FutureIT | NYC: Agenda

All times listed on the agenda are Eastern Standard Time.


Tuesday, June 15

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Location: Palos Verdes Ballroom

Kalyan Chakravarthy Chief Information Officer The Regional Municipality of Durham
1:00 - 1:30 PM
The Role of the “Build Culture” in Scaling Facebook’s IT Infrastructure

Atish Banerjea, CIO, Facebook

Twelve years ago, Facebook’s IT organization was primarily responsible for change management and business recovery for its 2,000 employees. Fast forward to today, and the company has grown to nearly 56,000 employees — and Facebook’s IT infrastructure has been in lock-step with this rapid growth, embracing the latest technologies to address unique challenges as the company scaled globally. Join us to learn firsthand about Facebook’s IT infrastructure strategy, it’s “build culture,” and lessons for driving scale in fast-growth organizations.

Interviewed by: Maryfran Johnson, CEO, Maryfran Johnson Media

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1:30 - 1:55 PM
Strategies to Unlock Even More Value from the Cloud

Hillery Hunter, CTO, IBM Cloud, IBM

While digital transformation isn’t a new journey, some organizations continue to realize multiples in value from their transformation investments. How? An open architecture can provide the foundation needed to build once, deploy anywhere, and modernize more, but to unlock more value and economies of scale, organizations are bridging IT siloes, functions, and processes by adopting a consistent hybrid cloud operating model across everything. Join us to learn the ways some organizations are realizing up to 3x faster time-to-market, 66 percent more applications modernized, and a 4x reduction in infrastructure costs.

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1:55 - 2:15 PM
Networking Break – Tuesday, June 15, 2021

We have lots of things you can do during this break from sessions:

  • There’s a discussion group with event content lead Derek Hulitzkyand IDG’s B2B editor in chief, Eric Knorr, on Solving for Challenges and Opportunities with Multicloud. Seating is limited so head over to the Discussion Group section to join.
  • Visit the Exhibit Hall to learn more about our sponsors, book meetings with their team, and access videos, articles and more.
  • Complete the “About You” section of your profile to get matched with like-minded event participants for networking – and be entered in a $250 gift card drawing.
  • Or, visit CIO Resources for a curated selection of content from cio.com and our other publications.
2:15 - 2:40 PM
Saving Voyager: IT’s Journey to the Past, Present, and Future at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Randi Levin, CIO, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

In late 2019, NASA directed JPL to move an off-campus data center from a leased building back to the Lab. That’s when JPL learned that the Voyager mission, launched in 1977, was commanded from an operations center tucked away in a side room of the building. In just 15 months, JPL IT had to plan, test and execute a rescue mission to save the 40-year-old ground data systems, and enable a small band of dedicated operators to protect the interstellar mission’s priceless legacy. Join us to learn how they did it, and why clouds were critical.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky, VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

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2:40 - 3:15 PM
The Art of the Possible: Leveraging Clouds as a Driver for Business Growth

Debra King, SVP, CIO, Chief Transformation Officer, Corteva Agriscience

Previously the agriculture division of DowDuPont, Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company in 2019 to provide farmers around the world with a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity, yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture, the organization is positioned to drive growth with a robust technology platform. Join us to hear how cloud and digital infrastructure are key to this strategy.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky, VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

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3:15 - 3:22 PM
Demo: How Automation Creates Value in Migrating to the Cloud

Russell Sloan, Pre-Sales Consultant, SNP

Business and IT executives are under pressure to innovate in a climate of rapid technology advancement. Moreover, enterprises need to make sure that any digital transformation projects can be completed with near-zero downtime, and without delays. Join us for this demo to understand how automation can eliminate the traditional, manual methods used to scope, scan, gather and move data – all to achieve the maximum value from moving to the cloud.

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3:22 - 3:30 PM
Demo: How to Unlock the Value of Cloud with Cloudability MX

Andrew Midgley, Sr Technical Product Marketing Manager, Apptio

At Apptio, our primary focus is on helping our customers make smart technology investment decisions. Public cloud is an important part of this story, whether you’re engaged in the complexity of migrating software applications from on-premises to cloud; already have a substantial cloud footprint and are adapting to a consumption-based infrastructure model; or are making the most of applications hosted by vendors via SaaS. Join us for this demo to learn how the Apptio Cloudability MX family can help you unlock value from the cloud.

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3:30 - 3:50 PM
Editors’ Roundtable: The Race To the Cloud Accelerates

Eric Knorr, Editor in Chief, IDG Enterprise
Clint Boulton, Senior Writer, CIO
Isaac Sacolick, Contributing Editor, InfoWorld; President, StarCIO
Serdar Yegulalp, Senior Writer, InfoWorld

The worldwide increase in spending for public cloud services is expected to top 18 percent this year, a leap over previous years driven in part by the pandemic. What are businesses hoping to gain from rapid adoption? Which cloud services play leading roles in transformational initiatives? What are the pitfalls of migrating legacy workloads? Join us for a close look at the latest phase in the ongoing cloud frenzy.

