Moving to the Cloud and the dangers of standing still

Digital Boardroom in association with Sungard Availability Services

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Wednesday 21st April 2021

11:00 - 12:00 BST

Moving to the Cloud and the dangers of standing still

The last 12 months seem to have given us more questions than answers when it comes to cloud transformation. Many businesses have accelerated their move to the cloud while others are still apprehensive of making the wrong move.
It is easy for IT leaders to be uncertain about the skillsets required, feel challenged by investing in training alongside on-going budget constraints - all compounded by the unpredictability in the current market place. In such an environment, just standing still could mean your business is left behind. So, the big question is how can business and IT leaders overcome this?

During this session we will tackle some of the challenges businesses face in 2021 and what they can do to overcome the main obstacles. 2020 certainly put pressure on businesses, but it has also created an opportunity for many to transform how they operate and move forward with technology.

Flexibility has always been important, but it is required now more than ever. There is a constant need to be prepared and to react to the unknown, so financial resilience is a key consideration not just infrastructure and business.
Alongside pure technology challenges, the potential for the continuation of dispersed working with employees working from home or split between sites means there are more variables to consider. As an example, the potential for more home working might lead to business estates being rationalised. What then becomes of the costly head office and the data centre within it, or what happens if you cannot access it?

As well as the points mentioned above the session will also cover:

  • How to achieve technology and financial flexibility within your IT infrastructure
  • Removing fear of technology lock-in
  • How to rethink your cloud transformation projects if you have challenges preventing or delaying executing your strategy
  • The importance of choosing the right platform for your applications.
    How to reduce the likelihood of bill shock


John Young - Vice President Global Solution Engineering and Architecture (EMEA) - Sungard Availability Services

John Young is the Vice President Global Solution Engineering and Architecture (EMEA) for Sungard

Availability Services. His team is responsible for translating the business needs of the customer base into viable technical solutions that address those business needs. John joined Sungard Availability Services in 2017


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