CIO’S Future of Cloud and Digital Infrastructure

JUNE 15-17, 2021

What’s happening, and when

Our agenda includes keynotes, talks, and conversations that will inform, answer, enlighten, inspire, solve, and prepare you for the challenges ahead. Session topics are carefully selected to be of maximum value.

All times on the agenda are Eastern Standard Time.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

1:00 - 1:30 PM

The Role of the “Build Culture” in Scaling Facebook’s IT Infrastructure

Atish Banerjea, CIO, Facebook

Twelve years ago, Facebook’s IT organization was primarily responsible for change management and business recovery for its 2,000 employees. Fast forward to today, and the company has grown to nearly 56,000 employees — and Facebook’s IT infrastructure has been in lock-step with this rapid growth, embracing the latest technologies to address unique challenges as the company scaled globally. Join us to learn firsthand about Facebook’s IT infrastructure strategy, it’s “build culture,” and lessons for driving scale in fast-growth organizations.

Interviewed by: Maryfran Johnson, CEO, Maryfran Johnson Media

1:30 - 1:55 PM

Strategies to Unlock Even More Value from the Cloud

Hillery Hunter, CTO, IBM Cloud, IBM

While digital transformation isn’t a new journey, some organizations continue to realize multiples in value from their transformation investments. How? An open architecture can provide the foundation needed to build once, deploy anywhere, and modernize more, but to unlock more value and economies of scale, organizations are bridging IT siloes, functions, and processes by adopting a consistent hybrid cloud operating model across everything. Join us to learn the ways some organizations are realizing up to 3x faster time-to-market, 66 percent more applications modernized, and a 4x reduction in infrastructure costs.

1:55 - 2:15 PM

Networking Break – Tuesday, June 15, 2021

We have lots of things you can do during this break from sessions:

  • There’s a discussion group with event content lead Derek Hulitzkyand IDG’s B2B editor in chief, Eric Knorr, on Solving for Challenges and Opportunities with Multicloud. Seating is limited so head over to the Discussion Group section to join.
  • Visit the Exhibit Hall to learn more about our sponsors, book meetings with their team, and access videos, articles and more.
  • Complete the “About You” section of your profile to get matched with like-minded event participants for networking – and be entered in a $250 gift card drawing.
  • Or, visit CIO Resources for a curated selection of content from and our other publications.

2:15 - 2:40 PM

Saving Voyager: IT’s Journey to the Past, Present, and Future at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Randi Levin, CIO, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

In late 2019, NASA directed JPL to move an off-campus data center from a leased building back to the Lab. That’s when JPL learned that the Voyager mission, launched in 1977, was commanded from an operations center tucked away in a side room of the building. In just 15 months, JPL IT had to plan, test and execute a rescue mission to save the 40-year-old ground data systems, and enable a small band of dedicated operators to protect the interstellar mission’s priceless legacy. Join us to learn how they did it, and why clouds were critical.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky, VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

2:40 - 3:15 PM

The Art of the Possible: Leveraging Clouds as a Driver for Business Growth

Debra King, SVP, CIO, Chief Transformation Officer, Corteva Agriscience

Previously the agriculture division of DowDuPont, Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company in 2019 to provide farmers around the world with a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity, yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture, the organization is positioned to drive growth with a robust technology platform. Join us to hear how cloud and digital infrastructure are key to this strategy.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky, VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

3:15 - 3:22 PM

Demo: How Automation Creates Value in Migrating to the Cloud

Russell Sloan, Pre-Sales Consultant, SNP

Business and IT executives are under pressure to innovate in a climate of rapid technology advancement. Moreover, enterprises need to make sure that any digital transformation projects can be completed with near-zero downtime, and without delays. Join us for this demo to understand how automation can eliminate the traditional, manual methods used to scope, scan, gather and move data – all to achieve the maximum value from moving to the cloud.

