The 2017 NZ Cloud Computing Forum

Setting the cloud strategy in today’s digital ecosystem

Event Details
Conference Chair

Pieter Bronkhorst

Chief Technology Officer

Hamilton City Council

Featured Speakers

Daniel Parsons

Cloud Architect


Daniel is a Cloud Architect for Revera with a deep interest in the transformational power of technology. From his beginnings at a small publishing company, Daniel has held a number of operational roles with leading New Zealand enterprises and developed IT management tool-sets for global organisations. When not consuming vast quantities of coffee, his time is spent either educating clients on how to survive digital disruption or helping them to become disruptive.

Mark Shaw

Technology Strategist – Information Security (Pacific)


Mark Shaw has more than 20 years’ experience in the IT industry working in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. During this time he has been involved in both consulting and pre-sales roles with specialisation in enterprise mobility, endpoint management and the broader information security landscape. Mark is a regular speaker at both Symantec and industry events covering topical subjects such as BYOD and the changing threat landscape. Currently serving as a Technology Strategist for Symantec in Pacific, Mark’s role allows him to engage with Symantec customers and partners, industry analysts and media organisations; sharing ideas, discussing trends and ultimately providing insight and driving awareness of Symantec’s approach to dealing with emerging market trends.

Brian Gormley

Performance Management Specialist – APJ Southern Region

Riverbed Technology, Australia & New Zealand

Brian Gormley is a Performance Management Specialist for Riverbed’s Application and Network Performance portfolio of solutions. Brian assists customers by ensuring they are equipped to deliver an efficient and consistent end user experience, by measuring application and network performance. A true cloud expert, he has specialised in borderless networking, collaboration, data centre and virtualisation solutions. His passion is expanding his and his customers’ mindsets beyond technology itself, instead focusing on the strategic outcomes that cloud computing can bring to his clients. Prior to joining Riverbed in 2015, Brian held numerous national Solutions Architect roles for the likes of Linktech Solutions, Corporate Express Australia and Synergy utilising experience across multiple facets of the IP communications industry including the backend constructs and management activities that support it. Brian originally hails from Johannesburg, South Africa having migrated to Melbourne in 2011.

Andrea Black

Group Manager Platforms and Digital Operations

Genesis Energy

Starting straight out of school in the livestock industry as a person who folded letters, Andrea like many of her peers “fell in to the IT industry” by helping her then employer evaluate software, she then moved on to the utilities sector working for ECNZ, known today as Genesis. After some time working in the health sector, Andrea spent a number of years working for Service Providers – at first in technical roles then moving into Service Management, before a move back to Genesis as the IT Customer Support Manager. She then stepped into the IT Operations Manager role and into her current role as Group Manager of Platforms and Digital. Andrea is passionate about service and ensuring that her teams are providing a consistently high level of service, is always looking for ways to improve and take the service experience to a new level. Be that by means of self service, automation or speed of delivery. With the move to cloud services this is further enabled due to being able to leverage XaaS services, coupled with DevOps capabilities and agile ways of working. Digital Technology is fundamental to ensuring that Genesis delivers on its promise of giving control back to the customer. The Platform & Digital team led by Andrea are the glue that makes it all come together.

Lauren Percy

Head of Architecture


Lauren currently leads the architecture function at Kotahi logistics, a company amid an industry genuinely undergoing rapid digital transformation. Lauren is continuously balancing the need to deliver customer value today with setting Kotahi up for a data driven future. Collaboration and communication with stakeholders across the business is a significant and essential part of her day, every day. A proud generalist and supporter of agile approaches, Lauren has over a decade of architecture experience in a variety of roles ranging from small innovative New Zealand companies through to large multi-national corporations. Prior to that Lauren spent a number of years as a software developer.

Stephen Ponsford

Senior Cloud Advisor


Stephen is at the forefront of helping businesses understand and adapt to the evolving IT scene. From his earlier roles as the "IT Guy", through operational roles in large enterprises, to architecture and now with product development and strategy, Stephen is enthusiastic about finding the benefits amongst the noise. Stephen is a member of the Revera Chief Technology Office where he performs the roles of Chief Technology Evangelist and Senior Cloud Advisor.

Keith Archibald

Head of Innovation


Keith is the Head of Innovation at Revera, and when he's not fulfilling his secondary role of Chief Junket Officer attending conferences, he is responsible for articulating the roadmap vision to both the Revera team and customers. Keith is responsible for identifying the emerging themes and technologies and translating these into new service offerings for Revera to deliver to customers. Keith’s background is as an Infrastructure specialist with 25+ years' experience, including large enterprise environments. These days Keith focuses more on tracking the tech industry developments and linking customer business requirements with technology solutions.

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