2 days with 350 major IT Users and Service Providers
Over the coming years of this 4th industrial revolution, IT Infrastructure will have its biggest transformations – spanning across multiple clouds, enterprise networks, data centres, and out to the intelligent edge. As we open our 7th annual event, we reflect on the local market data we have tracked over these years, the major events and changes of the last 12 months, and predict where we could be by 2020.
To put you in a unique and powerful position of advantage, we start each Edge event with feedback on the pre-event delegate surveys, allowing you to validate your position. We also explore which technologies and approaches are gaining the most traction, what you need to do about them and how they can help align with your organisation’s priorities.
Having spent the past 18 years at Gartner, Matt Boon is a senior IT Analyst skilled in advising on key Data Centre and Personal Technologies trends. Recently Matt was the ANZ Research country lead for Gartner and launched and chaired their Australian Data Centre (IODC) conference over many years.
Matt now joins ADAPT as our Director of Strategic Research to interpret our deep local market data, work with our IT community, and advise CxO’s in end-user and vendor organisations to make informed decisions on their corporate and IT strategies to drive profitability and direction.
In a world driven by experience, solutions need to be built to enable data and content to be collected, analysed and delivered to the consumer in near real-time.
Similarly, our hyperconnected future will be driven by a mix of readily available consumable media, connected networks of smart devices and increasingly sophisticated and accessible emerging technologies. By creating systems that enable input, storage and use near the source of collection, while optimising traffic on networks and remote storage, you can create dynamic experiences that enable your staff and delight your customers.
Mark Thiele joins us again to discuss how the world’s most innovative companies are combining edge computing with emerging technologies to drive customer engagement and build the content networks of the future.
In this presentation, Mark will explore:
- How you can create dynamic data flows and drive engagement with your brand
- How to enable Edge, IoT, AR, VR and more
- Techniques, partners and organisational thinking that will help these emerging technologies
- How addressing the future of customer experience means changing how you do business
- How you can ready yourself for the arrival of greater data transfer capabilities in Australia
Managing disparate technologies and multiple cloud environments is becoming ever more complicated with the need to prioritise which technologies to invest in more critical than ever.
This session will discuss which technologies and approaches are gaining the most traction, what you need to do about them and how they can help align with your organisation’s priorities.
AWS has recently announced several initiatives and partnerships that challenge traditional concepts of cloud computing, dissolving the traditional understanding of what it means to be “in the cloud” or “on-premises”. VMware Cloud on AWS, for instance, is exactly the same IT platform that runs 83% of enterprise workloads today – but running within the AWS global infrastructure. Conversely, AWS Outposts was recently announced, which provides AWS cloud services to be run on your premises with the same hardware used by AWS itself, fully managed as a service. These initiatives separate the decision-making around IT architecture (“how”) and locality (“where”). Could you run a legacy IT landscape on cloud native infrastructure without changing it? Could you deal with data governance and policy issues by bringing the cloud to you?
Nathan Wheat is a Partner Success Manager at AWS, responsible for the VMware collaboration across Australia and New Zealand. As a veteran of VMware during its rise into mainstream adoption, and more recently at Deloitte Consulting, Nathan has been coaching organisations through the introductions of game-changing infrastructure technologies that create the foundations for digital business and innovation.
In this session, Nathan will explore new views of how AWS is helping customers bridge on-premises and cloud strategies:
- Outline the recent initiatives, such as VMware Cloud on AWS, Amazon RDS on VMware, and AWS Outposts.
- Explore the implications and impact on your IT strategies, such as private cloud, cloud migration, edge computing, and digital transformation.
- Challenge your thinking about the “public versus private” discourse.
- Show how a hybrid architecture strategy encompasses existing and new IT investments, serving both legacy application modernisation and digital innovation.
Matt Boon Director Strategic Research at ADAPT
Trevor Clarke Asia Pacific Research Director at Tech Research Asia
With so many storage topologies, how can you be sure that your configuration, best meets your needs and those of the business?
When it comes to the public cloud vs on-premises data centres, what has long been framed as an “either/or” proposition is increasingly becoming an “and” reality. The proliferation of connected, autonomous and edge operating technologies only services to make this discussion more personal to your business needs.
