2012 InformationWeek 500 | 2012 InformationWeek 500 Conference

Opening Keynote: Race Against The Machine
In this keynote discussion, based on his 2011 book of the same name, renowned MIT professor Erik Brynjolfsson talks about how the digital revolution is accelerating innovation, driving productivity, and irreversibly transforming employment and the economy. But all is not well - Brynjolfsson explains how technology is evolving far faster than people can adapt, and why that problem will get even worse as technological innovation continues to grow exponentially.
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- Race Against The Machine: 5 Takeaways For IT
IBM's Watson and the Google car represent just two examples of how the pace of technology change moves faster than we can keep up right now, said MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson. What will that pace mean to IT as a career?
By Laurianne McLaughlin, InformationWeek - September 11, 2012

Pages From The New IT Rulebook
In this session, the dynamic CIOs of three very different companies reveal in rapid-fire vignettes how they and their organizations are delivering market leading business technology innovations in unconventional ways.
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- Allstate, Quintiles Succeed With New IT Rulebook
Leaders tell InformationWeek 500 attendees how crowdsourcing, data mining, and hack-a-thons have boosted IT's value to the business.
By Charles Babcock, InformationWeek - September 11, 2012

At transportation company Union Pacific, big data meets the railroad. CIO Lynden Tennison explains how the company, whose franchises cover 23 states across the western two-thirds of the U.S., does 50 million "pattern matches" a day on data gathered from infrared and acoustic sensors underneath its rail carriages. That analysis identifies wear and tear on bearings and other equipment, letting Union Pacific predict equipment failures days or weeks ahead of time and thus prevent derailments.
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Insurance company Allstate has hosted more than 30 Innovation Blitzes over the past year, using crowdsourcing and game mechanics to solve specific business problems. Learn how the Innovation Blitz program, run by Allstate's Technology Innovation Group and led by Matt Manzella, director of technology innovation, engages employees and solves problems.
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Quintiles has grown IT from a support role to a revenue driver by offering expertise, tools, and services that biopharmaceutical companies use in the search for new and better drugs. CIO Richard Thomas has led this push for IT to become a revenue generator, and he explains the hard lessons he has learned about leading a cultural and business model change.
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Keynote Interview: Procter & Gamble Group President And CIO Filippo Passerini
When considering how data analytics can change business decision-making, Procter & Gamble CIO Filippo Passerini is thinking big. Passerini, InformationWeek's 2010 Chief Of The Year, will delves into these and other bold initiatives P&G's IT team has undertaken to improve the speed and quality of decisions employees make every day.
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- P&G's CIO Details Business-Savvy Predictive Decision Cockpit
At the IW500 Conference, P&G's Filippo Passerini demos analytic dashboards used to forecast performance and drive the right decisions.
By Doug Henschen, InformationWeek - September 11, 2012


Keynote Interview: General Motors VP And 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." Learn how 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.
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- GM CIO: Why We're Hiring Recent College Grads
General Motors CIO explains why IT newbies will be welcome as his team fills thousands of U.S. developer jobs.
By Chris Murphy, InformationWeek - September 13, 2012


Keynote Interview: SAP co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe
SAP has been a long-time leader in enterprise software, doing battle with the likes of Oracle on ERP and CRM, and IBM on business intelligence. But SAP is on a mission of profound change. What's next for SAP? How will it execute on its new strategy? And what will that mean for current and future SAP customers? During our fireside chat with co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe, we ask for the answers to those questions, and more.
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- SAP Co-CEO Explains Cloud Plan, 'Wacky' Hana
SAP's Jim Hagemann-Snabe takes on tough questions and rebuts Larry Ellison's barbs at the InformationWeek 500 Conference.
By Doug Henschen, InformationWeek - September 13, 2012


Keynote Interview: Ford CTO And VP Paul Mascarenas
Ford has led the way in making information technology a much bigger part of the driving experience, and in this keynote interview, Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas discusses how the automaker is innovating with customer-facing tech. All IT leaders must find ways to make technology a bigger part of their companies' products. Ford is at the forefront of that movement.
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- Ford Puts Pedal To Metal On In-Car Electronics
Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas tells InformationWeek 500 audience how the car of the future will be as much a software product as assembled hardware.
By Charles Babcock, InformationWeek - September 12, 2012


InformationWeek Workshops

Private Cloud
What will be your answer when the CEO asks: "Why should we maintain data centers? What does that investment get us?" A private cloud is the required underpinning of any services-oriented IT practice. Linked with select public offerings in a manageable manner, a private cloud allows for flexible, fast support of new business initiatives without sacrificing security. It also lets business units measure and meter the costs of services they choose-the very things that make public cloud services so attractive. Join Network Computing editor Mike Fratto as he breaks down exclusive private cloud research, which compares the expectations vs. the reality of early adopters. Mike will also discuss technology selection, public/private convergence, and how to overcome management challenges.
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The BYOD Dilemma
Employees will love you for letting them access the enterprise network and data with their personal mobile devices. But if you think it's going to save you money over the conventional corporate-issue model, you either haven't run the numbers or are willing to cut corners on security. In this workshop, consultant Michael Davis will discuss the results of our InformationWeek 2012 Mobile Security Survey and outline the three legs of a successful BYOD program: a unified policy; enforcement of the rules with a mobile device management suite; and education of end users and IT pros.
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Democratization Of Big Data
You don't have to be an Internet giant or genomics researcher to face big challenges around data volume, variety, velocity, and complexity. Our InformationWeek 2012 Big Data Survey found that the top five drivers of big data are financial transactions, email, imaging data, Web logs, and Internet text and documents-data sources that are common in almost every industry. In this workshop, we will discuss how to align the characteristics of your big data sets to available tools and emerging platforms such as Apache Hadoop, NoSQL databases, and related cloud-based services. Do you really need to venture into MapReduce processing, or will conventional relational tools satisfy your needs? InformationWeek executive editor Doug Henschen and big-data expert and Yahoo! veteran Drew Hylbert help you make sense of big data.
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