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The NetApp CIO Forum is an exclusive, one-day event designed to bring industry leaders such as yourself together to participate in thought-provoking and stimulating dialogue with your peers on the mission-critical topic of digital transformation through data.

The NetApp CIO Forum is a private event limited to 30 attendees. Invitations are non-transferable and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

2019 CIO Forum “TED Talk” Speakers

  • John Ashley, Ph.D., Director, Global Financial Services Strategy, NVIDIA
  • Michael Golz, CIO, America, SAP America, Inc.
  • Charly Paelinck, CIO, Station Casinos
  • Bill Schlough, CIO, San Francisco Giants
George Kurian - CEO of NetApp

George Kurian, CEO of NetApp

George joined the company in 2011, bringing his passion and relentless focus on execution to his leadership roles at NetApp. He was named CEO in June 2015.

Previously at NetApp, as Executive Vice President (EVP) of Product Operations, George was responsible for the strategy and development of NetApp’s Product and Solutions portfolio. Before that George was Senior Vice President (SVP) of the Data ONTAP group. He oversaw the product roadmap and engineering execution for the Data ONTAP operating system, the world’s most widely deployed branded storage operating system.

George joined NetApp as Senior Vice President of the Storage Solutions Group, where he was responsible for the solutions portfolio and joint partner technology integration.

Prior to joining NetApp, George was Vice President (VP) and General Manager (GM) of the Application Networking and Switching Technology Group at Cisco Systems. In this role, he was responsible for Cisco products for the modular campus LAN switching and WAN application delivery markets. George’s diverse background also includes the role of VP at Akamai Technologies, management consulting at McKinsey & Company, and leading Software Engineering and Product Management teams at Oracle Corporation.

Jeff Wike - CTO of DreamWorks Animation

Jeff Wike, CTO of DreamWorks Animation

Jeff Wike is the Chief Technology Officer of DreamWorks Animation, where he is responsible for the strategic vision, creation, operations and maintenance of the studio’s 3D computer-generated animated production platform. In his role, Jeff is responsible for all aspects of technology needs for film and TV production, including software development, technical operations and the provisioning of technology resources required for digital content production at the studio.

Jeff has taken a leading role in a number of significant technology initiatives in his 20-year tenure with DreamWorks. He was instrumental in the conversion of the studio from 2D to 3D; authoring of films in stereo; the adoption of Linux; creation of pre-visualization capability; and development and deployment of the studio’s advanced artist tools re-architected to exploit multi-processor hardware architectures and cloud computing as well as big data analytics for infrastructure efficiency.

Prior to joining DreamWorks, Jeff developed software for the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as well as led R&D projects in the area of 2D and 3D image processing, robotics and artificial intelligence. As a Captain in the U.S. Army, Wike served as a paratrooper, an intelligence officer and pioneered software development for intelligence and electronic warfare battlefield automated systems.

Jeff has a B.S. in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He is on the executive board and CFO of the International Animated Film Society, a member of the Visual Effects Society and a member of Industry Council for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project.

Bill Miller, CIO of NetApp

Bill Miller, CIO of NetApp

William Miller is SVP and CIO at NetApp, responsible for business application solution management and delivery across NetApp. Working closely with his peers, his focus is on end-to-end planning, execution and delivery of business capabilities. Bill and his organization enable and accelerate operational excellence and process efficiencies through productivity tools and technology solutions, while also proactively managing enterprise-wide security for NetApp’s intellectual property and data. In addition, Bill is responsible for accelerating adoption of and showcasing NetApp’s own use cases for NetApp technologies and solutions via the NetApp on NetApp and Customer-1 programs.

Bill brings to NetApp an extensive background in providing technology-centered leadership and global business solutions to large technology companies. He has previously led world-class IT organizations focused on delivering value by leveraging cloud computing applications and partners to maintain low-spend profiles for best-in-class efficiencies.

A One-Day Peer Forum at NetApp’s Data Visionary Center.


Keynote Presentations

George Kurian, CEO of NetApp, and our special guest Jeff Wike, CTO of DreamWorks Animation, will share their views on digital transformation through data.


TED Talk-Style Sessions

Data-Driven Transformation presentations. Guest speaker CIO practitioners will share insights on data leverage, followed by open discussion with attendees.


Valuable Networking

An opportunity to learn and share best practices, methodologies, and recipes for digital transformation success with CIO peers.


George Kurian, CEO of NetApp, will speak about leading in a data-driven world and will share learnings from his customer interactions.

Bill Miller, CIO of NetApp, will host and participate throughout the day discussing the accelerated business outcomes that result from being data-driven.

Jeff Wike, CTO of DreamWorks Animation, will share how DreamWorks tamed 60,000 dragons while piloting its own digital transformation and built a data-driven organization across people, processes and technologies.

Thought Leaders

Several other select industry thought leaders will lead us in open dialogue on some of the most complex developments, challenging issues and transformative opportunities facing CIOs today and in the future, centered on the power of digital transformation through data.


No product presentations, no sales, no press—just the chance to speak openly with innovative colleagues in a trusted environment.


8:00 am – 9:00 am Arrivals, Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:05 am Welcome Remarks from Bill Miller, NetApp CIO
9:05 am – 9:45 am Enabling Customers to Change the World with Data: Observations from George Kurian, NetApp CEO
9:45 am – 10:20 am X + O Data: Winning in the Experience Economy with Michael Golz, SAP America, Inc. CIO
10:20 am – 10:50 am Morning Break
10:50 am – 11:40 am Unleashing Creativity through Digital Transformation: Insights from Guest Speaker Jeff Wike, DreamWorks Animation CTO
11:40 am – 11:50 am Digital Crowdsourcing of Hot Topics with Bill Miller, NetApp CIO
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Networking Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:05 pm A Whole New Ballgame: How Data Is Transforming America’s Pastime with Bill Schlough, San Francisco Giants CIO
2:05 pm – 2:40 pm Placing Your Bets: Winning with Data in the Gaming Industry with Charly Paelinck, Station Casinos CIO
2:40 pm – 3:00 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm – 3:35 pm Taking a Leap of Faith with AI with Dr. John Ashley, NVIDIA Global Financial Services Strategy Director
3:35 pm – 4:00 pm Afternoon Break
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Hot Topics and Trends in Digital Transformation (Peer-to-Peer Roundtable Discussions)
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm Closing Thoughts and Key Takeaways with Bill Miller, NetApp CIO
4:45 pm – 5:30 pm Cocktail Hour and Networking Reception
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Exclusive CIO Forum Dinner Hosted by Bill Miller, NetApp CIO

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