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Tuesday, August 13,2019

  • 12:00 PM - 5:10 PM

    Registration · Registration Desk outside of Mandalay Ballroom · Lobby

    Registration is Open! Check-in at the Tech Summit registration desk to get your conference badge.

  • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    NALC and Tech Summit Networking Event · AT&T Stadium

    This year’s NALC & Tech Summit Networking event, sponsored by Essent, will be held at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Tuesday August 13th. Punt, pass and kick games, and a chance to appear on one of the world’s largest HD video screens, are among the highlights. A stadium tour and a group photo on the 50-yard line—that’s usually adorned with an iconic blue star—are also planned. Buses will begin departing the Omni Mandalay at 5:30PM.

Wednesday, August 14,2019

  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

    Networking Breakfast · Rhapsody · Lake Level

    Start the day off with a tasty breakfast and some wake-up conversations with your peers.

  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

    Registration Final Check-In · Las Colinas Ballroom Foyer · Lobby

    Registration Desk is Open! If you did not get a chance to check-in and pick up your conference badge on Tuesday come by and see us Wednesday morning!

  • 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

    Tech Summit - Official Welcome · Las Colinas Ballroom DE

    It's time to officially kickoff PPAI's 2019 Tech Summit. Grab your seat and let the networking, learning and fun begin!

  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    General Session - IT Security · Las Colinas Ballroom DE · Lobby
    · Wayne Reynolds, Kudelski Security

    The danger of cyber threat is real, dynamic and persistent. To defend themselves, organizations need to embrace a culture of security and mitigate the threats targeting their businesses. During this interactive session, we will discuss ways to develop a proactive security posture that continually adjusts itself to address potential threats. Active threat intelligence and a security program tailored to your business are key. Main points of interest for this conversation: • Identifying the threats you face • Combining business and security needs • Dynamic threat mitigation • “Wining the fight"

  • 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

    Networking Break · Las Colinas Foyer · Lobby

  • 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

    General Session - Fireside Chat Interactive Q&A · Las Colinas Ballroom DE
    · Wayne Reynolds, Kudelski Security

    · Moderator: Ajay Kaul

  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

    Making Sense of Defense And Avoiding Security Fatigue · Las Colinas Ballroom DE
    · Luis Rodriguez, Mimecast

    Attackers are, and always will be, more focused and more capable than your average user. Beyond prevention, we need to be able to detect quickly and respond efficiently, but is that enough to keep risk exposure under control? At what point do security controls reach diminishing returns? Is there a balance between deploying strong security controls while avoiding too many false positives, or training users without annoying them? As security professionals, we want to prevent attacks, but how do we avoid security fatigue, while mitigating the risk exposure of our organizations?

  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Networking Lunch · Rhapsody · Lake Level

    Gather for delicious food and engaging conversation with peers on what is happening with technology.

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    Breakout Session - IT Change Management · Las Colinas Ballroom DE
    · Jim Maholic

    Looking to learn more about IT strategy and how to lead your company through a transformation? Come join us as we discuss the role of organizational change management in a successful IT strategy. In this session, Jim Maholic, a two-time former CIO and award-winning author, will elaborate on the following: • The SEAR Imperative: the lens through which all executive decisions are made • The three dimensions of a transformative IT strategy • The three characteristics of a successful change leader • The influencers of individual behavior • Getting diverse teams to work toward a single objective • Governance as a guardrail to ensure strategy success • Shaping the culture to deliver transformation The success of a transformative IT strategy depends on getting your organization to work together to adopt the strategy. Gain valuable insight from a session that is both thought-provoking and actionable.

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    Developer Breakout Session - Building A CI/CD Experience · Las Colinas Ballroom Salon ABC
    · Rob Richardson, Richardson & Sons, LLC

    Right-click Publish is easy, but it's evil. FTP it up is fragile and error prone. You know you need to run tests and deploy in a consistent way. Let's dig into building a CI/CD pipeline for .NET websites. We'll leverage TeamCity and Octopus Deploy to build a simple and powerful build system that removes the fragility and ensures consistent quality delivery.

  • 2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

    Networking Break · Las Colinas Foyer

    Take a quick walk and get a few refreshments to fuel back-up for an afternoon of great technology conversations.

  • 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

    General Session - Let's Chat about the Promotional Products Industry and Technology · Las Colinas Ballroom DE
    · Dale Denham, MAS+, Geiger
    · Paul Bellantone, CAE, PPAI

  • 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

    Peer to Peer Roundtables - Networking Circles · Las Colinas Ballroom DE

    This session is designed to share experiences and exchange knowledge with fellow attendees. You will have the opportunity rotate through three different trending IT topics. Each rotation will last for approximately 30 minutes. Rotation 1:  3:15 - 3:45 pm Rotation 2:  3:50 - 4:20 pm Rotation 3:  4:25 - 4:55 pm

  • 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    Tech Summit Day 1 Wrap-Up · Las Colinas Ballroom DE
    · Dale Denham, MAS+, Geiger

  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Mix & Mingle Dine Around Dinners · Off Site Local Restaurants

    The Mix & Mingle Dinner is an optional, unconventional and exciting dining experience featuring great local food and good company, designed to introduce you to people you wouldn’t otherwise have met. Attendees will attend dinner in randomly assigned networking groups of 8-10 people. Don’t forget to bring your business cards. Attendees must cover their own dinner expenses. Restaurant selections will be made with attendee preferences in mind.

