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#1 Myth of the IoT - It's Not About Invention


Speaker:

Ryan J. Lester

Director of IoT Strategy
LogMeIn

Track: IoT Developer | Business Cases


We’ve worked with dozens of early adopters across numerous industries and will debunk common misperceptions, which starts with understanding that many of the connected products we’ll use over the next 5 years are already products, they’re just not yet connected. With an IoT product, time in market provides much more essential feedback than ever before. Innovation comes from what you do with the data that the connected product provides in order to enhance the customer experience and optimize business performance. We’ll cite from our customer examples in home automation – lighting, pet care, plumbing – as well as industrial printing.




 
A Tour of Data Platforms as a Service


Speaker:

Christo Kutrovsky

Principal Consultant
Pythian

Track: Hot Track 1 | Cloud


With the proliferation of both SQL and NoSQL databases, organizations can now target specific fit-for-purpose database tools for their different application needs regarding scalability, ease of use, ACID support, etc. Platform as a Service offerings make this even easier now, enabling developers to roll out their own database infrastructure in minutes with minimal management overhead. However, this same amount of flexibility also comes with the challenges of picking the right tool, on the right provider and with the proper expectations.

In this session we'll compare the NoSQL and SQL offerings from AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, their similarities, differences and use cases for each one based on our own client projects.




 
Accelerating Transformation Projects with Dynamic, Software-Defined Storage


Speaker:

Mark Lewis

Chairman and CEO
Formation Data Systems

Track: Mobility & Security


Organizations planning enterprise data center consolidation and modernization projects are faced with a challenging, costly reality. Requirements to deploy modern, cloud-native applications simultaneously with traditional client/server applications are almost impossible to achieve with hardware-centric enterprise infrastructure. Compute and network infrastructure are fast moving down a software-defined path, but storage has been a laggard. Until now.

This presentation will detail how to deploy dynamic, software-defined storage infrastructure to transform storage from monolithic silos to an elastic pool of petabyte-scale storage resources that deliver the agility and economics of public cloud with the security and control of private data centers.




 
Achieving Speed & Agility in the Internet of Everything


Speaker:

Michael Martin

Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer
nfrastructure

Track: IoT Developer | Business Cases


The emerging Internet of Everything creates tremendous new opportunities for customer engagement and business model innovation. However, enterprises must overcome a number of critical challenges to bring these new solutions to market. In this session we will outline these key challenges and recommend approaches for overcoming them to achieve speed and agility in the design, development and implementation of Internet of Everything solutions within your organization.




 
Amazon's IoT Strategy: The Force Is Strong with This One


Speaker:

Chris Kocher

Founder & Managing Director
Grey Heron

Track: Wearables & Consumer IoT


Amazon has gradually rolled out parts of its IoT offerings, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to optimizing their back-end AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT - especially in the connected home and office.

This session will explain how Amazon is extending its reach to become a major force in IoT by building on its dominant cloud IoT platform, its Dash Button strategy, Replenishment Services, the Echo/Alexa voice recognition control platform, strategic investments of its Alexa Venture Fund, strategic partnerships with 30+ major consumer package goods companies and the 50-60 million current Prime customers.

If you are developing products, services or platforms for IoT, you don’t want to miss this session. Amazon does not just want to dominate the back-end cloud storage, compute and analysis capabilities for IoT data. This is not an incremental, small potatoes effort. It will use its usual low-cost, market-share grabbing approach to stake out a large chunk of the IoT market, especially in the Connected Home and office. This will have significant impacts on Google, Apple, ATT, Comcast and other major and minor IoT players.




 
An Introduction to Eclipse Che: A Next-Generation Java IDE


Speaker:

Tyler Jewell

CEO
Codenvy

Track: DevOps, Continuous Delivery and APIs


This session will provide an introduction to Eclipse Che, which is getting broad adoption as the next-generation Eclipse IDE. It is a workspace server and cloud IDE where the workspaces are provisioned dynamically and include all of their dependencies, including their runtime dependencies. This makes the workspaces universal where they can be moved between computers and accessed by different users without them having to install any software.

Eclipse Che is changing the nature of development by simplifying how users can begin working on a new project for any kind of programming language without having to configure the tools for that language. And more importantly, since workspaces contain their own runtimes, we have been working closely with Red Hat to allow workspaces to have runtime topologies that are identical to those that are deployed into production through the use of Docker containers. This means that developers no longer have to work with approximations of applications, but actually work on applications themselves.

We will make sure that attendees have a joyful experience with Che and how it works with OpenShift. Attendees will see how it can be extended and customized into different assemblies like how it was used to build the SAP Web IDE, Samsung ARTIK IDE, and the OpenShift IDE.




 
Analytics for Motif Discovery and Deep Learning in Time Series Data Generated by IoT/Sensors


Speaker:

Dave Watson

CTO and Co-Founder
Trendalyze

Track: Big Data | Analytics


IoT generates lots of temporal data. But how do you unlock its value? You need to discover patterns that are repeatable in vast quantities of data, understand their meaning, and implement scalable monitoring across multiple data streams in order to monetize the discoveries and insights. Motif discovery and deep learning platforms are emerging to visualize sensor data, to search for patterns and to build application that can monitor real time streams efficiently. We will discuss real world IoT project from UK environmental monitoring using Mosquitto, Node-RED, Kafka, Spark, MLlib and R.




 
Architecting for the Cloud with Cloud Foundry and Docker on Bluemix


Speaker:

Raghavan Srinivas

Cloud Solutions Architect / Evangelist
Microsoft

Track: Containers & Microservices


As the world moves towards more DevOps and Microservices, application deployment to the cloud ought to become a lot simpler. The Microservices architecture, which is the basis of many new age distributed systems such as OpenStack and NetFlix, is at the heart of Cloud Foundry - a complete developer-oriented Platform as a Service (PaaS) that is IaaS agnostic and supports vCloud, OpenStack and AWS.

We will discuss the Microservices architecture, 12-factor app, containers, etc., and how to architect applications for the cloud in general and Cloud Foundry in particular. We will harness the power of dependency injection that Spring provides to pick a variety of data sources and services.

Attend this demo-oriented session in which we will cover the basics of Cloud Foundry and walk through an application that was previously hosted outside the cloud and how to stand it up in a cloud with some minimal [mostly] configuration changes using Spring Cloud and other related projects. We will cover many of the Non Functional Requirements(NFR), which is typically in the domain of the architect such as scaling, security and HA and how applications can leverage Bluemix for these.

After attending this session attendees will be able to walk away with a better understanding of Cloud Foundry in general, and Bluemix in particular and how the ecosystem enables deploying applications to the cloud a lot easier. Attendees will also be able to understand how to enable logging, remote debugging, monitoring and so on by turning a few knobs in the platform.




 
Be Digital Through Person Engagement Management (PEM)


Speaker:

Ajit Sagar


Infosys

Track: Hot Track 2 | IoT


In today’s uber-connected, consumer-centric, cloud-enabled, insights-driven, multi-device, glocal world, the focus of solutions has shifted from the product that is sold to the person who is buying the product or service. Enterprises have rebranded their business around the consumers of their products. The buyer is the person and the focus is not on the offering. The person is connected through multiple devices, wearables, at home, on the road, and in multiple locations, sometimes simultaneously. Products have rebranded from content management, asset management, CRM, social media, analytics … to Experience Management for the Consumer. However, the key to success in this IoT enabled world is to treat the buyer as a person and not as a consumer or customer. This means we have to offer the person an immersive experience through their lifecycle every day, at every hour, and everywhere.

In his session at the International Cloud Expo, Ajit Sagar, Associate VP, Digital at Infosys Limited, will focus on the application the evolving technology landscape to engage the persona, not the customer. He will cover shifting trends in personalization, the products that enable applications for the person, and the digital transformation that organizations are undergoing to catch up with connected and highly demanding users of their services




 
Best Practices in Operating Hybrid Infrastructure That Spans Clouds and the Data Center


Speaker:

Dan Choquette

Founder
RackN

Track: Hot Track 1 | Cloud


Pace of innovation, vendor lock-in, production sustainability, cost-effectiveness, managing risk. In this session we will discuss how CIOs are challenged finding the balance of finding the right tools, technology and operational model that serves the business the best.

We will discuss how clouds, open source software and infrastructure solutions have benefits but also drawbacks and how workload and operational portability between vendors and platforms give control back to the users and drives innovation.




 
Beware of the Dark Side of Personalized Customer Experiences Via the Internet of Things


Speaker:

Lou Casal

Founder, Principal Consultant
Practicala

Track: Wearables & Consumer IoT


Personalization has long been the holy grail of marketing. Simply stated, communicate the most relevant offer to the right person and you will increase sales. To achieve this, you must understand the individual. Consequently, digital marketers developed many ways to gather and leverage customer information to deliver targeted experiences. Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) has accelerated our ability to monitor behavior, gather even more customer data and potentially deliver outstanding experiences. Regrettably, as history demonstrates, there are countless examples of how this can go terribly wrong. Perhaps it's time to learn from our mistakes.




 
Beyond Big Data


Speaker:

Tony Shan

Chief Architect
CTS

Track: IoT Developer | Business Cases


Big Data has grown tremendously in the past few years. Interestingly, the concept of Big Data is dated back to what was characterized as 3Vs about 15 years ago, way before NoSQL, MapReduce, Hadoop, Storm or Spark ever started life. Obviously this kind of 3Vs definition makes less and less sense in the new era. In fact, more tools and product have matured to process large data sets, which makes bigness no longer a pressing problem. The paradigm has shifted to focus on other top issues about data. This presentation examines the trends for the core concerns in today’s environment: Smart, Thing, Actionable, and Relevant (STAR) Data. We will analyze the description and rationale of STAR Data, along with real-life use cases and examples. Best practices and lessons learned will be addressed during the session.




 
Bridging the Gap Between Cloud Applications and Storage


Speaker:

Dan Florea

Director of Product Management
Tintri

Track: Enterprise Cloud Adoption


Your cloud is highly, if not completely, virtualized. So, you need scale and agility that conventional LUN- and volume-based storage, built for physical workloads, just can’t provide. Spending hours mapping applications to LUNs and constantly tuning performance no longer delivers guaranteed performance SLAs and quality of service (QoS). Even after that, you still lack visibility in a multi-tenant, multi-hypervisor environment, and resorting to guesswork in planning and troubleshooting certainly isn’t a stable way to scale either.

Let’s investigate the fundamental disconnect between your virtualized applications and underlying storage. Work in VMs, not LUNs or volumes.




 
Building a Kubernetes Cluster with Ansible


Speaker:

Patrick Galbraith

Principal Engineer
HPE

Track: DevOps, Continuous Delivery and APIs


Kubernetes is a new and revolutionary open-sourced system for managing containers across multiple hosts in a cluster. Ansible is a simple IT automation tool for just about any requirement for reproducible environments, and in the case of this discussion, how to build a fully functional Kubernetes cluster on a number of virtual machines or bare-metal hosts. Also included will be a brief demonstration of building a Kubernetes cluster and then running on it a Galera MySQL cluster.




 
Building a Winning Digital Foundation for IoT


Speaker:

Chris Nguyen

Group Product Marketing Manager
Adobe

Track: Hot Track 2 | IoT


Customer experience has become a competitive differentiator for companies, and it’s imperative that brands seamlessly connect the customer journey across all platforms. With the continued explosion of IoT, join us for a look at how to build a winning digital foundation in the connected era – today and in the future. Learn how to successfully leverage mobile, rapidly deploy content, capture real-time data, utilize cloud-based infrastructure, balance security requirements and more.




 
Building Your Hybrid Data Warehouse Solution with dashDB


Speaker:

Matthias Funke

Hybrid Data Warehouse Offering and Strategy Lead
IBM

Track: Big Data | Analytics


As you respond to increasing requests for new analytics, you need fast and flexible technology in your arsenal so that you can deploy the right workload to the right platform for the need at hand. Do you need self-service and fast time to value? Do you have data and application control and privacy needs, along with strict SLAs to meet? IBM dashDB™ is data warehouse technology powered by in-memory computing and in-database analytics that are designed for fast results, scalability and more.

Learn how you can take advantage of this technology on our cloud-based managed service, as well as our planned new container-based edition (currently in preview) that lets you deploy to private clouds, software-defined environments and other infrastructures. And learn how common technology increases your flexibility even more.




 
Clean and Green: IoT's Impact on Smart Buildings


Speaker:

Dan Levine

Co-Founder and CEO
CytexOne Technologies

Track: Hot Track 2 | IoT


When it comes to IoT in the enterprise, namely the commercial building and hospitality markets, a benefit not getting the attention it deserves is energy efficiency, and IoT's direct impact on a cleaner, greener environment when installed in smart buildings. Until now clean technology was offered piecemeal and led with point solutions that require significant systems integration to orchestrate and deploy. There didn't exist a 'top down' approach that can manage and monitor the way a Smart Building actually breathes - immediately flagging overheating in a closet or over cooling in unoccupied hotel rooms.

In this session, Dan Levine, co-Founder and CEO of CytexOne, will explain how IoT can underpin sustainable solutions for energy efficient building environments and, in the years to come, how it will become a standard that tenants, occupants and Smart Building management can come to trust and rely on as a foundation of their green IT strategies. He will cite specific examples from premier hotels and large office complexes.




 
Cloud Data Management and Beyond with Commvault


Speaker:

Randy De Meno

Chief Technologist - Windows Products and Microsoft Partnerships
Commvault

Track: DevOps, Continuous Delivery and APIs


As organizations shift towards IT-as-a-service models, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and now cloud environments grows with it. CommVault can ensure protection and E-Discovery of your data - whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud, or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enterprise. Learn how to cut costs, scale easily, and unleash insight with CommVault software, the only singular data and information management solution for cloud data protection and beyond.




 
Cognitive Computing: How Big Data Becomes Big Insights


Speaker:

David Lawson

Co-Founder& CEO
NewSci, LLC.

Track: Hot Track 1 | Cloud


Eighty percent of a data scientist’s time is spent gathering and cleaning up data, and 80% of all data is unstructured and almost never analyzed. Cognitive computing, in combination with Big Data, is changing the equation by creating data reservoirs, and using natural language processing to enable analysis of unstructured data sources. This is impacting every aspect of the analytics profession from how data is mined (and by whom) to how it is delivered. This is not some futuristic vision: it's happening right now in industries across the globe.




 
Configuring Database as a Service with SoftLayer and Bluemix


Speaker:

Ryan Tiffany

Sales Engineer
SoftLayer, an IBM Company

Track: DevOps, Continuous Delivery and APIs


Following the notion of "The cloud" as a model and not a place, this session will show how to extend your SoftLayer infrastructure to utilize the PaaS offerings of Bluemix. Utilizing both the command line and GUI portals, this session will show you how to order a SoftLayer server and configure a front-end application to use the Database as a Service offering from Bluemix.

Topics will include:

A brief overview of Bluemix PaaS, demonstrate how to order a SoftLayer Virtual Guest from the command line, ordering and configuring the DBaaS offering from Bluemix, and configuring a simple front-end service to communicate with the DBaaS offering.




