Enterprise Technology Experts to Discuss Digital Transformation in Organizations – WSU Insider

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Exploring digital transformation within organizations is the topic of the annual Business Technology Symposium, 1-3 p.m. Friday, October 7, CUB Auditorium, Washington State University. The event is free and open to the public and students of all WSU majors.

Senior executives from leading companies will discuss how organizations are handling digital transformation in areas such as customer experience, operational processes and business models.

“Digital transformation puts information technology at the center of business strategy,” said Debbie Compeau, Carson College of Business Association’s senior dean for faculty affairs and research. “This approach can help organizations better engage and serve their workforce and customers, improve their ability to compete, and achieve their future ambitions.”

Symposium panelists will include:

Ketan Pendse, director of professional services at Edifecs Inc., a health technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. Pendse oversees a team of over 20 associates focused on customer delivery. He is a seasoned Information Technology (IT) leader with 19 years of experience in the IT/Software industry. During his career, he has held a variety of positions including software engineer, production support analyst, business analyst, and project/program manager. Pendse is a Certified Project Management Professional and a Certified Healthcare Academy Professional. He is pursuing his Executive MBA studies at WSU.

Aaron Wheeler (’20), Chief Information Officer, Suquamish Tribe. Wheeler leads a team of technicians and engineers who support the systems of nearly 400 government employees. This includes help desk, telecommunications, server and network infrastructure, cloud architecture, EHR databases, and an upcoming tribal broadband service. Wheeler’s background is a mix of business and IT, focusing on capital infrastructure, design and implementation. He worked with Rep. Drew Hansen of the 23rd Legislative District on House Bill 1336. The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee last June, allows local and tribal entities to sell internet services directly to the public. . Wheeler is also a Certified Red Cross First Aid/Automated External Defibrillator Instructor and serves on the Government Services Advisory Board and TribalNet membership.

Nicole Weynands (’01), Human-Centered Computing Group Project Leader and Team Leader, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Weynands leads teams in delivering software products and services for PNNL sponsors and customers. She has experience in project management, agile frameworks, design thinking, mentoring, facilitation and working with stakeholders and teams to achieve common goals and outcomes. She is also trained in Social Styles and Prosci Change Management and earned a Mini-Masters in User Experience Design from Rutgers University. Before joining PNNL, she worked as a consultant manager for Slalom Consulting. During her tenure at Slalom, she worked on numerous projects for various clients, with a focus on the design, development and delivery of content management systems and web applications. Weynands also managed the user experience and design team for Slalom Seattle from 2012-2015. She is a member of the National Advisory Board for Carson College of Business and volunteers in her community.

The Business Technology Symposium is organized by the Department of Management, Information Systems and Entrepreneurship within the WSU Carson College of Business and is sponsored by Mike (’85, ’86) and Amy Dreyer (’86) and Steven (’76, ’84) and Cyndie Tarr.

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