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Information Week Cloud University  

Tuesday, September 16 - Thursday, September 25
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Lecturer: Joe Masters Emison
Joe began his career by winning the 1996 Weird Software Contest with the Mutant Chicken Races and creating the first Windows-based iPod ...  
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Joe Masters Emison
Joe Masters Emison

Joe began his career by winning the 1996 Weird Software Contest with the Mutant Chicken Races and creating the first Windows-based iPod application. Over the past ten years, Joe transitioned from development to systems design and data analysis, creating the first BuildFax engines in 2003, the original architecture in 2007, and designing the Pragmatic Extract-Transform-and-Load (PETL) architecture that has made the current national footprint possible. In addition to running technology and product at BuildFax, Joe also regularly contributes articles to InformationWeek on the cloud and startups. Joe graduated with degrees in English and Mathematics from Williams College and has a law degree from Yale Law School.


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Sep 16 2PM
To meet business needs, IT teams must understand their cloud choices beyond just public versus private and IaaS versus SaaS. Hybrid cloud is likely the future for enterprises, while PaaS is gaining steam as a way to maximize application flexibility. Meanwhile, securely managing cloud services — some in use by business units without IT’s involvement — can get complicated fast.

Sep 18 2PM
Adopting a cloud mindset isn’t about IT relinquishing all control and just approving invoices. It's about changing legacy ways of delivering business services and doing sales, customer service, and end user support in new and more flexible ways. In this InformationWeek University session, we’ll help late cloud bloomers get the basics right, including choosing pilot projects, selecting partners, and building in automation and orchestration right from the start.

Sep 19 4PM
You’ve heard of DevOps. Now get ready for CloudOps. The concept: Bring IT operations into the cloud era. In this InformationWeek University session, we’ll discuss how CloudOps can help IT build an agile, self-service infrastructure with instant deployment and guard against lock-in.

Sep 23 2PM
The use of public cloud — IaaS and SaaS but also PaaS — and the rise of DevOps should lend some urgency to the concept of orchestration. The ultimate goal: Define and automatically execute services to meet business needs without human intervention. In this InformationWeek University session, we’ll examine the essential elements of orchestration and explore what the future may hold.

Sep 25 2PM
InformationWeek Research has tracked attitudes on cloud security since 2012. In our early surveys, security was a deal-breaker for many companies. Today, the consensus is that every IT service has risk, and big cloud providers can attract and afford scarce security expertise better than many enterprises. In this InformationWeek University session, we’ll discuss the current state of cloud security, unique risks of the cloud and how best to mitigate them, and what IT should expect from a provider.

Information Week Big Data, Complex Control University  

Monday, September 22 - Friday, October 3
SPONSORED BY
Lecturer: John O'Brien & Lindy Ryan
John O'Brien, Principal Analyst and CEO, Radiant AdvisorsWith more than 25 years of experience delivering value through data warehousing ...  
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John O'Brien & Lindy Ryan
John O'Brien & Lindy Ryan

John O'Brien, Principal Analyst and CEO, Radiant Advisors
With more than 25 years of experience delivering value through data warehousing and BI programs, John O'Brien's unique perspective comes from the combination of his roles as a practitioner, consultant, and vendor in the BI industry. His knowledge in designing, building, and growing enterprise BI systems and teams brings real-world insights to each role and phase within a BI program. Today, through Radiant Advisors, John provides research and advisory services that guide companies in meeting the demands of next-generation information management, architecture, and emerging technologies.

Lindy Ryan, Research Director, Data Discovery & Visualization, Radiant Advisors
Lindy Ryan is the Research Director for Radiant Advisors' Data Discovery and Visualization practice and leads research and analyst activities in the confluence of data discovery, visualization, and data science from a business-needs perspective. She also retains the role of Editor in Chief of RediscoveringBI Magazine. As Radiant Advisors' Editor in Chief for three years, Lindy participated in in-depth discussions and analysis with industry thought leaders and vendors while maturing her position and perspectives in the BI industry.


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Sep 22 2PM
For most enterprises, data storage and analytics are remarkably fragmented. Departmental siloes lead to a lack of standardized definitions and multiple versions of the truth, ad-hoc business intelligence operations lead to duplicated efforts, and immature processes lead to valuable datasets languishing in obscurity.

