business or adopt the newest approaches to leading your people. What if we stopped thinking about the next management trend or tool we needed to adopt, but instead work on how we adapt overall? It isn’t about how we work through the next shift or transformation, but how we build the capability to continuously transform.
From Boulder to Bahrain to Bogota, Josh Berry has spent the last fifteen years working with dozens of startups and Fortune 500 companies to understand how their organizations grow as their people adapt. During this interactive opening keynote, Josh will share brand new research and a few practical tips on the habits of adaptable teams and how leaders can create an environment to foster adaptability. Attendees will even learn how to take small steps during the rest of the conference to increase their adaptability.



Speakers
avatar for Josh Berry

Josh Berry

Co-Founder + CEO, Econic
Josh is a world-class consultant and teacher, especially passionate about helping organizations execute on innovation. He serves as an active mentor and workshop presenter at numerous seed-stage accelerators across the US, giving him direct access to the latest tools and teams in... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Windsor Ballroom

9:00am

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Training-Day 2 of 2 Day Course
Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
This training provides all of the core concepts taught by top-rated trainers and expert coaches from Agile For All. Beyond learning the Scrum framework the trainers will, inspire, challenge and motivate you. We guarantee our CSM workshop will be a one-of-a-kind experience, instilling confidence to engage successful Agile practices right away.
During the workshop you will:
  • Learn the underlying Agile principles, practices, techniques to succeed as a ScrumMaster.
  • Gain insights on how to facilitate, coach, resolve conflict and lead a team.
  • Benefit from real world industry experiences so the course material remains relevant to your needs. 
This workshop includes: 
  • Bound copy of the course materials
  • CSM Exam Prep Review booklet
  • Access to free Scrum and Agile resources
Upon completion you will: 
  • After completing this course you will become a Certified ScrumMaster® by passing a short exam on the Scrum Alliance website.
Who this workshop is designed forIf you work in an organization that creates any sort of product, then you are an ideal CSM candidate.  While the course is primarily designed for people filling the role of ScumMaster, anyone who wants to help their organization be more successful is encouraged to attend. 
If you are already on a Scrum team you will learn how to become a change agent to help your team achieve a higher level of success.
  • Architects
  • Business Analysts
  • DBAs
  • Developers
  • Directors
  • Documentation Specialists
  • Executives
  • Managers
  • Marketing People
  • Product Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Testers
  • Team Members
  • Sales People
  • Operations and Support
  • Technical Writers
  • Trainers
This workshop will run from April 1st through April 2nd.

CSM early course registration: $995 
CSM regular pricing: $1,195 


Speakers
avatar for Bob Hartman

Bob Hartman

Certified Scrum Trainer, Agile For All
Bob Hartman, known to his clients as “Agile Bob” is a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Scrum Coach (CSC) based in Aurora, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. He trains and coaches for companies throughout the United States as well as internationally. He blogs... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Fedora ll

9:30am

9:45am

Ideation, Problem Solving and Continuous Improvement
At Kiewit, innovation happens every day, in our offices and on construction job sites. This breakout session will provide a brief overview of how our corporate culture drives continuous improvement and provide attendees practical methods they can use to ideate and work with a team to develop and realize practical solutions to problems.
The session will have three sections:
- A brief overview of Kiewit corporate culture and why innovation is important (5 minutes)
- The Ball Game activity, a competitive team exercise that demonstrates method analysis (30 minutes)
- An overview and demonstration of Brain Writing, an alternative to brain storming, which is a proven method to quickly generate and categorize ideas (10 minutes)
I'd be happy to provide additional documentation on the Ball Game and Brain Writing, which we facilitate here at the Kiewit Innovation Center in Kiewit University.



