With Chris Barnard, Vice President, European Telecommunications and Networking, IDC
and Sean Collins, Regional Director UK, Ireland and BeNeLux, Extreme Networks
This IDC and Extreme Networks invitation-only dinner and discussion will bring together a select group of your industry peers to discuss how you can best prepare your IT and Networking teams and adapt your strategy to deal with the challenges brought about by digital transformation to ensure better business outcomes.
We live in a world that is becoming increasingly digital. Cloud, mobility, big data and social technologies drive digital transformation and the disruption of vertical markets such as health care, hospitality, transport, and local government. This process creates new business models as everything, from routine operations through product design and manufacturing, is affected by digital transformation.Customer experience and speed to market are vital to succeed in a mobile and cloud world shaped by new customers and employees, such as Generation Y and Millennials. We live in a world in which IT has become the business and the business is IT: although this is best exemplified by the large hyper scale organisations like Facebook and Amazon, it applies to all enterprises today. Customer experience is a key differentiator. The cannot be seen as slowing down this process. In fact, the network is crucial to customer experience by guaranteeing performance, next-generation security, openness and agility. This also means that the IT organisation, and especially the networking team, must engage in business discussions and demonstrate how network technology can drive business value. Such discussions go beyond “speeds and feeds” and cost, but instead focus on the value of a reliable, agile, secure, and open network, which will enable higher levels of automation and orchestration. By doing this, the IT and networking leaders can position themselves as key participants in developing the IT team of the future: business outcome aware, with a mindset shaped by openness, performance, and next-generation security.Many organisations do not have the skills do to this by themselves: they will turn to a range of external partners for advice, consulting, and practical guidance. Vendors will increasingly be seen as strategic partners in this process, with a much stronger focus on business outcomes derived from deep technology expertise.By attending this event and engaging in the interactive roundtable discussion over dinner you will come away having a clearer vision on how to approach the following key challenges:• Digital transformation is reshaping the enterprise, the IT organisation and the networking team. Be sure to have a strategy in place that enables the IT and networking team to be part and parcel of business outcomes and digital transformation.
• The network of today is not good enough for a world in which IT has become so central to the business. Be clear on your future network requirements, including around aspects such as openness, next-generation security, agility, reliability.
• The relationship with vendors will shift from "speeds and feeds" and cost to interactions based on value and business outcomes. Be prepared to review all current relationships.
28/03/17 18:30 - 22:00
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