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.

Chris Halstead

Global VP Infrastructure & Cloud Services at Starbucks

About

Chris Halstead is Vice President of Infrastructure and Cloud Services at Starbucks Coffee Company. Chris and his team are responsible for foundational technology service delivery across the worldwide Starbucks enterprise, which includes private data centers, corporate offices, manufacturing and distribution locations, Starbucks Reserve Roasteries, and integration with public cloud partners.

In addition to engineering and operating core technology infrastructure services, the team plays an instrumental role in financial management and strategic technology alignment to deliver on critical business initiatives, leveraging on-premises capacity and integrating an expanding footprint of cloud environments.

Chris joined Starbucks in 2007 and has been leading infrastructure teams there since 2011. Prior to Starbucks, Chris held both individual and leadership roles at John H. Harland Co., Delta Air Lines, SourceLabs, and Amazon. He contributes to industry advancement and improvement through membership in Infrastructure Masons and participation in Customer Advisory Boards for Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Business Application Platform.

 

09:05 - 09:50

Global Star Keynote: The Starbucks Enterprise Journey to Cloud

Chris Halstead - Global VP Infrastructure & Cloud Services at Starbucks Read More

In 2015, on premise investments were steeply increasing, and Starbucks saw that their business aims and digital capabilities could become constrained without the effective use of public cloud.

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-premise legacy footprint which still runs around 40% of all workloads.

The questions were:

  • How to modernise what we do, while maintaining on-premise 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?

In this exclusive 45 minute keynote presentation and interview, live from Seattle, Chris will outline Starbucks’ six-year modernisation journey, sharing the experiences, lessons learned, and techniques evolved.

Key points include:

  • Starbucks “Cloud Learning Journeys” and the fundamental role of training and reskilling.
  • The mindset shift from traditional DC strategy to take advantage of cloud blueprints.
  • What to move and what not to move, and why? How to balance and optimise on-prem.
  • The chapters travelled to reach enough uptake to enable cost visibility and optimisation.

Ben Peterson

Leader, IBM Garage for Hybrid Cloud Services at IBM Australia and New Zealand

About

Ben Peterson leads IBM A/NZ’s Garage for Hybrid Cloud Services. Garage is IBM’s co-innovation engagement methodology which has seen clients experience 10x more innovative ideas, 66% faster speed to outcomes and 102% ROI.

Ben has spent the last 20 years working across the Australian Tech and Innovation Ecosystem in various roles including Startup Founder/Co-founder, General Manager, Tech lead, Marketing Manager and Innovation Lead. Ben led IBM’s Developer Ecosystem team for a number of years, working with Enterprise De-velopers and Engineering teams, Academia and Startups on topics such as skills programs, innovation and open source contribution frameworks.

Ben sits on the NSW Board of the AIIA and Chairs the Digital Skills PAN, work-ing with the Government and the broader Ecosystem on strategies to help build the skills needed in order for Aus-tralia to achieve its potential on the Global stage.

Andreas Spanner

Chief Architect, Red Hat Australia and New Zealand

About

Andreas is leading the Cloud Strategy & Transformation topics for Red Hat across Australia & New Zealand. His hands-on experience in startups as well as large scale enterprise transformation programs has given Andreas a solid understanding of business drivers and value creation.

Andreas has worked on a wide range of initiatives across different industries in Europe, North America and APAC including full-scale ERP migrations, HR, finance and accounting, manufacturing, supply chain logistics transformations and scalable core banking strategies to support regional business growth strategies.

Since joining Red Hat in 2015, Andreas is focussed on helping Red Hat customers to build the necessary capabilities and to make the best-fit technology, methodology and architecture choices to be a successful digital competitor. Andreas got his first Commodore 64 when he was 12 years old and started to work as a software developer in 1996 with Krauss-Maffei in Munich building full mission simulators.

Andreas holds an Engineering degree from the University of Ravensburg, Germany.

