Sessions 2014 Event Track Descriptions

Cloud Advocacy & Assurance

Average cloud adoption rate is above 60% across many enterprises, however the other 40% still want a few of their concerns to be addressed. Typical questions, that we'll try to answer are below:

  1. What is cloud is and how best is it to use based on individual business needs, justifying when to use the cloud;
  2. How to address concerns of terms and conditions of service. Developing an agreement template to act as a guideline for Cloud agreements.
  3. Is cloud a new bubble or hear to stay. Where is the future of cloud?
  4. What should an organisation keep in house and what should it put on the cloud?
  5. What is the status of the Cloud in relation to the NSA scandal?

Governance, security and compliance

This track will highlight cloud security breakthroughs in all aspects on which enterprise is subject to internal and regulatory bodies control.

  1. Centralized cloud governance model;
  2. Achieving service availabilty with higher security at a lower cost level;
  3. Auditing and life cycle management;
  4. Enabling data integrity, privacy and security for integrations;
  5. Adopting cloud standards
  6. Security and protection of IP and sensitive data in the cloud;
  7. Enforcing data constraints on residency and privacy;
  8. Making data available in reliable and secure way;
  9. Moving away from on-premise solution to the cloud;
  10. Getting high performance, while preserving security
  11. Using big data to mitigate advanced persistent threats;
  12. Solutions for cross firewall collaboration;

Cloud Implementation and Management

This track will provide IT executives with best practices on successful operational models and architectural approaches, that provide flexibility to adjust budget and needs.

  • Complexities of managing multiple clouds,
  • Leveraging the power of mobility to increase workforce productivity
  • Converging private and public clouds to facilitate interaction of both internal or external businesses,
  • Migration, deployment & integration;
  • Orchestration of workload and data among multi-vendor clouds to optimize performance, capacity and cost,
  • Network brokerage for cloud,
  • Rapid provisioning of resources without delay in response to changing business needs
  • Integrating business apps in the cloud, meeting all performance and capacity needs
  • Simplified migration application pools, used as hosted virtual desktop infrastructure,
  • Organization of enterprise cloud apps and interoperability with Office 365 and Amazon Cloud,
  • Building a secure and controlled environment for trusted and connected users, devices and apps, by developing a successful identity and access management strategy;
  • How to incorporate cloud services into internal processes and operations (service desk, monitoring, change management, asset management);
  • Deployment automation and system replication between public and private clouds

Optimization of TCO, ROI and Overall Efficiency

Benefits of cloud adoption has become more obvious, when business owners could match investment to results, seeing significant improvement of IT and services at the same cost. The outcomes of such strategies will allow users to focus and invest more on lines of business that produce revenue. This track will showcase the following topics:

  • Successful strategies to cut regular costs and making IT costs more transparent,
  • Increase ROI for typical cloud deployments and adoptions,
  • Grow your business staying agile.
  • Optimization techniques for major vendors like AWS, Google, Salesforce, Oracle and many others.
  • Taking advantage of cloud and mobility (anytime, anywhere access to critical information to remain productive);
  • Automation of provisioning - enterprise to enterprise,
  • Facilitating ease of use and personalized/customized experience;
  • Organization and availability of IT in a way, that solves everyday issues more efficiently;
  • How cloud can increase productivty and engagement;
  • Simplified management of cloud infrastructure, keeping IT up to date seamlessly and at an affordable price;
  • Optimizing bandwidth and VPN costs
  • Unification of technology management and better alignment with lines of business;
  • Increasing speed to new capabilities and time to implement;

Buying and Selling Cloud

Whether you are a cloud provider, channel partner or corporate buyer who is looking on how to increase time to market for your product or services, sessions of this track will provide invaluable industry insights on following:

  • How to introduce cloud services to your customers;
  • How to convince non-it businesses about the advantages of cloud concepts
  • How 'standard' as a service offerings can be developed. (too many times customer modifications are accommodated by sales, which creates complexity not only in delivery, but also ongoing support)
  • Enterprise customer features most sought after from a cloud provider;
  • New trends to monetize cloud;
  • How do you sort through all the different cloud solutions to determine if the company is on-boarding the best (functionality and cost) products for the companies needs.
  • Successful examples of developing and sharing SaaS apps
  • Services currently on offer from cloud service providers (e.g. best cloud services for big data analysis etc);
  • Handling service turn backs and vendor transition out;
  • Which industry can cloud would best match (contribute)?
  • Cloud spending patterns by industry and forecast
  • Addressing the fears of potential customers and best ways to discover new customers.

Business Continuity and Resiliency

Industry experts will also share updates on advancement of disaster recovery and storage technology in cloud offerings, sharing data cloud to cloud, latest developments in management of email, unified communication, big data analytics, collaboration, easier application evolution and much more.

  • Available options on cloud backup, disaster recovery or business continuity;
  • RaaS (Recovery as a Service) comparison analysis;
  • Complete working framework to measure cloud IT and projects;
  • Measuring the strategic key performance indicators in order to be in control;
  • SLAs, High Availibility and reversibility;
  • 24/7 resource availabitiy and collaboration with a global workforce;
  • Strategies to mitigate vendor lock-in
  • Operating cloud products offline

Cloud and Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things is connecting new places–such as manufacturing labs, energy grids, healthcare facilities, and transportation systems to the Internet. When an object can represent itself digitally, it can be controlled from anywhere. This connectivity means more data, gathered from more places, with more ways to increase efficiency and improve safety and security. As with any emerging technology, "with great change, comes greater responsibilities".

  • How can end-users manage the complexity of Big Data & Cloud in The IoT Ecosystem
  • What are some of the core Investment Strategies for The Internet of Things Market
  • Should enterprises enabling M2M to evolve to the Internet of Things
  • What are the best practices of business transformation in emerging IoT industry?
  • What is The Impact of IoT & 4G / 5G on The Global Cloud Industry?
  • Where can Vertical industries gain from The Internet of Things!
  • Defining New Revenue Streams in The Internet of Things Ecosystem!
  • Addressing The Risks & Challenges of IoT Projects

What's ahead? Cloud Outlook on 2015 - 2018.

In this track, we'll discuss the evolution of cloud, looking through our crystal ball, and make forecasts on future posibilities, expansion, growth, long-term vision of cloud, with these topics of interest in mind:

  • Market segmentation and key trends/directional qualities of each of these segments;
  • New emerging areas of cloud that are nascent;
  • cloud services and the key areas/segments to watch;
  • Status quo and future directions of PaaS and Cloud Services Brokerage Enablers. Are there any “big” players getting into this market?;
  • Predictions in the battle of virtualized commodity hardware like VMware, EMC, VCE vs bare-metal camp like IBM and Oracle;
  • Future considerations for cloud providers (private and public) when building their cloud;
  • Future trends to engage in now to gain competitive advantage;
  • When can the industry guarantee zero down time

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