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2019 Digital Transformation Summit Speakers

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BUILDING A Culture of Innovation

In his opening keynote, Joe will share insights on how Amazon organizes for innovation and he will take a deep dive into the four key aspects: Culture, Mechanisms, Architecture, and People. Amazon seeks to invent on behalf of their customers to create delightful experiences, and this keynote with inspire some ideas of how your company can adopt the ways Amazon implements digital innovation.

Joe Chung, Amazon web services

Joe joined AWS as Enterprise Strategist & Evangelist in November 2016. In this role, Joe works with enterprise technology executives to share experiences and strategies for how the cloud can help them increase speed and agility while devoting more of their resources to their customers.

Prior to joining AWS, Joe was a managing director in Accenture’s award winning IT organization where he was responsible for enterprise architecture, agile delivery and innovation. He was accountable for driving the foundational components of Accenture IT digital strategy which included defining and implementing Accenture’s cloud strategy, next generation analytics platform, and modern web and mobile architectures.

During Joe’s time in Accenture IT he also led and drove large scale transformations across multiple business domains and application portfolios. He also spent time in Accenture’s consulting business serving the automotive and industrial equipment industry.


CIO Panel - Digital Innovation: Connecting Citizens to the County

The closing keynote will be a discussion panel featuring the CIO's from Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland County. The executives will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities local governments serving a million or more citizens face when it comes to security, infrastructure, and digital access to county services.

artificial intelligence, machine learning, business intelligence, digital marketing, return on investment

Phil Bertolini, Oakland County

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson appointed Phil Bertolini as Deputy County Executive/CIO for Oakland County in January 2005. Prior to that, Bertolini served as Oakland County’s Director of Information Technology. He began his career with Oakland County in 1988 with the Equalization Division. Phil has received many awards and accolades, and was recently included in the 2019 “50 Names to Know in Government” by Crain’s Detroit Business.

Bertolini is a vocal advocate for cloud and enterprise solutions in government, cross-boundary resource sharing, and inter-jurisdictional cooperation. He has overseen the development of unique government technology programs such as the G2G Cloud Solutions Initiative, the G2G Marketplace, the Cyber Security Assessment for Everyone (CySAFE) initiative, the GeoVision Assessment, and the TechDebtCheck Assessment. He has also created successful models that can be implemented by other governments interested in improving operations while containing costs. Bertolini has traveled extensively to speak about eGovernment best practices and has authored a growing collection of resources to help other organizations modernize IT within today’s rapidly changing technology landscape. He has promoted his philosophy of “Build it once, pay for it once, and everybody benefits” to many other government agencies, including those within the U.S. and others as far off as Australia and Dubai.

Jako van Blerk

Jako van Blerk, Macomb County

The IT field has become an interest of mine through its use in business applications and processes. It has been my career path for more than fifteen years, of which the last eight years have been in Project Management, Management & Leadership positions, including Executive Management.

My current role as Chief Information Officer suits my natural ability to lead, and provides me with multiple opportunities to lead Strategic decision making, vision, labor negotiations, and other Executive level functions. Although my Technical expertise has been mostly in network design & engineering, I've spend 18 months as Manager of Applications & Enterprise Solutions and 15 months as Deputy Director to the Chief Information Officer, which gives me a well balanced perspective for my current role.

The dynamic nature of the Information Technology world create new challenges every day; I think that the ever changing environment is one of the main reasons I thoroughly enjoy what I am doing. I am a loyal, dedicated individual that excels under pressure and difficult situations.

Carlos Perez

Carlos Perez, Wayne County

Carlos Perez is the Chief Information Officer of Wayne County, the largest county in Michigan, and 19th largest in the nation. In his tenure at at Wayne County, Perez has built a team that values passion, hard-work, creativity, and applied engineering.

Perez is a versatile technology executive who loves people, technology, and automation. Over his 15 year career, he has seen successes in architecting IT solutions for top tier technology companies, managing a $20 Million operational budget, reducing annual operational costs by 14%, and eliminating $30,000 trouble tickets a year.

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