About The Event

Executives from across sectors and functional roles will gather at the North Carolina Technology Association’s flagship tech conference for a day of engaging keynotes, interactive panel discussions, fast paced pitch competition from tech startups and an Exhibit Showcase. Included with your registration is our Cinco de Mayo-themed pre-conference reception on the evening of May 4th (5:30PM – 7:30PM).

Who Attends?

400+ Biz and tech leaders from companies, organizations and institutions, representing all sizes, stages and industries. C-level, VPs, Directors of Marketing, Technology, Innovation, Operations, Finance.


Durham Convention Center
Durham, NC


Thursday to Friday
May 4 & May 5, 2017

Digital Transformation

Digital transformation demands that organizations of all types and sizes and from every industry segment move from traditional tools and methods to those that enable innovation, drive performance and live and breathe the customer journey.

The digital transformation race promises to establish yet another characterization of winners and losers; those who embrace and accelerate their digital transformation journey and those who hesitate.

Startup Showcase

We put out a search for NC headquartered tech-startups with an innovative product or service making waves in the area of Digital Transformation.

Tech-startups were encouraged to apply to receive: six minutes on stage for a shark-tank style demo in front of all attendees; (2) complimentary registrations to attend the event and pre-conference reception; and TONS of visibility in event promos and social media. Conference attendees will  vote via NCTA’s mobile app for the startup they think would be the Best Investment.


State of Tech Agenda

5:30PM - 7:30PM
Pre-Conference Reception

What better way to kick off the State of Technology Conference than with a Cinco de Mayo themed reception! Join us and other professionals for a great evening of networking, food and drinks.

7:30AM - 8:30AM
Registration / Breakfast / Exhibit Showcase

Breakfast Sponsor - Hitachi Data Systems
Registration Sponsor - Dynatrace

Brooks Raiford
President and CEO, NCTA

Timothy Humphrey
VP Cognitive Enterprise, IBM

Kevin Eagan
Chief Digital Experience Officer & GM of Digital Platforms, IBM

Sponsored by IBM

PANEL A: The Digital Talent Shortage – How Can We Bridge The Gap?
Presented by Rural Sourcing Inc.
Emilyanne Atkinson CEO - Wilmington Technology Guild
Odile Ducatez Vice President, IT Infrastructure and Operations - Ahold Delhaize Retail Business Services
Monty Hamilton CEO - Rural Sourcing Inc. (MODERATOR)
Dan McGurrin Director of Executive Education - NC State University
Jeff Zirker Chief Experience Officer – The Select Group

PANEL B: Getting To Market Faster – How To Accelerate Innovation
Presented by DataChambers
Joe Bastante Chief Technology Officer - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Rob Mann VP Innovation & Growth – North Highland
Katherine Manuel SVP, Innovation - Thomson Reuters
Marc Montoro General Manager, DataChambers (MODERATOR)
Patrick Turner CTO - Small Footprint

PANEL C: Modernizing Legacy Systems – How To Transform Existing Systems
Presented by SAS
Keith Collins Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer - SAS (MODERATOR)
Danny Baker AVP, Claims Software Engineering - MetLife
Abhijeet Pradhan Vice President Software Engineering - Optum
Brijesh Solanki Managing Director - Credit Suisse
Keith Werner Carolinas Public Sector Leader - EY

Break Sponsor - Data Network Solutions

Panel A: Digital Transformers – New Type Of Leadership Required?
Presented by Zerto
Greg Boone President - iCiDIGITAL
Todd Olson CEO & Co-Founder - Pendo
John Castillo Account Executive, Eastern NC - Zerto (MODERATOR)
Becky Scott Senior Program Manager - Cisco Systems
Murali Vridhachalam Director and Distinguished Engineer – IBM Chief Analytics Office

Panel B: Digital Transformation – What Are Lessons Learned?
Presented by Earthlink Windstream
Scott Byers President & CEO – EDM Americas
Nolan Combs Practice Leader, Digital Advisory - Skookum
Scott Yelton Director of Product Management - Windstream (MODERATOR)
Prem Ranganath Senior Director, IT Delivery Excellence & Assurance – QuintilesIMS
Rob Simora CTO - Cengage

Panel C: Privacy & Protection – Are You Ready For General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?
Presented by Veritas
Patrick Bland Information Governance Strategist - Veritas (MODERATOR)
Elizabeth Johnson Partner, Head of Privacy & Data Security Practice – Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton
Rick Statile Corporate Counsel - Red Hat, Inc.
Lewis Winning Vice President, Global Presales Engineering - Hitachi Data Systems

Lunch Sponsor - AVAILABLE

Josh Stein, NC Attorney General
TOPIC: Leadership Briefing

Jonathan Feldman, CIO, City of Asheville
TOPIC: Digital Transformation: What Your CxO Needs To Know

Dr. Ken Russell, VP of Digital Transformation & CIO, Pfeiffer University
TOPIC: Making Digital Matter – Communities, Collaboration & The Next Generation CIO

Sponsored by Dell Technologies


Durham Convention Center
  • 301 West Morgan St, Durham, NC
  • info@nctechnology.org
  • 919.856.0393
  • 8:30 – 5:00

Reserve Your Spot Now!

Experience the 2017 State of Technology Conference by signing up for general seating, a reserved table, or a sponsorship.