July 15-17, 2020

Schedule

Wednesday, July 15 - 10:00 to 10:30 am

Welcome to the 2020 Triad Digital Technology Conference

In the welcome session Rob will talk about how the world is changing to meet the reality of current restrictions in having to deal with COVID. Digital technology is taking on added importance as business models evolve and working relationships change. Investing in digital technology can no longer be done incrementally. Digital Transformation needs to happen in a more expedited way. 

We will also share how the conference will work with a short tutorial of how to navigate the virtual conference website. 

Rob Robless and Andrea Howell – Conference Organizers

  • Rob Robless Profile Rob Robless, PhD
Wednesday, July 15 - 10:30 to 11:00 am - Session 1

Think Visually (and out loud!)

Today’s complex digital products require that product teams communicate clearly and continuously, but the written word has its limits. Show me another user story with a 300-word footnote and I’m gonna toss this MacBook across the room (which happens to be my garage thanks to COVID). Join me to explore how we can communicate VISUALLY to increase participation in product discussions and learn how some of today’s prototyping tools can replicate complex interactions like never before.

  • Steve Vest Profile Steve Vest
Wednesday, July 15 - 10:30 to 11:00 am - Session 2

Cleaning up other people's messes: Strategies to deal with the technology clutter

Regardless of your role within your company, there is no doubt that you spend a large amount of your time cleaning up architectures, data, deployments, code, or processes. Deployments are out of control, highly manual or overly complex. Code is unbelievably verbose and untestable. Databases have become monstrosities that are impossible to change. Whether it was you or others that are the reason the cleanse needs to be done, in this talk I’ll share some strategies, utilizing Clean Architecture principles, and ideas from real life implementations that could help you in your cause!

  • John Richardson Profile John Richardson
Wednesday, July 15 - 10:30 to 11:00 am - Session 3

Think Small, Grow Fast

Presented by Ben Gilman of Dualboot Partners

  • Ben Gilman Profile Ben Gilman
Wednesday, July 15 - 11:00 to 11:30 am

Chat with Speakers, Discuss the Topics, Networking

Discuss what you’ve learned in the previous sessions with the speakers and other conference participants in an innovative and fun way on the online conference website.

Explore what our sponsors have to offer by connecting to them directly in our virtual exhibitor hall.

Wednesday, July 15 - 11:30 to 12:00 pm - Session 4

Using AI to Augment Software Development

Today there are amazing applications of artificial intelligence, particularly when it comes to increasing human capacity to solve certain problems and enhance processes.
Coding is at the heart of what we do at Globant. We have found ways to apply different artificial intelligence algorithms to improve software development, whether in speed, quality, capacity, etc. Our tool (Augmented Coding) offers developers a platform to search, navigate and document code in a novel way, and has shown to improve the speed of code development.
In my talk I will share some of the artificial intelligence techniques used for the development of this tool and some findings on its deployment and adoption.

  • Haldo Sponton Profile Haldo Spontón
Wednesday, July 15 - 11:30 to 12:00 pm - Session 5

UNC Greensboro's IT Impact in the Region

The technology challenges facing the triad region have an impact across businesses, universities, and citizens. The IT department at UNC Greensboro is working on two exciting projects that will have an impact not only at the university, but also the surrounding community. Hear from UNC Greensboro’s Chief Technology Officer about 2 major efforts underway in the IT department: the NSF sponsored Gate City Research Network and the brand new Technology and Data Institute.

  • Jeff Whitworth Profile Jeff Whitworth, PhD
Wednesday, July 15 - 11:30 to 12:00 pm - Session 6

PODS - Mack/Volvo Truck's Digital Building Block

Digitalization of business operations requires significant change management. We must change the way people work, the way systems are designed and interact; and, most importantly, we must change the way we think about doing business in the burgeoning Age of Consciousness, aka – AI. Digitalization requires us to abandon our siloed ways of thinking in favor of a more holistic, end-to-end, value chain based points of view that transcend silo boundaries. Traditional change management practices are an attempt to “explicitly” effect change via training, documentation, leadership speaking directly to staff, etc. This can be particularly difficult in a highly confederated or siloed culture where it may lose fidelity and results in process misalignment. Good news, we can leverage Enterprise Architecture to provide the building blocks for “implicit” governance and change management so technical changes can occur ahead of the social changes and in effect implicitly guide social change via technical interfaces. Mack/Volvo NA has taken the first steps towards such an architecture with its latest technical capability: PODS – Portable Operational Data Services. PODS is a data access service that guides data publishers and data consumers to the best outcome via intuitive self-service interfaces and automation. In this presentation, I’ll share the PODS evolution, purpose, guiding principles behind its design and how it has become a building block for digitalization, rapid development, reducing IT’s footprint, and standardizing Mack/Volvo’s data access service contracts.
The presentation will show how a company’s Enterprise Architecture can implicitly drive change that leads to the desired business outcome, aka – business value.
  • Shawn Fitzgerald Profile Shawn Fitzgerald
Wednesday, July 15 - 12:00 to 12:30 pm

Chat with Speakers, Discuss the Topics, Networking

Discuss what you’ve learned in the previous sessions with the speakers and other conference participants in an innovative and fun way on the online conference website.

