How the BUSINESS of IT will be done

Morning Channel Line-Up 9am – 12.30pm

A programme of presentations will put forward the views of vendors, distributors and – critically – CIOs on how the ICT channel is changing to support the needs of increasingly agile enterprise.


Channel view sessions

A programme of presentations will put forward the views of vendors, distributors and – critically – CIOs on how the ICT channel is changing to support the needs of increasingly agile enterprise.

The sessions are structured around the CIOs’ respective experiences in dealing with digital transformation and organisational change, and how interaction with the channel supports, or not, their efforts.


The vendor and distributor speakers will describe their efforts to create channel structures that reflect the new demands of CIOs as they drive transformation agendas.

A programme of presentations will put forward the views of vendors, distributors and – critically – CIOs on how the ICT channel is changing to support the needs of increasingly agile enterprise.

Channel View 1 – 9am

  • Vendor: Kyle Torres, Channel Account Executive, Sophos
  • Distributor: Michael Conway, MD, Renaissance
  • CIO: David Cadenhead, CityJet

Channel View 2 – 09:45

  • Vendor: Gerard Lavin, Account Technologist, Citrix
  • Distributor: Francis O’Hare, CTO, DataSolutions
  • CIO: Ashling Cunningham, Ervia

Channel View 3 – 10:30

  • Vendor: Grant Caley, Chief Technologist, NetApp
  • Distributor: Gerry Harvey, Sales Director, TechData
  • Jane Carolan, National Director Health Business Services, HSE

Channel Panel – 11:15

The panel session will allow each participant a 2 minute slot to put forth their views on the evolving ICT channel, and address issues and comments raised from the previous sessions.

The panel will then move into a moderated discussion, allowing audience members to express their views and share experiences, as well as address questions to the participants.

Afternoon End-User Line-Up 2pm – 5pm

The end user afternoon sessions, consisting of three expert panels moderated by TechPro editor and TechFire chair Paul Hearns, will tackle issues under headings such as cloud computing, digital transformation and security.


14:00 – Cloud Computing Panel

Cloud computing will be examined from the perspective of it being a foundation for digital transformation, regarded by many as a first critical step towards true transformation. 

Topics will include (but not limited to):

  • Regulation (GDPR, etc)
  • Data fabrics
  • Service mesh
  • Serverless Computing
  • AI platforms

Panelists

  • Digital Planet
  • NetApp
  • Veritas

15:00 – Digital Transformation Panel

Digital Transformation, still an often misinterpreted term, will be explored from a practical perspective, for real world actions for Irish organisations.

Topics will include (but not limited to):

  • Cloud as a foundation for Digital Transformation
  • AI and automation
  • Citizen developers
  • Ready-made platforms
  • Data as a service
  • Restructuring for Digital Transformation
  • Collaboration and Unified Comms

Panelists

  • DELL EMC – Colm Greene, director of Channel Sales, Dell EMC Ireland
  • Interxion – Daniel Rosario, director
  • Three – Hugh Crean, chief architect
  • Citrix – Gerard Lavin, account technologist
  • Brother
  • EVROS

16:00 – Security Panel

The Security panel will take a pragmatic look at the threat landscape to understand where threats are coming from and how best to expend resources to mitigate.

Topics will include (but not limited to):

  • Top security concerns for enterprise
  • Edge computing and security
  • Securing and enabling mobility
  • Emerging threats

Panellists

  • Datto – Tim Jeffcoat
  • Webroot – Kelvin Murray, senior threat research analyst
  • Aerohive
  • EVROS

17:00 – End

For attendees on relevant education tracks, the Irish Computer Society has awarded 10.5 continuous professional development (CPD) points to attendees for the event.