3:22 - 3:30 PM

Demo: How to Unlock the Value of Cloud with Cloudability MX

Andrew Midgley, Sr Technical Product Marketing Manager, Apptio

At Apptio, our primary focus is on helping our customers make smart technology investment decisions. Public cloud is an important part of this story, whether you’re engaged in the complexity of migrating software applications from on-premises to cloud; already have a substantial cloud footprint and are adapting to a consumption-based infrastructure model; or are making the most of applications hosted by vendors via SaaS. Join us for this demo to learn how the Apptio Cloudability MX family can help you unlock value from the cloud.

3:30 - 3:50 PM

Editors’ Roundtable: The Race To the Cloud Accelerates

Eric Knorr, Editor in Chief, IDG Enterprise
Clint Boulton, Senior Writer, CIO
Isaac Sacolick, Contributing Editor, InfoWorld; President, StarCIO
Serdar Yegulalp, Senior Writer, InfoWorld

The worldwide increase in spending for public cloud services is expected to top 18 percent this year, a leap over previous years driven in part by the pandemic. What are businesses hoping to gain from rapid adoption? Which cloud services play leading roles in transformational initiatives? What are the pitfalls of migrating legacy workloads? Join us for a close look at the latest phase in the ongoing cloud frenzy.

3:50 - 4:00 PM

An Executive’s Guide to Data

Mick Hollison, President, Cloudera

Successful companies have already moved from 2020’s reactive state into an intentional acceleration of digital transformation for 2021. Why? They’ve already seen growth in 2020, and are willing to disrupt themselves — to go all-in on digital — in order to extend their leads. Join us for this no-nonsense, down to earth session where we’ll outline three key pillars for executives to springboard their companies to a next stage of growth and digital transformation: 1) get down and dirty with the data; 2) don’t forget the data culture and 3) establish strong standards.

4:00 - 4:30 PM

How Speed and Agility for Digital Customers are Enabled with Clouds

Sathish Muthukrishnan, Chief Information, Data and Digital Officer, Ally Financial

Ally is one of the largest full-service automotive-finance operations in the country offering a range of financial services and insurance products to automotive dealerships and consumers — and its Ally bank offers mortgage lending and banking products. To deliver nimble, flexible and always-available digital services to customers, the organization leverages a cloud strategy for speed, agility and customer focus. Join us to hear about the many facets of their cloud journey, including a cloud center of excellence and DevSecOps.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky, VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

4:35 - 4:55 PM

Five Principles of a Successful Cloud-Enabled Transformation

Edwina Murphy, Team Lead – Cloud Specialists, Sungard Availability Services

Realizing ROI and the innovations enabled by cloud technology requires alignment with organizations’ unique business strategy. Establishing a cloud strategy coupled with proven measurement mechanisms allows organizations to determine the shape of their cloud transformation and their ability to respond to emerging opportunities. Join us to learn the five principles of effective business strategy for cloud-enabled transformation, all of which can help you operate better, faster and more cost-effectively.

Understanding Cloud Migrations: Frequently Asked Questions from Real Deployments

Gina Morando, Director of Sales, Integrated IT
Jay Patterson, EVP, Sales and Marketing, Integrated IT

Cloud is widely hailed as providing strong ROI. This digital transformation allows organizations to leapfrog competitors and be ready for both growth and adversity. But executing cloud migrations in a way that achieves these benefits can be challenging. Join us for this FAQ from Integrated IT, a services firm specializing in Cloud migration, and learn about key elements of cloud migration and how clouds can help your organization achieve its goals.

How to Choose the Right Edge Infrastructure for Specific Workloads

Chris McReynolds, VP of Product Management, Cloud Edge, Lumen Technologies

Whether it’s cloud, colocation, edge, or on-prem, today’s organizations are faced with an abundance of hosting options and complexity for their applications. Edge computing is the latest trend that offers the TCO benefits of cloud computing with the performance of on-premises IT. Join us to learn about how to decide which use cases and apps are best served by this new model and how to leverage IT infrastructure services on the edge from bare metal compute and network storage, to private and shared cloud services.

