Agenda

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

07:45 - 08:30

Registration & Check-in

Secure your seat in the keynote room for the day.

Jim Berry

CEO at ADAPT

About

Jim is well known in the local market for delivering on his promise and his entire career has been spent connecting the right people at the right time in roles across Europe, China and Australia.

He founded ADAPT to deliver quality outcomes with integrity and now in our 8th year, growth has been consistent. Jim is still positioned across sales and account management where he delivers innovative results and programs and leads by example.

He also runs entrepreneurial product development and the evolution and clear differentiated value of ADAPT’s offerings. As well as a NSW Small Business Excellence nomination, ADAPT were 55th in BRW’s 2014 Top 100 Start Ups – Jim’s 3rd time there – previously as Founder of Strategic Path, an award-winning ICT publisher, he steered the company to make the list in both 2009 and 2010.

08:30 - 08:45

Welcome to the 10th annual Connected Cloud & DC Edge: Leading Modernisation while Balancing Complexity and Compliance

Jim Berry - CEO at ADAPT Read More

Today, organisations face ever-evolving customer behaviours, workforce expectations and compliance scrutiny. The drive to digital services has exponentially increased the need for innovation and interconnectivity to architect and securely deliver applications and data at the speed modern business demands.

Hybrid multi-cloud is bringing operational issues of application sprawl, data deluge, increased workload management, and automation challenges. How can we manage this multiple cloud environment and securely integrate applications across platforms?

Matt Boon

Director of Strategic Research at ADAPT

About

As Director of Strategic Research at ADAPT Matt Boon, is responsible for directing and developing ADAPTs research content and positions. In his role at ADAPT Boon advises C-Suite executives across the end-user and technology provider landscape. Boon is also responsible for bringing together groups of C-Suite leaders to discuss and prepare for the myriad of challenges and opportunities they face.

ADAPT host’s numerous industry leading IT focused events annually and Boon is responsible for hosting, chairing and delivering ADAPT independent content and positions to help attendees make informed IT decisions.

08:45 - 09:05

ADAPT Research: The Collective Intelligence - Insights from the CCDC Edge Survey

Matt Boon - Director of Strategic Research at ADAPT Read More

ADAPT host 3,000 senior business and technology executives in Australia each year, gathering more local data and insights than any other advisory firm in the region. Along with the CCDC delegate benchmarking survey, we will reveal and compare that of your CIO, CFO, Digital and Security peers. Validate your strategy, assess prioritisations and the latest local stats on cloud and security aims and challenges.

09:05 - 09:50

Global Star Keynote Speaker will be announced shortly

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For 10 years ADAPT have brought insights from some of the best brains in the business. Our star speaker will reveal their cloud journey. Cost saving was not the driver, rather how to unlock their teams to deliver more value, faster capacity and agility, and critically how to leverage the benefits of cloud services that would become available.

Rather than emptying their data centres in a lift and shift, they planned and laid the groundwork for an effective modernisation strategy – while also balancing and optimising an extensive existing on-prem legacy footprint which still runs around 40% of all workloads.

The questions were:

  • How to modernise what we do, while maintaining on-prem and cloud?
  • How to take advantage of the hyperscalers?
  • How to target the right workloads to the right clouds?
  • How to upskill the teams and take everyone on the journey?

Colin McCabe

Partner, OpenShift and Middleware at IBM

About
09:50 - 10:20

Strategic Insights from IBM & Red Hat

Colin McCabe - Partner, OpenShift and Middleware at IBM Read More

Experts from IBM and Red Hat with latest customer examples and context to help understand why the cloud provider market is becoming commoditised and how you can ensure your organisation’s strategy doesn’t end up being left behind with spiralling costs and technical debt.

10:20 - 10:35

Refreshments Break

Buffet service

Dean Nelson

Chairman & Founder at Infrastructure Masons

About

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.

