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There's no IT vendor quite like Oracle. A long-time leader in enterprise software?databases, ERP, CRM and more recently data analytics?it's now focusing on being best of breed in every layer of the stack, including server hardware, operating systems, and highly tuned hardware-software appliances. It's building out its vertical industry expertise, hiring sales and technical support people by the thousands to help customers in healthcare, retail, financial services, utilities, and other sectors solve their most strategic and difficult business problems. Meantime, it's getting the cloud religion, selling infrastructure-as-a-service and moving its application portfolio to software-as-a-service versions while partnering with cloud power players such as Salesforce.com and Microsoft. No one ever accused Oracle of timidity. But is Oracle delivering on its promises? Is it bulking up for the customer demands and industry battles of tomorrow, or is it spreading itself too thin? In this keynote interview with InformationWeek, Oracle Co-President Mark Hurd, a no-nonsense 30-year industry veteran who served as CEO of NCR and then HP before joining Oracle in 2010, will discuss the moves the company is making and address the questions customers still have about its strategy and execution.
Aaron Levie is no stranger to digital disruption. Box, the cloud-based storage provider he co-founded in 2005, has changed the way more than 20 million individuals and 180,000 business worldwide not only store but also share their critical information. Box's underlying principle: Keep information management simple and intuitive, without sacrificing the enterprise needs for security and compliance. In this Q&A session, Levie will apply his renowned wit and no-holds-barred wisdom to a range of topics, from rogue IT and the bring-your-own-app movement to the state of IT leadership and innovation.
The confluence of bring-your-own-device mobility, cloud services such as Dropbox and tech-savvier employees spells disaster for corporate security and productivity, right? Not necessarily. Instead of clamping down, IT organizations can turn smart users to their advantage by providing them with the tools they need and knowing when to get out of the way. In this session, we'll explore with a panel of front-line experts how to make smart, focused BYOD, cloud and mobile app strategies work for your organization. Speakers: Mike McClaskey, CIO, Dish Network Onyeka Nchege, VP and CIO, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
Everyone's making hay about the "Internet of things," whereby companies put sensors on all manner of machines to collect and then analyze data in order to assess when a power plant needs fixing, a train's wheel needs replacing, a soybean field needs watering or a patient needs reviving. Just about every company in every industry is evaluating the opportunities (and threats) of this digital business movement. Like with most great tech movements, however, the Internet of things is an easy concept to grasp but a much harder one to put into practice. GE is one of the companies making this concept real, today, driving innovation around what it calls the "industrial Internet." Through its GE Power & Water unit, the company already is doing real-time monitoring of power-generation equipment, and it's exploring new ways to gather and analyze data to catch problems before they cause an equipment shutdown. In this Q&A session with Jim Fowler, CIO of GE Power Generation Services, we'll provide an Internet of things reality check: What's possible today? What's around the corner? And what big challenges do we still need to solve? Speaker: Jim Fowler, CIO, Power & Water, GE
Companies across a wide range of industries are gaining competitive advantage from a new source: delivering applications faster and at large scale better than their rivals. In this session, former Netflix cloud architect Adrian Cockcroft will explore how companies must think differently about their infrastructure and business models to deal with the move to mobile apps (for employees and customers), connected devices, social marketing, and real-time business decision-making. Cockcroft, now technology fellow at venture capital firm Battery Ventures, will discuss and field questions about what established companies and startups must do to exploit this speed and scale opportunity. Speaker: Adrian Cockcroft, Battery Ventures Technology Fellow, and Former Netflix Cloud Architect
More than a year ago, General Motors CIO Randy Mott laid down an unprecedented, three-year "IT Transformation" plan that included bringing most of the billions of dollars of work done by the automaker's IT outsourcers in-house, moving from 90% outsourcing to only 10%. If that effort wasn't enough, the plan also included consolidating data centers, data marts, and applications; launching four U.S.-based software development centers; requiring cost-benefit analyses for every new IT project; and most important, getting IT employees to spend much more of their time on new applications and other innovative work and less on maintenance and support. It was a bold plan as GM emerged from bankruptcy protection, one that Mott discussed live at the last InformationWeek Conference. So how are things going at this point in the transformation? Where has the company seen the biggest wins and biggest obstacles so far? In this Q&A session, Mott will provide a status report and insights on how the transformation is going.
