NOVEMBER 12, 2019
Microsoft Technology Center | 200 East Randolph Street
Kraft Kennedy University (KKU) is a daylong conference dedicated to sharing successful strategies across multiple technical disciplines. Technology and business professionals will learn from experts in their fields, who will discuss solutions to meet current and future challenges facing the industry. KKU seminars represent a culmination of knowledge gathered by leading IT professionals and are carefully reviewed by a committee of peers.
20 YEARS OF LEARNING
Kraft Kennedy’s core value of Continuous Learning has us always evolving, looking ahead, and searching for ways to share knowledge through events like KKU, which was born out of an annual company-wide educational conference that we’ve held for twenty years. Realizing the immense value we receive from the event, we decided that it wouldn’t be fair to keep it all to ourselves. Today we are thrilled to bring KKU back to Chicago for the second year in a row.
|WELCOME, BUSINESS LEADERS||FOR THE IT INNOVATOR|
|KKU offers access to vital knowledge that will help you lay the groundwork for success in 2020 and the years ahead. The schedule of the conference is designed to offer attendees the chance to learn from industry-leading technology experts as well as from fellow C-level leaders and managing partners. Plan your cloud, security, and management initiatives with confidence based on the findings of IT experts and the triumphs and challenges of your peers.||KKU is for the IT pro who wants to get out of firefighting mode and get strategic. Join us for in-depth discussions centered on the new model of updating and implementing technology. Learn how to stay secure on a budget, allocate resources with maximum efficiency, and quench your firm’s thirst for data analytics. This year’s conference will have a special emphasis on SaaS—hear the latest expert recommendations on resilience, remote access, security, licensing, updates, and more.|
*Schedule subject to changes
General Counsel | 30 years with Kraft Kennedy
Michael Kraft is the General Counsel of Kraft Kennedy. He founded the company with Peter Kennedy in 1988 and continues to provide guidance for the firm today, contributing his unique insight into the technology challenges that face businesses. An experienced lawyer, Michael was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York before joining Choate Doman Moore & Hahn, where he specialized in international litigation. He co-chaired the Technology and Privacy Committee, served on the Law Office Management Committee and was a member of the Board of the New York Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. He is a frequent speaker on technology and its consequences for the practice of law, both for law firms and corporate legal departments. Prior to founding Kraft Kennedy, Michael was the Executive Vice President at a financial printing firm. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School.
Chief Technology Innovation Officer | 13 years with Kraft Kennedy
Microsoft Certified Master: Exchange 2010; Office 365 Exchange Online | Microsoft Certified Solutions Master: Messaging
Joe is the Chief Technology Innovation Officer and heads technology services delivery and solution development at Kraft Kennedy. He also manages all project practice groups. He is an expert in messaging systems and unified communications, directory services, server virtualization, storage area networking, network infrastructure, high availability and disaster recovery, and data center design. Joe is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Master: Messaging, one of only 22 people worldwide to achieve this certification.
Chief Technology Officer | 17 years with Kraft Kennedy
Citrix CCA | VMware VCP | Interwoven CSA | OpenText CHP
Chris is the Chief Technology Officer at Kraft Kennedy and Practice Group Leader for the Enterprise Client Systems Group. With over 20 years of consulting and technology management experience, Chris has helped leading firms with desktop design and management, server and storage consolidation and collocation, DR/BC, email messaging design and migration, document management, and hybrid/thin-client architecture.
Project Management Practice Leader | 11 years with Kraft Kennedy
Project Management Professional | Microsoft Certified Professional: MS Project
Patricia is the Practice Group Leader of the Project Management Practice Group for Kraft & Kennedy, Inc. Ms. Mansuy has over 20 years managerial experience in law firms, most recently as the Director of Computer Services Operations at Arnold & Porter, LLP, an AmLaw 100 law firm in Washington, DC. She has focused her career on the delivery of innovative technical solutions and operational efficiencies to the legal practice. She also has extensive experience in strategic planning, business continuity planning and implementation, large data center design and startup, operational improvements and infrastructure renovations.
Enterprise Content Management – Practice Manager | 15 years with Kraft Kennedy
Microsoft Certified IT Professional
Brian leads the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Practice Group. He has extensive experience implementing and supporting Microsoft Office, iManage, NetDocuments, OpenText eDOCS, and Worldox document management systems, as well as third-party integrated add-ons. He also drives research on the latest ECM technologies including email management, enterprise collaboration and search, and provides guidance and best practice standards to clients implementing ECM solutions.
Management Consultant | 18 years with Kraft Kennedy
Charles is a Management Consultant in Kraft Kennedy’s Houston office. Over the last 25 years, he has become deeply familiar with the challenges that law firms face in their operations and how they use technology to address them. Charles combines his technical abilities, knowledge of law firm operations, and management skills to help firms complete successful IT infrastructure and user-facing initiatives as well as process improvement and collaboration projects. As both a lead technical person and management consultant, Charles assists clients in addressing both non-technical issues and decisions that relate to any IT initiative.
Enterprise Client Systems – Operations Manager | 10 years with Kraft Kennedy
Project Management Professional | Microsoft Certified IT Professional
Sulabh is a Practice Manager at Kraft Kennedy. He specializes in desktop operations and provides technical leadership on engagements involving a range of law firm technologies such as Microsoft Office, Windows 8.x, Windows 10 and Server 2016, Virtualization, Citrix XenApp, document management systems, software life cycle management and deployment tools.
Infrastructure and Enterprise Systems – Practice Manager | 10 years with Kraft Kennedy
Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Exchange; Lync
Dan is a Practice Manager in the Infrastructure and Enterprise Systems group. He leads engagements involving Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Lync and other messaging technologies. He is also an expert in installing and troubleshooting Cisco routers and firewalls.
