↓ Agenda Key
Visionary speaker presents to entire audience on key issues, challenges and business opportunities
Panel moderated by Master of Ceremonies and headed by four executives discussing critical business topics
Solution provider-led session giving high-level overview of opportunities
End user-led session in boardroom style, focusing on best practices
Interactive session led by a moderator, focused on industry issue
Pre-determined, one-on-one interaction revolving around solutions of interest
Discussion of business drivers within a particular industry area
Analyst Q&A Session
Moderator-led coverage of the latest industry research
Several brief, pointed overviews of the newest solutions and services
Overview of recent project successes and failures
Open Forum Luncheon
Informal discussions on pre-determined topics
Unique activities at once relaxing, enjoyable and productive
A seismic shift in the nature of work not seen since the invention of the PC is taking place. Knowledge workers are trading in legacy software and desktop PCs for tools that are more flexible, affordable and allow them to tap into information from countless applications and mobile devices. This session will examine how some of today's enterprise organizations have adopted a "cloud-first" strategy to better focus resources on delivering innovations to customers, while at the same time, leverage cloud-based solutions to address requirements for collaboration and centralized document management. Through the combination of business insight and powerful, cloud-based productivity applications, IT decision-makers can assert leadership and value paths to help exceed user and stakeholder expectations.
This presentation will explore the issues related to the use of Free file storage & transfer services and steps you can take to protect your corporate data.
Along with consumerization has come a wealth of cloud services that offer free file storage and transfer services. Some provide storage and others just transfer the files similar to email attachments. In the absence of policies and employee education along with a company supported alternative for sharing files securely, end users will often overlook security and compliance in favor of getting their job done by taking advantage of free and readily available alternatives. If you’re not explicitly addressing this risk you very likely have a security and compliance problem with company data being shared through sites where you have no protection of confidentiality, ownership or indemnification.
Today's economic challenges require transparency, integrity, insight, and agility to changing market conditions. This highlights the urgency for Business operations, IT, and supporting Vendors to form a tighter alignment, deliver innovative solutions, and business value. This convergence has a cascading impact on the circle of stakeholders, internal and external, the technology de jour, and even supply chain delivery process.
Where should transformation initiatives start; Business Intelligence, BPM, DC Consolidation & Virtualization, SOA, Agile, Mobility, and Cloud? How can IT's Dev, Ops, and vendor-partners align with their Business objectives?
Managing IT like a business is the epicenter. Luckily there is a common component which if identified and optimized properly, will lead to innovation, improved cost transparency, time-to-market, increased ROI from strategic technology objectives.
Cloud computing has much promise and allure and has often been hailed as the "New IT." But its adoption can be fraught with pitfalls if not done with care and foresight: higher costs, slower response, and failed projects. In this discussion, we present a smarter path to cloud computing based on lessons learned from actual customer case studies. We will share how a cloud brokerage and management platform can serve as a cloud decision support and governance system as well as the bridge from "Current IT" and to "New IT."
Today, BYOD and the consumerization of IT are major catalysts for innovation in the enterprise. Further underpinning this transformation is the use of cloud applications to empower a more mobile workforce that will also help them better manage the ever increasing flow of data and information pouring into their organizations. But how can forward-thinking companies deal with this transformation and embrace BYOD, while implementing the secure tools and processes they need for building a more productive workforce? This session will uncover why today's CIOs are no longer playing the role of IT enforcer. Rather, through enterprise-grade cloud solutions, they're empowering their workers to be more productive when mobile, on any device, while still retaining security and visibility around content and collaboration.
IT organizations are at an inflection point; the current operating model of IT cannot meet the demands for change by the business for faster, cheaper, and more dynamic solutions. Moreover, most IT organizations are expected to do more with ever tighter budgets; outsourcing was the answer for some, while others focus on efficiency efforts to deal with the cost pressure. IT must fundamentally change the way it does business by moving from an IT implementer to IT integrator model, moving from procuring assets to procuring services, move from labor arbitrage to labor automation. Companies looking to start on the cloud computing journey can benefit from standing up their own cloud service. Internal private cloud can allow your IT organization to learn to operate, manage, and deliver in the ubiquitous and on demand computing of tomorrow. Automation and simplification through standardization are critical to managing IT cost while introducing speed and agility to meet the business demands.
The approach and considerations for building internal private cloud:
With more than $1 trillion spent every year on compute, network and storage resources, IT is arguably among the single biggest sunk cost in any modern enterprise. Technology advancements have established a technical foundation for changing the way we acquire, utilize, and leverage IT resources, but we are only feeling the early tremors of this tectonic shift.
This shift is far more that just cloud; it's the application of financial and economic principles and methodologies to IT. Specifically, when organizations can apply the principles of financial trading to the IT industry we are going to see a force capable of completely redefining everything we currently think we know about the approach to technology delivery. And this is much, much closer to daily reality than most people think. This combined with open marketplaces for IT services is driving profound changes at micro and macro levels that are rapidly accelerating us down the path toward true utility computing.