4:55 - 5:20 PM

Cloud Insights From a Large-Scale Transformation

Don Galzarano, Managing Director, Intelligent Cloud and Networks, Accenture

With more than a half-million employees around the world, Accenture is a global professional services company with experience across more than 40 industries. Accenture’s cloud-first journey began several years ago to bring more that 95 percent of workloads to the cloud — and today, the goal is to “live in the cloud” as much as possible. Join us to hear insights about this transformation, including how they’ve managed change, the shift to cloud skills, and creating cloud security at a massive scale.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky,VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

Building a Hybrid Cloud Environment for Better Business Agility

Guru Vasudeva, CIO of Network & Operations, Nationwide

Fierce competition is forcing companies to shed f legacy infrastructure for modern computing models that enable them to be more nimble and adapt to changing market needs on the fly. Often enterprises find their ideal architectures in hybrid cloud computing environments, which allow them to rapidly scale up and allocate compute resources according to business needs. Join this session to learn how Nationwide is building a hybrid cloud comprising private and public compute infrastructure that will enable it to more quickly build and run applications, ostensibly to better compete in the uber competitive life insurance market.

Interviewed by: Clint Boulton, Senior Writer,, IDG Communications, Inc.

Moving from a Cloud-First to a Cloud-Only Strategy

Bhaskar Ramachandran, VP & CIO, PPG Industries

As the world’s largest manufacturer of paints and coatings, PPG has a critical focus on product development to meet customer needs. To enable this, the organization is moving from a cloud-first strategy to a cloud-only approach. Join us to learn the many business benefits, including: flexibility; the ability to scale up and down with infrastructure, or horizontally with applications; and opportunities to fail fast and scale fast to enable experimentation.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky, VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

1:00 - 1:30 PM

Why Clouds Are a Pervasive Mindset at Humana, Not Just a Technology

Dalia Powers, SVP, Digital Health & Analytics, Platform Innovation and Engineering, Humana, Inc.
Eric Tagliere, CTO and SVP, Tech Advancement, Humana, Inc.

Humana’s top business priorities are to improve health across clinical capabilities including in home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, and wellness solutions. Clouds play a critical role in these objectives across software, infrastructure, security, operations teams and production support. Join us to hear how clouds at Humana create potential operating cost savings, better integration with other platforms, increased innovation velocity, improved scalability and performance, and enhanced resiliency and availability.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky, VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

1:30 - 1:50 PM

From On-Prem to the Edge: Innovation, Insight, Cost & Risk

Hillery Hunter, CTO IBM Cloud and IBM Fellow

As more companies look to increase value from their digital transformation efforts, they’re employing build-once, deploy-anywhere approaches that are part of solutions like Red Hat OpenShift. Understanding data gravity is key. So is providing optionality for business partners as you build out DevSecOps models. Data is the fuel; cloud the platform; and artificial intelligence with automation the accelerator. And both security and governance are central.

Interviewed by: Charles Pelton, Contributing Editor, CIO

1:50 - 2:15 PM

Networking Break – Wednesday, June 16, 2021

We have lots of things you can do during this break from sessions:

  • There’s a discussion group with event content lead Derek Hulitzky and Serdar Yegulalp, Senior Writer for InfoWorld, on Strategies and Tips for Clouds, AIOps and DevOps. Seating is limited so head over to the Discussion Group section to join.
  • Visit the Exhibit Hall to learn more about our sponsors, book meetings with their team, and access videos, articles and more.
  • Complete the “About You” section of your profile to get matched with like-minded event participants for networking – and be entered in a $100 gift card drawing.
  • Or, visit CIO Resources for a curated selection of content from and our other publications.

2:15 - 2:35 PM

The Future of Cloud and Digital infrastructure for Business: Software, AI, Machine Learning, and Automation

Mary Johnston Turner, Research VP, Future of Digital Infrastructure, IDC

IDC’s latest research reveals where enterprises and providers are heading with cloud computing and digital infrastructure: First, enterprises are paying more attention to the way they define, automate and optimize all aspects of deployment and operations for applications and infrastructure. And second, providers are focusing on management and automation as they differentiate their solutions. Join us to learn how this is leading to a full-stack approach where software, AI, machine learning, and automation combine to make the secret sauce that’s fueling business.

