ITP Arabian Computer News
THE FUTURE OF CLOUD COMPUTING
14.55 WELCOME REMARKS: Arabian Computer News
15.00 PANEL DISCUSSION: Exploring the Future of Cloud Computing
Looking back over the last few years, the cloud has become the driver for tremendous innovation across all companies. From the world’s fastest growing startups, such as DropBox, Instagram, Spotify, Pinterest and Shazam, through to some of the world’s largest enterprises, such as Samsung, Unilever and Shell, through to governments, education and research institutes, all are using cloud computing technologies to innovate and better serve their customers and the general public around the world. Cloud has matured into a strategic resource enabling enterprises to enter new markets, outpace their competitors, and reduce costs. So how does an enterprise work through the variables in order to make a sound business that leverages the resources in the cloud?
Discussion Point 1: Cloud usage in the enterprise is no longer primarily driven by cost but by business transformation. Driving cost efficiencies is still the top use of cloud but the gap has narrowed dramatically. Mobile enablement, improved alignment with customers and partners and better leveraging of data for business insights are important ways in which business are looking to use cloud computing. What are the other key drivers for transformation?
Discussion Point 2: For large enterprises, the move to cloud is a journey, one that often starts with small, manageable workloads, and picks up speed as they gain confidence in the cloud. The result is the creation of a hybrid IT environment that combines the IT in which these companies have invested for years with the new cloud workloads — in either a public or private cloud. Defining a cloud strategy therefore is important. What are the considerations for a cloud implementation and how are CIOs planning for such a journey and transitioning to the cloud?
Discussion Point 3: Organisations around the world are increasingly relying on cloud to market, sell, develop products and manage supply chains. According to the research firm, IDC 85% of new software being built today is for the cloud. However, while these companies recognise the huge opportunities to transform and grow their business, there are always downsides to software innovation and the cloud is not exempt. With possible downtime, security issues, inflexibility and a lack of support, transitioning to the cloud can be daunting. How do CIOs prepare for such issues to ensure a smooth transition and to reap the rewards of switching to cloud computing?
Moderator: Aditya Kaushik, Group IT Operations Manager, Drake & Scull International
Panel: Zakaria Maamar, Acting Dean – College of Technological Innovation, Zayed University
Mario Foster, Group Chief Information Officer, Al Naboodah Group Enterprises LLC
Ajay Rathi, Director – Information Technology, Meraas Holding
Hamad Kazim Al Nuaimi, IT & SCADA Manager, Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation – EMPOWER
Ahmad M. Almulla, Senior Vice President, Information Technology, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)
15.50 CASE STUDY: Cloud Transformation at AW Rostamani Group
Sebastian T. Samuel, Chief Information Officer, AW Rostamani Group
16.15 COFFEE BREAK
17.10 PRESENTATION: Eliminating Cloud Deployment Inefficiencies through Network Control
Cherif Sleiman, General Manager – MEA, Infoblox