NZ Cloud Computing Summit 2012


About the summit

The New Zealand Cloud Computing Summit is back to bring you insights and presentations from NZ cloud users and providers. With exciting case studies ranging from the Super Bowl to working in an NFP environment, this event is your ideal opportunity to learn from, network with and share stories with delegates and experts from across New Zealand

Featuring presentations from:

  • Joy Cottle - NZ Cloud Code of Practice Project Co-ordinator on behalf of NZCS
  • Geoff Olliff - ViFX
  • Philip Whitmore - KPMG Security Advisory Services
  • Dr Michael Snowden – OneNet
  • Mark Pascall – 3months
  • Vivian Chandra – ICT & Database Manager, Amnesty International
  • Rizwan Ahmad – PHD Candidate from the University of Auckland
  • Shane Mercer – Aviarc

Check back often for an up-to-date agenda as we confirm more presentations at this year’s exciting event. With thanks to ViFX, IBM and VMware for partnering and headlining this Summit in 2012


Agenda: Day 1


Registration and coffee


Opening remarks from the Chair

Andrew Wilshire, Director, Tomorrow Ltd


Cloud Code: The cloud computing code of practice

A first for New Zealand, the Cloud Code will set the standards for cloud computing and provide confidence for users in
New Zealand and abroad. Find out what progress has been made and what the next steps are in the Cloud Code process.
• Progress of the Cloud Code
• Defining what the code encompasses
• Compliance – what the process will entail
• The future for NZ’s Cloud Code.

Joy Cottle, NZ Cloud Code of Practice Project Co-ordinator, New Zealand Computer Society


Overview: Trends, latest developments & global outlook for cloud

How are cloud initiatives influencing the NZ market? In this address Michael Snowden will look at trends and outlooks for cloud computing in the NZ market.
• The rise of the acronyms – VaaS, PaaS, SaaS and more
• Latest trends figures and forecasts – what do they mean for NZ?
• How is the global cloud market affecting NZ?
• New waves of cloud – looking at some of the most innovative and fresh ideas permeating the cloud market space

Michael Snowden, Director, OneNet Ltd


Morning break and refreshments


Case Study: APIs and scaling for the Super Bowl

In February 2012 an international media campaign featuring a YouTube homepage takeover and Super Bowl halftime ads was launched to promote the 2012 Toyota Camry and to drive traffic to the new website. The website was built in NZ, hosted on 42 Amazon EC2 Servers, tested up to 300k API requests/sec and served 1.5 Gigabits/sec at peak.
This case study will look at:
• How APIs were used for this project
• Why APIs are fundamental to the high speed development of highly scalable bespoke cloud based solutions
• Lessons learnt and experiences gained from this project

Mark Pascall, Director, 3months


Case Study: Leveraging cloud based solutions in an NFP environment

As a registered not-for-profit charity in New Zealand, Amnesty International relies solely on charitable donations. Thus in an effort to save money, this year they moved from Exchange Server 2003 to GoogleApps and decided to back up virtual data in the cloud. This case study will look at the efficiencies gained and how this will impact on the operations of Amnesty International in the future.
• Assessing the risk for cloud based hosting
• Immediate benefits found for Amnesty staff
• Decision making process and the ongoing discussions around security and reliability

Vivian Chandra, ICT & Database Manager, Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand Inc




Masterclass: Barriers to adoption and issues to think about

A multitude of cloud solutions are available to the business market, but many organisations are coming against barriers which are preventing adoption of this technology. This Masterclass will go through some of the barriers that spring up to the adoption of cloud technology and some issues you need to keep in mind when selecting, launching and using cloud solutions.
• Differentiating between public and private cloud
• What is affecting cloud uptake in NZ, and why these problems need to be tackled
• Combating cloud fear, uncertainty and doubt

Ben Kepes, Director, Diversity Limited


Case Study: Mobility and Collaboration at the Department of Conservation

Like many agencies, the Department of Conservation needs to respond to a changing business landscape under economic pressure. Most of our workforce is already mobile and expect the quality of their experience with technology to improve over time. We're also working collaboratively more regularly with iwi, community groups, and the private sector to deliver conservation outcomes for New Zealand. This presentation offers a summary of lessons learned so far in attempting to provide mobility solutions that support cost-effective and secure operations in the context of the current information technology landscape (the growth of the mobile web, the wide adoption of tablets, and the ready availability of cloud services).

