Recap: Xigent and Sophos Co-sponsor Siouxland IT Symposium.


October 30, 2019  |  Sioux Falls Convention Center  |  Sioux Falls, SD

As technology continues to be redefined within our businesses, it has become essential for IT thought leaders, executives and practitioners alike to maintain awareness of global trends and integrate new strategies into their own operations. On Wednesday, Oct. 30, Xigent and our partner Sophos co-

sponsored this regional favorite, which was held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The Siouxland IT Symposium is the area's cornerstone single-day information technology event built specifically to foster networking, learning, and evolution of strategy and operations. It provides us an opportunity to gather with like-minded area professionals for thought-provoking

knowledge transfer, participate in peer-led keynotes, breakouts, panels, a fun social cocktail hour and more. You can read more about the keynote topics, as well as other speakers below. 




The Future of IT: Business & Technology Luminaries On The Next 20 Years  |  Tom Triumph

Our first keynote of the morning was Tom Triumph, long-tenured business and tech executive with companies ranging from Fortune 500 to entrepreneurial startup, and author of "Evolve or Die: Lessons for World-Class Innovation & Creativity." Tom assist companies with innovation and growth through his speaking and consulting services. He collaboratively strives to help businesses reinvent themselves by inspiring staff, assisting with product development and injecting new life into marketing strategies.This session tapped knowledge from tech and business luminaries as to the ways in which information technology will impact executives and management over the next couple of decades.


An Internet Scam That Sparked Hope  |  Ben Taylor

Later in the morning, we heard from Ben Taylor, founder of Pleasant Green. Ben works with a number of clients, helping them with digital and social media marketing. After stumbling across a Nigerian scam a couple of years back, Ben decided to go undercover see how the scam worked. Ben then decided he would teach these internet scammers a lesson by sending them on a wild goose chase after being "hired" to mail fake checks to people in the United States. We heard the rest of this exciting story, and just how sophisticated 21st century scams can be. In 2017, Ben started Pleasant Green, a mini investment group that invests in entrepreneurs in western Africa. 


Silicon Prairie  |  Josh Robinson

Our afternoon keynote was presented by Josh Robinson, chief information officer at Sanford Health. Coined in response to the explosive growth of local tech-enabled industries, the moniker "Silicon Prairie" identifies the Midwest states creating leading and innovative business environments similar to those that drove the success of Silicon Valley over the last 30 years. Focusing on investing in their people and driving value across the enterprise, Josh's Sanford technology journey proved to be a road-map for South Dakota to stake its claim on the Silicon Prairie.




In addition to their three esteemed keynotes, Siouxland IT Symposium featured a star-studded assortment of speakers who dove into a vast array of top-of-mind, tech-related topics like digital transformation, cyber security, telecommunication, workplace culture, digital forensics, leadership and more. Xigent's co-sponsorship with Sophos included a presentation on "Today's Threat Landscape," by Greg Rosenberg of Sophos, who was assisted in answering questions by Xigent's chief security officer Amos Aesoph. Read more about the topics covered and their presenters below.


Digital Transformation, Where are You? | Shane Weinbrecht, Sr. Systems Engineer, Nutanix

Prevention vs. Detection | Jon Roberts, Security Architect, Marco

Today's Threat Landscape | Greg Rosenberg, Global Solutions Engineer, Sophos

Cable Network Evolution | Jon Pederson, Chief Technology Officer, Midco

The Culture of Innovation | Jason Reisdorfer, Director of Innovation & Technology, City of Sioux Falls

The Future of the User Workspace | Jim Reyland, EUC Architect, Sirius Computer Systems

Developer First - A New Leadership Mindset | Kate Wardin, Sr. Engineering Manager, Target

Digital Forensics for Cyber Enforcement at Dakota State Univ. | Dr. Ashley Podhradsky & Trevor Jones, Digital Forensics, Dakota State University

Utilizing managed services to enhance your IT team | Chris Blackwelder, IT Director, Rosenbauer


Let us know if we can help you and your organization.

As in years past, Siouxland IT Symposium provided us a wonderful chance to expand our horizons in IT, learn new tricks of the trade and find new and better ways to inject value into our client's operations.

Learn something at this year's Symposium that you'd like to learn more about? As always, please feel free to contact us if you have a question, our subject matter experts will get in touch with you in a timely fashion.


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