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Cloud – the top issues right now

Cloud adoption is maturing, digital transformation strategies abound, but can you overcome the obstacles to a successful deployment?

Fresh research by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and BT has revealed the common factors that could hamper your success.

Almost all organisations have cloud-enabled digital transformation plans but IT teams say execution is difficult due to lack of in-house skills, budget and partner support.

David Simpkins sits down with Alex Hilton, CEO, CIF to review the research and pick out the key trends, issues and solutions that will help you.

Watch our webinar to get a fresh perspective and see how your cloud journey compares.

This webinar was recorded ahead of the Coronavirus becoming a pandemic.

If your organisation is being affected or you have any questions about cloud or business continuity, please reach out to us. Whether it’s practical help or reassurance, we’re here for you.
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  • The journey to private cloud: a best practice approach Mar 11 2021 3:00 pm UTC 30 mins
    Experts from BT and VMware
    Moving to private cloud as part of your hybrid cloud strategy is the first step in your journey to experiencing the agility of cloud without losing the strict security and governance you’ve been used to. But why is it so important and what’s the best practice for making the move? And how do you make sure you’re getting the most from your Managed Service Provider as you navigate the change?

    Join experts from BT and VMware for a virtual webinar that is designed to help you develop a best practice approach to private cloud.

    Speakers:
    - Dave Funnell, Senior manager, Cloud provider business, VMware
    - David Simpkins, Senior manager, Hybrid cloud managed services, BT
    - Maurice Nettesheim, Head of cloud compute and shared service portfolio, BT
    - Sujoy Mukherjee, Head of portfolio, Private compute, BT (host)
  • How to create a connected, secure office, ready for your return Mar 4 2021 3:00 pm UTC 30 mins
    Experts from BT and Cisco
    Is your office ready for the future? As the new workplace emerges, you’ll need to combine more agile remote and home working with a safer approach for those returning to the corporate space. All with inherent flexibility to deal with whatever happens next. Join BT and Cisco to explore how you can make this happen:
    - connecting your teams, no matter where they are working
    - creating resilience through a more responsive infrastructure
    - securing your new world approach
    - the questions you need to be asking to ensure you’re making the right infrastructure choices to support this.

    Speakers:
    - Dr Nicola Millard, Principal innovation partner at BT
    - Dom Elliot, Segment leader service provider EMEAR at Cisco
    - Rehana Smith, Senior manager, Edge Solutions at BT
  • The multi-cloud imperative: a best practice approach Recorded: Feb 18 2021 20 mins
    Experts from BT and Dell Technologies
    Are you in the process of moving to multi-cloud?
    It’s vital you don’t waste time or money on the wrong decisions. To help you plan your strategy, you need to understand the real-world challenges and opportunities that multi-cloud presents, so that your whole business can move forward with confidence.

    In our virtual roundtable, together with Dell Technologies, we’ll explore:
    • the true reality of multi-cloud: not just the theory
    • what you need to consider when designing your strategy end-to-end
    • what hurdles to expect, and how to overcome them
    • what outcomes you could expect as a result.

    Speakers:
    • David Simpkins, Senior manager, Hybrid cloud managed services, BT
    • Sujoy Mukherjee, Product manager, Private cloud, BT
    • Ian Heath, Director, EMEA service providers, Dell Technologies
  • Is the clock ticking for you to move to a virtualised data centre? Recorded: Feb 16 2021 24 mins
    Experts from BT and Equinix
    With legacy infrastructure approaching end-of-life, and predictions that 80% of enterprises will migrate entirely away from on-premises data centres by 2025, you’re most likely already starting to put in place the steps to ensure a smooth transition.
    But what’s the best approach to moving to a virtualised data centre, and how can interconnectivity help make this journey simpler for you?

    In our webinar, together with Equinix, we explore the big questions:
    • How do I approach the challenge of legacy infrastructure?
    • How can interconnectivity help me as I migrate to the cloud, and why is it so important?
    • How do I ensure security, compliance, and governance in my new environment?
    • What will my business be able to do differently, or even better as a result, and what can I learn from other companies who have already made the move?

