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Practical steps to cloud computing (The Institute of Directors, London)

24 April 2012, Networking Seminar

Moving to the cloud is one of the key trends of 2012. Are you under pressure to make the much hyped strategic shift 'to the cloud' and, if so, where do you start? This seminar explores the transition to cloud computing.

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This seminar explores the transition to cloud computing. Are you under pressure to make the much hyped strategic shift ‘to the cloud?’ Unfortunately, you can’t start with a blank canvas, neither can you simply deploy virtualisation and think you’ve done it. You must accommodate legacy investments, architectural legacy, manual processes, skills deficits and much more. So where do you start?

Drawing on the successes and failures common to the best performers, this seminar will provide a realistic approach to cloud deployment that builds on legacy investments, capitalises on existing skills and incorporates necessary processes to deliver the benefits of cloud computing.

Successful cloud implementations result from executing a business strategy, not rolling out new IT projects. The speakers will help you to cut through the hype by establishing a service portfolio view of infrastructure and applications, measuring current service performance and cost, setting goals for service improvement, and establishing some initial success, before you start transforming virtual infrastructure into private public cloud services.

Moving to the cloud is one of the key trends of 2012. Many vendors have come up with interesting solutions to facilitate this task but various challenges have to be dealt with and it is very important to take into consideration all implications of such migration. In this seminar we will provide the key steps you should follow. They represent the main aspects that anyone should be looking at before migrating all (or part) of their applications portfolio and processes into the cloud (public, private or hybrid).

With the relentless pressure on costs now a fixed component for all businesses, organisations are thinking more strategically about the role and impact of technology to deliver true business transformation with improvements to the bottom line.

Success is clearly not just about getting the right technology solutions but having a clear business-focused strategy, and implementing new processes that have the full support of management and staff through effectively managing cultural change.

The session will focus on:

  • A ‘realistic approach’ to achieving business benefits through the cloud.
  • Changing culture to get management and staff on board.
  • Key steps to success cloud deployment.
  • Some of the critical success factors to consider.
  • Examples of the pitfalls to avoid.

Venue: The Institute of Directors, Trafalgar 1 room, London

116 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ED


9.30 Registration – tea & coffee
10.00 Introduction
  Ian Jones, NCC
10.15 Making the transition to cloud computing – delivering the flexible enterprise
  Jason Meers, cloud computing lead consultant

Jason will provide a cloud technology strategy roadmap which will enable you to fully assess where you are now, where you need to be and how to navigate the journey. Jason is a strategic thinker but has a hands-on approach to delivering business-driven and business-aligned technology solutions. He has operated as head of IT for a number of businesses across the public and private sector and is a highly experienced technical architect.

11.15  Tea & coffee
11.30  Cloud migration – the user perspective 

Chris Burn, PA Consulting, cloud technologies lead consultant

Once you start exploring the workings of the cloud and examining its fit with your organisation's requirements and existing infrastructure, the range of options and potential challenges seems to grow exponentially. From a user's perspective the cloud:

  • Is delivered and managed by someone else (ie, not the user's organisation).
  • Is easy to access from a modern user interface, such as a browser or applet.
  • Meets the functional and capacity needs of the individual or business.
  • Is always on (with apparent 100% availability) and is accessible anywhere from any device.
  • Is implicitly secure.
  • Delivers consistent and dependable performance.
  • Is low-cost (or ideally free).
  Cloud services are capable of delivering significant benefits to an organisation – benefits measured in terms of cost savings (but not always!), scalability, anytime, anywhere, any device availability, resilience – the list is long. But for anything other than a start-up with a completely green-field requirement, moving to the cloud also requires careful planning, analysis and business justification.
12.30 Panel discussion and Q&A
13.45 Lunch & networking
14.45 Close

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