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  • Smart Licensing: What Is It and What Impact Does It Have on Your Business?
    Smart Licensing: What Is It and What Impact Does It Have on Your Business?
    Bill Coker, VP Hardware; Chris Crotteau, Director Strategic Products; Chris Stone, Portfolio Director, Network Hardware Recorded: Oct 25 2018 43 mins
    Cisco recently began a widespread roll out of their new Smart Licensing system, with mandatory use of this system required from IOS XE version 16.9 and later on the Catalyst 3650, 3850, and Catalyst 9000 series switches. With this major change in licensing enforcement comes a number of questions regarding how this system works and what operational changes may be required to implement Smart Licensing.

    Join this presentation to learn:

    •What is Smart Licensing?
    •How does Smart Licensing work?
    •What are the operational impacts of Smart Licensing?
    •What are the potential business impacts, including financial, of this change?
  • Do You Really Need a New Mainframe?
    Do You Really Need a New Mainframe?
    Mamie Sheen, Mainframe Senior Solutions Advisor; Craig Wilson, Director R&D; Matt Santo, Sr. Dir. Enterprise Systems Recorded: Sep 12 2018 32 mins
    Mainframes hold 70% of the world’s business data. Knowing how to accurately answer this question could save your company millions on unnecessary upgrades. Join our panel of expert mainframe engineers, product managers, and consultants as they cover the following topics:

    •How to negotiate to save now (rather than 3 years from now)
    •Protecting your assets while delaying unnecessary upgrades
    •How to save 75%+ off IBM list prices

    About Curvature: Curvature is the leading independent support provider for IBM zSeries (Mainframe) since 2007 based upon our proprietary call-home solution (REM), engineering depth, training curriculum, and parts density. With over a 30 year history and 200 mainframes under support globally, we’re able to offer a unique and proven strategy for alternative IBM mainframe support.
  • Do You Really Know Your IT Life Cycle?
    Do You Really Know Your IT Life Cycle?
    Patrick Morris, Director Products & Services - Asia-Pacific; Peter McCarthy, Director Global Solutions Design Team Recorded: Jul 25 2018 48 mins
    IT deployment has evolved rapidly over the years, driven by its growing influence as it shifts from being a competitive differentiator to a core strategic asset. In a world where digital transformation and digital disruptors are redefining the status quo across large swaths of industry verticals, IT upgrades are now closely watched by the C-Suite.

    Despite this, many organizations continue to cling to a rigid 3~5 year refresh cycle across their estate, primarily driven by an OEM’s EoL timetable.

    In this 45-minute webinar, Curvature subject matter experts will discuss:
    •Common myths associated with aging HW and access to SW updates
    •When is third party maintenance a good fit? (hint: much earlier than EoL)
    •How to apply a “Fit for Purpose” life cycle to challenge the OEM’s EoL Life cycle

    As the global leader in independent IT support, products and services, Curvature is transforming how companies manage, maintain and upgrade equipment and support for multi-vendor, multinational networks and data centers. At a time of competing IT priorities and digital transformations, companies need to be nimble, efficient and smart in how they invest in IT and business innovation. A strategic partner with more than 15,000 organizations globally, Curvature specializes in delivering 24x7 global technical support, advanced hardware replacement, and complete lifecycle management of networking and data center equipment under one global contract from locations in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit us at www.curvature.com
  • [Ep.17] Ask the Expert: Data Migration and Third Party Maintenance
    [Ep.17] Ask the Expert: Data Migration and Third Party Maintenance
    Chris Crotteau, Director of Strategic Product Development & Glenn Fassett, GM - EMEA, Curvature Recorded: Jun 20 2018 61 mins
    How easy is it to move data?

    Between traditional, on-premises data centers, hosted/collocated data centers, and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) through the large cloud providers, where to store your data and run your business critical applications is now a source of significant complexity in the IT world. Understanding your application set and business needs, then determining where best to run those applications and store their data presents a host of challenges both old and new.

    So where does Third Party Maintenance fit into all of this? Or better yet….what IS Third Party Maintenance?

    Join us for an engaging discussion with Curvature’s IT infrastructure experts to learn:

    •What Third Party Maintenance (TPM) is and how it has become a vital market segment focused first and foremost on the client’s needs
    •How TPM can cost-effectively extend the life of IT assets and align the lifetime of those assets to your application and software lifecycles
    •How TPM can enable you to manage major IT infrastructure transitions in a much more cost effective manner

    About the experts:

    Chris primarily works in the Services department as a Solutions Architect developing technological solutions and strategies for clients. As a technology expert, Chris leads a team of technical engineers to develop new tactics and processes for clients from development to design. Chris was named Employee of the Year in 2005 and 2009.

    Glenn is responsible for the strategic growth and expansion throughout Europe. Previously, Glenn managed Curvature’s international operations and led the company’s entry into Europe in 2002, successfully launching Curvature’s Asia-Pacific division in 2007. Prior to leading this international expansion, Glenn managed enterprise accounts as a distinguished member of Curvature’s U.S. sales organization beginning in 1996.
  • The Adventures of an Accidental Technologist
    The Adventures of an Accidental Technologist
    Elizabeth Austin, CIO, Curvature Recorded: Apr 24 2018 59 mins
    What does the path to a successful career in technology look like?

    Join us as we listen to Elizabeth Austin, Chief Information Officer at Curvature – a leading provider of third party maintenance services - share how she not only ascended to, and thrived in a male-dominated role, but also how technology was not her original goal. She’ll share some of the most important lessons learned in her career thus far, including:

    ·Traversing the path from high-volume manufacturing/distribution to data centers

    ·Tips on how to survive and thrive in a male-dominated work environment

    ·How to be an endless seeker of problem-solving and learning opportunities to fuel career growth

    ·Insights from the SMS-Curvature merger and the evolution of an integrated IT global leader

    ·The “two-way” value of being part of a bigger picture (e.g., Society of Information Management and STEM-related initiatives)

    Please check out Elizabeth's bio on the Curvature website for more info about her background and expertise! https://goo.gl/M2JAH9

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