I&O leaders must evolve strategies to provide an agile infrastructure for the business to enable global reach, solve business issues like latency, customer experience, and compliance, while providing the flexibility to enter new markets quickly, anywhere, anytime. This must embrace traditional compute, emerging trends in edge computing, IoT, AI/ML and the ever-changing cloud marketplace. I&O leaders itself must also evolve the skills, process and roles to support this brave new world.
Comparisons with a variety of public cloud options are changing the way that infrastructure managers must evaluate their own infrastructure choices. This session will examine what best practices can be used to optimize infrastructure ROI and create a favorable and complementary view of self-owned infrastructure and private cloud in the face of public-cloud alternatives.
Public cloud services are growing at 19% CAGR through 2021. The cloud maturity model is driving business and IT leaders to make cloud as the underpinning of their cloud strategy and they are doing it with their wallets. Cloud spending is 20% of IT budgets as per to Gartner’s cloud adoption survey. Top four hyperscale cloud providers command 57% of the public cloud market according to Gartner's recent Market Share study. This session will discuss the cloud growth trajectory across different cloud segments. We will go beyond the numbers and help IT leaders explore which external factors, new technologies, best practices and winners and losers within the cloud landscape.
Talent and skills are the top internal constraints to digital business growth. CIOs must effectively transform the IT workforce to equip with the talent and skills needed to propel the digital enterprise. In this session, participants will learn about market trends and best practices in planning, acquiring and developing IT talent and skills in support of digital business.
Everyone knows that edge computing is the new greatest trick in their IT toolbox. But as with any new over-hyped technology, edge promises as much pain as it does relief from the problems brought about IoT, immersive reality and autonomous vehicles. This session will identify the challenges of successful deployment and will offer ideas on how to avoid these pitfalls.
CIOs are increasingly deploying an agile methodology to create and deliver IT solutions in their organizations. While continuous delivery can create value for IT and organizations at large, it breaks Information Security’s traditional, ‘waterfall’ approach to risk management. Learn to model successful CIOs who have rethought security governance and delivery for the digital era.
De facto toolchains exist in the organization. Key steps will enable I&O leaders to improve their performance and optimize them for I&O objectives.
This session looks at the new Magic Quadrant and Critical Capabilities for Hyper Converged Infrastructure and the five workloads of consolidated, business critical, cloud ROBO and VDI use cases.
Edge computing today is all about the art of the possible. Leading-edge adopters are deploying edge computing solutions to enable new business designs that enable IoT or immersive technologies. We discuss a wide variety of examples in deployment today, and lessons learned. We also discuss examples that we expect to see within the next year or two.
As the pace of technology innovation accelerates, infrastructure teams need to rebalance the skills portfolio. This presentation will feature our quantitative research on the five critical competencies for IT staff in contributing to digital business outcomes. We will include case studies from Nationwide and Intel and how they help employees develop emerging skills and versatile career paths.
Most people think of Amazon Web Services (AWS) as compute and stored, but AWS is now a collection of more than 80 different services for cloud-based IaaS workloads and information. This session will discuss the specific best practices for securing workloads and information in IaaS with AWS security specific examples, covering compliance, encryption, key management, network security, monitoring and host-based controls.
So many of the initiatives I&O leaders are working on inevitably require a cultural shift for success - unfortunately culture is the most frequently mentioned obstacle to change. It is considered hard to understand and even harder to change. This session will explore five topics for starting conversations about culture that can be effective starting points for exploring and changing your team and organisational culture.
Sometimes in our professional lives we might think we are in a battle to beat an adversary or a competitor when in actuality we are really in competition with ourselves but just haven’t figured it out yet. When battling the competition, you want to come out on top, if only by one more sale or maybe a few percentage points. Other times, someone at a higher level gives you a goal based on some median expectation set for others. When Mike Abrashoff took command of a well below-average ship in the U.S. Navy, his goal was to get to average. He initially set average goals and expectations for himself and his crew until one day it dawned on him: his ship could be much better than just average. It was Mike’s eureka moment: realizing they weren’t in competition with anyone but themselves. To be their best they had to stop putting limits on what they believed was possible. That realization changed Mike Abrashoff’s approach to leadership and led the same crew to accomplish one of the most remarkable turnarounds that was chronicled in the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company magazine and his New York Times’ and Wall Street Journal bestselling book, IT’S YOUR SHIP. This presentation will challenge audiences to think differently on how to set expectations while realizing the only limits that you have are self-imposed.
