UPCOMING EVENTS

IT Infrastructure / Operations Management (Data Center) Strategies

 

Strategies and tactics to help make the crucial decisions regarding data center efficiencies and modernization.

 

May 16, 2019

 

9:00am-5:00pm

 

7 CPE / 0.7 CEU / CISSP / 7 PDU Credits Awarded

 

Conference location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont (O’Hare) Illinois

  

      


Overview

 

IT departments are facing greater pressure make better use of their existing resources to help move the business forward. In this one day conference attendees will learn how to make sure their Infrastructure and Operations organizations are operating optimally.


What You Will Learn

 

In this one day conference attendees will learn:

  • Digitization and The Future of Data Center Operations – How Organizations Must Prepare
  • Financial Governance (FinOps): How to Better Manage Your IT Spend on Infrastructure & Operations
  • A Pragmatic Approach to Data Center Modernization
  • Metrics That Matter: Focusing On Key Metrics For Enterprise Efficiency
  • 21st Century Data Center- Hybrid Cloud Computing: What Should Your Strategy Be?
  • Creating Balance: IT Operations & Cost Optimization Strategies

 

Conference Price: $289.00 per person

 

Each attendee will receive a certificate awarding 7 CPE credits for CISSP continuing education, in addition to 0.7 CEUs and 7 PDUs. CISSP is a registered certification mark of (ISC)², Inc.


Conference Program


8:00am – 9:00am: Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:00am-10:00am: Digitization and The Future of Data Center Operations – How Organizations Must Prepare

 

Luciano Aprile, Director Data Center Operations Solutions, Schneider Electric

 

 

 

This session offers solutions to common challenges and covers the competencies, best practices, and technology needed to ensure data center reliability, efficiency, and cost optimization. Also covered is the future of data center operations. With digitization driving the move toward a “lights out” environment, how should enterprises prepare and how will they benefit?

 

 


10:00am -10:30am: Refreshment Break


10:30am-11:30am: Financial Governance (FinOps): How to Better Manage Your IT Spend on Infrastructure & Operations

 

 

As businesses continue to adopt the technology key to increased productivity and revenue growth, costs creep up when no one is managing subscriptions or IT spend. So how do you give your team what they need to do their jobs, without spending thousands of dollars on things they don’t need? That’s where FinOps comes in – finding and eliminating waste, leveraging the cloud to reduce costs, designing for cost reduction, and implementing governance policies and rules.

  • Calculating your cloud expenditures
  • Determining your resource budget
  • Deciding what integrated FinOps toolsets work for you

 


11:30am-12:30pm: Rethinking the Wide Area Network – Modernizing Network Architecture for the Edge, Hybrid Cloud and SD WAN

 

Brian Cade, Sr. Solutions Architect, Digital Realty

 

The IT industry is currently undergoing a renaissance with respect to new networking technologies. Software and hardware are converging opening up a breadth of new options and features to enterprises. These enterprises are no longer limited to the routing capabilities and complexities of BGP. Technologies like SD WAN enable IT organizations to reduce their spend and increase application performance across the WAN. New carrier disruptors are driving down WAN pricing and combined with SD WAN are making distributed networking, aka the Edge, more cost effective. These Edge deployments can benefit organizations by putting end users closer to compute and cloud resources. This increases application and end user performance, enables multi-cloud connectivity and reduces costs. The Data Center provides the foundational platform to enable the Cloud, the Core and the Edge.

 

 

In this session your will learn:

-Demystify SD WAN and where it fits with your current network.
-What is a distributed architecture and what technologies are available to deploy it.
-What is the Edge and where does it sit.
-How this enables a Hybrid Multi-Cloud strategy.

 

 


12:30pm – 1:30pm Luncheon


1:30pm-2:20pm: Metrics That Matter: Focusing On Key Metrics For Enterprise Efficiency

 

Panelists will feature:

Steven Pucci, Senior Manager – Platform Operations, United Airlines
John P. Brooks, CDCDP , Director, Data Center, Server Services & Cloud Automation, Walgreen Co.
And other IT Infrastructure & Operations Executives

 

There are 100’s of vanity metrics, buzzwords and KPI’s. However, KPI’s are only valuable if they can provide insight and drive improved execution and satisfaction. IT departments are always constrained by costs and constant struggle with balancing urgency and importance in incidents and service requests.

 

In this session, enterprise IT organizations will share with metrics the value when measuring the performance of the Infrastructure & IT Operations.

 

 


 

2:30pm – 3:00pm: Refreshment Break


3:00pm-4:00pm: 21st Century Data Center- Hybrid Cloud Computing: What Should Your Strategy Be?

 

 

Since 2008, there has been this veil of mystery around cloud. With mystery came doubt and assumptions. The reality is cloud is nothing more than compute, storage, and network in someone else’s data center. Too often when new terms or buzzwords are thrown about, there is a race of early adopters who grab on to the vision, or attempt to deploy the strategy, while the rest of us sit back to watch and learn. Cloud is one of those terms, ideas, concepts, solutions. The problem is, when talking about the “next generation” data center or the 21st century data center, it is important to take a holistic view of this project or initiative. Believe it or not, this session is not about reasons why you should abandon ship and send everything to the cloud, quite the contrary. We will look at trends in the market, technologies being adopted, and how your peers are leveraging both an on premise and off premise architecture. Today IT must be more agile, and the solutions it offers need to be efficient with built in resiliency or redundancy in order to avoid the spread of shadow IT, one of the threats the business faces on a daily basis.

 

In this session you will learn:

  • What defines a 21st century data center?
  • How to manage this critical initiative?
  • What is hybrid cloud and what are your options?”
  • Building a business case to gain executive commitment

 


4:00pm-5:00pm: Creating Balance: IT Operations & Cost Optimization Strategies

 

Panelists will include:
Ron Versetto, Executive Director of Information Technology, University of Illinois at Chicago and other IT Infrastructure & Operations Executives

 

Organizations are constantly looking to improve the cost-efficiency of IT; yet in the age of digital business, cost optimization takes on new dimensions. How do you design a cost optimization program that supports the goals of the business?

 

In this session, attendees will learn from seasoned IT executives as to how they are designing business focused cost-optimization programs.

 

Areas of discussion will include:

  • Cloud and SaaS Economics
  • Balancing short- and long-term cost optimization efforts
  • Renegotiation of Contracts
  • Reallocating savings to business driven initiatives
  • How to leverage this exercise to drive greater partnership with the business

 

 


Conference Price: $289.00 per person

 

Each attendee will receive a certificate awarding 7 CPE credits for CISSP continuing education, in addition to 0.7 CEUs and 7 PDUs. CISSP is a registered certification mark of (ISC)², Inc.

 

Exhibits

As is always the case at CAMP IT Conferences events, the talks will not include product presentations.  During the continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and the luncheon break you will have the opportunity to informally meet representatives from the following sponsoring companies, who have solutions in the area of the conference.


CONFERENCE CO-SPONSORS