We have brought together dynamic ICT leaders to discuss why they have chosen their data configurations and how they leverage SD-WAN, Multi-cloud, virtualisation and in-house capabilities.
This panel will discuss:
- The reasoning behind their organisation’s unique ICT programs
- Appropriate use cases for emerging technologies for storage, compute and connectivity
- Issues they have overcome, opportunities they have realised and technologies they are considering
Globally, data centres account for almost two per cent of energy demand. Google alone uses as much energy as the City of San Francisco.
Unlike many large-scale data centre operators, Google matches one hundred per cent of its power needs with clean energy and has become one of the leaders and experts on the buy-side of clean energy. Knowing that it is possible to be sustainably powerful, how can Australian operators be more responsible with their energy consumption?
Leading data centre operators join Ashurst’s Infrastructure and Utilities Partner, Dan Brown to discuss the following:
- How can data centres better utilise renewable energy?
- How can we leverage emerging technologies to create smart, connected data centres?
- Could Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (CPPs) be the answer?
- How will governments respond to current energy consumption trends?
Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety Group’s subsidiary, Blackwoods, has traditionally operated in a legacy COBOL environment, with less than desirable customer-facing service and complicated data practices.
Blackwoods recognised this problem, however, half a dozen independent consultants had been unsuccessful in standardising the data held within the ERP system, in order to migrate it out of this environment. That was until Alan Perkins came along.
With over two decades of experience in the Australian technology scene, Alan now applies his knowledge to applying tech principles to a diverse range of business scenarios to make the cloud “real” for people.
Join Alan as he explores how he migrated Blackwoods’ mission-critical ERP applications by:
- Moving the unmovable: lifting and shifting data that can’t be moved
- Migrating live data: Enabling simultaneous access and movement of data
- Formatting, standardising and cataloguing for effective data management
Hybrid IT infrastructure models only work if all of the moving parts integrate seamlessly together to provide a unified service platform. Join technology visionary and pragmatic futurist Robert as he highlights best practice and examines case studies of hybrid models.
In today’s digital health environment, the patient experience is directly facilitated by information and processes driven by technology. While the benefits of eHealth are easily realised, the transition from legacy systems in a constantly changing and underfunded environment is not.
Warren Prentice is responsible for evolving a largely analogue health system into a highly connected, interactive digital information systems which support precise, informed treatment of healthcare consumers across the state of Queensland. All this, while enabling efficient use of infrastructure in an environment where cloud vs. on-premises solutions are carefully considered and patient safety is the highest priority.
Warren joins us to discuss how he is overcoming:
- The challenge of implementing digital initiatives across a vast distributed network of facilities in geography spanning 1.8 million Km2
- The need for continuous uptime to enable real-time data processing and analytics and contingency planning for outages
- The complexities of operating in both fully-digital and largely non-digital settings
Technology has and continues to transform the way we live, interact and learn and, as a result, data is growing at exponential rates. Companies, individuals and governments have embraced the cloud and continue to do so, at breakneck speed.
From workplace AI to driverless cars to digital ID cards, big data needs bold solutions. AirTrunk’s founder and CEO Robin Khuda will share his insights on the cloud revolution and why the cloud is moving beyond the data centres of yesterday and embracing the hyperscale solution.
Choose your preferred roundtable to participate in a moderated discussion led by leading business and technology industry analysts.
IBM host an interactive customer intelligence session – moderated by Matt Boon – Director Strategic Research at ADAPT
Digital transformation powered by the cloud is top of the agenda for all enterprises these days. However, many are finding it challenging to transform or derive more value from their legacy applications owing to the complexity of tasks and considerations – multiple clouds, thousands of applications and multiple data sources, security and compliance, cloud performance and costs.
IBM Cloud has taken all of these issues head-on with turn-key automated solutions designed to enable clients’ IT organisations to compete with businesses that were born in the cloud. Adopting the IBM Cloud for your legacy applications and modernising them couldn’t be easier: it provides a clear cost-effective path to successful digital transformation at all layers of the stack, enabling development on deadline and on budget.
IBM Cloud means you can:
- Have more ways to migrate, modernise and build innovative cloud apps and easily connect them all.
