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The Big Bang of Big Data in Government

The honorable Thomas Baden

Minnesota State Commissioner and Minnesota State CIO

Abstract: Government is the steward of over 1 trillion records of citizen data. Social media, cloud, and mobile technology have helped break down silos of government – but challenges remain for cities, states, and the federal government to work together to create legislative and technological strategies that will lay the foundation for practical applications of big data. State of Minnesota CIO Thomas Baden will discuss how public-private partnerships can help drive this transformation across government.

Speaker Biography: An experienced leader in government technology, Tom Baden was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton in 2015 to serve as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Minnesota.

Most recently, Baden served as the MN.IT Chief Information Officer at the Department of Human Services, the largest of the executive branch state agencies with the most significant IT footprint, including the Medicaid Management Information System, the integrated eligibility system (MAXIS), MNsure, the State’s child support system PRISM, and the state hospital system (known as Avatar).

Baden’s 33 years of expertise in IT governance and management includes state service at the Department of Human Services, the Department of Employment and Economic Development, in addition to serving as MN.IT’s enterprise architect (then the Office of Enterprise Technology).

$27.5B:  Medtronic Gets There through Architecture

Sara Rottunda

Senior IT Director – HR Systems. Global IT – Enterprise Services, Medtronic

Abstract: Sara will tell the story of how Architecture is accelerating business strategy and enabling the largest integration in the medical device industry.

Speaker Biography: Sara Rottunda is the Senior IT Program Director of the Global HR Systems at Medtronic. In her role she is accountable for the successful implementation and performance for Global HR Systems at Medtronic. Solutions include Human Capital Management, Benefits, Talent Acquisition, Learning Management Systems, Compensation, and Sales Compensation. The HR Systems team is based in the Netherlands, U.S., Shanghai and Tokyo.

Sara has been with Medtronic for 11 years and held a variety of critical roles in Education, Quality and Supply Chain before joining Global Information Technology to lead the Advanced Analytics Center of Excellence. Prior to joining Medtronic, Sara held various Information Technology positions at Oracle Corporation, Cap Gemini America and Metavante Corporation.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison and has her Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

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