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Key Sessions

Soon Yu

T-Shaped Leadership: Winning Ideas Only Win If They Are Sold

VF Corporation

Shawn Zandi

Behind LinkedIn's 'Build, Don't Buy' Architecture Direction

LinkedIn

8 am 9 am (60 mins)

Breaks

Registration & Breakfast

8:30 am 10 am (90 mins)

Next-Gen Architecture

Panel: Cloud Means No More Appliances. Or Does It?

The cloudified network of the future is a mix of vertically integrated vendor-based solutions (hyperconvergence), disaggregation and cloud. The "buy an appliance called a router" model is going away. Or is it? Join us for a discussion on the future of specialized appliances, of both the physical and virtual varieties.

Read Russ' recent Q&A with SDxE to get more insight into his session as well as more information on 'The Disaggregated Network Operating Systems' 

Want more? Download his report on 'Using a Mental Map to Make Sense of IT Certifications'

  • Moderator Russ White - Advisory Board | Network Architect, Author, LinkedIn
  • Panelist Pete Lumbis - Customer Solutions Engineer, Cumulus Networks
  • Panelist Jeff Tantsura - Member of the Advisory Board, Volta Networks

8:30 am 10 am (90 mins)

Applications & DevOps

Panel: Want the Biggest Bang for Your DevOps Buck? Think Balance.

Increasing velocity in Dev without having an Ops outlet that can absorb all that code will lead to expensive delays and finger-pointing. Increasing velocity in Ops while Dev is stuck in Agile or even Waterfall approaches will heighten awareness of Dev limitations and feed into internecine tension. In this session, we'll speak with companies that have struck the right balance and get tips for bringing Dev and Ops into equilibrium.

  • Moderator JP Morgenthal - Advisory Board | CTO, Application Services, DXC.Technolgy
  • Panelist Marisa Sawatphadungkij - DevOps Manager, Drillinginfo

8:30 am 10 am (90 mins)

Software-Defined Business

Panel: Your Career: Certifications, Degrees, or Just-in-Time Training?

What is the future of network engineering, and how do I stay relevant? It's the quintessential question for professionals who are increasingly finding that the half-life of any newly acquired skill is roughly two and a half years. Given this rapid — and accelerating — rate of change, what is the best way to attain and hone the right skills to ensure future success? Join a panel of industry experts to discuss strategies for staying ahead of the learning curve.

  • Moderator Antonella Corno - Senior Manager of Product Strategy at Learning@Cisco, Cisco
  • Panelist Emily Lundi - Director of Talent and Organization Development, Ingram Micro
  • Panelist Jordan Martin - Principal Consultant, Data Center Technologies, Core BTS

10 am 10:05 am (5 mins)

Keynotes

Welcome

10:05 am 10:30 am (25 mins)

Keynotes

T-Shaped Leadership: Winning Ideas Only Win If They Are Sold

The days of a “great idea that sells itself” are gone. Organizations are facing greater complexity from an explosion of technologies, new business models and changing consumer expectations. Great ideas, while being the possible solution to these challenges, face an even greater challenge to sustain organizational momentum in the midst of all this complexity. To achieve success, a “T shaped” leadership model must be applied to innovate. A model that goes beyond just developing inspired ideas to the organizational influencing skills required to execute them.

  • Soon Yu - Global Vice President of Innovation, VF Corporation

10:30 am 10:45 am (15 mins)

Keynotes

Lightning Talks

10:45 am 11:10 am (25 mins)

Keynotes

Behind LinkedIn's 'Build, Don't Buy' Architecture Direction

The LinkedIn network supports over 25% year-over-year traffic growth in support of more than 400 million users. Many network operators would have turned to a vendor to drive their architectural decisions.  LinkedIn decided to go a different direction. To support growth while adding business value, LinkedIn is disaggregating its network, moving from vendor-driven to white box to entirely new platforms, such as Open19. It's working with vendors and the open source community to create an entirely new way of building a data center network at scale. This session will discuss the history, technology and business drivers behind the decision to build rather than buy.