Cloud is no longer an "if" but "how" for most organizations. Many recognize they need to adopt cloud services to remain competitive, drive innovation and create agility across their business. Join this session to learn how to build a "cloud-first" strategy for your business and begin establishing hybrid cloud architectures to consume cloud services at scale.
We talk a lot about building a hybrid cloud, but how do you actually do it? On the agenda for the talk: How "hybrid" is hybrid? Four varying levels of what could be called a hybrid cloud, from completely separate infrastructures with a CMP riding on top to compute mobility between on-premises and public: - Comparing various commercial options on this spectrum - Maturity model for cloud - IaaS vs. PaaS vs. SaaS
DevOps can greatly enhance a business but many organizations struggle to get started, and then find it difficult to balance speed and risk. Changes are required in culture, process, technology and skills. This session helps you determine the right goals, skills, responsibilities, technologies and priorities to ensure your DevOps architect delivers business value, while managing costs and risks.
Many talk about it, but few have an operating continuous improvement program that produces tangible results and a sufficient return on investment. At the end of this session, you'll better understand the elements of a continuous improvement program that is scalable, repeatable and how it can be customized to the needs of your organization.
Linux (and Windows) OS containers are not inherently unsecure, but are being deployed unsecurely, driven by developers and a need for agility in service development and deployment. Security and risk management leaders must address container security issues around vulnerabilities, visibility, compromise, compliance and orchesration. This session will provide specific best practices for secure container deployments.
Artificial Intelligence (AI), is a wide ranging term and recent developments have moved it into the mainstream and security software. However, without a background it's difficult for customers to evaluate its use in products and what benefits it provides over more conventional technologies. This session shows security leaders how to evaluate claims and determine the concrete benefits of using applications of artificial intelligence.
The question of "which applications should be in the cloud?" is an important one. It must be posed as part of an iterative, holistic cloud strategy, not a never-ending series of tactical decisions. You must own the strategy building elements and operate with the goal of digital transformation in mind. This session will provide actionable advice on creating a comprehensive, enterprise cloud based applications strategy, while offering guidance as to the what, where and when for enterprise workloads.
IT infrastructure and operations groups have traditionally organized around technology or functional silos. Learn how enterprises are organizing to successfully cope with the much more dynamic requirements inherent with digital business and support for DevOps.
This presentation will analyze how global data residency concerns and legislation will affect your data center and cloud regional strategy. It will further examine the impacts of data protection regulations and IOT on global application placement. Attendees will be able to understand the approaches to compliant data placement in the view of various data protection regulations such as GDPR.
Enterprise IT strategies continue to depend more on cloud and the vendors delivering cloud based solutions. We describe how cloud computing offerings exist on a spectrum and look at cloud strategies of the megavendors (Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM, et al) and how CIOs and IT leaders can assess the applicability of those vendors' offerings to the organizations' cloud strategy.
This roundtable discussion explores best practices and lessons learned from enterprise (not vendor) attendees on how to successfully build a DevOps culture and navigate the inevitable hurdles that arise.
As more business processes becoming digitized, in other words they go from analogue fax, phone, paper, to fully digital, I&O leaders have an opportunity to exploit the vast amounts of data flowing through their IT systems to extract business insight. We will explore how I&O leaders have added value beyond technical insight to their organizations by helping them understand the business context.
Inaccurate data in CMDBs delays incident resolution and degrades change quality. I&O leaders must address data ownership, data model scope, systems of record and IT change management gaps to sustainably improve CMDB data quality.
