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Techstravaganza 2017

September 14, 2017, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Join us for our third annual technology event, Techstravaganza. This event brings together CIOs, Directors, and other key IT decision makers to learn more about prominent industry topics.

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Check-in and breakfast; Exhibit area open
Sponsored by TechData

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome Announcements
Presented by: Mark Cavaliero, CEO, Carolinas IT

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Keynote presentation: Preventing Cyber Security Attacks – a CIO’s Perspective
Presented by: Jerry Fralick, Chief Security Officer, Lenovo

Cybersecurity has become one of the most critical issues facing society today, with wide-ranging ramifications for national, corporate and individual safety and well-being.
Sponsored by Lenovo

9:30 AM – 9:50 AM Break; Exhibit area open

9:50 AM -10:20 AM Borderless Computing – GPU Accelerated Desktops in the Cloud
Partnering with Lenovo and NVIDIA, Carolinas IT now offers a solution for resource-intensive applications such as Auto CAD. Learn more about this new solution in a short presentation with a Q and A panel immediately following
Presented by: Brandon Harrell, Enterprise SE, Lenovo
Q and A panel members: Brandon Harrell, Lenovo, Sergei Smolich, Carolinas IT

10:20 AM – 10:50 PM The Elements of Compliance
Discuss the importance of compliance, how to build controls in your environment, and protecting data.
Presented by: Greg Manson, Director of Audit and Compliance, Carolinas IT

10:50 AM – 11:20 AM Implementing a Layered Defense
Discuss the elements of a layered network defense.
Presented by: Mark Cavaliero, CEO, Carolinas IT

11:20 AM – 11:40 AM Break; Exhibit area open

11:40 PM – 12:10 PM Best Practices for Network Security
This session will focus on best practices for network security such as password management, secure file sharing, and email filtering.
Presented by: Tom Hughes, Director of Managed Services, Carolinas IT

12:10 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch and networking; Exhibit area open
Sponsored by AppRiver

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM A Security-First Approach to a Hybrid Cloud World
Discuss the differences between public and private cloud solutions, including AWS, Azure, and Carolinas IT.
Presented by: Ray White, Business Development Manager, Cisco Alliance, NetApp

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Digital Transformation and IoT
Discuss how the Internet of Things is changing how we live, work, and play. How will we support the IoT moving forward?
Presented by: Michael Verbic, Senior Solutions Architect, Carolinas IT

2:00 PM – 2:20 PM Break; Exhibit area open
Sponsored by One Source Document Solutions

2:20 PM – 3:40 PM Roundtable discussions
This is your chance to discuss IT strategies and challenges with your colleagues. Each roundtable has a different topic of discussion. Tables will rotate every 20 minutes.

3:40 PM – 3:55 PM Recap of event/closing remarks; door prizes awarded

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Networking Reception
Sponsored by NetApp
We invite you to join us for complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres in a relaxed setting. This is the perfect opportunity to network with your peers and some of the prominent speakers from the day’s agenda.

Jerry Fralick, Chief Security Officer, Lenovo – Keynote Speaker
Gerald (Jerry) Fralick has more than 40 years of experience in the information technology field and public sector management and operations. As Lenovo’s Chief Security Officer (CSO) for the Research & Technology Group, and a member of the Product Security Office, Mr. Fralick has a multi-faceted role actively engaging with Federal/State agencies and commercial companies to further understand their IT security and procurement requirements. As CSO, Mr. Fralick works closely with Lenovo development and product engineers throughout the development life cycle of software and products. He provides assistance and oversight ensuring that appropriate product development security controls are met in accordance with new US Federal Government regulations and that all Lenovo products meet the security control requirements for all low, moderate and high-risk information systems.

Prior to joining Lenovo, Jerry was appointed by North Carolina’s Governor Beverly Perdue in late September 2009 to be the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State. In this role, he oversaw the 600 person Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) that provided all infrastructure IT services and support to the Executive Branch agencies as well as all state agencies. Mr. Fralick also served on numerous statewide boards, commissions, and non-profit organizations. As the CIO for the State of North Carolina, from October 2009 – March 2012, with Mr. Fralick’s leadership, ITS realized significant savings by reducing yearly IT expenditures by 25% (from $246M to $184M), implementing a PC/laptop bulk purchase saving the State $7.4 M; established an enterprise license agreement with a geographic mapping software company saving the State $3.5M and allowed the opportunity for city, county, and regional governments to reduce their software costs by 17%.

Before his post as CIO of NC, Mr. Fralick served 15 years with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), retiring as Chief Information Officer for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). During his 15 years of service at the Justice Department, Jerry held senior executive IT management positions in the Antitrust Division, the FBI and the Justice Management Division. While at DOJ, Jerry served as the first Chairperson for Office of Management and Budget’s Grants Executive Board, which oversaw all grant-making activities for the 26 federal grant-making agencies. The board established grant policy and operating direction for the agencies. Jerry also was instrumental in developing the Antitrust Caseload and Evaluation System (ACES) for the Antitrust Division, was in charge of payroll and administrative systems for the FBI and was awarded the Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award for his work on the Interpol Case Tracking System at the Justice Management Division.

As OJP’s CIO, Mr. Fralick reduced the IT operating budget in his initial year resulting in a cost savings of over $450,000 a month for the agency. He was responsible for the entire operations of the IT staff at OJP, including IT procurement, IT security, Customer Relations and oversaw a staff of more than 250 people including federal and contractor staff. He effected OMB’s decision to change the DOJ President Management Agenda scorecard from “red” to “green” for e-government initiatives specifically relating to DOJ grants. During his tenure at OJP, Mr. Fralick oversaw the improvements to the IT security and financial operations that allowed OJP to successfully “Pass” the Federal Government’s audit review.