This fast-paced, interactive Q&A session brings together three very different startup CEOs and a longtime tech industry investor to challenge the IT status quo?and get some sparks flying. Are CIOs and IT organizations ready for today's digital innovations and speed of business? Is the CIO becoming less relevant? Can the cloud handle ERP and other core applications? These are the kind of rapid-fire questions the CIOs and IT leaders in the audience will discuss and debate. Moderator: MR Rangaswami, co-founder, Sand Hill Group Panelists: Sandra Kurtzig, founder and CEO, Kenandy, and founder and former CEO, ASK Group Frederic Laluyaux, CEO and President, Anaplan Gaurav Dhillon, CEO, SnapLogic
Sometimes "big data" is a big misnomer. Not every organization will amass petabytes of information, but that doesn't mean they can't take advantage of the latest big data technologies. But there are also cases where large scale is best handled by a conventional database. How can you tell which tool is right for the task at hand? In this panel session, executives on the front lines of data-driven decision-making will discuss their breakthrough applications and the technologies that make them tick, as well as the cases when conventional data technologies do just fine. Panelists: Bryson Koehler, Executive VP and CIO, The Weather Company Andrew Robbins, CEO, Paytronix Moderator: Doug Henschen, Executive Editor, InformationWeek
Every new wave of technology creates rumors of the CIO's and IT organization's imminent demise. Digital business is no exception. The CIO and IT organization aren't going anywhere, but their roles are changing. In this session, the leader of Accenture's digital business practice will focus on the future of the CIO and IT organization in a digital enterprise, using case examples from a range of industries and geographies. How do the IT organization's role and contribution change? Where does IT play and create value in a world of BYOD, cloud services, data analytics and social networking? Why should companies increase their investments in IT for this digital world? Speaker: Mark McDonald, Managing Director, Accenture Dave Bent, Senior VP, Global Information Solutions, Avnet
UPMC, a $10 billion a year healthcare provider and insurer, has an explicit goal to drive revenue with its IT innovations. The IT organization's top priority is to improve patient care and lower healthcare costs, but UPMC (formerly University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) also partners with tech vendors and invests in tech startups to create new products to sell to other healthcare providers. At its Technology Development Center, more than 100 people work full time to develop technologies to serve UPMC clinicians, patients and other operations -- and then market what they develop as commercial products. This Q&A session will explore the practical realities of how to drive IT innovations and when it's worth trying to commercialize them. Speakers: Dan Drawbaugh, Senior VP and CIO, UPMC Rebecca Kaul, President, UPMC Technology Development Center
In this session, the dynamic CIOs of three very different enterprises reveal in rapid-fire (15-minute) vignettes how they're building closer ties with customers by using the latest digital technologies in unconventional ways. These interactive presentations will explore the hard lessons they learned as well as the results they achieved. Panelists: Loretta Early, CIO, University of Oklahoma Mike Meadows, CTO, Eli Lilly
Hear Michelle McKenna-Doyle, CIO of the NFL discuss the pain points and innovations of the National Football League as a digital business.
This session will be an overview of the open source software that can be used to deploy and manage a cloud computing environment. This discussion will include information on storage, networking(e.g. OpenDaylight) and compute virtualization (Xen, KVM, LXC) and the orchestration(Apache CloudStack, OpenStack) of the three to build their own cloud services.
Over the last few years cloud computing has gained publicity and attention across enterprise IT as a clear path to cost efficiency and greater agility. Clouds offer access to resource models that were difficult or impossible to obtain in the past, including auto- and self-provisioning, elastic scaling, and cost-effective disaster solutions and use of Big Data. However, cloud computing is becoming a complex topic, now including complex hybrid and multi-cloud solutions. This includes mixing and matching virtualization technology in support of public and private cloud deployments. You can leverage virtualization as either as a component of a cloud, or as a way to bring more efficiency to the data center as stand-alone technology. Topics Include: Cloud Implementation Big Data technology Security, management, and governance issues Emerging Architectures New Cloud and Virtualization technologies
IBM once famously claimed, “No One Ever Gets Fired for Buying IBM”. But what do ambitious CIOs do to not just avoid being fired but actually earn a seat at the Board Table? Why do some CIOs thrive famously even when IT budgets get slashed and yesterday’s technologies become innovation barriers? What risks do they embrace? How do they become BFFs with CEOs, CFOs, COOs, Sales VPs and CMOs? In this session, we will cover how CIOs get ahead by influencing the most core element of any board discussion – customers. Specifically, how new systems of engagements are creating new opportunities for CIOs to be in the driver’s seat of what the board deeply cares for. At this session we will share case studies and framework to build a seamless customer engagement model that radiate outward from a strong IT presence – A model that enables a deeply relevant, highly engaging and revenue generating conversation between the business and their customers. Nothing less than the future of business is at stake!
As marketing is getting more and more complex, data intensive and technology driven, it is important for CIOs to understand the new marketing era we live in. The pressure for CIOs to earn a seat at the strategic table was greatly enhanced by Gartner's report in 2012 that pointed to the CMO as the champion of the technology budget in the near future. Specifically, CIOs can partner with marketing leaders to optimize the use of technology to increase execution velocity and scale departmental efficiency. A collaborative relationship between the CIO and CMO is a must in today's evolving IT landscape, as they drive towards ensuring a customer-driven approach that benefits the entire business.