Speakers
avatar for David Giuliani

David Giuliani

Innovation Center Manager, Kiewit
 At Kiewit, one of the largest construction subcontractors in North America, innovation happens every day, out on job sites and in offices throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.   As the manager of Kiewit’s Innovation Center, I help gather and document innovative ideas and find... Read More →



Tuesday April 2, 2019 9:45am - 10:30am
Windsor Vll-Vlll

9:45am

Introduction to Decentralized Applications and Blockchain Development
 Introduction to decentralized application development, blockchain development tools, and real-world use-cases. This talk gives a high-level overview of blockchain technologies and cryptocurrency and provides developers with the tools to start developing on blockchain.

Speakers
avatar for CJ Obermaier

CJ Obermaier

DevOps Engineer, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City


Tuesday April 2, 2019 9:45am - 10:30am
Dapper II

9:45am

Machine Learning, AI, Predictive Machine, Where We're at and Where We're Going
Will explore the disruption that is coming across industries due to the rapid advances that are being made in machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, and predictive machines.  This is based on my 40 years experience in computing and process automation while working with these systems, and extensive reading and study of the area.

In addition to touching on the need for more folks in the discipline and how to prepare yourself for the a more active role in the area I will discuss some of the areas and indistries that are about to be disrupted by the technology and how to prepare both yourself and your company..

More information on my background and a link to last years presentation can be found at:
https://whatsaythedata.com/


Speakers
avatar for Paul Prusa

Paul Prusa

Sr. Engineer, Nebraska Medicine
I have been actively involved for over 40 years' now working with data, business processes automation, software and business change. My experience includes installing many of the first imaging/workflow system in the Midwest before joining Zurich where we designed and implemented... Read More →



Tuesday April 2, 2019 9:45am - 10:30am
Windsor IX-X

9:45am

Practical Cloud Based AI
AI as a Cloud based Service, will be the main emphasis of this session.  The major cloud vendors (AWS, Azure and GCP) are providing variety of tools, frameworks, and infrastructure for building AI models and applications using rudimentary building blocks at one end of the spectrum to providing AI as a service at the other end.  You will learn the various cloud based AI services available which you could leverage without the complexities of ML, Data Science and deep learning algorithms.  I will familiarize you with the available AI Services so you could then easily identify possible use cases in your domain and potentially implement a AI solution fairly quickly. 
 
This session is NOT intended to teach the foundational and mathematical concepts of ML and AI. No programming or model building will be discussed.


Speakers
avatar for Sudhir Gajre

Sudhir Gajre

General Manager, Data, AI, and Cloud, DB Best Technologies
Sudhir has over 25 years of experience in the Data Management and Analytics field.  He is currently part of the Executive Leadership team at DB Best Technologies, a company focused on Data Management and Application Dev.  He runs the Central US business, where he is responsible... Read More →



Tuesday April 2, 2019 9:45am - 10:30am
Dapper I

9:45am

Predictive Analytics- Utilizing Artificial Intelligence to Solve 80% of Compute and Storage Issues Automatically
Predictive Analytics eliminates wasted time and headaches by transforming how compute and storage is managed and supported. Through cloud-based predictive analytics and machine learning, this technology predicts and resolves 86% of problems before your business is impacted and ensures up to 99.9999% of guaranteed availability. And, as it analyzes and correlates millions of sensors every second, all users benefit as their systems get smarter and more reliable. Predictive Analytics watches over your infrastructure 24/7 so you don’t have to spend your days, nights, and weekends dealing with compute and storage issues anymore.

Speakers
avatar for David Pierce

David Pierce

Solutions Architect, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
I'm a long term professional working in IT for over 30 years, focusing on my customers before products as without strong customer relationships & understanding we have nothing. Currently I’m solving storage challenges for our customers in Nebraska & Iowa.


Tuesday April 2, 2019 9:45am - 10:30am
Dapper III

10:30am

11:00am

Dealing with Difficult People
Learning about indicated trends, preparing for the future will be critical for businesses and organizations. This session will consider what resources are available for mitigating these threats and how to prepare for them.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Richards

Linda Richards

Partner, PRISM Advisors
Linda Richards is currently the chair of the board for the technology start-up, SPARQ Data Solutions.  Linda has a knack for brainstorming and generating new ideas for marketing, fund raising, educating, and development. She has served in numerous local and statewide board level... Read More →



Tuesday April 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Dapper II

11:00am

Designing Scalable Oracle Database Solutions in AWS
EC2 or RDS? RAC or Single Instance? What Instance Size and what Storage Tier? Deploying an Oracle Database on AWS can lead to a confusing quagmire of questions for the DBA new to Amazon Web Services public cloud.