Thursday, August 15,2019

  • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

    Networking Breakfast · Rhapsody · Lake Level

    Join us for what some call "the most important meal of the day" and some more fetching conversations with your IT peers.

  • 8:15 AM - 8:45 AM

    Welcome to Day 2 · Las Colinas Ballroom DE
    · Dale Denham, MAS+, Geiger

    Recap the take aways from Day 1

  • 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

    General Session - Clear, Persuasive Stories, Presented Well · Las Colinas Ballroom DE
    · Scott Berinato, Harvard Business Review

    Back by popular demand, Scott Berinato will briefly return to the basic idea of what makes a good chart (context) with fresh examples followed by a deep dive on storytelling with data. How do you craft data visualizations that engage an audience, and then how do you present them to inspire action? This session will show simple techniques that will take dataviz and presentations to the next level.

  • 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

    Networking Break · Las Colinas Ballroom Foyer

    Time to get up, refuel and pick your breakout!

  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Breakout Session - Workshop on Making Good Charts with Scott Berinato · Las Colinas Ballroom DE
    · Scott Berinato, Harvard Business Review

    Berinato will begin by walking through the talk-sketch-prototype methodology that helps people get to “Good Charts,” with examples from his own work with others. A short Q&A will follow, and then he'll dive in with fresh examples from attendees. This will be an interactive session as Berinato will demonstrate how to start the process and how quickly we can make improvements. From there, he’ll walk attendees through examples from the group in which participants underwent the talk-sketch-prototype process together, and show how it played out with before-and-after charts to show the transformation of the visualization.

  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Developer Breakout Session - Docker Is More Than Just Kernel Virtualization / Kubernetes Test Drive · Las Colinas Ballroom Salon ABC
    · Rob Richardson, Richardson & Sons, LLC

    Docker Is More Than Just Kernel Virtualization: Every Docker intro talk starts with Kernel Virtualization. Stop selling it short. Docker is a game changer; a universal platform we all use; a platform for social change between Dev and Ops. Why did Docker win over other Kernel Virtualization technologies? Come to this talk as we dig into the 3 killer features that make this technology pure awesome. Kubernetes Test Drive: Are you a Docker aficionado or are you new to the Docker ecosystem? Come see how Kubernetes (K8s) adds a mature solution for running containers in production and development. We'll start with containers, layer in pods, replica sets, deployments, and services. We'll dig into minikube and kubernetes in Docker desktop. You'll leave with a solid understanding of the principles of K8s, and a practical set of skills for driving this container orchestrator throughout the software development lifecycle.

  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Networking Lunch · Rhapsody · Lake Level

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    General Session - Industry Integration Technologies · Las Colinas Ballroom DE
    · Catherine Graham, Commonsku
    · Eric Natinsky, SAGE
    · Stephen A. Luisser, Essent

    · Moderator: Jon Norris

    Join Jon Norris as he interviews a dynamic panel of industry service provider technology leaders. This session will dive into the impact that integrations are having on overall technology in the promotional products industry. Practical implementations of SAGE, PromoStandards and Proprietary integration technologies will be the focus of the discussions. After attending this session you will walk away with an understanding of integration technologies. Available today and the future of what they can enable for the Promotional Products Industry.

  • 2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

    Networking Break · Las Colinas Ballroom Foyer

  • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    General Session - Intellectual Property Law for the Industry Technologist · Las Colinas Ballroom DE
    · Eric Natinsky, SAGE

    As technologists in the promotional products industry, we’re usually too busy designing systems and writing code to think about intellectual property law. But knowing the fundamentals of IP law is essential to navigating potential landmines and protecting your work. In this session, we’ll explore the fundamentals of intellectual property law and how to apply them within your development team and organization.

  • 3:35 PM - 4:35 PM

    General Session - Technical SEO: Render, Rank, Repeat · Las Colinas Ballroom DE
    · Bill Hartzer, Hartzer Consulting

    Want to learn the latest, up to date Technical SEO techniques, tips, and best practices? Here’s your chance. In this session, Bill Hartzer will show you how to render pages that are search engine friendly, while taking advantage of all the latest SEO techniques and code markup. He’ll show you how to analyze websites that are currently ranking well in the search results, get your own pages to rank well, and how to continually tweak and repeat the process. He’ll also discuss SEO audits and why they’re a necessary part of the overall SEO process.

  • 4:35 PM - 4:50 PM

    Event Wrap-Up · Las Colinas Ballroom DE

    Let's not say goodbye; just "see you soon"!

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