    Speakers:
    • Adrian Comley, Senior Manager, Managed Network Services, BT
    • Simon Walker, Senior Manager, Cloud Networking Solutions, BT
    • Angie Jackson, Senior Manager DYNS Technical and Service Design, BT
    • Brenden Rawle, Director of Interconnection, EMEA, Equinix
  • 5 key considerations when choosing a cloud managed service provider Recorded: Jan 19 2021 29 mins
    Experts from BT and VMware
    The decisions you take now about your cloud strategy will undoubtably impact your business in the future. So, how do you know you’re making the best choices? It all starts with picking the right managed service provider.

    In our webinar, together with VMware, we explore:
    • the value of a managed service provider in delivering a hybrid cloud strategy
    • the top 5 most important considerations when working with a managed service provider
    • the criteria you need to make a fair evaluation.

    Join us and partner VMWare to learn how we are using our experience and expertise to get it right for customers. Reshape your infrastructure today.

    Speakers:
    • Dave Funnell, Senior manager, Cloud provider business, VMware
    • David Simpkins, General manager, managed services and public cloud, BT
    • Sujoy Mukherjee, Product manager, Private cloud, BT
    • Maurice Nettesheim, Head of cloud compute and shared service portfolio, BT
  • Why SD-WAN is crucial to realising the benefits of cloud Recorded: Dec 15 2020 28 mins
    Infrastructure experts from BT and VMWare
    Great cloud experiences can be yours if you get the building blocks of your infrastructure, SD-WAN and security right. We’d like to share with you how we’ve done it. Spend some time with us as we examine each of these key pillars in our webinar. We’ll be looking at different types of internet connectivity, the role of cloud gateways and the importance of SASE to your solution.

    Scott Cowling, who leads our Global infrastructure portfolio will be joined by Sanjay Uppal (SVP & GM VMWare and founder of VeloCloud), Anne-Gaelle Santos (Head of BTs SD-WAN portfolio), and Paul Graham (Head of infrastructure, BT’s CTO team). Together we’ll share insight on how to choose the right core components and make those choices work for your business.
  • How to shape your data centre for the new normal Recorded: Nov 24 2020 21 mins
    Data centre experts from BT and Cisco
    The new normal has accelerated the pace of change. Digital transformation means that your existing data centre needs to deliver more.

    In the next webinar of our 'Shape the future of infrastructure' series, we’ll explore:
    •how to implement new technology in private data centres
    •how to get cloud-like agility within your data centre
    •the features of Cisco ACI and what it delivers.

    Our data centre optimisation portfolio expert, Charles Greenaway, will be joined by Louise O’Neil, head of new customer sales and Gareth Furse, an account manager in solutions SP sales from Cisco to offer their views on the options available to you.

    Speakers:
    •Jonathan Sumner, Head of marketing, Network, Cloud & Consultancy, BT
    •Louise O’Neill, Director, Banking & Financial Services, BT
    •Charles Greenaway, Customer CTO, BT
    •Gareth Furse, Service creation & portfolio manager, Enterprise networking, Cisco
  • Go-China Cloud Network Acceleration Recorded: Oct 6 2020 34 mins
    David Simpkins, General manager, BT Compute; and Chris Potts, Alliance director, Alibaba Cloud Europe
    As cloud computing has become mainstream, organisations are finding their traditional management infrastructure and capabilities may not be fit for purpose. Businesses are looking to outsource the management of cloud services.

    Alibaba our latest cloud partner will help global MNC customers expand their operations into China, and also assist our Chinese customers expand their operations across the globe.
  • How to shape your network for the new normal Recorded: Oct 1 2020 27 mins
    Experts from BT - Scott Cowling, Tausif Awan, Jen Artley, & Bola Robiti, software development research director, CCS Insight
    The new normal has accelerated the pace of change. Digital transformation plans have had to move forward by months and even years.

