2019 Spring Conference

Thursday, May 9, 2019 — 

This annual one-day tech conference in Brooklyn Park is attended by business, technology and industry leaders as well as technology influencers and technology strategists.

HOLD THE DATE!  Thursday, May 9, 2019

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration opens mid-February

The morning keynote will be delivered by Michael Ljung of Accenture. Additional keynotes will be announced soon together with a full line-up of workshops on topics such as Blockchain, data analytics, digital transformation, machine learning, Manufacturing 4.0 and more. Exhibits and hands-on demonstrations offer more opportunities to learn and network throughout the day.

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Morning Keynote Speaker

Michael Ljung

Michael Ljung
Senior Managering Director

Michael Ljung, a Senior Managing Director, leads the Intelligent Software Engineering business for Accenture in North America. Software Engineeringbecause building future-ready systems requires architecture principles and engineering discipline; Intelligent Softwarebecause more and more systems rely on AI, automation, and analytics.  Michael’s group of 7,900 includes technology architects, cloud native engineers, serverless programmers, devops experts, custom delivery leads, agile scrum masters, AI professionals, and data scientists.  Working together, they help clients embrace what we call Exponential IT.

It’s easy to swipe a credit card in the cloud and build a chat bot that maps utterances to intents.  It’s far harder to build a well-architected system that suggests the next best action with machine learning, serves multiple channels, customizes sentiment analysis for call center domains, uses cloud services in a plug-and-play way, seamlessly transfers context for an angry caller to a human, and proactively contacts those angry customers before they even know they are angry.  Now that’s Intelligent Software Engineering.

It’s also easy to build a prototype or MVP or proof of architecture of a standalone microservice, with a fancy new digital experience.  It is far harder to integrate those new microservices with monolithic legacy backends and synchronize the data.  Companies and governments have grown tired of big-bang modernization programs.  They want to leverage investments in legacy and package systems.  They want months not years to business results.  Our architected approach uses change data capture and scalable event hubs to bridge the gap between new microservices and old legacy:  changing the business while running the business. We call this Digital Decoupling, and that’s Intelligent Software Engineering.

Prior to this role, Michael ran Accenture’s Midwest Technology business, responsible for sales and delivery of all types of technology solutions, custom and packaged, across industries.

Prior to that, Michael was the delivery lead for all of Accenture’s rescue work on the Federal Health Insurance Exchange.  After the initial roll-out of healthcare.gov, CMS hired Accenture as the prime development contractor.  Together, Accenture and CMS substantially improved the web site’s performance, reliability, and usability.  Accenture also successfully delivered new systems for enrollments, tax subsidies, and reinsurance.  This digital transformation program used agile methods, cloud computing, devops, automation, and next-generation architectures.  CMS is now recognized as a leader among agencies for rotating to the new, for creating meaningful digital experiences for consumers.  Check out the CMS-approved credential:  https://www.accenture.com/us-en/success-enhancing-healthcare.

Michael has worked for clients in the public sector and Fortune 500, across industries.  He also has extensive international experience, including helping set up the company’s component technology centers in southern France and London.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Dr. John Morris

Dr. John Morris
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Seagate Technology

John Morris is responsible for accelerating technology partnerships with Seagate’s customers, and cultivating emerging customers globally.

Prior to his current role, Morris was VP for Seagate’s hard drive and SSD product lines. Before that, he served as VP of Design Engineering for Seagate’s enterprise development group, focusing on technical and strategic alignment with enterprise and cloud customers. Since joining the company in 1996, Morris has held a variety of engineering leadership positions and has been a key contributor to many of Seagate’s core technologies. He holds 32 patents, primarily related to hard drive technologies.

Morris earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Caltech, and a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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