Date: December 5 , 2008
Speaker: Michael Connly, Chief Technology Officer UnitedHealth Group IT, Enterprise Technology Services
Topic: "Next Generation Development and Infrastructure: Making better project decisions, going beyond virtualization”
The discussion will cover two topics. One is a forward-looking view of infrastructure delivery beyond virtualization. The ability to provision and de-provision infrastructure capacity at previously unheard-of speeds in a complex, highly integrated IT environment. The other is the use of stronger, more disciplined tools for choosing the right projects to do. I will make the argument that faster infrastructure provisioning necessitates more disciplined (though NOT slower) project selection processes.
Chief Technology Officer UnitedHealth Group IT, Enterprise Technology Services
Mike Connly joined UnitedHealth Group in early 2004 and was named Chief Information Officer of UnitedHealth Technologies (UHT), the company's technology division, in October 2004. UnitedHealth Technologies, now referred to as the Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) division of the larger UnitedHealth Group IT, provides the common technical infrastructure for the enterprise to ensure service stability and scalability for each of the UnitedHealth Group businesses. ETS also acts as master project integrator and supports the management and deployment of corporate technology initiatives. In July 2008, Mike was named Chief Technology Officer, UnitedHealth Group.
Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Mike served as CIO of The St. Paul Companies and held other executive-level positions within the company including vice president of application development. Mike joined The St. Paul in 1997 after a 14-year career with Hewlett-Packard where he served as account manager for the financial services business unit and for value-added business sales and marketing.
Mike holds a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.