How the BUSINESS of ICT will be done

The world of information and communications technology is changing at an ever-greater pace, and the way Irish organisations consume technology has changed — as has the channel that serves them.

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TechLive: Future Channel charts these changes, talking to vendors, distributors and CIOs to understand how changing needs are driving developments.

The event will present vendors, distributors and resellers who are developing expertise and solutions to suit business needs, based on deep technical knowledge, training and resource back-up.

Hear from industry leaders who have begun the transformation to become solution-driven organisations and what that means for every layer, as well CIOs who are enjoying the benefits.

In a mix of conference and exhibition, speakers will include distributors who are changing their operating model to become solution providers, helping their resellers to facilitate clients in implementing solutions, through expanded portfolios, strategic partnerships, and education and modelling resources.

2019/02/21 08:00 2019/02/21 16:00 Ireland/Dublin TechLive: Future Channel Croke Park, Dublin
21 February 2019

Who should attend:

Industry Leaders

CIOs

Distributors

Resellers

Vendors

End Users

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)
  • Data fabrics
  • Service mesh
  • Serverless computing
  • AI platforms

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
  • Unified Communications

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

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

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