09:50 - 10:20

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

Ben Peterson - Leader, IBM Garage for Hybrid Cloud Services at IBM Australia and New Zealand Andreas Spanner - Chief Architect, Red Hat Australia and New Zealand Read More

IT has switched from a service provider to a value creator (or inhibitor!) over the past ten years, and more and more it is essential that strategy considers the ability to rapidly:

  • react to black swan events,
  • minimise and mitigate risk
  • maintain a consistent security posture
  • get talent onboard
  • turn ideas into applications

All whilst ensuring that costs are lowered, and flexibility increased.

Join Ben Peterson from IBM and Andreas Spanner from Red Hat and hear why the cloud provider market is being commoditised and how you can ensure your organisation’s strategy does not end up being left behind with spiralling costs, risks, and technical debt.

IBM and Red Hat will share real world examples that will help organisations not repeat the expensive and risky single source lock in issues of the past.

10:20 - 10:35

Refreshments Break

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Dean Nelson

Founder and Chairman at Infrastructure Masons & CEO at Virtual Power Systems

About

Dean Nelson is a seasoned technology executive with 32 years of experience deploying $10B of digital infrastructure projects across 3 continents.
Dean is currently the CEO of Virtual Power Systems, a software platform that unlocks stranded power in datacenters, the Founder and Chairman of Infrastructure Masons, a professional association of industry executives and technology professionals uniting the builders of the digital age, and the Founder and CEO of Dean Nelson Inc, a strategic advisory and consulting company serving startups, fortune 500 companies and investment firms.

Previously, Dean led Uber’s Metal as a Service function supporting Uber’s ridesharing business delivering over 100 million trips a week in more than 600 cities spanning 6 continents, as well as UberEats, UberFreight, UberHealth, UberForBusiness, and Autonomous vehicle and UberAir development.

Prior to Uber, Dean worked at eBay Inc for 7 years as the Vice President of Global Foundation Services, which served over 300 million active users enabling over $250B of enabled commerce volume annually. At the end of his tenure, 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. His final project was the consolidation of Sun’s multi-billion dollar global technical infrastructure portfolio of over 1,000 facilities. Dean holds four US patents.

10:35 - 11:10

Global Star Interview: Infrastructure and Skills in 2022

Dean Nelson - Founder and Chairman at Infrastructure Masons & CEO at Virtual Power Systems 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 at VMware

About

Mike is the Senior Director of Cloud at VMware. He 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 leads the 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, he has held 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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Scott Brown

Head of Technology and Operations at MLC Life Insurance

About

With a 20-year background in the IT sector delivering IT and technology strategies to uplift operations and drive service excellence at all levels through automation processes and change programmes, Scott is a passionate and solutions-focussed leader committed to driving efficiencies through automation and new technology developments. His career in insurance, finance, trading, and transport specialising in IT services has enabled him to deliver improved strategies for dynamic, transformative change through Digital Programmes and automation.

At Scott’s core, he is a collaborative, people-focussed leader – one who is committed to establishing high-performance teams to not only foster positive, empowered cultures but to ensure team members at all levels are connected with projects and business objectives.

Scott thrives in environments where he can take a deep dive to analyse strategies and design solutions that add value to operations to achieve outcomes and where he can take up impossible challenges and deliver strategies that optimise performance at all levels to achieve outstanding outcomes.

11:10 - 11:30

Conquering the Era of Multi-Cloud: The Enterprise Path to Success featuring MLC Life Limited

Mike Reddie - Senior Director, Cloud at VMware Scott Brown - Head of Technology and Operations at MLC Life Insurance Read More

Multi-cloud is now the dominant enterprise architecture and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Yet this is not always by design.

During this session, Mike will explore the technical, organisational, and operational considerations for technology leaders to successfully steer towards IT innovation in increasingly complex environments and capitalise on the value of multi-cloud.

Joining him in an exclusive interview, Scott will outline MLC Life Limited’s experience and learnings as his team navigated their path to success in the cloud.