10:35 - 11:10

Global Star Interview: Infrastructure and Skills in 2022

Dean Nelson - Chairman & Founder at Infrastructure Masons Read More

Dean joins us live from the USA as Founder and Chairman of Infrastructure Masons, a professional association of industry executives and technology professionals entrusted with building and operating the physical and logical structures of the Digital Age.

Dean was identified as one of the top five people who ‘changed the data centre’ and through his 30 year career, he has driven $10B in infrastructure projects across 3 continents. His extensive architecture, engineering and operations experience includes 30 years in Hardware, 23 years in Network, and 18 years in Data Centres and Infrastructure Software.

Dean lead the Metal team at Uber responsible for Metal as a Service (MaaS) technical infrastructure (data centre, compute, storage, network and infrastructure software) and business functions serving Uber’s global businesses and an infrastructure portfolio serving 100 million trips a week in more than 600 cities spanning 6 continents.

Prior to Uber, Dean worked at eBay Inc as the Vice President of Global Foundation Services, which served over 300 million active users enabling over $250Bn of enabled commerce volume annually. At the 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.

Mike Reddie

Senior Director - Cloud, ANZ at VMware

About

Mike is the Senior Director of Cloud, ANZ, at VMWare. Mike has a strong passion for driving business transformation through technology and has been doing so since 1996 – always maintaining a key focus on the leadership of emerging technology solutions to market and helping customers on their digital transformation journeys.

At VMWare Mike’s role is responsible for leading VMware’s cloud sales team and go-to-market efforts across Australia and New Zealand, as well as having a particular focus on the continued acceleration of VMware’s Multi-Cloud strategy and growing VMware’s Cloud Provider Program.

Prior to VMWare Mike held several leadership roles including Head of Cloud in Australia for the Singtel/Optus group, CTO for Broadreach, advisory roles at Citigroup UK, and previous roles in several IT organisations. Mike has strong experience across many different technology domains including Cloud, Digital Workplace, Security, Networks, and Applications; with core focus on leadership, driving business growth, and exceptional commitment to high quality customer outcomes.

VMware software powers the world’s complex digital infrastructure. The company’s cloud, app modernisation, networking, security, and digital workspace offerings help customers deliver any application on any cloud across any device. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to being a force for good, from its breakthrough technology innovations to its global impact.

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11:10 - 11:30

Finding Cloud Nine: Elements of a Successful Multi-Cloud Strategy

Mike Reddie - Senior Director - Cloud, ANZ at VMware Read More

Those who hesitate in migrating to the cloud, may very well be left behind. But attempting to boil the ocean in your cloud approach may result in big plans with little execution.

Join Mike Reddie, Senior Director of Cloud ANZ at VMware as he navigates a practical and tangible pathway to balance big plans with delivering tangible business value that can help take your organisation into the cloud fast and cost effectively.

11:30 - 11:50

How to Simplify your IT Operations through Innovation as-a-Service?

with Dell Technologies Read More

Most organisations are living in a hybrid cloud world managing multiple clouds, all whist trying to reduce the complexity of vast interconnected IT resources and deliver a simple way to adapt to changes in business strategy. Organisations need their infrastructure to be deployed whenever they need it – whether this is in the public cloud, in the distributed data centre, and out to edge locations .

So, how can you create a consistent way to support all business units while ensuring the right IT resources are making it to the right teams when they need them most? How to rebalance workloads across departments, without creating a significant impact on these units and the spend?

Dell have created APEX to deliver cloud services, allowing you to provision quickly, scale on demand, and PAYG across your entire multi-cloud, edge and data centre environments. Delivering cloud services for a range of data and workload requirements, enabling you to simplify transformation, adapt to evolving conditions, and stay in control of your data.

11:55 - 12:55

1-1 meetings with qualified Strategic Partners

Intelligently matched opportunities connecting the right people at the right time for the right reasons.

11:55 - 12:55

ADAPT Executive Insight Roundtables

Attend your pre-selected roundtable to participate in a peer discussion with confidence under Chatham House Rules moderated by an ADAPT analyst with subject matter experts.

