[Virtual] Insights Series Part 2: Webinar | Less is more – getting your innovation to market more quickly

Thursday, April 30, 2020 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM) (MDT)



Innovation and uncertainty go hand in hand. This three-part series will explore how to take a pragmatic approach to innovation and the adoption of emerging and modern technologies, such as IoT, AI and machine learning, in uncertain times. There are many critical aspects to consider in your decision making to ensure these disruptive technologies don't disrupt your success.

With the current economic uncertainty, you’re likely facing a conundrum – you know chaotic times often offer fertile grounds for invention, but you just don’t have the dollars for significant investments in innovation efforts. During this second session we will share insights into how organizations can increase the pace and impact of their technology innovation efforts, and discuss approaches you can leverage without large dollar commitments!

Session Objective:

  • Provide participants with a better understanding of successful, pragmatic approaches to technology innovation in a time of shrinking budgets

 Participants Will:

  • Learn how the impact generated by your technology innovation investments can increase by incorporating innovation into your daily work (versus trying to be innovative just some of the time).
  • Learn how POCs (proof of concept) and MVPs (minimum viable product) can enable organizations to increase the pace – and decrease the workload – of their innovation efforts.
  • Learn how Chick-fil-A has accelerated technology innovation through a formal process, increased their focus on DevOps and ML Ops to realize impact, and leverages POCs to gain insight into areas for future investment.


Vinnie Schoenfelder, Principal and Chief Technology Officer, CapTech

Vinnie Schoenfelder serves as CapTech's Chief Technology Officer. In this externally-facing role, Vinnie helps the organization define services, forge partnerships, and design solutions for clients. As a thought leader, Vinnie meets with current and prospective clients, vendors, and industry analysts to discuss current business challenges, as well as approaches to solving these challenges. He also participates on key engagements either as an engagement director or solutions architect. Vinnie has been a frequent speaker at Fortune 500 companies and technology conferences across North America. He has also worked with clients in more than a dozen industry verticals across North America, Europe, and Canada.

Vinnie is passionate about exposing all students to STEM based classes and careers. He serves as president of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Computer Science Industrial Advisory Board (CS IAB), serves as a board member for the University of Virginia’s CS IAB, and is a board member for CodeVA. 

Jay Duff, Director Analytics Engineering, Chick-fil-A

Jay Duff began his career as a coop student at General Motors Institute where he earned an electrical engineering degree. Jay later earned a master's degree in management from Penn State. He has experience in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, financial services and hospitality. He held a variety of engineering, management and executive roles including chief information officer. Jay joined Chick-fil-A in 2017 and established their technology innovation center focusing on leading edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, internet of things and augmented reality. He currently leads Chick-fil-A's analytics engineering team. Jay and his wife, Rebecca, are residents of Midtown, Atlanta.

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The third part of this series will be held on May 27th.


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Non CTA Members - $25 

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