John Roese

Global Chief Technology Officer at Dell Technologies

About

John Roese is Global Chief Technology Officer at Dell Technologies. In this role, John is responsible for establishing the company’s future-looking technology strategy and fostering innovation to make sure Dell Technologies is at the forefront of the industry with ground-breaking technologies that anticipate customers’ needs across the portfolio.

John joined Dell EMC in the fall of 2012 and was instrumental in shaping Dell EMC’s technology strategy as the company embarked on new growth and leadership across three of the most transformative trends in the history of IT – Cloud, Big Data and Trusted IT.

Prior to joining Dell EMC, John was the CTO, GM, and leader of several technology companies including Nortel, Broadcom, Futurewei, Enterasys, and Cabletron systems. In addition to his roles as CTO, John has been a Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Information Officer in publicly traded companies.

John is a published author and holds more than 20 pending and granted patents in areas such as policy-based networking, location-based services, and security. John has been active in numerous boards, including ATIS, OLPC, Blade Networks, Pingtel, Bering Media, and the Cloud Foundry Foundation. He currently serves as a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council, NYU Wireless Industry Advisory Board, and the Purdue Research Foundation / Purdue University Lab to Life Technology Leaders Advisory Board.

11:30 - 11:50

Accelerating the Journey to Multi-Cloud

John Roese - Global Chief Technology Officer at Dell Technologies Read More

As the world turns digital, businesses will increasingly need more than one cloud to deliver competitively in their market but with this approach inevitably comes complexity. During this session, Dell Technologies Global Chief Technology Officer John Roese, will address the future of multi-cloud, its role in the evolution of digital businesses and how to manage the complexity to make multi-cloud work for your business, today.

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.

Robert Brodie

Hybrid Cloud Consultant at Red Hat

About

The AP Leader Red Hat Elite team, Rob is an experienced Hybrid Cloud consultant and IT expert with a 20-year track record of results in regulated Enterprises. He spent 17 years in Banking and Wealth Management Technology, including Financial Advice and Superannuation. Rob helps clients realise Hybrid Multi cloud ambitions, guiding and supporting their journeys from heritage IT.

Ben Peterson

Leader, IBM Garage for Hybrid Cloud Services at IBM Australia and New Zealand

About

Ben Peterson leads IBM A/NZ’s Garage for Hybrid Cloud Services. Garage is IBM’s co-innovation engagement methodology which has seen clients experience 10x more innovative ideas, 66% faster speed to outcomes and 102% ROI.

Ben has spent the last 20 years working across the Australian Tech and Innovation Ecosystem in various roles including Startup Founder/Co-founder, General Manager, Tech lead, Marketing Manager and Innovation Lead. Ben led IBM’s Developer Ecosystem team for a number of years, working with Enterprise De-velopers and Engineering teams, Academia and Startups on topics such as skills programs, innovation and open source contribution frameworks.

Ben sits on the NSW Board of the AIIA and Chairs the Digital Skills PAN, work-ing with the Government and the broader Ecosystem on strategies to help build the skills needed in order for Aus-tralia to achieve its potential on the Global stage.

Matthew Robinson

Hybrid Cloud Specialist at IBM Australia

About

A skilled and effective technical leader with a history of delivering high quality solutions for clients of all industries. Matthew’s current role is focused on Pre-sales which allows him to share my technical expertise with clients and business partners.

His core skills are in Software Defined Storage, Storage Virtualisation, Flash-based (NAND) storage, Unified storage, Storage Area Networks (both Fiber Channel and Ethernet based), and Windows/VMware storage integration.

Matthew enjoys learning new concepts and working with new technology. He thoroughly enjoy translating business requirements into IT solutions that can be delivered successfully and bring value to end users.

Roundtable 1

Getting better bang for buck in a commoditised world

Robert Brodie - Hybrid Cloud Consultant at Red Hat Ben Peterson - Leader, IBM Garage for Hybrid Cloud Services at IBM Australia and New Zealand Matthew Robinson - Hybrid Cloud Specialist at IBM Australia Read More

With so much choice in today’s commoditised IT world driving the per unit cost down, how do you ensure workloads are placed in the most appropriate offerings according to your unique business needs? (ie. regulation, security, performance and management). Can you get more from your existing investments and take true advantage of hybrid cloud through control panes that mesh the data centre, the edges, and the clouds together, enabling the best choices for each workload?

