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    Texas Technology Summit

    2020: The Age of SkyNet

    February 12th, 2020
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The 12th Annual Texas Technology Summit will be held on April 14, 2021 at Citadel Houston from 7am-4pm.

As we reach the 11th annual show, the Texas Technology Summit has been the top leading IT & Security conference and exhibit hall in Houston. With over a thousand registrants, VIPs, and renowned speakers come together to network, advocate, and create opportunities for the IT & Security industry. With technology constantly changing, this event is a must attendl. With 2020's theme focus on "Strategically Accelerating our Businesses through IT and Security".

As the technology revolution starts picking up speed we are faced with more IT decisions than ever before. Are new technologies truly terminating the old way of IT and Security? How do we responsibly embrace this new era in order not to incubate a real and living SkyNet? And most importantly, what can we learn from a day at the Texas Technology Summit to take back and use effectively at our current companies? Join us for an insightful day packed full of educational sessions, top-notch IT and Security Sponsors, and Peer2Peer Networking for Executives and all others interested in learning more about how to make your companies more successful.

2020 Governing Body Members

Faisal Asif

David Calderwood
VP of IT Strategy and PMO Services

Mark Combs
Sr Director of Information Systems
Harris County Clerk

Marc Crudgington
CISO & SVP of Information Security
Woodforest National Bank

Randy Frazier
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County

Karen Fuller
Director Network Infrastructure and Communications
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

Sebastian T. Gass
General Manager for Technology Strategies and Services

Jessica Getz
AXIA Partners

Brooke Grammier
Principal, CIO
DLR Group

Bruce High
CIO & Executive Director of ITC
Harris Country ITC

Gene Janiszewski
VP Membership of SIM Houston

Mark Lennon
CIO Americas & Global RE Insurance
JLT Group

Carolyn Lightfoot
CIO Information Technology Division
Lee College

Robert Lindemann
Education Service Center, Region 6

Rodney Lisembee
Director of Technology
The John Cooper School

David Mosley

Michael Oberlaender
Author & CISO

Luis Oliveira
Manager, Applications Development - Research Institute
Houston Methodist

Hellmut Ometzberger
Director, Global Service Delivery - CTO

John Perry
MD Info Systems
American Welding Society

Mike Prochaska
VP of IT
Allied International Pipes & Fittings

Alexander Rosca
Director, IT
Pro Oil & Gas Services

Mark Sakowitz
Project Manager
DataBank IMX

Dee Singh
VP of IT
Cimarron Energy, Inc.

Bojan Vukicevich
Director of Application Development
J.B. Poindexter & Co, Inc.

Mike Wangsmo
CEP, CTO, and Technical Advisor
George Broady Companies

Kathy Welch
Alvarez & Marsal

Jason Williams
Infrastructure Director
J.B. Poindexter

Troy Williams
Director, ISD Business Solutions
Memorial Hermann Health Systems

John Wright
Director of IT
RiceTec, Inc.


We would like to thank our all of our sponsors for being a part of this year's Texas Technology Summit. From being a sponsor, you will be recognized for the education and mission your company contributes to our tradeshow, panels, and sessions. Many of our sponsors have been a part of our annual summit for many years and we are proud to support them.

Gold Sponsors


Darktrace is the world’s leading AI Company for cyber defense. With over 7,000 deployments worldwide, the Enterprise Immune System is relied on to detect and fight back against cyber-attacks in real time. The self-learning AI takes one hour to install, works across the cloud, SaaS, corporate networks, IoT and industrial systems, and protects against the full range of cyber-threats and vulnerabilities, from insider threats and ransomware, to stealthy and silent attackers. Darktrace has 800 employees and 39 offices worldwide, with headquarters in San Francisco, and Cambridge, UK.

Lunch & Learn Sponsor


Code42 is the leader in next-gen data loss protection. Native to the cloud, the Code42 Next-Gen Data Loss Protection solution rapidly detects insider threats, helps satisfy regulatory compliance requirements and speeds incident response — all without lengthy deployments, complex policy management or blocks on user productivity. Security, IT and compliance professionals can protect endpoint and cloud data from loss, leak, misuse and theft while maintaining an open and collaborative culture for employees.


