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Attendees across the region have come to expect a dynamic agenda with relevant, up-to-the-minute topics and exciting speakers who will share their wealth of knowledge and experience, helping you gain practical insights into your business challenges. The Premier CIO Forum includes powerful keynotes, informative breakouts, discussions with subject-matter experts, and cutting-edge solution providers.

34 Advisors

Our advisory council members offer valuable feedback to improve our event each year.

23 Sponsors

Premier would like to extend a special thank you to the 2018 sponsors of this event.

193 Organizations

These organizations have appointed one or more senior level executives to attend Boston CIO Forum.


Speakers are hand-selected by our Advisory Council for their expertise and ability to translate big ideas into stunning presentations.

  •  Paul Brassil

    Paul Brassil

    Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

    VP IT

  •  Vamsi Chemitiganti

    Vamsi Chemitiganti


    Chief Strategist

  •  Donna Cuomo

    Donna Cuomo

    MITRE Corporation

    Associate Technical Director

  •  Ryan Donovan

    Ryan Donovan


    IBM Global Markets - Cognitive Solutions Unit Industry Platforms

  •  Adam Famularo

    Adam Famularo

    erwin, Inc.


  •  Doug Hubbard

    Doug Hubbard

    Hubbard Decision Research


  •  Adrienne Hume

    Adrienne Hume


    Cyber Security Account Executive

  •  Rajeev Jaswal

    Rajeev Jaswal



  •  Eric Johnson

    Eric Johnson


    Subject Matter Expert, Enterprise Cloud

  •  Susan Kifer

    Susan Kifer

    Simonds International

    CIO & VP Customer Service

  •  Sean Lindenmuth

    Sean Lindenmuth


    MaaS360 & Cloud Identity Brand Specialist: Commerical Public East

  •  Sean McCourt

    Sean McCourt

    Longford & Associates

    Managing Director

  • Dr. Shawn P. Murray CISSP

    Dr. Shawn P. Murray CISSP

    Murray Security Services & Consulting


  •  Kevin Neifert

    Kevin Neifert



  •  Jonathan Pena

    Jonathan Pena

    Year Up Greater Boston Alumni

    System Support Specialist, MIT Sloan School of Management

  •  Lisa Prior

    Lisa Prior

    Prior Consulting LLC


  •  Joseph Pucciarelli

    Joseph Pucciarelli


    Group VP & IT Executive Advisor

  •  Jim Routh

    Jim Routh


    Chief Security Officer

  •  David SanClemente

    David SanClemente

    The RMR Group LLC

    VP & CIO

  •  Charles Scharnagle

    Charles Scharnagle

    The Mohegan Tribe


  •  Ryan Schwartz

    Ryan Schwartz


    National Commercial FSS Account Executive - MaaS360 & Cloud Identity

  •  Shubhra Sinha

    Shubhra Sinha


    VP of Strategic Initiatives

  •  Marcel van Hulle

    Marcel van Hulle

    Info-Tech Research Group


  •  Karen Waltermire

    Karen Waltermire

    National Institute of Standards and Technology

    Senior Cybersecurity Engineer

  •  Brian Watson

    Brian Watson

    Co-Author, Confessions of a Successful CIO

    VP, Enterprise Innovation at Traction Technology Partners


March 19-20, 2018

We have worked diligently to put together a stimulating and focused agenda, bringing together experts, visionaries and professionals from the IT industry. We look forward to sharing this exciting conference with you.

Welcome to the Boston CIO Forum exclusive networking reception. We welcome you to enjoy complimentary beverages in a relaxed setting. This is the perfect opportunity to network with your peers. Stay, chat, and enjoy yourself!

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Doug Hubbard, Owner, Hubbard Decision Research

How to Measure Anything in Cybersecurity Risk exposes the shortcomings of current “risk management” practices, and offers a series of improvement techniques that help you fill the holes and ramp up security.

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Marc Di Francisco, Founder, Premier Connects, Inc.

Program Intro
Susan Kifer, CIO & VP Customer Service, Simonds International

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Kevin Neifert, CIO, Raytheon

Brian Watson, VP, Enterprise Innovation at Traction Technology Partners, Co-Author, Confessions of a Successful CIO

The state of IT leadership is going through more change than ever, thanks to various disruptive elements. As businesses contend with a rapidly changing competitive landscape and new, tech-enabled business models, CIOs have an opportunity to play an even greater strategic role than ever before--but not by staying in their comfort zones.

Building on Raytheon's IT strong legacy, CIO Kevin Neifert has led his organization to focus on delivering business value in new, faster ways. In the fireside chat, Kevin speaks with CIO advisor and author Brian Watson about how he leads his organization through this new era in business and IT. 