 
Connected Living: Visualization and Sound


Speaker:

Susan Hyon Parker


Carnegie Mellon

Track: Wearables & Consumer IoT


Can you touch it, taste it, feel it and hear it? This session will cover sound and visual recognition and how to interact with consumers and deliver services to users on the go. Overview of real world examples and case studies from the IEEE Internet Initiative and Global Connect, trends in mobile usage, how consumers are using their mobile devices and the keys to keeping connected.




 
Connected Teams, Connected Code, and the Connected Device: The Challenges of IoT Software Delivery


Speaker:

Anders Wallgren

Chief Technology Officer
Electric Cloud

Track: IoT Developer | Business Cases


Developing software for the Internet of Things (IoT) comes with its own set of challenges. Security, privacy, and unified standards are a few key issues. In addition, each IoT product is comprised of (at least) three separate application components: the software embedded in the device, the back-end service, and the mobile application for the end user’s controls. Each component is developed by a different team, using different technologies and practices, and deployed to a different stack/target – this makes the integration of these separate pipelines and the coordination of software updates for IoT more problematic. How do you coordinate the diverse moving parts that must come together when developing your IoT product or updating each of its components?

In this session Anders Wallgren will deep dive into some of the challenges and share tips and best practices used by IoT developers to streamline and accelerate their product design, development, test and manufacturing.




 
Connecting the Dots: Driving New Business Value with Data Science


Speaker:

Sarbjit Sarkaria

Data Scientist
PHEMI

Track: Hot Track 2 | IoT


You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of—literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of big data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. Come and see how data science is changing our ideas of what’s possible with data, using examples and case studies drawn from finance, precision medicine, and genomics.




 
Container Security Compliance for Financial Services


Speakers:

Sesh Murthy

Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer
Cloud Raxak

and
Stephen Harris


Track: Mobility & Security


Many banks and financial institutions are experimenting with containers in development environments, but when will they move into production? Containers are seen as the key to achieving the ultimate in information technology flexibility and agility. Containers work on both public and private clouds, and make it easy to build and deploy applications.

The challenge for regulated industries is the cost and complexity of container security compliance. VM security compliance is already challenging, and containers increase the problem exponentially. Simplifying and automating security compliance will be critical to achieving the high ROI expected from containers.

In this session, we will provide an overview of the best practices for deploying and securing containers in production environments for financial services and other regulated industries. This session will cover:

  • Container Operational Issues and Best Practices
  • Comparison of VM and Container Security Threats
  • Strategies for Minimizing Container Attack Surfaces
  • Strategies for Mitigating Known Container Vulnerabilities
  • Achieving Container Security Compliance




 
Context, Wearables, and WebRTC: Communications Next


Speaker:

Erik Perotti

Senior Manager
Plantronics

Track: Wearables & Consumer IoT


Big data, cloud, analytics, contextual information, wearable tech, sensors, mobility, and WebRTC: together, these advances have created a perfect storm of technologies that are disrupting and transforming classic communications models and ecosystems. Please join Erik Perotti , Senior Manager of Innovation and New Ventures at Plantronics and PLT Labs, for an overview of this technological shift, including associated business and consumer communications impacts, and opportunities it may enable, complement or entirely transform.




 
Continuous Delivery of Microservices: Patterns and Processes


Speaker:

Anders Wallgren

Chief Technology Officer
Electric Cloud

Track: Hot Track 2 | IoT


Tight coupling and interdependence between dev teams slows down development, and environment drift causes deployment problems when promoting applications between environments. The introduction of the microservices architecture expands on the role of SOA by allowing for the looser coupling of endpoints and environments, allowing more predictability, flexibility and agility.




 
Crafting a Roadmap for Hybrid IT


Speaker:

Steven Dreher

Director of Solutions Architecture
Green House Data

Track: Wearables & Consumer IoT


With 15% of enterprises adopting a hybrid IT strategy, you need to set a plan to integrate hybrid cloud throughout your infrastructure. Learn how to plan for shifting resource requirements, overcome challenges, and implement hybrid IT alongside your existing data center assets. Highlights include anticipating workload, cost and resource calculations, integrating services on both sides of the firewall, self-service, monitoring, and workload prioritization.




 
Cross-Channel Marketing in a Cloud-Driven Digital World


Speaker:

Bruce Swann

Senior Product Marketing Manager
Adobe

Track: Hot Track 1 | Cloud


Learn how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects).




 
Cutting Through The Fog of the Internet of Things


Speaker:

Syed Zaeem Hosain

CTO
Aeris Communications

Track: Hot Track 2 | IoT


There is an ever-growing explosion of new devices that are connected to the Internet using “cloud” solutions. This rapid growth is creating a massive new demand for efficient access to data. And it’s not just about connecting to that data anymore.

This new demand is bringing new issues and challenges and it is important for companies to scale for the coming growth. And with that scaling comes the need for greater security, gathering and data analysis, storage, connectivity and, of course, the need to find a platform (solution) that is capable of quickly and easily managing all of these complex necessities.

There are answers to this important and growing opportunity and there are ways for savvy businesses to “cut through the IoT fog.” With a an Application Enablement Platform that is capable of receiving data at “high availability,” connectivity and processes that are always active, and an alerting process that is real-time, companies can reap significant benefits.

The bottom line is that sensors and devices are becoming smarter, gateways are essential for filtering, Application Enablement Platforms are important and available, but protocols and standards are still needed.

Attendees will learn:

  1. A greater understanding of IoT and how to navigate
  2. What an effective solution looks like
  3. How to select and work with the right solution provider
  4. The fastest path to success and ROI




 
Data as a Service


Speaker:

Lakshmi Randall

Independent Industry Analyst

Track: IoT Developer | Business Cases


Data as a Service(DaaS) is the complete package for transforming raw data into meaningful data assets and the delivery of those data assets.

This session will explore:

  1. What is DaaS?
  2. Key challenges addressed by DaaS
  3. Use cases supported by DaaS
  4. High level overview of DaaS functions and architecture




 
Data-Driven DevOps - Improve Velocity and Quality of Software Delivery with Metrics and Feedback


Speaker:

Andi Mann

Chief Technology Advocate
Splunk

Track: DevOps, Continuous Delivery and APIs


Much of the value of DevOps comes from a (renewed) focus on measurement, sharing, and continuous feedback loops. In increasingly complex DevOps workflows and environments, and especially in larger, regulated, or more crystallized organizations, these core concepts become even more critical.

This session will show how, by focusing on 'metrics that matter,' you can provide objective, transparent, and meaningful feedback on DevOps processes to all stakeholders. Learn from real-life examples how to use the data generated throughout application delivery to continuously identify, measure, and improve deployment speed, code quality, process efficiency, outsourcing value, security coverage, audit success, customer satisfaction, and business alignment.




 
Day 3 Keynote | Conversational Things - How Ambient Devices and Frictionless Engagement Are Transforming Our Lives


Speaker:

Dion Hinchcliffe

Chief Strategy Officer
7Summits

Track: All Tracks


A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, which can process our conversational commands and orchestrate the outcomes we request across our personal and professional realm of connected devices. Far from being part of the near future, "conversational things" is arriving now and will be explored with real-world examples.




 
DevOps Guide to Container Networking


Speaker:

Dirk Wallerstorfer

Technology Lead for networking, SDN, and OpenStack
Dynatrace

Track: Containers & Microservices


Programmable network connectivity and network overlay technologies like Docker libnetwork, Weave Net, and Calico are essential tools for DevOps engineers using orchestration tools to manage and deploy Docker containers in production. Because network troubleshooting and optimization falls within the jurisdiction of DevOps, it’s vital that DevOps engineers understand exactly how network overlays work. Participants will learn the fundamentals of container networking, see practical examples of common network overlays, and receive guidance on effectively using and tuning network overlays.




 
DevOps in an Open and Heterogeneous World


Speaker:

Flint Brenton

CEO
CollabNet

Track: DevOps, Continuous Delivery and APIs


Keeping pace with advancements in software delivery processes and tooling is taxing even for the most proficient organizations. Point tools, platforms, open source and the increasing adoption of private and public cloud services requires strong engineering rigor – all in face of developer demands to use the tools of choice. As Agile has settled in as a mainstream practice, now DevOps has emerged as the next wave to improve software delivery speed and output. To make DevOps work, organizations must focus on what is most relevant to deliver value, reduce IT complexity, create more repeatable agile-based processes and leverage increasingly secure and stable, cloud-based infrastructure platforms.

This session will outline strategies for unifying a continuously changing, fragmented and disparate set of technologies and processes within common community architecture. Attendees will learn how building a unified DevOps architecture that provides contextual oversight of tools and platforms can help organizations better align Agile and DevOps processes to IT infrastructure, and the need to continuously refine and improve the overall software delivery life cycle.




 
DevOps the Cloud Enabler


Speaker:

Robert Reeves

CTO
Datical

Track: DevOps, Continuous Delivery and APIs


You are moving to the cloud. The question is not if, it’s when. Now that your competitors are now in the Cloud and lapping you, your “when” better hurry up and get here. But saying and doing are two different things. Join Robert Reeves, CTO of Datical, as he explains how DevOps can be your onramp to the cloud. By adopting simple, platform independent DevOps strategies, you can accelerate your move to the cloud. Spoiler Alert: He will also make sure you don’t forget the Database in your adoption of DevOps and the cloud.




 
DevOps, Digital, and Cloud: Two's Company, Three's a Crowd?


Speaker:

Jason Bloomberg

President
Intellyx

Track: DevOps, Continuous Delivery and APIs


Cloud computing is unquestionably one of the driving forces of DevOps, as the automation of operations transforms enterprise software development. DevOps, however, is more than a technology trend, as it represents a move toward silo-busting, self-organizing horizontal teams that drive business velocity.

At the same time, enterprise Digital Transformation represents an upheaval across the enterprise, as customer preferences and behavior drive enterprise technology decisions. This transformation extends well beyond technology, however, as companies must rethink their organizational structure, moving toward silo-busting, self-organizing horizontal teams...sound familiar?

DevOps, Digital, Cloud - three separate transformative trends, or one mega-trend? Or perhaps nothing more than enough buzzwords to win at buzzword bingo?

The big picture here isn't simply a shift in the way companies produce software, a rework of the customer experience, or automated outsourced infrastructure. It's an end-to-end change in the way enterprises work, as they transform into software-driven organizations.

Attendees of this session will:

  • Understand how cloud computing underlies and connects the notions of Digital and DevOps
  • Peel away the buzzwords and understand the common business context for the "Digital revolution" and the "DevOps revolution"
  • Learn new ways to bring disparate conversations together into a single, unified discussion of business transformation




 
Disaster Recovery Planning Simplified


Speaker:

Andrew Cole

Director of Solutions Engineering
Peak 10

Track: Enterprise Cloud Adoption


Andrew Cole will discuss how the newest technology advances are reducing the cost and complexity of traditional business continuity and disaster recovery solutions.

  • Learn why having a full disaster recovery strategy is more important now than ever before
  • Explore the key drivers of a successful disaster recovery solution
  • Achieve measurable operational and business value from a disaster recovery solution




 
Don’t Forget the Ops: Build Operations into Your Cloud


Speakers:

Steve Anderson

Product Manager
BMC Software

and
Rick Lefort

Principal Technical Marketing Consultant
BMC Software

Track: Enterprise Cloud Adoption


Many private cloud projects were built to deliver self-service access to development and test resources. While those clouds delivered faster access to resources, they lacked visibility, control and security needed for production deployments. In this session, we will discuss how a cloud designed for production operations not only helps accelerate developer innovation, it also delivers the control that IT Operations needs to run a production cloud without getting in the way.




 
Edge Computing: The Next Frontier for Today’s IoT Business Landscape


Speaker:

Don DeLoach

President and CEO
Infobright

Track: Big Data | Analytics


With an estimated 50 billion devices to be connected to the Internet by 2020, several industries will begin to expand their capabilities for retaining end point data at the edge to better utilize the range of data types and sheer volume of M2M data generated by the Internet of Things.

Don DeLoach will discuss the infrastructures businesses will need to implement to handle this explosion of data by providing specific use cases for filtering, cleansing, enriching, storing and analyzing granular data at the edge that will help businesses achieve powerful insights from the many use cases of the Internet of Things.




 
Emerging IoT Markets - MSPs, Take Notice


Speaker:

Kirill Bensonoff

CEO
Unigma

Track: Hot Track 2 | IoT


Managed IT services wasn't even a phrase until the early 2000s and, today, there are over 75,000 IT service providers in North America alone. By 2020, there are going to be 50 billion connected devices, and managed IT services might cease to be a phrase again. Unless the MPSs adapt to the new, connected world, we are going to see diminishing returns in that space. Learn more about the different opportunities IoT will create for MSPs and IT service providers – from on-site services, to monitoring, managing and consulting.




 
Empower Productivity and Self-Sufficiency


Speaker:

Dave Landa

Chief Operating Officer
kintone

Track: Enterprise Cloud Adoption


How the NCLC (No-Code/Low-Code) Cloud Apps Revolution Is Transforming Enterprises into Highly Productive, Self-sufficient Juggernauts

Cloud-based NCLC (No-code/low code) application builder platforms empower everyone in the organization to quickly build applications and executable processes that broaden access, deepen collaboration, and enhance transparency for all team members.

Line of business owners (LOBO) and operations managers know best their part of the business and their processes. IT departments are beginning to leverage NCLC platforms to empower and enable LOBOs to lead the innovation, transform the organization, and build the infrastructure for lasting productivity and agility.

Learn how IT and LOBOs are working together with NCLCs in organizations today.




 
Empowering the Enterprise to Take Full Advantage of Everything Azure


Speaker:

Collin Steele

Director of Sales – Cloud Services
Hanu Software

Track: Enterprise Cloud Adoption


The cloud era has reached the stage where it is no longer a question of whether a company should migrate, but when. Enterprises have embraced the outsourcing of where their various applications are stored and who manages them, saving significant investment along the way. Plus, the cloud has become a defining competitive edge. Companies who fail to successfully adapt risk failure.

The media, of course, continues to extol the virtues of the cloud, including how easy it is to get there. Migrating to the cloud is a simple affair – just call up a cloud provider and your wishes come true! The reality is quite different, however, as enterprises struggle with a wide variety of migration issues, from security to overtaxed IT teams and everything in-between.

This session will examine the cloud migration issues facing today’s enterprise - and how Hanu Software empowers companies to adopt an infrastructure based on Microsoft Azure, a Tier 1 cloud provider, in the simplest and most seamless ways possible.




 
Encryption in the Cloud: What You Need to Know


Speaker:

Darren Guccione

CEO
Keeper Security, Inc

Track: Mobility & Security


Unless your company can spend a lot of money on new technology, re-engineering your environment and hiring a comprehensive cybersecurity team, you will most likely move to the cloud or seek external service partnerships.