Fortinet provides network and content security, as well as secure access products that share intelligence and work together to form a cooperative fabric. Our security fabric combines Security Processors, an intuitive operating system, and applied threat intelligence to give you better visibility and control-while providing easier administration.

VIP Sponsor


Genuent believes in straightforward principles and approaches. Our beliefs help us define our customer’s problems and create clear, effective solutions. Our technology recruiters stay focused on the IT space to ensure that our efforts are relevant to you and your mission. Genuent is a national expert in delivering Talent and resource solutions, producing a partnership between our Consultants and clients, which help them solve complex technology and business challenges.

Happy Hour Sponsor


ServerMonkey delivers IT hardware, maintenance, and IT services to businesses of all sizes. Our team of experts offers you efficient and flexible solutions from a wide variety of servers, storage, and networking products. Our datacenter services provide secure ITAD solutions that remove risks, protect your Data, and ensure the highest return on your investment.

Silver Sponsors


For more than 25 years, APCON has consistently delivered smart, stable and scalable technology solutions that provide an unparalleled level of confidence to organizations seeking total visibility and security of physical, private and public cloud networks. With customers around the world, APCON provides adaptable and flexible solutions to organizations ranging from midsize companies to Fortune 100 enterprises. APCON assures superior network monitoring while supporting traffic analysis and streamlined network management and security.


Datrium, the multicloud data platform company, provides the leading software platform for disaggregated hyperconverged infrastructure (dHCI) and disaster recovery done right. Datrium accelerates and consolidates heterogeneous workloads and delivers instant recovery with 100% point-in-time data and virtual machine consistency without the expense and risk of using separate tools for primary data, backup, disaster recovery, mobility and encryption. Datrium maintains fast performance at any scale while protecting against ransomware and other technological or natural disasters and enables frictionless, no-cost software and data portability between public clouds and on-premises data centers. Automatrix™ technology provides consistent data services across clouds and automates resource orchestration so applications run at peak performance while liberating IT from managing data infrastructure.


FIS enables enterprises to succeed in their digital transformation by providing a broad range of fully managed or hybrid solutions, including Data Center Management, Mainframe, Cloud Services, Data Network Services, Service/Help Desk and End User Support.


At MegaplanIT, our expert security consultants and QSAs are fully certified and have decades of experience helping businesses like yours stay safe from cyber threats. We build long-term relationships with our customers and provide holistic services to meet all your security and compliance needs.


SUSE Linux is a computer operating system. It is built on top of the free and open source Linux kernel and is distributed with system and application software from other open source projects. SUSE Linux is of German origin, basically an acronym of “Software und System-Entwicklung”, and was mainly developed in Europe. Modernize your infrastructure with SUSE Linux Enterprise servers, OpenStack cloud technology for IaaS, and SUSE's software-defined storage.


Zadara is agile, secure enterprise cloud storage, built to meet the demands of hybrid IT. We help organizations eliminate the cost and complexity traditionally associated with enterprise data storage, by providing industry-leading enterprise data storage solutions as a fully-managed service, with a 100%-uptime SLA and consumption-based pricing. Zadara uses a combination of industry-standard hardware and patented Zadara software to deliver the power of enterprise-class data storage and management — with the convenience of the cloud. Any data type. Any protocol. Any location. Zadara is available via public clouds (AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Azure, and more), managed service providers, data centers, colocation partners, and on premises in customers' data centers.

Presentation Sponsors


Accedian delivers exceptional end-to-end network and application performance visibility, for control over the best possible user experience. Since 2005, Accedian has helped service providers and enterprises make the most efficient use of digital assets to realize business goals and strengthen their competitive position.


Auth0 is the first identity management platform for application builders, and the only identity solution needed for custom-built applications. With a mission to secure the world’s identities so innovators can innovate, Auth0 provides the simplicity, extensibility, and expertise to scale and protect identities in any application, for any audience. Auth0 secures more than 100 million logins each day, giving enterprises the confidence to deliver trusted and elegant digital experiences to their customers around the world.


