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Doing More
IT With Less
Economizing and Innovating in Today’s Enterprise IT Organization
July 23, 2020 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST
If there is one universal truth among IT organizations, it’s a shortage of budget.

IT professionals probably entered 2020 wondering whether you could do the job with the resources they had. Add in COVID-19 and a crashing economy, and we now have our answer.

This information-packed event looks at some of the key strategies your IT organization can use to stretch your technology, rethink costly processes, and create new ways of doing business on a shoestring. Top IT practitioners, leaders, and experts will share proven methods for rethinking operational spending, while still supporting the organization’s need to innovate in new ways.

In this virtual event we will discuss:
July 23, 2020
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST (8:00 AM – 2:00 PM PST)
11:00 – 11:45 am EST
Keynote: Increasing Innovation in IT – Without Breaking the Bank
Presented by: Robert B. Carter, Executive Vice President of FedEx Information Services, and Chief Information Officer, FedEx Corp
Moderated by: Brian Gillooly, Content Director, Data Center World and AFCOM
Sponsored by: Neustar
11:45 – 12:00 pm EST
Fireside Chat with Neustar
12:30 – 1:15 pm EST
Panel Session: In Search of the Silver Lining in the Rush to Remote Work
Hosted by: ITPro Today and InformationWeek
Moderated by: Sue Troy, Senior Content Director, ITPro Today
Sponsored by: Veeam and NetApp
2:15 – 3:00 pm EST
Panel Session: Data Center Automation and Its Limits
Hosted by: Data Center Knowledge
Moderated by: Yevgeniy Sverdlik, Editor-in-Chief, Data Center Knowledge
3:15 – 4:00 pm EST
Panel Session: Making Cybersecurity Work in a Post-COVID World
Hosted by: Dark Reading
Moderated by: Tim Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, Dark Reading
Sponsored by: Axio and Symantec
4:15 – 5:00 pm EST
Panel Session: How to Cost-Effectively Enable Remote Access for the 100% Work-From-Home Workforce
Hosted by: Network Computing
Moderated by: Salvatore Salamone, Managing Editor, Network Computing
Sponsored by: Citrix and Micro Focus
Robert B. Carter
Executive VP of FedEx Information Services, and C.I.O, FedEx Corp
Bob Rogers
PhD, Co-Founder, Orchestrated Intelligence
Maxine Holt
Senior Research Director, Omdia
Brad Shimmin
Chief Analyst, AI and Intelligent Automation, Omdia
Michael Caton
Collaboration Expert
Fred Kwong
Delta Dental Plan Association, CISO
Zahl Limbuwala
Executive Director Strategy & Market Engagement, CBRE Data Center Solutions
Dzmitry Markovich
Senior Director of Engineering, Dropbox
Avi Freedman
Co-founder and CEO, Kentik
Michael Kaczmarek
VP, Security Solutions, Neustar
Travis Miller
Product Marketing Analyst, Veeam
Dale Gonzalez
Chief Product Officer, Axio
Akhilesh Dhawan
Director of Product Marketing, Citrix
Jon Kies
Manager, Product Marketing, Micro Focus
Jeff Dickey
Chief Technologist, Cloud and Data Services, NetApp
Jon DiMaggio
Sr. Threat Intelligence Analyst, Symantec, A Division of Broadcom
Tim Wilson
Editor-in-Chief, Dark Reading
Sue Troy
Senior Content Director for ITPro Today
Yevgeniy Sverdlik
Editor-in-Chief, Data Center Knowledge
Brian Gillooly
Content Director, Data Center World and AFCOM
Salvatore Salamone
Managing Editor, Network Computing

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20 Points

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Doing More IT With Less
Economizing and Innovating in Today’s Enterprise IT Organization

July 23, 2020 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST
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Panel Session: Making Cybersecurity Work in a Post-COVID World

Over the past six months, cybersecurity teams have been faced with a dizzying conundrum: how to economically secure enterprise data accessed by a remote workforce and how to manage the influx of new cyberattacks triggered by the pandemic. And in some enterprises, these challenges are compounded by radical shifts in business models and the creation of new pathways for communicating critical and personal information. In this fascinating panel moderated by Dark Reading editors, leading cybersecurity experts discuss the tools, practices and strategies that enterprises can use to improve security in a post-COVID-19 cybersecurity environment.


