At the Gartner IT Symposium, CIOs and IT executives can connect across regions and industries, and gain new perspectives on business transformation. Rimini Street will be hosting some exciting events, and we’re hoping to see you there to discuss how we can help you take a smart path to reach your digital innovation goals.

Join Rimini Street CEO and our clients, CIOs of Clario and ASTM International, for an insightful session and panel discussions.

Thought Leadership Session
Transformation During Disruption: A Smart Path

Economic uncertainty and geo-political turbulence can paralyze organizations during the very time they need to invest in innovative IT. These same organizations often find that vendor-driven product roadmaps can stifle rather than aid growth. Learn how savvy leaders are successfully adjusting their business and IT priorities, reinvesting budgets to drive growth, and taking a smart path to business transformation during times of great disruption.

  • Date/Time: Wednesday, October 19th – 11:30am ET
  • Location: Northern Hemisphere C, Dolphin Resort (Ballroom level)
  • Speakers:

Seth Ravin, CEO & Chairman of the Board, Rimini Street
Jay Ferro, EVP, Chief Information & Technology Officer, Clario
Rick Lindberg, VP and CIO, ASTM International

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Seth Ravin
Seth Ravin
CEO & Chairman of the Board
Rimini Street

Mr. Ravin is a 30-year enterprise software industry veteran who pioneered the independent enterprise software support industry. In 2005, The Enterprise Software Observer named Mr. Ravin one of the 25 next-generation leaders of the enterprise software industry. In 2010, Mr. Ravin was featured in Deal Architect CEO Vinnie Mirchandani’s new book, The New Polymath: Profiles in Compound-Technology Innovations, where he is credited with enacting a visionary, disruptive strategy for dramatically reducing the cost of information technology and ushering in a new era of customer choice.

In September 2005, Mr. Ravin launched Rimini Street, Inc. with a mission to redefine enterprise software support using innovative, next-generation support services delivered at more than a 50 percent savings in fees compared to a software vendor’s annual support program. Rimini Street currently offers support services for Oracle, SAP, IBM, Microsoft and other enterprise software.

Prior to his success launching independent maintenance and support programs, Mr. Ravin was an executive with PeopleSoft, Inc., where he served most recently as vice president of the customer sales division. Earlier in his PeopleSoft career, Mr. Ravin held several senior roles of increasing global responsibility, including corporate director of customer services and programs and corporate manager of upgrades and installations. Mr. Ravin’s PeopleSoft responsibilities included worldwide release support policy; release retirement programs; account management; Y2K software update and readiness program management for thousands of licensees; and development and delivery of special support programs for customers with unique needs. To meet the needs of customers who wanted to run a mature software release for many additional years beyond the official supported life span of a release without mandatory upgrades, Mr. Ravin successfully designed and launched the enterprise software industry’s first specialized extended support programs for Fortune 500, public sector and midmarket organizations.

Mr. Ravin also served as vice president of customer sales for Saba Software, Inc., worked in Russia on defense conversion programs, and worked in Washington, D.C. assisting the Clinton Administration with Congressional passage of the GATT global trade agreement in 1994.

Mr. Ravin holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Jay Ferro
Jay Ferro
EVP, Chief Information & Technology Officer

Jay Ferro is an award-winning technology leader who works with diverse global corporations to accelerate growth, improve profitability, and achieve exceptional operational results. Jay possesses an unwavering commitment to excellence with highly effective planning, organizational development, continuous improvement, and communication skills.

Jay is currently EVP, Chief Information & Technology Officer for Clario, a global data and technology company that minimizes risk and uncertainty in clinical trials, so that organizations can move ahead quickly – and with confidence. Prior to Clario, Jay was Chief Information

Officer for The Quikrete Companies, the largest manufacturer of packaged concrete and cement mixes in North America; Chief Customer Officer for Rackspace, Inc, a global managed hosting and cloud provider; Chief Information & Technology Officer for TransPerfect, a global translation services organization; and EVP, Chief Information & Product Officer for EarthLink, a leading provider of network communications and managed services.

From 2012-2016, Jay was Global Chief Information Officer for the American Cancer Society, a worldwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Jay led ACS’s historic digital transformation, as well as the consolidation of 12 independent companies into one global entity.

Jay spent the previous eight years at American International Group (AIG), most recently as Vice President, CIO for AIG Aerospace & AIG Personal Lines. Jay also served as CFO for AIG Operations and Systems, leading multiple international synergy initiatives.

Jay is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer around the world. He has been featured in multiple publications, including Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and CIO Magazine.

Jay has been highlighted in a number of books, including Digital Transformation (Herbert, L, 2017). In recognition of his accomplishments, Jay was selected as 2022 Global Leadership Institute CIO of the Year, Georgia CIO of the Year in both 2011 and 2015, Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader in 2015, CIO Magazine CIO 100 in 2015 and Global CIO Breakaway Leader in 2013.

His commitment and dedication to giving back to the community is evidenced by the time and energy he contributes. In 2007, he founded the nonprofit group, Priscilla’s Promise, in honor of his late wife. Jay has been elected to multiple community boards, including TechBridge and InspirEdu.

Jay earned both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and his Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Georgia and lives in Atlanta with his three sons.

Rick Lindberg
Rick Lindberg
VP and CIO
ASTM International

Rick joined ASTM International in October of 2018 as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Rick brings to ASTM over 25 years of experience as a senior Information Technology executive across a diverse set of industries. He has extensive global experience delivering technology-enabled services to transform business and IT and enable business growth. Prior to joining ASTM Rick held senior IT positions in a large Mutual Insurance Company and the world’s largest Human Resource Consulting firm.

Rick is a licensed professional engineer (PE), holds a Lean Six Sigma black belt, and is a certified agilest, Product Owner, and Product Manager through the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) organization. He holds a bachelor of Science degree in Civil engineering.

Rick is a Board Chair-Elect for the Society of Information Management (SIM) Philadelphia chapter. He is also the 2021 CIO of the Year ORBIE winner for Philadelphia.

Ways to Connect During the Gartner IT Symposium

Dinner at Il Mulino New York Trattoria

While you're at the event, join us for a special dinner at New York City’s most acclaimed Italian restaurant, Il Mulino New York Trattoria. Enjoy cocktails and dinner with your peers and speak with Rimini Street CTO Eric Helmer and our executive team about business transformation in times of disruption.


Monday, October 17th
7:30 pm ET
Walt Disney World Swan
1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830

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Schedule time to meet with a Rimini Street expert to discuss business transformation and the benefits of a composable mindset. Don’t miss the opportunity to discuss with Rimini Street CTO Eric Helmer about:

  • Addressing your technical debt
  • Considerations for a successful Composable ERP strategy
  • Smart Integration and compatibility strategy
  • Protect your business with zero-day security
  • IT roadmap - smart path to innovation

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Visit our booth #719

Whether you’re optimizing your current ERP, evolving at the edges, or transforming to the next level, Rimini Street can help enable innovation to facilitate your ERP modernization journey.  Talk to our experts and find out more at Rimini Street’s booth (#719) Rimini Street can help with unified software services for Oracle, SAP, Salesforce® and Open source databases including:

  • support services
  • security services
  • managed services
  • professional services

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