Join cybersecurity expert, Darren Guccione, as he reveals what you need to know when it comes to encryption in the cloud. Topics will include:

  1. Choosing secure cloud vendors - third-party penetration testing, security audits and certifications. Depending on your business requirements, you may need to verify that your cloud vendor is certified to handle your data properly. If you process or store credit cards, PCI-DSS is a necessity. Additionally, depending on your security needs, a certification for a Cyber Security Framework (such as ISO 27001 or NIST Framework) may also be necessary. If you are an organization that is certified under SOC / SSAE16, you will also likely need to review the cloud vendor’s SOC report.
  2. Where is the encryption key stored and why is it important? Does your cloud provider have the ability to decrypt your encrypted data? If so, then your data could be compromised if the cloud provider is hacked and the encryption keys are compromised. Even if your data is “encrypted” in the cloud does not necessarily mean that it is secure, depending on where the keys are stored.
  3. Zero-knowledge architecture - A zero-knowledge security architecture ensures that your encryption keys are never available to the cloud vendor. This means that even if the cloud provider is hacked, or otherwise compromised, that your encrypted data stored in the cloud remains secure. The encryption keys are only available to the client, and thus access to the unencrypted data is restricted to the client.
  4. The fine print - User agreements.




 
Evolving DevOps Tools to Capture Application Relationships, Dependencies and States


Speaker:

Robert Doyle

Chief Technology Architect
eCube Systems

Track: DevOps, Continuous Delivery and APIs


This session examines the issues and need for an agile infrastructure and shows the advantages of capturing developer knowledge in an exportable file for migration into production. It introduces the use of NXTmonitor, a next generation DevOps tool that captures application environments, dependencies and start/stop procedures in a portable configuration file with an easy-to-use GUI. In addition to capturing configuration information between Development, Test and Production, the case study shows how NXTmonitor can create dependencies, automate health scripts and scalable performance groups to handle peak production loads.




 
Expanding WebRTC Capabilities Beyond the Typical Use Cases


Speaker:

Alexey Goloshubin

CEO / CTO
Bit6

Track: Hot Track 2 | IoT


For basic one-to-one voice or video calling solutions, WebRTC has proven to be a very powerful technology. Although WebRTC’s core functionality is to provide secure, real-time p2p media streaming, leveraging native platform features and server-side components brings up new communication capabilities for web and native mobile applications allowing for advanced multi-user use cases such as video broadcasting, conferencing, media recording and others.

This presentation will discuss how to utilize a flexible mobile-optimized session and signaling architecture to support p2p mesh, router (SFU) and mixer (MCU) strategies for connecting media streams. In addition, we will look at example APIs and integrations for new WebRTC use cases such as team collaboration, virtual classrooms, broadcasting, archiving and security.




 
Extreme Computing in the Cloud...How to Get It for FREE!


Speaker:

Michael O'Neill

Strategic Business Development
NVIDIA

Track: Big Data | Analytics


Extreme Computing is the ability to leverage highly performant infrastructure and software to accelerate big data, machine learning, HPC, and Enterprise applications. High IOPS Storage, low-latency networks, in-memory databases, GPUs and other parallel accelerators are being used to achieve faster results and help businesses make better decisions.

This talk will focus on some of the unique ways extreme computing is being used on IBM Cloud, Amazon, and Microsoft Azure and how to gain access to these resources in the cloud... for FREE!




 
Fitbits and the Industrial Internet: How Both Improve Overall Wellness


Speaker:

Mark Bernardo

Professional Services Leader, Americas
GE Digital

Track: Industrial IoT | Smart Grids


Manufacturers are embracing the Industrial Internet the same way consumers are leveraging Fitbits – to improve overall health and wellness. Both can provide consistent measurement, visibility, and suggest performance improvements customized to help reach goals. Fitbit users can view real-time data and make adjustments to increase their activity. Similarly, leveraging the Industrial Internet and mobile devices, manufacturers can use real-time production data to make adjustments that increase optimal uptime and efficiency in operations. Whether it’s personal wellness or improving the “wellness” of your manufacturing assets, to get “fit” and improve performance, you need to get connected, get insights, and get optimized.




 
Fly Two Mistakes High – Keeping High Availability in the Cloud


Speaker:

Lee Atchison

Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate
New Relic

Track: Hot Track 1 | Cloud


When building large, cloud-based applications that operate at a high scale, it is important to maintain a high availability and resilience to failures. In order to do that, you must be tolerant of failures, even in light of failures in other areas of your application.

“Fly two mistakes high” is an old adage in the radio control airplane hobby. It means, fly high enough so that if you make a mistake, you can continue flying with room to still make mistakes.

This same philosophy can be applied to highly scaled applications, and can dramatically increase your resilience to failure.




 
Four Steps to Achieve Big Business Intelligence with IoT


Speakers:

Eric Hoffman

Vice President
EastBanc Technologies

and
Peter Shashkin

Head of Development Department
EastBanc Technologies

Track: Industrial IoT | Smart Grids


IoT is rapidly changing the way enterprises are using data to improve business decision-making. In order to derive business value, organizations must unlock insights from the data gathered and then act on these. In this session we’ll discuss how one organization leveraged IoT, cloud technology and data analysis to improve customer experiences and efficiencies. We’ll share the lessons learned, why we believe IoT works better with the cloud, and the four steps organizations should follow to ensure they are able to achieve big business intelligence with IoT.




 
From Build to Scale: The Lifecycle of Microservices


Speaker:

Ivan Dwyer

Head of Business Development
Iron.io

Track: Containers & Microservices


More and more companies are looking to microservices as an architectural pattern for breaking apart applications into more manageable pieces so that agile teams can deliver new features quicker and more effectively.

What this pattern has done more than anything to date is spark organizational transformations, setting the foundation for future application development. In practice, however, there are a number of considerations to make that go beyond simply “build, ship, and run”, which changes how developers and operators work together to streamline cohesive systems.

This session will cover:

  • The behavior of different types of application workloads
  • The role of containers from development to execution
  • Covering the full lifecycle of each microservice
  • The system components of a cloud native stack




 
From Configuration Management to Cloud Orchestration


Speaker:

Alex Lovell-Troy

Director, Solutions Engineering
Pythian

Track: Enterprise Cloud Adoption


Learn how to extend your existing configuration management (Ansible/Puppet/Chef) to work with your public cloud infrastructure.

Adding public cloud resources to an existing application can be a daunting process. The tools that you currently use to manage the software and hardware outside the cloud aren’t always the best tools to efficiently grow into the cloud. All of the major configuration management tools have cloud orchestration plugins that can be leveraged, but there are also cloud-native tools that can dramatically improve the efficiency of managing your application life cycle.

In this session we will present a roadmap that can be leveraged by any organization to plan, analyze, evaluate, and execute on moving from configuration management tools to cloud orchestration tools. We will address the three major cloud vendors as well as some tools that will work with any cloud.




 
From IoT Service to IoT Profit


Speaker:

Michael Beamer

President
goTransverse

Track: IoT Developer | Business Cases


Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearables, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehend. Attendees will learn how to build a dynamic monetization strategy that effortlessly turns their IoT service into a money maker.




 
From IT Service Management to DevOps


Speaker:

JP Morgenthal

Sr. Principal
CSC

Track: DevOps, Continuous Delivery and APIs


CIOs and those charged with running IT Operations are challenged to deliver secure, audited, and reliable compute environments for the applications and data for the business. Behind the scenes these tasks are often accomplished by following onerous time-consuming processes and often the management of these environments and processes will be outsourced to multiple IT service providers. In addition, the division of work is often siloed into traditional "towers" that are not well integrated for cross-functional purposes. So, when traditional IT Service Management (ITSM) meets the cloud, and equally, DevOps, the is invariably going to be conflict.

IT/ESM needs a reboot. As a factor of IT Transformation and Digital Transformation, IT no longer stands alone—or at least in a modern workplace it should not stand alone—it is the hub through which all other business services will see their efforts delivered. Marketing requires large-scale data analytics and webscale support for customer and partner access. Finance needs 360 degree views of how money is flowing through the business inclusive of unintended consequential impacts.

The next incarnation of ESM is DevOps. It is all about leveraging a common set of tools and practices to deliver continuous delivery focused on operations management. This includes all aspects of managing, communications, automation, reporting, and monitoring. It's all about operating IT in an era where everything is software and programmable.

This session will explore the impact of the API economy, Service Integration & Management, and a growing software-defined infrastructure on the next generation of IT operations and how to prepare for the forthcoming changes.




 
General Session | Cats Herding: Why It’s Time for a Millennial Approach to Storage


Speaker:

Scott Cleland

Senior Director of Product Marketing
HGST

Track: All Tracks


Creating replica copies to tolerate a certain number of failures is easy, but, very expensive at cloud-scale. Conventional RAID has lower overhead, but it is limited in the number of failures it can tolerate. And the management is like herding cats (overseeing capacity, rebuilds, migrations, and degraded performance). A new approach is necessary, one that supports the attributes of the cloud with the millions of applications and users depending on it for their business and personal lives. Object storage is the millennial approach to cloud-based data storage, archival, retrieval and cost. Why? Because it delivers significantly higher data reliability and allows virtually unlimited expansion for storage. Perfect for a hash-tagging, selfie-taking, always communicating and collaborating in an on-demand world.




 
General Session | Cloud Centric Data Management with Commvault


Speaker:

Randy De Meno

Chief Technologist - Windows Products and Microsoft Partnerships
Commvault

Track: All Tracks


As organizations shift towards IT-as-a-service models, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and now cloud environments grows with it. Commvault can ensure protection, access and E-Discovery of your data - whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud, or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enterprise. Learn how to cut costs, scale easily, and unleash insight with CommVault software, the only singular data and information management solution for cloud data protection and beyond.




 
General Session | Creating Horizontal IoT Marketplaces and Democratizing Apps and Services


Speaker:

Esmeralda Swartz

VP, Marketing Enterprise and Cloud
Ericsson

Track: All Tracks


What a difference a year makes. Organizations aren’t just talking about IoT possibilities, it is now baked into their core business strategy. With IoT, billions of devices generating data from different companies on different networks around the globe need to interact. From efficiency to better customer insights to completely new business models, IoT will turn traditional business models upside down. In the new customer-centric age, the key to success is delivering critical services and apps with a consistent quality of experience irrespective of device, app or network. Open platforms are enabling the creation of game-changing apps that fundamentally transform a company’s approach for unleashing new value from core assets and data.

As software and sensors running on everything from industrial machinery to smart city services continue to advance, we’re entering an era where agents (services) can control the actions of interconnected intelligent things. As a result, the relationships between devices, device manufacturers and their owners, applications and service providers will become increasingly more complex. Physical access and one-off contracts will be replaced by software that can support the frequent negotiations for access to things and the data they generate. Not only that, but it will happen in an agile and scalable way where all parties involved in the transaction are appropriately compensated.




 
General Session | IBM's Hybrid Approach to Hybrid Cloud


Speaker:

Phil Jackson

Lead Technology Evangelist
SoftLayer, an IBM Company

Track: All Tracks


What does it look like when you have access to cloud infrastructure and platform under the same roof. Lets talk about the different layers of Technology as a Service: who cares, what runs where, and how does it all fit together. In this session SoftLayer's Phil Jackson will speak about the picture being painted by IBM Cloud and how the tools being crafted can help fill the gaps in your IT infrastructure.




 
General Session | Reduce the Attack Surface and Protect Your Organization with BMC BladeLogic


Speaker:

Atwell Williams

Senior Director of Customer Experience
BMC

Track: All Tracks


Digital Initiatives create new ways of conducting business which drive the need for increasingly advanced security and regulatory compliance challenges with exponentially more damaging consequences. In the BMC and Forbes Insights Survey in 2016, 97% of executives said they expect a rise in data breach attempts in the next 12 months. Sixty percent said operations and security teams have only a general understanding of each other’s requirements, resulting in a “SecOps gap” leaving organizations unable to mobilize to protect themselves. The result: many enterprises face unnecessary risks to data loss and production downtime.

This session will cover BMC’s innovative solution to deliver vigilant compliance, precise threat analytics and relentless remediation in pursuit of security for the digital era.




 
General Session | Slow Is the New Down: Keep Your Business in Business by Ensuring Successful User Experiences


Speaker:

Sean Armstrong

Vice President of Products
AppNeta

Track: All Tracks


Your business relies on your applications and your employees to stay in business. Whether you develop apps or manage business-critical apps that help fuel your business, what happens when users experience sluggish performance? You and all technical teams across the organization - application, network, operations, among others, as well as, those outside the organization, like ISPs and third-party providers, are called in to solve the problem.

Join AppNeta to learn about the root cause of performance issues and how innovative solutions are bridging the gap between siloed technical teams, as well as, outside providers. Explore what arsenal of tools is needed to help ensure a successful user experience and keep your business, in business.




 
General Session | Static vs Dynamic Cloud


Speaker:

Lee Atchison

Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate
New Relic

Track: All Tracks






 
General Session | The Next Generation Customer Engagement: Mobile Transformation


Speaker:

Roger Woods

Director, Mobile Product & Strategy
Adobe Marketing Cloud

Track: All Tracks


Why do your mobile transformations need to happen today? Mobile is the strategy that enterprise transformation centers on to drive customer engagement. This session will cover key IoT and mobile trends that are forcing mobile transformation, key components of a solid mobile strategy and explore how brands are effectively driving mobile change throughout the enterprise.




 
General Session | Zero to Cloud in 60 Minutes


Speaker:

Nara Rajagopalan

CEO
Accelerite

Track: All Tracks


The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren’t yet translating into a true “cloud” experience within the enterprise. What is stopping the growth of the “private cloud” market? In this talk, we explore the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key differences between what is available in the public cloud and the early private clouds? We also introduce our approach to solving the problem – how do we get an enterprise to deploy a private cloud in minutes that can compete with any public cloud in terms of functionality, cost and ease-of-use




 
Government Cloud Enablement, A Federated Model


Speaker:

Majed Saadi

Chief Technology Officer
Govplace

Track: Enterprise Cloud Adoption


While many government agencies have embraced the idea of employing Cloud Computing as a tool for increasing the efficiency and flexibility of IT, many still struggle with large scale adoption. The challenge is mainly attributed to the federated structure of these agencies as well as the immaturity of brokerage and governance tools and models. Initiatives like FedRAMP are a great first step toward solving many of these challenges but there are a lot of unknowns that are yet to be tackled. This session focuses on providing a quick update about that state of the cloud in the federal government with an emphasis on current trends and drivers. It also introduces a new Government Cloud Enablement Model which aims which codifies the different functional areas that enablement must confront.




 
Growing IoT from Industry to Society


Speaker:

Henrik Kenani Dahlgren

Portfolio Marketing Manager
Ericsson

Track: Hot Track 2 | IoT


It is one thing to build single industrial IoT applications, but what will it take to build the Smart Cities and truly society changing applications of the future? The technology won’t be the problem, it will be the number of parties that need to work together and be aligned in their motivation to succeed. How can you plan to cooperate, partner, and form lasting all-star teams to change the world? It starts with business models and monetization strategies.




