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By Nathan Lockwood


As the summer comes to a close, the Technology Business Management (TBM) Council is preparing for the 3rd annual TBM Conference in Chicago; and this year is going to be better than ever!


While we have the speakers and panels to back that up, we also have some evening events lined up for when you need a break from the keynotes, panels and breakout sessions – a time to let loose and get to know our peers.


We think that conferences should be fun. That’s why #TBMC15 is so much more than the only conference in the world with more than 1,000 of the field’s most forward-thinking IT leaders in attendance; it’s also a time when you can expand your circle of influence at our three partner-sponsored evening events.



Welcome Reception: “Taste of Chicago”


Monday, October 26, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.


Kick off the conference at the American Craft Kitchen and Bar, located within the Hyatt Regency, for a chance to mingle with other conference attendees during a true Chicago-style event. The evening will include entertainment from a blues band while guests are encouraged to enjoy a “Taste of Chicago” experience, dining on a variety of dishes that represent the city’s different neighborhoods.


Dress Code: Business Casual


Sponsored By ISG



TBM Council Awards Gala: “Night at the Museum”


Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.


Experience an unforgettable night at the Field Museum of Natural History to honor IT and finance leaders for their ingenuity, creativity, and contribution to Technology Business Management. The TBM Council Awards recognize the profound impact that these professionals have on their organizations by empowering operational excellence, business innovation, business transformation, TBM vision, and best practices. In the museum, guests will be mesmerized by the gleaming white marble interiors, the 300 year-old fossilized limestone flooring, the sky lit vaulted ceilings, and the beautiful view overlooking Lake Michigan.


Dress Code: The suggested dress code for the TBM Council Awards Gala is Black Tie, but it is optional.


Sponsored By KPMG



Evening Social “1920s: Mobsters and Dolls”


Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 p.m. – Late


Join us for an epic prohibition-style celebration to close out this event! Dress to impress in your finest, show-stopping 1920s attire and enjoy a night of bourbon-filled cocktails, dancing and Chicago jazz in a glamorous speakeasy setting. Go back in time to the Roaring Twenties and experience the city as it once was, filled with mobsters and dolls.


Dress Code: 1920s Dress-up


Sponsored By Apptio



Don’t miss out on the best IT event of the year! Learn more about the TBM Conference and register here.

By Ali Kramer


The TBM Council announced the finalists of its third annual TBM Awards. Winners are recognized for the profound impact they’ve made on their organization by empowering operational excellence, business innovation, business transformation, TBM vision and best practices. The TBM Awards ceremony will be hosted by Ramón Baez, Senior Vice President of Customer Advocacy at Hewlett-Packard Company and attended by TBM Conference guests at the historic Field Museum on Tuesday, October 27.


Finalists were chosen as a result of nominations submitted by their colleagues and business partners. After an extensive evaluation process, the following finalists were chosen based on their contribution to advancing the TBM methodology:


  • AOL
  • Clorox Company
  • Cox Enterprises
  • eBay
  • Fannie Mae
  • Freddie Mac
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • LyondellBasell
  • Nomura Securities International
  • Shell
  • Swedish Match



Winners will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of industry leading technology executives, academics, and IT thought leaders. This year's TBM Awards selection committee includes:


  • Ramón Baez, Senior Vice President of Customer Advocacy at Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Carl Stumpf, Managing Director at CME Group
  • James LaPlaine, CIO and Senior Vice President of Technology Operations at AOL
  • Judy Fitzgerald, CFO at State of Washington Consolidated Tech Services
  • Martha Heller, President of Heller Search Associates
  • George Westerman, Research Scientist at MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
  • Alex Mueller-Herbst, Partner at Information Services Group
  • Himanshu Agarwal, Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company
  • Todd Tucker, General Manager of the TBM Council



“The organizations represented in this year’s TBM Awards process are among the most transformational in the industry and should be credited with the advancement of the entire TBM discipline,” said Chris Pick, President of the TBM Council and Chief Marketing Officer at Apptio. “I am honored to have the opportunity to recognize their hard work as an example of what can be achieved when IT leaders harness the power of Technology Business Management and their peer community.”


The TBM Conference is the only event for IT leaders focused on managing the business of IT.  The conference was designed to bring together Global 2000 CIOs, CTOs and CFOs to learn from their executive peers who have successfully transformed the IT organization.


This year's conference will feature keynote speakers, industry leaders, visionaries, and innovators from companies like Microsoft, ExxonMobil, DuPont, SunTrust, and Cox Automotive among many others.


For more information about the 2015 TBM Conference, please visit:

By Nathan Lockwood


The changing color of the leaves is a signal of many things to come – cooler temperatures, shorter days and winter creeping ever closer – but for the Technology Business Management (TBM) Council, it means that the TBM Conference is just around the corner.