2:35 - 2:50 PM

How to Accelerate a Cloud-Driven Transformation

Lisa Palmer, Chief Technical Advisor, Splunk
Andy Hershey, Group Vice President, Global Cloud Sales & GTM Transformation, Splunk

Cloud acceleration has led to chaos and complexity, but the challenges have a data solution. With the right data backbone, organizations are securing, operating and innovating faster — despite a more distributed technology landscape. Join us to learn how organizations are powering cloud data strategies to drive their transformation efforts.

2:50 - 3:15 PM

Lessons Learned From a Successful Cloud Transformation Journey

James A. Johnson II, VP & CIO, Carpenter Technology

Carpenter Technology is a global leader in high-performance specialty alloy-based materials and process solutions for the aerospace, transportation, defense, energy, industrial, medical, and consumer electronics markets. The organization is well underway on a successful cloud transformation journey designed to make experiences more efficient for internal and external customers. Join us to hear lessons learned along with tips on evaluating cloud technologies for the future.

Interviewed by: Maryfran Johnson, CEO, Maryfran Johnson Media

3:15 - 3:22 PM

Demo: Accelerating the Migration to Enterprise Cloud Communications

Alex Gruber, VP, Product Management, Vonage

Before you can decide on the best strategy to transition enterprise communications to the cloud, you need to understand how it will benefit your business. Outdated, on-prem PBXs or obsolete point-to-point data lines carrying voice services no longer meet the needs of the modern workforce. Join us for this demo to see how unified communications migrated to the cloud provides voice, messaging and video for hybrid workplaces or multi-location global enterprises.

3:22 - 3:30 PM

Demo: Unify Cloud, SaaS and On-Prem Data Management, with Commvault’s “Power of AND”

Don Foster, Global Vice President, Sales Engineering, Commvault

The “Power of AND” allows a unified customer experience for all of your workloads, regardless of their location or infrastructure. Cloud, on-prem, edge workloads and more are managed through an integrated Intelligent Data Services Platform allowing you to choose how you consume and deploy Commvault technology to meet your goals. Join us for this demo to learn how Metallic SaaS, Commvault Command Center and HyperScale X are connecting cloud, SaaS, and the edge with the “Power of AND.”

3:30 - 3:45PM

How Clouds, Talent and Culture Create Business Efficiency at Baker Hughes

Jeff Fleece, Chief Technology Officer, Digital Technology, Baker Hughes

Built on a century of experience, Baker Hughes is an energy technology company with 55,000 employees across 120 countries. Clouds are a critical ingredient to how the organization operates efficiently to meet its objectives. Join us to learn about their cloud strategy and where it’s headed.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky, VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

3:45 - 4:15 PM

From Legacy to Cloud: How Tech Leaders at Maersk, Sainsbury’s and Mediacom are Modernizing Their Businesses

Will Wigmore, Head of Enterprise Architecture, Maersk
Nadine Thomson, Global Chief Technology Officer, MediaCom
Phil Jordan, Group CIO, Sainsbury’s

The pandemic brought about significant and previously unforeseen changes to enterprise IT. Join us as three technology leaders at firmly established enterprises discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed forward their cloud strategies, identify the key lessons learned over the past year and share why cloud technologies can help set them up for sustained business success.

Interviewed by Scott Carey, Group Editor, B2B, IDG UK 

4:20 - 4:35 PM

Silver Linings: Immune System Technology for Cloud & SaaS

Nabil Zoldjalali, Director of Cloud Security, Darktrace

While cloud and SaaS platforms are creating digital environments where businesses can innovate, collaborate, and share, it’s often at the cost of visibility and control. But there are successful strategies to overcome the challenges in protecting organizations’ dynamic workforces and constantly-changing digital infrastructure. Join us to hear ways organizations thwarted developer misuse of an AWS cloud infrastructure, attempted infiltration via an Office 365 account, and threat actors targeting a vulnerability with Shodan.