Panel Session: Data Center Automation and Its Limits

One of the many things the COVID-19 pandemic made crystal clear is that automation at every layer of a company’s digital infrastructure is more than a nice-to-have. It’s more than a way to reduce management costs and complexity. It’s even more than a way to create business value through a more capable platform. Today, automation has become essential for survival of the business, especially in a shrinking global economy. Experts on this panel, produced and moderated by Data Center Knowledge, will discuss data center and network automation solutions and strategies, including methods to recognize and overcome the limitations of current technology.


Panel Session: In Search of the Silver Lining in the Rush to Remote Work

COVID-19 has stormed across the globe in 2020, causing a dramatic shift in how IT supports employees as a huge percentage of knowledge work migrated to home-based end users. That shift placed additional burdens on IT infrastructure, but it also had a positive impact: It forced companies to become more agile and propelled their digital convergence efforts, increasing competitiveness as well as cost savings. Businesses turned to collaboration tools in a massive way, and they reaped benefits of cloud computing, automation, and AI projects that had already been put in place.

This panel discussion, moderated by Information Week and ITPro Today, will examine the lessons learned as well as what lies ahead for IT teams facing an uncertain budget outlook and pressure to double down on efficiencies gained during the COVID-19 surge.

Increasing Innovation in IT – Without Breaking the Bank

In these tumultuous times, IT organizations are tasked with two critical, yet often conflicting priorities: increasing online innovation and cutting IT costs. In this eye-opening keynote address, the CIO of a well-known enterprise offers a first-hand perspective on how organizations can implement new IT strategies that not only increase functionality and reach, but also save money in the process.

Maxine Holt, Senior Research Director, Omdia

Maxine leads Omdia’s cybersecurity proposition, developing a comprehensive research program in this area to support vendor, service provider, and enterprise clients. Having worked with enterprises across multiple industries in the world of information security, Maxine has a strong understanding of the challenges faced and how organizations can look to overcome these challenges.

Maxine rejoined Omdia, formerly Ovum, in 2018, having spent over two years at the Information Security Forum (ISF) developing research in areas including Protecting the Crown Jewels and Securing Collaboration Platforms. Prior to the ISF, Maxine spent 15 years at Ovum covering topics including security, human capital management, and identity and access management. Maxine has a particular interest in how all the component parts of security combine to make up an organization’s security posture. She is a regular speaker at events and writes articles for leading publications on various aspects of information security.

Panel Session: How to Cost-Effectively Enable Remote Access for the 100% Work-From-Home Workforce

Mandates to stay in place due to COVID-19 have transformed most companies into 100% work-from-home operations. Access to cloud apps from home, while dependent on high-quality broadband service, requires relatively modest adjustments. The real challenge comes when trying to provide employees with access to critical business systems and applications behind the firewall without investing large sums of money. This panel discussion, moderated by Network Computing, will explore options including VPNs, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and desktop-as-a-service, and will investigate how to cost-effectively scale and remotely manage edge devices, including routers, gateways and firewalls.


Brad Shimmin, Omdia Distinguished Analyst

Brad has more than 25 years of experience in IT technology, analyzing data and information architectures. He is skilled in competitive market intelligence, technology selection, business development, and quantitative research. He also has experience as an IT professional, business analyst, book author/editor, and high-tech journalist/editor. Brad helps enterprises and high-tech companies work effectively across a number of market areas, including enterprise data and analytics, artificial intelligence, digital transformation, and DevOps. His expertise also covers market evaluation and go-to-market messaging, and he has a background in software development and database administration.

