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 Conquering Infrastructure Complexity 

 How to balance business performance with cost and risk 


 08:40 - 10:15 BST 

 Wednesday 21 October 2020 
 Virtual Event - Taking Place on Zoom 

As organisations modernise, they tend to come up against three big obstacles: complexity, cost and risk. In 2019, 28% of CIOs cited the complexity of their current environment as a major challenge to modernising infrastructure.

With data existing disparately across the enterprise and multiple different types of applications and databases in use, managing this complexity remains difficult. In addition, the hidden costs of transformation and poorly-managed migration can often create more of a sunk cost than an efficiency. And if that wasn’t enough, the danger presented by insufficient risk mitigation is an ever-present phantom on the CIO agenda.

The question for today’s digital leader is, how should you balance these modernisation imperatives? Join IT leaders to understand the key to overcoming complexity across the modern enterprise, best practices to protect and utilise your data, and how to drive innovation in a hybrid environment.

08:40 Join

08:45 Welcome by Emma Taylor, Founder of Nimbus Ninety 

08:50 The Balancing Act: Cost vs. Business Performance
John Pocknell, Evangelist, Quest

09:00 The Secrets to Agile Innovation
Sathish Kamath, Lead Enterprise Architect, Mars

09:15 Interactive Discussion Groups
Share experiences with peers in our facilitated discussion zones to explore how to address the three biggest challenges for modernisation today.

  • Discussion 1: Maximising efficiency and reducing cost
    • Where have you seen wasted cost in digital transformation projects? Why did it happen?
    • What is the best way to manage budget and right-size when modernising?
    • What is the role of automation and DevOps in modernisation journeys?
    • What is the business case for investing in infrastructure innovation?
  • Discussion 2: Mitigating data risk across the enterprise
    • What are the major challenges when it comes to addressing risk?
    • How does risk mitigation impede innovation? How do you balance the two?
    • What are the risks associated with taking data platforms to the cloud?
    • What are the best practices when it comes to managing sensitive data?
  • Discussion 3: Managing complexity in a hybrid cloud environment
    • What are the key challenges in managing multiple databases and applications?
    • What are the benefits of providing a single monitoring capability across the enterprise?
    • How can hybrid environments be leveraged for maximum business efficiency?
    • How can complexity best be managed across the organisation?
10:00 Lessons Learnt

10.15 Thank You and Close 

In partnership with

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John Pocknell, Senior Market Strategist | Database Solutions Information Management Group, Quest Software

John Pocknell

John Pocknell is a senior market strategist at Quest Software and part of the product marketing team. Based at the European headquarters in the U.K., John is responsible for synthesising analyst data and customer interviews in order to create and evangelise solutions-based stories and messaging which relate to major IT initiatives for our extensive portfolio of database products, worldwide. He has been with Quest Software since 2000, working in the database design, development and deployment product areas and spent over 10 years as product manager for the Toad product line. John has been successfully evangelising Toad and other database solutions at various conferences and user groups around the world for the last 19 years as well as writing blogs and technical papers both internally and for the media.

John has worked in IT for more than 30 years, most of that time in Oracle application design and development. He is a qualified aeronautical engineer with more than 10 years of experience in provisioning IT consultancy services and implementing quality assurance systems to ISO 9001.

John O’Boyle, Director of European Sales, Quest Software

John OBoyle

John O’Boyle has over 18 years of experience in IT covering a broad range of topics, focusing on backup and recovery for the past 12 years. John has held a range of positions including IT Administrator, Technical Consultant, Sales Executive, and Marketing Director across multiple technology firms including Sun Microsystems, Dell, CommVault, Quest, and more. Currently John spends his time leading Quest’s Data Protection business across EMEA.

John Leahy, UK+I Sales Director, Quest Software

john leahy

John Leahy UK+I Sales Director at Quest Software with over 20 years’ experience working with major US software vendors. Experience across a multitude of cloud and on-premise IT solutions including Database Management, Security, Virtualization, Software Asset Management, Unified Endpoint Management and ITSM.


Sathish Kamath, Lead Enterprise Architect, Mars

Sathish Kamath

Sathish is an accomplished Technology Leader with experience of enabling Digital transformation at large multinational corporations, with proven ability of balancing Simplification, Transformation and Innovation strategies to provide competitive advantage for the Enterprise. Currently performing the role of Global Lead Enterprise Architect for Mars Wrigley and Global Services business lines of Mars Inc. Member of the Mars Enterprise Architecture team which was recently recognised as the Winner of 2019 Forrester and Infoworld EA Awards for its accomplishments.



This is a private event for members of our community. Membership is free and takes less than 5 minutes. As a member, you will have access to this and other complimentary events. Learn more.

This event is for 20 x C-level, VPs, Directors, Heads of and senior managers who are the driver of a live project in infrastructure, database, information, technology, strategy, innovation, data, devops, cloud, platform, transformation, architecture, insight, and integration.

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