Infrastructure & Enterprise Systems – Practice Group Leader | 6 years with Kraft Kennedy
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Windows Server 2012; Messaging – Exchange 2013
Dominick is the Practice Group Leader for the Infrastructure and Enterprise Systems Practice Group. He is an expert in designing, deploying, and supporting Microsoft Windows Active Directory and Exchange environments. He also specializes in streamlining administration with Windows PowerShell and is deeply knowledgeable about Azure.
Document Lifecycle Evangelist, Litera Microsystems
Certified Information Professional (CIP)
Sherry has more than 30 years’ experience in the design, implementation and change management surrounding content-authoring technologies. She has written and spoken widely to address the needs, goals and strategies of document-intensive businesses, and is an expert in Microsoft Office 365 applications. She was recognized by ILTA as Innovative Consultant of the Year in 2014, and as Vendor Thought Leader in 2017. Sherry is a member of the Document Lifecycle Evangelist team at Litera.
CEO, National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF)
Joel Stern is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Inc. (NAMWOLF). NAMWOLF, founded in 2001, is a nonprofit trade association comprised of over 195 minority and women owned law firms in 44 states. NAMWOLF’S mission is to provide corporations the premier place to go to locate and hire minority and women owned law firms of the very highest caliber.
|Living in Our Office 365 House
Joe Hoegler, Sherry Kappel, and Rob Stone
|In this session, Joe Hoegler and Sherry Kappel will focus on how to live and thrive in our Office 365 house:
|AIP for the VIP
|Now you can (over)share and keep it secure. Any location, any device, at any time. New-school cloud security and mobile device management solutions offer lightweight yet granular control over your data, even after you clicked “send”. The best part—users don’t even notice that protections are in place (unless they are an unauthorized user)! Encrypt, share, track, revoke – now you have all the power over your content. We’ll talk about Microsoft Azure Information Protection, Intune, and more.
|Innovation Part 1: A futurist’s list
Charles Ottenweller and Pat Mansuy
|Is innovation a goal or the byproduct of a futurist mindset? What projects are winning awards and changing the game? What will give your firm the competitive edge in 2020? In this two-part session, we will reveal what trailblazing IT professionals are prioritizing for the year ahead.|
|Cloud Adoption: Let’s Swap Notes – Kraft Kennedy Q&A
Brian Podolsky, Sulabh Upadhyaya, Dominick Ciacciarelli, and Chris Owens
|Here’s a thought exercise: imagine your firm’s cloud future. Can you clearly see where you’ll be in 2022? Or are there so many moving parts that it’s all hazy?
Join us for a slide-free discussion of cloud-first (but not cloud-only) strategy for Exchange Online, document management (is SharePoint emerging?), Teams, next generation end-to-end security and everything else up in the air. In this interactive session you’ll learn how to:
|An Introduction to Teams
|Dan Paquette leads an informational session discussing what Microsoft Teams is and exploring several use cases of how Microsoft Teams can be used by law firms to enhance operations.
|Innovation Part 2: A builder’s manual
Charles Ottenweller and Pat Mansuy
|Keeping a futurist mindset is easy when inspired by exciting revolutionary technology. But how to set aside the space to create “new”, when existing operations already require so much effort? We will discuss strategies that IT leaders are using to make their investments have a lasting impact for years to come.
|Up, Up, and Away! Work in the iManage Cloud
Tired of DMS maintenance windows? Let iManage take care of it. Want Disaster Recovery without paying for a second datacenter? Let iManage provide it for you. Every year, more and more firms are moving their iManage systems out of their datacenters, and into the iManage Cloud. In this session, you will hear from two industry leaders about why firms are making the move, how they are getting there, and the benefits they have gained.
|Considerations for Teams
|Successfully implementing Microsoft Teams is more involved than just turning it on and letting users in. Dan Paquette leads a discussion of key considerations in planning for and rolling out a Teams deployment.
|How I Met Your Hacker: Cybersecurity for Your Firm and Clients
Joe Hoegler and Michael Kraft
|It is the modern IT professional’s duty to protect client information. The FBI has warned that cyber-attacks against the legal industry are constant. Indeed, most law firms and financial institutions have been under some level of cybersecurity threat.
All users should know and understand best practices, including easy-to-implement measures, for protecting their firms and clients against cybercriminals who exploit privileged data for financial gain. This session will answer:
|Survival of the Fittest: How to Win the Windows-as-a-Service Wars
|We’re calling it “legal IT Darwinism”: adapt or go extinct.
Get a handle on the continuous Windows 10 upgrade cycle or find your firm’s business endangered. Secure your endpoints or be hacked. Keep your users happy and productive or suffer the consequences. In this interactive session, we’ll reveal must-know rules for managing Windows 10, developed based on nearly 200,000 deployments.
|Moving On-Prem Servers to Cloud Infrastructures
|Join us for a technical deep dive in moving on-prem servers to cloud based infrastructure as a service. Hear from those who have made the jump. We’ll cover best practices for managing the migration as well as the tools and tricks for making the process easier.
|How Unconscious Bias Impacts Our Ability to Create a Truly Inclusive Working Environment
|Now is the time to stop observing the diversity and inclusion problems we have in our professions, and start solving them.
Joel Stern, CEO of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), will examine how diversity without inclusion isn’t effective in the quest for advancement. In this session, he will provide tangible steps we can all take to begin making positive and sustainable changes in our day to day lives. Joel will detail how untapping our unconscious biases is key to the process.
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Find information about KKU New York (October 2017) here.
Find information about KKU Chicago (May 2018) here.