 
Guaranteeing Performance for Your Virtualized Apps and Private Cloud


Speaker:

Dhiraj Sehgal

Product and Marketing
Tintri

Track: Hot Track 1 | Cloud


Fact: storage performance problems have only gotten more complicated, as applications not only have become largely virtualized, but also have moved to cloud-based infrastructures. Storage performance in virtualized environments isn’t just about IOPS anymore. Instead, you need to guarantee performance for individual VMs, helping applications maintain performance as the number of VMs continues to go up in real time.

In this session, we’ll share success stories from a few folks who have already started using VM-aware storage. By managing storage operations at the VM-level, they’ve been able to solve their most vexing storage problems, and create infrastructures that scale to meet the needs of their applications. Best of all, they’ve got predictable, manageable storage performance—at a level conventional storage can’t match.




 
Harness IoT and Predictive Analytics for Efficient and Reliable Operations


Speaker:

Jonathan Quint

CEO and Founder
Ontegrity

Track: Big Data | Analytics


Companies can harness IoT and predictive analytics to sustain business continuity; predict and manage site performance during emergencies; minimize expensive reactive maintenance; and forecast equipment and maintenance budgets and expenditures.

Providing cost-effective, uninterrupted service is challenging, particularly for organizations with geographically dispersed operations. Accordingly, businesses are turning to IoT applications and data analytics to monitor operations, identify trends, generate real‐time alarms, and preempt service disruptions. Algorithms, data mining, predictive analytics, a knowledge base, and application expertise must be applied to interpret data so organizations can develop concrete actions that reduce operating costs and increase reliability and asset life.




 
Have You Upgraded Your Body to Version 2.0?


Speaker:

Lisa Calkins

CEO and Co-founder
Amadeus Consulting

Track: Wearables & Consumer IoT


The increasing popularity of the Internet of Things necessitates that our physical and cognitive relationship with wearable technology will change rapidly in the near future. This advent means logging has become a thing of the past. Before, it was on us to track our own data, but now that data is automatically available. What does this mean for mHealth and the "connected" body? This talk will discuss the impact of wearables, IoT and predictive analytics on health and the consumer. At the end of this presentation, the audience will have a new perspective on health and the Internet of Things.




 
Highly Available SQL Deployments in the Cloud - What You Need to Know


Speaker:

David Bermingham

Director, Technical Evangelist
SIOS Technology

Track: Mobility & Security


Moving business critical applications, such as Microsoft SQL Server, to virtual server and cloud environments, requires high availability and a solid disaster protection plan. This session will simplify the confusing array of availability and redundancy features offered in Windows Server Failover Clustering, SQL Server, and leading cloud and virtual server software vendors. Attendees will learn how to protect SQL Server and other Windows applications from downtime and disasters, all the while ensuring configuration flexibility and infrastructure efficiency.




 
How AI Is Changing IoT


Speaker:

AJ Abdallat

CEO
Beyond AI

Track: Hot Track 2 | IoT


Artificial Intelligence has the potential to massively disrupt IoT. In this session learn what the five main drivers are in AI that could shape the future of IoT.




 
How Cloud Is Revolutionizing the Middle Market


Speaker:

Kevin Beasley

CIO
VAI

Track: Containers & Microservices


The middle market often experiences challenges adapting technology, lacking the agility of startups and the monetary investment of massive corporations. The cloud can help – cloud technology enables mid-market companies to streamline data and automate their processes. By utilizing cloud technology, employees can communicate and collaborate seamlessly from any device, whether it is a smartphone, tablet or desktop; thus improving user experience. This session will spotlight successes of the mid-market that are finally able to leverage ERP solutions, thanks to the economies of cloud.




 
How Cloud-Based Service Providers Can Use Security as an Advantage


Speaker:

Lila Kee

Chief Product Officer
GlobalSign

Track: Containers & Microservices


Identity is in everything and customers are looking to their providers to ensure the security of their identities, transactions and data. With the increased reliance on cloud-based services, service providers must build security and trust into their offerings, adding value to customers and improving the user experience. Making identity, security and privacy easy for customers provides a unique advantage over the competition.

Attendees will learn about security best practices for cloud-based service providers and how a superior user experience – backed by security features – will enable business growth and reduce customer churn.




 
How Continuous Development 15x Our Release Frequency


Speaker:

Tyler Jewell

CEO
Codenvy

Track: DevOps, Continuous Delivery and APIs


In 2013, we were releasing our SaaS and on-premise products twice / month. This created fear and loathing between teams. Our journey to continuous development transformed the way we create software with 30 releases / month. Join us as we share our journey and how we improved.




 
How IoT Disrupts the Cloud


Speaker:

Noah Harlan

President & Co-Founder
AllSeen Alliance/Two Bulls

Track: IoT Developer | Business Cases


A look at the coming move from Cloud to Edge and what this means for business.




 
How the Cloud Fixes Bimodal IT


Speaker:

Jason Bloomberg

President
Intellyx

Track: Enterprise Cloud Adoption


As enterprises around the world struggle with their digital transformation efforts, many are finding that innovative digital teams are moving much faster than their hidebound IT organizations. Rather than struggling to convince traditional IT to get with the digital program, executives are taking advice from IT research firm Gartner, and encouraging existing IT to continue in their desultory ways.

However, many CIOs are realizing the dangers of following Gartner’s advice. The central challenge with bimodal IT is that it encourages IT management to shift their transformation efforts away from 'slow' IT to 'fast' digital efforts.

As cloud computing becomes a standard part of the IT repertoire, however, the bimodal divide begins to break down. True, 'fast' IT takes the cloud for granted, but even 'slow' IT finds substantial value in the cloud as well.

The result: enterprise cloud efforts become the common platform and frame of reference for all speeds of IT, breaking down the bimodal pattern that is so dangerous for organizations as they become increasingly digital.

Attendees of this session will:
  • Gain an understanding of the bimodal pattern in today's enterprises and why Gartner's advice is so dangerous
  • Learn how the cloud impacts both 'fast' digital efforts as well as 'slow' IT organizations
  • Understand how the cloud can help 'slow' IT to transform, thus enabling the enterprise to achieve its end-to-end digital goals




 
How to Build Cost Effective IoT Devices Using Go In a Day


Speaker:

Indraneel Mitra

Senior Solutions Architect & Technology Evangelist
Cognizant Technology Solutions

Track: Wearables & Consumer IoT


This tutorial session will provide valuable information and resources for both novice and experienced developers how to get started with IOT and Golang in a day.

This talk will provide the audience with information on how to use Intel Arduino Kit, Go Robotics API and AWS IOT stack to build a application that gathers, analyzes, and acts on data generated by connected devices.

Attendees will leave this session with the following valuable takeaways: Understand metrics on the projected growth of IOT Understand how the IOT and the cloud work well together Understand the hardware and software required to build IOT applications Understand the architecture of IOT applications Gain awareness through a live demonstration of the power of IOT Gain access to a code base which can easily be modified to program other IOT devices such as a Drone or Home Automation Kit.




 
How to Capitalize on IoT for Critical Communications and Physical Security


Speaker:

Annie Asrari

Senior Product Manager
Everbridge

Track: Industrial IoT | Smart Grids


According to Gartner, there will be 25 billion connected devices by 2020. IoT has the ability to transform operational efficiency and safety for businesses and communities, especially during critical situations. During these critical events, man-made incidents or natural disasters, identifying and reaching employees with reliable and automated communications can not only protect business assets, but can be the difference between life and death. This session will highlight incident communications best practices and use cases that harness IoT—whether it be leveraging access control data to identify and communicate to dynamic employee locations, or automating downstream communications directly from public infrastructure.




 
How to Deliver a 5-Star Experience for IoT-Enabled Services


Speaker:

Anand Akela

Vice President, Product Marketing
Tricentis

Track: Wearables & Consumer IoT


In addition to all the benefits, IoT is also bringing new kind of customer experience challenges - cars that unlock themselves, thermostats turning houses into saunas and baby video monitors broadcasting over the internet. This list can only increase because while IoT services should be intuitive and simple to use, the delivery ecosystem is a myriad of potential problems as IoT explodes complexity. So finding a performance issue is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.

In this session, Anand will discuss how to address these customer experience challenges and deliver 5-star experience to the customers of your IoT-enabled services. He will review the benefits and dangers of IoT services, outline the complexities involved in delivering a seamless IoT experience and describe three essential capabilities for managing IoT performance.




 
How to Prepare for, then Monetize, IoT—Blueprint for a Connected Economy


Speaker:

Eric Hoffman

Vice President
EastBanc Technologies

Track: IoT Developer | Business Cases


The IoT is changing the way enterprises conduct business. In this session, we’ll discuss how businesses can gain an edge over competitors by empowering consumers to take control through IoT. We’ll cite examples such as a Washington, D.C.-based sports club that leveraged IoT and the cloud to develop a comprehensive booking system. We’ll also highlight how IoT can revitalize and restore outdated business models, making them profitable again. Lastly we’ll provide insight on the importance of properly establishing IoT in the cloud and the four steps you need to take in order to make your IoT program improve your service quality.




 
How to Transform Your Cloud Validation Strategy from Cloudy to Clear


Speaker:

Vandana Viswanathan

Associate Director
Cognizant

Track: Containers & Microservices


Security, data privacy, reliability and regulatory compliance are critical factors when evaluating whether to move business applications from in-house client hosted environments to a cloud platform. In this session, Vandana will provide an orientation to the five stages required to implement a cloud hosted solution validation strategy. The five learning objectives include:

  • Step-by-step process for qualifying a cloud provider
  • Developing a validation strategy to ensure quality and compliance of a cloud solution
  • Developing and implementing an end-to-end risk based testing approach
  • Ensuring governance through change management and user access control
  • How to prepare your organization to be audit/inspection ready




 
Hybrid Cloud Adoption with Bluemix


Speaker:

Jeff Brent

Program Director
IBM

Track: Hot Track 1 | Cloud


Many customers are moving to cloud in search of the associated benefits. Unfortunately, rules, regulations or internal policies prevent some customers from taking advantage of the cloud value proposition. In this discussion, you will learn how IBM Bluemix can help you achieve your goals while adopting cloud that is at a pace that is right for you. Learn how IBM's unique delivery model gives you the options and the capabilities to deploy a variety of workloads to the cloud.




 
Hybrid Security Monitoring


Speaker:

Stephen Coty

Chief Security Evangelist
Alert Logic

Track: Mobility & Security


The demand for organizations to expand their infrastructure to multiple IT environments like the cloud, on-premise, mobile, bring your own device (BYOD) and the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow. As this hybrid infrastructure increases, the challenge to monitor the security of these systems increases in volume and complexity. This presentation shows how properly configured and managed security architecture can defend against the cyber kill chain. The audience will learn about the “10 Security Best Practices” for effective security solutions and proven strategies to prevent harmful cyber activity.




 
IaaS Doesn’t Cut It for IoT: Designing IoT-as-a-Service


Speaker:

Nara Rajagopalan

CEO
Accelerite

Track: Industrial IoT | Smart Grids


Designing IoT applications is complex, but deploying them in a scalable fashion is even more complex! A scalable, API first IaaS cloud is a good start, but in order to understand the various components specific to deploying IoT applications, one needs to understand the architecture of these applications and figure out how to scale these components independently. This talk is about the fundamental architecture of IoT applications, and the various components that the cloud needs to support in order to make IoT as a service possible.




 
IoT: Creating the Next Generation of Communities


Speaker:

Brad Alcorn

Director of Product Development
Rachio

Track: Big Data | Analytics


Brad Alcorn, Director of Product Development at Rachio – the smart sprinkler controller that brings the smart home outdoors and allows users to manage their sprinkler system from any smart mobile device – can speak to the introduction of next generation communities that are using IoT to create more sustainable, intelligent communities.

One example is Sterling Ranch, a 10,000 home development that – with the help of Siemens – will integrate IoT technology into the community to provide residents with energy and water savings as well as intelligent security. Everything from stop lights to sprinkler systems to building infrastructures will run efficiently and sustainably.




 
IoT: It’s Evolution and Connection to the Cloud


Speaker:

Michael Goodenough

VP of cloud solutions and products
BCM One

Track: Wearables & Consumer IoT






 
Is DRaaS to a Service Provider a Myth or Reality?


Speaker:

Matt Kalmenson

VP of Sales, Service and Cloud Providers
Veeam Software

Track: Industrial IoT | Smart Grids


There are a lot of ways to leverage a cloud or service provider today. When it comes to Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), there is a market for service providers to offer this business-critical offering. In this session, see Matt Kalmenson from Veeam present how both end-users and service providers can benefit from technologies in the market today. Covered in this section are:

  • The value of DRaaS to end users
  • How DRaaS needs to accommodate situations like a partial failover
  • How service providers can create an offering around DRaaS




 
It’s About Sale! It’s About Scale! It’s About Speed! What Can You Learn About the Chinese Cloud Computing Market from Our Survey


Speaker:

Yu Hao

CEO and Co-founder
SpeedyCloud

Track: DevOps, Continuous Delivery and APIs


With over 720 million Internet users and 40%-50% CAGR, the Chinese Cloud Computing market has been booming. When talking about Cloud Computing, what are the Chinese users of Cloud thinking about? What is the most powerful force that can push them to make the buying decision? How to tap into them? Our survey’s result will tell you the truth.




 
Keep Your Data Active


Speaker:

Scott Cleland

Senior Director of Product Marketing
HGST

Track: Big Data | Analytics


We all know that data growth is exploding and storage budgets are shrinking. Instead of showing you charts on about how much data there is, in this session we’ll show you how to capture all of your data in one place. After you have your data under control, you can then analyze it in one place, saving time and resources. See how HGST has used these solutions to gain more value out of the information we have - and capitalize on that value by delivering better products.




 
Leveraging PaaS to Build an Enterprise Data Lake and Analytics Platform


Speaker:

Ramanujam Rao

Vice President
Asurion

Track: Containers & Microservices


Asurion is a global leader in technology protection services and the business operates in the intersection of consumer devices, mobile technologies and IoT. Analytics forms the backbone for its products, services and competitive advantage. Analytics for us, is not isolated silos of reporting, dashboards, predictive and big-data analytics, but, a series of rich models that emerge when we combine all data within the enterprise.

With our enterprise data currently at 3 Petabyte, and growing at over 2 Petabyte every year, there is an urgency to manage data volume from diverse sources, and to efficiently mine rich, timely insights from it. A data-lake architecture for transactional, operational, and reference data, built on a cloud-hosted platform, was our solution for our needs, but it also came with their own challenges

This talk focuses on how we built and operationalized an enterprise-grade integrated analytics platform on a cloud-based data lake, using Hadoop, Spark, Hive, Parquet and Storm.while also leveraging out of box functionality from AWS, such as Kinesis, Redshift and EMR. A platform serving all enterprise needs, from reporting/BI/dashboards, customer hub, to predictive modeling. We will also discuss challenges building a production system at scale, including design choices for ingestion, integration with enterprise data, PII encryption, APIs, data governance, access control and visualization by business users.