ForgeRock®, the leader in digital identity, delivers modern and comprehensive Identity and Access Management solutions for consumers, employees and things to simply and safely access the connected world. Using ForgeRock, more than a thousand global customer organizations orchestrate, manage, and secure the complete lifecycle of identities – consumable in any cloud or hybrid environment.


GDT is an award-winning, international IT solutions provider and network integrator. For 24 years, we’ve partnered with leading OEMs and IT Industry thought leaders to digitally transform customers’ organizations and ensure they’re getting the very most from their technology investments. Our solutions architects and engineers design, build, deliver and manage IT solutions and services for customers of all sizes and from a wide variety of industries. They maintain the highest certification levels in the industry, which enables them to transform the latest technological innovations into customer solutions that help them become more competitive in the marketplace, deliver an enhanced end user experience, and enjoy greater profitability.


Kudelski Security is the premier advisor and cybersecurity innovator for today’s most security-conscious organizations. Our long-term approach to client partnerships enables us to continuously evaluate their security posture to recommend solutions that reduce business risk, maintain compliance and increase overall security effectiveness. With clients that include Fortune 500 enterprises and government organizations in Europe and across the United States, we address the most complex environments through an unparalleled set of solution capabilities including consulting, technology, managed security services and custom innovation.


Nasuni® is a file services platform built for the cloud, powered by the world’s only global file system, UniFS®. Nasuni consolidates Network Attached Storage (NAS) and file server silos in cloud storage, delivering infinite scale, built-in backup, global file sharing, and local file server performance, all at half the cost of traditional file infrastructures.


Scale Computing integrates storage, servers, and virtualization software into an all-in-one appliance based system that is scalable, self-healing and as easy to manage as a single server. The result is a data center solution that reduces operational complexity, allows a faster response to business issues, and dramatically reduces costs.


Sentinel solutions have deflected literally billions of threats, from ransomware and malware communications to targeted brute force and exploit attempts. Our customers range from Fortune 100 firms to government and municipal agencies, from financial institutions to a diverse mix of small and mid-sized businesses in almost every industry.


Simplar is a collaborative group of faculty and researchers. We advance knowledge and practice in the following areas: Procurement and Supply Chain, Project Management and Delivery, Organizational Change Management, Benchmarking and Performance Assessments, and we integrate with organization to implement our advanced tools.


Managing storage continues to be complex, and often expensive. Something needs to change, and it certainly won't be a dramatic increase in staffing. Fortunately, object storage is the answer. By eliminating the use of legacy RAID, object storage, can be the foundation for a scale-out converged storage solution that solves both data protection and primary storage challenges. Want to recover a multi-TB VM in less than a second? No problem. Want to protect files from ransomware? No problem. Need an enterprise file serving, archiving, or virtual server storage solution? No Problem.


TPx Communications (tpx.com) is the premier national managed services provider, offering Unified Communications, Managed IT and security, managed connectivity and more nationwide – all with guaranteed performance.


Veeam® is the leader in backup solutions that deliver Cloud Data Management™. Veeam Availability Platform™ is the most complete backup solution for helping customers on the journey to achieving success in the 5 Stages of Cloud Data Management. Veeam has 355,000+ customers worldwide, including 82% of the Fortune 500 and 67% of the Global 2,000, with customer satisfaction scores at 3.5x the industry 9 average, the highest in the industry. Veeam’s global ecosystem includes 66,000 channel partners; Cisco, HPE, NetApp and Lenovo as exclusive resellers; and 22,500+ cloud and service providers. Headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, Veeam has offices in more than 30 countries.

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Main Stage

Opening Keynote Address - 2020: The Age of SkyNet

Jesse Carrillo, SVP and CIO - Hines

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Main Stage

Keynote: AI-Based Autonomous Response: Are Humans Ready?

