Keynote Speakers 2015

Peter Coffee Luz Gonzalez Peter Weis Carol Fawcett

Peter Coffee
VP for Strategic Research – Salesforce

“Forces of the Future That’s Now”

Connection, collaboration, acceleration and (for lack of a better term) “AI-ification” are the four fundamental forces shaping economies and lifestyles during the decades to come. Specific technologies are still following Moore’s-Law curves of exponential improvement, defying anyone who says that their progress must soon level off, but even that technical progress is merely the context for addressing challenges of behavior and culture. Peter Coffee of Salesforce shares the global perspective of the Fortune 500’s newest member, in its fourth consecutive year as Forbes magazine’s “World’s Most Innovative Company,” in a keynote designed to make every attendee do something different tomorrow.

Peter Coffee, VP for Strategic Research at Salesforce, has been with the company for eight years since becoming the company’s first Head of Platform Research in January 2007. He currently supports Salesforce efforts in CIO and developer engagement; in regulator and stakeholder discussions, including information security technology and practice; and in collaborations with research teams in both the commercial and academic communities, with emphasis on connection and collaboration models for new device types and “big data” opportunities.

Prior to joining Salesforce, Peter spent eighteen years as a technology analyst and columnist for publications including eWEEK, PC Week, PC Tech Journal and Computer Language, while authoring the Cue Publishing titles How to Program Java and Peter Coffee Teaches PCs. He was also a contributor to Wiley’s Auditing Cloud Computing: A Security and Privacy Guide and to Prentice Hall’s Nanotechnology: Science, Innovation, and Opportunity.

His prior work included serving as the first Manager for Desktop Computing Planning at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, where he also worked in space-asset applications of AI techniques; before that, he held project management roles at Exxon Corporation in synthetic fuels, polymer finishing and arctic resource development. He received his engineering degree from MIT in 1978 and an MBA from Pepperdine University in 1985.

Peter has held faculty appointments at UCLA (expert-systems programming), Sales University (IT management), and Chapman College (business analytics), while also lecturing at Stanford, CalTech, Harvard Business School, and the Sloan School of Management at MIT as well as institutions in Italy, Spain and Singapore. He serves as an advisor on curriculum and degree programs for Pepperdine and for Marymount California University.

Luz Gonzalez
Senior Vice President, IT Solutions Delivery – DIRECTV

“The Secret Ingredient for a Successful Transformation”

Technology changes are coming fast and furious and all companies are working hard to embrace the newest savvy tech tools. These new technologies are driving transformational change in companies and organizations across many industries. A transformation is not just putting a new technology in place, it’s realizing all anticipated benefits and value. Transformation is about changing people’s mindset. How do leaders prepare their teams for a successful transformation? How can you help and what’s your role in a transformation? Come and find out what is the secret ingredient for a successful transformation.

Luz M. Gonzalez is Senior Vice President of IT Solutions Delivery for DIRECTV. She leads a globally distributed team of more than 1,500 resources responsible for supporting and delivering all IT applications and systems. Her organization includes: IT project management, development, quality assurance, and business analysis. Under her leadership, her team is responsible for delivering initiatives that allow DIRECTV to transform the customer experience, enhance the entertainment experience, release new products, and create business value. She is known for her ability to deliver results, build high-performing teams, and lead change through an enterprise mindset that inspires fearless high performance.

Peter Weis
VP and CIO – Matson Navigation

“Tales from an IT Transformation”

Learn how the CIO of a 130 year-old shipping company led a successful IT transformation that left no area of the company unchanged. Peter Weis will present the framework he used to manage this multi-year effort that replaced Matson’s entire applications portfolio and infrastructure. He’ll also explain the very real lessons learned and barriers overcome during his journey.

Peter Weis has over 15 years of global CIO experience, and is currently VP and CIO of Matson Navigation, a $2.2B publicly traded, global transportation and logistics company (NYSE: MATX). At Matson, Peter leads a global IT organization that is responsible for strategy, software development, infrastructure, high-availability operations and all levels of IT governance.

Peter’s leadership track record spans both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. Most recently he led Matson’s successful multi-year IT transformation that refreshed Matson’s entire applications portfolio, re-built the IT Services organization, implemented a fully virtualized architecture and installed an enterprise-wide IT governance program. This strategy’s success has enabled business growth, lowered costs and eliminated significant technology risks. In 2014, Matson was ranked as the #1 ocean transportation provider in the world, both in overall service and in information technology.

Peter also possesses deep knowledge of global supply chain business and technology strategies, and is currently leading Matson Logistics’ effort to expand its lines of business to include global logistics and supply chain management.

Prior to Matson, Peter was Vice President, Products at GT Nexus, a global supply chain software company, and CIO of APL Logistics, a large global 3PL. During this time, APL Logistics’ impressive revenue and profit growth were fueled by the company’s technology-rich suite of logistics and supply chain services.

Peter is an experienced speaker on leadership, technology, and supply chain topics, and has lectured at both the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and at San Francisco State University.

He holds an M.B.A. with Honors from the Wharton School and a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Peter is also a 2014 inductee into the CIO Hall of Fame.

Carol Fawcett
Executive Director and CIO – Dell Software

“The 3 P’s of Transformation”

We are surrounded by a shrinking industry of giants. Companies are in the process of buying their competitors, partners and the technology innovators who can help take current products into the future. But what do they do once they buy these companies? How do you tie them together both internally and for your external customers? Let’s explore the 3 key focus areas needed to create that one great company – people, process and platform – the 3 P’s!

Carol Fawcett is Executive Director, Mergers & Acquisitions and Chief Information Officer for Dell Software Group at Dell. In this role, Carol is responsible for leading and driving Dell Software’s overall strategic information technology vision, enabling the company to align, leverage and capitalize on the biggest trends in security, mobile, analytics and cloud. As part of her charter, she and her team are architecting and engineering a new generation of operational excellence at Dell by fully integrating and automating all business supporting functions across the Dell Software business groups. In February of 2014, Carol expanded her role within Dell IT overseeing the overall IT strategic vision for acquisition integrations across all of Dell.

With more than three decades of serving in information technology leadership roles, Carol has a dynamic reputation in the industry and is a key advisor to Dell customers as well as Dell, the company, providing critical insight to innovation teams as new solution sets are introduced into the market. Prior to joining the Dell Software team in 2012, Carol served as the CIO at Quest Software, where she led the company through an IT transformation, resulting in a fully automated, simplified IT footprint that delivered significant efficiency and innovation opportunities across the business.

Before joining Quest in 2000, she held IT leadership roles at Western Digital, Coldwell Banker and Pacific Mutual, leading transformational initiatives for both IT and business in all areas of the organization, including on-premise and public cloud solutions for financials, manufacturing, CRM, HR/payroll, marketing/web, data warehousing and sales force automation.