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WITS 2018: From Cyber Attack to Building a 5-Year Plan, Session Track to Highlight Key IT Issues

Join hundreds of winery IT, data and DTC professionals on August 21, 2018 for a review of the latest technology trends and solutions.
July 30, 2018

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NAPA, CA – Cyber-crime damage costs are expected to reach $6 trillion per year within three years, according to Cybersecurity Ventures, and the old adage that small companies would be exempt from those damages no longer holds true. Every winery, no matter the size, needs to take precaution and think to the future. At WITS 2018, IT experts will take a look at the steps that wine companies of all sizes can take to prevent loss from cyber attacks and continue to look to the future with a review of some of the key issues facing chief information officers today, as well as how to build and sell a 5-year IT plan to the boss.

Wine Business Monthly is pleased to announce the session lineup for the information technology track at the 2018 Wine Industry Technology Symposium (WITS), the only conference for winery professionals who implement technology solutions or analyze sakes data.

Defending Your Wine Company Against Cyber Attacks
Eric Jorgensen, president and publisher, Wine Business Monthly – Moderator
Glen Sorenson, IT security engineer, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Charlie Lindell, IT manager, Kistler Vineyards

What are the latest threats to your company’s data and server safety, and how do you fight them? Businesses of all sizes are vulnerable and it only takes one unsecured laptop to create a security, finance and PR nightmare. This session will deliver practical, immediately applicable practices to help you conquer new types of attacks and enhance your security systems.

Top Issues Facing the Wine IT World
John Collins, CEO, GreatVines
The wine industry’s leading chief information officers are coming together at WITS 2018 to talk trends, concerns, new products and more. John Collins will give attendees insights into the top five issues CIOs are concerned with and how they plan to adapt their practices to meet a changing world.

How to Build and Sell a Five-Year IT Plan to Your CEO
Shirley Gao, senior vice president and CIO, Young’s Market
What does it take to create an effective and enticing five-year IT plan? Every company is different and has different IT needs, but what are some of the common characteristics of an appropriate and useful plan? Once you’ve built it, how do you sell it to those that control the purse strings?

ERP: Integrating the New Wave of Software
Corey Jellison, director of business operations, Huneeus Vintners – Moderator
A number of ERP and bolt-on solution providers are attempting to enter the wine industry because there is a huge opportunity for vendors in this space. With a number of new products, gadgets and platforms, some solutions are more complicated than others. So what do you really need—and do you need an army of people to implement it?

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