IT Infrastructure, Operations Management & Cloud Strategies: Chicago (Rosemont/O’Hare), Illinois


March 21, 2024




7 CPE / 0.7 CEU / CISSP / 7 PDU Credits Awarded


Conference location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont (O’Hare) Illinois



Your business stakeholders and financial leaders demanding more value, reliability and agility from IT investments. But a dynamic economic and a rapidly changing technology ecosystem create tremendous challenges.


What You Will Learn



In this one day in-person conference, attendees will learn:

  • The Future Implications of ChatGPT and Generative AI on I&O
  • Using Cloud Services to Deliver Valuable Business Services
  • Is Quantum Computing the Right Path for Your Organization Regarding Future Opportunities?
  • How to Take Control of Your Cloud Strategy
  • How to Work Through the Challenges of Infrastructure Automation
  • How to Extract Business Value Through Technical Debt Management

Conference Price: $299.00 per person


Each attendee will receive a certificate awarding 7 CPE credits for CISSP continuing education, in addition to 0.7 CEUs and 7 PDUs. CISSP is a registered certification mark of (ISC)², Inc.



8:00am – 9:00am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am – 10:00am: 2024: Top Trends Impacting IT Infrastructure and Operations (Fireside Chat)


  • Tom Drez, Former CIO, Christian Brothers Services
  • Patrick Kinard, Sr. Cloud Infrastructure Manager, Chicago Public Schools
  • Raymond Parpart, Director Data Center Strategy & Operations, The University of Chicago
  • Annur Sumar, Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Unity


I&O leaders are stretched with time commitments, staffing and where they are placing their investments  to understand the full impact of current trends on infrastructure and operations.


In this session, attendees will learn which of the top trends are most likely to impact their organization and learn what to prioritize and how to respond.



Drez                            Kinard                                  Parpart                        Sumar


10:00am – 10:30am: Refreshment Break

10:30am – 11:30am: How to Leverage SASE to Simplify Your Infrastructure & Operations Architecture


Gerry Plaza, VP of Technology Transformation, Netskope


With people working remotely and most user traffic destined for SaaS and cloud, network security requires transformation. It’s no longer efficient or cost-effective to route traffic through the corporate network to apply security controls. Adopting a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Architecture while focusing on Zero-Trust principles ensures that your employees can be productive and secure working from anywhere.


In this session, we will discuss:

  1. The economics and business case for a SASE journey
  2. Best practices for implementing Zero Trust within a SASE architecture
  3. The importance of granular Cloud and SaaS



11:30am – 12:30pm: Using Data and AI to Shine a Light on Your Dark IT Estate


Matt Kohn, VP Cloud Engineering and DevOps Engineering, Lakeside Software


IT teams often struggle to see what’s going on across their dark IT estate – where costly inefficiencies, poor employee experiences, shadow IT, software bloat, compliance issues, and unresolved problems hide.

With visibility, you can:

  • Shed light on hidden issues such as poor device, network, or application performance
  • Be alerted proactively when something unusual is happening within the estate
  • Discover operational inefficiencies by uncovering software license waste, ineffective hardware utilization, and excessive network lag
  • Use data to guide your AI transformations and initiatives






12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch and Exhibit Break


1:30pm – 2:30pm:  Data Archiving is Outdated in a Modern Infrastructure


Ben Fuller, Field Technical Director, Nasuni


Data Archiving is an outdated and old fashion concept. With the vast improvements to data storage, data management, and the increase in enterprise usage of AI, there is no reason for data archiving to be holding you back from a modernized cloud infrastructure.



2:30pm – 3:00pm: Refreshment Break

3:00pm – 4:00pm: How to Design a Successful Infrastructure Platform Engineering Team (IT Executive Panel Discussion)


In this session, attendees will learn from a panel of IT infrastructure & operations management executives as to the strategies they are leveraging to ensure their efforts are in sync with business priorities.


Topics covered:

  • How to identify leverage areas of value (reputation, regulation, revenue, resilience, and recession) for continued investment and security spending
  • How to assess, understand, and define security’s current and future roles in the extended enterprise
  • Where are security investments being made on personnel, processes, and technologies?


Moderated by: Marc Kreppel, Account Manager, Ctera



  • Luca Graglia, Director of Software and Infrastructure Services, University of Chicago
  • Jared Holley, Infrastructure Support Specialist, Ryder
  • Jeff  Kreutzer, VP Infrastructure & Operations, Ingersoll Rand
  • Jeremy Kubik, Director of Managed IT & Security Operations, STIGroup Ltd.
  • Joshua Hastings, Infrastructure Services Manager, Rural Mutual Insurance Company



Kreppel                      Graglia                       Holley                          Kreutzer                   Kubik                   Hastings




As is always the case at CAMP IT Conferences events, the talks will not include product presentations. During the continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and the luncheon break you will have the opportunity to informally meet representatives from the following sponsoring companies, who have solutions in the area of the conference.