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Enabling the flexible enterprise: Cloud, Virtual Infrastructure, Security

NCC's Quarterly Members Conference, 28 June 2011
The Trades Union Congress, London

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2011 continues to show positive signs of a recovering economy, however cost cutting for many and cost containment for all are still very firmly driving our strategic thinking in IT terms. Economic pressures have forced organisations to re-evaluate their IT solutions with regard to availability, scalability, efficiency and cost; so it is particularly important, now more than ever, to assess the potential business benefits, risks and assurance considerations from Cloud Computing.

IT enabled service delivery is currently undergoing a period of huge transformational change – effective technology deployment is about automating as much as possible to identify new ways of doing things – consequently, NCCs recent Benchmarks reflect a rapid acceleration of the adoption of virtualisation and cloud technologies.

Organisations everywhere are struggling to balance ever increasing technology complexity against ever decreasing budgets. Employees expect, and often need to work from anywhere, from any device. In our “always on” society & business environments it is common now for employees to use personal devices such as smartphones, netbooks, tablets and home computers as part of their work arsenal – and this convergence of consumer technology and consumer behaviours with the corporate environment add to the complexity.

So how do you provide a consistent, standardised desktop experience for employees who need to work with multiple different devices, with multiple different form factors, connectivity options, processors and operating systems? The answer….

Desktop Virtualisation…. and the abstraction of the desktop from any one physical device. Logically, as everything becomes Internet-enabled, the cloud becomes a more convenient place to host these services, once the inevitable risks and security are understood and addressed.

Key topics

NCC’s Enabling the flexible enterprise: Cloud, Virtual Infrastructure, Security Conference, will provide a snapshot of the recent research on virtualisation and the Cloud Computing explosion. You will hear technology thought leadership, alongside real life cases studies of successful implementations. The conference will also help you benchmark your own strategic thinking:

VDI, is on the radar of most CIO’s and IT Director’s and remains one of the hottest topics around. However, most of the evidence points to less than 20% of corporate enterprises having virtualised their desktop environment. If you still need convincing… and continue to ask why would an organisation want to virtualise the desktop? There are many different reasons, and here’s a snapshot of what you will learn at the conference:

  • How to manage the desktop experience and application compatibility
  • Understand the real issue around data security and governance
  • Improved disaster recovery solutions
  • Improve service scalability and reliability
  • Manage ever decreasing budgets – cost containment strategies
  • Reduce Capital & Operational expenditure
  • Enable an improved flexible working solution
  • Greener IT and responsible low-carbon computing

Whilst the economic climate remains tough and cost savings paramount, the technology mature enough, here’s where you start your journey through VDI adoption to Cloud Computing?

Venue: The Trades Union Congress, London

Congress House
Great Russell Street


09.30 Registration
10.00 Introduction
  Ian Jones, NCC
  Cloud Strategy
  Steven Heeney, IBM Cloud Computing Strategist, IBM UK
  Despite the economic conditions encouraging accelerated adoption of virtualisation and cloud technologies, most of the medium up to FTSE 100 and public sector are still flirting on the periphery of Cloud Computing. This session will provide real technology & business thought leadership to help you engage.
10.45 VDI - Technology roadmap
  Alan Wakeman, End user computing Business Specialist, VMWare
  Alan will focus on the opportunities and business benefits associated with these new technologies to consolidate server, storage, applications, network and desktop environments. This session will help businesses that are evaluating virtualisation technologies or those that already have a virtualised environment and are looking at opportunities to enhance its performance, reduce, costs and improve operational efficiency and service management.
11.15 BREAK
The Virtualisation Maturity Model – the path to your virtualisatsion strategy
  Andrew Cooke, Foundation IT
  Most organisations have so far failed to define a strategy to maximise the business benefits from virtualisation! If you are even considering the role of “cloud” in your future corporate strategy and don’t have your virtualisation strategy nailed, how successful will you be? This session will help you understand where your organisation is within the Virtualisation Maturity Model, and therefore enable you to align IT to you business strategy more effectively.
12.00 Structuring and deploying a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
  Bryan Jones, Public and Large Enterprise Director, Dell EMEA &
Luke Mahon, Dell Private Cloud Enterprise Technologist (EMEA)
  If designed and deployed correctly, a VDI architecture can enable a truly flexible and efficient workforce, which is key to business agility. In this session, Bryan Jones, Public and Large Enterprise Director, Dell EMEA, will discuss what can be achieved through VDI, presenting tips on how best to overcome deployment challenges and explaining the various consumption models which help users to choose the right set of services, support and architecture to better approach client virtualisation for tangible business benefits.
12.30 The VDI journey - the challenge, the business benefits and the journey
  Ian Cawson, Technical Architect, Co-operative Group
Trading Group IS, Technical Services
  Is VDI on your radar? With the business requiring flexibility and driven by value for money. cost savings are paramount. The technology is mature enough, here’s where you start your journey through VDI adoption to Cloud Computing. A real life insight.
13.15 LUNCH
14.15 VDI - believe the hype
  Mark Ridgewell, Head of Information Services for Keystone Distribution UK
  Despite its perceived and well-publicised benefits, for many organisations, the challenges of implementing a VDI strategy may well be inhibiting their uptake of it. For Keystone, however, they have dipped their toes, and are now reaping the benefits, Mark Ridgewell shares his experience from the user perspective.
14.45 VDI - replacing legacy
  Jason Meers, CTO One Planet Computing
  Running Virtual Desktops can offer significant cost benefits over maintaining legacy PC estates, yet Virtual Desktops can deliver the same levels of functionality and availability. Jason will quantify the benefits and illustrate how they can be quickly realised using case study examples.
15.20 Cloud Computing – overcoming the key inhibitors
  Alastair McAulay, IT enabled change and infrastructure expert, PA Consulting Group
  Moving to the cloud can be persuasive and tempting, especially as solutions promise attractive benefits and they are becoming more mature, but is the cloud secure enough for you to trust your company’s information with. The cloud may help you reduce costs, but but how do you overcome the key inhibitors?
15.55 Questions and Panel Discussion
16.15 Drinks reception and networking
17.00 Close of Event

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