Dinner for Atlanta IT Leaders

Harnessing Digital Transformation for Competitive Advantage with Cloud Technology


Tue, October 24, 2023


5:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST

From mitigating disruptions to driving operational excellence and organizational agility, today’s executives worldwide are looking to increase efficiency and optimize, to reduce costs and risks.

Enterprises can harness digital transformation to help reinvent legacy operating and business models, improve existing capabilities, or develop new ones. In doing so they can drive a sustainable competitive advantage that creates value for the business and potentially opens new markets or industries.

During this session, we will discuss how cloud technology can be used to improve resilience, implement continuous infrastructure optimization and scale innovation at speed.


5:00 PM EST Welcome Reception and Arrivals with Refreshments

6:00 PM EST Leadership Discussion

  • Introduction (5 mins)
    The peer executive will engage the audience for brief introductions and discuss the format and key takeaways from the guided interaction conversation and dinner discussions.
  • Guided Interactive Conversation (25 mins)
    • Business Resilience Resilient organizations exhibit an agile, adaptive culture that embraces change, prioritizes reinvention, and takes a customer-centric, forward-thinking approach to decision-making and adapting to evolving conditions
    • Digital Transformation It goes beyond a mere technology-driven concept and involves the integration of new technologies and cultural shifts within a business, with the aim of reimagining customer journeys, optimizing operations digitally for greater efficiency, and leveraging new business models.
    • Innovation – Making strategic shifts or adjusting customer engagement approaches that requires a deep comprehension of business priorities, swift decision-making, leadership alignment, and appropriate resources.
    • Cost Optimization During economic uncertainty, leaders must cut costs, but cloud cost optimization can help by improving forecasting and predictability. It allows organizations to align resource allocation, identify mismanaged resources, reserve capacity for discounts, and scale services.
  • Open Forum Discussion (30 mins)
    This discussion will be based on the list of challenges discussed already and will take the format of group brainstorming and open discussion to come up with suggestions and solutions to common challenges at the executive level.

7:15 PM EST Dinner Service

9:00 PM EST Conclusion

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Chris Hennesey

Former CFO, Capital One
Enterprise Finance Strategist, Amazon Web Services

While a Technology Chief Financial Officer (CFO), he influenced business and technology executives to transform the business. As an Enterprise Finance Strategist, he works with enterprise executives around the globe to share financial management experiences and strategies for how the cloud can help them increase speed and agility while devoting more of their resources to their customers. He has led the planning and execution of a cloud-enabled business transformation at Capital One.
Looking beyond the numbers is essential for any successful CFO and Chris does just that. Chris spent over 20 years as a leader in Capital One. He not only led a major cloud transformation as a Technology CFO but was a driving force in transforming the Finance function. Chris believes that to be trusted and to impact the business, CFOs must embed themselves into the business rather than boxing themselves into a single role.
A frequent topic of conversation with AWS customers is how to develop the business case for cloud and how the cloud’s payback is delivered. Chris highly encourages organizations not to get trapped into assuming nothing will change along the journey and to continuously revisit their assumptions. He also advises them that cultural transformation within their organization is just as critical as technology transformation. Success comes from painting a clear picture of the enterprise’s cloud strategy to build consensus and ensuring that employees impacted by the cloud have the time and resources to reskill.
In addition to a B.S. in Finance from Virginia Tech, Chris has an International M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He chose a career in technology and finance for its constant innovation and his desire to see the big picture and to make an impact. He lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife, three children, and two dogs, and enjoys outdoor activities and taking chances.

About Amazon Web Services

Since 2006, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud. AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any workload, and it now has more than 200 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 99 Availability Zones within 31 geographic regions, with announced plans for 15 more Availability Zones and five more AWS Regions in Canada, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Thailand. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit aws.amazon.com.