Roundtable 1

The Commoditisation of the Cloud Market: Key Strategies to Controlling Technical Debt

with IBM Read More

Quantifying and managing technical debt is vital for achieving modernisation and capturing value. How can organisations leverage a commoditised cloud to help alleviate and control that debt, and to help increase focus on development and innovation?

Roundtable 2

Driving Your Cloud to Deliver Lasting Change

with Telstra Purple Read More

We are now entering an era of distributed cloud, where workloads may run anywhere across the network to bring applications and users closer together. In this session we discuss the existing and emerging cloud choices available, and how clouds connected by next generation networking can enable businesses to be truly future ready.

At Telstra Purple we recognise and support our customer’s choice of cloud.
Your Cloud, Our Purple

Roundtable 3

Enabling Your Organisational Sustainability Goals

with Vertiv Read More

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria are increasingly important to the Board and shareholders – and as we know, computing and data centres are large energy consumers. So, how can you lead critical infrastructure power, cooling and management strategies that are designed to help you reduce your use of energy, water and space?

Join experts from Vertiv who work hand-in-hand with customers on data centre designs and system architectures that support sustainability objectives, from “green” facilities to hybrid implementations. Also discuss industry and governmental initiatives aimed at reducing energy usage and testing and certifying products.

Debate in this boardroom workshop with peers and experts how to achieve your sustainability goals while continuing to provide best-in-class protection for your computer rooms and data centres.

12:55 - 13:45

Lunch Roundtable - Sustainability at the Core of Information Technology

with Schneider Electric Read More

Join this private invite only lunch to hear from Schneider and your peers on the criticality of Sustainability relating to information technology. Schneider will be sharing exclusive research and initiatives that is shaping up connected cloud, Data Centres and Edge trends and where and how Sustainability plays its critical part.

The lunch will be interactive so you can share your vision on Sustainability and also hear from your peers across different segments, their views and experiences. We’re excited to invite you to this lunch so we can collectively and individually shape Sustainability at the core of information technology.

12:55 - 13:50

Peer Networking Seated Lunch

Alexey Goldov

Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company

About

Alexey Goldov is an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company and is a leader in McKinsey’s Technology practice in Asia.

Alexey is specialising in large scale technology transformations in service industries – financial, telecommunication companies and public sector organisations.

13:50 - 14:25

McKinsey: The 6 Practical Actions for Building the Cloud Talent You Need

Alexey Goldov - Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company Read More

Despite a shortage of cloud talent, top companies are finding ways to get past table stakes and build the capabilities they need to capture the value from cloud.

Cloud has emerged as the most important battleground for tech talent. With more than $1 trillion of new value at stake in the cloud, organisations are learning that without the right talent in place, they will continue to struggle to capture those benefits. In fact, 95 percent of respondents in a recent McKinsey survey cited lack of cloud talent and capabilities as one of the biggest roadblocks they faced

In our experience, companies that put in place the right cloud talent approach as part of the development of a comprehensive cloud transformation engine can truly capture cloud benefits

Drawing on our research and experience working with hundreds of organisations on their cloud transformations, we have identified six practical actions that can help companies build a top cloud talent bench and operating model.

Lucy Chung

CEO at NOBL Collective (USA)

About

Lucy is the Co-Founder and CEO of NOBL, a culture change organizational design firm. She believes in building legendary cultures and helps her clients operationalize their wildest ambitions. She embodies a bias-to-action, using her experience in operations, human resources, and organizational strategy to drive meaningful and lasting change. Previously, she was a VP at the fashion house Rag & Bone, an advisor to the global digital studio ustwo, and partner at Undercurrent, a leading digital consultancy.

14:25 - 14:55

The 5 Unifying Pillars to Create a High Performing Team of Champions

Lucy Chung - CEO at NOBL Collective (USA) Read More

To take the company through a modernisation mindset shift and change to an innovative new world view, we need to apply new ways of working across the whole organisation. To enable that, the ideal is to have your team not just perform, but to also be full of high performers – capable of explaining the ROI of tech projects and value narrative in a meaningful way.