Bob Rogers, PhD

Bob Rogers, PhD, is co-founder of Orchestrated Intelligence, which uses the power of artificial Intelligence to model end-to-end supply chains. He is also expert in residence for AI at the University of California, San Francisco, Center for Digital Health Innovation, and a member of the Board of Advisors to the Harvard Institute for Applied Computational Science. Bob recently contributed a chapter to the book “De-mystifying Big Data and Machine Learning for Healthcare.” Prior to his work at UCSF, Bob was chief data scientist in the Data Center Group at Intel and was also co-founder and chief scientist at Apixio, a healthcare AI company.

Bob began his career as an astrophysicist, developing computer models of physical processes near supermassive black holes. His research expanded to include artificial neural networks. He co-authored the book, “Artificial Neural Networks: Forecasting Time Series,” which led to a 12-year career co-managing a quantitative futures trading fund. In 2006, Bob transitioned into healthcare as a medical device product manager. He received his BA in physics at University of California, Berkeley and his PhD in physics at Harvard.

Tim Wilson
Field CTO,
Palo Alto Networks

Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of Dark, Informa Tech’s online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one of the top cyber security journalists in the US in voting among his peers, conducted by the SANS Institute. In 2011 he was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Voices in Security by SYS-CON Media.

Brian Gillooly, Content Director, Data Center World and AFCOM

Brian Gillooly is content director for Data Center World and AFCOM and has spent the past 30 years establishing a trusted and significant presence in the business technology community. One of IT media’s most recognized personalities, Brian built valuable relationships with the most influential practitioners in the technology industry and counts among his closest contacts CIOs, CISOs, data center professionals, and tech entrepreneurs from Fortune 50 companies to small businesses.

Previously, as the vice president and editor-in-chief of content and strategy for InformationWeek and UBM Tech events, Brian was responsible for developing a vision that provided both the audience and the client with clarity and insight into the most challenging business technology issues.

Prior to that, as editor-in-chief of Optimize and editor of InformationWeek, Brian not only engaged the people who helped shape the direction of business technology – notables like Jack Welch, Rob Carter, Malcolm Gladwell, and Michael Dell – but also shared trusted opinions and ideas through his CIO Nation blog and weekly columns, as well as hands-on insight through presentations at numerous live events and one-on-one meetings.

In his career in event content generation, moderating, and presenting, Brian has developed a unique rapport with his audiences by eschewing the staid, lecture-style presentation and establishing a comfortable, often fun — but always informative — approach.

Fred Kwong, CISO, Delta Dental Plan Association

Fred Kwong joined DDPA at the end of May 2016, and has over 15 years of security leadership and management experience. He is responsible for establishing and maintaining a corporate-wide information security management program to ensure information assets are adequately protected. He is responsible for identifying, evaluating and reporting on information security risks in a manner that meets compliance and regulatory requirements. As the chief information security officer, Fred will proactively work with business units to implement practices that meet defined policies and standards for information security.

Prior to DDPA, Fred served as director of security strategy and architecture for Farmers Insurance, a subsidiary of Zurich Insurance. He was accountable for Zurich’s global privilege access program, developed their three-year cyber strategy and roadmap, and led the effort to launch Zurich’s first risk management program. Prior to his time at Farmers/Zurich, Fred worked for US Cellular and was accountable for their security practice, where he also led efforts to bring US Cellular into PCI 3.0 compliance for the first time. Fred has earned the CISSP, CISA, CISM, PMP and ITILv3f certifications and is Yellow-Belt certified in Six Sigma.

Michael Caton, Collaboration Expert

Michael Caton has been involved with collaboration technology for over 15 years, either covering the technology as an analyst at Aberdeen Group and eWEEK or researching the market while working for vendors. As an analyst, he’s also covered IT service management, middleware and data analytics. He has a strong interest in using data-driven analysis to make sound decisions. fun — but always informative — approach.

Avi Freedman, Co-founder and CEO, Kentik

Avi Freedman has decades of experience as a leading technologist and executive in networking. He was with Akamai for over a decade, as VP Network Infrastructure and then Chief Network Scientist. Prior to that, Avi started Philadelphia’s first ISP (netaxs) in 1992, later running the network at AboveNet and serving as CTO for ServerCentral.