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Karen Waltermire, Senior Cybersecurity Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was founded in 1901 to develop a measurement infrastructure to help the U.S better compete against its economic rivals. Today, NIST holds a diverse portfolio of centers committed to continuing that mandate.

In this session, you’ll learn from Karen Waltermire from the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) on how they have worked with NIST experts to provide real-world, standards-based cybersecurity capabilities and how to accelerate the adoption of these secure technologies.

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Adrienne Hume, Cyber Security Account Executive, Darktrace

In this new era of sophisticated, automated attacks and subtle insider threat, the traditional security model of protecting against yesterday’s adversary doesn’t work. The reality of cyber security today is that the threat is already inside – and the challenge is to identify threats you cannot anticipate in advance. Powered by unsupervised machine learning and AI algorithms, Enterprise Immune System technology is capable of learning the ‘self’ of an organization, by building a ‘pattern of life’ for every device, user, and network. This self-configuring, self-learning system detects and responds to emerging threats as they arise, regardless of threat vector, and without rules, signatures, or prior assumptions about what ‘bad’ is. From IoT compromises and ransomware, to trust attacks and targeted campaigns, the Enterprise Immune System identifies all types of anomalous activities, across the enterprise, cloud, network, or industrial control systems – in real time.

In this session, learn about:
  • Using machine learning and AI algorithms to detect never-seen-before threats
  • How smart prioritization and visualization of threats allows for better resource allocation and lower risk
  • Gaining 100 % network visibility of your entire digital environment, including cloud, IoT, & industrial control systems
  • Autonomous response that automatically neutralizes in-progress attacks
  • Real-world case studies of threats stopped by the Enterprise Immune System

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Shubhra Sinha, VP of Strategic Initiatives, DataStax

As a chief information officer, chief digital officer, or chief data officer, you probably already know the power and value of hybrid cloud. For most enterprises, hybrid cloud has become a strategic imperative for driving innovation, reducing time to market, and extending self-service applications to lines of business. In 2016, 73 percent of enterprises had a hybrid cloud strategy, according to IDC. Hybrid cloud environments are complex, and this complexity tends to (rightfully) make people like chief information officers extremely nervous, especially when it comes to handling data for powerful, customer-facing, geo-distributed applications. Shubhra Sinha, VP of Strategic Initiatives at DataStax will talk about what you need, from a data management perspective, to successfully innovate with geo-distributed apps in a hybrid cloud environment.


Joseph Pucciarelli, Group VP & IT Executive Advisor, IDC

The strategic priorities of digital transformation are evolving quickly. Big bets are being placed; unusual techniques are being applied and new bars are being established. As the digital strategy directly drives the IT strategy, it is critical for CIOs to recalibrate their IT capabilities for the digital strategy. During this session, Mr. Pucciarelli will outline the new IT capabilities (processes, platforms, talent, governance) needed for digital transformation.

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Marcel van Hulle, SVP, Info-Tech Research Group

A strategic direction is essential to making the right technological investments. Not every trend is worth pursuing, but missing the ones that are can be costly.  An outcomes-focused approach gives you a framework to strategically evaluate emerging technology's alignment with your business's direction. Most importantly, using a business outcomes framework can help you  create the foundation for your adoption strategy. Determine which trends are worth your attention, chart an adoption course and build a business case for your stakeholders. Info-Tech will dive into four trends that represents the convergence of several previously trending technologies:
  • User-facing AI to enable automation of front line business activities
  • Robotic Process Automation to augment, not replace,  human performance
  • The Digital Twin, an aggregated data replicate of a system, will enable decentralized monitoring and predictive analytics
  • Blockchain 2.0 enabling distributed ledger technology to specific use cases

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Ryan Donovan, IBM Global Markets - Cognitive Solutions Unit Industry Platforms , IBM

Sean Lindenmuth, MaaS360 & Cloud Identity Brand Specialist: Commerical Public East , IBM

Ryan Schwartz, National Commercial FSS Account Executive - MaaS360 & Cloud Identity , IBM

Companies with mobile initiatives are forging ahead through digital transformation by managing users, endpoints and everything in between. One challenge in doing so is that IT & security team can’t keep up by relying on traditional management approaches. We will explore how new cognitive/AI systems and techniques will help your organization comply with industry regulations, discover new device vulnerabilities, contain confidential patient data, patch systems on and off network, enforce minimum OS standards, and protect against cyber threats.


Vamsi Chemitiganti, Chief Strategist, Platform9

Cloud Computing has made its way into the lexicon Industrial IT in a huge manner over the last few years. Every CIO now needs to have a cloud strategy for their infrastructure as well as their development organization. Despite all of the innovative services cloud computing can provide, Enterprises have struggled to implement complex cloud computing platforms (such as OpenStack & Kubernetes) across their global infrastructure.   

