Virtual Boardroom

Moving to the Cloud: Taking Advantage of the Right Platforms

January 21, 2021  |  2:00pm GMT

In association with

The drive to cloud has been in full swing for some years now, but are businesses moving to cloud for the right reasons?

Many projects have started and stalled due to complexity, cost, and application compatibility. Does this mean that businesses need to start thinking of public and private cloud simply as another platform to deploy on a best use case-by-case basis?

Securing your network is both the responsibility of the cloud providers, as well as your organisation’s IT and CISOs – the shared responsibility model. As a result, your organisation needs visibility into what needs to be protected, as well as an understanding of the tools that are available to keep them secure.

Throughout the 90-minute virtual boardroom, we will look at some of the use cases of public and private cloud, challenges around migrating legacy infrastructure and management of a hybrid environment. It is vital to keep out the untrusted and proactively secure your entire hybrid network.

Boardroom Moderators.

John Young

John Young

VP, Global Solution Engineering and Architecture (EMEA), Sungard AS

John Young is the Vice President Global Solution Engineering and Architecture (EMEA) for Sungard Availability Services. His team is responsible for translating the business needs of the customer base into viable technical solutions that address those business needs. John joined Sungard Availability Services in 2017

Prior to joining SungardAS, John was the Head of Strategic Sales (EMEA) for Experian, the Credit Reference and Big Data company. His role was to lead the GTM for the top EMEA customers across EMEA. He led both Sales and Pre-sales teams there and had a major hand in creating their Sales Opportunity and Risk management programme focused on delivering best value to the company and customers alike

Before Experian, John held a number of leadership roles at the American Network provider AT&T in a career of almost 18 years, most recently as the Associate Vice President for Technical Sales Consulting (EMEA). Whilst there he led both Sales and pre-sales teams, as well as spending time in Process Engineering and Compliance.

John holds an Honours Degree in Law gained from the University of Wales, Cardiff

Martin Davies

Martin Davies

Lead Principal Consultant - Transition and Transformation, Sungard AS

A Business Development/Technical Architect/Consultant with over 30 years’ experience across IT support industry, who has helped build companies and their client relations through strong technical and commercial knowledge. A people person with a highly engaging style underpinned by technical credibility.

Currently responsible for supporting sales and delivery of Cloud solutions primarily within UKI but also across EMEA and North America. Key roles in providing pre-sales business development, leading, and delivering on consulting projects and contributing to the overall development of the Consulting Practice.

Major focus on leading, managing and contributing to delivery of Cloud consulting engagements and commercially accountable for engagement revenue, margin, client satisfaction and on-going relationship to develop follow on services.

Why Attend.

Join Sungard and other senior IT and security leaders and decision-makers during this interactive virtual boardroom which will equip you with insights and enable you to unite with your peers to openly discuss the culture of a business and how a cloud transformation project is not just an IT task but needs to be part of a wider business strategy. Other topics will include:

  • Common misconceptions with public and private cloud and the management of these cloud environments

  • Importance of security, resilience, and recovery in the cloud

  • How current environments would need to change to enable working across multiple sites

  • What is the best strategy if your business is not ready for cloud?

  • Forward-thinking approaches you could use to help reimagine and realign processes

  • How the current situation will influence future decision making

  • A sharing of experiences and forward-thinking approaches to managing hybrid environments as one of the realities of the journey towards IT modernisation

  • Discussions will widen into how cloud has and continues to play a significant role for many organisations are they move to modernise and optimise their cloud strategy

  • Learn from your senior peers on the solutions and steps taken to overcome challenges faced

  • Obtain tangible takeaways on distinguishing the benefits of a modern IT infrastructure across your individual industry

Solution Partner.

Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) helps businesses transform their IT environments, ensuring they are resilient and recoverable. We leverage our experience across a broad range of IT landscapes to align the right workloads with the right infrastructures—whether hybrid cloud, legacy or something in-between. 

As a result, our customers can streamline and manage complexity, minimize risk and adapt to change, while capitalizing on the opportunities that digital transformation offers. 

With 40 years of disaster recovery experience, we know how to keep mission-critical operations highly available for our customers. It is why more than 70 percent of Fortune 100 companies rely on us for resilient and recoverable IT.

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Head of IT, London Borough of Richmond & Wandsworth

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Business Solutions Team Lead – Networking, Datacenter and Security, Bechtle

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Chief Data Officer, JATO Dynamics

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Director, Bearing Point

“The topic of the event allowed a very valuable conversation, considering that it relates to each one of us. I appreciated the diversity of the participants in terms of roles and responsibilities as it allowed for a more varied discussion.”

Cloud & Infrastructure Lead, L&Q Group

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Head of Group Risk, Bidfood

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Information Security Compliance Manager, Vonage

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Chief Information Officer, Brunel University London

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