UPCOMING EVENTS

IT Infrastructure & Operations Management: Chicago

 

Strategies to help IT best align operations and infrastructure management to business needs.

 

September 6, 2018

 

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:

  • Lessons Learned from Running the World’s Largest Data Centers
  • Financial Governance: How to Better Manage Your IT Spend on Infrastructure & Operations
  • Value Propositions. They are Part of Your Infrastructure & Operations Roles and More Useful Than You Might Think
  • Architecture, Infrastructure & Agility To Support Digital Business Initiatives
  • How to Design and Deploy SD-WAN in Your Network
  • Metrics That Matter: Focusing On Key Metrics For Enterprise Efficiency
  • Creating Balance: IT Operations & Cost Optimization Strategies (Panel Discussion)

 

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-9:50am: Digitization and The Future of Data Center Operations – How Organizations Must Prepare


Tony DeSpirito, Vice President / General Manager – Operation Services, Schneider Electric

 

With experience operating data centers around the world, including some of the largest and most sophisticated, Schneider Electric has helped clients address many challenges in managing their critical environments. 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?

 


DeSpirito


9:50am -10:20am: Refreshment Break


10:20am-11:10am: The App Economy, IT Transformation, & the Implications of DevOps

 

Ed Soo Hoo, Data Center Alliances, Lenovo

 

Digital transformation, Consumerization of the Cloud, and the App Economy are forcing foundational changes in how IT approaches the business. Ed Soo Hoo will discuss, the transformation changes needed of IT and how enterprises are enabling their communities of developers to be more agile in delivering software capabilities which link them more closely to their customers, make their employees more efficient, and better leverage their suppliers and key business partners.

 


Soo Hoo


11:10am-12:00pm: Value Propositions. They are Part of Your Infrastructure & Operations Roles and More Useful Than You Might Think

 

Mary Stevens Director IT Infrastructure University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign

 

Traditionally, IT has been seen as a cost center for organizations. When an IT organization wants to move to be perceived as a partner in the success of the business, IT leaders need to be able to create and promote value propositions. This talk highlights what value propositions are, why you should care about them, when you should use them and the 4 key components of a value proposition.

 


Stevens


12:00pm – 1:00pm Luncheon


1:00pm-1:50pm: Architecture, Infrastructure & Agility To Support Digital Business Initiatives

 

 

To succeed in the digital era, I&O leaders must start rethinking the technology architecture, processes and people required for next-generation workloads, including IoT.

 

Areas that will be covered include:

  • Developing a blueprint to support digital business initiatives
  • The role of containers and microservices
  • Hybrid and Bimodal IT
  • How software-defined infrastructure can help

 

 


1:50pm-2:40pm; SD-WAN: A Primer in Design, Decision and Implementation

 

Patrick Vellender, Director, Global Networks, Kellogg Company

 

Curious about SD-WAN? Want to dip your toe in the water, but not sure how or where to start? Hear about Kellogg’s experience from RFI to implementation. You’ll hear how we designed our global solution as well as our decision-making processes around solution selection, transport provider selection and operating model design. Take advantage of our lessons learned so that you are confident to swim in the deep end of the pool.

 

 


Vellender


2:40pm – 3:10pm: Refreshment Break


3:10pm-4:00pm: Metrics That Matter: Focusing On Key Metrics For Enterprise Efficiency

 

Moderator:
Tom Flaherty, Area VP, Arista Networks
Panelists:
Joe Johnson, Director of IT, ServerCentral
Adam Shake, Supervisor, Application Support, Country Financial
Eric Stenstrom, Director of IT, MEADE
and other executives from IT departments

 

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.

 

          
Shake         Johnson       Stenstrom


4:00pm-5:00pm: Creating Balance: IT Operations & Cost Optimization Strategies (Panel Discussion)

 

Panelists:
Lori Powers, SVP, Global IT Operations & Service Management, CNA Insurance
Jim Unander, MBA, PMP, Senior Director – Information Technology,  Million Dollar Round Table
William Hester, Director – Information Technology, Dwyer
Ronald Wan, Vice President, IT Operations, Empire Today LLC
Steve Gilliom, Vice President of IT, PHD, Inc.
Joe Meadors, Vice President of Information Systems, Gaylor Electric, Inc.
and other executives from IT departments

 

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

 

          
Powers     Unander     Hester


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

Zerto