Join Robert Brodie, Hybrid Cloud Consultant, Ben Peterson and Matthew Robinson to continue the conversation at this interactive roundtable discussion.

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

Robert Linsdell

Managing Director ANZ at Vertiv

About

Robert assumes the leadership responsibility for the overall Vertiv business in Australia and New Zealand. He takes an active role in building the sales & operational capabilities required to drive Vertiv’s business transformation.

Roberts’s diverse experience in multiple countries and business sectors enables him to bring to life a leadership style that is naturally empowering, collaborative & encouraging. His fascination for all things digital enables him to easily translate technical complexity into relevant analogies using simple story telling techniques.

Recently authored articles and blogs by Robert explore the growth & speed to connect users with applications and how the demand from things like big data, IoT, mobile, social & AI is driving data centre requirements from organizations core data centre right up to the edge of network.

Based out of Sydney, Robert has worked at Vertiv (formerly Emerson Network Power) for the past 6 years. Prior to his appointment Robert held senior positions working in USA, Europe and Asia. Robert has over two decades of experience across technology driven industries, including telecoms, electronic materials and powder coating. In addition Robert has previously held board positions with CEPE, Intellect UK and EIPC.

More recently Robert is leading Vertiv business transformation into energy efficiency in the data center space. Robert and his team are focused on aligning customers ICT and business strategies to reduce energy costs in sustainable and innovative ways.

Roundtable 3

Enabling Your Organisational Sustainability Goals

Robert Linsdell - Managing Director ANZ at 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.

Mark Deguara

General Manager Data Centres at Schneider Electric

About

Mark is an energetic business professional who has over 25 years’ experience within the IT&C industry segment with a strong speciality in data centres.

Having a diverse knowledge of the infrastructure that supports data centres, he brings a unique ability to take what is often seen as the complex and deliver solutions that resonate with his clients.

Astrid Groves

General Manager, Channels, Alliances and Operations

About

Energetic leader with experience setting up teams/business units through execution of short and long term strategy designed to drive profitable growth.

Passionate about culture and people development with strong values driven leadership of customer centricity and high performance. A leader that makes things happen and is proven to drive outstanding results.

12:55 - 13:45

Lunch Roundtable - Sustainability at the Core of Information Technology

with Schneider Electric Mark Deguara - General Manager Data Centres at Schneider Electric Astrid Groves - General Manager, Channels, Alliances and Operations 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

Partner at McKinsey & Company

About

Alexey Goldov is a 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.

Keerthi Iyengar

Associate Partner at McKinsey (former distinguished engineer at CBA)

About

Keerthi is an Associate Partner at McKinsey who leads the core technology and cloud practice in Australia. Some of his recent publications include Six practical actions for building the cloud talent you need and Seven make-or-break API challenges CIOs need to address outlining challenges and actions needed to unlock the 10x talent that are critical to beating the odds and achieve success.

At McKinsey he works with CIOs and Technology leaders globally on scaling holistic tech transformations enabled by next generation technologies. He has served fortune 100 corporations, top banks, telcos, pharmaceuticals and public sectors across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia on digital transformations covering strategy, architecture, operating model, implementation and talent management. He has also held several technology leadership roles for a Digital Bank build and Digital Telco transformations.

13:50 - 14:25

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

Alexey Goldov - Partner at McKinsey & Company Keerthi Iyengar - Associate Partner at McKinsey (former distinguished engineer at CBA) 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: Supporting your CIO - ADAPT’s Top 12 Strategic Priorities

Aparna Sundararajan - Senior Research Strategist at ADAPT Read More

Over the past 20 months, ADAPT had over 20,000 interactions with senior executives and hosted more than 3,000 leaders across Australia and New Zealand. We found that CIOs shared common pandemic inflicted struggles in technology deployment, budgets, decision making and skills limitations.

