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Cloud Industry State of the Nation 2020: Where Are We?

The 2020 Cloud Computing Survey from IDG has found that 32 per cent of respondents’ organizations’ budgets are being spent on cloud computing - and that an incredible 59 per cent said their organizations would be mostly or all in the cloud within 18 months. With the steep rise of adoption seeing cloud continue to take a great leap forward, it’s time to assess the state of the cloud nation.

Join this panel of cloud and IaaS experts as they discuss the impact of cloud growth on not just the IT team - but the business as a whole. Topics of discussion will include:

- As cloud is evolving, is multi-cloud the future?
- How connecting and combining with other services in the cloud techscape can meet an unlimited number of application and data needs
- How ‘cloud is the answer’ as we enter challenging economic times prompted by COVID-19
- How cloud is calling for the addition of new cloud roles and functions, and the need to reskill IT for the cloud

Speakers:
Jo Peterson, Vice President Cloud Services, Clarify360 (Moderator)
Matthew Wallace, CTO, Faction
Uri Zilberstein, Director of Partnerships Gigaspaces Technologies
John Gentry, CTO, Virtana
Mark Thiele, CEO & Founder, Edgevana Inc
Recorded Sep 17 2020 61 mins
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    Steven Woodward, Founder, Cloud Perspectives
    Part of every technology innovation roadmap seems to include People – Process – Technology
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    Steven will discuss the DevSecOps and Cloud2.0 opportunities, the cultural challenges and how EA can “ease the pain” and reduce risk. Many EA frameworks share common elements that are widely recognized as foundational pieces of information.

    Various updates will be shared from Steven’s work with various international and regional standards
    groups. Real-life examples will be used to provide context, highlighting the value-proposition for EA
    today and into the future.

    Finally, Steven will explore how EA frameworks and standards will help drive the desired culture changes for DevSecOps and future distributed Information Technology (IT) services of the future.
  • Moving to the Cloud: will customers care, follow and pay for it? Dec 10 2020 6:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Luke Smaul, Founding Partner, Chakra
    90% of digital transformations fail. The digital transformation market was estimated to be worth $336.1B in 2020. That means close to $300B invested in Digital Transformation showed no ROI. In our experience, at least 25% of a digital transformation budget goes toward third-party SaaS or Cloud costs. That means companies in 2020 spent upward of $75B on SaaS or Cloud costs that showed no ROI.

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    Putting your digital transformation in a context that your customers care about.
    Developing a cloud roadmap based on iterative customer feedback.
    How to turn your cloud strategy from a cost-saver to a revenue generator
  • Securing DevOps at Scale Dec 10 2020 9:00 am UTC 60 mins
    Tom Kranz, Cyber Security Consultant
    Delivering infrastructure and applications at scale and speed has never been more important, as business race to be the first to bring new, transformative, user focused services to market.

    Long seen as a blocker to successful DevOps, a lack of security resources, knowledge, and capability is now seen as holding back Enterprise DevOps teams.

    DevSecOps has been positioned as a solution, but with a claimed cyber security skills shortage, how can we really provide the security support and enablement that Enterprise DevOps teams need?

    In this talk, we will discuss:
    - How security teams need to evolve and re-skill to support the Cloud Native needs of Enterprise DevOps.
    - How we already have the skills and capabilities we need to deliver cloud-native, secure services.
    - How to we can save money, time, and pain, by managing security in the same way we manage cloud-native enterprise infrastructure.
  • Surviving New Cloud Cost Management Challenges: Tips, Tricks and Insights Dec 8 2020 4:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Alex Hilton (Moderator), Sean Roberts + more TBD
    Prompted by the pandemic, 2020 saw an accelerated shift to cloud services, with one survey finding that there would be a 59% increase in spend on IT tools due to COVID-19. With this shift came the realization for many that their IT systems and cost management processes simply weren’t up to scratch. In the face of an urgent need to quickly adapt to a changing infrastructure environment - and all the resource, skills and budget management challenges this throws up - many organizations are in need of advice and strategies for overcoming these new hurdles.