We posit that a cloud needs to be managed across four fundamental dimensions – Portfolio Rationalization, Avoiding lock-in by leveraging a Hybrid Cloud, adopting Container Orchestration  & Performing Risk Mitigation.  In this 1-hour session, Vamsi Chemitiganti (Chief Strategist - Platform9) will discuss the key business issues and technology considerations for Enterprise Cloud Native computing. 

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Jonathan Pena, System Support Specialist, MIT Sloan School of Management, Year Up Greater Boston Alumni

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Adam Famularo, CEO, erwin, Inc.

erwin CEO Adam Famularo will lead a discussion about the current state of data governance, based on recent cross-industry research. His presentation also will cover the tenants of successful and sustainable data governance initiatives, as opposed to isolated IT programs of the past, so you’re ready to mitigate risks as well as improve organizational performance. Leave traditional data governance behind and race ahead with a new approach to discover, understand, govern and socialize data assets for:

  • Operational efficiency
  • Revenue growth
  • Compliance, privacy and security
  • Increased customer satisfaction
  • Improved decision-making

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking effect soon, you’ll want to learn about reducing those risks and realizing other desired results by bringing together IT and the rest of the business. Today, data governance is everyone’s business.

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Dr. Shawn P. Murray CISSP, CISO, Murray Security Services & Consulting

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is quickly gaining recognition as a viable method to increase successful problem solving, advance research in areas that exceed human capabilities and are automating menial processes to increase efficiency and productivity in expediential time.  In the future, your interface with a human doctor may be limited, as AI gains more prominence in the medical industry diagnosing patients and determining levels of care. AI is being used to develop humanoids for companionship and is providing additional conveniences that are starting to alarm some organizations.  there is a sense that the pace of AI is growing so fast that it may be impacting areas that are not getting the attention required to address various risks. Cybersecurity issues continue to arise regarding the integration of AI in computer systems, network and software platforms and the growing advances in IoT devices. As various industries invest in AI technology, CIOs, CISOs, researchers and manufacturers need to be working together to ensure cybersecurity and other safeguards are being considered in the design phase before allowing AI technology into the computing environment. 

Learning objectives will be tied to the following topics:

  • Application of AI
  • IoT Concerns
  • Workforce Perspectives
  • Governance Concerns
  • The Pace of Technology
  • Balancing Cybersecurity and Risk

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Sean McCourt, Managing Director, Longford & Associates

Donna Cuomo, Associate Technical Director, MITRE Corporation

David SanClemente, VP & CIO, The RMR Group LLC

Charles Scharnagle, CIO, The Mohegan Tribe

Attracting and hiring top talent is just the first phase of talent management – positioning them in the right team and acquainting them with your own internal brand of business logic are key to company productivity and growth. Often, talent is a fickle beast and retaining your top-skilled workers while evading the “rockstar complex” is an art all its own. Is competitive salary enough? Is it the perks? Telecommuting?

In this session, we delve into finding, allocating, and investing in the long term well-being of your own “mega-talent”.


Lisa Prior, Founder, Prior Consulting LLC

In a world where the pace of disruptive change takes your breath away, taking charge of your life and career can feel overwhelming. In fact, a recent study shows that 71% of employees are actively looking for new jobs because they do not receive enough support or recognition in their current workplace.

hat’s going on?

Making time for professional development in the back-to-backpacked workday is a problem for some. Difficult relationships with bosses and co-workers are a problem for others. Either way, there’s often little guidance or leftover energy for developing ourselves. What goes unacknowledged: this is a problem that managers and individual contributors have in common.

How can you get more joy from your job and do more of the work you love in your current organization? What are the secrets to mining the development opportunities at work, so you can chart your own, true path in both life and career?

To find out, join author, coach and consultant Lisa Prior for a 45-minute deeper dive into your own career vision using tools, stories and tips from her new book, Take Charge of Your VIEW: Career Advice You Won’t Get From Your Boss. Through this interactive and inspiring workshop you will:
·         Unlock the secret to how to create meaningful, win-win work situations.
·         Discover the one thing you need to do now to break through to a great career. It just might be something that scares you.
·         Leave with one concrete practice, something you can do often, to take charge of your career and create work that you love.

Lisa was recently featured in Forbes, interviewed by ABC News Radio, and appeared on NBC/NECN’s The Take with Sue O’Connell. Her book has been endorsed by The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and is being used by major employers. Drawing on more than two decades of experience, Lisa will help you jumpstart small changes that can lead to bigger things whether you are early-, mid- or later-stage in your career, are in-between jobs or are self-employed. Bonus: if you manage people, you’ll take away tips to help you develop yourself while developing others.

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Rajeev Jaswal, CIO, Rapid7

Building the next-gen IT team, new organizational mindset and creating a winning culture.

