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Digital transformation and the cloud

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Breakfast Meeting - 08:00am to 10:30am

Digital transformation and the cloud

Digital transformation is driving an increasing need for businesses to be highly interconnected. Greater volumes of data are being created, collected, stored, shared, and used. More and more systems need to communicate with one another.

The solution to this in large part lies in a move to cloud-based solutions. Ultimately companies need to make sure they have the ability to support this transformation.

And it is an important transformation. Interconnection will drive business growth. Businesses increasingly need to connect with customers to market and sell to them. They need to connect with other organisations – suppliers, intermediaries and other stakeholders. And they need to connect internally with employees who may be on the move or in different office locations.

The interconnection of people, and indeed of devices that are used, is a key success factor for business.

Key trends driving this include:

  • The increased reliance on the use of (and collection of) data by organisations globally
  • The growth in the number of interconnected devices: the “Internet of Things”
  • The change in working patterns including “Bring your own device” and home working
  • The need for resilient, agile, scalable infrastructures

Of course different drivers affect industries in a variety of ways. And therefore industries all have varying requirements. For instance hedge funds and manufacturers both need to be able to interconnect with their ecosystems in the global digital economy.

But hedge funds need faster access to information, quicker insights and the ability to outpace competitors who always move at top speed. Manufacturers need real-time collaboration, data exchange and supply chain visibility and integration, as well as the agility to perform more efficiently and accelerate time to market.

Nonetheless there are some common factors here, some basic needs:

  • Speed of data transfer
  • Scalability: the ability to flex their infrastructure to meet predicted events such as Black Friday sales
  • Agility: to enable on-demand, high-speed connectivity to clients and partners globally
  • Global reach: the ability to distribute data transfer and IT systems globally, so that customers and other stakeholders can be serviced efficiently around the world
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Security of any data being transferred

One answer to these requirements is a move to the cloud. Major cloud providers can provide secure data transfer globally, with low latency combined with agility. But of course any solution comes with problems that need to be solved. What type of cloud infrastructure is needed (public, private, hybrid)? How can security be maintained? What about regulatory constraints or issues around disaster recovery and business continuity?

This event will in large part discuss how executives are wrestling with these issues and what their cloud strategy looks like in order to provide effective solutions.

The questions we will explore

  • How data exchange between businesses is growing
  • How greater interconnectivity between businesses is driving new opportunities
  • What needs to be considered for a cloud first strategy
  • The potential of block chain technology
  • How do bandwidth problems impede business?
  • How should security concerns be addressed in the cloud and where businesses are sharing data

Who is invited?

Top management and their direct reports (e.g. CIO, CTO, Chief Architect, Heads of Cloud, Head of IT, Head of Networks, VP’s, IT Director, Heads of Digital Transformation, Heads of Data Centres) at large ($100 million + revenue) organisations across industry.

Registered attendees include:

  • Director of innovation - DLA Piper
  • IT Director EMIA - AECOM
  • Managing Director, Higher Edcuation - Tribal
  • Chief Technology Officer - Cadent Ltd
  • Global Digital Manager - Godrej
  • Group Head of Information Risk & Resilience - Royal Mail
  • CIO - Good Energy
  • Global Head of Digital Governance & Compliance - Diageo

Be one of 12 senior business professionals around the table at The Ritz who will all bring their expertise to bear to analyse the present – and the future.

For any enquiries, please contact Lace on 0208 349 6458 or email lace.b@business-reporter.co.uk.

The breakfast briefing is brought to you by Equinix and is only for senior executives as mentioned above. Registrations of junior professionals, consultants, solution providers or other sellers to this market won’t be accepted. In addition, to be eligible for this event you must be employed by a corporate legal entity such as a private or public company: if you are a sole trader or in a partnership other than a legally incorporated partnership we will be unable to offer you a place.

This breakfast briefing is free of charge to attend. However, if you cancel your attendance less than two weeks prior to the briefing, you will have to provide a replacement of equal seniority otherwise you will be a subject of £150 cancellation fee. Please also note that when you register we will ask you for your corporate email address which we will share only with the event sponsor(s). See our privacy policy.

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