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    - Gaining visibility of IT budget sprawl
    - How to overcome a lack of skilled resources for managing IT budgets
    - Where to allocate budget for increased remote working

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    Alex Hilton, Chief Executive, Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) (Moderator)
    Sean Roberts, GM Public Cloud Center of Excellence, Ensono
  • 4 Simple Steps to Help Create & Maintain a Successful Cloud Management Strategy Dec 8 2020 1:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Olivia Adebanjo, Security Architect/Senior Security Consultant, A-Z IT Security
    PLAN – DO – CHECK- ACT…
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    In light of the many benefits associated with the use of cloud services, organisations are keener than ever to jump on the cloud bandwagon.
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    Flexible pricing options
    Easily scalable resources
    Freedom to offload cumbersome IT functions
    Improved collaboration
    Increased user mobility
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    An effective cloud management strategy requires robust security controls at its core; it requires organisations to PLAN, DO, and CHECK; enabling them to ACT in the event of a security breach.
  • Cloud Industry Forum Research: Cloud Adoption and Usage in the UK Nov 19 2020 2:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Alex Hilton, CEO of Cloud Industry Forum and David Terrar, Chairman of Cloud Industry Forum
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    Diana Kelley (Security Curve), Chris Kranz (Sysdig), Mike Giacomett (CloudHealth by VMware) & Mohit Tiwari (Symmetry Systems)
    Multi-cloud’s time has arrived. According to recent surveys, 85% of organizations are working towards, or already working with, a multi-cloud architecture. What are the benefits multi-cloud can bring to your organization, and what do you need to know to ensure success?

    Join this expert panel where cloud leaders from around the globe share insights and tips on how to overcome multi-cloud challenges so that you can reap the benefits - including increased reliability, flexibility and reduced DDoS attacks.

    Points of discussion will include:
    - Knowing which cloud provider is best for your workload
    - How to navigate increased operational complexity, including standardization
    - Understanding complicated cost models and billing
    - Managing and implementing additional security and governance

    Speakers:
    Diana Kelley, Partner, Security Curve
    Chris Kranz, EMEA SE Manager, Sysdig
    Mike Giacometti, Senior Product Manager, CloudHealth by VMware
    Mohit Tiwari, CEO and Co-Founder of Symmetry Systems
  • Cloud Industry State of the Nation 2020: Where Are We? Recorded: Sep 17 2020 61 mins
    Jo Peterson, Matthew Wallace, Uri Zilberstein, John Gentry & Mark Thiele
    The 2020 Cloud Computing Survey from IDG has found that 32 per cent of respondents’ organizations’ budgets are being spent on cloud computing - and that an incredible 59 per cent said their organizations would be mostly or all in the cloud within 18 months. With the steep rise of adoption seeing cloud continue to take a great leap forward, it’s time to assess the state of the cloud nation.

    Join this panel of cloud and IaaS experts as they discuss the impact of cloud growth on not just the IT team - but the business as a whole. Topics of discussion will include:

    - As cloud is evolving, is multi-cloud the future?
    - How connecting and combining with other services in the cloud techscape can meet an unlimited number of application and data needs
    - How ‘cloud is the answer’ as we enter challenging economic times prompted by COVID-19
    - How cloud is calling for the addition of new cloud roles and functions, and the need to reskill IT for the cloud

    Speakers:
    Jo Peterson, Vice President Cloud Services, Clarify360 (Moderator)
    Matthew Wallace, CTO, Faction
    Uri Zilberstein, Director of Partnerships Gigaspaces Technologies
    John Gentry, CTO, Virtana
    Mark Thiele, CEO & Founder, Edgevana Inc
  • [Panel] Implementing AI in Enterprise Infrastructure and Cloud Recorded: Sep 17 2020 49 mins
    Frost and Sullivan | iSpeak Cloud | Dito | Flexential | NTT
    According to Tech Beacon, over the next 18 to 24 months, AIOps will
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    From managing cloud costs to safeguarding the cloud, ensuring compliance, and incorporating intelligent operations, AI will revolutionize infrastructure and reduce TCO in the enterprise.