 
Living on the Edge: Immobile Data in a Mobile World


Speaker:

James Henry

Co-CEO/CTO
Calgary Scientific Inc.

Track: Mobility & Security


Providing secure, mobile access to sensitive data sets is a critical element in realizing the full potential of cloud computing. However, large data caches remain inaccessible to edge devices for reasons of security, size, format or limited viewing capabilities. Medical imaging, computer aided design and seismic interpretation are just a few examples of industries facing this challenge. Rather than fighting for incremental gains by pulling these datasets to edge devices, we need to embrace the immobile, heavy nature of this data by providing new opportunities for high-performance access and real-time collaboration.

Learn how to provide mobile access to powerful computation for massive data sets, and explore how the correct architectures provide the potential for secure collaboration on these data sets on any device even in restricted bandwidth environments.




 
Lunch Power Panel | Cloud Is Now Mainstream: What's a C-Level Rock Star to Do?


Speakers:

Randy De Meno

Chief Technologist - Windows Products and Microsoft Partnerships
Commvault

and
Dave Landa

Chief Operating Officer
kintone

and
William Morrish

VP of Commercial Operations
Interoute

and
Nara Rajagopalan

CEO
Accelerite

Track: All Tracks


The initial debate is over: Any enterprise with a serious commitment to IT is migrating to the cloud. But things are not so simple. There is a complex mix of on-premises, colocated, and public-cloud deployments.

This panel looks at the present state of cloud from the C-level view, and how great companies and rockstar executives can use cloud computing to meet their most ambitious and disruptive business goals.




 
Lunch Power Panel | DevOps Patterns and Anti-Patterns: How to Do the Right Things in the Real World


Speakers:

Dan Choquette

Founder
RackN

and
Charles Kendrick

CTO & Chief Architect
Isomorphic Software

and
Himanshu Chhetri

CTO
Addteq

Track: All Tracks


In the world of DevOps there are ‘known good practices’ – aka ‘patterns’ – and ‘known bad practices’ – aka ‘anti-patterns.' Many of these patterns and anti-patterns have been developed from real world experience, especially by the early adopters of DevOps theory; but many are more feasible in theory than in practice, especially for more recent entrants to the DevOps scene.

This panel session will discuss the patterns and anti-patterns of DevOps, and what it means to ‘do the right thing’ in a DevOps way, but in the real world. In particular, panelists will share their ideas about at how these patterns/anti-patterns intersect with real world challenges, such as crystallized systems, regulated industries, distributed workforces, existing ‘best practices’, cultural change, organizational structures, and more. Other topics will include:
  • DevOps Theory vs. Practice
  • What are some anti-patterns
  • What are some patterns
  • Culture vs. Process
  • Starting with Technology
  • DevOps – a team? A role? Neither? Both?
  • What is possible, what is not?
  • ITIL/ITSM and DevOps
  • Best practices or not?




 
M2M Certificate Standard


Speaker:

Brian Romansky

VP, Strategic Technology
TrustPoint Innovation

Track: Industrial IoT | Smart Grids


The emergence of SSL and certificate-based security was a critical step in the development of e-commerce on the internet. Some of today’s IoT applications have adopted this technology to create trusted connections to remote devices. However, this technology was developed for a world of high-powered servers and web browsers running on desktops and laptops. In order to fully realize the potential of IoT to support large-scale deployments on low powered devices, a new certificate-based security model is needed. The M2M certificate format was developed specifically to provide much smaller digital certificates and highly efficient cryptography. This talk will describe the M2M format, compare it to the existing X.509 standard, and explore the critical role of cross-platform trust models to create secure and connected IoT applications.




 
Machine Learning and Cognitive Fingerprinting Delivers Next Generation Analytics to Improve Safety, Performance, and Reliability


Speaker:

Stuart Gillen

Director of Business Development
SparkCognition

Track: Industrial IoT | Smart Grids


Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. Research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to improve safety, performance, and reliability in today’s modern wind turbines.




 
Making the Leap: Expanding Beyond Your Own Boundaries


Speaker:

Adam Rogers

Managing Director
ANEXIA

Track: Hot Track 1 | Cloud


SaaS companies can greatly expand revenue potential by pushing beyond their own borders. The challenge is how to do this without degrading service quality. IaaS providers with a global presence and both virtual and dedicated infrastructure can help companies expand their service footprint with low “go-to-market” costs.




 
Micro-services on a Bluemix PaaS


Speaker:

Gili Mendel

IBM Master Inventor and a Senior Technical Staff Member
IBM

Track: Hot Track 1 | Cloud


An inside look on IBM's Bluemix development and deployment across public and hybrid clouds. Dr Gili Mendel - Gili Mendel is an IBM Master Inventor and a Senior Technical Staff Member. Gili has been working for IBM since 1993 leading the development of various software products. These products span highly parallel device drivers for AIX clusters, to Eclipse based and now Cloud based tools. Gili holds a Ph.D. in computer science and is currently the development architect for the Ops Console for Dedicated and Local Bluemix.




 
Modernizing Existing Infrastructure with Truly Heterogeneous Software-Defined Storage


Speaker:

Seth Oxenhorn

Vice President, Business Development & Alliances
FalconStor

Track: Enterprise Cloud Adoption


Let’s face it, embracing new storage technologies, capabilities and upgrading to new hardware often adds complexity and increases costs. Learn how a truly heterogeneous software-defined storage approach can add value to legacy platforms and heterogeneous environments. The result reduces complexity, significantly lowers cost, provides IT organizations with improved efficiencies, all while delivering real freedom and flexibility. Come learn how to #BeFree.




 
Multi-Layer DDoS Mitigation Strategies


Speakers:

Sagi Brody

Chief Technology Officer
Webair Internet Development Inc.

and
Logan Best

Infrastructure & Network Engineer
Webair

Track: Mobility & Security


This session will focus on real world deployments of DDoS mitigation strategies in every layer of the network. It will give an overview of methods to prevent these attacks and best practices on how to provide protection in complex cloud platforms. The session will also outline what we have found in our experience managing and running thousands of Linux and Unix managed service platforms and what specifically can be done to offer protection at every layer. The session will offer insight and examples from both a business and technical perspective.

The audience for this presentation is anyone interested in strategies for protecting their network against DDoS attacks. Attendees can expect an education on the ways to protect themselves against these attacks and the best strategies for protecting every layer of the network. They will gain a better understanding of this issue from examples of real world deployments implemented by the presenting party.

This presentation will educate attendees on the significant threat that Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks pose to modern networks and lay out the best strategies for dealing with this threat. As DDoS attacks evolve to become more sophisticated and complex, they have also become much more difficult to combat and block. To protect customer applications from these damaging and costly incursions and safeguard mission-critical services, a multi-¬layer mitigation strategy should be employed. This strategy offers protection in several different ways: mitigating attacks from the server level to the application level as well as securing both the Linux OS and firewall layers. Using open source software also provides protection over and above the server stack, while third-party systems can be effectively utilized to provide an even larger-scale cloud mitigation solution.




 
Nail Your Next Large Scale Machine Learning Gig


Speaker:

Natalia Ponomareva

Software Engineer
Google

Track: Hot Track 2 | IoT


So, you bought into the current machine learning craze and went on to collect millions/billions of records from this promising new data source. Now, what do you do with them? Too often, the abundance of data quickly turns into an abundance of problems. How do you extract that "magic essence" from your data without falling into the common pitfalls?

In this session, I will give tips on how to be successful in large scale machine learning. I will briefly review the frameworks available to train machine learning models on large amounts of data, touch on feature engineering and algorithm selection, and give a few tips to help you avoid the most common mistakes




 
Network-Aware Orchestration: The Next Level of SD-WAN


Speaker:

Olivier Huynh Van

CTO and Co-Founder
Glue Networks

Track: Containers & Microservices


Enterprise networks are complex. Moreover, they were designed and deployed to meet a specific set of business requirements at a specific point in time. But, the adoption of cloud services, new business applications and intensifying security policies, among other factors, require IT organizations to continuously deploy configuration changes. Therefore, enterprises are looking for better ways to automate the management of their networks while still leveraging existing capabilities, optimizing performance and reducing operational risk through standardization and best-practice architectures.

Software-defined networking (SDN) promises to provide network configuration management via software to make a network more agile and adaptable. With SDN, network configurations can be managed centrally, and devices can be reprogrammed as needed on the fly, optimizing hardware infrastructure and minimizing operational spending.

This session will discuss extending SDN from data centers to the WAN. Attendees will learn:

  • How to leverage Internet broadband and cellular as cost-effective alternatives to private circuits on a global scale, while simplifying overall network architecture
  • The three common approaches to SD-WAN and the specific advantages and disadvantages of each
  • Why network-aware orchestration is needed for SD-WAN deployments
  • The role of DevOps in making the transition from traditional, manually deployed networks to SD-WAN




 
Next Generation Development Platforms for Next Generation Developers


Speaker:

Craig Sproule

CEO
Metavine

Track: IoT Developer | Business Cases


The IoTs will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. Craig Sproule will demonstrate how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and share the must have mindsets for removing complexity from the development process, accelerating application delivery times, and ensuring that developers will become heroes (not bottlenecks) in the IoT revolution.




 
Offline-First Apps with PouchDB and Cloudant


Speaker:

Bradley Holt

Developer Advocate
IBM

Track: Mobility & Security


It's easy to assume that your app will run on a fast and reliable network. The reality for your app's users, though, is often a slow, unreliable network with spotty coverage. What happens when the network doesn't work, or when the device is in airplane mode? You get unhappy, frustrated users. An offline-first app is an app that works, without error, when there is no network connection. Offline-first apps built with PouchDB and Cloudant Sync can provide better, faster user experiences by storing data locally and then synchronizing with a cloud database when a network connection is available.




 
Opening Keynote | Introduction to Blockchain


Speaker:

Andrew Keys

Co-Founder
ConsenSys Enterprise

Track: All Tracks


An overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination, the Blockchain.




 
Plotting the Best Course Around Multi-Cloud Adoption - What You Need to Know to Leverage the Multi-Cloud for Success


Speaker:

Yoav Mor

Multi-Cloud Solution Evangelist
Cloudyn

Track: Enterprise Cloud Adoption


Up until last year, enterprises that were looking into cloud services usually undertook a long-term pilot with one of the large cloud providers, running test and dev workloads in the cloud. With cloud’s transition to mainstream adoption in 2015, and with enterprises migrating more and more workloads into the cloud and in between public and private environments, the single-provider approach must be revisited.

Join us for this thought provoking session, in which we will examine the risks of sourcing IT resources from a single cloud service vendor, as well as the benefits to be reaped by adopting multi-cloud strategies.

Main takeaways:

  • Lock-in, pace of innovation, pricing fluctuations, and other limiting factors in the single-provider approach
  • The benefits in diversifying the cloud portfolio: business, operations and finance
It’s not about one cloud or the other: it’s about deploying the optimal mix of clouds for your enterprise’s workloads and applications.




 
Power Panel | The IoT Is a Mess: That's the Good News!


Speakers:

Bradley Holt

Developer Advocate
IBM

and
Esmeralda Swartz

VP, Marketing Enterprise and Cloud
Ericsson

Track: All Tracks


There are several IoTs: the Industrial Internet, Consumer Wearables, Wearables and Healthcare, Supply Chains, and the movement toward Smart Grids, Cities, Regions, and Nations. There are competing communications standards every step of the way, a bewildering array of sensors and devices, and an entire world of competing data analytics platforms. To some this appears to be chaos, but this panel views the vast toolbox of options being offered and how individual IoT project managers benefit from the choice of tools being offered to them.




 
Proactive vs. Reactive – A Better Approach to Cloud Security


Speaker:

Stephen Coty

Chief Security Evangelist
Alert Logic

Track: Mobility & Security


How will your company move to the cloud while ensuring a solid security posture? Organizations from small to large are increasingly adopting cloud solutions to deliver essential business services at a much lower cost. According to cyber security experts, the frequency and severity of cyber attacks are on the rise, causing alarm to businesses and customers across a variety of industries. To defend against exploits like these, a company must adopt a comprehensive security defense strategy that is designed for their business. In 2015, organizations such as United Airlines, Sony Corp, Anthem and the Office of Personnel Management experienced data breaches through malware and other targeted attacks.

Join Alert Logic's Chief Evangelist, Stephen Coty, as he takes you into the evolving world of cybercrime and gives you an insider's look into the tactics utilized by fast, well-funded and organized attackers. He will review real examples and case studies of recent breaches, and you will learn expert strategies for protecting your information in the cloud.




 
Ransomware


Speaker:

Stephen Coty

Chief Security Evangelist
Alert Logic

Track: Mobility & Security


Ransomware. Turn on the local news, go to a technology blog, read the headlines, it is everywhere. Unfortunately today it is impacting all organizations; hospitals, schools, large business, and governments. When Ransomware attacks it makes accessing sensitive and important data impossible and has the potential for significant impact to both the client base and the organization.




 
Redis Functions and Data Structures for Everyday Use Cases


Speaker:

Dave Nielsen

Technical Program Manager
Intel Software

Track: Containers & Microservices


Redis is not only the fastest database, but it has become the most popular among the new wave of applications running in containers. Redis speeds up just about every data interaction between your users or operational systems. Join Dave in this talk where he shares the functions and data structures used to solve everyday use cases that are driving Redis' popularity.




 
Regaining Control of Storage Performance


Speaker:

Don Martin

Chief Technology Officer
Security First Corp

Track: Mobility & Security


New Technologies Enable Administrative Control of Availability and Confidentiality in the Cloud

Cloud Object Storage is effectively infinitely scalable and boasts the lowest total costs. But cloud SLAs and T&Cs are traditionally optimized for huge customers like Netflix, so applications demanding better confidentiality or higher availability typically can’t reap the benefits of public cloud storage.

This presentation will provide an overview of innovative technologies available today – secret sharing and information dispersal algorithms – that enable multiple, redundant cloud storage locations to be efficiently harnessed for the most sensitive and most demanding storage applications.




 
Scaling Massive Enterprise Content Stores in the Cloud


Speaker:

John Newton

CTO, Founder and Chairman
Alfresco

Track: Containers & Microservices


In this session John Newton will describe how to scale cloud-based content management repositories to store, manage, and retrieve billions of documents and related information with fast and linear scalability. Using new techniques of information modeling, indexing, and processing, new cloud-based systems can support cloud-based workloads previously not possible for high-throughput insurance, banking, and case-based applications.

The session will address the challenges of scaling document repositories to this level; architectural approaches for coordinating data; search and storage technologies, Solr, and Amazon storage and database technologies; the breadth of use cases that modern content systems need to support; how to support user applications that require subsecond response times.




 
Secure Solutions for Storing and Moving Sensitive Data Around the World


Speaker:

Scott Sobhani

CEO and Co-founder
Cloud Constellation Corporation

Track: Mobility & Security


As cloud and storage projections continue to rise, the number of organizations moving to the Cloud is escalating and it is clear cloud storage is here to stay. However, is it secure?