- Move to the cloud with confidence, backed by a trusted platform with continuous security for applications and hyper-protected data.
- Maximise your ability to utilise all your data and accelerate your journey to AI.
Let us show you how IBM Cloud helps enterprises unlock real business value with an open and secure platform, giving you the expertise to manage all your applications and data effectively and competitively.
Closed door session, moderated by Tim Dillon – Partner at TRA with insights from VMware
Cloud platforms and services are now ubiquitous in any digital strategy, enabling IT to respond at speed to bring new services for the business. Join this boardroom session with 20 of your peers to overcome the digital debt slowing down the pace of innovation, and discuss how to securely deliver any application, on any device, on any cloud. Practical insights with examples from VMware’s client base will equip you to thrive in the world of multiple clouds.
As organizations worldwide embrace all things digital on a path to growth, the rapid adoption of cloud, mobile, IoT and everything-as-a-service has placed a significant strain on legacy networks – often built in the 1990s, long before the cloud, and long before the term ‘digital transformation’ was a twinkle in the CEO’s eye.
While legacy networks struggle to meet the demands of modern workloads and applications, next-generations dynamically support mobile and cloud-based innovation, empowering IT to deliver business outcomes in a way that simply wasn’t possible before.
Yet while agility has become the holy grail of most modern businesses, for many the price of innovation has escalated worryingly. Bandwidth-intensive apps and services are straining existing budgets, connecting increasingly far-flung locations have become infinitely more complex, and all the while finance teams are looking for spend reductions.
This Roundtable will discuss:
- Why SD-WAN is critical for the modern digital enterprise
- Things to consider and questions to ask on the path to SD-WAN
- Calculating both the hard and the soft savings
- The ultimate goal – improved performance of business-critical applications
Questions to consider:
- Is SD-WAN critical for all digital enterprises?
- Is SD-WAN the network hero, or just a piece of the puzzle?
- What is the secret to succeeding in the SD-WAN market?
Matt Boon Director Strategic Research at ADAPT
Trevor Clarke Asia Pacific Research Director at Tech Research Asia
In simpler times, when we owned all of our own infrastructure, application reviews were a stable, consistent and regimented component of our technology refresh programs.
Our modern hybrid environments roll over our subscriptions and negate the need to review our applications and explore our available options.
Mike Andrea has over 26 years’ experience in the ICT industry, covering strategy, design and management across commercial and government sectors. Mike joins us to explore why it is crucial to regiment your application review processes.
Hong Kong hosts 7.1 million on an area of just 2,800 square kilometres, it is one of the most densely populated places on earth, and it has officially run out of land to rollout hyperscale facilities at the rate of other competing economies.
Right now, Hong Kong is being forced to look into the adaptive re-use of its underperforming residential and industrial properties, and will likely emerge as a champion in the area of decentralised data centres that work together as part of a larger ecosystem.
Boutique operators of data centres understand that end users are willing to pay a premium for ultra-low latency, ultra-high redundancy, dark fibre ultra-privacy, easy access, brand exposure, and the list goes on.
Such service offers are ideal for enabling emerging technologies such as VR and self-driving vehicles, which require 8ms and 1ms latency respectively. Similarly, future applications that require proximity to the end-user wanting real-time experiences will need greater bandwidth, this will include some High-Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence applications.
Join outspoken data centre architect, Charles Fortin, as he explores:
- The DC Ecosystem: the simultaneous centralisation and decentralisation of IT compute
- How your customer’s business case drives the built form: Low Cost vs High Service models
- Our prototypes and Case studies: how to convert an older inner city building
Technology was once a utility role, where teams of technically minded engineers would create computer-based replicas of previously paper-based operations.
With the rise of digital comes the transformation of the IT function, toward a more dynamic and proactive enabler of business capability, growth and evolution. While supporting the business in the traditional sense it still important, many IT teams are spending so much time, effort and budget keeping the lights on to be able to realise their true potential.
In order to achieve true digital enablement, we must recreate tech teams to include talent that holds the fort by maintaining traditional IT operations in a more cost and labour effective way while the rest of the team powers forward with digital. Such resource provisioning will enable us to succeed today and gain significant advantage tomorrow.