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    Moderated by Melanie Turek - VP of Research, Frost and Sullivan
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    Faizan Seedat, Sr. Cloud Architect, Dito
    Jason Carolan, Chief Innovation Officer, Flexential
    John F. Polmonari Jr., Director, Service Platform, DevOps & Innovation, Americas, NTT
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    David Goldman, CEO, Cornax Cloud Alliance & Bill Franklin, Sr. Director of Cloud Engineering, Cornax Cloud Alliance
    The New Paradigm in leveraging Cloud Services to solve Business Outcomes comes with inherent Risk and Disruption. This panel of Cloud IaaS experts will discuss the tools and services that help IT Leaders to navigate this disruption and minimize the risk.

    Topics of discussion will include:
    - Options around public cloud, private cloud and data centers
    - Optimization of cloud from a cost, performance and risk perspective
    - Technology that facilitates optimal solutions for each use case
    - Comparative matrixes for cloud solutions
  • CI/CD Pipelines for DevSecOps with Hybrid Cloud Recorded: Sep 16 2020 59 mins
    Mike Fraser, Co-founder, CEO and Chief Architect, Refactr
    Leveraging CI / CD pipelines, enterprises want to be able to automate in a hybrid world, with some on-premise and public cloud automation. Both enterprise and Department of Defense tech teams are facing a huge challenge as more and more IT infrastructure is moved to the cloud and made fully automated.

    The days of manual deployments of infrastructure are ending fast, and IT teams need automation tools to move to the modernization of IT becoming code including infrastructure and security. The key is to have the flexibility to have developers be able to wear the DevOps engineer hat with a platform they can use to create CI / CD pipelines.

    The CI/CD pipelines can easily use DevOps tools to create integrations into ticketing systems, run security remediation playbooks, deploy Kubernetes with a security benchmark, and even harden on-premise sensors.

    This session will cover:
    · Explain what is DevSecOps
    · Explain CI / CD pipelines
    · CI / CD Pipelines for DevSecOps: How it works
    · Why hybrid CI / CD pipelines are required for Enterprise
    · Real-world use cases of Hybrid Cloud CI / CD Pipelines for DevSecOps
  • Role of Hybrid Cloud in accelerating the adoption of AI in enterprises Recorded: Sep 16 2020 46 mins
    Ramesh Dontha, Managing Partner, Digital Transformation Pro
    Enterprises are accelerating their investments in Artificial Intelligence. Just in the last year, 62% of the enterprises have increased spending on AI (Source: MIT Sloan survey). The majority of these enterprises are in the early stages of AI adoption.

    The most often cited challenges to AI adoption are: (1) Implementation challenges (2) integrating AI into the company’s roles and functions (3) Data issues (privacy, accessibility etc.) (4) Cost of AI technologies/solution development (5) lack of skills (6) Evaluating and measuring business value.

    Hybrid cloud is an ideal way to overcome these challenges and scale up AI efforts by leveraging your existing investments in the infrastructure. Hybrid cloud enables you to integrate your existing processes, increase your organization’s agility, and manage your investments in a measured way, and scale appropriately based on the business results.

    In this webinar, you’ll learn about:
    Challenges faced in AI adoption
    Necessary ingredients for AI
    Characteristics of hybrid cloud that will address these challenges
    Best practices for leveraging hybrid cloud for AI adoption at various stages
    The steps you must take to initiate and scale up Hybrid Cloud for AI
  • Mastering Multi-Cloud Environments Recorded: Sep 16 2020 60 mins
    Jo Peterson, Clarify360 | Álvaro González, TierPoint | Matt Wallace, Faction
    Learn how to master multi-cloud and power your modern architecture.