Kellen Kopf, Cyber Security Executive - Darktrace
Sponsored by: Darktrace

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Tech Theater I

XPD-IT Project Delivery & Adoption: Maximum Speed, Maximum Value

Kenneth T. Sullivan, PhD, MBA - Arizona State University
Sponsored by: Simplar

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Tech Theater II

Modern Data Protection with Veeam 10

Dave Byers, Enterprise Systems Engineer - Veeam
Andy Perkins, SLED Systems Engineer - Veeam
Sponsored by: Veeam Software

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Security Theater

Terminators at the Door, the Importance of IAM

Mary Greenlee, Enterprise Solutions Engineer - Auth0
Sponsored by: Auth0

9:00 - 10:00 AM

VIP Theater

CIO Forum: Successful Strategies as an IT Leader (Breakfast Included)

Moderator: Abe Homan, President - Machaon

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Exhibit Hall

Networking / Tour Exhibits

11:00 - 12:00 PM

Main Stage

The Real Threat of Quantum Computing

Jim West, CIO - TRECIG

11:00 - 12:00 PM

Tech Theater I

Could Your IT Infrastructure be Both More Reliable and Easier to Use?

Mike O'Neil, Senior Systems Engineer - Scale Computing
Sponsored by: Scale Computing
Presentation Giveaway: $50 Amazon Gift Card

11:00 - 12:00 PM

Tech Theather II

Why Your Managed IT Network and Unified Communication Strategy Might Fail

Trey Anderson, Technology Evangelist - TPx Communications
Sponsored by: TPx Communications

11:00 - 12:00 PM

Security Theater

Network Security is a Team Sport

Ted Gruenloh, Chief Operating Officer - Sentinel IPS
Sponsored by: Sentinel IPS

11:00 - 12:00 PM

VIP Theater

VIP Session: Perspectives on Narrowing the Tech Talent Gap

Jeffrey Frey, Managing Director - Talent Path division at Genuent
Sponsored by: Genuent

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Tech Theater I

Departing Employees = Departing Data

Todd Thorsen, Sr Manager of Information Security, Risk Management & Compliance - Code42
Sponsored by: Code42

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Tech Theater II

6 Steps to Cloud Migration Without Compromising Performance or Visibility

Mike Canney, Business Development, North America - Accedian
Sponsored by: Accedian

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Security Theater

Next Generation Security Strategies Security Based Infrastructure

Christian Barnes, Director Enterprise Architecture Engagement Team - Fortinet
Sponsored by: Fortinet
Giveaway Prize: $50 restaurant Gift Card and a Bottle of Wine

12:00 - 1:00 PM

VIP Theater

CISO Forum: Mitigating the Breach to Breach Response Gap in the Age of SkyNet

Marc Crudgington, CISO & SVP of Information Security - Woodforest National Bank

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Main Stage

"Hasta La Vista, Backup" - 21st Century Global File System with Nasuni on AWS

John Capello, VP Product Strategy - Nasuni
Sponsored by: Nasuni
Presentation Giveaway: Dashcam

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Tech Theater I

Never Pay the Ransom!

Chip Vacek, Enterprise Sales Manager - StorageCraft
Sponsored by: StorageCraft

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Tech Theater Ii

CCPA and the Tangled Privacy Law Web

Dr. Paul L. Kendall, Principal Consultant, Advisory Services - General Datatech, LP
Sponsored by: GDT

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Security Theater

The Impact of Emerging Technologies in the Realm of Identity

Robbie Jones, IoT Solutions Architect - ForgeRock
Sponsored by: ForgeRock
Giveaway Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card and ForgeRock swag

2:00 - 2:45 PM

Exhibit Hall

Networking / Tour Exhibits

2:45 - 3:00 PM

Exhibit Hall

Vendor Giveaways

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Main Stage

Panel Discussion: Bridging the Talent Gap in the Age of Machines Taking Over

Panelists: Jesse Carrillo, SVP & CIO- Hines | Jim West, CIO - TRECIG | Kevin Baker, Managing Director - Experis | Jeffrey Frey, Managing Director - Talent Path division at Genuent | Mark Lennon, CIO Americas & Global RE Insurance - JLT Group

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Security Theater

The Network for the Next Decade: AI Driven. Cloud Enabled. Agile.

Ron Amenta, Partner Account Manager - Mist, a Juniper Company
Sponsored by: Kudeski Security and Juniper Networks
Presentation Giveaway: $100 Amazon Gift Card

4:00 PM

Main Stage

Vacation Giveaway & Conference Wrap-Up


Governing Body Members