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3:50 - 4:00 PM
An Executive’s Guide to Data

Mick Hollison, President, Cloudera

Successful companies have already moved from 2020’s reactive state into an intentional acceleration of digital transformation for 2021. Why? They’ve already seen growth in 2020, and are willing to disrupt themselves — to go all-in on digital — in order to extend their leads. Join us for this no-nonsense, down to earth session where we’ll outline three key pillars for executives to springboard their companies to a next stage of growth and digital transformation: 1) get down and dirty with the data; 2) don’t forget the data culture and 3) establish strong standards.

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4:00 - 4:30 PM
How DevSecOps is Critical to a Successful Cloud Strategy

Sathish Muthukrishnan, Chief Information, Data and Digital Officer, Ally Financial

Ally is one of the largest full-service automotive-finance operations in the country offering a range of financial services and insurance products to automotive dealerships and consumers — and its Ally bank offers mortgage lending and banking products. To deliver nimble, flexible and always-available digital services to customers, the organization leverages a cloud strategy for speed, agility and customer focus. Join us to hear about the many facets of their cloud journey, including a cloud center of excellence and DevSecOps.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky, VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

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4:35 - 4:55 PM
Five Principles of a Successful Cloud-Enabled Transformation

Edwina Murphy, Team Lead – Cloud Specialists, Sungard Availability Services

Realizing ROI and the innovations enabled by cloud technology requires alignment with organizations’ unique business strategy. Establishing a cloud strategy coupled with proven measurement mechanisms allows organizations to determine the shape of their cloud transformation and their ability to respond to emerging opportunities. Join us to learn the five principles of effective business strategy for cloud-enabled transformation, all of which can help you operate better, faster and more cost-effectively.

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Understanding Cloud Migrations: Frequently Asked Questions from Real Deployments

Gina Morando, Director of Sales, Integrated IT
Jay Patterson, EVP, Sales and Marketing, Integrated IT

Cloud is widely hailed as providing strong ROI. This digital transformation allows organizations to leapfrog competitors and be ready for both growth and adversity. But executing cloud migrations in a way that achieves these benefits can be challenging. Join us for this FAQ from Integrated IT, a services firm specializing in Cloud migration, and learn about key elements of cloud migration and how clouds can help your organization achieve its goals.

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How to Choose the Right Edge Infrastructure for Specific Workloads

Chris McReynolds, VP of Product Management, Cloud Edge, Lumen Technologies

Whether it’s cloud, colocation, edge, or on-prem, today’s organizations are faced with an abundance of hosting options and complexity for their applications. Edge computing is the latest trend that offers the TCO benefits of cloud computing with the performance of on-premises IT. Join us to learn about how to decide which use cases and apps are best served by this new model and how to leverage IT infrastructure services on the edge from bare metal compute and network storage, to private and shared cloud services.

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4:55 - 5:20 PM
Cloud Insights From a Large-Scale Transformation

Don Galzarano, Managing Director, Intelligent Cloud and Networks, Accenture

With more than a half-million employees around the world, Accenture is a global professional services company with experience across more than 40 industries. Accenture’s cloud-first journey began several years ago to bring more that 95 percent of workloads to the cloud — and today, the goal is to “live in the cloud” as much as possible. Join us to hear insights about this transformation, including how they’ve managed change, the shift to cloud skills, and creating cloud security at a massive scale.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky,VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

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Building a Hybrid Cloud Environment for Better Business Agility

Guru Vasudeva, CIO of Network & Operations, Nationwide

Fierce competition is forcing companies to shed f legacy infrastructure for modern computing models that enable them to be more nimble and adapt to changing market needs on the fly. Often enterprises find their ideal architectures in hybrid cloud computing environments, which allow them to rapidly scale up and allocate compute resources according to business needs. Join this session to learn how Nationwide is building a hybrid cloud comprising private and public compute infrastructure that will enable it to more quickly build and run applications, ostensibly to better compete in the uber competitive life insurance market.

Interviewed by: Clint Boulton, Senior Writer, CIO.com, IDG Communications, Inc.

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Moving from a Cloud-First to a Cloud-Only Strategy

Bhaskar Ramachandran, VP & CIO, PPG Industries

As the world’s largest manufacturer of paints and coatings, PPG has a critical focus on product development to meet customer needs. To enable this, the organization is moving from a cloud-first strategy to a cloud-only approach. Join us to learn the many business benefits, including: flexibility; the ability to scale up and down with infrastructure, or horizontally with applications; and opportunities to fail fast and scale fast to enable experimentation.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky, VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

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