Explore what our sponsors have to offer by connecting to them directly in our virtual exhibitor hall.

Wednesday, July 15 - 12:30 to 1:00 pm

Day 1 Retrospective

Panel discussion on highlights of Day 1 and what’s happening in Day 2 presented by Globant.

Richard Starets, Managing Director at Globant will be chatting with Tim Bigwood, President of Noregon Systems in Greensboro about Augmented Organizations.

Thursday, July 16 - 10:00 to 10:30 am

Welcome Day 2

Panel discussion on what might be the “new norm” because of how we had to work during the COVID-19 lock down. Presented by ettain group and Apex Systems.

Thursday, July 16 - 10:30 to 11:00 am - Session 1

Investing Experience Design Capabilities for ROI

VCs are seeking to fund start-ups and businesses that have masterd human-centered experience design and development, which drives meaningful engagement amongst users, as well as those who leverage agile and leam methods that create value faster for those organizations.
 Human-centered Experience Design Creates Value: Experience Design is a discipline focused on human outcomes… particularly, the level of engagement and satisfaction that the user derives from a product or service and the relevance of the experience to their needs and context.
The goal of Experience Design is to create solutions that are optimized for your users, which ultimately provides value for your organization.
A few data points to consider:
-Airbnb attributes its $10B valuation to good UX Design
-Amazon funds UX Design $100:0 over advertising
-Optimized e-commerce sites sell 70% more products
-Every $2 spent on UX yields $100
  • David Muhammad Profile David Muhammad
Thursday, July 16 - 10:30 to 11:00 am - Session 2

Coding That Sparks Joy With Quarkus

Does your heart beat faster when you’re developing your Java application? Does it spark joy when you’re coding? If not, then it’s time to leave some old ways behind.

Join us on this live coding session and get familiar with Quarkus. You’ll learn to love how your old and new favorite APIs will start in a matter of milliseconds and consume tiny amounts of memory. Hot reload capabilities for development will give you instant sparks of joy!

  • Edson Yanaga Profile Edson Yanaga
Thursday, July 16 - 10:30 to 11:00 am - Session 3

Design Thinking is Bullsh*t. Long Live Design Thinking.

According to a recent study by the Design Management Institute, design-driven companies have outperformed the S&P Index by 219% over 10 years. And according to Parsons New School, 69% of design-led firms perceive the innovation process to be more efficient with design thinking.

You’ve heard of design thinking as a way to solve problems through user research, novel ideas and rapid prototyping. Maybe you’ve even participated in a design thinking workshop before. While design thinking can be a powerful methodology, detractors argue the results lead nowhere. Novel ideas with non-actionable delivery. Concepts with no buy-in. Roadmaps with no roads. Meanwhile your day-to-day responsibilities creep back in (or perhaps they never left) while all those collective insights get put aside, never to appear again. In effect, bullsh*t. Yet design thinking lives on. Why? Join Eric Ellis as he dives into the true value of design thinking “underneath the phases” by looking at common pitfalls and using first-hand cases studies and useful tips from his work at Airbnb, Google, Dropbox, Intuit, and more.

  • Eric Ellis Profile Eric Ellis
Thursday, July 16 - 11:00 to 11:30 am

Chat with Speakers, Discuss the Topics, Networking

Discuss what you’ve learned in the previous sessions with the speakers and other conference participants in an innovative and fun way on the online conference website.

Explore what our sponsors have to offer by connecting to them directly in our virtual exhibitor hall.

Thursday, July 16 - 11:30 to 12:00 pm - Session 4

3 Mandatory Investments for Digital Success

Digital technologies continue to dominate industry technology portfolios in 2020. Advanced analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), mobile computing, augmented & virtual reality, 3D printing, and blockchain are finding their way into organizations at an accelerated rate. Yet, many digital technology projects struggle to meet growing business expectations. Delays, cost overruns, and outright project failures are crippling efforts to adopt digital technologies that drive new revenue models or optimize costs. Obviously, company culture and business strategy play significant roles in establishing the foundation for digital technology project success. Beyond creating business support and advocacy, three mandatory investments are critical prerequisites to ensure the on-going success of digital initiatives. Technology governance & methods, data architecture, and interoperability are likely nowhere near the top of business priorities. Yet, investment in these key areas provides tangible benefits across all other digital efforts. In this session, we will discuss each of these investments, why it is essential, what it enables, how to discuss and present it, and how to incorporate it into your technology program and project portfolio.
This session provides the audience with the critical investments needed to establish the foundation for initial and sustained digital success.
  • Steve Stone Profile Steve Stone
Thursday, July 16 - 11:30 to 12:00 pm - Session 5

Playing with Innovation: 5 personal strategies for driving innovation with new technologies.