In a recent Q&A with SDxE, Zandi provides a sneak peek into the information he plans to share with attendees including the history, technology and business drivers behind the decision to build rather than buy their network stack. Read the Q&A here

  • Shawn Zandi - Principal Network Architect, Infrastructure Engineering, LinkedIn

11:10 am 11:40 am (30 mins)

Keynotes

Keynote

11:50 am 12:50 pm (60 mins)

Breaks

Lunch & Networking

12:40 pm 12:50 pm (10 mins)

Applications & DevOps

Welcome: Applications & DevOps

12:40 pm 12:50 pm (10 mins)

Software-Defined Business

Welcome: Software-Defined Business

12:40 pm 12:50 pm (10 mins)

Next-Gen Architecture

Welcome: Next -Gen Architecture Track

12:50 pm 1:30 pm (40 mins)

Software-Defined Business

Disrupt This: How to Beat the Next Airbnb at Its Own Game

The hospitality industry operates on razor-thin margins, with disruptive pressure from all sides. To hold their own, hospitality firms — Fortune 500, midsize and boutique — must embrace contextual customer engagement, self-service automation and strict transaction cost controls. In this session, learn how Blackstone, Hilton, La Quinta and Bonotel renovated their legacy IT systems and adopted an API-first, micro-service-oriented, container-driven and cloud-native mindset — and learned lessons about architectural transformation that apply well beyond their walls.

  • Chris Haddad - Chief Architect, Karux LLC.

1 pm 1:40 pm (40 mins)

Applications & DevOps

Case Study Building a DevOps Culture

Companies around the world are jumping on the DevOps bandwagon with many projects and teams using a proliferation of automation tools and custom scripts. While we’re creating faster deployments, does this create more chaos and fragmentation than ever before?

This presentation will share how a fortune 1000 company rebuilt its engineering culture and infrastructure and detail what it takes to build the right culture and infrastructure for real DevOps success, including:

  • How to Create bottoms up and top down support for DevOps
  • Drive momentum across the automation toolchain
  • Expand continuous integration/continuous delivery across the enterprise
  • Transform your infrastructure to an end-to-end service model focused on enabling
  • Shift from project to product thinking

1:40 pm 2:20 pm (40 mins)

Applications & DevOps

When Good Automation Goes Bad

Fallback procedures. Do you have them? You should, because our best testing efforts, failure happens – in the enterprise, more often than it should. When that automated self-service system breaks, the business can’t come to a screeching halt. A plan to deal with inevitable breakage should be a “known” in any transformation strategy. We’ll help.

  • Lori MacVittie - Advisory Board | Principal Technical Evangelist, F5 Networks

1:40 pm 2:20 pm (40 mins)

Software-Defined Business

Panel: Strategies to Capitalize On Shadow IT

Shadow IT is a symptom. The underlying ailment is that IT is failing the business by not getting ahead of digital transformation. A better idea? Embrace innovation sandboxes and skunkworks, stand up guardrails not roadblocks, help business peers manage technology risk and compliance, and leveraging existing technology investments while adopting new capabilities.

  • Moderator Sean Ginevan - Advisory Board | Senior Director, Strategy, MobileIron
  • Panelist David Stafford - Head of Enterprise Technology, Dropbox
  • Panelist Eric Woodland - Consulting Mobility Architect, Kindred Healthcare

1:40 pm 2:20 pm (40 mins)

Next-Gen Architecture

Panel: Evolve or Die: Moving from Legacy IT to a True Software-Defined Infrastructure

Not every team is lucky enough to play on a greenfield. In fact, in most enterprises, legacy systems make up some 80 percent of the infrastructure and often include mission-critical and revenue-generating applications. Gartner calls this “bimodal IT,” academics call it the Pareto principle or technical debt. We call it an opportunity to build a bridge to the cloud-native future. Join us for a discussion of concrete steps to evolve legacy systems without negatively impacting the business.

  • Speaker Jo Peterson - Vice President of Cloud Services, Clarify360
  • Speaker Jack Nye - VP, Software Engineering, athenahealth

2:30 pm 3:10 pm (40 mins)

Software-Defined Business

Panel: IoT: How "Things" Can Reshape Business and What You Should Do About It

While the Internet of Things is just now becoming real for consumer adopters, it's also becoming increasingly mature in enterprise businesses as well. But while there are great benefits for digital businesses, including better, more real-time data and the ability to drive actions in the physical world, there are serious concerns we need to be aware of as well. This panel will talk through considerations businesses need to make as the Internet of Things becomes more prevalent inside their own organizations.

