CIO Symposium 2017: The World of Data Has Changed

Miss out on this year’s CIO Symposium? Check out a Twitter-based recap below.

From discussing best hiring practices for tech departments to thoughts on the future of the Internet of Things, OHTec’s CIO Symposium 2017 brought together scores of tech influencers from across the region to spend a full day talking shop. Read on below for a brief recap of what was discussed.

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  • CIO Symposium Podcasts

    Approximately 200 technology executives from across Northeast Ohio attended the 17th Annual CIO Symposium presented by OHTec and the Greater Cleveland Partnership last week. The full-day event, the longest-running gathering of CIOs in Northeast Ohio, featured a number of deep-dive “Tech Talks” from leading technology experts. 

    Approximately 200 technology executives from across Northeast Ohio attended the 17th annual CIO Symposium presented by OHTec, COSE and the Greater Cleveland Partnership on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

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    The full-day event, the longest running gathering of CIOs in Northeast Ohio, featured a number of "deep-dive" Tech Talks from leading technology experts, breakout sessions and a Tech Futures Plenary Session of a panel of award-winning CIOs.

    Visit the links below to listen to podcasts of the CIO Symposium's sessions:

    Breakout Session

    Tech Futures


    Breakout Sessions

    Talent Attraction: Branding Your Organization

    Next Gen IT Security Protections

    Mobile Strategy

    Extracting Real Value from Big Data


    Tech Talks

    Digital Transformation: Integrating Supply/Customers/Information by Dan O’Neil and Reid Sheppard, KINETiQ DIGITAL

    Disruption and the CIO by Mark Lewis, Formation Data Systems

    Thought Leadership and the CIO by Michael Krigsman, Analyst, Strategic Advisor and Blogger

    Leadership Lessons from Space by Dr. Janet Kavandi, NASA's John H. Glenn Research Center

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  • CIO Symposium Spotlight: 3 Questions with Hitachi’s Chief Technology Strategist

    In advance of his keynote at this year’s CIO Symposium, we sat down to talk tech with Hitachi’s Chief Technology Strategist Greg Knieriemen.

    Today’s companies are facing a rapidly changing technology environment that can be difficult to stay on top of. To stay competitive, these organizations must discern which of these technologies will deliver value, and when.

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    We had the opportunity to sit down recently with Hitachi Data Systems’ Chief Technology Strategist, Greg Knieriemen, to talk more about how technology is impacting business and to get a preview of the keynote address he will be giving at this year’s 2017 CIO Symposium.

    RELATED: Learn how the 2017 CIO Symposium will provide you with invaluable information to help you keep up with the most critical tech trends impacting businesses today.

    Here’s what Knieriemen had to say about his upcoming talk at the 2017 CIO Symposium; how companies are overcoming today’s tech challenges; and one under-the-radar tech issue that companies need to be aware of.

    Q: Without giving away the store, what do you want 2017 CIO Symposium attendees to walk away with after listening to your talk?

    Knieriemen: Technology is rapidly evolving past a centralized public cloud to a distributed model where Internet of Things technologies rely on “the edge.” With this rapidly evolving change, businesses need to understand how to capitalize on this transition and how IT (and ultimately IoT) can drive near-term value. It’s not a race to the cloud anymore; it’s a race to business optimization that’s being driven by IT.

    RELATED: Register and secure your spot at the 2017 CIO Symposium.

    Q: What are the biggest technology issues companies are struggling with today?

    Knieriemen: Businesses are struggling to identify the priorities that are going to deliver a true return on investments. IT has long been shifting away from being a mere service to their companies and are now poised to drive real innovation and value. From manufacturers to insurance companies, businesses are undergoing a digital transformation to not just be competitive but to be leaders in their spaces.

    Q: What is one technology-related trend no one is talking about today that is going to be a big deal a year from now?

    Knieriemen: While many companies are still wrestling with their cloud strategies, the tech industry is moving quickly to the edge, whether it’s automated factories, break-fix predictive analytics, or business intelligence. The data will be captured and processed at the edge while the cloud will evolve to be a platform for machine learning and artificial intelligence. A year from now, we’ll be talking about machine learning, artificial intelligence, and how edge computing will be driving business innovation.

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  • Cleveland 2030 District: 2017 Tour Series Announced

    The Cleveland 2030 District has set up a series of tours meant to highlight best practices around energy efficiency and how Northeast Ohio companies are putting those best practices into action.