During this presentation, we will discuss the specific architectural limitations and opportunities unique to running an Oracle Database in AWS, with a particular focus on architectural choices that will impact scalability, maintainability, high availability, and performance. We will share our experiences working with clients to migrate their Oracle workloads to the cloud. Examples of successful use case architectures in the AWS public cloud will be explored ranging from the smallest low-cost RDS workloads to the largest RAC on EC2 installations.

You’ll leave with a better understanding of the decisions a DBA has to make when architecting an Oracle Database workloads in the AWS cloiud and a list of questions you should be asking when considering moving your Oracle applications and databases to the AWS cloud. and a checklist of frequent "gotchas" to avoid.


Speakers
avatar for Nick Walter

Nick Walter

Principal Architect, House of Brick Technologies
Nick has more than 15 years of experience with enterprise IT solutions including expertise in AWS, VMware, and Oracle technologies.  He started in the Telecom sector, engineering clustered Oracle database solutions for real time rating platforms.  Nick holds certifications from... Read More →



Tuesday April 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Dapper I

11:00am

How to Innovate - Using White Space Analysis to Spark Disruption in an Industry
Spending resources to obtain patent protection on innovation is not necessarily the right business decision for every company. In fact, for some companies, patenting can initially be a business detriment and/or an inefficient use of capital. Yet, this is not to say the patent universe is not one of (if not the) greatest learning tool on the planet for sparking white space innovation and driving disruption in an industry.

To demonstrate the disruption white space analysis can have on an industry, this presentation recounts a situation where the presenter used white space analysis to develop a technology centered around a unique solution to a real world problem, secured around 20 patents, and ultimately sold the technology to Garmin Industries. Learnings captured from an in-depth review of the state of the art and the identification of a white space gap led to the identification and refinement of technology primed for a less sophisticated industry. This presentation explores the development of the technology to fill the white space gap, and how that technology became valuable to one of the largest technology companies in the world.


Speakers
avatar for Erik Antonson

Erik Antonson

Patent Agent, Advent
Erik Antonson is a Patent Agent at Advent.  Erik has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Computer Science with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence.  At Advent, Erik specializes in several aspects related to patents and innovation analytics... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Grace

Ryan Grace

Owner / Partner, Advent, LLP
Ryan Grace is an Owner of Advent, a law firm devoted to intellectual property, innovation and technology.  He sits on the innovation teams for some of the largest companies in the word and provides business analytics around innovating in tangential markets and whitespace.  Ryan... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Windsor Vll-Vlll

11:00am

Key Indicators to Managing Technology Risk
Managing risk is critical to your company's reputation. With tighter Privacy regulations and more breaches happening everyday, managing risk in a smart way is future to being secure.
Third party data breaches, social media data leaks, phishing campaigns, all add up to where personal data is most vulnerable.
What is the key to staying secure - better tool or better people ?

Speakers
avatar for Sunil Singh

Sunil Singh

Director Technology Risk and Compliance, Athene USA Corporation
Experienced Multi-Industry Executive and Entrepreneur with 20+ years of Financial services, Higher Ed and Operations experience. Has global experience in two fortune 500 companies and has led many initiatives tied to Software development and IT Controls across North America and Asia... Read More →
avatar for Kent Deal

Kent Deal

Sr. System Reliability Engineer
25+ years experience in IT from entrepreneur to Engineer to department management of various infrastructure systems.  Ultimately specializing in enterprise compliance and Disaster Recovery management with a focus on the insurance and finance industries. Education:Bachelor of Science... Read More →



