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Those Who Tell the Stories Rule the World
Shane Snow, Chief Creative Officer, Contently
Monday, August 1
The number one business skill of the next decade is not what you think. Shane Snow, founder of Contently and journalist for Wired and Fast Company, says that storytelling will be the key driver of 21st century business at both macro and micro levels — and he has the research to prove it. Why do twice as many people trust J.K. Rowling as a leader than the Queen? How do some brands steal and maintain massive market share in a few years, and how do even the most introverted employees manage to drive innovation and climb the ladder faster than others who’ve paid dues longer than them? The answer to all of these is the same: through the power of great stories. In his signature blending of dramatic narrative and rigorous science, Snow shows why stories work at a neurological level, how both businesses at large and individuals who work in them can — and must — harness the power of story to build relationships and make people care like never before.
About Shane Snow
“The next Gladwell.” That's what fans and critics in everything from Forbes to The L.A. Times are calling innovation expert and keynote speaker Shane Snow, the bestselling author of SMARTCUTS: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success. An award-winning entrepreneur and journalist, Snow has been declared a “Wunderkind" by The New York Times, a “Digital Maverick” by Details Magazine, and his work “Insanely addicting” by GQ.
Snow is the Chief Creative Officer of Contently, a technology company he co-founded in 2010 with the mission of creating a better media world. Contently has helped more than 50,000 freelance journalists build better careers, and provides publishing tools and creative talent for Fortune 500 companies from American Express to GE to Coca-Cola. Snow’s writing has appeared in Wired Magazine, The New Yorker, Fast Company, The Washington Post, Time and many more. He’s been named one of Forbes and Inc.’s "30 Under 30," BusinessInsider’s "Coolest People In Tech," Folio’s "15 Under 30 Magazine Innovators," a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a recipient of Columbia University’s 2014 Innovator Award “for furthering the cause of journalism."
The BBC says that Snow’s ideas, "could change your life," and Maxim Magazine adds, "Snow is not telling you how to succeed; he's daring you to do it."
z/OS and DevOps: Communication, Culture and Cloud
Randy Frerking, Enterprise Technical Expert, Walmart
Richard Jackson, Technical Expert, Walmart
Tuesday, August 2
DevOps has become a critical component of IT environments today by promoting quick response to business needs while providing stable and reliable systems, and z/OS can play an important role in this “new” paradigm. From tapping into existing information assets to exploiting the strengths of the platform in new ways, the qualities of z/OS can provide substantial benefit to the DevOps approach; however, there can also be significant challenges in this space when the sanctity of core legacy systems is involved. Hear Randy Frerking and Richard Jackson discuss how they address these opportunities and leverage z/OS to help propel Walmart Technology forward on their DevOps journey.
About Randy Frerking
Randy Frerking is an Enterprise Technical Expert in Infrastructure and Platform Services at Walmart Technology, Walmart Stores Inc. He is responsible for designing and developing foundational enterprise and cloud services to satisfy various IT and business needs. He provides training and socialization of technological concepts, influences direction and promotes innovation throughout Walmart’s IT organization. His primary focus is on IBM z Systems engineering and software development. He has 36 years of IBM CICS and mainframe middleware experience with 8 years at Walmart Technology.
About Richard Jackson
Richard (Rich) Jackson is a Technical Expert in Infrastructure and Platform Services at Walmart Technology, Walmart Stores Inc. He is responsible for designing and developing foundational services to satisfy various IT and business needs. He provides training and socialization of technological concepts, influences direction, and promotes innovation throughout Walmart’s IT organization. His primary focus is on IBM z Systems, but he has participated in grid computing planning and design as well. He has been with Walmart for over 11 years with a background in storage and z/OS management.
Global Technology Solutions Group (GTSG) is the premier data center services firm supporting mainframe technology. They bring consulting, integration and managed services capabilities, assisting in strategy, performance optimization and migration. GTST has a 28-year heritage in the mainframe, and today supports a measurable portion of the world’s 30 million MIPS in production.