    As you shape the future of your organisation, you need to build a network infrastructure which can match it.

    In the first webinar of our ‘Shape the future of infrastructure’ series, we’ll explore some recent research that shows how global organisations are shaping their infrastructure to meet ‘new normal’ demands.

    We’ll also look at how our customers are searching for much more than the latest technology to create the right shape network to support their future.

    Scott Cowling, who leads on our network portfolio, will be joined by Tausif Awan, head of our specialist organization, Jen Artley, our sales MD and Bola Robiti, software development research director from CCS Insight.
  • A new cloud security strategy for a new normal Recorded: Aug 13 2020 29 mins
    BT cloud security experts
    Your cloud security strategy will have changed over the last 6 months. You will have reacted at pace to the pandemic so now’s the time to pause and re-assess for the future.

    Join us as we explore the trends and topics shaping the future of cloud security. You will also get a unique insight into how our own cloud security strategy has evolved over the last few months. We will share with you how our approach has changed and what the future looks like for us.

    Speakers:
    o Phil Packman, CISO, BT
    o David Stark, Director Security Portfolio, BT
    o Michael Wolkowicz, US Sales Director, BT
    o Michala Hart, UK Sales Director, BT (Moderator)
  • Cloud – the top issues right now Recorded: Mar 31 2020 30 mins
    David Simpkins, GM, Managed Services and Public Cloud, BT; and Alex Hilton, CEO, Cloud Industry Forum
    Cloud adoption is maturing, digital transformation strategies abound, but can you overcome the obstacles to a successful deployment?

    Fresh research by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and BT has revealed the common factors that could hamper your success.

    Almost all organisations have cloud-enabled digital transformation plans but IT teams say execution is difficult due to lack of in-house skills, budget and partner support.

    David Simpkins sits down with Alex Hilton, CEO, CIF to review the research and pick out the key trends, issues and solutions that will help you.

    Watch our webinar to get a fresh perspective and see how your cloud journey compares.

    This webinar was recorded ahead of the Coronavirus becoming a pandemic.

    If your organisation is being affected or you have any questions about cloud or business continuity, please reach out to us. Whether it’s practical help or reassurance, we’re here for you.
  • Cloud masterclass: Successfully make the business case for cloud Recorded: Dec 10 2019 25 mins
    David Simpkins and Simon Walker from BT, and David Kress from Cloudreach
    While cloud adoption is mainstream, and accelerating, many organisations have struggled to gain the cost efficiencies and benefits they anticipated with their investments.

    Some businesses have moved quickly and migrated easier applications to the cloud, but when it comes to enterprise workload migration, most are failing to apply a much-needed quantitative or qualitative fact-based approach.

    According to Gartner, through 2020, 80% of organizations will overshoot their cloud IaaS budgets due to a lack of cost optimization approaches.*

    If you’re worried that your cloud spend is out of control, join our webinar. We look at how the leading cloud adopters have successfully met their cloud business case, and how they’ve kept their stakeholders on board along the way.

    Join our experts as they share their top tips on how to achieve a winning cloud business case.

    *Gartner, How to Identify Solutions for Managing Costs in Public Cloud IaaS, Brandon Medford, Craig Lowery, 19 August 2019
  • Top tips for deploying an Azure Network Recorded: Oct 7 2019 17 mins
    Ann Wood, Angie Jackson, & Simon Walker from BT, & Lucas Searle, EMEA Azure Advanced Networking Specialist Manager, Microsoft
    The cloud offers the promise of agility, scalability and cost benefits. You can spin up space in minutes, something which used to take weeks. But networking is complex. Just because it’s in the cloud doesn’t make it easier.

    In the same way you’d look for support to manage your network services, it has become just as important to find ways of managing the complexity of cloud network services.

    In our webinar, we cover some of the exciting new developments in Azure networking and show you how straightforward it is to hand over the management of your cloud network services.

