ONUG Fall 2020 Defines the Enterprise Cloud as the Business Platform For the Foreseeable Future

NEW YORK – ONUG, the voice of the Global 2000, announces that it is hosting a highly interactive, entirely virtual live digital ONUG Fall event, taking place on October 14-15, 2020, continuing its dedication to driving education and discussion during a critical time in a safe and healthy way. The event will drive the convergence of the ONUG Community of Global 2000 companies with enterprise architects, cloud providers and thought leaders, delivering a carefully curated agenda of sessions and presentations regarding the deconstruction of private data centers and the hyper-acceleration of enterprise cloud options and adoption.

Before COVID, the ONUG community focused on delivering digital business value to customers, partners and suppliers. During the early months of COVID, the ONUG community focused on servicing employees digitally via Remote WorkForce solutions. Now, digital transformation projects have accelerated at a mind numbing level of 10 to 1 — that is, what would normally take ten years is happening in one. Learning from each other is critical during these time-compressed periods. Thus, ONUG Fall 2020 will deliver more than 75 expert speakers and 55 insightful sessions, and it is expected to be attended by approximately 3,000 attendees. The event’s presentations and discussions will delve deep into leveraging the enterprise cloud as the new business platform for the post-COVID world. Topics include: automated multi-cloud governance, AI for business process automation, business continuity solutions, disaster recovery and more.

ONUG is the only forum dedicated to exploring enterprise multi-cloud use case architectures, exciting new innovations and solutions to challenges facing the enterprise in the cloud arena. Among ONUG Fall 2020’s many illuminating panels and presentations, the two-day agenda includes sessions such as:

Key Milestones on the Digital Enterprise Journey, Oct 14 2020 09:05am EDT – 09:35am: Nick Lippis, Co-Chair and Co-Founder of ONUG, will discuss a key question in the wake of the pandemic — what infrastructure, if any, stays on-prem? This session will deliver a vision for how IT has fundamentally changed in the COVID period as the enterprise cloud becomes the business platform for the foreseeable future.

Evolving Your Data Center Network from Cloud Ready to Cloud Native, Oct 14 2020 12:10pm – 01:00pm EDT: Christopher Liljenstolpe, Chief Architect for Cloud at Cisco; James Walker, Managing Director, Technology Executive at Bank of America Corporation; Parantap Lahiri, VP of Network and Datacenter Engineering at eBay; Charles Greenaway CTO at BT Global; and Abby Kearns, CTO of Puppet, explore whether shifting infrastructure from cloud-ready to cloud-native is the best approach to transitioning workloads for the cloud. This session will explore connecting existing network automation platforms with a cloud-native network platform using standard integration points, as well as expressing the infrastructure environment as a set of network services across physical, virtual and cloud-native environments.

Infrastructure as Code Emerges and Changes Everything, Oct 14 2020 11:35am – 12:10pm EDT: Martin Casado, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and Dr. Jennifer Rexford, Chair of Computer Science at Princeton University, provide a view of industry changes that are accelerating and explore what this new world looks like as they discuss how the industry is getting to the point where networking is implemented in programming libraries, rather than boxes, virtual boxes, or the old abstractions (L2/L3 etc). The implications for this shift in how computers are connected has broad impact across technology, IT organizations, skill set requirements and business.

Leadership in the Digital Era, Oct. 14, 2020 11:00 am – 11:35 am EDT:
This panel is moderated by Suzan Mahboob, Lead Programs Engineer for Blizzard Entertainment, and joined by Radia Perlman, Dell Fellow; Linda Tai, Senior Vice President – Chief Architect at Fannie Mae; and Rosalind Radcliffe, Distinguished engineer at IBM. This Women in IT leadership panel will discuss how, as the world economy accelerates into the digital era, leadership is fundamental to success. The panel will discuss the difficulties of engineering and transforming a corporation into a digital enterprise. In this session, we are fortunate to hear from them as they share their perspectives on our industry, its future and leadership qualities needed now.

Additional speakers will include: Daniel Conroy, CTO of Raytheon; Gene Sun, CVP and CISO of FedEx; Phil Venables, Board Member and CISO for Goldman Sachs; Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President of Cybersecurity Solutions Group for Microsoft; John Rzeszotarski, SVP of Technology Infrastructure at PNC; Helen Beal, Chief-Ambassador of the DevOps Institute; Rebecca Wooters, CDO of Signet; Subbu Allamaraju, VP of Expedia; and George Maddaloni, CTO of MasterCard.

“We look forward to bringing an expanded number of community members together to continue forging important discussions, building relationships and catalyzing much-needed progress for a disrupted world,” comments Nick Lippis, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of ONUG. “The unprecedented global pandemic has fundamentally accelerated the pace at which enterprises must digitally transform. The deconstruction of private data centers and growing enterprise cloud adoption are direct results of evolving demands for mobility, remote work adoption, customers’ changing product needs and a rapidly changing supply chain. We’re excited to guide attendees as they explore this phenomenon more thoroughly and find out more about how to thrive in this new era.”

Members of ONUG leverage mutual experiences to drive innovation and facilitate success in both their personal journeys and the trajectories of their companies. This allows individuals and businesses to learn from peers, make informed infrastructure deployment decisions, and generate open discussion between the vendor and user communities. By enabling the community to continue this process of discussion, problem solving and networking despite COVID-19’s widespread industry disruption, this virtual event delivers a source of important value for those in attendance and for the wider IT community.

The ONUG Fall 2020 press room, presented in partnership with iMiller Public Relations, will offer multiple avenues for attendees to amplify messages and share breaking industry news throughout the event. To request the press list, submit press release forms or learn more about the press room, please click here.

ONUG Fall 2020’s sponsors include Alkira, AppNeta, Inc., AppViewX, Arrcus, BlueCat Networks, Broadcom, Comcast Business, Cisco, Gluware, IBM, Itential, LLC, Megaport, Microsoft, Mist Systems, NetBrain, NetScout Systems, PacketFabric, Riverbed Technology, Inc., SevOne, ThousandEyes, VeloCloud, Verizon, Volterra.

If you are interested in attending, please click here to register. Members of the press should contact ONUGmedia@imillerpr.com.

To learn more about ONUG Fall, please visit https://fall.onug.net/

About ONUG
ONUG is the only organization composed of senior-level IT executives from the Global 2000 that represent the interests and initiatives of the Enterprise Community. Through our global event series, working groups, training academies, and webinars, ONUG plays a central role in the creation of new and improved tools to develop, manage, and secure the Digital Enterprise. ONUG’s peer permission structure fosters the exchange of information among the world’s largest organizations as they build and secure the digital economy. The ONUG Board is comprised of IT leaders from Bank of America, Cigna, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, eBay, FedEx, Fidelity Investments, Gap Inc., GE, Intuit, JP Morgan Chase, Kaiser Permanente, the Lippis Report, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, State Street Bank, TD Ameritrade, UBS, Oath, and hundreds more. For more on ONUG, go to www.onug.net or follow us on Twitter @ONUG_.

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