Your team is so busy with daily enquiries and delivering on strategy, and ensuring investment in the right areas – so how can you ensure you lead champions, and not just a squad of executors, and create an army of stakeholder managers?

  • How to better align departments and unify thinking across the org?
  • How to meet the needs of the C-suite and business?
  • How to attract and retain a team full of champions?

Lucy will outline a 5 point framework for creating this high performance team, then we will workshop as table groups and talk to your specific challenges.

Lucy is one of ADAPT’s highest rated partner speakers as the Co-Founder and CEO of NOBL, a culture change organisational design firm originally headquartered in New York. Having recently moved back to Sydney, she embodies a bias-to-action, using her experience in operations, HR, and organisational strategy to drive meaningful and lasting change.

Aparna Sundararajan

Senior Research Strategist at ADAPT

About

Aparna Sundararajan leads the emerging and disruptive technology research agenda within ADAPT’s strategic advisory team. As Senior Research Strategist, her role is to create independent advice for the Australian C-Suite around emerging technologies, trends and investment priorities and developing industry leading content for the ADAPT portfolio of Edge events.

As a technology analyst and marketer, Aparna aligns the burning issues of senior executives with digital business dynamics and emerging technology capabilities to create strategic advice for ADAPT’s Members and Strategic Partners.

Aparna has had 12 years working in the IT services sector, much of it with Gartner, where she developed independent advice for senior IT managers on the emerging roles and responsibilities they face in digital technologies, digital customer behaviour, and business model transformation.

 

14:55 - 15:15

ADAPT Research & Advisory: The State of Security 2021 & Cloud Migration Study 2021

Aparna Sundararajan - Senior Research Strategist at ADAPT Read More

ADAPT’s latest A/NZ Cloud Migration Study forecasts your aims, drivers and challenges in cloud adoption – showing that across Private, Cloud and Hybrid environments will reach 77% by 2023. We also reveal the latest from our 2021 Stata of Security reports and what these mean for your role.

15:20 - 16:20

1-1 meetings with qualified Strategic Partners

Intelligently matched opportunities connecting the right people at the right time for the right reasons.

15:20 - 16:20

ADAPT Executive Insight Roundtables

Attend your pre-selected roundtable to participate in a peer discussion with confidence under Chatham House Rules moderated by an ADAPT analyst with subject matter experts.

Roundtable 4

Cloud Security: Strategies to Reduce Risk, Remove Complexity and Ensure Compliance in a Hybrid Cloud World

with Microsoft and Macquarie Cloud Services Read More

With sprawling clouds an operating reality for many Australian organisations what are the most effective strategies for mitigating risk and ensuring continuous compliance without stifling innovation and growth. The panel will also discuss how to instil a culture of security awareness and how to develop the security literacy of your IT team.

Roundtable 5

AI powered observability: Delivering operational effectiveness in a hybrid world

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The past 12 months have seen rapid acceleration and migration of cloud-based workloads as organisations rapidly digitise workers, workplaces, customers, products and services. Observability addresses the common issue of these “unknown unknowns”, enabling you to continuously and automatically understand new types of problems that arise.

Rocky Scopelliti

Futurologist | Author | Professor | Board Director | Chief Scientist

About

Rocky Scopelliti is a world-renowned futurologist. His pioneering behavioural economics research on the confluence of demographic change associated with Millennials, and digital technology, have influenced the way we think about our social, cultural, economic and technological future.

His new Australian-first book just released Australia 2030! Where the bloody hell are we?, is a fascinating window into Australian professionals sentiment about the decade ahead, based on a major study conducted before and during the eye of the COVID-19 storm. His other book ‘Youthquake 4.0 – A Whole Generation and The New Industrial Revolution’ has now being translated into Vietnamese, Korean, Indonesian and Chinese languages.

As a media commentator, his unique insights have featured on SKY Business News, The Australian Financial Review, ABC Radio National, The Economist, Forbes and Bloomberg. As an international keynote speaker, his presentations have captivated audiences across Asia Pacific, the USA and Europe including Mobile World Congress. As a thought-leader, over 150 boards and leadership teams, including Fortune 100 corporations, each year seek his advice on strategy.

