SummIT Agenda Recap & Presentations
May 9, 2017
12:15 pm - 1:15 pmRegistration/ Lunch sponsored by HPE
1:15 pm - 1:30 pmWelcome and Opening Remarks
Abbie Lundberg, President, Lundberg Media, Former Editor in Chief, CIO magazine
Mike Rapplean, Vice President, South Region, CDW
Scott Harrison, Director, Data Center Solutions, CDW
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1:30 pm - 2:15 pmDigital Transformation and the Power of Infrastructure
Dr. George Westerman, Principal Research Scientist, MIT Sloan Initiative on the Digital Economy
Fueled by mobility, analytics, social media, cloud computing, IoT and machine learning, companies in every industry are charting their course through the digital universe. Yet some firms are far outpacing others in their ability to drive new value from digital. Why? Drawing from his award-winning book, Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation, George will describe the capabilities required to drive digital transformation in customer engagement, operations, and business models. He’ll also show how IT leaders can play a critical role in the digital conversation. View Presentation
2:15 pm - 3:00 pmBreakout Sessions
2:15 pm - 3:00 pmHow All Flash, Big Data with Web Scale, and Software Defined Storage are Fueling Digital Transformation
Paul Merrifield, Americas Chief Technologist, HPE Storage, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
While countless organizations continue their journey to digital transformation, many successful ones are simultaneously solving for infrastructure efficiencies. Among the many opportunities, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise is discovering that three infrastructure-fueled advancements are pervasive across enterprises realizing success: 1) moving to all flash environments; 2) enabling big data with web scale; and 3) embracing software-defined storage. Join us for this session to hear how Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’s most successful customers are leveraging these technologies for digital transformation.
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2:15 pm - 3:00 pmData Center Modernization to Enable Digital Transformation
Russell Senesac, Director of Data Center Strategy Development , Schneider Electric
Data centers have come a long way from mainframe computer rooms. Today’s data centers showcase the latest advances across software defined storage and networking, artificial intelligence, modular and scalable hardware, and virtualized and containerized applications. Join us for this session as we discuss how today’s physical infrastructure continues to evolve to keep up with technology advancements. We’ll highlight how data centers can be modernized for high availability and peak performance through a process of assessing, fixing the basics, optimizing, and creating automation and control. All of this will illustrate how data centers of the past can become smart data centers of the future.
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3:00 pm - 3:15 pmNetworking Break
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmHow End User Application Performance Affects the Bottom Line
Brad Stoner, Senior Engineer, Appdynamics
74 percent of users will leave a website if it doesn’t load in less than five seconds. 86 percent of users have uninstalled at least one mobile app after just one use because of performance problems. As most organizations transform into a software defined business, it’s critical they understand how IT delivery can impact customers – and ultimately their brand. Join us for this session as we explore the changing expectations of end users, how to capture metrics on their experience, and how to leverage this data to make real-time decisions to improve business outcomes.
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4:00 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmNetworking Reception in IT Showcase
6:00 pm - 10:00 pmAT&T Stadium Experience sponsored by Dell

May 10, 2017
8:00 am - 8:45 amNetworking Breakfast Sponsored by NetApp
8:45 am - 9:00 amOpening Remarks
Abbie Lundberg, President, Lundberg Media, Former Editor in Chief, CIO magazine
9:00 am - 9:45 amWhat is Composable Infrastructure, and Why Does It Matter?
Scott Wood, Vice President, Solutions & Technology North America, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Composable infrastructure is a framework where its physical compute, storage and network fabric resources are treated as services. This evolving approach can deliver critical business advantages since resources are logically pooled so that administrators don’t have to physically configure hardware to support a specific software application. Join us for this session as we explore how composability is critical to the software defined data center, how it can add value to current and future infrastructures and frameworks -- and why all of this matters now and into the future. View Presentation
9:45 am - 10:30 amHyperconvergence Made Simple
Binny Gill, Chief Architect, Nutanix
Just as the iPhone combined existing technologies and went on to create a seismic shift in the industry, so too is hyperconvergence poised to lead data center technology on a new path. How did this combined hardware and software stack come to be? Why does the industry need the new hypervisor it has created? This session will explain hyperconvergence from the early days to the present, where it stands to be the cornerstone for an enterprise data center with the power of public cloud.
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10:30 am - 10:45 amNetworking Break
10:45 am - 11:30 amThe Future of Infrastructure: A Strategic Approach to Modernization: A Moderated Panel Discussion
Moe Khan, Director , Dell Customer Solution Centers
Gerry Seaman, Director for Hybrid Cloud, Intel
Bill Weaver, Vice President, Advanced Technologies, CDW
Abbie Lundberg, President, Lundberg Media, Former Editor in Chief, CIO magazine
Emerging infrastructure technologies and new approaches to systems management offer intriguing opportunities for CIOs. Increased business differentiation and greater operating efficiencies are enabled by new types of storage, automation, more flexibility in hosting options and software-defined everything. This is helping CIOs do a whole lot more for their organizations in a simpler, safer, more cost-effective and manageable way. In this panel discussion, we’ll explore: the infrastructure modernization journey; how to decide what to host where; the importance of taking a strategic approach to modernization; where to begin and how to get started; and what this all means for the future of IT.
11:30 am - 11:45 amWrap Up Remarks and Prize Drawings
Abbie Lundberg, President, Lundberg Media, Former Editor in Chief, CIO magazine
11:45 am - 1:00 pmNetworking Lunch with Hosted Table Discussions Sponsored by IBM
Topics to include:
  • Creating a Data Center Modernization Strategy that Does More with Less
  • Optimizing the Data Center with Modern Compute, Storage and Network Technologies
  • Managing Data Center Efficiency with Improved Visibility
  • Leveraging Clouds to Free Up Time and Capital Investments
  • Reducing Costs with Effective Device and Asset Management
  • Integrating System Configuration, Unified Communications and Network Security for Efficiency

1:00 pm Departures to Airport