Presented by Jon Boggiano, co-founder of Everblue.

  • Jon Bagianno Profile Jon Boggiano
Thursday, July 16 - 11:30 to 12:00 pm - Session 6

Launch is Only the Beginning; Planning the Post-launch Investment

Building a post-launch investment strategy for your digital product can mean the difference between successful long-term adoption and failure to realize a return on the build-phase investment. When a first version or new feature is launched, it’s just the beginning. How should the product team organize and what should their focus be? Too often digital products are built or implemented but don’t deliver the promised business value. In order to maximize success, the product team must execute a plan for technical support, user support, and most importantly an activation and adoption plan.
  • Marty Balkema Profile Marty Balkema
Thursday, July 16 - 12:00 to 12:30 pm

Chat with Speakers, Discuss the Topics, Networking

Discuss what you’ve learned in the previous sessions with the speakers and other conference participants in an innovative and fun way on the online conference website.

Explore what our sponsors have to offer by connecting to them directly in our virtual exhibitor hall.

Thursday, July 16 - 12:30 to 1:00 pm

Day 2 Retrospective

Panel discussion on highlights of Day 2 and what’s happening in Day 3. Presented by TEKsystems and Loft.

Friday, July 17 - 10:00 to 10:30 am

Welcome Day 3

Panel discussion on what have we learned so far in this conference? What can we expect to learn today? Presented by TSG and Globant

Friday, July 17 - 10:30 to 11:00 am - Session 1

Rethinking Investment Valuation for the Agile Methodology

Conventional capital budgeting or cost benefit analysis doesn’t truly capture the essence of flexibility offered under the Agile methodology. A new dynamic valuation approach is required as a supplement to the conventional approach. This presentation will outline an approach that provides the flexibility of being able to choose a course correction for the initiative from several options.

  • Prashant Dixit Profile Prashant Dixit
Friday, July 17 - 10:30 to 11:00 am - Session 2

Why Business Requirements Should Drive Your Development Process

  • Scot Whigham Profile Scot Whigham
Friday, July 17 - 10:30 to 11:00 am - Session 3

Reactive Frontends in a Data-Centric World

When we think of the future of the internet—whether with an interest in security, personal privacy, or application technology—our proposals and innovations often involve the idea of “data-centricity”. It’s easy to mistake the conversation around data-centricity—which tends to focus on blockchain tech, FAIR data, Web3 protocols, etc—as a conversation meant for backend or infrastructure audiences. But the reality is that data-centric tech offers transformative possibilities for frontend development as well, in terms of previously unimaginable features, easier workflow patterns, and more streamlined state management at the application layer. In my talk, I’ll not only discuss these trends and possibilities at a conceptual level—we’ll actually build a data-centric ReactJS app in realtime and show off the power and ease of frontend development in a data-centric world.lopment.
  • Andrew Johnson Profile Andrew Johnson
Friday, July 17 - 11:00 to 11:30 am

Chat with Speakers, Discuss the Topics, Networking

Discuss what you’ve learned in the previous sessions with the speakers and other conference participants in an innovative and fun way on the online conference website.

Explore what our sponsors have to offer by connecting to them directly in our virtual exhibitor hall

Friday, July 17 - 11:30 to 12:00 pm - Session 4

Leveraging Startups to Expedite Your Digital Efforts

This year’s theme for the Triad Developers Conference is on Investing in Digital Technology. In this session, we are going to look at three startups that have a presence in our community and are transforming their industries and disrupting and improving traditional processes. The three companies that are representing are: Benekiva (Insurance) – Bridging the gap between insurance carriers, policyholders, and beneficiaries by claims transformation and asset retention. Ampogee (Manufacturing) – Helping manufacturers engage every front line worker in continuous improvement. SwipeBy (Food) – Transforming the curbside process by capitalizing on dine-out demand, differentiate against delivery, and take back control of takeout.

  • Bobbie Shrivastav Profile Bobbie Shrivastav
  • carl turner Profile Carl Turner
  • Jennifer Biggs Profile Jennifer Biggs
Friday, July 17 - 11:30 to 12:00 pm - Session 5

Encore Session

Vote for a Session you missed, but would like to see; or for one you’d like to see again!

Top 2 vote getters will be presented again.

Click here to vote for an Encore Presentation

Friday, July 17 - 11:30 to 12:00 pm - Session 6

Encore Session

Vote for a Session you missed, but would like to see; or for one you’d like to see again!

Top 2 vote getters will be presented again.

Click here to vote for an Encore Presentation

Friday, July 17 - 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Virtual Reception

Enjoy an old time string band duo performance by Jason and Greyson of Hothouse Cucumbers, a local Greensboro, NC band.

Party on! Join everyone in the conference at a virtual reception. Network with other participants.

  • Jayson and Greyson Profile Jason and Greyson