Managing Cloud, Containers and Virtual Infrastructure Panel Discussion
May 10, 2017
8:00am – 10:30am
In software-defined environments, both risks and rewards are high. Success requires agreed-upon cloud-first design principles, improved DevOps processes, alignment between IT and business, advanced engineering for container-based design, application restacking, secure interfaces and secure access. New configurations–like thick-client devices running local decision logic supported by cloud-based compute engines—require new ways of architecting, operating, and managing.
Chaired by industry-leading research firm Nemertes Research, this panel helps you find out from your Wall Street peers how:
• Business users can achieve dynamic demand management, resiliency and faster change rates
• IT providers can integrate processes across development, operations and third-party product teams on standard cloud and container deployment patterns
• Companies overall can best leverage cloud, containers, and virtual infrastructure to enable their digital transformations
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8:00-8:30AM Registration and Breakfast
8:30-8:35AM WSTA Introductions
8:35-9:00AM “Industry Perspectives” & Moderator
Johna Till Johnson, CEO & Founder, Nemertes Research
Johna Till Johnson is CEO and Founder of Nemertes Research, where she sets research direction and works with strategic clients. She has decades of experience in technology design, deployment, and operations. Under her leadership, Nemertes has emerged as a leading trusted advisor to Fortune-50 and other world-class organizations.
Ms. Johnson specializes in emerging technology, innovation, operational transformation, and security and risk management. She has worked with many Wall St and other financial organizations to craft technology and business strategies that balance the risks and benefits of emerging technology. Her experience with information security begins back in the 1980s, where she was an early adopter of the Internet (then Arpanet) as a graduate student in particle physics. Since then, she has worked with major organizations–including Fortune-50 enterprises and carriers–to craft and implement security strategies, protect strategic assets, manage risk, and enable business success.
Ms. Johnson draws upon diverse experience prior to founding Nemertes in 2002. She served as chief technology officer (CTO) at Greenwich Technology Partners, an infrastructure consulting and engineering firm; headed the Global Networking Strategies Service business unit of META Group; and oversaw the lab-testing program at Data Communications magazine. She also has designed and developed security, speech-synthesis, and free-space laser products at companies including Mosler Security Systems and Digitus Corp.
Ms. Johnson holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering/computer science (BSEE/CS) from The Johns Hopkins University, has conducted graduate work in nuclear and particle physics at the University of Rochester, speaks three languages, and has published a science fiction novel. In her spare time, Ms. Johnson is an avid urban kayaker.
9:00-10:30AM Panel Discussion
Raja Chris, Director, Head of Infrastructure, Annaly Capital Management, Inc.
Raja Chris is a seasoned IT Infrastructure leader with over 15 years of experience in the financial industry. He has guided global, matrix, and cross-functional teams in IT architecture design, development, and implementation for improved infrastructure stability, performance, and team productivity.
Raja is currently the Head of Infrastructure at Annaly Capital Management, the largest publicly-traded Mortgage REIT. Prior to that, Raja held senior roles at Nomura, Point72 (SAC Capital), and Citi Group.
Raja holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. He has many industry certifications, like ITIL, EMC, Microsoft, Cisco, etc.
Gordon Haff, Technology Evangelist, Red Hat
Gordon Haff works in Red Hat’s Cloud Product Strategy group where he helps define the overall strategy for how all of Red Hat’s products and technologies come together as a cohesive portfolio for open hybrid clouds. He is a frequent and highly acclaimed speaker at customer and industry events and is the author of Computing Next: How the Cloud Opens the Future along with numerous other publications. Prior to Red Hat, as an industry analyst, Gordon wrote hundreds of research notes, was frequently quoted in the press on a wide range of IT topics, and advised clients on product and marketing strategies. Earlier in his career, he was responsible for bringing a wide range of computer systems, from minicomputers to large UNIX servers, to market while at Data General. Gordon has engineering degrees from MIT and Dartmouth and an MBA from Cornell’s Johnson School.
Godfrey Lee, Senior Director of Cloud Research and Development, Qlik
Godfrey leads the Cloud Development team at Qlik. He has extensive experience leading large scale software development projects designed for enterprise customers. His passion in producing world class software products lies in his solid understanding of agile software development from the stages of architecture, design, right through to implementation. Previous to Qlik, he worked at Cognos on various projects as Chief Architect. In his later years at IBM as Distinguished Engineer, he continued to take on different projects in Business Intelligence and Risk Analytics, where he was CTO for Business Intelligence at IBM China. Godfrey graduated with honors from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Mathematics (Computer Science).
Agenda, Speakers and Times Subject to Change
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