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Kunal Kaul, Cisco Managing Director, Partner Managed Services & SP RTM, EMEA, discusses a recent Cisco/Canalys report, which reveals that IT Channel partners anticipate significant growth in 2023, with the main driver being managed services. Technology-wise, the cybersecurity focus remains a major driver, alongside managing IT complexity, the AI opportunity and sustainability.
Neil MacDonald, UK & Ireland Channel Director for HP Inc., discusses the importance of sustainability to the IT Channel, with a major opportunity for companies to become environmental trusted advisors to end users. Neil outlines the many programmes and initiatives which HP has developed to address key sustainability issues, such as a packaging re-think, tech take back and closed loop recycling, all of which help their Channel partners to deliver measurable sustainability benefits to their customers.
Steve Young, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Dell Technologies UK, discusses the complexities of digital transformation, focusing on the importance of avoiding multicloud by default by developing a multicloud by design strategy. Properly implemented, such a cloud smart approach should deliver the speed, flexibility and agility which are the hallmarks of today’s leading digital organisations.
Greg Jones, Vice President of Business Development EMEA, Kaseya, discusses the findings of the company’s recently published IT Operations Report. He shares some fascinating insights as to current end user challenges, including cybersecurity, automation, budgets, workloads and legacy infrastructure, suggesting that MSPs and the Channel more generally have a major opportunity to help their customers as they look for more outsourced technology solutions and expertise.
Robert Reuben, Managing Director of Proceed Group, provides some fascinating insights into ‘the legacy problem’ – how many companies struggle to understand the various interdependencies of their existing IT infrastructure, applications and data, at a significant financial and operational cost to the business; and proving a potentially significant obstacle to upgrading and optimising their IT environment for the demands of the digital age. Robert explains that it doesn’t need to be this way!
Jurg van Vliet, CEO of Aknostic, discusses the emergence of regional clouds within Europe, based on open source software and Kubernetes in particular, as an alternative to the large public cloud offerings. Trial projects are in progress to demonstrate the economic, environmental and societal benefits that such regional clouds can provide.
David Protzmann, NinjaOne’s Senior Director of Marketing EMEA, explains how the company’s Unified IT platform provided major benefits to customer Focus IT Managed Services, before detailing the technology solutions and comprehensive support programme that NinjaOne provides all of its MSP customers.
Max Schulze, CEO and Founder of the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance, discusses the importance of local and regional clouds as an alternative approach to the hyperscale model, suggesting that, in a world apparently obsessed with issues such as data sovereignty, time would be better spent understanding the importance of infrastructure ‘independence’.
Pankaj Sharma, Schneider Electric's Global Executive Vice President, Secure Power Division, discusses the sustainability gap, with too many organisations talking up their environmental credentials, but failing to implement the necessary actions.
Richard Sem, Partner at Pantheon Ventures and investment manager of Pantheon Infrastructure Plc (PINT), discusses the exciting investment opportunities in wireless towers, data centres and fibre-optic networks, driven by the increasing demand in mobile data usage, cloud services and the like.
Andrew Slater, Practice Director - Cloud, at Node4, discusses the company’s recent Future of Hybrid Cloud report, which finds that the majority of end users are beginning to understand which workloads belong in the public cloud and which don’t. Alongside the development of this ‘traditional’ hybrid approach, Andy highlights the emergence of a new hybrid cloud model, with public cloud provider software being introduced into end users’ own IT environments.
Owen Rogers, Uptime Institute Research Director for Cloud Computing, discusses the findings of his recent report – Public Cloud Costs versus Resiliency: Stateless Applications, which outlines the importance of cloud service resiliency as it can impact on application availability.
Aoife Foley, IEEE Senior Member and Professor, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, provides valuable insight into a whole range of technology, social and political challenges and opportunities which are shaping the quest for Net Zero.
Robert Belgrave, CEO of Pax8 EMEA, shares his plans for the company, following a recent $185 million investment round - with ongoing geographical and technology solutions expansion very much on the agenda. Robert also provides some fascinating insights into the post-pandemic Channel and end user business worlds.
Conference Chair Ian Luckett outlines the content of the second virtual SDC Channel Summit event, taking place 10-11 May. A mixture of keynote presentations, roundtables and panel discussions promise to produce plenty of valuable insights for Channel companies dealing with the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation.