Keynote speaker
Michael Schrage
Research Fellow
MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business
Michael Schrage is one of the world’s most provocative thought leaders on innovation. He has redefined how we think about innovation by focusing on customer acceptance of new products and services as an integral part of the innovation process. He also has pioneered techniques for using rapid prototyping, simulations and modeling to improve return on innovation investment. His latest book, The Innovator’s Hypothesis, looks at how to develop innovation in a quick, cost-effective way. A research fellow at the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business, Michael is a columnist for Harvard Business Review, Fortune, CIO and MIT’s Technology Review. He is a senior advisor to MIT’s Security Studies Program and consults to the U.S. government on national security systems innovation.

Vali Ali
HP Fellow and Chief Technologist, Security and Privacy
Vali Ali is an HP Fellow, and the Chief Technologist for Security and Privacy for Personal Systems group in HP. He drives vision, architecture, technology development, and evangelization for all security, privacy, and platform enabling hardware, software, and firmware. A keen observer of trends in security, Vali has a track record of seeding ideas and driving them to commercialization. Vali is the chief architect and visionary behind the industry leading platform firmware protection and recovery solution known as HP SureStart and HP Sure Click. In his previous role, Vali was the chief architect of HP ProtectTools® suite of security offerings for business client platforms (including notebooks, desktops, and workstations).

He works closely with HP Labs to guide the research and integrate into HP Personal Systems products. He also collaborates with various HP product and functional groups on legal, privacy, and regulatory implications of various client centric software and hardware offerings. Vali serves as Personal system’s primary security liaison for fortune 50 and security sensitive customers for all direct and partner provided security offerings; frequently speaks to customers about their security needs, and outlines the details of HP's platform technology, strategy and long term vision. He works closely with senior technologists and business leaders across HP as well as partners and customers to collaborate on technology opportunities to make HP’s client security offerings best in the industry.

In addition to security and privacy, Vali’s areas of responsibility and influence span Platform BIOS architecture, Enterprise Manageability, and HP’s vision for Office of the future. In this capacity, Vali collaborates with vast array of leading industry players, business partners, and suppliers for creating new business opportunities.

Don Barker
Enterprise Collaboration Consultant
Don Barker is a seasoned IT professional with over 19 years of experience and works with many enterprise customers as a trusted technical adviser. Don’s background is focused around telephony, video, contact center, unified communications and collaboration. He has worked with Cisco and Microsoft Unified Communications and Collaboration products since 2009 and has prior Avaya, Shoretel, and 3COM experience. Don’s real passion and specialty is working with customers to provide clear guidance and strategy, architectural design and successful solution delivery. Don currently resides in Hudson, Ohio, with his wife and two sons.
Bruce Beals
Manager, Collaboration Solutions
Bruce Beals is a Solutions Manager for CDW’s Collaboration team. He has 27 years of experience in networking and unified communications, all focused on understanding the client’s business requirements, goals and vision. Leveraging this experience ensures CDW customers a consistent methodology and expertise across CDW’s collaboration practice. Bruce also keeps a close watch on industry trends and assists in the development of solutions and strategies addressing the continually evolving unified communications landscape. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events. Bruce currently resides in Grand Haven, Michigan.
Nathan Coutinho
Director, Digital Workspace Solutions Practice
Nathan Coutinho leads CDW’s Collaboration, Mobility and Productivity business, which makes up the Digital Workspace practice. Coutinho leads strategy and execution of the entire practice along with managing a tenured leadership team with several teams of solution and technical architects. Coutinho has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry with various roles in consulting, engineering, marketing, management and technical sales. Most recently, Coutinho led project-based strategy and business development activities, supporting multiple groups within CDW. His previous responsibilities included managing a national practice of storage and virtualization field solution architects, managing the strategy and execution for assessment teams and technology labs and evaluating emerging technologies. Coutinho holds a bachelor of science in management information systems with a minor in accounting from Indiana State University.
Steven Darrah
Director, National Solution Providers
Steven has over 20 years of sales, marketing and consulting experience across the software, services and hardware industries. In his current role, Steven is responsible for driving Intel’s market growth strategy with its largest channel partner. This includes driving workforce transformation strategies, vertical IoT solutions and data center modernization initiatives. In his previous role within Intel’s Enterprise Sales Organization, he worked closely with global enterprise customers across retail, financial services and manufacturing consulting with them on client computing, IoT, data center and innovation initiatives.

Steven joined Intel Solution Services in 2002 as a Client Manager and previously worked for Proxicom, an internet consulting company, as well as TransTech Consulting and EDS Corporation. Steven earned an MBA from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio University.

Abbie Lundberg
President, Lundberg Media; former Editor in Chief, CIO
Abbie Lundberg is a business technology analyst, author and professional speaker with over 25 years’ experience reporting and commenting on the use of technology in business. Part of the founding team at CIO magazine, she served as Editor in Chief for 13 years and continues her affiliation as a Contributing Editor.

Abbie delivers world-class thought leadership through her research and writing for such clients as Harvard Business Review Analytic Services and the MIT Sloan School of Management’s Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), where she was part of a team studying the involvement of boards of directors in digital business issues.

A popular speaker, Abbie regularly delivers keynote presentations at CIO conferences in the U.S. and abroad. She leads dozens of CIO roundtables and dinner discussions every year.

Abbie has devoted her career to advancing business through the effective use of information technology. She has testified before Congress and worked with the FBI and Secret Service (an unprecedented collaboration at the time) to develop a set of recommendations for information sharing around cyber security and critical infrastructure protection.
Mark A. Nash
Director, Strategy & Innovation, WW Collaboration
Mark Nash and his team drive Cisco’s Sales & Go To Market innovation, and the resulting strategy required to effectively transition and grow Cisco’s $5B Collaboration business to subscription, cloud and $10B by 2020. Their key focus areas include the story we tell, the offers and solutions we sell, and the way we incentivize our field and partners.

Mark is a 16-year Cisco veteran, and has been a top performing sales and change agent in Cisco’s Collaboration Group through its various evolutions and transitions. Mark joined Cisco as an engineer, and was one of the first transitioned into the newly-formed Advanced Technologies group. Since then, Mark has been a highly recognized SE, CSE, Collaboration Specialist and Business Development Manager across multiple business segments, and is a member of the Cisco Chairman’s Club Hall of Fame. He is well known for his thought leadership, his ability to simplify the complex as a subject matter expert in both our solutions as well as those of our competitors, and for capturing mindshare and trust at many levels within Cisco, and with our customers and partners.

Prior to Cisco, Mark held several previous roles, including Manager of IT at Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as a Senior SE for a Cisco partner (where he earned many industry certifications), and as a President’s Club Sales Executive and Manager at Xerox Corporation.

Mark is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) where he played football. He currently lives in Park City, UT with his wife and 11 children. Mark enjoys family time, his children’s many activities, and giving back through church service where he and his family are very active members.
Brett Schmidt
Vice President of Sales, West Region
Brett is responsible for the performance goals, strategic direction, business initiatives and talent development for the company’s medium, large and enterprise market segments within the region. Schmidt joined CDW in 1992 as an account manager and prior to assuming his current role in 2006, held various positions of increasing responsibility in both the corporate and public sector sales organizations. He has made significant contributions in the development of segmentation models for various business units, along with successfully developing highly effective sales teams. Most recently, Schmidt was responsible for the sales and marketing activities within the non-profit community, overseeing a team exclusively focused on associations, foundations, faith-based organizations and social service groups.
Brian Self
Compliance Subject Matter Expert
Brian is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), ethical hacker and professional speaker. He has been in information security for over 15 years and in IT for over 20. Over these 20 plus years, he has performed work as a professional Penetration tester (offensive security), security engineer, compliance subject matter expert (SME), IT security Architect, and a consultant in a variety of security domains.
Ankur Sharma
National Solutions Director, Office 365
Ankur is the national lead for Office 365 in the US mid-market space. He’s passionate about helping customers of varying sizes in a wide range of industries with their Digital Transformation journey, working in conjunction with his community of Productivity sellers across the US. As the solution lead, he’s also responsible for providing customer feedback and experiences to the product and marketing teams within Microsoft. Ankur holds a engineering degree from Monash University, Australia and a masters from MIT. Prior to Microsoft, Ankur has experience working in the retail industry in the Asia-Pacific region.
Link Simpson
IoT/Digital Transformation Practice Lead
Link Simpson leads the IoT/Digital Transformation practice at CDW where he leverages over 30 years of experience in IT solutions integration. He and his team of Business Architects helps CDW translate their client’s business goals and objectives into technology solutions, achieving positive business outcomes and creating differentiation for their organizations.
Mike Stacy
Senior Director, Technology and Market Strategy
As Senior Director, Technology & Market Strategy at Polycom, Mike works closely with customers to ensure their needs are at the forefront of Polycom's strategic planning investments. Mike has been focused on the Unified Communications industry for more than 15 years and worked with customers of virtually every size and industry during his tenure at Microsoft and as a consultant while the UC landscape transformed over that time. In addition to his focus on customer success Mike also leads Polycom’s technical solutions experts and the Executive Experience Center program, where customers can get hands-on with Polycom solutions and have detailed discussions about how to best leverage and deploy integrated UC solutions in their environment.

Mike is originally from Houston, TX and now resides in Denver, CO. He graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with majors in Information Systems and Business Management.