5th Annual Cloud Computing Summit
Driving competitive advantage with cloud technology
June 18, Croke Park, Dublin


8.50:  Plenary Session - Welcome & Opening Remarks from the Chair

Mr. Brian Honan, Principal Consultant, BH Consulting, Founder & CEO at Irish Reporting & Information Security Service, Cloud Security Alliance & Adjunct Lecturer in Information Security Management, UCD


Security: What’s next – where are we and where are we going?
“It’s more than unsettling to realise there are large companies out there developing backdoors, exploits and trojans.”
·       The future of the internet and IT security
·       The Cyber Threatscape: Who are the attackers? What do they want?
·       Security in the age of expanding electronic boundaries – cloud computing and embedded devices
·       Mobile malware

Mr. Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer, F-Secure & international Cyber-Security expert



Matching the speed of innovation with responsive security
·       How the best companies have moved beyond security compliance to detecting the unseen threat
·       Measuring security performance when attackers live on your network
·       How innovation through mobility and the cloud will recreate security
·       The importance of security in the supply chain
·       The new key security capabilities and how to source, develop and maintain them

Prof. Paul Dorey, Founder & Director, CSO Confidential and Visiting Professor at Royal Holloway College, University of London


10.30:  Coffee & Networking

Transforming Business
Today’s businesses are seeking actionable strategies to reduce time to market for applications, solutions and products. Moving to cloud technologies is the obvious solution. Or is it? There are many benefits, but, can you trust the cloud? And, what are the economics of moving to cloud technologies?

11.00:  Welcome to the Cloud Computing Track & Opening Address from the Chair: Putting Trust in the Cloud

·       Cloud & Trust: The last barrier?
·       What are the perceived and real issues holding back cloud adoption?
·       What is the impact?
·       How do we overcome this?

Dr. Theo Lynn, Irish Centre for Cloud Computing & Commerce, DCU


11.25:  Business Transformation through the Cloud: Fact or fiction?

A recent report from Lero, Ireland’s National Software Engineering Research Centre, has revealed previously undocumented business benefits of implementing cloud computing, including increased innovation and collaboration. The study also reported the first empirical evidence globally of the benefits of cloud computing.
·       Assessing enterprise cloud adoption rates
·       Is cloud offering genuine cost-efficiency in early adopters?
·       What are the barriers to more widespread adoption amongst business?

Dr. Lorraine Morgan, NUI Galway


12.00:  The Economics of the Cloud

You’re seriously exploring the benefits of cloud technologies for your business. But, are you sure you are choosing the cloud for the right reasons? Not every service is cloud-suitable, while for others, it’s a no-brainer.

·       How do you identify which of your IT services should be cloud-enabled?
·       How do you ensure you maximise your ROI and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) as well as ensuring flexibility as
        demand increases?
·       How to capitalise on economies of scale?

As an experienced user of cloud services, our speaker will also share his insights into the future of cloud & how it will open new virtual economies and facilitate new forms of B2B.

Mr. Mojtaba Akbari, Head of IT, The K Club


12.30:  Lunch and Networking


1.45:  Welcome back from the Chair

Dr. Theo Lynn, Irish Centre for Cloud Computing & Commerce, DCU


1.50:    Evaluating Cloud Computing services: Criteria to Consider
Choosing the right cloud provider for an application is a multi-dimensional problem. As the number of providers increases and as many of them focus on specialised needs and use cases, more choices require more scrutiny. And, with enterprises starting to rely on cloud providers for hosting mission-critical applications, the stakes are rising for selecting the right cloud service. Our panel discusses the issues you need to consider:
·       Performance
·       Technology stack
·       SLAs and reliability
·       APIs: Lock-in, community & ecosystem
·       Security & compliance
·       Cost

1.50:    Mr. Alan Phelan, CEO, Sourcedogg    
2.15:    Mr. David Cullen, Partner, Head of Technology & Commercial Contracts, William Fry
2.40:    Dr. Horacio Gonzalez-Velez, Cloud Competency Centre, National College of Ireland 


3.05:  Coffee & Networking



Cloud & the Agile Enterprise
·       Starting a company with no to low upfront costs – how cloud computing enables the agile start-up
·       How do you make business ICT as user centric and intuitive as consumer technology?
·       What are the organisational & infrastructure challenges of the mobile enterprise?

Mr. Marc O’Dwyer, CEO, Big Red Book

4.05:  Disruptive Business Models - cloud / social / mobile / data: What happens when Google is your bank?

Much has been made of the opportunity of 'the cloud', but what of the risks? Not the technology risks; rather the risk to traditional business models and more importantly the assumptions underpinning those models. This session will challenge you to look at the assumptions underpinning your organisation’s competitive advantage. What challenges and risks exist? How can you identify them? How can architecture help?

Mr. Gar MacCriosta, Digital Architect & Entrepreneur & President of Irish Chapter of IASA, an association for IT Architects

4.45:  Conference Ends

Who should attend?

CIOs, CTO, Heads of IT, IT Managers in:

  •     Telecommunications

  •     Financial services

  •     Public sector & government departments

  •     App & web developers

  •     Retailers and online merchants

  •     Consumer goods

  •     FMCG

  •     Travel & Hospitality

  •     Broadcasters & Publishers

  •     Media & Entertainment

  •     Professional services


Who should sponsor or exhibit?

  •     Providers of cloud computing solutions

  •     Hosting & data centre providers

  •     Cloud security

  •     Cloud platforms

  •     Technology consultants

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