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    Listed below is more information about each of the individual tours included in the Tour Series 2017 as well as links to register.

    Trinity Cathedral and Commons
    May 25, 4 to 5 p.m.

    The tour this month will be at Trinity Cathedral and Commons. This Episcopal cathedral landmark in Cleveland is not only a place of worship but a place for learning and advocacy. Celebrating its Bicentennial this year, Trinity is the oldest congregation in Cleveland.

    You’ll learn about their commitment to the environment and Trinity's geothermal heating and cooling system. This is one of urban Cleveland's largest geothermal systems to date. Karpinski Engineering designed Trinity's geothermal system and will be there to provide additional details. Following the tour will be a networking happy hour. There is no fee to participate and you can register for the tour here.

    The 9
    June (date to be determined)

    Stay tuned for the announcement of the tour of The 9 hotel in downtown Cleveland.

    Cleveland Museum of Art
    July 12, 4 to 5 p.m. with networking from 5 to 6 p.m.

    The Cleveland Museum of Art rarely opens its doors for a behind the scene look at what it takes to operate a world class art museum. With thousands of rare and precious works of art on display, operational efficiency and climate control go hand in hand. Come learn about how they manage the property and the great efficiency projects CMA has accomplished recently. Even better, Wade Oval Wednesday begins at 6 p.m. with a free concert, food trucks and fun family activities. There is no fee to attend and you can register here.

    GE Nela Park
    August 15, 4 to 5 p.m. with networking 5 to 6 p.m.

    General Electric is a Cleveland icon and Nela Park is a Cleveland landmark. Normally not open to the public, you’ll tour the facility and get an in depth look at this property. We'll see the 92-acre campus, the first industrial park in the nation, which turned 104 years old this year. You’ll also tour the renowned GE Lighting Institute and the GE Museum of Lighting Innovation. A networking happy hour will directly following the tour. There is no fee and you can register for the event here.

    Oatey
    September 12, 4 to 6 p.m.

    Throughout Oatey's history, they've embraced social and environmental responsibility. Their new Cleveland facility will be LEED certified. You’ll learn how they will achieve their certification and get a closer look at this operationally efficient building. There is no charge for the tour, but please register here.

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  • 4 Steps to Complete a Whole-Building Retrofit

    You know your building has energy efficiency needs, but like most small business owners, you likely don’t know where to start. An energy assessment often identifies many opportunities for savings, ranging from low to no cost to capital intensive. However, to reach deeper energy savings, and not bite off pieces at a time, we recommend a whole building retrofit and not fearing a comprehensive approach. 

    You know your building has energy efficiency needs, but like most small business owners, you likely don’t know where to start. An energy assessment often identifies many opportunities for savings, ranging from low to no cost to capital intensive. However, to reach deeper energy savings, and not bite off pieces at a time, we recommend a whole building retrofit and not fearing a comprehensive approach.

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    Figuring out where to start when considering a whole-building retrofit can be daunting. But if you break the process down into steps, a roadmap to total energy efficiency becomes clearer. With that in mind, here are 4 steps you need to take to maximize the energy efficiency of your building

    Step 1: Review the projects

    Reviewing the building as a whole should be your starting point. Think about areas or processes you can quickly make more energy efficient. To help you achieve the greatest possible savings and efficiency, you’ll need to combine the low hanging fruit you’re already aware of with the more inclusive retrofits that will be identified through an energy assessment.

    Step 2: Do the math

    Cost effectiveness is the key phrase to keep in mind during a retrofit project. The initial payback for a lighting project in your building can be extremely quick, oftentimes within a single year. But what deeper energy savings  could you leverage with this quick payback from the lighting? Instead of simply completing the lighting project and being done, you could have bundled the lighting with the HVAC retrofit you need and lowered your overall payback by combining the two projects. If you had only completed the lighting project because of its shorter payback, your building would have missed out on the energy savings it could’ve captured by also completing a HVAC project. Not only have you missed the immediate savings, but you might also have to deal with an emergency replacement of your HVAC system that may prove to be much more costly than if it would have been completed with other energy efficiency projects in your building. Don’t wait until the equipment fails to upgrade which will cost you more, but rather incorporate the upgrade into the overall scope of work to reap greater benefit now.

    Shorter payback retrofits can also help to lower the total payback of your project if your building does not have the proper infrastructure for these deeper retrofits. If you need building improvements to be able to handle your new HVAC system or need insulation to make the improvements as effective as possible, the savings from your lighting project can help make payments toward these higher priced retrofits.

