September 27, 2016 | Montreal, Canada
Jeff Kaplan is the Managing Director of THINKstrategies, the only strategic consulting firm focused entirely on the business implications of the transition of the technology industry from product-centric to service-driven solutions, including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing and Managed Services, and how organizations can leverage these trends to capitalize on Big Data and the Internet of Things.
THINKstrategies helps IT/business decision-makers with their sourcing strategies; solution providers with their marketing strategies; and venture firms with their investment strategies.
Kaplan is also the Founder of Cloud Computing Showplace (www.cloudshowplace.com), the largest, vendor-independent, online directory and best practice resource center regarding SaaS, Platforms-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), including Managed Services.
Mr. Barrette is an entrepreneurial, growth-focused leader with unique expertise in managing people, products, planning, finance, and operations. He has a proven track record of developing, launching, and managing complex programs and new LOBs with P&L responsibilities. Passionate about leadership and getting the best out of people while growing revenues and profits, he has successfully built and motivated diverse teams both domestically and internationally.
Peter Poolsaar is an accomplished IT Strategist and Architect and has been working with enterprises, SMB, and start-ups for over 25 years. He specializes in applying emerging technologies and innovative concepts to deliver complex transformation projects. He is currently a member of the IBM Global Cloud Advisor team working with clients and IBM to catalyze the adoption of cloud thinking and business models to drive business success with innovation and agility in this emerging digital world.
In 1992, Tommy co-founded Silanis Technology. In 2015, VASCO Data Security acquired the company, now re-branded eSignLive by VASCO. As president, Tommy is responsible for setting the corporate strategy and vision, building corporate culture and ensuring the eSignLive team delivers the best customer experience in the industry.
Jeff is an IBM Hybrid Cloud Technical Sales Specialist who works with customers in Canada to consult with and help develop cloud solutions for their business with a focus on cloud management and DevOps. Jeff has been in the IT industry for almost 20 years working in various roles including: operations, management, implementation and consulting on software development tools and processes, and consulting on and developing cloud software solutions.
While many IT shops are taking a cloud-first mentality and deploying either cloud-ready apps/services or cloud infrastructure, there are still a lot of legacy processes and traditional infrastructures that haven't yet been migrated to this cloud-first approach.
And for good reason: in many cases, traditional, on-prem environments are more appropriate for handling legacy workloads than the cloud might be.
As a result, on-prem data centers haven't gone away, and won't anytime soon.
Instead, savvy IT pros know that "cloud" no longer needs to be an all-or-nothing proposition. It's about strategically pairing cloud solutions with traditional infrastructure options to support the needs of today's users, workloads, and business goals.
This seminar details the multi-step process of adopting a hybrid approach to data center infrastructure, from (1) determining which workloads to keep on-prem and which to move to the cloud, to (2) selecting and implementing the tools and techniques for comprehensively managing hybrid infrastructure.
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