Despite all the success achieved, many CIOs still suffer from a lack of unified vision to technology adoption, conflicting business priorities, people-driven change, burnout, and talent shortages.

In addition, efforts are increasingly hamstrung by low levels of digital literacy, amplified by legacy mindsets, processes, and systems. ADAPT analysed and identified 12 areas that Australian and New Zealand CIOs and organisations will focus on and invest in 2022. In this session, Aparna will share these 12 local business priorities for 2022.

  • CIO priorities and how to help them achieve them
  • Common challenges faced while executing on these areas
  • How successful organisations are overcoming these challenges
15:30 - 16:30

1:1 meetings with qualified Strategic Partners

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

15:30 - 16:30

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.

Phil Barlow

Director Partner Technology & CTO at Microsoft

About

Leader of technology teams across Cloud, Modern Work and Business Applications domains. Responsible for developing and executing the strategy that my teams will utilise to enable our Partners to deliver Customer value through innovation, repeatable methodologies and outcome based deliverables.

Naran McClung

Head of Azure at Macquarie Cloud Services

About

Macquarie Cloud Services (MCS) is the most trusted Cloud Services provider in Australia – with the highest independently verified NPS in the country. MCS has chosen Azure and only Azure as its cloud platform of choice & is proud to deliver unparalleled services that uniquely benefit our customers.

Our passion & steadfast focus runs deep on Azure, with global awarding winning Customer Service, innovative Managed Services, tightly integrated Operations, and an abundance of Azure certified experts spanning all available knowledge paths.

We take great pride in what we do. Be it migration, optimisation, transformation, or perhaps delivering to unique and sometimes demanding criteria – we’re up for any challenge! We enjoy applying our craft, and working in true partnership with our customers, Microsoft, and our select vendors that share our objectives & culture.

Roundtable 4

Realising Hybrid Security: Strategies to reduce risk and remove complexity in a hybrid cloud world

Phil Barlow - Director Partner Technology & CTO at Microsoft Naran McClung - Head of Azure at 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?

Join Microsoft CTO, Phil Barlow and Macquarie Cloud Services Head of Azure, Naran McClung as they discuss common security challenges being faced by organisations on a hybrid journey, explore transitioning from point-in-time security to ongoing defence, and provide advice on balancing business transformation with risk reduction.

Julie Canepa

CIO at Cisco Asia Pacific, Japan & China

About

25 years diverse IT leadership experience leveraging people, process and technology to transform business & IT. Drives digital outcomes impacting growth, productivity and user experience through cross discipline partnerships and driving synergies between business leadership, operations and IT.

Simon Pearce

Executive Chief Technology Officer APAJ at Cisco AppDynamics

About

Will Barrera

Director, Head of Sales APJC, Cisco ThousandEyes

About
Roundtable 5

Harness the Power of Observability to Deliver Exceptional Digital Experiences

with Cisco Julie Canepa - CIO at Cisco Asia Pacific, Japan & China Simon Pearce - Executive Chief Technology Officer APAJ at Cisco AppDynamics Will Barrera - Director, Head of Sales APJC, Cisco ThousandEyes Read More

Architecting and executing an exceptional user experience in our highly connected, digital world is key to generating business growth. When user experience wanes, a corporation’s top and bottom lines can suffer due to increased customer erosion, loss of employee productivity, and diminished brand reputation. The ability to monitor the entire IT stack, from customer-facing applications right down to the core network and infrastructure, is now essential for technologists who want to fix performance issues before they affect customers and the business.​

Join Cisco for this roundtable discussion to explore the latest innovations in Full Stack Observability, bringing together our AppDynamics, ThousandEyes and Intersight capability to deliver the visibility, insights, and actions you need to ensure the best end-user digital experiences.

Roundtable 6

Accelerating your people to be cloud ready, willing and able: How to uplift and enable your people while driving your cloud transformation agenda

with Versent Read More

Given the post-pandemic, universal validation of cloud as the panacea for enterprise acceleration, there is a paucity of cloud engineering and management talent. Australian businesses are faced with the urgencies of modernisation and optimisation mandates, yet do not have the on-the-ground competencies to drive cloud and digital transformation.