    We give tips on:
    - what is now possible with Azure networking and how to make it work for you
    - other considerations, including security and your wider cloud and network services
    - how to take advantage of experience-led service and commercial models for cloud networking
    - our views on the future of cloud networking
  • Cloud adoption challenges and how to overcome them Recorded: Aug 28 2019 10 mins
    David Simpkins, Simon Walker, Meeta Aurora, and Mirko Florindo from BT
    The acceleration in cloud adoption shows no signs of slowing down. Cloud is at the heart of digital transformation and its benefits are ones that organisations recognise as being not only vital to survive, but also integral to their ability to thrive.

    Promises of increased agility and reduced costs are impossible to ignore, but so are concerns over non-compliance and increased risks.

    Our experts share their insights and experience on the cloud questions that are top of mind for multinational organisations. Find out what’s happening in the cloud market and get expert perspectives on how to make the most of the cloud while minimising the risk.
  • How our partnership with Cloudreach can help you Recorded: Aug 28 2019 2 mins
    David Simpkins, General manager, managed services and public cloud, BT
    As more and more businesses try to exploit the benefits of the cloud, more challenges are being discovered. Moving to the cloud is critical to digital transformation as it delivers an IT infrastructure with the speed, agility, and pace of innovation needed in today’s fast-evolving markets. But for a successful cloud transformation, you need a holistic view of your entire network, as well as the expertise and experience to make it work together seamlessly.

    Our partnership with cloud service provider, Cloudreach, offers multinational organisations the right cloud-managed services to make their cloud move with confidence.

    Watch our video to discover how, together with Cloudreach, we leverage each other’s strengths to reduce the risk and maximise the business value of the cloud.
  • Cloud masterclass: delivering hybrid cloud successfully and at scale Recorded: Jul 9 2019 31 mins
    David Simpkins, Simon Walker, and Ryan Greer
    A cloud-only approach can present problems that we’ve discussed in earlier webinars. And it’s these problems that are driving most global organisations towards a hybrid cloud strategy. But how do you deliver successfully on that approach at scale?

    As cloud solutions prove their reliability, security and deliver on their cost advantages, the rate of migration will only continue to increase. But not all workloads can migrate to the cloud. Some legacy services are restricted because of technology, regulation or security. And there’s the burden of proof that the cloud has transformed costs.

    86% of customers with workloads in public cloud by 2020 will be multi cloud (1)
    80% will overshoot cloud budgets due to lack of cost optimisation by 2020 (2)

    How do you get visibility across your private and public cloud estate and manage both effectively? Which workloads will migrate and which won’t? And once you have workloads in the cloud, how can you optimise costs to deliver against your business plan?

    These are the questions we explored with a team of experts on private and public cloud migration services in our webinar. They shared what they had learnt from tackling these challenges with large multinational organisations.

    Speakers:
    - David Simpkins, General manager, managed services and public cloud, BT
    - Simon Walker, Product management, BT
    - Ryan Greer, Partnership sales, Cloudreach

    (1) Forecast: Cloud Consulting and Implementation Services, Worldwide, 2017-2022 May 2018, Gartner
    (2) How to Identify Solutions for Managing Costs in Public Cloud IaaS” - Gartner, January 2018
  • Cloud masterclass: mastering multi-cloud management Recorded: Apr 30 2019 32 mins
    David Simpkins, Simon Walker, and Dushan Ratnam
    In this masterclass, we explore how best to manage your multi-cloud environment and achieve business success.

    According to the Cloud Industry Forum:
    - Over 1/3 of organisations are using at least 3 different cloud providers
    - Over half the organisations believe that their security and regulatory solution for their cloud-based services isn’t as good as it could be

    The worrying conclusion is that it’s getting harder to manage your cloud experience across hybrid (public and private) cloud, and your compliance manager is going to get more demanding!

    This doesn’t just need the right tools, process, or systems, it needs the right people and skills, especially as you grow and scale your cloud.

    Are you getting the best guidance from your service providers to help you succeed?
    Find out more by watching our webinar.