Tuesday April 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Windsor IX-X

11:00am

The Power of Azure DevOps
There are many tools available today that can be used to augment your DevOps practices. With Azure DevOps you can pick and choose which tools work best for your existing processes. In this talk, we'll take a look at the tools provided with Azure DevOps such as Azure Boards, Azure Pipelines, Azure Repos, Azure Test Plans, and Azure Artifacts. We will also look at how these tools can integrate with each other to provide value to your software development and delivery workflows. Whether you are delivering software on-premises or in the cloud, building open source or commercial solutions, using .NET, Java, Swift or any other language, you should see what Azure DevOps has to offer.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Bramwell

Jeff Bramwell

VP - Enterprise Architecture, Farm Credit Services of America



Tuesday April 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Dapper III

11:45am

NETWORKING LUNCH: Lunch Keynote:"Lessons Learned from the US Space Program - Recent Past and Near Future" Dr. Garrett Reisman
Using a variety of examples from his personal experiences with the NASA Space Shuttle and Space Station Programs and SpaceX, Astronaut Garrett Reisman will illustrate the importance of inspiration, determination, visionary leadership, innovation and failure for any organization looking to manage risk and achieve mission success.



Speakers
avatar for Dr. Garrett Reisman

Dr. Garrett Reisman

Dr. Reisman was selected by NASA as a mission specialist Astronaut in 1998. His first mission was aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, in 2008, which dropped him off for a 95 day mission aboard the International Space Station after which he returned to Earth aboard the Space Shuttle... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 11:45am - 1:15pm
Windsor Ballroom

1:15pm

ADA Compliance for Websites
When building a new office, new restaurant, new public space, etc. the architects and builders are legally required to be complaint with the American with Disabilities Act. In the same line of thinking, successful lawsuits have been filed against both large and small companies arguing that their websites are "places of public accommodation" and thus liable for ADA compliance.  Come discover what is happening in the technical world of ADA compliance, what are some top ADA compliance issues on the web to look out for and how to solve them. 

Speakers
avatar for Jamie McNeely

Jamie McNeely

Wave Interative


Tuesday April 2, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Dapper II

1:15pm

Considering Purpose, People, and Process when Managing Change
 By applying lean and agile principles to talent management processes, leaders can limit the resources required to motivate performance and accelerate change. ThriVinci will share best practices for creating a north star, crafting and managing talent-centric processes, and establishing a flexible team accepting of change. After reviewing the foundations of lean, specifically, emphasizing value-added activities, attendees will review structured interview techniques to conduct a customer-focused needs assessment along with tools to diagram and understand process flow to enable identification of bottlenecks that need addressed. After learning how to better assess the current state, ADKAR change management techniques will be highlighted to help leaders build a culture of continuous improvement. Next, ThriVinci will share case studies of organizations utilizing Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) as a framework for ensuring performance outcomes align with organizational goals. Yet most importantly, as management by objectives are often hindered by role ambiguity and the employees’ inability to recognize organizational goals, ThriVinci will end with highlighting people-oriented talent management practices that support lean workflow management processes as talent is the most valuable resource. 





Speakers
avatar for Victoria Graeve-Cunningham

Victoria Graeve-Cunningham

Executive Director and Organizational Consultant, ThriVinci
By integrating over 10 years of lean project management experiences and organizational development theory, Victoria worked with an amazing team to launch ThriVinci, which promotes talent development through volunteerism. Though she often supports strategic planning and change management... Read More →
avatar for Mitch Cunningham

Mitch Cunningham

Business Analyst, Werner Enterprises
For the past 10 years, Mitch has supported BI development at multiple Fortune 500 companies along with one of the largest US private companies. After receiving his BS in MIS from the University of Nebraska, he earned his MBA from Creighton University to complement formal training... Read More →
avatar for Kelsey Haswell

Kelsey Haswell

Lean Improvement Specialist, Nebraska Methodist Health
For the past 6 years, Kelsey has worked in the healthcare industry, an industry with vast opportunity in standardizing process and eliminating waste from process. She was worked on a variety of initiatives, including: decreasing in procedure time, standardizing survivorship care plans... Read More →