This roundtable focuses on discussing best practices, proven approaches for uplifting your employees – from traditional engineers to cloud ready engineers; approaches to skills development and innovation; how to utilise external capability to de-risk migration programs; while enabling your team to be empowered to run and grow the cloud ecosystem with solid security and cost management capability after the migration.

Moderated by cloud-native specialists Versent, participants of this session will learn and share the success factors required for: agile project resourcing; outsourcing, cloud run; and dynamically scaling capabilities in line with business imperatives and shifts in emerging cloud technology. Participants will obtain peer insights on how to rapidly and sustainably grow and upskill their cloud talent; and how to sharpen and ingrain a culture of outcomes-focused, DevOps automation and continuous improvement.

Roundtable 7

‘Avoid Next-Gen Legacy’ – Establishing an innovation fabric that is adaptable, scalable and sustainable

with Canonical Ubuntu Read More

Canonical Ubuntu is the OS that drives the cloud. Over 2/3rds of hyperscale cloud workloads, along with born-in-the-cloud leaders such as Netflix, Tesla, Uber, AirBnB, PayPal, Docker, and thousands of other cloud-native innovation leaders in every industry depend on our solutions. Supercloud by Firmus is an Australian born AI & ML computational cloud, that uses sustainability to unlock access to advanced computing outcomes.

Together with Canonical|Ubuntu and Firmus Supercloud, this roundtable will explore ways to establish a foundational approach to experiment, develop and scale; from desktop and hybrid/multi-cloud, AI/ML and IoT; and the importance of positioning sustainability at the core of the modern computational cloud.

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.

16:35 - 17:10

Australia 2030. Where the bloody hell are we?

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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

Keerthi Iyengar

Associate Partner at McKinsey (former distinguished engineer at CBA)

About

Keerthi is an Associate Partner at McKinsey who leads the core technology and cloud practice in Australia. Some of his recent publications include Six practical actions for building the cloud talent you need and Seven make-or-break API challenges CIOs need to address outlining challenges and actions needed to unlock the 10x talent that are critical to beating the odds and achieve success.

At McKinsey he works with CIOs and Technology leaders globally on scaling holistic tech transformations enabled by next generation technologies. He has served fortune 100 corporations, top banks, telcos, pharmaceuticals and public sectors across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia on digital transformations covering strategy, architecture, operating model, implementation and talent management. He has also held several technology leadership roles for a Digital Bank build and Digital Telco transformations.

Sarath Botlaguduru

GM IT Infrastructure & Operations at Boral

About

Sarath is a dynamic transformation leader who is passionate to demystify the journey of Digital transformation across Applications and Infrastructure and deliver tangible results. Proven leader with strategic, operational, and technical skills with focus on cost optimization and delivering value that matters the most . Experience in large, complex, listed businesses facing challenges with cyber security and legacy systems.

Able to develop effective strategies and implement at speed, aligning teams to the vision to produce high quality outcomes. Multiple successes delivering complex projects across both applications and infrastructure. Exposure to IT best practice through roles with ASX100 companies across the manufacturing, retail, banking, and oil & gas sectors.

High EQ leader able to influence and draw out high performance. Recognised as a guest panelist for IT industry forums. He is currently working as GM- IT Infrastructure & Operations and has embarked on Cloud Transformation journey in 2018 and is on brink of shutting down Data Centers which has been pivotal for running IT at Boral.

Julie Canepa

CIO at Cisco Asia Pacific, Japan & China

About

25 years diverse IT leadership experience leveraging people, process and technology to transform business & IT. Drives digital outcomes impacting growth, productivity and user experience through cross discipline partnerships and driving synergies between business leadership, operations and IT.

17:10 - 17:40

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

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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.

17:40 - 18:30

Connected Cloud & DC Edge Peer Networking Opportunity

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

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