The TBM Conference brings the greatest minds in technology to Chicago to explore best practices that produce greater value, align IT with business goals, and deliver TBM breakthroughs. Today, we’re excited to announce a list of newly confirmed speakers who will be sharing their experiences with us in Chicago on Oct. 27-29.


James LaPlaine, CIO & SVP TechOps, AOL

As Chief Information Officer, James manages the solution, development, and operations organization that is responsible for the company’s overall IT infrastructure. He oversees AOL's global data centers, public and private cloud services, employee productivity services, networks, systems, storage, application engineers, and NOC supporting all of AOL's consumer facing applications and advertising services. AOL’s media platform (AMP), content hub, data warehouse/analytics, and Relegence services (semantic and content trends analysis) are developed under James’ leadership.


Theresa Lanowitz, Founder, Voke Inc.

Founder of voke, inc., Theresa is recognized worldwide as a strategic thinker and market influencer in application lifecycle, virtualization and convergence markets. With over 20 years of experience, Theresa has been associated with some of the most important breakthrough technology and products of their time. From 1999 through 2006, Theresa was a research analyst with Gartner. During her tenure with Gartner, Theresa pioneered the application quality ecosystem, championed the application security space, and consistently identified new and emerging companies to watch.


Michael Brady, CTO, AIG

Mike is AIG’s Chief Technology Officer and oversees the CTO organization, which includes Enterprise Architecture, Application Development Methodologies and Infrastructure. In this role, Mike is responsible for AIG’s technology strategy, as well as the development and execution of AIG’s technical infrastructure vision. He is also accountable for identifying leading edge technologies that will result in tangible benefits to all of AIG’s stakeholders.


Karl Armani, Head of Infrastructure and Operations, Medallia Inc.

Karl is the Leader of infrastructure and Operations at Medallia. Prior to that he led infrastructure architecture, engineering, and operations for large eCommerce and corporate environments at Expedia. Karl was also VP of Technology for Moody's Investors Service in New York. He also led the technology engineering and operations functions for for 5 years of explosive growth, from the startup phase to becoming a leading online travel company.


As new speakers are confirmed they will be added to the TBMC15 agenda so register today and join us to network with innovative technology and business leaders in the Windy City! We look forward to welcoming you there!

Today’s Federal IT leaders are facing many of the same challenges as their private sector counterparts – heightened expectations, the need to optimize spending and a lack of transparency into their costs and investments.


Since the launch of the IT COST Commission this past April, we’ve done a lot of work to understand the unique challenges and constraints facing the Federal CIO. And although there are many parallels with the private sector, we’ve also learned about the complexities of the public sector. It’s with these learnings in mind that we set out to plan this year’s TBM Conference to have collaborative opportunities available which are tailored to a Federal audience. We invite you to join us in Chicago to learn and engage in discussions focused on the application of Technology Business Management in the public sector.


TBM in the Federal Sector

Each year, the Federal government spends more than $79 billion on technology. Much of this spend is distributed across multiple agencies and component agencies with little insight into the efficiency of each dollar spent. During this keynote discussion, you’ll hear from a panel of Federal CIOs participating in the IT COST Commission share their perspective on how “managing IT like a business” can become a reality in the Federal government. This keynote panel will be moderated by Deloitte and include:

  • Frank Baitman, CIO Department of Health and Human Services
  • Richard McKinney, CIO of Department of Transportation
  • Lisa Schlosser, Deputy Administrator of the Office of Management and Budget


IT COST Commission Meeting at the TBM Conference

We invite you to attend the October meeting of the ITCC, which will bring our Federal CIOs and partners together to review and comment on the latest progress in the creation of a federalized model for gaining transparency into agency IT spending. The Commission is proposing to organize around four different work streams which together will provide a common standard for classifying and reporting costs to enable a consistent method to define, analyze, report, and decision all aspects of IT cost.


Engage on pressing issues and Network with Your Peers

Collaborate with others on TBM Taxonomy and FITARA, including how FITARA affects IT spending and how you can leverage the Apptio Unified TBM Model (ATUM) standard to provide the highest level cost transparency for federal reporting requirements.

Network with private sector peers and thought leaders such as Mike Brown, CIO at ExxonMobil, Jim DuBois, CIO at Microsoft, and the entire TBM Council Board of Directors during breakout sessions and scheduled networking events.

TBM Conference brings the greatest minds in technology to Chicago to explore best practices that produce greater value, align IT with organization goals, and deliver Technology Business Management breakthroughs. Register today!


For more information on the TBM Council and IT COST Commission join TBM Connect!