In an executive capacity, he is a member of the Optus Business Leadership team as the Director, Centre for Industry 4.0 where he leads the specialist team creating world-class thought-leadership and innovation on the 4th Industrial Revolution.

In a non-executive capacity, he is an Adjunct Professor Industry at the University of Technology Business School, a director on the board of Community First Credit Union, on the advisory board for REST Super and Wake by Reach and former member of the Australian Payments Council.

Educated in Australia and trained in the USA at Sydney and Stanford Universities respectively, he has a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Management and an MBA. He is also a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

16:25 - 17:00

Australia 2030. Where the Bloody Hell Are We?

Rocky Scopelliti - Futurologist | Author | Professor | Board Director | Chief Scientist Read More

Wondering what Australia might look like in 2030? Rocky details predictions about the decade ahead, based on an Australian-first quantitative and qualitative study conducted before and during the eye of the pandemic. Rocky forecasts the rise of exponential organisations competing in the analytics and experience economy where the main disruptor is data. With specifics on emerging tech, scaling computational power and the programmatic decade – including an architectural blueprint for the future adaptive enterprise – all through an Australian lens.

Rocky Scopelliti is a world-renowned futurologist. His pioneering behavioural economics research on the confluence of demographic change and digital technology, have influenced the way we think about our social, cultural, economic and technological future.

Peter Hind

Senior Analyst at ADAPT

About

Peter Hind has spent the last 25 years as an analyst and commentator on the ICT industry. He says his primary areas of interest are the potential of technology to transform the way organisations operate, the change management obstacles executives encounter in realising this potential and the tactics and techniques leaders have deployed to overcome these difficulties.

Peter now takes on multiple roles within ADAPT including the moderation of private events and roundtables, interviewing business executives about the strategies they are pursuing and assisting with the structuring of our delegate surveys and the interrogation and analysis of ADAPT’s treasure trove of end-user and C-level data

17:00 - 17:30

Peer Insights from the Edge: Leading Modernisation while Balancing Complexity and Compliance

Peter Hind - Senior Analyst at ADAPT Read More

Our panel of experts and peers will debate the best tactics to deliver in their role – closing with commentary on the day’s main findings. Critical areas will include key strategies and common challenges around architecting an interconnected and agile digital infrastructure for resilient workloads across hybrid environments.

Drinks are served to room during this final session – preceding canapes and networking.

17:30 - 18:30

Peer Networking, Canapés and Drinks hosted by the Infrastructure Masons Australia Chapter

Based in our keynote room – an opportunity to stay, mingle and meet other attendees over drinks and food and discuss the day.

17:30 - 18:30

ADAPT proudly hosting the inaugural "Infrastructure Masons DI/DC Industry Night"

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Meet your industry peers informally (with drinks and food served). Based in our keynote room – an opportunity to mingle and meet the other attendees – your counterparts at the region’s top companies, compliant to physical distancing.

18:30

Infrastructure Masons Presents: DI/DC Industry Night & Australian Chapter Priorities

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ADAPT helped the local launch of the global Infrastructure Masons in March 2020, and proudly partner their 3rd annual local chapter meeting onsite after CCDC 2022. CCDC attendees are invited to attend and each will receive a free iMasons annual membership.

Established in 2016 in the US, Infrastructure Masons is where technical professionals connect, grow and give back.
End User Members are IT and facilities professionals who are directly responsible to design, build and/or operate the physical and logical structures for a company that provides infrastructure services primarily to their internal customers.

18:30 - 20:00

Welcoming the first Infrastructure Masons Australian Chapter meeting for 2022

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Presentations from Infrastructure Masons Guests, launching the iMasons Australian Chapter Graduate Data Base with students from Real Skills Education, an association of students from 5 of the major Sydney Universities. Also progress from the Australian Chapter across key iMason Strategic Priorities and networking.

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