Industry stalwart, Peter Grant, joins us to discuss:
- Exploring team frameworks that IT teams will use in 2020
- Recognising the skills that underpin IT roles and refocussing them to digital challenges
- How can you move from BAU investment to innovative future focussed digital IT programs?
- Developing governance processes that enable technology teams to support business plans
In recent years, data centres have been built to maximise facility capacity, while incorporating the necessary equipment to maintain uptime and improve efficiency. However, the next era of data centre design will follow global technology trends and focus on the user/operator experience.
Join Aurecon’s Technical Director, Matt Gurr, as he explores how Human Centre Design (HCD) will be incorporated into the build and operation of tomorrow’s data centres.
The success of transformation programs depends on the ability of people, processes and technology to deliver on the value promised.
It is important that business stakeholders understand how to capitalise on their new capabilities to ensure the projected outcomes of the project are realised.
NAB has been working hard on this and has reinvented itself in just seven months. By teaching staff from across the business how to leverage the cloud, the bank has delivered on its transformation program.
Paul Silver joins us to help you gain maximum advantage from the cloud and will:
- Examine the need for common language cloud training products
- Explore how much knowledge business stakeholder NEED to have to promote effective cloud uptake
- How will initiatives like Cloud Guild impact brand capabilities, reputation and ability to innovate?
- How will cloud training help break down business silos?
We are constantly being blindsided by technology. Activities that were previously considered the sole domain of humans such as driving vehicles and helping diagnose cancer are now being done (often more successfully) by machines. As the rate of technology-driven change continues to increase, a very legitimate question arises: what type of work will be left for us?
It turns out that the progress of technology is more predictable than we think and there are actions that we can take to improve our long-term relevance. Beyond that, we can also find ways to use technology to free our time from mundane tasks and invest in the uniquely human qualities that enrich our lives.
Choose your preferred POD led by Industry Experts and Analysts. Debate best practice and trade war stories.
The POD session will discuss how Datacenter Clarity LC is helping data centre operators implement an integrated 360 cockpit view of its OT/IT operations as well as its key business metrics. The talk will describe how Datacenter Clarity LC is providing improved resiliency, availability, efficiency, full asset utilization, and enhanced forecasting visibility.
Key points/topics covered:
- Scale in lifecycle management and the benefits of automating various processes and its positive impact on operations.
- How leveraging Datacenter Clarity LC® as a key operational and capacity forecasting cockpit has significantly enhanced business visibility into the current real-time and future allocations of our clients.
- Leverage Datacenter Clarity LC as a platform for the future of automating a data centre and the role that Machine Learning/AI plays into that future.
As someone leading the digital transformation for your company and continuously exploring your options for data centre integration, have you considered these important factors: How can you achieve hyperconvergence in the simplest and most cost-efficient way? How fast can you implement a seamless and successful deployment? Join us for an exclusive session to explore the advantages of hyperconvergence and gain the tools to and support you need to minimize human error, increase predictability and avoid unplanned downtime—all with a single point of support provided by ThinkAgile Advantage.
The first step on the journey to IT Resilience is to remove systemic risk which means converging and automating your Disaster Recovery and Backup processes, making sure that your business is protected against any disruption so you can deliver a 24/7 experience and ensure business SLAs are met. By converging your Disaster Recovery and Backup processes, it reduces staff workload, reduces costs, and provides better protection for those unplanned disruptions. Resources can then be shifted to focus executing a multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud strategy with freedom to move from, to and between clouds as part of your cloud and data protection strategy.
- How does cloud play a role in your data protection strategy?
- What are the most complicated parts of your data protection strategy?
- How do you meet the shrinking RPOs and RTOs?
A clever storage strategy should be about much more than hardware. It should be about ensuring you get the maximum benefit from your organisation’s most valuable asset – data.
Data is at the heart of digital transformation. Big Data, digital experience, the Internet of Things, machine learning and AI – data has changed everything. It will also change the future of those who value and understand it.
But how do you extract value from data? Too often, it is trapped in physical or functional silos. Data is expanding and unpredictable. It is difficult to protect and challenging to leverage. How can you bring your data together and best manage your data capital? How can you control it and put it to work – and at the same time keep it protected?