Data is the lifeblood for government entities, countries, cloud service providers and enterprises alike and losing or exposing that data can have disastrous results.

There are new concepts for data storage on the horizon that will deliver secure solutions for storing and moving sensitive data around the world. In this session, attendees will learn about new best practices to bypass the Internet:

  • Understand the next phase of cloud storage
  • Learn new architectural designs for reliable, redundant off-world storage
  • Discover how to bypass cross-jurisdictional restrictions to avoid violating privacy regulations
  • Understand how a mother/daughter satellite configuration allows users to circumvent leaky networks
  • Isolate data from the Internet and leased lines




 
Securing the Things in the Internet of Things


Speaker:

Louis Parks

CEO and Co-Founder
SecureRF

Track: Industrial IoT | Smart Grids


As devices, sensors, objects and people are given digital identities that connect them to the Internet by the billions, the need for security and privacy becomes a critical factor for both market adoption and safety. The 40-year-old security methods we now use on our PCs and networks cannot address many of these IoT devices. In this presentation, we provide a brief overview of security functions and available cryptography tools, look at the hurdles in securing small devices which are part of the Internet of Things, explore proposed standards and review what viable options are emerging.




 
Sensor-2-Server: Intelligent Communication at the Access Layer


Speaker:

Scott Allen

CMO
FreeWave Technologies

Track: Industrial IoT | Smart Grids


The idea of comparing data in motion (at the sensor level) to data at rest (in a big data server warehouse) with predictive analytics in the cloud is very appealing to the industrial IoT sector. The problem big data vendors have, however, is access to that data in motion at the sensor location. As IoT is increasingly adopted by industrial markets, there is going to be an increased demand for sensor data from the outermost (access) layer of the network.




 
ShareInsights: A Unified Approach to Full-Stack Data Processing


Speaker:

Mukund Deshpande

Head ShareInsights
Accelerite

Track: Big Data | Analytics


The essence of data analysis involves setting up data pipelines that consist of several operations that are chained together - starting from data collection, data quality checks, data integration, data analysis and data visualization (including the setting up of interaction paths in that visualization). In our opinion, the challenges stem from the technology diversity at each stage of the data pipeline as well as the lack of process around the analysis. In this talk we present a platform that aims to significantly reduce the time it takes to build data pipelines and allows one to manage the analytics life cycle.




 
Step-by-Step IoTization


Speaker:

Tony Shan

Chief Architect
CTS

Track: IoT Developer | Business Cases


The paradigm has shifted. A Gartner survey shows that 43% of organizations are using or plan to implement the Internet of Things in 2016. However, not just a handful of companies are still using the old-style ad-hoc trial-and-error ways, unaware of the critical barriers, paint points, traps, and hidden roadblocks. How can you become a winner?

This talk presents a methodical approach to guide the holistic adoption and enablement of IoT implementations. This overarching model is an adaptive framework to systematically handle the rapid changes and exponential growth, composed of the following modules: Prototype, Extend, Assess, Strategize, Formulate, Accelerate, Initiate, and Revamp (PEAS FAIR). We will zoom in to individual components in each module. Working examples will be discussed to illustrate the practical use of this method in the real world, along with best practices and lessons learned to help organizations IoTize step by step.




 
Storage Analytics Engines in Cloud and Heterogeneous Environments


Speaker:

Peter McCallum

VP of Datacenter Solutions
FalconStor

Track: Big Data | Analytics


Predictive analytics tools monitor, report, and troubleshoot in order to make proactive decisions about the health, performance, and utilization of storage. Most enterprises combine cloud and on-premise storage, resulting in blended environments of physical, virtual, cloud, and other platforms, which justifies more sophisticated storage analytics.

This session covers using predictive analytics to monitor and adjust functions like performance, capacity, caching, security, optimization, uptime and service levels; identify trends or patterns to forecast future requirements; detect problems before they result in failures or downtime; and convert insight into actions like changing policies, storage tiers, or DR strategies.




 
Strong Security Elements for IoT Manufacturing


Speaker:

Lancen LaChance

Vice President
GlobalSign

Track: Industrial IoT | Smart Grids


The security needs of IoT environments require a strong, proven approach to maintain security, trust and privacy in their ecosystem. Assurance and protection of device identity, secure data encryption and authentication are the key security challenges organizations are trying to address when integrating IoT devices. This holds true for IoT applications in wide range of industries, for example healthcare, consumer devices, and manufacturing.

This talk will teach IoT developers how to introduce strong security elements into the manufacturing process, addressing the critical IoT security concerns but also accelerating time-to-market and reducing manufacturing costs.




 
Tech Primer: Big Data Services in the Cloud


Speaker:

Hannah Smalltree

Director
Cazena

Track: Big Data | Analytics


The cloud promises new levels of agility and cost-savings for Big Data, data warehousing and analytics. But it’s challenging to understand all the options – from IaaS and PaaS to newer services like HaaS (Hadoop as a Service) and BDaaS (Big Data as a Service).

In this session, get an educational overview of emerging “as-a-service” options for Big Data in the cloud. This is critical background for IT and data professionals, as experts estimate that “as-a-service” cloud sourcing will increase from today’s 15% to 35% by 2021. Learn more and hear important considerations to help evaluate and rank your options.




 
The "Big" Distraction: Focusing on Time-to-Value in Big Data Deployments


Speaker:

Suchit Kaura

VP of Engineering
Coho Data

Track: Big Data | Analytics


As enterprises work to take advantage of Big Data technologies, they frequently become distracted by product-level decisions. In most new Big Data builds, this approach is completely counter-productive: it presupposes tools that may not be a fit for development teams, forces IT to take on the burden of evaluating and maintaining unfamiliar technology, and represents a major up-front expense.

In this talk, Suchit Kaura will discuss how enterprises can bring Big Data tools to a point of customer value, and he'll cover core lessons about how to approach Big Data and how to be successful at winning from Big Data in your environment.




 
The "New Platform": You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet


Speaker:

Gordon Haff

Senior Cloud Strategy Marketing and Evangelism Manager
Red Hat

Track: DevOps, Continuous Delivery and APIs


The now mainstream platform changes stemming from the first Internet boom brought many changes but didn’t really change the basic relationship between servers and the applications running on them. In fact, that was sort of the point.

Today’s workloads require a new model and a new platform for development and execution. The platform must handle a wide range of recent developments, including containers and Docker, distributed resource management, and DevOps tool chains and processes. The resulting infrastructure and management framework must be optimized for distributed and scalable applications, take advantage of innovation stemming from a wide variety of open source projects, span hybrid environments, and be adaptable to equally fundamental changes happening in hardware and elsewhere in the stack.




 
The Agile Accelerator: Where Designers, Product Managers and Engineers Collaborate in the Cloud


Speaker:

Charles Kendrick

CTO & Chief Architect
Isomorphic Software

Track: DevOps, Continuous Delivery and APIs


Between the mockups and specs produced by analysts, and resulting applications built by developers, there exists a gulf where projects fail, costs spiral, and applications disappoint. Methodologies like Agile attempt to address this with intensified communication, with partial success but many limitations.

In this session, we present a revolutionary model enabled by new technologies. Learn how business and development users can collaborate - each using tools appropriate to their expertise - to build mockups and enhance them all the way through functional prototypes, to final deployed applications. This approach helps you improve usability, exceed end-user expectations, and still hit project milestones.




 
The Benefit of IoT for Energy Assets


Speaker:

Andy Marsh

Global Solutions Architect
Blue Pillar, Inc

Track: Industrial IoT | Smart Grids


Internet of Things (IoT) platforms have evolved. Advances in technology make it possible for facilities to become more data-driven by connecting to energy assets, thereby improving building resiliency and reducing energy costs. By creating an Energy Network of Things, facilities can manage energy assets in real-time, institute system-wide operational oversight and compliance, execute energy efficiency programs, utilize real-time data, and support budgeting and asset planning across local and geographically-dispersed sites. This session will explore the how IoT technology has evolved to redefine facilities management and allows businesses to take control their of their energy assets and energy future.




 
The Cognitive Revolution


Speaker:

Chad Steelberg

CEO
Veritone

Track: Hot Track 1 | Cloud






 
The Developer Is the Hero in the Era of Digital Transformation!


Speaker:

Craig Sproule

CEO
Metavine

Track: Industrial IoT | Smart Grids


Management is always pissed off. They want things now and they do not understand that developing applications is complicated and takes time. Wouldn't it be amazing if you could say with certainty that you could get anything done in record time? Wouldn't it be incredible to be a hero again? Craig Sproule will share the must have mindsets for removing complexity from the development process, accelerate application delivery times, and ensure that developers will become the new heroes (not bottlenecks) during the digital transformation tsunami.




 
The Evolution of a Back-End Data Platform


Speaker:

Derek Yoo

Co-founder and CTO
Fuze

Track: Mobility & Security


A critical component of any IoT project is what to do with all the data being generated. This data needs to be captured, processed, structured, and stored in a way to facilitate different kinds of queries. Traditional data warehouse and analytical systems are mature technologies that can be used to handle certain kinds of queries, but they are not always well suited to many problems, particularly when there is a need for real-time insights.

At Fuze, we have developed a back-end platform as part of our mobility-oriented cloud service that uses Big Data-based approaches to gather data at scale to create near real-time insights for end users. Our back-end data platform has evolved significantly over time. I will describe this evolutionary history from simple SQL-based reporting databases to data warehouses and datamarts to data stream oriented architectures. These architectural ideas can be applied to IoT initiatives where real-time insights are necessary.




 
The Future of IoT Through Location-Based Services


Speaker:

Mario Proietti

CEO
LocationSmart

Track: Big Data | Analytics


Connected devices and the industrial internet are growing exponentially every year with Cisco expecting 50 billion devices to be in operation by 2020. In this period of growth, location-based insights are becoming invaluable to many businesses as they adopt new connected technologies. Knowing when and where these devices connect from is critical for a number of scenarios in supply chain management, disaster management, emergency response, M2M, location marketing and more. Internet connectivity enables location-based services to take advantage of everything available on the World Wide Web and this data helps expand the possibilities for how we communicate, collaborate and commute.




 
The Importance of Open Frameworks in IoT


Speaker:

Noah Harlan

President & Co-Founder
AllSeen Alliance/Two Bulls

Track: IoT Developer | Business Cases


As President of the AllSeen Alliance and founder of technology company Two Bulls, Noah Harlan is uniquely qualified to discuss why open source frameworks are vital for the future of the Internet of Things.




 
The Industrial Internet of Things and Software Quality: Why It Matters Now


Speaker:

John Paliotta

Co-Founder
Vector Software

Track: Industrial IoT | Smart Grids


There will be new vendors providing applications, middleware, and connected devices to support the thriving IoT ecosystem. This essentially means that electronic device manufacturers will also be in the software business.

Many will be new to building embedded software or robust software. This creates an increased importance on software quality, particularly within the Industrial Internet of Things where business-critical applications are becoming dependent on products controlled by software. Quality is the central issue when safety, security or human life is at risk if software fails.

This presentation will highlight how organizations can adjust development processes to produce higher quality applications.




 
The Information Age from the Edge of the Cloud


Speaker:

Jeff Greenwald

Senior Director of Market Development
HGST

Track: IoT Developer | Business Cases


Jeff Greenwald will discuss the millennial approach to managing how data is stored, protected, accessed, shared, and governed. We now work in a world in which data flows to and from the cloud across platforms, geographies and applications. In this session you will learn that employing the right infrastructure will set your business free, even within the most demanding use cases—from business continuity to backup and archive.




 
The Internet of [Broken] Things: The Big Data Challenges of Keeping IoT Reliable


Speaker:

Leo Vasiliou

Director of Web Performance Engineering
Catchpoint Systems

Track: IoT Developer | Business Cases


As the Internet of Things becomes more capable, moving from an initial ad hoc bundle of chaos to an optimized set of interconnected assets, we will need to ensure it performs and is reliable. But this means the tools measuring the performance and reliability of the IoT will also need to mature as the need for timely, understandable, quality, business-critical information becomes paramount. Sensors that are malfunctioning, devices that are offline, data that’s little more than noise can all scuttle the best IoT monitoring strategies.

Let's fix them! Let's make sure the "Things" in IoT are doing what they are supposed to be doing.




 
The Quantified Economy & The Future of IoT Data


Speaker:

David McLauchlan

CEO
Buddy Platform

Track: Big Data | Analytics


The Quantified Economy represents the total global addressable market (TAM) for IoT, which according to a recent IDC report, will grow to an unprecedented $1.3 Trillion by 2019. With this, the 3rd wave of the Internet-global proliferation of connected devices, appliances and sensors is poised to take off in 2016. Dave will discuss how the ability to access and analyze the massive volume of streaming data from millions of connected devices in real time and at scale will enable prediction and optimization, the areas where IoT’s greatest value lies.




 
The Science Behind Generating Big Data


Speaker:

Emil Sayegh

CEO
Codero Hosting

Track: Wearables & Consumer IoT


Big Data engines are powering a lot of service businesses right now. Data is collected from users from wearable technologies, web behaviors, purchase behavior as well as several arbitrary data points we’d never think of. The demand for faster and bigger engines to crunch and serve up the data to services is growing exponentially. You see a LOT of correlation between “Cloud” and “Big Data” but on Big Data and “Hybrid”, where hybrid hosting is the sanest approach to the Big Data Infrastructure problem.

Ideal architecture for Big Data infrastructures:
  • A re-understanding of performance on dedicated or bare metal servers in tandem with cloud as opposed to 100% cloud architecture
  • Ideal architecture for Big Data infrastructures
  • Cost savings directly attributed to using a hybrid style infrastructure
  • Better understanding of hybrid as a capability and level of control, not a hosting product out of the box




 
Top Reasons Your Organization Benefits from Cloud Bursting


Speaker:

Scott Jeschonek

Director Cloud Solutions
Avere Systems

Track: Hot Track 1 | Cloud


When it comes to cloud computing, the ability to turn massive amounts of compute cores on and off on demand sounds attractive to IT staff, who need to manage peaks and valleys in user activity. With cloud bursting, the majority of the data can stay on premises while tapping into compute from public cloud providers, reducing risk and minimizing need to move large files.

Hear from Scott Jeschonek, Director of Product Management at Avere Systems on the IT and business benefits that cloud bursting provides, including increased compute capacity, lower IT investment, financial agility, and, ultimately, faster time to market.




 
Using Microservices for Application Integration


Speaker:

Igor Drobiazko

Co-founder
elastic.io

Track: Containers & Microservices


The proper isolation of resources is essential for multi-tenant environments. The traditional approach to isolate resources is, however, rather heavyweight. In our session we will draw upon our own experience with operating a Docker container-based infrastructure on a large scale and present a lightweight solution for resource isolation using microservices.

We will talk about the implementation of microservices in data and application integration in general, share the challenges we ran into using open source technologies like Apache Mesos and Marathon for Docker containers and what solutions we found to deal with them.