Mr. Fralick holds a BS degree in Economics from Le Moyne College and an MS in Computers & Management of Technology from American University. Mr. Fralick is the recipient of numerous Federal awards, a recipient of the “Old State” award from North Carolina, and the recipient of the Triangle Business Journal’s/North Carolina Technology Association’s 2014 CIO Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Fralick is a sought after speaker and recently spoke at LeMoyne College, the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, Harvard University, and many cyber security conferences. Mr. Fralick is a Combat Vietnam Veteran having served in a 155mm Artillery Unit, MACV from May 1969 to July 1970.

Mark Cavaliero, CEO and Founder, Carolinas IT
Mark Cavaliero is the CEO of Carolinas IT, an innovative leader in the field of Information Technology and Cloud Services. He co-founded the company in 1996, and has since grown the Raleigh, NC based firm to be a nationally recognized technology services organization. In addition to managed IT and cloud computing services, the company features a local 24×7 Network Operations Center and provides helpdesk, advanced professional services, and project based assistance and support for hundreds of regional and national companies and organizations. Most recently, the company’s success has been accelerated by the development of a cutting edge hosted private cloud offering for organizations that need high performance, secure, and cost effective replacements for legacy technology infrastructure.

Mark is an Eagle Scout, and a 1990 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Economics. He is a US Marine Corps veteran and served with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2017 as a Colonel. He lives in Apex, NC with his wife and three children.

Brandon Harrell, Enterprise SE, Lenovo
Brandon is an Enterprise SE at Lenovo, supporting clients throughout Virginia and the Carolinas. With over 18 years’ experience in IT, from support to services to sales to management, Brandon brings a point of view from each facet of the technology landscape. In addition to Lenovo, Brandon started his career at IBM, owned his own company that specialized in VDI solutions and worked at VMware. As Enterprise SE at Lenovo, it is up to Brandon to become the Trusted Technical Advisor to all his clients across a broad range of technologies.

Tom Hughes, Director of Managed Services, Carolinas IT
Tom started with the Managed Services team at Carolinas IT in 2008 as an Associate Systems Engineer. He distinguished himself as one of the highest level technical engineers within the Professional Services team, advancing to the position of Senior Systems Architect before taking on his current role.

Tom is an honors graduate of Seton Hall University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems. His professional experience includes several years of designing, implementing, recovering, and migrating Microsoft Exchange, Citrix XenApp, Active Directory, and various other Windows Server operating systems. In addition, Tom holds the Cisco CCNP Route-Switch certification, three Microsoft MCITP certifications, the Microsoft MCSE-Security certification, and three Citrix CCA certifications.

Greg Manson, Director of Audit and Compliance, Carolinas IT
Greg leads the Audit and Compliance team at Carolinas IT. He has 19 years’ experience as an IT Director for organizations in compliant environments including healthcare, medical device and pharmaceuticals. Greg has an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems from Indiana University and an MBA from UNC-Wilmington. Greg is an ISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor, passing his exam in the 90th percentile.

Michael Verbic, Senior Solutions Architect, Carolinas IT
Michael works directly with our sales team and engineers to design IT solutions for our clients. With over 35 years’ experience in designing and installing IT solutions, Michael has created solutions for a parts distribution company with 42 sites spread across North America, to a cloud hosted systems for clinical trials hosting data and videos, to complete data center upgrades. Over the course of 35-years, Michael has gained experience as Director of Education Servers, hands-on engineer, Director of Professional Servers, and several other business duties. Michael is a Lenovo Certified Professional for Data Center Products sales, technical solutions, and hyper-converged solutions. He holds several other sales and technical certifications and stays current on trends within the computer industry.

Ray White, Business Development Manager, Cisco Alliance, NetApp
Ray has 19 years’ professional experience in the high-tech space. He is also a Trend Micro Certified Security Expert. Ray has worked in the service provide space since 1998 working for Time Warner cable’s Road Runner division, focused on networking and security. Ray joined NetApp in 2007, known for his energetic and dynamic presentations. Today, Ray supports the Cisco alliance primarily in the Southeast United States and Latin America. Ray is also a member of the global product security team and a guest speaker at NetApp’s global annual sales conference in Las Vegas each May.

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Why I attend?

Here’s what previous attendees have to say about this event:

“Sometimes we don’t realize how important each part of the company operates to keep us safe from a cyber attack. It really puts into perspective that you don’t have to be a government official or top ranking company for someone to want your information for malicious intent. The conferences that Carolinas IT has been sponsoring have really been eye openers to things that can be taken for granted at times.”Wood Thombs, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
“Techstravaganza is a fantastic event! It is a great opportunity for geeks and non-geeks alike to see the latest and greatest tools and hardware coming to market. By having presenters from across industries, Carolinas IT was able to cater to both tech and sales people. They bring in industry leaders, such as Lenovo, NetApp, Cisco, and even the FBI. Techstravaganza is a valuable event for networking with and asking questions of many industry leaders.”Mike Faas, Duke University Development Office
“Techstravaganza was informative, with a great opportunity for learning and networking. Vendors were demonstrating new products and offering advice as to which of their devices were most suitable for a variety of needs. The speakers were interesting and attendee participation was encouraged throughout the day. It was a well-planned event in a lovely venue.”Kay Flanagan, INNO Clinical Outcomes


September 14, 2017
8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Jennifer Noto


Park Alumni House at NC State
2450 Alumni Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606 United States
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