Automation is the watchword of modern, agile IT. And it often begins by automating server and application delivery. This talk offers in-depth, concrete guidance on (1) automating server provisioning and configuration management, and (2) building a Continuous Delivery pipeline. It takes a close look at the tools you'll use, and the challenges you’ll face in implementing a DevOps methodology.
As a result of accelerating change, a new breed of businesses is scaling 10 times faster than established organizational structures. Salim Ismail calls these exponential organizations. This talk describes the characteristics and attributed of these organizations and finishes with how to implement these ideas into established companies. He looks at today’s fastest growing technologies and the social impact they will have on our organizational, political, legal, educational, and medical systems. From artificial intelligence to biotech, these disruptive technologies are changing the face of many disparate industries and creating new innovations and opportunities. Audiences walk away with a tailored action plan for moving forward that utilizes five internal and five external strategies to spur astounding growth – like partnering with an incubator and transforming their organization’s leadership team.
This peer interaction session will focus on the challenges of optimizing IT operations and how we can do more with what we have, reduce where needed and make better investments in business outcomes. Please come prepared to share both your challenges and success in optimizing I&O operations in an open round table discussion with your peers.
This Roundtable will allow attendees to share experiences and strategies for security cloud-based services including SaaS, PaaS and IaaS services.
DevOps has rapidly moved from a niche to a mainstream approach, but most I&O groups haven't addressed the fundamental people, cultural and skill changes required. Learn the key methods to build a solid foundation for DevOps to scale to be the primary I&O mindset.
Ever wonder if you've made mistakes with your Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure environment? You might be surprised. With so many moving parts, AWS and Azure IaaS is ripe for catastrophic misconfiguration. Even worse are the architectures doomed for failure before they're ever turned on. Don't be that architect. Join Elias on this exploration of the biggest mistakes he's seen in the field across scores of AWS and Azure IaaS inquiries.
The versatilist role profile is replacing specialists and generalists, and is an I&O leadership imperative for success with new product-oriented I&O operating models (digital business, platforms, cloud, DevOps, etc.) Learn how I&O roles are evolving for digital business with a review of the top 10 emerging versatilist roles.
Traditional security approaches won't work well with DevOps-style workflows, yet organizations are tasked with the security and compliance of the applications and services that are delivered from these rapid development processes. This presentation will outline specific best practices to integrate security into DevOps, delivering DevSecOps, without breaking the collaborative nature of DevOps.
While most enterprises are actively engaged with using cloud-based resources in 2018, connecting the enterprise to the cloud often lags behind in terms of sophistication, security, and architecture. There are several approaches far superior than simple Internet or VPN private internet access. This session will provide an overall framework in which to place cloud conductivity options, highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each option, and recommend best use case decisions.
As organizations move toward a digital business model, CIOs and IT leaders must be equipped to adopt cloud-based services, replacing traditional on-premises infrastructure. They need to understand and communicate both the risks and rewards of a hybrid infrastructure as well as optimize costs as they adopt these services that are needed to achieve hybrid cloud benefits including agility, innovation, speed and savings. This presentation will discuss: • What are the benefits derived from hybrid infrastructure and services? • Wh at are the risks to be managed? • What processes should you adopt to support the desired benefits? How do you optimize costs?
Applying the insights from Maverick Research, "Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence will result in Fewer, but Bigger, Disasters," learn how to establish boundaries between AI/ML controlled systems to contain risks, maintain systems of human control as fail safes, and reduce the dependency on non-human-replicable systems/processes providing existential support.
The top question in cloud computing is "How do we build a comprehensive cloud strategy?" CIOs and vendor management leaders struggle with prioritization and creating a strategy to ensure cloud success. This session takes a "cookbook approach" to: •Building a cloud strategy, one service at a time •How to structure a cloud strategy •Principles that will guide you to that goal
Serverless frameworks for function platform as a service (fPaaS) enable custom application logic to be packaged as functions that are delivered as event-triggered services. This session will review approaches to automate routine infrastructure & operation tasks in cloud-native environments using fPaaS processes on serverless platforms.
Join to learn what future IT operations management teams need to prepare for, where most are at today, and how to get future-ready.