 
Wearables and Privacy: Who Is Your Watch Talking To?


Speaker:

Bruce Snell

Cybersecurity and Privacy Director
Intel Security

Track: Wearables & Consumer IoT


We're entering the post-smartphone era, where wearable gadgets from watches and fitness bands to glasses and health aids will power the next technological revolution. With mass adoption of wearable devices comes a new data ecosystem that must be protected. Wearables open new pathways that facilitate the tracking, sharing and storing of consumers’ personal health, location and daily activity data. Consumers have some idea of the data these devices capture, but most don’t realize how revealing and comprehensive it can be. By effectively addressing the security vulnerabilities, privacy concerns and regulation issues, this brave new wearable world can be safely enjoyed by all.




 
WebRTC's Impact in Capital Markets


Speaker:

Leo Papadopoulos

Chief Technology Officer, Co-Founder
Cloud9 Technologies

Track: Hot Track 2 | IoT


WebRTC is bringing significant change to the communications landscape that will bridge the worlds of web and telephony, making the Internet the new standard for communications. Cloud9 took the road less traveled and used WebRTC to create a downloadable enterprise-grade communications platform that is changing the communication dynamic in the financial sector. Cloud9 CTO Leo Papadopoulos will discuss the importance of WebRTC, and how it enables companies to focus on building intellectual property into their platforms that support customer needs, while also providing the performance, service, and support levels expected by Fortune 100 companies.




 
WebSocket – Its Impact on Hybrid Cloud Computing, Streaming Services, Microservices and the Web of Things


Speaker:

Frank Greco

Director of Technology
Kaazing Corporation

Track: Containers & Microservices


WebSocket is effectively a persistent and fat pipe that is compatible with a standard web infrastructure; a "TCP for the Web." If you think of WebSocket in this light, there are other more hugely interesting applications of WebSocket than just simply sending data to a browser.

We will compare other modern web connectivity methods such as HTTP/2, HTTP Streaming, Server-Sent Events and new W3C event APIs with WebSocket. This session will also look at how WebSocket provides innovative enhancements for dynamic hybrid cloud computing connectivity. And by providing proprietary TCP-based IoT with a common connectable substrate (Web of Things), we can obtain advantages for connected devices such as global reach, ease of deployment, economies of scale, ease of development, etc.




 
What Added Value Can a Development Company Bring to Your Software Product?


Speaker:

Oleksii Ostroverkhyi

CCO
MobiDev

Track: Enterprise Cloud Adoption


Every successful software product evolves from an idea to an enterprise system. Notably, the same way is passed by the product owner's company. This report represents a generalized overview of the evolution of a software product, the product owner, the needs that arise at various stages of this process, and the value brought by a software development partner to the product owner as a response to these needs.

  • Evolution of the project = evolution of needs
  • Value chain in software product evolution
  • How a software development company can facilitate startups
  • Growing scale and complexity, benefits of ongoing collaboration
  • Engagement models: it's never too late to start a valuable cooperation!
All in all, the key value that can be added to the success of your product does not comprise technical expertise and corresponding development resources only; true success is possible when the software development company becomes a reliable long-time partner that keeps developing the product further and making it continuously relevant.




 
What Five Things You Need to Know When Building Your Bimodal Digital Future, and How to Do Them Without Starting Again


Speaker:

William Morrish

VP of Commercial Operations
Interoute

Track: Hot Track 1 | Cloud


Traditional IT, great for stable systems of record, is struggling to cope with newer, agile systems of engagement requirements coming straight from the business. This session outlines ways of exploiting new architectures to enable both systems, building them to support your existing platforms with an eye for the future. Technologies, such as Docker and the hyper-convergence of computing, networking and storage, create a platform for consolidation, migration and enabling digital transformation.




 
What Is a No Code/Low Code Platform and Why It Matters


Speaker:

Thierry Ciot

Software Architect
Progress

Track: Mobility & Security


Low-code platforms are an important strategy to create all sorts of applications extremely quickly and at a drastically reduced cost.

Additionally, they enable building applications that would never have been created in the first place due to cost, time constraints, or lack of expertise.

In this presentation we will talk about why low code platforms are emerging, what opportunities they create and why they help build responsive and adaptive applications that users really want.

Whether you are an ISV, in IT, or an independent programmer come and see a trend you can't ignore anymore.




 
What Is the Business Imperative for Cognitive Computing?


Speaker:

Judith Hurwitz

President & CEO
Hurwitz & Associates

Track: Hot Track 1 | Cloud


Cognitive Computing is becoming the foundation for a new generation of solutions that have the potential to transform business. Unlike traditional approaches to building solutions, a cognitive computing approach allows the data to help determine the way applications are designed. This contrasts with conventional software development that begins with defining logic based on the current way a business operates. This session will put cognitive computing into perspective with its value to the business. The session will detail what it takes to build a cognitive application and the types of solutions that are the best fit for this data-driven approach.




 
What to Consider Before Moving a Database into a Public Cloud


Speaker:

Chris Presley

Solutions Architect
Pythian

Track: Enterprise Cloud Adoption


The cloud competition for database hosts is fierce! How do you evaluate a cloud provider for your database platform? Chris Presley's session will give users a checklist of considerations when choosing a provider.




 
What Your Cloud Vendor May Not Be Telling You


Speaker:

Jordan Jacobs

VP of Products
SingleHop

Track: Containers & Microservices


Choosing the right cloud for your workloads is a balancing act that can cost your organization time, money and aggravation - unless you get it right the first time.

Economics, speed, performance, accessibility, administrative needs and security all play a vital role in dictating your approach to the cloud. Without knowing the right questions to ask, you could wind up paying for capacity you'll never need or underestimating the resources required to run your applications.

This session will cover:
  • The pros and cons of key cloud service models
  • Cloud economics, pricing structures and inefficiencies that could be affecting you
  • How to determine if a multi-cloud strategy is right for you
  • Tips on freeing your IT staff from mundane tasks




 
Wiring the IoT for Modern Manufacturing


Speaker:

Florent Solt

CTO and Chief Architect
Netvibes

Track: Big Data | Analytics


The IoT has the potential to create a renaissance of manufacturing in the US and elsewhere. The expected exponential increase in the amount of data that will be processed, transported, stored, and accessed means there will be a huge demand for smart technologies to deliver it.




 
Zap the Zombies and So Much More…


Speaker:

Michelle Kerby

Sr. Director of Solution Marketing
BMC Software

Track: Enterprise Cloud Adoption


The Wall Street Journal recently reported that an estimated 10 million zombie servers worldwide burn energy equal to the output of 8 large power plants. You might be wondering what’s burning in your data center? How can you confidently identify a zombie server from infrastructure that supports critical services?

In this session, learn how automated asset discovery and dependency mapping can give IT a holistic view of all enterprise assets and the relationships between those assets. In minutes, IT can link infrastructure and software to how it impacts the business to optimize capacity, ensure stronger security and improve service, change and problem management.

Make smart IT decisions to zap the zombies.




Presentation Slides
The dynamic nature of the cloud means that change is a constant when it comes to modern cloud-based infrastructure. Delivering modern applications to end users, therefore, is a constantly shifting challenge. Delivery automation helps IT Ops teams ensure that apps are providing an optimal end user experience over hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud environments, no matter what the current state of the infrastructure is. To employ a delivery automation strategy that reflects your business rules, making r...
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is foundational - something customers routinely cite as a top pain point. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Bill Borsari, Head of Systems Engineering at Datera, explored how organizations can reap the bene...
Kubernetes is an open source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Kubernetes was originally built by Google, leveraging years of experience with managing container workloads, and is now a Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) project. Kubernetes has been widely adopted by the community, supported on all major public and private cloud providers, and is gaining rapid adoption in enterprises. However, Kubernetes may seem intimidating and complex ...
In a recent survey, Sumo Logic surveyed 1,500 customers who employ cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). According to the survey, a quarter of the respondents have already deployed Docker containers and nearly as many (23 percent) are employing the AWS Lambda serverless computing framework. It’s clear: serverless is here to stay. The adoption does come with some needed changes, within both application development and operations. Tha...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Michael Burley, a Senior Business Development Executive in IT Services at NetApp, described how NetApp designed a three-year program of work to migrate 25PB of a major telco's enterprise data to a new STaaS platform, and then secured a long-term contract to manage and operate the platform. This significant program blended the best of NetApp’s solutions and services capabilities to enable this telco’s successful adoption of private cloud storage and launching ...
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, discussed the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application p...
The past few years have brought a sea change in the way applications are architected, developed, and consumed—increasing both the complexity of testing and the business impact of software failures. How can software testing professionals keep pace with modern application delivery, given the trends that impact both architectures (cloud, microservices, and APIs) and processes (DevOps, agile, and continuous delivery)? This is where continuous testing comes in. D
Smart cities have the potential to change our lives at so many levels for citizens: less pollution, reduced parking obstacles, better health, education and more energy savings. Real-time data streaming and the Internet of Things (IoT) possess the power to turn this vision into a reality. However, most organizations today are building their data infrastructure to focus solely on addressing immediate business needs vs. a platform capable of quickly adapting emerging technologies to address future ...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
No hype cycles or predictions of a gazillion things here. IoT is here. You get it. You know your business and have great ideas for a business transformation strategy. What comes next? Time to make it happen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jay Mason, an Associate Partner of Analytics, IoT & Cybersecurity at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He also discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data...
Nordstrom is transforming the way that they do business and the cloud is the key to enabling speed and hyper personalized customer experiences. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ken Schow, VP of Engineering at Nordstrom, discussed some of the key learnings and common pitfalls of large enterprises moving to the cloud. This includes strategies around choosing a cloud provider(s), architecture, and lessons learned. In addition, he covered some of the best practices for structured team migration an...
With tough new regulations coming to Europe on data privacy in May 2018, Calligo will explain why in reality the effect is global and transforms how you consider critical data. EU GDPR fundamentally rewrites the rules for cloud, Big Data and IoT. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Adam Ryan, Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Calligo, examined the regulations and provided insight on how it affects technology, challenges the established rules and will usher in new levels of diligence arou...
Most technology leaders, contemporary and from the hardware era, are reshaping their businesses to do software. They hope to capture value from emerging technologies such as IoT, SDN, and AI. Ultimately, irrespective of the vertical, it is about deriving value from independent software applications participating in an ecosystem as one comprehensive solution. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kausik Sridhar, founder and CTO of Pulzze Systems, discussed how given the magnitude of today's application ...
The “Digital Era” is forcing us to engage with new methods to build, operate and maintain applications. This transformation also implies an evolution to more and more intelligent applications to better engage with the customers, while creating significant market differentiators. In both cases, the cloud has become a key enabler to embrace this digital revolution. So, moving to the cloud is no longer the question; the new questions are HOW and WHEN. To make this equation even more complex, most ...
As you move to the cloud, your network should be efficient, secure, and easy to manage. An enterprise adopting a hybrid or public cloud needs systems and tools that provide: Agility: ability to deliver applications and services faster, even in complex hybrid environments Easier manageability: enable reliable connectivity with complete oversight as the data center network evolves Greater efficiency: eliminate wasted effort while reducing errors and optimize asset utilization Security: imple...
Mobile device usage has increased exponentially during the past several years, as consumers rely on handhelds for everything from news and weather to banking and purchases. What can we expect in the next few years? The way in which we interact with our devices will fundamentally change, as businesses leverage Artificial Intelligence. We already see this taking shape as businesses leverage AI for cost savings and customer responsiveness. This trend will continue, as AI is used for more sophistica...
Digital transformation is about embracing digital technologies into a company's culture to better connect with its customers, automate processes, create better tools, enter new markets, etc. Such a transformation requires continuous orchestration across teams and an environment based on open collaboration and daily experiments. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Alex Casalboni, Technical (Cloud) Evangelist at Cloud Academy, explored and discussed the most urgent unsolved challenges to achieve f...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Raju Shreewastava, founder of Big Data Trunk, provided a fun and simple way to introduce Machine Leaning to anyone and everyone. He solved a machine learning problem and demonstrated an easy way to be able to do machine learning without even coding. Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com), a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intelligence and B...
Recently, REAN Cloud built a digital concierge for a North Carolina hospital that had observed that most patient call button questions were repetitive. In addition, the paper-based process used to measure patient health metrics was laborious, not in real-time and sometimes error-prone. In their session at 21st Cloud Expo, Sean Finnerty, Executive Director, Practice Lead, Health Care & Life Science at REAN Cloud, and Dr. S.P.T. Krishnan, Principal Architect at REAN Cloud, discussed how they built...
Blockchain is a shared, secure record of exchange that establishes trust, accountability and transparency across business networks. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost as well as advance trade. Are you curious about how Blockchain is built for business? In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, discussed the b...
Companies are harnessing data in ways we once associated with science fiction. Analysts have access to a plethora of visualization and reporting tools, but considering the vast amount of data businesses collect and limitations of CPUs, end users are forced to design their structures and systems with limitations. Until now. As the cloud toolkit to analyze data has evolved, GPUs have stepped in to massively parallel SQL, visualization and machine learning.
In this strange new world where more and more power is drawn from business technology, companies are effectively straddling two paths on the road to innovation and transformation into digital enterprises. The first path is the heritage trail – with “legacy” technology forming the background. Here, extant technologies are transformed by core IT teams to provide more API-driven approaches. Legacy systems can restrict companies that are transitioning into digital enterprises. To truly become a lead...
IoT is at the core or many Digital Transformation initiatives with the goal of re-inventing a company's business model. We all agree that collecting relevant IoT data will result in massive amounts of data needing to be stored. However, with the rapid development of IoT devices and ongoing business model transformation, we are not able to predict the volume and growth of IoT data. And with the lack of IoT history, traditional methods of IT and infrastructure planning based on the past do not app...
Cloud applications are seeing a deluge of requests to support the exploding advanced analytics market. “Open analytics” is the emerging strategy to deliver that data through an open data access layer, in the cloud, to be directly consumed by external analytics tools and popular programming languages. An increasing number of data engineers and data scientists use a variety of platforms and advanced analytics languages such as SAS, R, Python and Java, as well as frameworks such as Hadoop and Spark...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dr. Robert Cohen, an economist and senior fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute, presented the findings of a series of six detailed case studies of how large corporations are implementing IoT. The session explored how IoT has improved their economic performance, had major impacts on business models and resulted in impressive ROIs. The companies covered span manufacturing and services firms. He also explored servicification, how manufacturing firms shift from se...
Businesses and business units of all sizes can benefit from cloud computing, but many don't want the cost, performance and security concerns of public cloud nor the complexity of building their own private clouds. Today, some cloud vendors are using artificial intelligence (AI) to simplify cloud deployment and management. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Ajay Gulati, Co-founder and CEO of ZeroStack, discussed how AI can simplify cloud operations. He covered the following topics: why cloud mana...
Docker containers have brought great opportunities to shorten the deployment process through continuous integration and the delivery of applications and microservices. This applies equally to enterprise data centers as well as the cloud. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Jari Kolehmainen, founder and CTO of Kontena, discussed solutions and benefits of a deeply integrated deployment pipeline using technologies such as container management platforms, Docker containers, and the drone.io Cl tool. H...
yperConvergence came to market with the objective of being simple, flexible and to help drive down operating expenses. It reduced the footprint by bundling the compute/storage/network into one box. This brought a new set of challenges as the HyperConverged vendors are very focused on their own proprietary building blocks. If you want to scale in a certain way, let’s say you identified a need for more storage and want to add a device that is not sold by the HyperConverged vendor, forget about it....
Five years ago development was seen as a dead-end career, now it’s anything but – with an explosion in mobile and IoT initiatives increasing the demand for skilled engineers. But apart from having a ready supply of great coders, what constitutes true ‘DevOps Royalty’? It’ll be the ability to craft resilient architectures, supportability, security everywhere across the software lifecycle. In his keynote at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Jeffrey Scheaffer, GM and SVP, Continuous Delivery Busine...
From 2013, NTT Communications has been providing cPaaS service, SkyWay. Its customer’s expectations for leveraging WebRTC technology are not only typical real-time communication use cases such as Web conference, remote education, but also IoT use cases such as remote camera monitoring, smart-glass, and robotic. Because of this, NTT Communications has numerous IoT business use-cases that its customers are developing on top of PaaS. WebRTC will lead IoT businesses to be more innovative and address...
@CloudExpo Stories
The dynamic nature of the cloud means that change is a constant when it comes to modern cloud-based infrastructure. Delivering modern applications to end users, therefore, is a constantly shifting challenge. Delivery automation helps IT Ops teams ensure that apps are providing an optimal end user experience over hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud environments, no matter what the current state of the infrastructure is. To employ a delivery automation strategy that reflects your business rules, making r...
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is foundational - something customers routinely cite as a top pain point. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Bill Borsari, Head of Systems Engineering at Datera, explored how organizations can reap the bene...
Kubernetes is an open source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Kubernetes was originally built by Google, leveraging years of experience with managing container workloads, and is now a Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) project. Kubernetes has been widely adopted by the community, supported on all major public and private cloud providers, and is gaining rapid adoption in enterprises. However, Kubernetes may seem intimidating and complex ...
In a recent survey, Sumo Logic surveyed 1,500 customers who employ cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). According to the survey, a quarter of the respondents have already deployed Docker containers and nearly as many (23 percent) are employing the AWS Lambda serverless computing framework. It’s clear: serverless is here to stay. The adoption does come with some needed changes, within both application development and operations. Tha...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Michael Burley, a Senior Business Development Executive in IT Services at NetApp, described how NetApp designed a three-year program of work to migrate 25PB of a major telco's enterprise data to a new STaaS platform, and then secured a long-term contract to manage and operate the platform. This significant program blended the best of NetApp’s solutions and services capabilities to enable this telco’s successful adoption of private cloud storage and launching ...
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, discussed the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application p...
The past few years have brought a sea change in the way applications are architected, developed, and consumed—increasing both the complexity of testing and the business impact of software failures. How can software testing professionals keep pace with modern application delivery, given the trends that impact both architectures (cloud, microservices, and APIs) and processes (DevOps, agile, and continuous delivery)? This is where continuous testing comes in. D
The 22nd International Cloud Expo | 1st DXWorld Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, to be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY, brings together Cloud Computing, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding busin...
Smart cities have the potential to change our lives at so many levels for citizens: less pollution, reduced parking obstacles, better health, education and more energy savings. Real-time data streaming and the Internet of Things (IoT) possess the power to turn this vision into a reality. However, most organizations today are building their data infrastructure to focus solely on addressing immediate business needs vs. a platform capable of quickly adapting emerging technologies to address future ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Synametrics Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Synametrics Technologies is a privately held company based in Plainsboro, New Jersey that has been providing solutions for the developer community since 1997. Based on the success of its initial product offerings such as WinSQL, Xeams, SynaMan and Syncrify, Synametrics continues to create and hone in...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
Nordstrom is transforming the way that they do business and the cloud is the key to enabling speed and hyper personalized customer experiences. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ken Schow, VP of Engineering at Nordstrom, discussed some of the key learnings and common pitfalls of large enterprises moving to the cloud. This includes strategies around choosing a cloud provider(s), architecture, and lessons learned. In addition, he covered some of the best practices for structured team migration an...
With tough new regulations coming to Europe on data privacy in May 2018, Calligo will explain why in reality the effect is global and transforms how you consider critical data. EU GDPR fundamentally rewrites the rules for cloud, Big Data and IoT. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Adam Ryan, Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Calligo, examined the regulations and provided insight on how it affects technology, challenges the established rules and will usher in new levels of diligence arou...
Most technology leaders, contemporary and from the hardware era, are reshaping their businesses to do software. They hope to capture value from emerging technologies such as IoT, SDN, and AI. Ultimately, irrespective of the vertical, it is about deriving value from independent software applications participating in an ecosystem as one comprehensive solution. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kausik Sridhar, founder and CTO of Pulzze Systems, discussed how given the magnitude of today's application ...
The “Digital Era” is forcing us to engage with new methods to build, operate and maintain applications. This transformation also implies an evolution to more and more intelligent applications to better engage with the customers, while creating significant market differentiators. In both cases, the cloud has become a key enabler to embrace this digital revolution. So, moving to the cloud is no longer the question; the new questions are HOW and WHEN. To make this equation even more complex, most ...
As you move to the cloud, your network should be efficient, secure, and easy to manage. An enterprise adopting a hybrid or public cloud needs systems and tools that provide: Agility: ability to deliver applications and services faster, even in complex hybrid environments Easier manageability: enable reliable connectivity with complete oversight as the data center network evolves Greater efficiency: eliminate wasted effort while reducing errors and optimize asset utilization Security: imple...
Mobile device usage has increased exponentially during the past several years, as consumers rely on handhelds for everything from news and weather to banking and purchases. What can we expect in the next few years? The way in which we interact with our devices will fundamentally change, as businesses leverage Artificial Intelligence. We already see this taking shape as businesses leverage AI for cost savings and customer responsiveness. This trend will continue, as AI is used for more sophistica...
In his Opening Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, John Considine, General Manager of IBM Cloud Infrastructure, led attendees through the exciting evolution of the cloud. He looked at this major disruption from the perspective of technology, business models, and what this means for enterprises of all sizes. John Considine is General Manager of Cloud Infrastructure Services at IBM. In that role he is responsible for leading IBM’s public cloud infrastructure including strategy, development, and offering m...
Digital transformation is about embracing digital technologies into a company's culture to better connect with its customers, automate processes, create better tools, enter new markets, etc. Such a transformation requires continuous orchestration across teams and an environment based on open collaboration and daily experiments. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Alex Casalboni, Technical (Cloud) Evangelist at Cloud Academy, explored and discussed the most urgent unsolved challenges to achieve f...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Raju Shreewastava, founder of Big Data Trunk, provided a fun and simple way to introduce Machine Leaning to anyone and everyone. He solved a machine learning problem and demonstrated an easy way to be able to do machine learning without even coding. Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com), a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intelligence and B...

