23 July, 2024 | Hyatt Regency, Sydney

Visibility, Simplification, Orchestration & Optimisation

Join 150 CTOs, Heads of Cloud, Infrastructure, Data Centre, Architecture and Engineering from Australia and NZ’s largest enterprise, government, and service provider organisations, representing firms who contribute 1/4 of the region’s GDP.

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National CTO at Microsoft

Sarah Carney

National CTO at Microsoft


With over 20 years of work experience across three continents and a multitude of industries, I am currently the Chief Technology Officer for Enterprise Commercial at Microsoft, where I lead the technical strategy, vision, and execution for our largest and most strategic customers. I have a strong background in business strategy, analysis and development and I am also a certified Prosci change practitioner.

I currently serve as the co-chair of the Military Employee Resource Group Board at Microsoft, where I support the recruitment, retention, and development of veterans and their allies. I am passionate about delivering innovative and impactful solutions that enable digital transformation, empower customers, and drive business growth. I am always looking for new opportunities to learn, collaborate, and contribute to the technology community and beyond.

CTO, Chief Architect & IT Strategist

Patrick Maes

CTO, Chief Architect & IT Strategist


Dedicated to empowering individuals, businesses, and enterprises to thrive through cutting-edge IT solutions, Patrick serves as an esteemed ADAPT Advisor.

With a profound passion for facilitating success in the realm of high-performing IT, Patrick brings forth a wealth of expertise, specialising in the Financial Services Industry, honed across diverse domains.

Having collaborated closely with regulatory bodies like the European Commission, EBA, ECB, and Executive Boards of prestigious institutions, Patrick offers invaluable counsel on critical facets including risk & security, compliance, IT strategy & transformation, digitisation strategies (in collaboration with MIT CISR), and large-scale cloud adoption.

Patrick’s leadership has seen the creation and nurturing of a top-tier global IT organisation spread across 45 countries, leading a team of 2000+ FTEs to unparalleled success.

His vision and expertise have resulted in the successful implementation of multi-year IT strategies, groundbreaking digitisation initiatives, and the establishment of market-leading practices in application development and infrastructure engineering encompassing cloud, AI & ML, API, Agile, and DevOps methodologies.

Patrick’s track record boasts the creation and delivery of pioneering capabilities such as the world’s first online IPO engine, Unified Payments Platform, and innovative New Way of Working initiatives.

A stalwart in the field, Patrick leverages his profound knowledge and experience to navigate the complex landscapes of IT operations and program management, optimising services on a global scale, all while focusing on elevating employee (EX) and client experience (CX).

In his role as an ADAPT Advisor, Patrick serves as a beacon of expertise and guidance, offering invaluable insights and strategies to propel businesses towards unparalleled success in the ever-evolving digital landscape.

CTO at Macquarie Group

Jason O’Connell

CTO at Macquarie Group


Jason O’Connell is Chief Technology Officer for Macquarie Bank. Macquarie Bank is the Australian retail banking arm of Macquarie Group.

As a Digital only bank, Macquarie has invested heavily in technology, and has close to 100% of its systems running on public cloud. Jason has a strong focus on the power of platforms to improve developer experience, as well as automation at scale. Strategically Macquarie Bank is moving towards cloud-native higher order services, to reduce operations, increase scale and unleash innovation for the business.

Chairman & Founder at Infrastructure Masons

Dean Nelson

Chairman & Founder at Infrastructure Masons


Dean Nelson is the Founder and Chairman of Infrastructure Masons, an independent industry group of executive and technology professionals entrusted with building and operating the physical and logical structures of the Digital Age.

Dean has led $10B in infrastructure projects in 9 countries. His extensive architecture, engineering and operations experience includes 29 years in Hardware, 22 years in Network, 17 years in Infrastructure Software and 17 years in Data Centers. He has produced numerous award winning innovations in mission critical facilities and compute environments. He also holds four US patents.