This session will be a thought-provoking, interactive discussion on the technical foundations and business implications of the changing economics of IT. This is the session everyone will be talking about at the reception Tuesday night. You don't want to miss it!
The explosion of computing technology demands require CIOs to keep up with the fast-paced world of cloud computing, mobility, cyber security while also adapting business models for what's coming next. This phenomenon has thrust Senior IT leaders into the business limelight, opening new doors for both exciting business potential and increased security risks. The unpredictable nature of today's political, economic and technological landscape provides both opportunity and challenge. Advancing and enabling innovation across the cloud computing landscape is essential for global competitiveness. Technology is now pervasive in almost every aspect of our professional and personal lives, and what was once considered magic is now common practice through enduring technology innovation. This session will examine trends in population, energy, health sciences, mobility, social, Big Data, cyber security, nano-technology and their relationship to the cloud.
In light of recent events, the cloud will play an even more prominent role in Business Continuity. In recent years, in particularly back in 2011; those who have their data secured in the cloud survive natural disasters. That is now more important than ever, because protecting your organization from unplanned downtime is widely dependent on building redundancy and diversity directly into your disaster recovery business continuity. As this will happen on a regular basis and the cloud’s role have been proven to be more crucial in securing business assets, cloud solutions for ensuring business continuity will even be more prominent this year. Should you use cloud-based services for disaster recovery?
There is so much debate and hype on this subject that it is a challenge to determine what makes sense and what is just a lot of noise. In this session we will use straight talk to discuss what makes sense and what does not based on real world questions and focus on real world answers. We will begin with a real case study of a disaster and the problems it created, talk about what we've done about it, and then cover some principles to assist you in determining which pieces of your DR plan (if any) you should put in the cloud as well as determining whether it makes sense economically.
If cloud can be characterized by one thing it would be false assumptions regarding security and disaster recovery. Four elements comprise the cloud landscape: (1) security & compliance, (2) performance & architecture, (3) cost model, and (4) disaster recovery; during this session we will focus on the two elements least discussed security and disaster recovery. The session will arm you with the key concepts, concerns and questions necessary to expose the realities of any vendor's cloud offering in two areas that will most affect your total cost of ownership and ROI associated with any cloud migration.
This session will be an open discussion covering ongoing developments in cloud backup and recovery solutions that allow for better administrative controls and will cover three key developments to build confidence in developing a cloud strategy:
A growing trend among enterprises today is a transition of non-core infrastructure from a burdensome capital expense into a operational cost aligned with the business needs. Storage Infrastructure as a Service (SIaaS) allows businesses to deploy uniform storage and protection throughout an organization, combining on-premises controllers with cloud storage. In a service, data growth and office sprawl which drive so many costs and complexities in traditional storage are managed automatically. If your organization is looking to reduce storage costs, simplify management, and improve the service levels to end users, we encourage you to join us for a lively discussion!
Attendees of this session will learn:
This session will go into the main points of Cloud and Data Symbiosis. We will discuss what big data is all about and how organizations are turning big data into smart data to reap financial benefits.
Some of the main points we will cover in this session are:
Cloud computing has much promise and allure and has often been hailed as the "New IT." But its adoption can be fraught with pitfalls if not done with care and foresight: higher costs, slower response, and failed projects. In this discussion, we present a smarter path to cloud computing based on lessons learned from actual customer case studies. We will share how a cloud brokerage and management platform can serve as a cloud decision support and governance system as well as the bridge from "Current IT" and to "New IT." I will take the group through the economics of the cloud and helping build the business case for evaluating the benefits of moving to either a private or public cloud. Depending on your current cost baseline and what your pain points are around support, upgrades, features and functionality, you may be able to achieve much more than you previously had for a much lower cost Also the "Traditional IT" teams may not have the skills necessary to implement and manage a multi sourced cloud environment. Determining what skills are strategic to your organization and retaining those as well as conducting a gap analysis to determine what skills you may need to bring in to support the new model is key to the success of these implementations.
Companies around the world are moving into on-premise private cloud environments. Many connect their private cloud to their public cloud service providers. Let's talk about examples of what worked, what failed and why we should think about this evolution.
The pressure is on for the CIO to adopt and adapt; through all the conversations, there are still unanswered questions. There is one key question about cloud computing that is still unanswered, but an answer is required to move things forward. 'Is the discussion regarding cloud computing a technical discussion, a financial discussion or a business discussion?' The dialogs within every organization are circular in nature and seem never ending. The core issue is that the technology and the financial components are moving targets. It is time to change the focus and push the conversation towards business and results? Topics like innovation, agility and skills are much more relevant, no?
This executive panel discussion will cover topics where business is the real focus of cloud computing - and bring the technology into the conversation where it makes the most sense to you and your business.