Programme List - Cloud & Infrastructure Live 2019



8.30 – 9.00

Registration and breakfast

9.00 – 9.10

Welcome and opening remarks
Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing, V3 & The Inquirer

9.10 – 9.30

Computing research: Cloud: Picking the right partner
Peter Gothard, Technology Analyst, Incisive Media
  • A look at the broad cloud trends
  • Cloud monogamy or cloud polygamy - does multi-cloud make sense yet? 
  • Key selection criteria
  • Cloud skills - are you keeping up?
  • The cloud vendors

9.30 – 10.00

Special Guest Keynote: Adapting Business to the New Big Data Requirements for Cloud Computing - The Transformational Forces of Data Computing and Analytics in 2018 and Beyond
Inma Martinez, Venture Partner, Deep Science Ventures
  • Cloud, business adoption of multi-cloud and its uses/benefits/risks for businesses. 
  • HPC TO Exascale systems. 
  • Data Oceania: the 'Liquidity of Information' 
  • Data Evolutions towards Automation: ML and DL and how Data fuels AI. 
  • How the transformation in cloud is assisting business innovate and improved competitiveness in the current market. 
  • Cloud in 2020: Avoiding failure, ensuring resilience, deploying faster. 
  • Top 5 pieces of advice regarding 'going serverless' in 2020. 

10.00 – 10.25

Case study: Implementing a corporate cloud culture
John Abel, Vice President, Cloud and Technology, UK, Ireland and Israel, Oracle
  • Journeying from on-prem to the cloud – trials and tribulations
  • Is cloud-first a viable option for the enterprise?
  • Training your staff in the capabilities of the cloud

10.25 – 11.10

Panel discussion: Adopting the cloud and developing a migration strategy
John Abel, Vice President, Cloud and Technology, UK, Ireland and Israel, Oracle
Mark Clarke, Cloud Engineer, Royal Opera House
Ajwat Hasan, Infrastructure and Cloud Architect, Financial Conduct Authority
John Lyons, Head of Cloud & Hosting, Zen
Moderator: Graeme Burton, Group News Editor, Computing, V3 & The Inquirer
  • How do you streamline the transition to ensure maximum productivity and organisation?
  • What do you do about legacy systems and should you be thinking about reassessing cloud providers?
  • How do you develop an ironclad migration strategy?

11.10 – 11.40

Morning break and visit to the exhibition area


Stream 1: Strategic
Stream 2: Technical

11.40 – 12.00

Evolving the WAN for the Cloud, using SD-WAN & NFV
Mike Rivers, Director Cloud Computing, GTT
  • As applications move to the cloud and become more dynamic, traditional WAN architectures are increasingly becoming unfit for purpose.
  • We explore how hybrid SD-WAN & NFV can deliver a next generation of WAN to meet the demands of the cloud age.
DevOps and Monitoring in Hybrid Environments
Matt Haberle, Business Operations Manager, EMEA, LogicMonitor


  • As cloud adoption rises with many benefitrs, it also introduces new challenges such as increased infrastructure complexity, rapid pace of change, and knowledge/skills staffing issues.
  • Explore how to overcome these challenges with DevOps, automation, infrastructure-as-code, and end-to-end monitoring.


12.00 – 12.20

The 7 Deadly Sins of Multi Cloud: Points of Failure to Avoid.
Kris Saxton, Partner and Co-Founder, Automation Logic

How do you accelerate cloud adoption whilst avoiding becoming too embedded in a single cloud provider's ecosystem? Drawing from recent experience guiding large organisations in the retail, government and banking sectors, AL's Kris Saxton shares some of the most common pitfalls when implementing a multi-cloud strategy.

