enterprise technology professionals will talk about how businesses are digitally transforming

The annual Business Technology Symposium will take place at Washington State University from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, October 7, in the CUB Auditorium, with a focus on exploring digital transformation within business. The public and WSU students in all majors are invited to attend the event, which is free.

Debbie Compeau, senior dean of the association for faculty affairs and research at Carson College of Company, said “digital transformation puts information technology at the heart of business strategy.” This strategy “can help businesses better engage and serve their people and consumers, strengthen their ability to compete, and achieve their future goals.”

Business leaders will talk about how companies are approaching digital transformation in terms of customer experience, operational procedures and business models.

Symposium panelists include:

Pendse is in charge of a group of about 20 employees who work on customer delivery. He has 19 years of experience as a leader in the information technology (IT) and software industries. He has worked as a software engineer, production support analyst, business analyst, and project/program manager, among others, during his career. Pendse holds certifications from the Academy of Healthcare and the Project Management Institute. He is attending WSU to complete his Executive MBA.

Ketan Pendse is the Director of Professional Services for Edifecs Inc., based in Bellevue, Wash., a healthcare technology provider.

Chief Information Officer, Suquamish Tribe, Aaron Wheeler (’20)

Wheeler is responsible for a group of engineers and technicians who maintain the systems used by approximately 400 government employees. Help desk, telephony, server and network infrastructure, cloud architecture, EHR databases, and a planned tribal broadband service are all included. Business and IT combine in Wheeler’s experience, with a focus on capital infrastructure, design and execution. On the 1336 House Bill, he collaborated with Drew Hansen of the 23rd Legislative District. This law, which Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington, signed into law last June, allows regional and tribal organizations to offer Internet services to the general public.

Wheeler is a member of the TribalNet Government Services and Membership Advisory Board and is also a qualified Red Cross First Aid/Automated External Defibrillator Instructor.
Nicole Weynands (’01) is a project manager and team leader for the Human-Centered Computing Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. (PNNL) Weynands oversees the teams that provide software goods and services to PNNL sponsors and customers. She has expertise in working with stakeholders and teams to achieve shared goals and outcomes, as well as project management, agile frameworks, design thinking, mentoring and facilitation. She has received training in social styles, Prosci change management and user experience design. She also holds a mini-master’s degree from Rutgers University.

She was consultant manager at Slalom Consulting before joining PNNL. She has worked on numerous projects for numerous clients during her time at Slalom, focusing on the design, development and delivery of content management systems and web applications. From 2012 to 2015, Weynands oversaw the user experience and design team at Slalom Seattle. She participates in community service and serves on the National Advisory Board of Carson College of Business. The Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship at WSU Carson College of Business is hosting the Business Technology Symposium, sponsored by Mike (’85, ’86) and Amy Dreyer and Steven (’76, ’84) and Cyndie Tarr.

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