    The worldwide public cloud services market is forecast to grow 17% in 2020 to total $266.4 billion, up from $227.8 billion in 2019, according to Gartner, Inc. Research from Flexera tells us that 84 percent of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy, with respondents to the Flexera research running applications in a combination of 3.4 public and private clouds and experimenting with 1.5 more for a total of 4.9 clouds.

    Join this panel where industry experts will discuss:

    - Aligning your multi cloud strategy to your organizational strategy
    - Determining internal cloud competency to enable your organization to deploy multi cloud environments
    - Designing complexity into your strategy
    - Factoring in appropriate security to the equation
    - Creating a blueprint to determine which workloads belong in which cloud
    - Controlling scope and growth

    Moderator:
    Jo Peterson, Vice President, Cloud & Security Services, Clarify360

    Panelists:
    Álvaro González, AVP of Partner Strategy and Enablement, TierPoint
    Matt Wallace, CTO, Faction
  • Understanding and the building blocks of your hybrid Cloud Strategy Recorded: Sep 16 2020 60 mins
    Fawad Khan, Digital Communities and Social Leader, Microsoft
    Are you just starting to consider Hybrid Cloud Computing and thinking of connecting your on-premises data centers or private Cloud network to the public Cloud? Are you responsible for the overall strategy and execution of your organization's Hybrid Cloud strategy? Then, this session is for you!


    You will learn about:

    The basics of Hybrid Cloud Computing
    Benefits of using the Hybrid Cloud
    Solutions from various top Cloud providers
    Key IT components of the Hybrid Cloud including: Apps, Data, Networking, Identity, Security and Management
    Challenges of the Hybrid Cloud
    Trends of Hybrid Cloud
  • The highs and lows – Choosing Multi-Cloud to deliver Software as a Service Recorded: Sep 15 2020 33 mins
    Robert Beck, CEO, CR-X, Big Data Innovation
    The developer of one of the world’s most popular Customer Experience platforms discusses the tough decisions around cloud delivery. This presentation will introduce you to the “yin and yang” of choosing between dedicated cloud and multi-cloud in delivering multi-tenant platform as a service.

    Join this session to learn:

    · Your organization is probably already multi-cloud without knowing it
    · What do you gain over dedicated single cloud when you are delivering the same application?
    · What’s so good about multi-cloud compared with other alternatives
    · Things to look out for when designing your delivery strategy
  • Revenue Generation and Go-to-Market Partnerships in a Multi-Cloud World Recorded: Sep 15 2020 47 mins
    Leah McLean, Sandhya Gorman, Felipe Conill & Elissa Livingston
    In this chat, we will share how companies can create successful partnerships with the major Cloud Service Providers, and the various go-to-market routes to consider to drive revenue and increase customer adoption. We will discuss the new paradigms that shape how traditional channel partner models interact with AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform – and the trends impacting change across the ecosystem.

    During this webinar session, gain a better understanding of the following:
    -The key trends in cloud, software and services, driving a new go-to-market approach.
    -How can partners leverage Cloud Service Provider programs and build relationships and sales strategies via the cloud marketplaces.
    -How companies develop joint revenue opportunities with the Cloud Service Provider sales and technical teams.

    Speakers:
    Leah McLean, Founder, Multi-Cloud Leadership Alliance
    Sandhya Gorman, Founder, Multi-Cloud Leadership Alliance
    Felipe Conill, Vice President of Channel and Alliances, AppGate
    Elissa Livingston, Senior Vice President, Growth & Strategy, CloudCheckr
  • Every cloud has a silver lining: Which provider is best for you? Recorded: Sep 15 2020 53 mins
    Jakub Pawlowski, Enterprise Cloud Architect and CEO, Volentus Ltd
    Cloud initially was only about storage and compute but the choice of a cloud provider is no longer about who can give you such resources cheaper and in the most reliable way. We’re entering the era of specialization now.

    Each cloud provider has now some unique offerings which make it stand out from their competitors and the speed of innovation happening in many services offered makes it really difficult to catch up and make the best choice. It is increasingly tempting to become complacent however the smart companies should have more than one cloud provider in their toolbox so that not every problem looks like a nail.