Dzmitry Markovich, Senior Director of Engineering, Dropbox

Dzmitry Markovich is Senior Director of Engineering at Dropbox, where he is responsible for technical infrastructure. During his time at Dropbox, he has driven engineering efforts around traffic, networking, data centers, reliability, hardware, and performance. Previously, he worked in a similar space at LinkedIn, Microsoft, and his own startup.

Yevgeniy Sverdlik, Editor-in-Chief, Data Center Knowledge

Yevgeniy has been writing about enterprise technology and business as a journalist since 2009. Prior to that, he was a general-assignment newspaper reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area

Salvatore Salamone, Managing Editor, Network Computing

Salvatore Salamone is the managing editor of Network Computing. He has worked as a writer and editor covering business, technology, and science. He has written three business technology books and served as an editor at IT industry publications including Network World, Byte, Bio-IT World, Data Communications, LAN Times, and InternetWeek.

Robert B. Carter, Executive Vice President of FedEx Information Services, and Chief Information Officer, FedEx Corp

Robert B. (Rob) Carter is executive vice president of FedEx Information Services and chief information officer of FedEx Corp. He is a member of the five-person Executive Committee, which plans and executes the corporation’s strategic business activities. Carter is also co-president and co-CEO of FedEx Services, which provides sales, marketing, information technology, communications, customer service, technical support, billing, and collections services for U.S. customers of major FedEx business units and certain back-office functions that support other FedEx companies.

Carter joined FedEx in 1993 and has over 35 years of systems development and implementation experience. Carter is responsible for setting the technology direction of the FedEx applications, networks, and data centers that provide around-the-clock and around-the-globe support for FedEx product offerings.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer and information science from the University of Florida and his master’s degree from the University of South Florida.

Carter has been awarded many industry accolades, including Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune magazine’s Executive Dream Team, and Information Week’s Chief of the Year Award. And he is a seven-time recipient of CIO magazine’s 100 Award. Carter is also a charter inductee into the publication’s CIO Hall of Fame.

Carter serves on the boards of directors of New York Life Insurance Company and Pilot Travel Centers LLC.

Sue Troy
Sr. Director, Products and Solutions
ITPro Today

Sue Troy is senior content director for ITPro Today. She has spent more than 25 years writing and editing IT-focused content, with long stints at companies such as TechTarget and Ziff Davis Publishing.

Before joining Informa in May 2017, she was editorial director of TechTarget’s CIO, IT Strategy and Channel Media Group, where she was inspired by emerging technologies such as IoT, blockchain and artificial intelligence.

Zahl Limbuwala, Executive Director Strategy & Market Engagement , CBRE Data Center Solutions

Zahl Limbuwala is a multi-disciplined technology leader with more than twenty years of experience in data center technology, ranging from mechanical and electrical systems to IT and software platform, predominantly from many years working for global managed service providers.

Most recently Zahl co-founded and led a data center software predictive modelling and data analytics business that was acquired by CBRE in early 2019. Having provided services to more than 600 data centers globally, Zahl gained a unique insight into how data centers operate across different market sectors and geographies.

Travis Miller, Product Marketing Analyst, Veeam

Travis Miller is a US-based analyst at Veeam within the global product marketing and has a primary focus on Veeam Agents, Nutanix AHV and storage Integrations. Travis holds the Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) and has a strong technical background with over 10 years of combined experience as a senior support engineer at a large National Bank and supporting Veeam products. He also spent time as a Veeam Integrations Specialist assisting customers with best practices and new deployment scenarios.

Michael Kaczmarek, VP, Security Solutions, Neustar

Michael Kaczmarek heads product marketing for Neustar’s Security Solutions business unit. He is responsible for evangelizing the vision, strategies, and tactics for the successful launch and expansion of products into new and existing markets.

