2017 CISD Conference and Expo

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Monday, October 02, 2017

2017 Conference and Expo

2017 CISD Conference and Expo
Monday, October 02, 2017 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Central Time)

L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge
777 L’Auberge Avenue
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70820
United States

Map and Directions

At the CISD Conference & Expo you will be able to leverage the combined knowledge of numerous IT professionals to help deliver quality IT services to our ultimate customer – the citizens of the state of Louisiana.  Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to network with your professional peers, suppliers, and industry experts and use those opportunities as a catalyst to gain perspectives and insights on your current projects, operational issues, and management challenges. 

The conference also features an exhibition area, which showcases products and services from 27 state and national vendors providing hardware and software solutions in the areas of support, telecommunications, consulting, networking, and security services.  


Monday, October 2, 2017

7:30 - 8:15

Registration & Continental Breakfast

7:30 - 4:30

Vendor Expo 

8:15 - 8:30 

Opening Ceremony & Welcome

8:30 - 9:30


9:30 - 10:00

Break & Vendor Area Visits

10:00 - 10:45

Breakout Session 1 

10:50 - 11:35

Breakout Session 2

11:35 - 12:50

Lunch & Vendor Area Visits

12:50 - 1:35

Breakout Session 3

1:40 -  2:35

Breakout Session 4

2:35 - 3:05

Break & Vendor Area Visits

3:05 - 4:20

General Session Speaker

4:20 - 4:30 

Closing remarks


Conference ends, vendor area closes, & hospitality opportunities

  7:30 - 8:15 - Registration & Continental Breakfast
Ballroom C - Breakfast sponsored by IBM

  8:15 - 8:30 - Opening Ceremony & Welcome
Ballroom B
Pledge of Allegiance
National Anthem - Charlotte Alexander
  • Fred Piazza, CISD President 
  • Barbara Goodson, Deputy Commissioner, LA State Division of Administration

  8:30 - 9:30 - Keynote
Using Enterprise Architecture to Maintain “Customer Love” 
Ballroom B
Matthew Helm - Boneyard Creek Heritage, Inc.
Information leaders are constantly confronted with the need to employ adaptive and agile methods for meeting the needs of their business partners. This session presents a case for EA to be used to effectively meet the information challenges faced in today’s environment.  Matthew will cover how enterprise architecture can enhance leadership vision and provides a practical case study of the benefits and pitfalls of an institution that recently implemented an enterprise architecture program. Attendees will leave the session with ideas on how to use enterprise architecture to enhance their relationships with their business partners, provide motivation to their units to realize the institutional vision, and how to use other frameworks to bolster the success of enterprise architecture. If your goal is to keep the “love” of your business partners, you need to implement a holistic and proactive strategy for an ever-changing enterprise. EA just might be part of that solution.

  9:30 - 10:00 - Break & Vendor Area Visits
Ballroom C - Break sponsored by Pure Storage

  10:00 - 10:45 - Breakout Session 1
Louisiana’s Master Data Management Initiative 
Ballroom A
John Knabe - Information Builders, & Robert Manuel - Louisiana Office of Technology Services 
The IT Consolidation project was the springboard for implementing an Enterprise Architecture (EA) in the State of Louisiana. Master Data Management is a component of EA and it manages the linking of critical data elements from multiple sources then creating a single “Golden” record. This session will discuss the present and future of the MDM initiative.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Ballroom C 
Eric Shultz, Lisa Swanson, & Jesse Anderson - Amazon
An in-depth look into Amazon Web Services

  10:50 - 11:35 - Breakout Session 2
Software-Defined Datacenter, Hybrid Cloud and Beyond…
Ballroom A
Jesse Holbrook - Deloitte, & Derek Williams - Louisiana Office of Technology Services 
Increasingly, technologies such as hyper-converged computing and software defined datacenters (SDDC) that define commercial hosting providers are finding their way into the next generation hosting platforms used by the state. Hybrid cloud technologies are enabling these capabilities to be expanded to the public cloud, allowing states to offer a tailored set of on-premise and cloud capabilities, based upon specific workload criteria. Our speakers for this session will explain these technologies, how they are being rolled out to the state’s departments and what use cases are best suited to take advantage of a SDDC and hybrid cloud platform.

Intelligent Cloud
Ballroom C
Nick Smith - Microsoft 
Anticipating the explosive growth projected for the world’s urban population, local and state governments are adopting cloud-based services to help them meet the ever-increasing demand for citizen services. Cloud services help you harness the data critical for government decision making and city planning. Join us for a look into Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud, Azure. In this session, we will highlight how government agencies are leveraging cloud services to facilitate better outcomes in all aspects of citizen services and quickly adjust to demand. We will discuss key technologies such as IoT, cloud security, data, hybrid-IT, disaster recovery, development and much more for a mobile first, cloud first world.

  11:35 - 12:50 - Lunch & Vendor Area Visits
Ballroom B

  12:50 - 1:35 - Breakout Session 3
The LONI Network: A Key Component of Your Enterprise Architecture
Ballroom A
Lance Neal, Gary Mumphrey, Ben Bartsch, Patrick Keenan - Louisiana Optical Network Infrastructure (LONI)
Join some of the LONI network team as they provide updates on changes to the reliable, redundant LONI network to support your local enterprise architecture. Lance Neal will provide an overview of the new Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) subscription model and how that can assist you with predictive costs. Ben Bartsch will present information on emerging technologies that are currently being tested to provide a SD-WAN virtual router solution, as well as a 100g whitebox architecture. Gary Mumphrey will discuss a brief history of network/internet usage and changes, changes to the LONI backbone and footprint, as well as peering opportunities. To close out this information-packed session, Patrick Keenan will provide an overview of the Phase 1 construction and metrics along with the spine and leaf architecture, and conclude with the objectives for the Phase 2 fiber plan. Time will be allotted to allow for Q&A with the LONI team.

Big Data Analytics 
Ballroom C
Brad Schmerbeck & Jack O'Connell - Google
Learn how to use Google Cloud Platform Big Data Analytics to ingest and examine large and varied data sets, uncover hidden patterns and unknown correlations, and visualize results to determine market trends and customer preferences that help organizations make more informed business decisions.


  1:40 - 2:35 - Breakout Session 4
Enterprise Architecture
Ballroom A
Tom Allsup - Louisiana Office of Technology Services
Governance is a key component of any sound IT strategy and the State of Louisiana’s Enterprise architecture (EA) governance plan is built to provide industry accepted best practices for managing the environment.  We will discuss how EA governance was planned for and will look at Change Management as an example of the governance policy.

Artificial Intelligence in Security
Ballroom C
Cory Sutliff - Cylance
Learn how to leverage artificial intelligence, algorithmic science, and machine learning to provide seamless and silent pre-execution attack prevention.

  2:35 - 3:05 - Break & Vendor Area Visits
    Ballroom B - Break sponsored by AV Solutions


  3:05 - 4:20 - General Session
Effective Leadership in the Age of Disruption 
Ballroom B
Julio Melara
In this session you will learn some of the pitfalls to effective leadership. Discover how prioritizing your passion, persistence and vision will help you lead and deliver results. Think differently and learn how to thrive in a disruptive age.

  4:20 - 4:30 - Closing Remarks
Ballroom B
Fred Piazza, CISD President


Contact Information

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For conference questions, contact:

David Alexander
Director, Computing Services / CIO 
Pennington Biomedical Research Center  
(225) 763-3172


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Earl Thornton
IT Director
     LA Department of Agriculture and Forestry
(225) 922-1293

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