Great Lakes Digital Transformation Summit - Connecting Citizens to the County

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September 19, 2019
Troy, Michigan – September 19, 2019 – WIT Inc. is pleased to invite you to the first annual Great Lakes Digital Transformation Summit. The Summit will take place Thursday, October 10, 2019, at the Detroit Marriott Troy in Troy, Michigan. This is a one-day event to network, learn new strategies, and explore innovative ideas as digital transformation is rapidly changing the landscape of IT and business.
Digital Transformation is a strategic vision of how technology and business processes increase efficiency and improve user experience. These initiatives require top-down leadership and a strategic culture shift within the organization. The Great Lakes Digital Transformation Summit features speakers from local companies who share their experience with a specific digital innovation project implementation and from the leaders who are driving this change in the organization. Sessions will cover topics like cloud implementation, data management and storage, robotic process automation, security, IoT, cloud file management, and augmented analytics.
We are thrilled to announce that our closing keynote will be a discussion panel featuring IT leaders from Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland counties. The executives will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities local governments serving a million or more citizens face when it comes to security, infrastructure, and digital access to county services. Adding to the conversation will be moderator Chad Livengood - a senior editor at Crain's Detroit Business who covers the rising of Detroit, politics and public policy. Stick around for the engaging discussion about the universal principles of digital transformation and how it impacts businesses, nonprofits, citizens, and local governments.
For more information about the panel, speakers, and agenda visit
Moderator: Chad Livengood, Senior Editor at Crain’s Detroit Business
Chad Livengood is senior editor at Crain's Detroit Business covering Detroit on the rise, politics and public policy. He hosts a Crain’s podcast called “Detroit Rising” that is focused on telling the story of the businesses, entrepreneurs and leaders fostering Detroit’s revitalization.
Panelist: Michael Timm, Director of IT for Oakland County
Mike Timm is an innovative information technology leader with over 30 years of experience in the private sector, who serves as the Director of IT for Oakland County since 2017. In his current role, he has the privilege to work with a great team of technical and service oriented professionals, supporting 82 county divisions, over 4000 employees, and 1.2 million citizens.
Panelist: Jako van Blerk, CIO of Macomb County
The role of Chief Information Officer suits his natural ability to lead and provides multiple opportunities to lead strategic decision-making, vision, labor negotiations, and other executive level functions. Although his technical expertise has been mostly in network design & engineering, prior to becoming the CIO, he was the Manager of Applications & Enterprise Solutions and Deputy Director of Macomb County, which provides a well-balanced perspective.
Carlos Perez, CIO of Wayne County
Carlos Perez is the Chief Information Officer of Wayne County, the largest county in Michigan, and 19th largest in the nation. In his tenure at Wayne County, Perez has built a team that values passion, hard-work, creativity, and applied engineering. Perez is a versatile technology executive who loves people, technology, and automation.
About WIT Inc.
WIT is a business analytics consulting firm founded in 1996. We help our clients achieve superior performance by fully realizing the potential of analytics and business intelligence technology and processes, whether it’s through executive dashboards, data discovery, big data, enterprise reporting, or data in the cloud. Clients range from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies across all major industries. For more information, please visit
Erin Adair-Guy, Marketing Manager
(800) 257-1490


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