Prior to joining Neustar, Michael was with Verisign for more than 18 years where he served in various capacities including VP of product management and marketing for Verisign Security Services. Prior to joining Verisign, Michael was a systems engineering manager for Lockheed Martin in charge of their Solid Rocket Motor Disposition in Russia Program.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master of Engineering in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Dale Gonzalez, Chief Product Officer, Axio

Dale Gonzalez is the Chief Product Officer of Axio. Dale’s primary responsibility is leading the development and execution of the technology behind Axio360, an enterprise cyber risk management platform.

Previously, Mr. Gonzalez was the Chief Product Officer at Damballa, where he led the product and technical vision for the firm, with a focus on emerging market opportunities. He has held several senior positions at Dell SecureWorks, including Vice President of Engineering, Product Strategist, and Director of Product Strategy. At SecureWorks he was responsible for technology strategy related to new and emerging markets, as well as leading product development for its SaaS security monitoring solution.

Over the course of his 25-year career in the technology industry Dale has founded several startups. He was Founder, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering at Air2Web, Inc. Mr. Gonzalez also founded and served as Chief Technology Officer of NetGain, providing business-to-business Internet applications.

Akhilesh Dhawan, Director of Product Marketing, Citrix

Akhilesh has worked in the cloud and networking space for the last eight years and in IT security for the last 16 years. In his current role, he is a Director of Product Marketing focused on Citrix Workspace, Access Management, Cloud Security, and Endpoint Security. Akhilesh also has previous experience working with VMware, Juniper and Deloitte.

Jon Kies, Manager, Product Marketing, Micro Focus

Jon leads the product marketing teams for Network Operations Management, Data Center Operations, and Data Protector for Micro Focus and brings more than 20 years of product management and marketing experience with hardware and software products. Prior to Micro Focus, he started in Application Performance Management with Optimal Networks (later acquired by Compuware) and launched their first synthetic monitoring solution and followed that up with marketing management roles at both Check Point and Symantec. Jon spent more than 8 years with Symantec on consumer-focused security and back up applications. Earlier in his career as a product manager for notebook computers, Jon was called on to testify in the Dept. of Justice vs. Microsoft trial.

Jeff Dickey, Chief Technologist, Cloud and Data Services, NetApp

As NetApp’s Chief Technologist for Cloud and Data Services, Jeff Dickey brings two decades of expertise and thought leadership around enterprise technology innovation. Jeff has experience in every silo of the IT world, and has spent the last ten years working with the top cloud providers, and ISV’s around product and adoption strategies and execution has helped build some of the largest private and hybrid clouds in the world. Jeff is closely tied to thought leaders in Enterprise Technology and has created a popular cloud podcast with hundreds of thousands of downloads. You can now see him on his new NetApp series, “Inside the Data Fabric.” Jeff has previously spent many years on advisory boards for Intel, VMware, Dell, and many others.

Natalie Silvanovich
Security Researcher,

Natalie Silvanovich is a security researcher on Google Project Zero. Her current focus is messaging applications and video conferencing. Previously, she worked in mobile security on the Android Security Team at Google and as a team lead of the Security Research Group at BlackBerry, where her work included finding security issues in mobile software and improving the security of mobile platforms. Outside of work, Natalie enjoys applying her hacking and reverse engineering skills to unusual targets and has spoken at several conferences on the subject of Tamagotchi hacking.

Jon DiMaggio, Sr. Threat Intelligence Analyst, Symantec, A Division of Broadcom

Jon DiMaggio is a senior threat intelligence analyst with over 14 years of experience. He possesses advanced expertise in analyzing APTs. He specializes in identifying and tracking threat actors/groups and hacktivist operations against targeted organizations. DiMaggio is a recognized leader in the cyber industry and has conducted multiple speaking engagements, written research reports and security blogs. He has extensive experience analyzing threat groups to gain intelligence on adversary’s motives and attribution to help prevent future attacks. DiMaggio is a subject matter expert in tracking cyberthreats using open source intelligence (OSINT) techniques to identify new tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs), infrastructure and personas used by cyberthreat actors.