Sep 24 2PM
To leverage big data and analytics effectively, companies must create an environment that organizes structured, unstructured, internal, and external data effectively and processes that data efficiently.

Sep 26 2PM
Data governance is an essential component of an information management initiative, but the complexities are daunting. Which functions should be handled by central IT, and which by business units?

Sep 29 2PM
The current spate of high-profile data breaches has put privacy in the spotlight. There are dozens of state and federal regulations that may apply, plus numerous industry codes and standards, to say nothing of international rules.

Oct 3 2PM
The most successful and innovative data-driven enterprises are augmenting their own information stores with public and proprietary feeds from social media, marketing firms, government agencies, and more.

Simplified IT: Regain Control, Remove Chaos  

Tuesday, October 21 - Tuesday, October 28
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Lecturer: Jim O'Reilly
Jim O'Reilly was Vice President of Engineering at Germane Systems, where he created ruggedized servers and storage for the US submarine ...  
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Jim O'Reilly
Jim O'Reilly

Jim O'Reilly was Vice President of Engineering at Germane Systems, where he created ruggedized servers and storage for the US submarine fleet. He has also held senior management positions at SGI/Rackable and Verari; was CEO at startups Scalant and CDS; headed operations at PC Brand and Metalithic; and led major divisions of Memorex-Telex and NCR, where his team developed the first SCSI ASIC, now in the Smithsonian. Jim is currently a consultant focused on storage and cloud computing.


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Oct 21 2PM
The explosive growth of storage demand spares no one. However, midsize shops may have more flexibility to build out a storage infrastructure that takes advantage of the newest capacity allocation and utilization, data protection, and management capabilities. Our instructor will explain how to evaluate the efficiency of your current storage systems, how management tools can help IT gain visibility, ways to build out capacity in a smart way, and ideas to lower storage TCO.

Oct 22 2PM
A heavily virtualized data center is an efficient data center. Our instructor will explain how to evaluate your current server and virtual machine utilization and workload management strategy and outline strategies for increasing density. We’ll also look at what’s next — namely containerization, driven by interest in PaaS, DevOps, and scale-out applications — and explain where it is and is not a fit.

Oct 23 2PM
The size of some midmarket companies’ data stores might surprise you. On the bright side, it’s easier to build from the start following best practices in platform selection and managing volume, velocity, and variety than to go back and retrofit, as many enterprises are now finding. And, actionable business information may be more easily shared among tightly focused teams.

Oct 27 2PM
There are worse growth mottos for midsize companies than: “Avoid IT Sprawl.” The goal is a fully optimized infrastructure, with converged storage and LAN traffic and aggressive control over adoption of new applications. Our instructor will explain how to achieve maximum efficiency via advancements in servers, storage, networking, and data center management that are allowing IT to cut back on power, space, staffing, and complexity.

Oct 28 2PM
Most midmarket businesses recognize that cloud services will be part of their IT portfolios. However, how do you decide which services are best run in IaaS, SaaS, and/or PaaS versus kept on internal systems? The decision points involve efficiency, agility, and TCO. Our instructor will help develop a decision matrix that can be applied to new and existing IT services.

Simplified IT: Aligning Efforts Across The Enterprise  

Monday, November 3 - Friday, November 7
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Lecturer: Jim O'Reilly
Jim O'Reilly was Vice President of Engineering at Germane Systems, where he created ruggedized servers and storage for the US submarine ...  
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Jim O'Reilly
Jim O'Reilly

Jim O'Reilly was Vice President of Engineering at Germane Systems, where he created ruggedized servers and storage for the US submarine fleet. He has also held senior management positions at SGI/Rackable and Verari; was CEO at startups Scalant and CDS; headed operations at PC Brand and Metalithic; and led major divisions of Memorex-Telex and NCR, where his team developed the first SCSI ASIC, now in the Smithsonian. Jim is currently a consultant focused on storage and cloud computing.