Tuesday April 2, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Windsor Vll-Vlll

1:15pm

Cybersecurity Trends and How to Prepare for Them
Cybersecurity trends are multifaceted. From a skills gap perspective, there are currently 313,735 vacancies in the United States in both the public and private sectors. Some sources indicate a shortage of 2.5 million cybersecurity employees globally. From a consumer perspective, IoT (Internet of Things) devices will be the greatest concern in the future. Manufacturers want to make money and sell products. Often, security is not taken into consideration as the product is being designed, leaving software and hardware vulnerable to attack. Google is working on a new protocol for IoT. More daunting is the critical infrastructure for the Nation. Attackers have tried to compromise utility providers to gain access to our power grid and other utilities. Compromise of public utilities could be catastrophic if it leads to a major outage.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Sparks

Gary Sparks

Program Director and Faculty, Metropolitan Community College
Gary Sparks is Program Director of the Metropolitan Community College Cybersecurity Center and, a full-time faculty member. With a total of 36 years experience in law enforcement, security, network operations and data center management with the United States Air Force. He is an adjunct... Read More →



Tuesday April 2, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Dapper I

1:15pm

Extraordinary Data Strategy: How to Achieve Business and Technical Alignment
'The Modern Data and Analytics Platform' -- that mythical creature that eats raw data and spits out gold. Everyone wants one, and everywhere you look, companies are making significant investments in time and money to try and get their hands on one.

Yet even with their buzzword status, the reality is that most BI, Data Analytics, and Data Science initiatives are still considered failures by the organizations that sponsor them. Why is this? The requirement for significant organizational change, rare and in-demand technical skillsets, and a shockingly complex and rapidly shifting technical landscape are certainly contributing factors, but what can we DO about it?

You've seen this scenario before: a lack of business and technical alignment causes a cascade of expensive technical pivots, missed deadlines, stressed developers, development backtracking, and further breakdowns in communication. Add to this the intangible nature of data and the magnitude of business expense for data initiatives, and this cycle can quickly spiral out of control.

Is there a better strategy for data strategy? I believe there is. In this talk, I draw on experience gained and lessons learned while designing and implementing a wide variety of data platforms to present a philosophy and actionable strategies that business leaders and technologists can use to make their next data initiative an extraordinary success.


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Riley

Sarah Riley

Data Architect, TEAM Software
Sarah has never been able to choose between Data Science and Data Architecture and so has spent her career doing both. She is currently a Data Architect at TEAM Software, working on a multi-tenant cloud data platform for analytics and business intelligence. Sarah is also a published... Read More →



Tuesday April 2, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Windsor IX-X

2:00pm

2:15pm

How Not to Get Hacked
"I don't have to be faster than the bear, I only have to be faster than you" is a common saying used to denote the idea that you don't have to be the best/fastest and instead just have to be better than others. This presentation is based around the same idea for security. You don't have to be the best, just better than the other 99% of systems out there to dramatically reduce your risk of being hacked. This talk is based around how to help a Small/Medium Business reduce their risk of being hacked. The goal is to help a company figure out ways to improve their security without dramatically impacting their budgets or processes.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Grothe

Aaron Grothe

Board Member, NEbraskaCERT
Aaron Grothe has worked as a Unix Admin, an Information Security Architect and an Oracle DBA.  He has several contributions that have been accepted into the Linux Kernel.  He is a two time winner of the International Obfuscated C Code Contest (IOCCC).  He is currently working at... Read More →



Tuesday April 2, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Windsor Vll-Vlll

2:15pm

How to Hire a Data Scientist: A guide for those tasked with finding the hardest to find people on the planet
Understand parallel skill sets that potential employees might have that aren't exactly what you have in the job description, and

Understand the cultural makeup of a data science team, how that may vary from your current culture, and how to combat this to attract the talent you want and need.



