The 2017 NZ Cloud Computing Forum

Setting the cloud strategy in today’s digital ecosystem

Event Details


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Pieter Bronkhorst, Chief Technology Officer, Hamilton City Council
Bubbles and Edges: Cloud Trends and Trajectories

Examine future trends and trajectories with the Cloud space and what companies need to do now to harness the capabilities of the Cloud. 

Daniel Parsons, Cloud Architect, Revera
Mind the gap: The Next Frontier of Cloud Security and Data Breaches

    •    Security considerations for information privacy and relevance
    •    Tackling data sovereignty issues on international Cloud servers
    •    Recommendations for identifying and closing the cracks in the Cloud

Mark Shaw, Technology Strategist – Information Security (Pacific), Symantec
Cloud right to gain value from Cloud
  • Understand the Hamilton City Council’s journey with the Cloud as they discuss:
  • Full Cloud, on-prem or hybrid – understanding the best fit for your organisation
  • How does the change in your Cloud model affect people, processes and costs
  • Compliance and Cloud
Pieter Bronkhorst, Chief Technology Officer, Hamilton City Council
Morning break
Is your organisation equipped to handle Cloud-based risks?

    • Ascertaining the non-technology impacts of failures in the Cloud
    • Determining risk-mitigation frameworks that consider technology, processes and people
    • Improving Cloud governance frameworks

Andrea Black, Group Manager Platforms and Digital Operations, Genesis Energy
Lindsey Carroll, Director, OutBox
Bernard Seeto, Strategy and Architecture Manager, Southern Cross Health Society
Ensuring a consistent end-user experience as you move your business apps to the cloud
  • Understand why your cloud vendor’s SLA will differ from yours.
  • Discuss why the only way to really know cloud performance is to measure REAL end-user experience, as your users see it.
  • Learn how you can measure end user performance and establish SLAs that help meet your business objectives.
Brian Gormley, Performance Management Specialist – APJ Southern Region, Riverbed Technology, Australia & New Zealand
The other IaaS – Exploring Intelligence-as-a-Service within Cloud environments

    •    Harnessing AI and Robotic process automation to get the best out of Cloud environments
    •    Using the “as-a-Service” model to deploy AI services to industry
    •    Learning from IoT-enabled data collection centres to drive advanced analytics 

Paul Fraser, Director - IT Advisory, EY
Lunch Break
The New Era of Cyber-Threats: Self-Learning Defence and Autonomous Response
Craig Watson, Country Manager - New Zealand, Darktrace
High performance Cloud-based business analytics

    •    Improve customer experience using Cloud-based analytics
    •    Leverage the Cloud ecosystem for high performance analytics
    •    Automation opportunities enabled by Cloud and analytics technologies

Lauren Percy, Enterprise Architect, Kotahi
Driving the seamless connection of ecosystems

IoT is here and it has sparked a new wave of innovation through creating new business models and products, not to mention cost savings and efficiency gains. Gain insights into not just connecting your products but connecting ecosystems in a seamless way to offer even more value to customers.

Jonathan Miller, National Tech Network Manager - Data & IoT, Callaghan Innovation
Redefining the Cloud through serverless architecture

    • Minimising overheads through non-vendor dependent Function-as-a-Service
    • Integrating serverless with emerging tech to deploy efficiently
    • Solving latency issues especially in machine learning environments

Tristin King, Head of Technology, JUCY Group
Michael Tapp, Principal Architect, CYMA
Afternoon Break
Is your Cloud model scalable or elastic?

    • Understanding the difference between elastic or scalable
    • Exploring the scalability challenges brought on by Cloud, ..aaS and IoT
    • The issues with auto-scaling in response to market demand

John Bowker, Product Owner - Data, Xero
Tim Chaffe, Chief IT Architect, University of Auckland
Mark Heseltine, Enterprise Architect, Paymark
Cloud strategies and governance for IT leaders

    •    Developing Cloud-first architectures that align with business vision and strategy
    •    Shaping ROI, capacity planning and cost considerations to align Cloud strategy with business growth
    •    Reducing Cloud administrative and workload overheads

Julian Wheeler, Director of Technology, Sky TV
Summary remarks from the Chair and Networking Drinks

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