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Eric Johnson, Subject Matter Expert, Enterprise Cloud, Nutanix

To meet the increasing business demands of the future, CIOs need to adopt a more collaborative and encompassing approach that will enable IT departments to deliver “one-stop shop” services that achieve the organization’s strategic goals and satisfy increasing internal customer demands. During this session, we’ll focus on Digitalization and transforming IT from a cost center to a business enabler.

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Paul Brassil, VP IT, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Blockchain is an emerging distributed ledger technology with a potential far beyond the cryptocurriences like Bitcoin that were first launched on the blockchain. The blockchain’s trustless, distributed database promises to disrupt everything from identity management to securities trading, and the latest development in “smart contracts” will make it easier for application developers to build on the blockchain. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of blockchain at this session as well as hear how the Boston Fed is evaluating the blockchain business and development space.

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Jim Routh, Chief Security Officer, Aetna

Most cyber security practitioners acknowledge that doing the basics in security controls improves enterprise resiliency. Is this enough to avoid massive breaches? The basics are important and also insufficient for enterprise resilience today across industries. Risk-driven security programs invest in un-conventional security controls to make it more difficult for threat actors to achieve their objectives. This presentation will help CIOs make trade-off decisions between investments in conventional and unconventional controls. 
Welcome to the Boston CIO Forum exclusive networking reception. We welcome you to enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres in a relaxed setting. This is the perfect opportunity to network with your peers and some of the prominent speakers from the day’s agenda. Premier Connects, Inc. will be making a charitable donation to the Boston SIM Chapter. Stay, chat, and enjoy yourself!

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Advisory Council

  •  Jackie Albrecht

    Jackie Albrecht

    Appalachian Mountain Club

    Former Director of IT

  •  Kenric Anderberg

    Kenric Anderberg

    National Grid

    VP IT Innovation, Strategy & Ventures CIO

  •  Don Anderson

    Don Anderson

    Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

    CIO & SVP

  •  Francis Anglin

    Francis Anglin

    Massachusetts Port Authority


  •  David Bedard

    David Bedard


    Director of Technology PMO

  •  Michael Benadon

    Michael Benadon


    Sr. Director IT

  •  James Bowen

    James Bowen

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    SVP, Global IT Services

  •  Jeff Brown

    Jeff Brown

    Raytheon Company

    VP & CISO

  •  Margot Carleton

    Margot Carleton

    Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc


  •  Tom Catalini

    Tom Catalini

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


  •  Bill Dziura

    Bill Dziura

    AAA Northeast

    VP of IT Operations

  •  Karl Hick

    Karl Hick


    Chief Digital & Information Officer

  •  Chauncey Holden

    Chauncey Holden

    Citizens Bank

    EVP Special Projects

  •  Larry Jarvis

    Larry Jarvis



  •  Niraj Jetly

    Niraj Jetly

    Extron Inc.

    VP of Engineering, General Manager

  •  Robert Johnson

    Robert Johnson

    Bennett Frank Associates


  •  Susan Kifer

    Susan Kifer

    Simonds International

    CIO & VP Customer Service

  •  Jeff Lamoreaux

    Jeff Lamoreaux

    Global Partners LP


  •  Mojgan LeFebvre

    Mojgan LeFebvre


    EVP & CIO, Technology & Operations

  •  Jeanne Lieb

    Jeanne Lieb

    FM Global

    SVP & CIO Information Services

  •  Chris MacKenzie

    Chris MacKenzie

    CONMED Corporation


  •  Kevin More

    Kevin More

    May Institute


  •  Charles Murphy

    Charles Murphy

    Boston Interactive

    CEO & CIO

  •  Beth O'Rorke

    Beth O'Rorke

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

    CIO, Enterprise Technology

  •  David Riddle

    David Riddle


    VP of IT

  •  Dan Roberts

    Dan Roberts

    Ouellette & Associates


  •  Dave Rudzinsky

    Dave Rudzinsky

    Hologic, Inc.

    SVP & CIO

  •  Deborah Scott

    Deborah Scott

    Harvard Medical School


  •  Mukesh Sharma

    Mukesh Sharma


    Sr. Manager IT

  •  Brian Shield

    Brian Shield

    Boston Red Sox

    VP IT

  •  Kevin Stokes

    Kevin Stokes

    Town of Brookline, MA


  •  Karthik Viswanathan

    Karthik Viswanathan

    Executive Office of Technology Services & Security

    Assistant Secretary

  •  James Whalen Jr.

    James Whalen Jr.

    Boston Properties

    SVP, Chief Information & Technology Officer

  •  Jean Wilson

    Jean Wilson

    L.L. Bean

    CIO & SVP of IS


Join us this year in Waltham, MA as we discuss cutting-edge technologies with influential thought-leaders.


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