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Spotting the Déjà vu in the Avant Garde – Converged Infrastructure – Western Canadian Event

November 21, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Many of the conversations today on the topic of public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud or what is now often called converged infrastructure continue to miss the point. iQ Management believes it is not a question of if but when. Wider adoption continues to be cloaked in misinformation, often the much cited excuse of security or reliability, without the benefit of the facts surrounding this highly disruptive technology.

Join us in Winnipeg on November 21st when iQ Management will facilitate the beginning of the real conversation.

We’ll help you spot the déjà vu in this real, proven and established technology in avant garde terms like public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud and converged infrastructure.

It is not about either, or, all or nothing. It is about taking advantage of the right combination of cloud strategies to address the specific needs of your organization.

In this session we will answer these questions about Converged Infrastructure:

What is converged infrastructure and how should it fit in your current strategy?
What is the impact on your enterprise architecture?
Who and where are the innovators?
What are the established players doing to compete?
Is there really a business case for change and if it is not immediate, how should you prepare proactively?
What is the best strategy and approach for your organization?
What are the key considerations for implementing converged infrastructure?
What operations skills will you need to support your implementation?
Case studies that may surprise you – who has already implemented and why?

Join our award winning world class speakers and presenters over an afternoon session with networking reception to follow.


1:00 – 1:15 Check-in & Registration
1:15 – 1:25 Welcome
1:30 – 2:20 From ‘Zero’ to ‘Cloud’ in 6 Months: Lessons Learned, Larry DeBoever
Does your aging IT environment and applications limit the ability of your business to quickly add new product offerings or modify business processes? Are your operational costs going through the roof supporting older technologies? In this session, Larry will take you through a recent case study where systems were spread across three co-locations and availability was less than 95%. None of the staff had any experience with cloud computing or SaaS. He will share his hands on experience and the lessons learned in migrating to cloud in less than six months using existing resources. The prize? Cost of production systems decreased by 75% and availability increased to 99.99%.During this session you will learn about the economic curve, the cultural struggles, how to think differently about capacity planning and horizontal scaling and betting big on SaaS. He’ll share with you the huge wins that he didn’t even see coming and leave you with seven take-aways to guide your thinking.
2:25 – 3:15 EA is the Means to a Converged Infrastructure End, George Paras
There are almost always options when looking at the next IT approach. These can vary in cost and complexity, be risky or very safe, centralized or distributed, reside locally or in the cloud, be highly scalable and leveraged or one of many point solutions. How should a company decide? Decisions shouldn’t be made randomly or in isolation. Understanding and appreciating the big-picture enterprise concerns and the long term impact of new approaches is critical. The best way to accomplish that is through the concepts and ideas behind enterprise architecture. In this session we will discuss how EA can add valuable information to the discussion, help ask the right questions, and lend clarity and confidence to decisions and help you develop the right approach to implementation.
3:15 – 3:45 Break & Networking
3:45 – 4:45 Making it Real: Presenting the Business Case for Change, Heather Campbell
We’ve all read the reports and listened to the hype surrounding converged infrastructure. But is it real? Are 40-75% cost reductions in IT operations and data centres really possible? In this session, we’ll talk about the real life problems that you face that feel daunting and potentially unsolvable. How can you reduce data centre floor space, power, AC consumption and labour and what does the business case look like to deliver on this. Can you really reduce cycle time to provision from months to days or even hours and reduce the cycle time to deliver change to your business. The Holy Grail that CIOs have been seeking for years is a seat at the leadership table. A chance to demonstrate they can deliver more than just technology, but they also can deliver demonstrable business value. Innovation and out of the box thinking is what will take them there. Converged infrastructure is a step change, game-changing technology that is real; it’s here and is delivering cost reduction and operational improvement value to many organizations worldwide right now. Today’s transformational leaders are able to see the déjà vu in the avant garde and recognize the underpinning technologies are secure, reliable, stable and proven. It is more than just virtualizing servers and standardizing storage. In this session, we’ll talk about the real, solid, under-pinning business case that makes this such a compelling proposition and demonstrate that those 40-75% cost reductions are indeed achievable.
4:45 – 6:00 Networking Reception

Seating is limited to 25 guests so please register before November 8th to ensure your seat at this important session.

Speaker Profiles:

George ParasGeorge S. Paras is a widely recognized speaker, writer, coach and thought leader in Enterprise Architecture (EA), Strategy and Planning, Portfolio Management and IT Governance with more than 26 years of information technology and business experience.

He has coached hundreds of IT leaders in the practical aspects of creating effective and successful EA programs at organizations as diverse as Canadian Pacific Railway, W.W. Grainger, United Airlines, Dow Chemical, State of Missouri, U.S. Navy, Bank of America, U.K. Federal Government, Allstate, and Sears Canada.

His insights and perspectives have advanced the EA discipline through his positions as Chairman, featured speaker and EAC Thought Leadership Council member for the Enterprise Architectures Conferences (EAC) and as Editor-in-Chief of Architecture and Governance Magazine.

Mr. Paras has also held positions as Vice President and Service Director of the Enterprise Planning and Architecture Strategies group at META Group, Vice President of Strategy at Troux Technologies, Senior Enterprise Architect at a major airline, and with IBM and several start-up technology companies.

Heather CampbellHeather Campbell
specializes in supporting organizations who undergoing complex IT Transformations.

As the former CIO of Canadian Pacific Railway, Heather led a highly successful three-year transformation and modernization of the IT portfolio. This transformation included; Organization, People & Leadership, Project Delivery, Platform & Service Modernization, Relationship Management, Strategy & Architecture, Process Standards & Methods IT staff Education & Professional Certifications

Previously Heather was the COO, IT Division for the Global Retail and Commercial Bank at Barclays PLC based in London, UK. There she led an IT transformation under the banner of “Getting IT Right”, a three-year investment program focused on fixing IT services, improving productivity & efficiency, introducing greater transparency to the business and directing investment in platforms and services appropriate to a leading global bank. Additionally, Heather has held executive positions at Rogers Communications Inc., BMO Financial Group as well as senior management positions at CIBC and KPMG.

Heather has an MBA from Queens University and is a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Photo of Larry DeBoeverLarry DeBoever is a world renowned expert in the transformation of business through the use of information technology.

He has served on several boards including Cognos, GoldenGate, GHNonline, Simware, etc. His past positions include serving as President of the META Group and as the Chief Research Officer for Hitachi Consulting. In 2007, he was recognized as one of the ‘5 Pioneers of Enterprise Architecture’ by the Society for Information Management.

In 2011 Larry received the ‘Vanguard Award’ from the Canadian Enterprise Architecture Forum being recognized as pioneer in enterprise architecture advancing the practices in Canada.

Larry works with IQM and their clients in the consulting practice and is a vibrant speaker on all topics of leadership, technology, innovation, communication and more.

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November 21, 2013 1:00 pm
November 21, 2013 6:00 pm
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