Our research shows that diversity management and creating more inclusive teams is a proven strategy to improving employee engagement and productivity. This presentation will highlight case studies from adidias and RedHat with practices to increase diversity in recruiting and foster more inclusive group norms in teams. This research will highlight quantitative analysis and best practices from hCEB TECH and HR Practices.
At this stage of development, the full potential of software defined storage is yet to be realized. Expect SDS to gain new traction as a virtual offering in the public cloud; as a backup target to support IT at the edge; to support secondary storage; and, to support micro services underpinned by containers.
The most overlooked source of transformational power is experience management and design, as it addresses both internal and external needs. By starting with business-visible outcomes and satisfaction, I&O leaders will be better able to implement organizational change management which can deliver results, decrease risk, cost and complexity. This session will provide an overview of the basics and suggestions on getting started.
Amazon, Microsoft and Google — these megaproviders are vying to be your strategic cloud IaaS service for the future. How are you to choose? In this session, Gartner will present findings for each against 234 evaluation criteria points to help you make your strategic decision. Key issues: • How do I build a methodical evaluation strategy that will lead me to the correct strategic provider for our organization? • How do the mega-IaaS providers compare on Gartner's objective evaluation? • What does the future hold for these providers? What about IBM, VMware, Oracle and Alibaba Cloud?
Although many focus on the underlying technology of the digital revolution, some fail to focus on people and culture. Business leaders and cyber professionals speak different languages and review different metrics when measuring progress and success. Frequently, these two groups do not understand one another and talk past one another, putting at risk growth, speed, agility and resilience within the enterprise. Deborah Lee James, the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force and current independent director on multiple public and private boards, shares the business factors that drive the cyber conversation at the Board of Director and senior government level. She’ll offer perspectives on what IT leaders need to know to communicate more effectively, become better business partners for growth and mission accomplishment, and change culture for the good.
At the close of the week this session is designed to allow attendees to ask, in an open forum, questions that have arisen throughout the week, or to seek clarification on any relevant topic from a panel of analysts.
At the close of the week this session is designed to allow attendees to ask, in an open forum, questions that have arisen throughout the week, or to seek clarification on any relevant topic from a panel of analysts.
Gartner surveys show formulating cloud strategy is one of the biggest challenges IT Infrastructure management faces. Join this roundtable to discuss how to author an impactful cloud strategy. Tackle the big challenges, make your strategy resonate with stakeholders, share your concerns and successes. Gain insight from your peers and your moderator, a Gartner analyst.
Moving IT services to IaaS, PaaS and SaaS cloud providers profoundly affects the roles and responsibilities of IT professionals. The data center is no longer the center of your data. Hybrid cloud architectures are the new reality. This session provides guidance for IT infrastructure professionals (ITIPs) and managers on how to think about their roles, hone new skills and build a strategy for staying relevant in a hybrid world. In the session you will learn: - What is a cloud architect? - Which skills are necessary and how do you gain experience? - How do you pick the right survival strategy?
The emergence of public IaaS, PaaS, SaaS and serverless technologies forces I&O professional to reassess and recalibrate their role in the organization. This session covers Gartner's outlook on cloud management, brokering, governance and skill changes for I&O personnel.
The migration of data to the cloud is now being joined by the migration of data to the edge which is being driven by the emergence of IoT and sensors. Enterprises need to keep moving centrally consumed data and applications to the cloud but at the same time need to address the need to consume locally relevant data right where it is generated. Enterprises involved in a digital transformation strategy need to learn to adopt a new level of data consumption dexterity.
What are enterprises doing to insure data center and cloud strategies are aligned, and what is the end game?
In this session, we will explore use cases and case studies on how to innovate your storage by selecting innovating approaches in either public or hybrid cloud storage.
I&O leaders are under pressure to support business growth, deliver competitive differentiation and minimize ongoing costs. Delivery of nonresilient infrastructure must be carefully scrutinized to avoid negative cost implications in the medium to long-term. This session will explain that resilience needs to be a key part of infrastructure delivery planning, but devising a pragmatic approach is key to ensuring success in a bimodal, cloud-embracing environment.