A clever data and storage strategy enables you to improve your analytics, streamline your workflows, gain real-time insights and deliver modern digital experiences. It’s all about unlocking data capital.
Your applications are moving to the cloud — Salesforce, Office 365, AWS, and Azure — but your security appliances are still sitting on-premises, protecting your corporate network. By moving applications and infrastructure to the cloud and untethering employees from their desks, you can realize tremendous advantages in productivity, agility, and cost containment. In this session, we will examine modern security practices aligned with the drive for flexible cost effective solutions that other applications are leveraging in the cloud.
The centralisation of Australia’s data centres and cloud providers in major cities, mainly Sydney, is proving problematic for all involved.
Sydney data centres currently offer the primary location for hubbing traffic for content and cloud providers, as well as content delivery networks. While Melbourne is becoming the second major content hub for Australia and new submarine cables are developing connectivity routes, much of the rest of Australia is being limited by latency, service availability and capacity issues.
We have brought leaders from across the ecosystem together to discuss:
Hyperscale data centre centralisation is draining energy from Sydney’s power grid – is it sustainable?”• The options available to regional end-users when real-time access is required
- The great debate: How can we broaden Australia’s ICT and telecommunications availability?
The speed with which IT is able to evolve is critical to how quickly a business can respond to competitive pressure and bring new services to market. Once just a new way of delivering existing services, cloud platforms and services are now ubiquitous in any digital strategy. In response to this need, VMware’s strategy is centred on enabling clients to securely deliver any application, on any device, on any cloud. In his presentation, David Bate will talk about how VMware is working with clients to help them overcome the digital debt that is slowing down their pace of innovation and thrive in the world of multiple clouds.
Back in 2006, Cloud Computing didn’t even exist. Now it’s all about Edge. In 2018, around 10% of enterprise-generated data was created and processed outside a traditional centralised data centre or cloud. By 2022, Gartner predicts this figure will reach 50%. What are the challenges of this evolving structure and how does it impact the foundational layer of the data centre? With Hybrid IT proving itself to be the new norm, what innovative technologies can we expect to see that may change the infrastructure game yet again? Learn about the evolution of the Data Centre in this presentation.
In this session, Equinix will outline a step-by-step transformation journey model for enterprises to build their digital edge for success.
Interconnection Oriented Architecture™ (IOA) is a proven and repeatable architectural framework to directly and securely connect all the components of your digital supply chain. The IOA strategy enables companies to directly and securely connect people, locations, clouds and data —using the devices, channels and services they prefer. It shifts the fundamental delivery architecture of IT from siloed and centralised to internetworked, addressing many of the fundamental challenges of IT departments today.
Where are you in your digital transformation journey? Join Equinix’s Managing Director, Jeremy Deutsch and Principal Solutions Architect, Nicholas Hollings, as they discuss how Interconnection is key for success.
- Discover how your business can become Digital Ready through the proven IOA architecture
- Solve common challenges around network optimisation, hybrid multicloud, distributed security and distributed data
- Learn from a selection of case studies, including Carsales, who embraced an IOA approach to transform their infrastructure for scale, performance and growth
An informative and interactive discussion lead by Global Switch’s Regional Critical Environment Director, APAC on the role of Critical Environment Management in the support of data centre operations. Data centre operators know that most downtime results from failures of processes or people. Data centre operations are by nature intensive and without the process overlay of a strong Critical Environment Program, the operations team are placing themselves at continual risk of human error and potential data centre interruptions.
The use of multiple cloud systems is a feature of the rapidly changing technological environments. However, this creates new challenges: the more cloud systems that need to interact with each other, the more complex things can become. What’s more, you must make sure that the data reconciliation is reliable so that your data is processed securely.
SAP has embedded the solutions in an integrated portfolio – the Intelligent Enterprise suite already features an integrated multicloud environment. Join this discussion on the practicality of an integrated Cloud or Hybrid environment over a multicloud strategy and how to drive a cohesive strategy within your organisation.