    Speakers:
    David Simpkins- General manager, managed services and public cloud, BT
    Simon Walker- Product management, BT
    Dushan Ratnam- Product management, BT
  • Cloud Masterclass: Why cloud thrives or dies on your infrastructure Recorded: Feb 20 2019 24 mins
    David Simpkins, Anne-Gaëlle Santos, and Maarten Verhaegh from BT
    Cloud adoption is mainstream, but accelerating.

    Recent research from the Cloud Industry Forum found that nine in ten organisations (89%) currently use cloud-based services and the vast majority (85)% expect to increase their usage over the next 12 months.

    So, it’s a good time to explore the potential challenges, risks and rewards of multi-cloud adoption, so you can identify how to best exploit the benefits, while also avoiding the pitfalls.

    In an earlier webinar, we highlighted 3 common challenges that organisations face with multi-cloud adoption:
    - traditional infrastructure not supporting cloud transformation
    - complexities of multi-cloud management
    - attraction and retention of the right skills and tools to manage and secure hybrid cloud

    In this live expert panel, we turn our focus on infrastructure and explore in more detail why cloud networking in particular is so critical to your cloud strategy.

    Join our experts as they share their in-depth experience and learning and get some valuable tips on how to get your multi-cloud strategy in good shape.

    Speakers:
    David Simpkins – general manager, managed services and public cloud, BT
    Anne-Gaëlle Santos - head of dynamic network services, BT
    Maarten Verhaegh - head of cloud strategic alliances, BT
  • Expert panel: How to Secure your Business from Network to Cloud Recorded: Jan 23 2019 29 mins
    Rob Daniels, GM, security portfolio strategy & propositions, & David Simpkins, GM, managed services & public cloud
    You’re under immense pressure for digital transformation. Moving to the cloud presents new possibilities: but the security of your data and apps is critical. It’s not all plain sailing because the cloud requires a fundamentally different approach to security. If you dig your heels in, you’ll find that Shadow IT increases and people will circumvent you. It’s also increasingly difficult to keep an eye on your entire network, so you’ll need to continually reassess where you’re most exposed.

    In this webinar, live from the studio, you’ll discover how to:
    - Create a security strategy that works as an enabler to support your cloud migration, not a separate work stream or standalone function
    - Take steps to protect your new cloud infrastructure as well as your legacy network
    - Avoid certain pitfalls when it comes to cloud migration that could open up new vulnerabilities and threats
  • Cloud migration: two paths to avoid Recorded: Oct 24 2018 31 mins
    David Simpkins, Elena Christodoulou and Dushan Ratnam from BT
    We regularly see two main paths being taken when organisations decide to roll out a cloud project – and either can lead to all kinds of problems.

    Often, we hear “everything must be cloud first”, but at the other end of the scale, there are organisations letting business units do their own thing. Each approach can negatively affect the success and benefits cloud has to offer.

    We can help you navigate the potential storms quicker and more easily. Hear from our cloud experts about some of the best practice in successful multi-cloud projects. Learn how to become more agile and innovative, whilst reducing your costs. It’s never too late to get your cloud journey on the right track.

    Join David Simpkins, General manager, managed services and public cloud, BT; Elena Christodoulou, Director, global strategic alliances, BT; and Dushan Ratnam, Senior product manager, BT, on 24 October,2018.
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We can help you move to the cloud, make collaboration a key part of your culture, consolidate your IT, transform your customer service and simplify your network. And we’ll do all this with security built-in, not bolted on.

We can help you balance the right combination of public cloud, IT or application requirements for your business. We’ll connect your sites, people and customers to secure, scalable cloud services that provide a great experience for everyone who relies on them, while protecting the data that flows around your business with a private cloud.

• We offer private cloud services that cover everything from co-location to storage. We do this through our 48 state-of-the-art data centres
• We provide public cloud services through our global partnerships with Microsoft and Amazon and support these with our managed services
• And, in the last four years, we’ve won 16 industry awards for our innovation in cloud services.

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