Barry Polley, Senior Technology Analyst, Department of Conservation


Afternoon break and refreshments


Case Study: Using cloud solutions to deliver services effectively and efficiently

Hear from First Mortgage Services (FMS) about how they took their customers’ internal paper based processes and presented them back as pure Cloud services. FMS developed propel-lc as an internet based secure communications mechanism for the processing of mortgage documents, settlements and discharges. It provides both SaaS and IaaS and has successfully moved customer information, security and identity into the Cloud.

Craig Carter, CIO, First Mortgage Services
Jeremy Bendall, General Manager Propel-lc, First Mortgage Services


Proving the business case for cloud computing

Commentators have agreed that cloud computing can revolutionise business processes in the corporate world. Yet amid the vendor messaging, there is still a requirement to prove their success in real world situations. Implementation can be costly and time consuming and the impact on an organisation will be substantial. Gain insight into how you can investigate the ROI of cloud solutions and measure the tangible and intangible benefits of an IT Business Management (ITBM) approach.
• Measuring against core KPIs and benchmarks
• What you need to remember to look out for
• Factoring in the cost of staff training
• Providing a timeline for the solution to become cost effective

Geoff Olliff, Managing Director, ViFX


End of day one and networking function

Agenda: Day 2


Welcome back from the Chair

Andrew Wilshire, Director, Tomorrow Ltd


Masterclass: Overcoming security and reliability problems

With the rise in the popularity of cloud, issues regarding security, privacy and reliability have become more prevalent. This Masterclass focuses on how you can identify potential threats and the processes you can put in place to overcome them.
• Using cloud for secure or sensitive information – what you need to know
• Meeting international security protocols
• Providing clear troubleshooting pathways
• Ensuring your cloud server is reliable – performing due diligence and always having a plan B
• Public vs. Hybrid vs. Private

Rizwan Ahmad, PHD Candidate, University of Auckland
John Martin, Senior Security Architect & Security Practice Leader, IBM New Zealand


Morning break and refreshments


Panel Discussion: Updating security policies to encompass cloud technology

Should you have separate security policies to relate to cloud applications? How do you ensure your staff are aware of these protocols? The panellists will discuss current security policies for cloud computing and what can be done to enhance their effectiveness
• What are key risk areas and behaviours?
• How have you updated your security policies to encompass data hosted remotely?
• What influence does mobility and collaboration have on cloud security

Rizwan Ahmad, PHD Candidate, University of Auckland
Philip Whitmore, Director, KPMG Security Advisory Services
Craig Liddell, Enterprise Architect, Downer New Zealand
More panellists to be confirmed


Head in the clouds – What should you be asking your cloud service provider?

The security of cloud computing solutions is cited as one of the largest concerns of organisations, however, few are asking about how the security of their data is being managed. There is the assumption, often incorrect, that cloud service providers will have implemented robust security as a result of what they do for a business. Philip will guide us through the questions all organisations should be asking their service providers about security, and what the service providers should be ready to answer.

Philip Whitmore, Director, KPMG Security Advisory Services

Philip leads KPMG’s Security Advisory Services and Technology Risk practices, and has over 16 years practical experience in the provision of information security, information systems controls assurance, IT internal audit, IT risk management and IT advisory reviews throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Philip is also one of the founding Directors of the New Zealand chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance.




Somewhere over the cloud hype cycle there awaits a pot of gold

If you subscribe to Gartner’s analysis: “The industry is just beyond the peak of inflated expectations, and headed for the trough of disillusionment” you’ll see the cloud hype cycle poised to plunge into the abyss of disillusionment. But look beyond media noise, point solutions and vendor cloudwashing you’ll see a second wave that fundamentally changes the way business and communities interact and derive value from cloud. IT will be better equipped to keep up with business and markets - more global, dynamic and specialised. Expect a golden age, new perceptions about where value is created and how to meet growing demand.

Shane Mercer, CEO, Aviarc Global Ltd


Afternoon break and refreshments


Legal implications for cloud computing

As more organisations start recognising the benefits of cloud computing, there is a growing need for awareness and understanding of the relevant legal issues, and how best to mitigate, or at least minimise, the potential legal risks. The legal issues and risks can be organisation or industry dependent, but some are common to all organisations to some degree. This session looks at some of these issues/risks, including:
• Data ownership and access
• Privacy obligations and dealing with sensitive information
• Security breaches
• Location – where will your data be, and why does this matter?
• Risk allocation

Karen Ngan, Partner, Simpson Grierson


Closing remarks from the chair and end of conference


Interested in sponsorship?

There are some exclusive opportunities to promote your company, and its products and services, at this leading event. Contact the sponsorship team below to request a prospectus or discuss the options, or view more about event sponsorship.

Major Sponsors