Speakers
avatar for Nate Watson

Nate Watson

president, Contemporary Analysis
Since becoming president of CAN in early 2015, Nate has tirelessly led the charge for Omaha to become a major hub of data science in the US. He has started a peer and mentor network for beginner data scientists, created the Omaha Data Science Academy to educate those needing additional... Read More →



Tuesday April 2, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Dapper I

2:15pm

Techniques for Achieving Software Compliance in Your DevOps Practices
Many organizations have strict compliance controls such as HiTrust, SOC 2, and PCI to help ensure software development teams meet all requirements before they can go to production. Traditionally these compliance controls require manual approvals and processes that can delay deployments for days, weeks, or even months.
In the session, I will explain techniques for understanding the existing controls and how to achieve the same compliance through automation while allowing compliance groups to be able to review and audit each step of the process. We will explore how compliance can be incorporated into the software delivery process addressing typical controls such as separation of duties, secure code, and infrastructure compliance.



Speakers
avatar for Mike Douglas

Mike Douglas

Solutions Consultant, Deliveron
Mike Douglas is a Solution Consultant at Deliveron Consulting Services.  He specializes in working with development teams to implement secure DevOps solutions to eliminate traditional silos between development, testing, security, and operations to establish cohesive processes from idea to production.    He is the Omaha DevOps meetup organizer and has... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Windsor IX-X

2:15pm

Why Microsoft Power BI is the Best Choice for Data Analytics
The strategy of how Business Intelligence (BI) is used within organizations has changed significantly over recent years. As companies move along their journeys to mature their BI practices, the hurdles of business scalability and responsiveness have become critical impediments to enabling a data-driven culture. With Microsoft Power BI, companies have the capabilities to enable everyone in the organization to analyze their data, ask the questions that will help them run their business better, and act based on the insights they find.
Join us to hear our real-world experience and our perspective as to why Microsoft Power BI is the best approach for data analytics capabilities. Microsoft Power BI capabilities allow business users to connect to hundreds of data sources, clean and transform data prior to analysis, leverage natural language features to more easily query data, create real-time dashboards, and publish reports and visualizations to a broader audience across a range of devices.

Topics include:
· Understand the business value of Microsoft Power BI
· Examples of real-world solutions leveraging Microsoft Power BI
· Demo the capabilities of Microsoft Power BI


Speakers
avatar for Lucas Sahm

Lucas Sahm

Solutions Consultant, Deliveron
avatar for Michael Parisen

Michael Parisen

Solution Consultant, Deliveron


Tuesday April 2, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Dapper II

3:00pm

3:15pm

Bringing Ingenuity Back to Engineering
Developers, do you have innovative ideas that go unheard? Product Owners, does it feel like the solutions you deliver lack ingenuity? We have agile stories, empowered teams, and the latest in technology and yet we all know we could be doing better, we just don’t know how to unleash the fury. A surefire approach you are afraid to try is ShipIt Days.

ShipIt Days are an approach and a mindset to allow your team the opportunity to capitalize on innovation and their natural desire to do good things. Inspired by Google’s 20% time, 3M’s 15% time, and Atlassian’s ShipIt Days, we have been putting a new spin on this “free time” concept for years to deliver innovative, motivated and sustainable results.

In this crash course, we will cover the What, How and Why of ShipIt Days. Our goal is to arm you with the tools and enthusiasm to fight for these activities on your teams. From communicating the idea to practical applications we offer you our real world experiences and the approaches we have successfully used on our projects.

If you’re a developer, project manager or product owner this talk is for you.


Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Tuck

Nicholas Tuck

Software Gardener, Proxibid
Nicholas Tuck is an all purpose software gardener with a broad range of experience from startups, to enterprise level web services. He's worked in many industries including Air Force Weather, Locomotives, Property Management, Health, and most recently Online Live Auctions. Nick's... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Andersen

Kathy Andersen

Scrum Master, Hudl
Kathy serves as a Scrum Master at Hudl. There, she has the honor of working with talented teams and individuals supporting the "business" side of the Hudl's efforts to market, sell, support, and report on the company's products and services.Kathy took an uncommon route to the software... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Windsor Vll-Vlll

3:15pm

Building a Cloud Security & Operating Model
Securely operating in the cloud through a business-accepted operating model is easier than you think. Cut through the chaos, standardize requirements, and leverage relationships to streamline security & the cloud.