    We’ll be focusing on the three main cloud providers: AWS, Azure and GCP using as much as possible examples from my past and current cloud migrations.

    In this session you will learn:

    ● A helicopter view on the current cloud landscape
    ● What are each provider's biggest strengths?
    ● What criteria companies use when choosing a cloud provider?
    ● When you should consider using more than one provider and when it is not recommended
    ● What is a typical multi-cloud architecture, using Google Anthos as an example
  • [Panel] The Path to Successful Multi-Cloud Management Recorded: Sep 15 2020 48 mins
    Ensono | CloudHealth by VMWare | iSpeak Cloud | BOIT Consulting
    With some calling multi-cloud ‘the new normal’, more and more companies are moving towards a multi-cloud future. The benefits of a multi-cloud strategy - including reducing vendor lock in and capitalizing on different cloud providers’ strengths - however, take some time to become apparent.

    This panel takes a closer look at how to make the path to successful multi-cloud management as straightforward and clear as possible. From how to manage conflicting infrastructure and serverless applications, to workflow portability, join cloud experts as they discuss:

    - Multi Cloud management myths and reality
    - How Kubernetes based tools can smooth over some of the bumps
    - Managing native services in a centralized manner

    Moderator:
    Jeanne Morain - Tech Executive, Founder of iSpeak Cloud

    Panellists:
    Simon Ratcliffe - Principal Consultant, Ensono
    George Hamilton - Senior Product Line Marketing Manager, CloudHealth by VMWare
    Nital Gandhi - Founder, BOIT Consulting
  • [Panel] The Business Case for Multi-Cloud: Strategies and Use Cases Recorded: Sep 9 2020 46 mins
    Melanie Turek, Frost and Sullivan | Jenny Fong, Docker | John DiMaria, Cloud Security Alliance
    IBM Institute for Business Value estimates that by 2021, 98 percent of companies plan to use multiple hybrid clouds. As such, there are many discussions about the benefits and challenges of going multi-cloud.

    From managing cost to automating security and mitigating risk, businesses need to be made aware of best practices and solutions that make multi-cloud adoption and deployments as smooth and secure as possible.

    Join this BrightTALK session as Melanie Turek, VP of Research at Frost and Sullivan, explores strategies and use cases with a panel of multi-cloud experts.

    Panelists:
    Jenny Fong, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Docker, Inc.
    John DiMaria, Assurance Investigatory Fellow, Cloud Security Alliance
  • Critical Data Management for Your Journey to and Within the Cloud Recorded: Sep 9 2020 39 mins
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    The hyper-growth and hyper-sprawl of data requires cloud strategies that simplify management and optimize protection of the data and applications that power your business. In this session, you will hear about any.cloud and how they combine Data management software with IBM Cloud to provider Cloud data management, and data security solutions in the cloud:

    - Simplify data protection and disaster recovery in your data center and in the cloud
    - Enable long-term data retention using Cloud Object Storage integration
    - Deepen the integration into enterprise workloads such as VMware, IBM Cloud, and Azure
    - Enhance ransomware attack prevention and regulatory compliance

    About any.cloud:
    any.cloud is market leading in DR and data availability in the cloud. any.cloud offers its solutions globally in 60+ datacenters. any.cloud is ISO 27001 certified, and so are the datacenters.

    Since 1998, any.cloud has been helping its customers increase their business and is committed to being the chosen partner, when it comes to cloud services. We have come a long way since then, constantly improving, refining and developing our products with new solutions to promote business.

    The team at any.cloud work intensely on updating our services, because we care about your business as much as you do and we specialize in building expert services to maximize the potential of your business. We are always looking to the future and push the limits. We create a strong foundation for growth to support our partners. We do not stop until you are happy with the solution and we have solved your problem.
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Cloud computing is a general concept that incorporates software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and other recent well-known technology trends in which the common theme is reliance on the Internet for satisfying the computing needs of the users.

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