Arrival (Refreshments available)
Introduction (10 minutes)
The peer executive will engage the audience for brief introductions and discuss the format and key take aways from the guided interactive conversation and dinner discussion.
Guided Interactive Conversation (35 minutes)
Moderated by Raj Tank, Managing Principal at M37 Ventures
How Flash, Cloud, and Data Center Intelligence (AI) are combining to change the way IT leaders are acquiring, deploying, and managing infrastructure.
Managing infrastructure today is too hands-on and resource intensive. The complexity of infrastructure inevitably leads to unexpected problems, which are often disruptive to your applications and business, leaving you and your teams spending their days, nights, and weekends taking care of and tuning infrastructure.
As your future needs to be about taking your business forward, there needs to be a fundamental change in how your infrastructure is managed and supported.
This requires a complete re-imagination of systems, not as idle and unconscious, but as intelligent infrastructure powered by AI.
IT has always relied on monitoring tools to troubleshoot their environment. Unfortunately, this has meant staff spending dozens of hours mining log files and interpreting graphs, all in an effort to gain some insight into the cause of a disruption so it could be resolved.
When troubleshooting gets too difficult, IT turns to vendors for support. However, across the industry, support means time-consuming, multi-tiered escalations.
As infrastructure becomes increasingly vital to an organization’s bottom line, this model will not suffice. It’s no longer acceptable to find out about a disruption after it’s occurred.
Organizations need a solution that can transform how infrastructure is managed and supported—a solution that can predict problems before they occur.
AI can watch over your infrastructure, continuously learn from a global installed base, and apply what it learns to predict and prevent issues and eliminate the guesswork in managing infrastructure. AI can make infrastructure smarter and more reliable.
Open Forum Discussion (45 minutes)
The discussion will be based on the list of challenges, problems discussed already and will take the format of group brainstorming and open discussion to come up with possible suggestions and solutions to common challenges at the Executive IT level. We will also touch on a variety of other topics, including, but not limited to:
Are performance metrics actually an accurate indicator of an unoptimized system or potential problem?
Based on workloads running on the system, what factors can be affecting the application performance and to what degree?
What is the right recommendation to improve performance?
Dinner service by The Grey Plume
Raj Tank is a national leader in network technology and DevOps. Over a career spanning nearly 25 years, leading teams for the major carriers accelerating digital transformation. Raj has held executive positions in companies such as Cricket Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint. Over his career Raj has leveraged key OEM relationships to utilize economies of scale and create a competitive environment with the major telecom OEM vendors. Skilled in: OSS, BSS & Next Generation Networks, Operations Management, Edge Computing, 5G, LTE, UMTS, GSM, and CDMA. Raj has re-invented cost structures and is known for executing budgets very successfully. He has been identified as the “go to executive” for the most difficult turn around programs having multiple technical functions from corporate technology planning to field deployments and DevOps. Adding to a lauded legacy in wireless, Raj has personally launched cloud based SaaS start-ups aimed at harnessing the vast potential of Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Arvidion is focused on product development of devices and applications in the IOT (Internet of Things) space utilizing the cellular and satellite networks and providing location based services. Arvidion has successful launched award winning products and services by offering frictionless user experiences. Raj is a veteran business leader who has led very large teams distributed globally, managed billion-dollar budgets and initiated industry-shifting change in America’s most competitive markets, but, he’s also a scrappy entrepreneur with a passion for inspiring young innovators to design the new interfaces that will connect human beings to each other and everything around us.
The Grey Plume focuses on seasonally-driven contemporary American cuisine that places great emphasis on locally-grown produce and livestock. With a purposive menu and progressive initiatives, it has become a cornerstone for the local food movement.