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2016 AITP NCC® Spotlight on Technologies







“Spotlight on Technologies”
AITP is proud to present a series of panels and presentations on hot topics in technology. An effort has been made to include a diverse set of viewpoints within each session to maximize the value to the professionals, students and faculty members in the audience. Each of the discussions will include real world examples and focus on current and future trends such as the Internet of Things and using Big Data & Analytics.
Technology Sessions




CIO - Breakfast Keynote

Friday, April 8

7:30-9:00 AM

Big Data/Analytics

Friday, April 8

10:00-11:00 AM

Trends in Mobility

Friday, April 8

11:15 AM-12:15 PM


Friday, April 8

2:00-3:00 PM


Friday, April 8

3:30-4:30 PM

Career Planning & Student Chapter Planning




Pre-Conference Workshop: “Sharpening Your Interviewing and Networking Skills”

Thursday, April 7

3:00-4:00 PM

“Spotlight on Your AITP Chapter Successes and Triumphs”

Friday, April 8

2:00-3:00 PM

“10 Years from Now: IT Career Futures to Plan for Now”

Saturday, April 9

9:00-10:00 AM

“Job Search Re-Imagined”

Saturday , April 9

10:30-11:30 AM

Sponsorship Opportunities Available Contact

“The New Digital CIO – Managing Digital Transformation”

Friday, April 8th, 7:30-9:00 AM

How has your business been changed due to the digital transformation? - the Internet of Things; the relationship between the CIO and the CMO; making effective use of Social Media in your business; recruiting and training - where are the skill gaps and how are you trying to address them.  The panelist, all experienced CIOs, will discuss these topics and more.



 Hardik Bhatt Chief Information Officer

State of Illinois






Hardik rejoined public sector when he was appointed the State of Illinois CIO in March 2015. As the State CIO, he works with all state agencies to align, utilize and streamline technology to drive business priorities to transform services provided by State agencies to their constituents. Hardik was recently appointed by Governor Rauner to be the Secretary of the newly formed Department of Innovation and Technology.

Prior to joining the State of Illinois, Hardik returned to the private sector as a Senior Director with Cisco to lead the market development of the Internet of Everything for the Global Public Sector. He worked with Mayors, Governors, CIOs and Prime Ministers around the globe to extract value by connecting the public assets like parking spots, fleets of vehicles and streetlights. Hardik led Internet of Everything strategy and execution planning with cities such as Hamburg, Rio, Barcelona, Jakarta and many others. Prior to that, Hardik lead Cisco’s Business Development for the Americas for Cisco’s Smart and Connected Communities business.

Hardik joined Cisco in October 2010, after being the Chief Information Officer for the City of Chicago and Commissioner for Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology for 5 years. Hardik also built and lead the Smart Chicago program, which is considered a national model for improving access to affordable broadband in the community, while increasing technology awareness, talent and usage.

Prior to joining the public sector the first time, Hardik worked as a consultant with Oracle Corporation in the US and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in India. 

Guy Thier SVP & CIO


Arbonne International



Guy Thier brings approximately 20 years of CIO experience to Arbonne from public, private and private equity ownership business models with extensive experience in both IT strategy development as well as grass roots execution of complex projects.

Guy joined Arbonne from Bally Total Fitness, where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the last 10 years, overseeing successful IT planning and execution, while achieving operational efficiencies for the $1 billion, 400-club organization. Previously, Guy led the IT functions at LINC Capital and Chernin's Shoes.



Brian Duffy is the CIO of Maclean Fogg Company, an $800 million privately held manufacturing company. He has the responsibility for the infrastructure, data center, hardware, ERP, and data collection for over 20 manufacturing plants around the world.

Brian formed his IT roots within the manufacturing environments as a Mechanical Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer and Lean Manufacturing Manager before moving into the Information Technology sector. His hands on experience with ERP, Shop Floor, and Data Collection helped him succeed with IT project implantations. Brian works with networking, VOIP, VM’s, SQL, .NET, ERP Systems,
QC systems, and Data collection in an effort to make the company more efficient and productive. A stable environment and continuous improvement is Brian’s ongoing goal. 




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