Security Past the Perimeter: An Immune System for the Cloud
Greg Charman, Senior Cyber Security Manager, Darktrace
  • The growth of cloud and SaaS digital environments and the threats facing organisations transitioning to the cloud
  • Utilisation of AI to protect cloud and SaaS networks
  • Real-world examples of subtle, unknown threats that routinely bypass traditional controls

12.20 – 12.40

How RS Components developed an online Marketplace in just 3 weeks with IBM Garage
Pete Wood, Head Technology Evangelist, RS Components
Hattie Lister, IBM Watson & Cloud Platform, IBM
  • How Design Thinking and AGile methodologies allowed RS to build a Beta Marketplace Platforum for it's DesignSpark online engineering community in just 3 weeks
  • Why adopting open source attributes in a scalable cloud environment gave RS the confidence that visitors would get the best user experience
  • How the speedy delivery of the Marketplace platform allowed RS to attract new users and increase web traffic much sooner to the DesignSpark Community

Are technology skills your organisation's superpower or Achilles heel?
Iain Bartlett, Enterprise Account Director, Pluralsight
  • New business models are putting pressure on companies to deliver innovation faster, and the competition for talent leaves a lot of teams understaffed and underskilled
  • How can you reliably and predicatably create technology skills at scale to compete in this market?
  • How do you assess what technologies are trending in your industry/organisation?
  • Strategies for evaluating skills of your team and creating workforce that meets the needs of tomorrow

12.40 – 13.00

Cloud Freedom: Your Data, Your Choice
Brad King, Chief Architect, Scality

Today, on-premises, on-demand storage infrastructure is a reality, as are numerous public cloud storage offerings. We will discuss how to simplify the management of the available options, plus how to protect, maintain visibility and gain control of your data, no matter where you choose to store it. 

No session available

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch and visit to the exhibition area

14.00 – 14.45

Panel discussion: Harnessing hybridity in the cloud
Steve Capper, Group CIO, Royal BAM Group nv
Richard Croucher, Global Head of Engineering for Specialised Infrastructure, Barclays
Garry Hodgkinson, Strategic Account Manager, Nutanix
Moderator: Tom Allen, Special Projects Editor, Computing, V3 & The Inquirer
  • When should you consider a hybrid cloud approach?
  • What are the benefits of utilising public and private cloud?
  • How do you go about multi-cloud management?

14.45 – 15.05

Cloud - Security and incident reporting under the NIS Directive
Dr W Kuan Hon, Director, Fieldfisher
  • What is the NIS Directive? Overshadowed by the General Data Protection Regulation, but it still matters.
  • How do the UK NIS Regulations affect cloud computing service providers?
    • Registration with ICO by November 2018
    • Security and incident reporting obligations
    • Up to GDPR-level fines and other ICO enforcement powers including information, inspection
  • Comparison with the GDPR's security and breach notification obligations
  • Impact on critical infrastructure operators (energy, transport, health, water, digital infrastructure) who rely on cloud services
  • Practical steps to take

15.05 – 15.25

Afternoon break and visit to the exhibition area

15.25 – 15.50

 Case study: BAT journey towards adoption of an enterprise data platform
Mark Cooper, Global Analytics Architect, British American Tobacco
  • Technology choices BAT have made so far and lessons learned
  • How multiple large data workloads have been enabled using Azure cloud data and analytics technologies
  • Understanding the challenges of getting started on an organisation-wide data platform journey, as well as investment justification
  • Current problems, future requirements and future roadmap

15.50 – 16.35

Panel discussion: The future of cloud technologies
Danielle Haugedal-Wilson, Head of Business Architecture & Analysis, Co-op Digital
Kris Saxton, Partner and Co-Founder, Automation Logic
Carrie Wray, Senior Service Delivery Manager, Leeds Building Society
Moderator: Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing, V3 & The Inquirer
  • What are the biggest obstacles in the development and mainstream adoption of the cloud?
  • What are the ramifications for the cloud in a post-Brexit Britain?
  • Where will IoT and AI be in the next ten years?

16.35 – 16.40

Closing remarks
Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing, V3 & The Inquirer

16.40 – 17.30

Drinks reception