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Nov 3 2PM
Improve storage efficiency and you benefit many areas of the data center, from performance speed to space and energy costs. Of course, storage characteristics, such as capacity allocation and utilization, data protection, and level of management, affect efficiency, especially with heavy use of server virtualization. Our instructor will explain how to evaluate the efficiency of your storage systems and suggest management tools that can help IT gain visibility and lower TCO.

Nov 4 2PM
A heavily virtualized data center is an efficient data center. Our instructor will explain how to evaluate your current server and virtual machine utilization, describe a smart workload management strategy, and outline ways to increase density. We’ll also look at what’s next – namely, containerization, driven by interest in PaaS, DevOps, and scale-out applications – and explain where it is and is not a fit.

Nov 5 2PM
Big data means something different to every enterprise. However, there are best-practices around platform selection and managing volume, velocity, and variety. Do it right and you’ll deliver useful business information. Do it wrong and you’ll spend a lot of money on storage and analysis tools, for naught. Our instructor will discuss the links among database systems, analytics platforms, storage systems, and the cloud with an eye to making your data work for you, not the other way around.

Nov 6 2PM
You may not be ready for a fully optimized infrastructure, with converged storage and LAN traffic and aggressive application consolidation. Or maybe you are, but you have some tidying up to do first. Fortunately, new advances in servers, storage, networking, and data center management are allowing IT to cut back on power, space, staffing, and complexity. Our instructor will explain how to create an inventory of your application and services workloads and decide where you can simplify.

Nov 7 2PM
"Hybrid" is today's hot cloud buzzword. While it makes sense to balance private and public cloud use, and even burst-to-manage demand spikes, the devil is in the details. Our instructor will explain the challenges of a hybrid environment in the context of maximizing interoperability, manageability, and reliability and address open cloud architectures and whether they may be right for your needs.

Reality Check: Cloud’s Tangible Business Benefits  

Monday, November 17 - Friday, November 21
SPONSORED BY
Lecturer: Jonathan Feldman
Jonathan Feldman is Chief Information Officer for the City of Asheville, North Carolina, where his business background and work as ...  
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Jonathan Feldman
Jonathan Feldman

Jonathan Feldman is Chief Information Officer for the City of Asheville, North Carolina, where his business background and work as an InformationWeek columnist have helped him to innovate in government through better practices in business technology, process, and human resources management. Asheville is a rapidly growing and popular city; it has been named a Fodor top travel destination, and is the site of many new breweries, including New Belgium's east coast expansion. During Jonathan's leadership, the City has been recognized nationally and internationally (including the International Economic Development Council New Media, Government Innovation Grant, and the GMIS Best Practices awards) for improving services to citizens and reducing expenses through new practices and technology.  He is active in the IT, startup and open data communities, was named a "Top 100 CIO to follow" by the Huffington Post, and is a co-author of Code For America's book, Beyond Transparency. Learn more about Jonathan at Feldman.org.


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Nov 17 2PM
The savings you get from SaaS are wholly different from how running a website on IaaS pays off. Our instructor will present some sample balance sheets and explain the key factors to include in an ROI calculation.

Nov 18 2PM
Building on the intro session, our instructor will dig into the difference between just saving money and actually delivering better service to end users. Don’t conflate the two. Maybe business leaders are OK with spending more to keep a service on premises. Maybe they’re not. Here’s how to present a balanced case.

Nov 19 2PM
Market realities also play a huge role in your ROI calculation. Our instructor will give the example of how a small organization with a lean IT team and tight budget rolled out disaster recovery in the cloud. We’ll explain factors including geographic diversity, automation level, operational cost, capital cost, audited rather than perceived security requirements, and typical recovery time.

Nov 20 2PM
Midmarket IT teams tend to run lean, but it’s well worth adding a cloud broker role. The cloud is evolving quickly, and having a small team, or even one dedicated person, formally tasked with staying up to date will pay for itself. Our instructor will explain the must-have skills for a cloud broker, including understanding on-premises capabilities and costs, the differences between IaaS and PaaS providers, the reality of hybrid, and more.

Nov 21 2PM
Just because you don’t have the buying power of a Fortune 100 doesn’t mean you can’t negotiate a favorable deal with a cloud provider. Our instructor will suggest some tactics, like calculating the cost to run a service internally then asking providers if they can beat it, or committing to a contract period, then discuss what to include in an SLA and how to monitor for compliance.

