Protecting your organization against digital disruption

March 5 - 6, 2014 | Fluno Center | Madison, WI


March 5th | March 6th ~ Fusion 2014 is 2 full days ~ Print Agenda

Thursday, March 6th - See PDFs of Presentations here.

Welcome!  Registration opens and networking breakfast

7:00 am


8:00 - 8:10 am

Delivering Innovation, Transformation and Cultural Change in a Competitive World of Disruptive Business Models

John Baumann, President and CEO, Colony Brands

Steve Cretney, CIO,

Colony Brands

Don Hughes,

Vice President,


Colony Brands

Session Partners: Kay Plantes, Principal, Plantes Company LLC

                            Ron Gilson, VP and CIO, Johnsonville Sausage LLC

Founded in 1926 as an college project for a mail order cheese business, The Swiss Colony quickly became a national food brand synonymous with quality, convenience and friendly customer service.  Today, with an extensive portfolio of food and non-food brands along with a number of other subsidiaries, the parent company of Swiss Colony is now called Colony Brands.

John Baumann, CEO will speak about the heritage of culture, brands, innovation and business  transformation at Colony Brands. John will be joined by Don Hughes, VP/CFO and Steve Cretney, CIO to lead a interactive discussion on the future of disruptive business models and IT transformation.


8:10 - 9:00 am


9:05 - 9:55 am Keynote

Digital Business: Life in the Second Digital Decade

Mark McDonald, Managing Director, Management Consulting, Accenture

Session Partners: Steve Cretney, CIO, Colony Brands

                            Bentley Curran, VP of Digital Business and CIO, Brady Corporation

Its been a decade and  “Life in the fast lane,” since Apple's 'project purple' lead to the iPhone. It initiated a digital revolution. This era of business modernization aligned with digitizing operations.. Marketing dominated the first digital decade with limited success. Existing models for IT and business transformation are losing their potency.

Rewarming old business ideas of customer experience, marketing, sales and ETDBW are fading in the face of models for commerce. The second digital decade is the decade of digital business answering the question  "How will technology support growth?”

Mark McDonald, Managing Director and Digital Business Strategy Lead for Accenture, invites you to discuss innovation, technology, as well as creating value and revenue from digital capabilities. This future of business that will change everything!

Networking Break

9:55 - 10:25 am

10:30 - 11:20 am Keynote

What's Up is Down and What's Down is Up in the Work Force

Timothy Geisert, CMO, Kenexa, an IBM Company

Session Partners: Guy Ringle, Former CIO, WPS Insurance

                            David Cagigal, CIO, WI Dept of Enterprise Technology

Never before in modern history has so many disruptive things converged to make the workforce more dynamic. Social media, social attitudes, new generational thinking, ever changing technology, business psychology, economic beliefs and realities, the list goes on.

Tim, with his years as a senior executive at Kenexa (now a part of IBM), brings his profound thoughts about the workforce of today and in the future to the Fusion Conference to help you as a leader think profoundly about work and work forces.

Mapping a Path toward Innovation – How the Fusion of Mobile, M2M and Big Data Drives Innovation across the Enterprise

Vijitha Chekuri, Director of M2M Solutions, CW Professional Services

Session Partners: Bentley Curran, VP of Digital Business and CIO, Brady Corp

                            Dr. Phil Shelley, former CTO, Sears Holdings

By 2020, the “Internet of Things” will be a reality, with more than 30 billion devices By 2020, the “Internet of Things” will be a reality, with more than 30 billion devices connected worldwide. More and more companies are wondering how they can leverage this movement, connecting their products through mobile technology to drive product decisions, create new product experiences and prevent possible problems. Join Paul Pebbles, General Motors’ Senior Manager of Technology Planning and Sandbox Development, as he explains how GM has used these technologies to create a connected digital lifestyle for its customers. You will see how GM’s innovations deliver tangible value to the enterprise, and learn how to implement them in your own business.

11:25 - 12:15 pm


Paul Pebbles, Senior Manager, Technology Planning and Sandbox     Development, General Motors


IT Academy Presentation

12:15 - 12:30 pm


12:30 - 1:30 pm

1:35 - 2:25 pm Keynote

Enterprise Game of Thrones:  Using Mobile, Big Data, Innovation To Gain Control Of The Kingdom

J Schwan, Founder and CEO, Solstice Mobile

Session Partners: Blaise Beaulier, VP - Enterprise Projects & Support, Northwestern Mutual

                            Dave Lundal, VP & Regional CIO, Dean Health Systems

The onslaught of emerging technologies and the commensurate shifts in business paradigms have created significant points of discord throughout the enterprise. The promise and pitfalls of Mobile, Big Data, and Innovation are wreaking havoc in C-suites throughout every industry. Who has control? What’s my charter? Who is my competition today?

The combined power of mobile and big data are enabling contextual engagement, predictive analytics, IoT, wearables—fully transforming industries and creating new business models. Often elusive in this disruptive revolution is the right focal point and how to cultivate enterprise value.

J Schwan will present technologies and strategies with the most tangible enterprise opportunities. He will present pathways and methodologies to accelerate innovation, while sharing best practices honed from collaborating with leading brands on their innovation imperatives.

2:30 - 3:20 pm Keynote

Provide or perish: Can you keep up with the business's demand for speed?

Dan Adamany, Founder and CEO, Ahead

Session Partners: Jerry Fox, CIO, Rockwell Automation

                            Steve Cretny, CIO, Colony Brands

Technology has been evolving over the last 50 years. Why is it different now? Because it isn’t about the technology. It isn’t about the speed of a processor, disk drive, or network port and it isn’t about embarking on a five-year ERP deployment.

It is about serving the business at the speed necessary to stay competitive--speed measured in minutes, not years. The fast are truly eating the slow. Traditional IT is now competing with outside providers that can supply technology faster, easier, and in a consumption model the business prefers.

The bottom line: it is time to change or be changed.

Networking Break

3:20 - 3:40 pm

3:45 - 4:35 pm


Teaming up on Transformation at the UW Foundation

Mike Knetter, President and CEO, University of Wisconsin Foundation


Session Partners: Mark McDonald, Managing Director, Mgmt Consulting, Accenture

                            Frank Ace, Director of IT, UW Foundation

With a focus on how they are partnering on current projects, Mike Knetter, CEO and Kari Myland, CIO will lead us through a conversation about the business transformation at the UW Foundation. Join the discussion on how the future of this organization direction will be transformed  by the use of strategic technologies, especially data and information management. This featured Keynote discussion will cover:

• Creating a synergistic CEO/CIO relationship to support transformational changes and new technology adoption.

• Re-investments in IT are supporting strategic goals to better leverage business data.

• Approaches to managing cultural change and individual expectations due to varying benefits of business transformation.

Kari Myrland,

CIO, University of Wisconsin Foundation

Closing Networking Reception

4:35 - 5:30 pm


Fusion 2014| March 5 - 6, 2014 |  Fluno Center for Executive Education | Madison, WI

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