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Rimini Street 2020 Global Client Event - North America

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT / 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

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IT Strategies to Survive, Stabilize, and Thrive

Join us and your fellow Rimini Street clients – virtually this year – at our North America Client Event. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to share and learn effective IT strategies to address today’s critical challenges, maximize economic savings, and prioritize critical IT projects that deliver immediate revenue impact and drive competitive advantage for the future.

Why Attend

Executive Insights

Hear from Rimini Street CEO, Seth Ravin on the latest updates from Rimini Street and areas of opportunity to get more value from current investments.

Industry Insights

Find out the latest trends and best practices from industry analyst, Ray Wang, to help drive long-term value from current technology investments.

Peer Insights

Learn from other Rimini Street clients and peers. Find out how other organizations are addressing and prioritizing shifting IT priorities and business initiatives.


Seth Ravin
Seth Ravin
CEO and 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.

Anthony DeShazor
Anthony DeShazor
EVP & Chief Client Officer
Rimini Street

Anthony DeShazor is passionate about using technology to solve real problems and helping technologists understand what customers need. His proven skills include building effective teams of technical people, architecting complex solutions, and managing strategic customers and customer relationships in general. His responsibilities include maturing the end-to-end client experience at Rimini Street and maximizing the value clients receive.

Prior to joining Rimini Street in 2018, he spent 12 years at Pentaho and, after its acquisition by Hitachi Data Systems, three years in the Hitachi Vantara business unit focused on data integration, analytics, and emerging technologies such as IoT. He originally joined Pentaho to lead engineering. As he advanced within the company, he became the SVP and Chief Solution Architect, taking responsibility for ensuring customer success. His most recent title at Hitachi Vantara was Global VP of Customer Success.

Earlier in his career, Mr. DeShazor served in software development and project management roles at Lawson Software and Hyperion Solutions. Based in Atlanta, he is also a part-time musician, specializing in keyboard and most brass instruments.

Ray Wang
Ray Wang
Founder & Principal Analyst
Constellation Research, Inc.

R “Ray” Wang (pronounced WAHNG) is the Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman of Silicon Valley based Constellation Research, Inc.  Ray’s the co-host and co-founder of the widely watched DisrupTV, a weekly enterprise tech and leadership webcast. He’s the author of the popular business strategy and technology  blog “A Software Insider’s Point of View”. Wang has held executive roles in product, marketing, strategy, and consulting at institutions such as Forrester Research, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. His best selling book, Disrupting Digital Business, published by Harvard Business Review Press provides insights on why 52% of the Fortune 500 have been merged, acquired, gone bankrupt, or fallen off the list since 2000.

Wang is a prominent dynamic keynote speaker, research analyst, and industry commentator working with clients to transform their business models using exponential technologies.  He’s spoken around the world at almost every tech related conference including keynotes for tens of thousands of people and intimate executive settings such as Davos.  Ray’s clients include a majority of the Fortune 500 and Global 200.

Ray is well quoted in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, FoxBusiness, CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, CGTN, Tech Crunch, Business Week, and Fortune. He has thrice won the prestigious Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR) Analyst of the Year Award and has repeatedly been in the #1 slot in the AR Power 100 list for over 10 years.  Ray resides in Silicon Valley when not traveling 500,000 miles a year in the air.

John H. Sudduth
John H. Sudduth
Director of Information Technology (CIO)
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

John H. Sudduth is the Director of Information Technology (CIO) at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD).  As Director, his responsibilities include oversight of the MWRD’s information technology as it relates to IT strategy, policy, support and operations. John is also part of MWRD’s Executive Team which is responsible for developing and executing the organization’s strategic plan.

John has more than 25 years of information technology experience and is skilled in defining organizational structure, resource requirements, and mission/vision alignment. John’s industry information technology experience includes professional services, legal, retail, government, and healthcare.

John is a 2020 SIM Chicago CIO of the year candidate. John earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Science in information technology specializing in Information Systems Security from Northwestern University, he also currently holds several technical and professional certifications including: Project Management Professional (PMP), Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Certified in Risk and Information Security Control (CRISC).


Times below shown in Pacific Daylight Time.

10:00 am
Welcome and Introductions; Anthony DeShazor, EVP & Chief Client Officer, Rimini Street
10:05 am
Company Update; Seth Ravin, CEO, Rimini Street
10:15 am
Position Your IT Organization to Survive, Stabilize, and Thrive Through Crisis; Seth Ravin, CEO, Rimini Street
CIOs are not only looking at new ways to drive immediate cost savings to survive these tough times but also exploring strategies to stabilize operations and emerge more innovative and competitive. This plan for business recovery, continuity and growth will require careful prioritization of IT investments to avoid wasted spend on low-value projects and focus on revenue generating initiatives. Seth Ravin will discuss how to identify IT and services categories for immediate cost cutting opportunities, how to stabilize current environments to ensure smooth IT operations, and how organziations can invest in revenue generating systems to create competitive advantage and growth.
10:40 am
Analyst Insights: Strategies for optimizing IT operations and prioritizing high value investments
Ray Wang, Founder & Principal Analyst, Constellation Research, Inc.
Find out the latest trends and best practices to help identify and prioritize the highest-value projects while optimizing operations and driving long-term value from current technology investments.
11:00 am
Rimini Street Client Best Practices Presentations
11:20 am
Panel Discussions
11:45 am
11:55 am
Closing Remarks; Anthony DeShazor, EVP & Chief Client Officer, Rimini Street

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Reserve your place at this must-attend event to hear from industry experts, other clients, and Rimini Street leadership. Walk away with ideas to help maximize the value from your enterprise software investments.

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