Bay Area Digital Executive Dinner Series 

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Farallon | 450 Post Street | San Francisco, CA 94102
Wednesday, May 1 at 6pm PT

ISG Partner, Prashant Kelker will present
Implementing & Tracking a Digital Operating Model

TOPIC:  Implementing & Managing New Digital Operating Models

WHY ATTEND:  This session will focus on understanding what others are doing to establish and govern digital operating models in the new world.  We will be speaking to the challenges they face, and how some companies have overcome these challenges – the key topics we will address are:

• How should the organization structure adapt/change to address new digital models, and how have the leading companies executed change management?

• How will the design and execution of technology transformation programs inform and build its required target business capabilities iteratively using an evolving provider ecosystem?

• How do you ensure a solid digital backbone and operating model is established and maintained to scale and ensure quality in your transformation programs?

• How do you harness emerging technologies and bring them to mass scale usage within your enterprise (automation, analytics, ML, cloud, blockchain, etc.)


  • 6pm PT Networking/Happy Hour:  45 minutes
  • 7pm PT Dinner:
  • Appetizer:  Implementing & Tracking a Digital Operating Mode
    Presented by Prashant Kelker, ISG Partner - Digital Strategy & Solutions
  • Dinner:  Open Q&A
  • Dessert:  Future Topics & Networking

This is a great opportunity to network and learn from peers. Feel free to bring a colleague!

Upcoming dinners:

Date TBD - Palo Alto: Blockchain Reality & Impact

Date TBD - San Francisco: The Automation Journey Conundrum

Preparing your organization for HIPAA-compliant Cloud Computing

By: Jim Kane, Director, CIO Services


David McCament, Director, Healthcare/Payer Provider

Healthcare providers have an opportunity to take advantage of new, advanced technology in cloud computing.  Given the heavy industry regulation, it is important for health professionals to determine if cloud computing can provide them a secure, reliable, scalable, and inexpensive computing platform that can be used to facilitate healthcare customers’ HIPAA-compliant applications and data. HIPAA, which protects the privacy and security of certain health information, is a national standard that all healthcare providers need to be compliant with to secure “protected health information” (PHI).

Some key steps to preparing your organization for the cloud include the following:

  1. Rationalizing, simplifying, standardizing and reducing your organization’s application portfolio
  2. Implementing virtualization technologies at all levels to create a portable environment ready for the cloud
  3. Developing a cloud computing strategy to help identify business value drivers, service impact, and service capability
  4. Creating a corporate risk profile for cloud computing adoption
  5. Deciding where to place healthcare applications and data taking into account characteristics such as business importance, data sensitivity, processing security, and regulatory constraints
  6. Develop business case and determine the transformational roadmap to being the process of moving healthcare data to the cloud

As the “Great Healthcare Debate” continues the acceptance of cloud computing solutions – even in privacy and security-focused industries – is gaining traction. If implemented properly, the cloud provides a computing platform that can be used to facilitate a growing healthcare customers’ HIPAA-compliant industry and healthcare applications. In my next post I will address how healthcare businesses subject to HIPAA should carefully select a service provider with the capabilities to address HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Audit as well as provide secure, scalable, low cost IT infrastructure.

About the author

Jim has in-depth experience in assessing and managing complex IT Infrastructure engagements focused on helping corporations achieve their business objectives. He offers expertise in strategy assessment and development, statement of work, service level agreements, business-driven RfP development, transactions, contract negotiations and transition planning across IT Infrastructure areas and expertise in IT service management integration. Jim has worked with global enterprises in the automotive manufacturing, banking and financial services, healthcare, utilities, aerospace and retail industries, focusing on collaborative techniques with clients and service providers to achieve the desired business outcomes. He recently led the negotiation of a large infrastructure contract with a utilities company and a cloud computing transition. Included in this successful project was the development and execution of the sourcing strategy, assessment and transaction process and project management, negotiation strategy development and financial proposals and executive leadership communication. Jim is ITIL V3 Foundation certified and a thought leader on the topic of the digital workplace.