In a cloud-first era, enterprises are continually enhancing technology to keep up with customer demands. With new, faster and more functional technology comes expanded information security & risk management complexities. In order to bring order to chaos, it’s critical to understand how to secure a multi-cloud model, build a repeatable operation model & leverage efficiencies. Learn how to fine tune your security initiatives to effectively cover your most important assets. Put your existing security processes & solutions to work protecting your data from multi-cloud environments and digital initiatives to container and application development platforms.

Organizations have also realized they need to realign their IT skillsets to take advantage of the cloud & automation shift. Learn first-hand how enterprises are taking an active role to adjust their security services to meet regulatory, customer and business demands, as well as leveraging calculated risk to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the security program.
Learning objectives:
· Understand the gaps between public cloud base packages and what’s required to maintain the same level of security and granularity as on premise infrastructure
· Implement, maintain or enhance your cloud security operating model
· Describe common business drivers & expectations of cloud services.
· Better understand how to tune existing initiatives, plug gaps, and improve security program efficacy



Speakers
avatar for Robert LaMagna-Reiter

Robert LaMagna-Reiter

Chief Information Security Officer, FNTS
Robert LaMagna-Reiter is a leading, trusted cybersecurity expert with knowledge of the latest cyber threats and strategies to mitigate risks. Robert implements information security strategies and roadmaps for FNTS & its clients through risk management; strategy and mitigation tactics... Read More →



Tuesday April 2, 2019 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Dapper II

3:15pm

Machine Learning: The Black Box Revealed
After a Tech degree and a Masters in Econ, when first presented with the challenge to run a Machine Learning team, I was stopped in my tracks. I was on board with statistical models and predictive analytics, but how could machines learn? What was the “black box” between data inputs and outputs that, especially today, is causing so much sensation, anxiety and optimism? This is no longer a mystery for us and hopefully, what we learned in many months, I can shorten for you in a single presentation. In this session we will discuss the key ingredients for a successful Machine Learning start:
• What do we mean when we say “Machine Learning”?
• What you need to get ML going in your organization and the executive support for such initiative?
• How do you obtain the right talent or, if you are the talent, how do you transition in a Machine Learning role?
• When all is said and done, how do you deploy your Machine Learning efforts?
There is a real human and financial impact behind all the hype of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. If we position ourselves and our society accordingly, the age of AI will make a bigger positive impact than any other economic revolution in the past. Let’s help you begin this journey.


Speakers
avatar for Marina Brown

Marina Brown

Manager, Product Development, Werner Enterprises
Marina has been in technology for the last 15 years and started her early exploration of Machine Learning in Electronic Payments more than 5 years ago. She now leads Development and Data Science teams for Werner Enterprises where she helps build cutting edge smart applications.  Marina... Read More →



Tuesday April 2, 2019 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Dapper I

3:15pm

The Role of Organizational Change Management in IT Transformations
The largest challenge in successfully executing IT transformations is not in technology, but in getting people to use it. OCM ensures that the value and benefits from new technology is fully achieved by enabling people to proactively adopt to them. At an era where technology can be deployed quicker than people are able or willing to change, OCM would ensure that adoption to new technology amongst all stakeholders is a detailed and smooth process.
The session would focus upon how to utilize OCM to successfully get impacted stakeholders to adopt to new technology and also boost productivity as a result.


Speakers
avatar for Divagar Krishnamoorthy

Divagar Krishnamoorthy

Business Consultant - OCM, Tech Mahindra
Divagar has a total experience of over 10 years, primarily in the areas of Organizational Change Management, Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Enterprise Resource Planning, Training & Development, Organizational Development and Strategy/Management Consulting.His primary areas... Read More →



Tuesday April 2, 2019 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Windsor IX-X

4:10pm

5:00pm

Networking Reception
Tuesday April 2, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Windsor Ballroom