Corey Williams, Optimatics, served as the facilitator for the 10th annual Water and Wastewater CIO Forum conference held at the Greater Cincinnati Water Works, OH offices on April 28-30, 2015.

The 2015 Water and Wastewater CIO Forum conference included a comprehensive agenda comprised of current technology topics, beginning with the opening keynote by Fawaz Rasheed, Verizon’s Global Director of Security Solutions, who provided a presentation entitled Security Threats: Prepare, Recognize and Respond with insight into the recently published Data Breach Investigations Report.

Utility case studies were presented by CIO Forum members including Rich Castillon (Orange County Sanitation District, CA); Tom Miller (MWD of Southern California, CA); Humberto Sanchez (Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, OH); and Barbara Wilson (Metro Wastewater Reclamation District, CO). In addition, this year’s conference included a panel of venture capital firms who provided input into their views on Utility Technology Trends.

Breakout sessions were conducted on specific issues chosen by the attendees, which included topics such as security, analytics and dashboards, field computing devices, record management, and asset management.

The conference also included Technology Sharing Session, an opportunity for the membership to engage with notable industry technology organizations. The half-day event included senior representatives from Decision Lens, Oracle, and Fathom.

With a membership of more than 45 CIOs from utilities nationwide, the Water and Wastewater CIO Forum is the only water and wastewater agency-focused organization for Information Technology Executives in the industry. The CIO Forum provides its members with the unique opportunity to discuss specific IT leadership challenges and solutions with their industry counterparts.

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