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Commiting to the Cloud? If not now, when? Don't go it alone.

  • Thursday, March 09, 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Davenport University Sneden Center, 6191 Kraft Ave SE • Grand Rapids, MI 49512
  • 14


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It is likely you have already started the journey to some hybrid version of on premise and cloud services.  Jim VanderMey, Chief Innovation Officer from OST will lead us in a discussion about cloud as a change in segregation of duties -- on prem, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS. We tend to think of IaaS too much as it is a direct replacement for on prem.  Jim will cover the  on ramp to the cloud for any of the "flavors" of cloud. Highlighting the qualities in IT that lead to success in the cloud -- what matters and why. Equally as important, we must address a list of problems you need to specifically solve for success including; security, financial, elasticity, tooling, operational processes, mindsets around vendor lock in, integration with developers and the business, monitoring, managing data egress, etc… This session will help break down all of the factors needed to take your journey to the cloud.
Hear from your peers and experts on the best journey to the cloud.

Topics covered will include:

  • Strategies to go to the cloud
  • Impact on the  IT budget
  • How does the role of IT change?
  • What about the IT staff?
  • What technology services are needed to make it work
  • "Tools" to take away and how to transition
  • Assessment of current environment
  • How to make the transition/ committing to the transition
  • How to evaluate different vendor offerings (by the hour, by the space)
  • How to embrace shadow IT


8:00 - 8:30 | Registration & Networking

8:30 - 8:45 | Welcome & Introductions

8:45 - 8:55 | Nick Post, Director of IT Solutions, Hedrick Associates
Sponsor Profile

8:55 - 9:10 | Jon Smith, IT Director, Lacks Enterprises
Member Profile

9:10 - 10:10 | Jim VanderMey, Chief Innovation Officer, OST

10:10 - 10:25 | Break

10:25 - 11:30 | Josh Juzwik, Cloud Architect, OST
11:30 - 12:00 | Discussion & Lunch

Map & Parking
Please note the special parking instructions. Parking is free, but you must print a copy of the Special Parking Pass and place in your windshield.

Map to Davenport's Sneden Center

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