Until 2019, Dean was Head of Uber Compute, at Uber. His team is responsible for Metal as a Service (MaaS) technical infrastructure (data center, compute, storage, network and infrastructure software) and business functions serving Uber’s global leading ridesharing business, as well as UberEatsUberFreightUberHealthUberForBusiness, and Autonomous vehicle and UberAir development.

Prior to Uber, Dean worked at Ebay Inc for 6 ½ years as the Vice President of Global Foundation Services, which served over 300 million active users enabling over $250Bn of enabled commerce volume annually. At end of his tenure at ebay, his team successfully integrated, then split ebay and paypal infrastructures into two independent internet companies. Prior to ebay, Dean worked at Sun Microsystems for 17 years in various technical, management and executive leadership roles in Manufacturing, Engineering, IT and Real Estate. His final project was the consolidation of Sun’s multi-billion dollar global technical infrastructure portfolio of over 1,000 facilities.

Dean is creator of the Digital Service Efficiency methodology, the first miles per gallon measurement for technical infrastructure, used to measure ebay.com as a single system. He served as the Chair of the Technology Business Management Council High Tech Workgroup, and Chairman & Founder of Data Center Pulse in 2009 – an exclusive datacenter owner community with over 9,000 members in 100 countries. In 2016, Dean founded Infrastructure Masons, an industry association where infrastructure professionals connect, grow and give back. Dean was identified by SearchDatacenter.com as one of the top five people who changed the data center. Dean is also the recipient of Sun’s prestigious Innovation AwardModular DC Deployment award and Best DC Design award from Uptime Institute as well as the Operational Excellence and Infrastructure Trailblazer awards from The TBM Council and Outstanding Contributions to the Data Center Industry award from Data Center Dynamics.

In his personal time he gives back by building schools and dorms providing access to education for impoverished children through his Mother and Son Just Let Me Learn Foundation. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and performing with his daughter.

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Top Cloud & Infrastructure Leaders

Cloud & Infrastructure Edge is an invitation-only conference that has brought together cloud and infrastructure leaders from the region’s most influential Enterprise and Government organisations, including:

Today, organisations face ever-evolving customer behaviours, workforce expectations, security issues and compliance scrutiny.

Hear from the experts, draw upon the collective intelligence of our region’s top cloud & infrastructure leaders, and learn the next steps from others on similar journeys.

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Why you should be here

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Increase your own ability via a network of trusted connections by meeting with expert stakeholders and calibre peers. Every delegate must qualify to join the community.

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Self select your path through your choice of keynotes, panels, roundtables and workshops, perfectly aligning our content with your tactical and strategic needs.

Practical Insights

Global speakers ahead of you on the journey equip you with their learned experience, giving you the competence and tools you need.

Debating Critical Themes

01 A strategy for Next Generation Cloud

Hear cloud migration lessons from the CTO of Macquarie Bank. Jason O’Connell helps define tech strategy and vision for the bank and drives forward new and innovative ways of using cloud-based technologies.

02 Cloud adoption strategies

Patrick Maes, formerly CIO Credit Suisse & CTO ANZ contends despite being typified as “done” by some companies, a recent study indicates only 16% of companies have an effective cloud strategy covering both business and tech objectives. So, why adopt Cloud? How can we avoid massive wholesale migrations which often run out of steam?

03 Optimising hybrid architectures

Almost everyone either has an accidental or deliberate hybrid architecture with apps and workloads in transition. What are the most effective strategies and operating models? How do you take success enterprise wide?

04 Effective FinOps & Cost Optimisation

The myths have burst around cloud costs simply being a shift from Capex to Opex, making things cheaper, forecastable, and being owned by Technology. Getting FinOps, forecasting, budgets and cross-functional responsibilities correct is critical to manage finances and missed expectations in modern business.

05 Modernise or die?

We are still hamstrung by legacy systems and sweated assets, holding us back from agility, innovation and growth. How do we make 2024 the year we finally get off the dead horse? How to progress the best app and infra modernisation plans?

06 Prioritisation and reducing complexity

If everyone wants cloud, how do you prioritise and accommodate your customers? How to deliver efficient throughput to save on shadow IT, while reducing the sprawl and complexity?

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