The SUNY Technology Strategy Forum 2020

In the time before COVID-19, The SUNY Council of CIOs had planned an interactive day designed to explore and discuss the future of technology in higher education and within SUNY. Originally scheduled for March 18, the event was to be called SUNY Technology Day 2020. Unfortunately, as schools pivoted to remote learning, the day was postponed and the event was put on the backburner. But as schools come out of their Spring of home learning, the organizers of the event would like to reimagine this gathering in a virtual setting and link the first annual event with the Virtual SUNY Tech Conference (vSTC 2020).

New Name, New format

To better represent what we are trying to achieve, we are going to rename the event to The SUNY Technology Strategy Forum 2020. We plan for this to be an annual event held in March. The initial event’s theme is The SUNY Transformational Roadmap and will focus on SUNY Online’s recently released SUNY Learning Cloud Master Implementation Plan.

Date and Time:
Monday, June 15  11:00pm – 4:30pm


To register for the SUNY Tech Forum 2020, please complete our registration form

Schedule for the Day

11:00 –11:15

Welcome and Introductions (Sean Moriarty & Eileen Wirley)

11:15 –12:15

Higher Education in the Service World (Dr. Catherine Kendall)

12:15 –12:45

Lunch Break

12:45 - 1:30

The SUNY Transformational Roadmap (Brian Digman, Karen Geduldig)

1:30 – 2:15

Panel Discussion on Transformational Roadmap (Brian Digman, Karen Geduldig, Eileen Wirley, Sean Moriarty)

2:15 – 2:30


2:30 - 3:15

SUNY Product Roadmap (SUNY Administration team)

3:15 – 4:00

Common SUNY Systems

We have many examples of common SUNY systems within SUNY, and SUNY Online may lead to more. Join the discussion and help enumerate the pros and cons, and weigh in on the best way to move us forward.

SUNY Online Technology for non-SUNY Online schools

The SUNY Online Technology roadmap is designed and will be implemented within the SUNY Online schools, but can offer new . non-SUNY Online schools should join the discussion and give feedback on how these plans can assist them.

Governance and Advisory Groups

Governance and advisory groups will be required to ensure the projects stay on course and meet stakeholder needs. Join the discussion on the makeup and roles of these committees.

Systems Security

Security may be more complex in this world where single instance, multi-tenant applications are intermingling with the data lake and cloud based applications. Join the discussion as we gather input on risk mitigation in this evolving environment.

4:00 – 4:30

Closing Comments

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Catherine Kendall

Dr. Catherine Kendall holds her doctorate in education policy and is passionate about the value of education.  Dr. Kendall is particularly committed to ensuring low-income and vulnerable populations have equal and affordable access to a quality education as well as job opportunities that will allow for socio-economic advancement.  Dr. Kendall believes that continued advancements in education technologies coupled with talented academics will transform the lives of people everywhere and reach future innovators and scholars in ways not formerly possible.  She has over 20 years of experience working in the information technology (IT) field focused primarily on the Public Sector industry.  Dr. Kendall has held senior leadership positions in both the private sector as a former service delivery and operational executive at IBM and as a Chief Information Officer for the State of California Department of Conservation.

Intended Audience

We invite participation from technology leaders throughout the SUNY system to address these questions as a collaborative effort. This includes:

  • CIOs,
  • SUNY IT providers (SICAS, ITEC, SUNY Administration, SUNY SOC),
  • Campus IT leaders who set technology strategy and support technology
  • IT Directors, IT Assistant Directors, IT Managers
  • Technical architects
  • CISOs, ISOs
  • Instructional Designers
  • As well as other SUNY business and functional leaders (Registrars, Financial Aid, Admissions, etc.) who depend on technology to provide services to ensure student success