Why PaaS Is the Future  

Monday, December 8 - Friday, December 12
SPONSORED BY
Lecturer: Joe Masters Emison
Joe began his career by winning the 1996 Weird Software Contest with the Mutant Chicken Races and creating the first Windows-based iPod ...  
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Joe Masters Emison
Joe Masters Emison

Joe began his career by winning the 1996 Weird Software Contest with the Mutant Chicken Races and creating the first Windows-based iPod application. Over the past ten years, Joe transitioned from development to systems design and data analysis, creating the first BuildFax engines in 2003, the original architecture in 2007, and designing the Pragmatic Extract-Transform-and-Load (PETL) architecture that has made the current national footprint possible. In addition to running technology and product at BuildFax, Joe also regularly contributes articles to InformationWeek on the cloud and startups. Joe graduated with degrees in English and Mathematics from Williams College and has a law degree from Yale Law School.


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Dec 8 2PM
The essential goal of PaaS is to improve software deployment. While more enterprises are embracing DevOps and Agile principles, there are still massive inefficiencies in the way organizations deploy software, often across large and diverse user bases. Our instructor will explain how PaaS attempts to remove those inefficiencies and minimize errors by abstracting and automating the nitty-gritty details of software deployment.

Dec 9 2PM
With infrastructure as a service, it is now possible to automate essentially all basic systems administration through software and configuration. To make that possibility a reality, DevOps takes tasks traditionally done by human sys admins and makes those tasks faster, less expensive, and less error-prone – at least in theory.

Dec 10 2PM
Because PaaS is about automating and orchestrating software deployments, it’s important to note that there are as many flavors of PaaS as there are software development environments, especially in large shops that may serve various constituencies. For example, PaaS instances for .NET and Java (which compile binaries that run on software virtual machines) look quite different than PaaS for scripting languages.

Dec 11 2PM
Enterprise IT teams can run a private PaaS system locally that launches servers on the public cloud, or they can run a public PaaS that launches servers on a private cloud. Different development environments, regulatory regimes, and use cases drive different PaaS requirements, as our instructor will explain.

Dec 12 2PM
How do you know which PaaS providers are right for you? How do you avoid lock-in, especially in a world where public, hosted providers may disappear in a flash? If you run many different development environments, as is common in large organizations across the spectrum, is there even a single PaaS that you could use? Our instructor will guide attendees through these and other decision points.

Automating The Modern Application-Friendly Datacenter  

Tuesday, October 27 - Thursday, October 29
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Lecturer: Tom Hollingsworth
Tom Hollingsworth, CCIE #29213, is a former VAR network engineer with 10 years of experience working with primary education and the ...  
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Tom Hollingsworth
Tom Hollingsworth

Tom Hollingsworth, CCIE #29213, is a former VAR network engineer with 10 years of experience working with primary education and the problems they face implementing technology solutions. He has worked with wireless, storage, and server virtualization in addition to routing and switching. Recently, Tom has switched careers to focus on technology blogging and social media outreach as a part of Gestalt IT media. Tom has a regular blog at http://networkingnerd.net and can be heard on various industry podcasts pontificating about the role technology will play in the future.


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Oct 27 12PM
The days of the three-tier model are fading rapidly as enterprises require data center networks that are simple to scale, vendor agnostic, and unencumbered by constant manual maintenance. Learn about the new switching architectures that are making this possible and how to select the best configuration for your environment. We'll also cover virtual network appliances that are adding even more functionality to the data center network.

Oct 28 12PM
The manual steps required to provision and update the network takes a toll on everyday data center operations. Compute is achieving high rates of resource utilization and agility, but the network must join in as well. Implementing automation can help, especially with tools like Vagrant, Ansible, Puppet and Chef. Our expert will also discuss orchestration with other systems and configuration validation.

Oct 29 12PM
The data center must interact with outside factors including cloud services, hosting, and multiple locations. Our expert will address how network design, especially SDN and NFV, can optimize your data center internally. He'll also discuss how to extend that across a network of global data centers and provide high availability using designs such as active/active, passive/passive, and cold and hot sites.

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