    Step 3: Change the behavior

    You might also be able to better fund your project by making operational or behavioral changes for the energy usage within your building. Nearly 60% of the energy conservation measures identified through COSE’s Energy Audit Program were lighting or operational measures. These simple changes can instantly add dollars to your business’ budget, and these extra savings can greatly reduce the payback for your whole building energy efficiency project.  

    Step 4: The solar solution

    Having a comprehensive approach for your whole building can also provide you the savings to move beyond energy efficiency to generate power by installing solar panels. If your building would be ideal for completing a solar project, retrofitting your whole building to be energy efficient is the first step before considering this option. Not only does the ability of your building to support solar matter, but it is also critical to understand possible tax credits, your utility rates, and possible solar incentives you could receive from completing this project. By taking advantage of these three resources, the positive cash flow generated from a solar project can greatly increase.

    By tackling your energy efficiency needs project by project, you’ll be costing yourself greatly in energy savings in the long run. Not only will you be losing savings by the day, but you might be forced with emergency replacements you won’t be able to fund with your energy savings as you haven’t captured these dollars yet. Further, you’ll add the energy savings to your bottom line all at once, rather than only capturing a percentage of your potential over time. Completing your whole building project equals dollars being added to your bottom line. Completing your energy project piece by piece leads to the possible dollars you could’ve captured quickly drifting away to the utilities.  

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    After having your building’s energy efficiency audited, it is important to be proactive and thorough about completing your energy efficiency project. Waiting to complete your project and only having a piecemeal approach can reduce your possible savings!

    After having your building’s energy efficiency audited, it is important to be proactive and thorough about completing your energy efficiency project. Waiting to complete your project and only having a piecemeal approach can reduce your possible savings!

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    It is estimated that by waiting one year to complete your energy efficiency project, the project cost will increase by about 3% and energy prices will also increase by about 3%. For a $10,000 energy efficiency project, the value of completing the project immediately would be about twice as much than if the project were postponed just one year. This specific example would have been worth about $6,300 in positive cash flow after 4 years if it were completed immediately, but only worth about $3,000 if it were postponed a year!

    Not only does the cost of waiting directly impact your energy bills as well as the value of your project, it also has negative effects on other aspects of your business that could have been improved with those extra savings. By not capitalizing on the opportunity to free up dollars in your budget, other areas of your business that could have used those dollars also suffer.

    Not only must you be proactive about completing your project, but you must also be diligent about completing the bundle of conservation measures which offer a good balance of savings and payback period. By focusing on these grouped measures, you can improve the efficiency of your entire building. It’s important to not be dissuaded from some measures with longer payback periods. Often times if these measures are ignored, large percentages of possible savings can be lost. However, these high price tags can be mitigated by bundling long payback measures with quick payback measures to create a complete project.

    Throughout the audits completed by the COSE Energy Program, nearly 60% of all suggested energy conservation measures were lighting improvements or operational adjustments. Operational, or behavioral, conservation measures includes changes such as adjusting the set point temperatures for heating and cooling, more closely monitoring electricity usage by using power strips or unplugging equipment that is not in use, and other measures similar in nature. These changes may provide around 10-20% of your possible energy savings, but these dollars are pure savings as they require no investment. The most common conservation measures for lighting were to replace older, less efficient fixtures with LED fixtures, which can be 10 times more efficient! The payback periods for these types of measures are very short, sometimes even instant.

    These lighting and operational changes also provide positive cash flow from energy savings. You could simply complete these low hanging fruit measures of your project, but what about your vintage HVAC system that needs an overhaul? Or the insulation that could be added to reduce energy costs?

    By only completing the low hanging fruit which could be around 60% of your energy project, you are ignoring the other 40% of the measures that you could complete to save the most energy! By not completing this other 40% of measures, you could be missing out on nearly the same amount of your possible energy savings!

    By completing your lighting and operational upgrades, you can use these savings to fund your HVAC or insulation improvements. By taking the long term approach to your project, you’ll prevent your business from leaving any energy savings potential on the table! This means more dollars being shifted from your energy costs to other aspects of your business, such as marketing or employee compensation, especially when employees contribute to and enhance the energy savings!

    In order to achieve the greatest savings potential for your business’ energy portfolio, you must focus on the project as a whole, as well as be swift in your completion. By either not completing the whole project or only doing it in phases over a long period of time, or delaying in your completion all together, you are leaving large percentages of possible energy savings on the table!

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