MnSCU 2016 IT Conference: Charting the Future Partnering for Student Success

The Minnesota State IT Conference is back! The annual conference will take place April 23-25, 2018 at Cragun's Resort.

With the accelerated rate in which technology is advancing, the 2018 Minnesota State IT Conference focuses on “Sharpening Our Skill Set's for the Future" and in an industry moving so fast, you don't want to be left behind. SAVE THE DATE and don't miss the opportunity to: 

  • Connect and collaborate with your peers
  • Learn from industry experts with a fantastic line up of speakers and breakout sessions.
  • Discover new and innovative products at the vendor exhibition.


Save the Dates:

Monday, April 23 - Wednesday April 25, 2018

Preconference Sessions will take place:
Monday, April 23, 2018 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Craguns Conference Center and Hotel

Vendor Exhibition:

Please visit to register for a booth.  If you have any questions regarding this form please contact

Educational Institution Registration:

Whether you work for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities or a partner school, please use the link below to register.


The IT Conference program is at our Guidebook site


Session One
Practicing Collaborative Leadership in the Digital Era

Brett Coup, University of St. Thomas
Casey Gordon, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

Today, technology influences every aspect of university strategy and operations, and traditional IT units are increasingly responsible for driving broad initiatives that would have been outside of our scope of work just a few years ago.  To be effective in this new digital era, technology leaders need to develop as influencers, strategists, coaches and communicators. Join us for an active session where we'll identify and discuss digital-era skill sets for leaders and create personal development plans to work towards new areas of expertise that can increase your level of influence at your institution.


Session Two

The New IT - Driving the Institution Forward Though Innovation

Mike Janke, System Office

Matt Clay, Minnesota State University, Mankato

The world of IT is constantly changing; however, many IT roles and processes are not evolving quickly enough to allow for innovation and to respond to disruption. The use of technology in nearly every process at an institution puts IT in a unique position that allows a holistic view of an organization. Using this unique viewpoint, IT has an opportunity to shape and prepare an institution to meet the ever-changing need to be nimble and flexible. This session will focus on the history of disruptive technologies, upcoming technologies, and their potential to impact all layers of our institutions.


We’ll look at how, through careful planning, we in IT can anticipate and prepare for disruptive technologies.



Session Three

Data & AI : a Microsoft workshop for Higher Education

Jason Morales – Solution Specialist, Cloud Data Platform, US Education

Steve Pontello – Data Architect, Cloud Data Platform, US Education


Working with data can be arduous, at times ineffective.  But new developments in AI, BI and Big Data technologies are beginning to simplify and expand what when it comes to integration, modeling, visualizing and sharing data.  In this session, we present real-world examples on how issues are addressed and solved using dynamic Analytic Reports and collaborative Dashboards.  We explore scenarios that include internal Student, Faculty and Program data, as well as scenarios where external data sources come into play.


This will be a hands-on workshop for those who come prepared to work with and visualize data.