CTO Forum Announces Keynote Speakers for RETHINK Technology Conference

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Evren Eryurek of GE, Roger Gurnani of Verizon, Bill Hilf of HP, Jeffrey Pfeffer and Huggy Rao of Stanford University, Sri Shivananda of eBay, Eric Smith of USAA and Stephen Trilling of Symantec will deliver the keynote addresses in addition to 30 panel speakers from leading companies and prestigious universities. The two day event will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto, February 6 - 7 2014.

The CTO Forum, a premier organization for senior technology executives and business leaders, is proud to announce the keynote speakers for its Rethink Technology: Transforming IT Systems, Data and Technology Operations conference, which will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto, February 6 - 7 2014.

Rethink Technology is designed for technology executives who recognize that the IT landscape has been dramatically transformed in the recent years and demands new ways of thinking about the enterprise, information systems, work, and the new role of IT executives. This two day conference will comprehensively address an in-depth assessment of the complete IT ecosystem, identifying new opportunities arising from emerging technologies, without influences from vendors and their stake in legacy systems. Participants will explore opportunities in elimination of legacy in all core areas of IT, in data center consolidation and Cloud migration, in legacy applications, data cleaning and cyber security. The program will keenly focus on governance, logistics, workforce, and freeing up resources from the legacy systems and applying efforts to modernize the IT.

The keynote speakers will include:

Evren Eryurek – Software Chief Technology Officer, GE Healthcare
Evren is responsible for leading all technology activities that drive customer success and deliver improved patient outcomes. He oversees all research and development, global technical governance and alignment of technology vision and business strategy across the HCIT/PS portfolio.

Roger Gurnani, Chief Information Officer, Verizon
Roger is responsible for the information technology strategy, systems development and operations for Verizon Communications.

Bill Hilf - Vice President of Product Management for HP Cloud
Bill he is responsible for leading the cloud product strategy and portfolio. Prior to joining HP, Bill was the General Manager of Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform, where he led product planning, product management and technical PM.

Jeffrey Pfeffer - Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford University
Jeffrey has published extensively in the fields of organization theory and human resource management. His current research focuses on the relationship between time and money, power and leadership in organizations, economics language and assumptions and their effects on management practice, how social science theories become self-fulfilling, barriers to turning knowledge into action and how to overcome them, and evidence-based management and what it is, barriers to its use, and how to implement it.

Huggy Rao - Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford University
Huggy has published widely in the fields of management and sociology and studies the social and cultural causes of organizational change. In his research, he studies the role of collective action as a motor of organizational change and innovation. He is also the author of "Market Rebels: How activists Make or Break Radical Innovation" (2009) and "Scaling Up Excellence" (2014) books.

Sri Shivananda - VP of Platform & Infrastructure, eBay
Sri leads the Global Platform and Infrastructure team that powers eBay businesses.
He oversees all of core technologies covering data centers, internal private cloud, online and offline data infrastructure, internal developer frameworks and tools and various platform services

Eric Smith - VP of Architecture, USAA
Eric is leading the Architecture teams responsible for setting the direction for enterprise security, platform, infrastructure, and application technologies.

Stephen Trilling, Senior Vice President, Symantec
Stephen is the founder of Symantec Research Labs. He also served as the Chief Technology Officer and was responsible for developing the overall technology vision for Symantec, driving cross-company engineering initiatives and collaboration, and overseeing Symantec’s shared engineering organizations.

The agenda also includes six panel discussions focused on new trends and innovation in enterprise architecture, data centers, cloud computing, cyber security, mobile enterprise and big data. The panelists are world-class experts, innovators and thought leaders from leading companies and universities. A complete list of Rethink Technology’s panel speakers can be found at http://www.ctoforum.org.

For more information and to register for the event, visit http://www.ctoforum.org.

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