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Our work, both with clients and with tools, has lead us to wonder how it is that organizations are handling compliance issues in the cloud. The big cloud vendors offer compliance for their infrastructure, but the shared responsibility model requires that you take certain steps to meet compliance requirements. Which lead us to start poking around a little more. We wanted to get a picture of what was available, and how it was being used. There is a lot of fluidity in this space, as in all things cloud. The fact that DevOps Security plays into the cloud compliance model – particularly in dynamic...
Gaining visibility in today’s sprawling cloud infrastructure is complex and laborious, involving drilling down into tools offered by various cloud services providers. Enterprise IT organizations need smarter and effective tools at their disposal in order to address this pertinent problem. Gaining a 360 - degree view of the cloud costs requires collection and analysis of the cost data across all cloud infrastructures used inside an enterprise.
Making informed network investment decisions about emerging technologies such as network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) can help evolve the network to keep pace with the innovations of the devices and people it’s connecting. As you work with business leaders to make decisions about upgrading your infrastructure with these networking developments, it’s important to understand the similarities, differences, and benefits of dual NFV and SDN implementation. With their ability to offer a new way to design, deploy, and manage the network and its services, NFV a...
The “Internet of Things” is an exciting area of tech, one in which industry experts estimate there will be more than 30 billion connected IoT devices by 2020. IoT is the inter-networking and instrumentation of physical devices – everything from streets, cars, factories, power grids, ice caps, satellites, and clothing to phones, microwaves, milk containers, planets, human bodies, etc. IoT creates an opportunity to measure, collect and analyze an ever-increasing variety of behavioral statistics. That being said, data, and more importantly insight into the data, is key for enhanced business val...
The 22nd International Cloud Expo | 1st DXWorld Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, to be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY, brings together Cloud Computing, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal today!
Most of us understand that artificial intelligence (AI) offers opportunities for productivity improvements in the form of speed, automation, standardized actions and responses, plus the opportunity for continuous improvements via machine learning. These opportunities are enabled by data inputs that are analyzed and processed through AI algorithms that execute a desired decision and action. For all of the great capabilities and benefits that AI can provide, there is also a potential dark side. AI solutions can easily codify our prejudices, bias, gender stereotypes and promote injustices intenti...
Fingerspitzengefühl: A German word used to describe the ability to maintain attention to detail in an ever-changing operational and tactical environment by maintaining real-time situational awareness. The term is synonymous with the English expression of "keeping one's finger on the pulse". The problem with fingerspitzengefühl traditionally, in addition to pronouncing it, has been it is hard for an individual to scale up. Today that is changing. In a world of sensors, AI and mobile devices, having real-time situational awareness is far easier than ever before. In fact, today the challenge i...
Gone are the days when application development was the daunting task of the highly skilled developers backed with strong IT skills, low code application development has democratized app development and empowered a new generation of citizen developers. There was a time when app development was in the domain of people with complex coding and technical skills. We called these people by various names like programmers, coders, techies, and they usually worked in a world oblivious of the everyday priorities of the business world. However, with the passage of time, this scenario is much more democr...
The notion of improving operational efficiency is conspicuously absent from the healthcare debate - neither Obamacare nor the newly proposed GOP plan discusses the impact that a step-function improvement in efficiency could have on access to healthcare (through more capacity), quality of healthcare services (through reduced wait times for patients) or cost (through better utilization of scarce, expensive assets).
In an attempt to put the patient first in healthcare, Congress and President Obama in 2015 approved a bipartisan bill for United States healthcare reform. The bill is known as “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015,” or MACRA. Among the major provisions of MACRA is the Quality Payment Program. Under the Quality Payment Program, physicians and nurses receive positive, neutral or negative Medicare payment adjustments based upon a “Patient Satisfaction Score,” that is, patient satisfaction scores have a direct impact on how physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and hospital’s g...
The goal of Microservices is to improve software delivery speed and increase system safety as scale increases. Microservices being modular these are faster to change and enables an evolutionary architecture where systems can change, as the business needs change. Microservices can scale elastically and by being service oriented can enable APIs natively. Microservices also reduce implementation and release cycle time and enables continuous delivery. This paper provides a logical overview of the Microservices Reference Architecture that highlights various sub systems needed to support Microservic...
It’s conference season and, as you might expect, Jason and I have been on the road covering a bunch of them. It’s always great to see what the disruptive players in the market are doing — and this year did not disappoint. But there is one thing that repeatedly happens that just gets under my skin: transformation-washing. As Jason explained in a Forbes article over a year ago, ‘washing’ is when a vendor (or pundit) applies a buzzword loosely in an overt attempt to attach themselves to its buzz. And transformation-washing is rampant.
Networks have become large, complex entities that are increasingly difficult to manage and control. Security, audit, risk and compliance professionals know that their organizations rely on them for effective risk management, control and governance processes that are essential to the safety of their network environment. Yet compliance and security are more challenging than ever before as additional layers are added to this environment. One of the challenges lies in the fact that there is an ongoing, huge access gap in network security and compliance – and it has been residing within the enviro...
While Artificial Intelligence (AI) may not be a new concept, its contribution to automation may just change the face of business. AI's conception dates as far back as 1950, when Alan Turing proposed the Turing test in order to evaluate a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behavior. Fast-forward a couple of decades and research led to the creation of well-known theoretical tools such as Fuzzy Logic, Bayesian Networks, Markov Models and Neural Networks. Concurrently, new types of programming languages such as Prolog, LISP and Smalltalk set the scene for most of the modern interpreted langu...
Some journey to cloud on a mission, others, a deadline. Change management is useful when migrating to public, private or hybrid cloud environments in either case. For most, stakeholder engagement peaks during the planning and post migration phases of a project. Legacy engagements are fairly direct: projects follow a linear progression of activities (the “waterfall” approach) – change managers and application coders work from the same functional and technical requirements. Enablement and development mirror one another, progressing from proof-of-concept planning to final product delivery. Exce...
The high barrier to entry prevents many companies from tapping into the full potential of machine learning. But what if you could make it more accessible? We’re in the midst of a data explosion, with today’s enterprises amassing goldmines of information (25 quintillion bytes of data every day, according to some reports). But what exactly are they doing with this data? Considering the volume of data being collected is quickly becoming unmanageable, now is a good time to shift from manual machine learning to a cognitive approach. This enables businesses to better capitalize on their data and fa...
Blockchain offers impeccable security with its cryptography-based decentralized system as well as the plethora of possible uses retailers could exploit in the near future. In a world of increasing cyberattacks, internet fraud and online hacking, blockchain comes as a breath of fresh air. With its encrypted data and decentralized network system, it's a thorn in every hacker's side. Generally being associated with the finance sector, blockchain is now taking retail by storm. It's on a course that will change the retail industry as we know it. But how exactly is it going to achieve such a feat?
For DevOps teams, the concepts behind service-oriented architecture (SOA) are nothing new. A style of software design initially made popular in the 1990s, SOA was an alternative to a monolithic application; essentially a collection of coarse-grained components that communicated with each other. Communication would involve either simple data passing or two or more services coordinating some activity. SOA served as a valid approach to solving many architectural problems faced by businesses, as applications could be developed by more teams working in parallel and more productively by reusing orig...
Many IT organizations have come to learn that leveraging cloud infrastructure is not just unavoidable, it’s one of the most effective paths for IT organizations to become more responsive to business needs. Yet with the cloud comes new challenges, including minimizing downtime, decreasing the cost of operations, and preventing employee burnout to name a few. As companies migrate their processes and procedures to their new reality of a cloud-based infrastructure, an incident management solution can and should be adopted to help overcome these challenges. This is particularly true when larger ...
We’re seeing an emerging trend in the cloud computing world. I’ve been referring to it as cloud fatigue, but it’s more commonly known as repatriation, or moving workloads from the cloud back to on-prem locations. According to a recent 451 Research report, over 21 percent of organizations have plans to pull back from the cloud and return to an on-prem infrastructure in 2017. Considering the vast growth of cloud adoption over the last several years, what’s behind this trend?