Historically IT and “The Business” have been considered separate parts of the organization at times working in tandem and at times in conflict with each other. History, however, proves not to be a reliable predictor of the present and future- in today’s digital age, IT undergirds all business, drives business outcomes, and has approached a singularity with the business. In this sense, the divide between IT and the Business is a false one; this track aims to discuss the convergence points and to place IT in the forefront of key trends in the world of business today. The large trends on all of our minds- cloud computing, Big Data, BYOD, and Mobile are all hot topics in both the technology and the business arenas. As these trends amplify and connect, the IT Professional and the IT Decision maker are both under enormous pressure to cater to the needs of both the empowered user but also to the security, compliance and privacy needs of the overall business. The Business of IT Track is meant to provide attendees with both frameworks for how to optimize these trends but also to practically meet the tech-driven business needs of the company. We’ve assembled some of the most dynamic IT thinkers and practitioners to both educate and provoke in this Brave New World of technology-driven business. Topics Include: The Mobile Advantage Internet of Things IT Business Value Marketing of IT – make the CMO your new best friend The Aspirational IT Pro: Getting to CEO Bridges the disconnect between IT and Business Functions Enables IT to play a dynamic and proactive role in the running of the Business Liberates IT from sequestration/silo Connects IT with clear revenue and profit goals Provides clear strategy on optimizing users' changing consumption patterns Delivers solid career advice to aspirational IT Professionals
DevOps, when done right, usually goes unnoticed. It’s only when something breaks that all eyes turn to IT. If your boss only sees you when the app is down, however, that’s not really doing your career any favors. In this session we’ll talk about how to prove your value to the organization by looking at the positive side: that is, how much money you’ve saved your company. We’ll take a look at how you can use tools like Chef, Puppet, Sensu and Logstash to quantify your value to your company. After this session, you’ll be able to walk into a meeting with your boss ready to talk about your value to the company (and to ask for a raise).
The IT application ecosystem is going through dramatic transformations with the use of cloud computing and mobility. Users expect ever increasing and improving application functionality and are intolerant of disruptions to availability. IT leaders and practitioners have the unique opportunity to dramatically improve their ability to influence and enhance business activities and help their organizations meet their goals and objectives through effective application development, deployment, and management. If they succeed they will be the heroes of the organization; if they fail, end users and business units will go around IT to get what they need. The Interop Las Vegas 2014 Application track will bring together some of the industry’s best and brightest thought leaders, practitioners, and vendors to provide their ideas and experiences on successfully addressing the challenges of application governance, deployment, management, and monitoring. They will also discuss a number of other key concepts, considerations, and technologies that are essential to providing high quality and secure applications. Sessions in the track will cover a broad range of application-oriented topics from both a business and technology perspective. Session topics include migrating applications to the cloud, case studies of application management, and leveraging applications to enhance the services IT provides to the business. Topics Include: Ensuring real-time performance on IP networks Build or Buy Applications Machine Code Application Performance Management
Many organizations are developing their own mobile and internal applications as well as using off-the-shelf software. They need an app distribution method that’s easy to access and always available. This session will discuss the need for an Enterprise App Store. This store should include mobile applications and cloud-enabled enterprise applications, including PaaS and SaaS. We’ll discuss key concepts and considerations for developing, deploying, and maintaining an internal enterprise app store. The speaker will also share use cases and case studies to demonstrate leading practices.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to be as transformative to business and society as the Industrial Revolution. It’s a technology trend that cannot be ignored. By the end of this decade, according to some estimates*, more than 200 billion "things" will be connected to the Internet, pumping their data across the network and into data centers. The need to handle, store, analyze, and report this data will profoundly affect IT structures and practices. This vendor-agnostic, technology-focused summit will bring together industry leaders to provide insights into the impact of the IoT and discuss the challenges and opportunities for the IT community. Key Takeaways: Attendees will discover: · The transformative potential the Internet of Things holds for commerce and society. · The challenges facing the network in dealing with billions of connected devices. · The standards (and their lack) for communications protocols, apps, and data sharing. · The need to enhance security and data privacy in the network. · The use of data analytics to extract actionable information from IoT data. · Where we are today on the road to IoT, and what the next few years will bring. Who Should Attend: This summit is well suited to strategic planners and network engineers seeking to understand the IoT trend and how it will provide business opportunities as well as affect network services over the course of the decade.
Join Enterprise Connect on March 17-20 and take part in the comprehensive SIP Trunking track, dedicated to offering practical guidance for those looking to adopt SIP Trunks. Save $200 off conference passes with code MPIWK.
The transition to IP communications systems has created challenges for enterprise personnel tasked with ensuring that Communications remains reliable, resilient, secure, and high-quality. Join Enterprise Connect this spring in Orlando for a full conference track dedicated to managing and securing converged networks. Save $200 with discount code MPIWK.
Enterprise Connect's Social Apps & Networks track will help you understand the options available for enterprise-grade social networking and how to capture productivity gains that will make your enterprise social network a critical resource.