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Leveraging Emerging Technology for Growth and Cost Control
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When: 11/3/2009
Where: Grand Ballroom at Marquette Alumni Memorial Union
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Master of Ceremonies

Chris Murphy, Editor, InformationWeek


  • Russ Neumeier, GE Healthcare
  • Social Networking, How You Get to Sesame Street

Cloud Computing Panel- Opportunities and Challenges

  • Greg Treichel- moderator
  • Jay Bayne, Milwaukee Institute
  • Chris Murphy, Editor, Information Week
  • George Reese -CTO, enStratus Networks

Breakout Sessions:

Mobile Computing

  • Michael Disabato, Burton Group

Software as a Competitive Tool in Manufacturing Panel

  • Jay Bayne, Milwaukee Institute, moderator
  • Pehr Anderson, HarQen
  • Tom Keeley, Compsim
  • Ram Pai, Rockwell Automation


7:30 a.m. registration, breakfast, and networking

8:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks - MU Deans

8:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker

9:30 a.m. Break and Networking

9:45 a.m. Cloud Computing Panel

10:45 a.m. Break and Networking

11:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions

12:00 pm Lunch, SIM Scholarship Awards and Networking


Speakers & Abstracts:

Russ Neumeier, GE Healthcare
Social Networking - How You Get to Sesame Street

Participants will walk through the different tools, technologies, and challenges of bringing collaboration and social media applications into a corporate environment along with how it can be done with little financial investment in tough economic times. Items to be discussed would be GE's and GE Healthcare's journey into collaboration/social media, the tools that have been leveraged, the criteria for choosing the tools, the challenges and benefits of these tools, and fostering an environment that allows the growth of these tools within the business.

Russ Neumeier, GE Healthcare

Russ Neumeier is an Enterprise Architect in Emerging Technologies at GE Healthcare, a $17B division of General Electric. Russ joined GE in 2000 as a Windows NT Systems team leader and has also held the roles of Help Desk Manager, Six Sigma Black Belt, and Global Desktop Design Leader. Prior to joining GE, Russ was the all-in-one network, server, and e-mail and Internet guy at Placon Corporation in Madison, Wisconsin. Russ' love for technology spills over into personal life with geocaching as a family hobby, being a freelance writer for the GeekDad blog at and helping his church with podcasting. Russ earned his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and his MBA from Cardinal Stritch University. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and has the coolest job in Global IT at GE Healthcare.

Chris Murphy, Information Week

Chris Murphy is the Editor of Information Week. Before joining Information Week, he was Editor of the Budapest Business Journal, a business weekly in Hungary, and worked as a daily newspaper reporter. Chris holds a B.A. in journalism and economics from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia.

George Reese, enStratus

George Reese, co-founder of enStratus, has been delivering software as a service since 2003 when he founded Valtira, a suite of Web-based marketing tools. Prior to Valtira, George held a variety of technology leadership roles with J. Walter Thompson, Carlson Marketing Group as well as start-ups like Ancept and Imaginet. George is the author of several O’Reilly books on the Internet and enterprise technologies, including Java Database Best Practices and Managing and Using MySQL and the recently released Cloud Application Architectures. George has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Bates College in Lewiston, ME.

Michael Disabato, Burton Group

Michael Disabato is the Vice President and service director for Burton Group Network and Telecom Strategies. He covers wireless and mobility technologies for end-user organizations, IT Service Management (ITSM), the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), and organizational change. Prior to joining Burton Group, Michael was a senior manager in network engineering for WorldCom Conferencing and held duties at McDonald's Corporation as an enterprise architect for security and networks and manager of the applied technology lab. With 35 years of experience in consulting, application development, networking, security, mobility, and technology assessment, Michael was named one of ten visionaries in 1993 by Communications Week Magazine and one of the 50 Most Influential People in Networking Industry by Network Computing Magazine.

Jay Bayne, Milwaukee Institute

Jay S. Bayne received his B.Sc (70), M.Sc(71) and Ph.D. (76) degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He was Professor of Computer Protocol Solutions, Inc. which he sold in 1985. From 1985-1998 he held VP Technology positions for global engineering companies (Combusion Engineering, Bailty Controls, ABB) involved in the design and application of high-assurance, real-time distributed control systems for automation of a wide range of continuous industrial processes. From 1998-2002 he was CTO of the Controls Group of Johnson Controls, Inc. He is presently CEP of his second company Meta Command Systems, Inc. and Executive Director of the Milwaukee Institute ( Additionally, he is Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Bayne has published extensively on the science and technology of interactive real-time systems and cybernetics and their application to the governance of cyberphysical systems (CPS).

Tom Keeley, Compsim

Tom Keeley ( is the founder of Compsim and the inventor of Knowledge Enhanced Electronic Logic (KEEL) Technology. Tom's papers on KEEL Technology have been published in a variety of technical and trade journals addressing military, industrial and business issues. Tom has an engineering degree from Bradley University and had numerous development engineering and management roles at General Electric and Rockwell Automation in the fields of inertial guidance and fire control systems, mobile and land-based communication systems, semiconductor wafer processing systems, cellular telephone, computer aided dispatching, industrial robotics, intelligent sensor systems, vision systems, RFID systems, bar code systems, industrial automation systems and control architecture and a variety of customer industrial systems. Tom received patent and trade secret awards from General Electric and Rockwell Automation and has developed a patent portfolio for Compsim in support of KEEL Technology.

Pehr Anderson, HarQen

Pehr Anderson is the Vice President of Platform Technology at HarQen. Prior to joining the company, Pehr worked as an acquisitions manager at Metavante, tracking large-scale technology trends in the electronic payment processing industry. Pehr has significant involvement in the Midwest technology community through the Silicon Pastures angel investment group where he is an investor in over a dozen tech startups. Pehr holds a BS and Masters from MIT in electronic engineering and computer science. While at MIT, Pehr co-founded NBX, a startup that produced one of the first IP telephone systems. NBX was acquired by 3Com in 1999. 3Com continues to sell NBX phone systems in 60 countries.

Ram Pai, Rockwell Automation

Dr. Ram Pai was appointed Director for Rockwell Automation, Advanced Technology labs in April 1998. He is responsible for the technology planning and development to support the company's business growth. He serves on the Rockwell Automation Technical Council, and drives technology leadership for the company through technology evangelism, technical innovation and research process improvements. Ram's current interest center around energy management and alternative energy technologies.

Ram was responsible for the start-up and direction of Rockwell Automation's Shanghai Research Center in Shanghai, China from 1998 and also served as Program Manager in Rockwell Automation's OEM Business in Shanghai between 2008-2009. Ram joined Rockwell Automation in 1994 as a Senior Engineer and was promoted to the position of Program Manager in Rockwell Automation's Drives Business unit and was responsible for OEM AC Drives. Prior to joining Rockwell Automation, Ram served in roles of Product Manager and Corporate Marketing Manager at Unico, Inc., in Franksville, WI focusing on Automation Control and Systems Integration. He has published 12 technical papers in research journals and conferences and has five patents. Ram holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky, Masters in Engineering Management from Northwestern University, and a Bachelors in Electrical Power from the University of Mysore.


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