  • Moderator Bill Kleyman - CTO, MTM Technologies
  • Panelist James Plouffe - Mr. Robot and Lead Architect, MobileIron
  • Panelist Evan Kaplan - Advisory Board | CEO, InfluxData

2:30 pm 3:10 pm (40 mins)

Next-Gen Architecture

The Disaggregated Network Operating System

Success with disaggregation, white box switches and SDN all depend on being able to switches and SDN all depend on being able to get the software you need to run on the hardware you want to buy. The world of open source and small vendors, however, is scary — especially when you’re used to a unified appliance model grounded in a large vendor ecosystem. This session takes a look at the disaggregation ecosystem, providing engineers with an overview of the architectures and products, open source and commercial, that are available to actually run white box switches today.

  • Russ White - Advisory Board | Network Architect, Author, LinkedIn

2:30 pm 3:10 pm (40 mins)

Applications & DevOps

Software Defined Chaos

Legacy or Traditional, Cloud Native or Cloud Immigrant, the shift toward using software to define “everything and anything” has created opportunities to reimagine infrastructure both on premise and in the public cloud. This evolutionary trend continues to accelerate and threatens the traditional operational infrastructure silos. This merger of development and operations is causing a skills crisis as operations is pushed to code. And the historical illusion of “control,” promised by those infrastructure/domain silos, is causing personal dissatisfaction with the move to elastic dynamism. Join Jim Ford, Chief Strategic Architect at ADP as he explores the tectonic changes underway in enterprise IT and how organizations can thrive in the software-defined world.

  • Jim Ford - Chief Architect, Global Product and Technology, ADP

3:20 pm 4 pm (40 mins)

Applications & DevOps

Joined at the Hip: How to Foster CIO and CTO Cooperation

As IT’s mission fundamentally changes from supporting and maintaining the internal, “keep the lights” on tasks, to supporting customer-facing innovation, the CIO and CTO must increasingly cooperate to drive business success. In this talk, a CTO and CIO will share how they have worked together and built a shared culture to drive innovation. Talk will touch on DevOps, Agile, New Technologies and creating a product vs. project culture.

  • Presenter Wes Caldwell - CTO, Polaris Alpha
  • Presenter David Coker - SVP, Information Systems, Polaris Alpha

3:20 pm 4 pm (40 mins)

Next-Gen Architecture

What Exactly is Software-Defined Storage?

A digital enterprise needs a dynamic storage foundation – one that can cope with fast-changing workloads, big data, new applications and new ways of doing business. While not simple to build, long-term benefits of SDS include flexibility, speed and the freedom to unravel third-party vendor relationships. In this session, we'lll discuss Ceph and Gluster, two powerful software-defined storage technologies.


  • Stephen Watt - Chief Architect, Emerging Technologies, Red Hat

3:20 pm 4 pm (40 mins)

Software-Defined Business

Digital: Disruption or Transformation?

A company may think it's transforming to a digital business then wake up one morning and find itself disrupted. In this session, industry leaders will help you figure out if you're at risk. We’ll ask our digital experts to weigh in on the urgency of digital; the CIO vs CMO issue; whether organizations really need a chief digital officer; and what key process, staffing, and technology steps organizations must take to be successful with their digital business journey.

  • Moderator Jonathan Feldman - Advisory Board | CIO, Asheville, NC
  • Panelist Eric Acton - Digital Innovation & Transformation Executive, Dell
  • Panelist Margaret Dawson - Global Product Marketing, Red Hat
  • Panelist Phil Komarny - Chief Digital Officer, The University of Texas System

4 pm 7 pm (180 mins)

Expo Hall

Expo Floor Open

4 pm 5 pm (60 mins)

Expo Hall

VIP Power Hour -- Invite Only

In the VIP Lounge on the Expo Floor. 


Apply for you VIP Pass here. 

4 pm 7 pm (180 mins)

Expo Hall

Opening Night Reception

4 pm 7 pm (180 mins)

Expo Hall

SD-WAN Zone

4 pm 7 pm (180 mins)

Expo Hall

DevOps Experience Area

4 pm 7 pm (180 mins)

Expo Hall

Startup City

4 pm 7 pm (180 mins)

Expo Hall

Software-Defined Theater