Conferences that solve current IT challenges

Information Systems Governance Strategies


September 18, 2008


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


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


IT is a strategic asset to organizations that can help serve the best interest of customers, partners and employees cost-effectively. To enable this appropriate controls and policies are needed through an effective IT governance framework. But it is not just about controls and policies. IT Governance needs to be presented with a leadership mentality and methodology. The focus must be on achieving desired mission-critical business results through the effect use and support of IT strategy, goals and objectives.

But how do you successfully accomplish this?

What You Will Learn

In this one day conference attendees will learn:

  • How to gain strategic and operational alignment between IT and the business to realize significant business benefits
  • How IT can enable the enterprise by seizing opportunities thereby producing significant competitive advantages
  • How IT resources and related tasks should be managed and used for the business benefits of the enterprise
  • How to address key business concerns about appropriate levels of IT funding
  • Strategies for getting management, IT and audit to speak the same language without slowing business operations
  • How & where strategic planning for technology fits into IT strategic alignment
  • How to leverage the appropriate frameworks for effective IT governance
  • How to understand and act on the results that have been produced from your governance framework
  • How to measure business success and financial health
  • Who Should Attend:
  • CIOs/CISOs
  • VPs/IT Directors
  • Security Managers/Architects
  • Business Managers
  • QA Managers

Conference Program

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



Driving Business Value: The Role of IT Governance in the Enterprise

Jay Hoskins, Senior Consultant, PowerSteering Software

IT governance can add tremendous value to an organization if designed, implemented and managed properly. The first step is to understand the overall objectives of this transformation. Then well-thought out strategies and frameworks can be implemented to ensure that business expectations of IT are met, that performance can be measured, resources are managed effectively and risks are mitigated.

In this session attendees will learn:

  • How to put structure around aligning IT with business strategy
  • How detailed the level of sophistication should be based on the size of your organization, your industry and applicable regulations
  • How to build a business case
  • How to implement an IT governance infrastructure

10:00am -10:30am - Refreshment Break



Creating Your Own 'Secret Sauce' for Strategy, Governance, and Portfolio Management

Susan Malisch, Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Loyola University Chicago

Many organizations struggle with aligning Information Technology with the strategic direction of the business environment in which they operate. This misalignment generally creates a set of cascading problems; a lack of understanding of how projects are selected for implementation, what criteria are used to prioritize projects, and how projects are managed and controlled once they are initiated. While there are many strategies and project management methodologies generally available, success is often determined by how well the leadership adapts techniques which are best suited to their environment.

This presentation will cover a 10-point checklist, provide specific templates, tips and techniques, and provoke food for thought in how to create or refine your "secret sauce" of Strategy, Governance, and Portfolio Management.



IT Governance in Action

Rod Cleary, Senior Manager, Process Quality Assurance, Sallie Mae

IT Governance initiatives are often well-intentioned, but lack the ability to demonstrate true business value. This is because the hinge pin in a successful governance initiative is the measurement component. In the absence of an effective IT measurement program, governance initiatives are destined to be viewed as adversaries instead of advocates. In order to be successful, IT leadership teams must develop a "show me the data" mentality in their governance models and decision-making. In this session attendees will learn eight critical success factors to ensuring that their governance initiative rests on a solid foundation and are positioned for success.

In this session, attendees will learn:

  • How to sell IT governance as something that the IT leadership team can't live without
  • How to use a pre-defined goal framework as a "reference architecture" for your organization
  • How to use a balanced scorecard in support of IT's self-governance (including a demo of an operational balanced scorecard)
  • The power of "balance" in a balanced scorecard
  • How to use IT governance results to build bridges with key customers

12:30pm - 1:30pm Luncheon







How & Where Strategic Planning for Technology Fits into IT/Business Alignment (panel discussion)

Moderator: Buzz Walker, VP of Product Management and Marketing, ProStor Systems
Panelists: Randy Wimmer, IT Portfolio Manager, Allstate,
Rama Prasad, IT Leader, Hewitt Associates,
Aleks Buterman, Technology Services Leader, EAGroup, Lincoln Financial Group
Mark Goetsch, VP Strategy & Architecture, Life Division, Fiserv Insurance Solutions

IT and other business units have different needs, yet need to work closely together to drive the enterprise forward. In certain situations, some business units may not understand or appreciate the value of information technology which may leave IT decisions being made in a silo. A better approach is to have stakeholders involved from different business units who will directly benefit from the technology since it can have a direct, positive impact on their business goals.

But how should this be accomplished?

In this session attendees will learn:

  • How to start with strategic planning for technology
  • How to articulate the value to other business units
  • How to gain sponsorship at executive levels
  • How to show projected and proven results

2:30pm - 3:00pm - Refreshment Break



Building Your Architecture: Leveraging the Right Frameworks for Effective IT Governance

Evan Tegethoff , CISSP, ISO 27001 Certified Lead Auditor Director of Compliance Services, Accuvant

There are many frameworks that can help IT in its goal of successfully implementing a comprehensive governance program. Some organizations may embrace many while others may not have the budget or need the scope of all.

In this session attendees will learn detailed information on the variety of supporting frameworks and which ones may be the best fit for your organization as well as how to avoid costly mistakes or possible pitfalls when implementing one or more approaches.

Frameworks that will be covered include: ITIL, CoBIT, COSO, CMMI, ISM3, ISO38500, BS7799
Balanced Scorecard, Six Sigma

This session will help attendees:

  • Easily show compliance with different frameworks
  • Provide a foundation for future internal audits
  • Establish a strong, granular focus
  • Gain agreement on the companyís control position
  • Determine if control objectives are being met
  • Understand if controls are really working






Actionable Intelligence: How to Understand and Act on the Results that Have Been Produced from Your Governance Framework

Moderator: Doug Ulrich, Regional Manager, Micro Focus
Kalyan Raman, Senior Manager, IS Governance Team, The Clorox Company
Douglas Picirillo, Senior Manager IT, Hart Schaffner Marx
Rod Cleary, Senior Manager, Process Quality Assurance, Sallie Mae,
and other enterprise IT professionals

Business results will help dictate how effective your governance framework is benefitting your enterprise. Solid IT governance will help with the coordination, execution, efficiency and management of your business processes. These processes will directly affect your customerís experience with your organization from start to finish. Governance that only focuses on rules and regulations just to satisfy auditors/legal and government will not achieve your desired results.

In this session, attendees will learn from a group of enterprise IT departments as to how they have:

  • Implemented IT governance efficiently and effectively
  • Results they have achieved
  • Balanced rules, regulations with business needs
  • Acted on the results they have achieved and made further refinements
  • Tweaked controls and rules
  • Positively benefitted the business

Conference price: $249 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)≤, Inc.


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.