As we add greater sophistication to enterprise connectivity programs, we begin to converge with the strategies of smart city initiatives. While the granular outcomes can differ, much of the strategic reasoning is aligned. Fundamentally, we want to enable different entities, systems and devices to seamlessly access, interoperate and utilise data.
Matt Schultz leads the City of Ipswich’s digital city program and joins us to discuss the underlying frameworks that are driving connectivity between the cities smart initiatives.
- Learn how the City of Ipswich are creating accessible connectivity for its citizens and businesses
- Discover how the City of Ipswich is leveraging sensor networks, Industrial IoT and data visualisation
- Uncover the pain points that threaten to derail connectivity, platform and interoperability initiatives
At the start of 2020, the Sunshine Coast will become 11.6 milliseconds closer to Asia than Sydney. To put this in context, high-frequency trading processes up to 100,000 trades between Australia and Asia every second. Further, real-time connectivity could see Southern Queensland become a hub for Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), facilitating elastic demand-based consumption and completely disrupt the telecommunications industry in Australia.
Considering that in the year 2022, predictions suggest that as much data will be consumed as has passed through the internet in its entire history, this could also have huge implications for Queensland’s impact on global economics, entertainment and businesses activity.
Michael Whereat will discuss how:
- Australia will benefit from the Sunshine Coast’s access to the JGA-South undersea communications cable
- How this development will help decentralise Australia’s data centre ecosystem and enable hyperscale availability
- How you can benefit from greater connectivity to global business hubs
How can you change your IT culture and transform it to deliver services that usually takes weeks in a matter of hours? PwC’s head of cloud services Robert Nikolouzos explores whether businesses can deliver secure infrastructure and consistency at scale, while freeing up time for higher value activities, drawing on his experiences at PwC. Discussing:
- Architect for the future
- Configuration management is key
- The right orchestrator
- The cloud/automation team
- Monitoring and Backup solution
- Automated billing and Cost optimisation
- Embracing failure
Telecommunications in the APAC region are evolving faster than we have ever seen. Concurrently, data storage and consumption has exploded to accommodate the growth of cloud services and to manage our growing data dependence.
As an industry, we are operating in the most dynamic time for Australia’s ICT industry and we must plan how we architect our future.
Currently, almost all cloud services are run out of Sydney and colocation facilities are unable to service remote communities. As a result, Australian businesses and Governments are unable to grasp opportunities or adequately serve their communities.
So how can we capitalise on developments in connectivity and ensure that Australia realises opportunities offered by the globalised economy without fearing latency, downtime or issues with energy consumption?
We have the chance to solve the seemingly impossible with science, to make life better for every single Australian.
Advances in AI will unquestionably have impacts on our society. To harness AI, we need to invest in fuelling the minds which will unleash its potential in the future. To ensure a long and prosperous future for Australian industries, we need to ensure Australia grows its pipeline of AI-literacy. For machine learning technology to work well, it needs to ‘learn’ and it is our role to help give this technology real intelligence.
Data61 is currently working on the “National AI Roadmap” which, when complete, will advise federal government policy related to artificial intelligence.
Australia must rally around bold, visionary missions, and what they mean for our industries of the future. CSIRO is at the cutting-edge of applying AI to their research – from digital agriculture to smart energy grids and safer, more efficient manufacturing. These new and emerging industries will create jobs of the future. CSIRO’s experience is that by embracing disruptive digital technologies in our own research, it has freed people to focus on things which deliver more value, and this has led to broader growth. AI, and its ability to create Society 5.0, is one we should be reaching for.
As if managing all your current programs and implementing recently established technologies is not enough, you must also adapt to new emerging technologies such as loT AI and 5G while understanding and enabling future focused initiatives from innovation, customer, marketing and product teams.
Your challenge is to design, house, deploy, scale and connect emerging digital infrastructures and deliver these services, applications and network performance enhancements to customers with the hope that you can keep up with their ever-evolving expectations.
This session looks at emerging innovations that you understand in order to prepare for the next evolution of the information age, including:
- How the loT, microservices, SD-everything and ITaaS going to evolve business in the next two, three and five years?
- How can we prepare for 5G and the proliferation on artificial intelligence?
- How do technology teams need to evolve on our journey to digital by default?
- How can we effect change to enable these trends in the next 12 months?