Guest Keynote Speaker


Mike Abrashoff

Former Commander, USS Benfold and Author

At the age of 36, the Navy selected Abrashoff to become Commander of USS Benfold - at the time, the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet. The immediate challenges were staggering: exceptionally low morale, high turnover and unacceptably low performance evaluations. Few thought that this ship could improve. In many ways, the USS Benfold was an extreme example of the same problems facing many organizations today. The solution was to establish a system of management techniques that Abrashoff calls The Leadership Roadmap.


Peter Diamandis

Chairman & CEO, X-Prize Foundation

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. In the field of Innovation, Diamandis is Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight. Today the X PRIZE leads the world in designing and operating large-scale global competitions to solve market failures. Diamandis will address the impact that exponentially growing technology has on companies, governments, and humanity.


Jason Taylor

Vice President, Infrastructure, Facebook

Jason Taylor is a manager on Facebook’s global operations team that is responsible for the company’s infrastructure, encompassing four owned and operated data centers and hundreds of thousands of servers. He leads the groups that work on server budget and allocation, technical program management, supply chain, hardware engineering, architecture reviews, and long-term infrastructure planning. Jason will share his perspective on scale, efficiency, and sustainability in the development of infrastructure technologies, and discuss how other organizations can apply the lessons learned.

Gartner Keynote Speakers

Nonstop IT: Delivering the Integrated Data Center

Emerging trends in the use of data centers, the integration of cloud-like services, and the increased need to deliver IT services continuously, worldwide, and at minimal risk, are all driving new models for data center strategies. These can include the use of on-premises, hosting, colocation, cloud services and hyperconnected facilities to deliver nonstop IT for the business.

  • David J. Cappuccio
  • Vice President
  • Gartner
  • John P. Morency
  • Vice President
  • Gartner

Bimodal IT: Managing the Dichotomy in the Data Center

The advent of mobile and cloud computing has led many businesses to question their I&O executives: Why can’t they run their operations like Apple, Amazon or Google? Yet at the same time, I&O is entrusted with the mission-critical workloads that are the lifeblood of their organizations. This presentation demonstrates how to find the right balance between supporting legacy environments and being fully agile to support the business on new initiatives.

  • Raymond Paquet
  • Managing Vice President
  • Gartner

2015 CIO Agenda: Implications to I&O

This session examines the recently released 2015 CIO Agenda survey. Gartner conducts the largest and broadest annual CIO survey of over 2,000 organizations worldwide. Every year, CIO priorities change, but whether they be for the data center or for other parts of the IT organization, they always dictate the priorities for I&O leaders. Therefore, the top CIO priorities have major implications for the I&O key directives and investment outlook.

  • Mike Chuba
  • Vice President and Conference Chair
  • Gartner
  • Dave Russell
  • Vice President, Distinguished Analyst and Conference Chair
  • Gartner

Case Study Speakers

  • Bruce Philipoom
  • Vice President of Technology Infrastructure
  • Raymond James Financial
  • Speaker Profile

Gartner Analysts

Altman, Ross
Berry, Diane
Bittman, Thomas J.
Boon, Matthew J
Brooks, Jeffrey M.
Butler, Andrew
Cappuccio, David J.
Cecci, Henrique
Chandrasekaran, Arun
Childs, Sheila
Chuba, Mike
Cisek, Mike
Claunch, Carl
Colville, Ronni J.
Cosgrove, Terrence
Cox, Roger W.
Coyle, David M.
Dawson, Philip
Dayley, Alan
Disabato, Michael
Filks, Valdis
Fletcher, Colin
Gill, Bob
Girard, John
Grant, Peter J.
Haight, Cameron
Haynes, Tiny
Hewitt, Jeffrey
Knox, Kevin
Kowall, Jonah
Kumar, Rakesh
Lerner, Andrew
Lockwood, Mark
MacDonald, Neil
Maurer, William
McGittigan, Jim
Mok, Lily
Morency, John P
Naegle, Robert
Paquet, Raymond
Pultz, Jay E.
Rinnen, Pushan
Rivard, John
Russell, Dave
Ruth, Gene
Samolsky, Lori
Scott, Donna
Silva, Chris
Silver, Michael A.
Skorupa, Joe
Slaymaker, Sorell
Smith, Dennis
Spafford, George
Spivak, Gary
Unsworth, Joseph
Weiss, George J.
Young, Danellie
Zaffos, Stanley
Zimmerman, Tim
Zurcher, Werner

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