A Practical Approach for Achieving Cloud Governance

Jerod Brennen, Strategy and Solutions Advisor, SailPoint

For many organizations that had figured out IT and security governance, the cloud sent them back to square one. Is there a clear path to get from the wild west of shadow IT to an effective cloud governance program that enables the organization to realize all the benefits of the cloud — while reducing the likelihood of disruptions along the way? Join us for guidance on how you can build an effective cloud governance program, including strategies for engaging the business, enabling your team, and leveraging already-available resources to meet your goals.


The Future of Cloud Databases

Jim Walker, VP, Product Marketing, Cockroach Labs

A database is the critical surface area between your apps and your cloud infrastructure. But “lift and shift” or “move and improve” options of a legacy database deployed in the cloud don’t deliver the scale and resilience realized with cloud-native infrastructure. Join us to learn why cloud-native technologies deliver significant TCO for cloud deployments, the importance of being distributed in the next generation of cloud adoption, and how a cloud-native, distributed SQL database can run critical transactional workloads at global and local scale.

435 - 5:00 PM

Delivering Speed and Automation with Clouds

Amir Arooni, CIO, Discover Financial Services
Ed Calusinski, VP Enterprise Architecture, Discover Financial Services

Discover Financial Services is a digital banking and payment services company issuing the Discover card along with offering private student loans, personal loans, home loans, checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit. Discover needed to improve how it acquires, enriches, and uses its data assets so it could innovate on Al, ML models, and have real-time data insights. Join us to learn how their CIO 100 award-winning Cloud Data Fabric project powers data pipelines that have metadata driven automation, real-time ingestion, and built-in governance on the cloud.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky,VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

How To Improve Cloud Operations with Three Primary AIOps Capabilities

Isaac Sacolick, Contributing Editor, InfoWorld

Leaders moving more to the cloud and investing in digital transformation, business process automation, customer experiences, and machine learning expect greater reliability and higher performance from applications and technology services. But IT is challenged in reducing alert fatigue from dozens of monitoring tools, improving the time to resolve incidents, and maintaining a multicloud CMDB. Join us as we review three use cases for applying machine learning and automation to improve IT cloud operations, and how they deliver business impacts.

Leveraging Clouds to Create Digital Resources for Customers

Bhavani Amirthalingam, SVP, Chief Digital Information Officer, Ameren

With more than 9,000 employees, Ameren serves 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers across a 64,000-square-mile area in Illinois and Missouri. Join us for this session to learn how clouds are a critical part of providing digital resources to customers.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky,VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

1:00 - 1:20 PM

How Technology Transformed a Years-Long Drug Development Process to Just Weeks and Months

Lidia Fonseca, EVP, Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Pfizer

Started 170 years ago, Pfizer strives for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products — including innovative medicines and vaccines. At the forefront of response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pfizer’s helped scientists more quickly analyze data, used augmented reality to virtually diagnose and repair equipment in labs and manufacturing plants, transformed how manufacturing colleagues collaborate and make decisions with a CIO 100 award-winning digital operations center, and enabled cold-chain capabilities throughout the supply chain to monitor vaccine shipments. Join us to learn how clouds are critical in transforming to a model that now measures the drug development process in weeks and months, rather than years.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky, VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

1:20 - 1:35 PM

How People, Lean Approaches and Agility are Central to GE’s Cloud Strategy

Habib Sarkis, SVP and CTO, General Electric

For more than 125 years, the General Electric Company (GE) has been at the forefront of industry, and today, GE is best known for its work in the power, renewable energy, aviation and healthcare industries. At the core of GE’s cloud strategy are adopting cloud-native, automating without fear, centralizing governance, and transitioning the services apps use from on-prem to cloud. Join us to learn how a culture focused on people, lean approaches and agility is key to accelerating GE’s digital business models.

Interviewed by:  Derek Hulitzky, VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

1:35 - 2:05 PM

Clouds at Work: Distributed Cloud for Constancy, Agility and Data-Intensive Workloads

Chris Rosen, Program Director, Offering Management, IBM Cloud
Mary Johnston Turner,  Research VP, Future of Digital Infrastructure, IDC

Clouds are providing flexibility and security to not only accommodate complex workloads, but to provide insights so the organization can anticipate, adapt and respond to changing circumstances.  While today’s enterprises are finding efficiency and speed by leveraging cloud capabilities, they’re not always able to harness them seamlessly across all environments.  Join us as our expert panelists discuss why these capabilities are needed for all workloads — wherever they are — and what organizations are doing to future-proof IT architecture for speed and security.

Moderated by: Julia King, Contributing Editor, Computerworld/CIO, IDG Communications, Inc. 

2:05 - 2:25 PM

Networking Break – Thursday, June 17, 2021

We have lots of things you can do during this break from sessions: • Visit the Exhibit Hall to learn more about our sponsors, book meetings with their team, and access videos, articles and more. • Reach out to other event participants for networking. Consult your matches or go to “Attendees” and use the filter function at the top of the page. • Or, visit CIO Resources for a curated selection of content from and our other publications.

2:25 - 2:50 PM

Creating Touchless Retail Experiences with Edge Technologies

Deb Hall Lefevre, EVP & CTO, Alimentation Clouche-Tard / Circle K

With 15,000 sites in 26 countries, Alimentation Couche-Tard is a global leader in the convenience sector, operating the brands Couche-Tard, Circle K and Ingo with convenience products, including food and hot and cold beverages, and mobility services, including road transportation fueling and electric vehicle charging. The company’s next-gen retail platform is designed to manage compute above the stores, and in stores with edge computing and IoT. Join us to hear how this adapts to new consumer behaviors to create touchless experiences including car fueling payment via license plate recognition technologies.

Interviewed by:  Maryfran Johnson, CEO, Maryfran Johnson Media

2:50-3:25 PM

Moving the Needle in Healthcare with Technology Innovation

Gabrielle Wolfson, SVP, CIO & Chief Digital Officer, Quest Diagnostics

Derived from the world’s largest database of clinical lab results, Quest Diagnostics’ insights reveal new avenues to identify and treat disease, inspire healthy behaviors and improve health care management. As just one of countless examples, Quest introduced a new lab-developed test for COVID-19 — 2 days before the virus was labeled a worldwide pandemic. Join us to understand how Quest meets business objectives by relying on on clouds across infrastructure, applications, data volume, and the processes that bring them all together.

Interviewed by:  Derek Hulitzky, VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.

3:25 - 3:50 PM

Desktop-as-a-Service: A Forever Myth, or Finally the Real Deal?

Ken Mingis, Executive Editor, Computerworld
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, Contributor, Computerworld
Preston Gralla, Contributing Editor, Computerworld
Susan Bradley, Contributing Writer, Computerworld

Desktop-as-a-Service has always been just over the horizon, but with the rapid changes in IT over the last year, DaaS might actually makes sense for a lot of employers and employees. Join us as IDG’s editors and writers discuss whether the future of the desktop is really in the cloud, especially for Windows PCs.

3:50 - 4:15 PM

The Critical Role of Change Management in the Cloud-Native Journey

Talvis Love, SVP & CIO, Baxter International

Every day, millions of patients and caregivers rely on Baxter International’s portfolio of critical care, nutrition, renal, hospital and surgical products available in more than 100 countries. Baxter’s move to a cloud-first, as-a-service model required service and organizational change management across IT and the business. It’s evolution to a cloud-native future state requires additional application and platform modernization to leverage continuous integration/delivery, containerization, and microservices. Join us to hear the lessons learned in this journey, and how change management plays a critical role.

Interviewed by:  Derek Hulitzky, VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc.