A Cloud Services Road Map for Think 2018

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This year’s IBM Think conference has so many cutting-edge presentations given by the world’s top technology minds, it’s enough to make any IT professional wish they could be in two — or maybe six or seven — places at once. When you’re trying to decide how to map out your Think 2018 experience, one great way to narrow down your focus is to select presentations that relate to your area of expertise or specialization.

So, what does Think have in store for IT pros who spend their days thinking about cloud services? Here’s a road map to help you curate your experience around all things cloud.

Theater Sessions

Paradigm Shift to Hybrid Cloud: The New Enterprise IT Model

Session ID: 5717

IBM Cloud Brokerage General Manager Mohammed Farooq shares the digital transformation journey, highlighting how enterprises can attain a hybrid IT model that is agile, coexists with current investments and is cost-effective while being secure and scalable.

Controlling Cloud Spend: Insights from IBM’s Office of the CIO

Session ID: 7369

As development teams leveraged cloud computing’s unlimited scalability, IBM experienced a significant increase in spend. Learn how IBM’s Office of the CIO was able to get the visibility to manage costs while optimizing business decisions.

Think Tank Sessions

Achieving a Single View Into Your Hybrid Cloud Spend and Usage

Session ID: 8587

Learn how IT can take a discover-first approach that helps bring all enterprise resources into a single view with the ability to drill down into cost and usage to make better business decisions.

Creating an IT-Driven, Self-Service Cloud Consumption Model for DevOps Environments

Session ID: 8589

DevOps adoption using a hybrid cloud environment has accelerated development, but it’s also created a consumption and management issue for IT groups. Learn how IT can support DevOps through a single, self-service, multicloud consumption model while still being able to manage the entire life cycle.

Transforming IT Into “IT-as-a-Business”

Session ID: 8590

The enterprise IT model is changing with hybrid and multicloud, and back-office operations are being automated through AI. Learn about the solution that can support your IT transformation.

ITaaS in the Cognitive Era — Making IT Relevant Again!

Session ID: 1589

To increase IT’s relevance in the age of shadow IT and external services, CIOs are adopting an IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) business model by injecting AI technologies and embracing disruption. This session will present customer testimonials and experiences across multiple industries.

Migrating to SAP on IBM Cloud: Told by an IBM Client CIO

Session ID: 7857

Hear the CIO of Arezzo, the largest retail brand of women’s fashion footwear in Latin America with over 350 stores, share their journey as they migrate SAP to IBM Cloud.

Breakout Sessions

Creating an IT-as-a-Service Model: A Financial Services Story of Transition

Session ID: 5450

Learn how IBM’s managed services were able to help Australia’s Westpac Banking Corporation improve its business performance, lower capital expenditure and improve return on investment.

IBM Services Platform with Watson: Architecture and Implementation Scenarios

Session ID: 3451

In this session, IBM Fellows explain how using a technology-led, practitioner-assisted approach with Watson is helping revolutionize the management of services in the IT industry.

Transforming Your Business to an ITaaS Model: Journey Roadmap

Session ID: 7017

Find out about how IBM partnered with one of the world’s leading industrial manufacturers to build a cloud strategy and transformation road map that served as the on-ramp for IBM Cloud Brokerage Services, enabling alignment of resources with the new enterprise IT model while reducing risk and overall costs of IT operations.

How to Deploy an Enterprise Strong Cloud

Session ID: 1011

This session covers how IBM is deploying cloud models for clients to handle mission-critical environments, namely their mainframe.

Mission-Critical Cloud: A Client Success Story

Session ID: 1014

Learn how one of the world’s largest insurance companies moved their mission-critical mainframe applications to the IBM Cloud.

How IT Enables and Adds Value to the Business by Leveraging Hybrid Cloud

Session ID: 7416

As enterprises adopt a hybrid cloud, IT and other groups are seeing their roles disrupted. This presentation highlights a suite of applications built for the IT supply chain to give operators the visibility and governance across a hybrid environment.

Deploying a Multi-Chip Architecture Hybrid Cloud with IBM Cloud

Session ID: 1015

In this session, hear how IBM Cloud is uniquely positioned to offer a multi-chip architecture hybrid cloud, including how IBM handles mission-critical computing platforms like the mainframe and UNIX in a hybrid model and connects and orchestrates them to other cloud platforms.

Hybrid Cloud Brokerage and Orchestration Service

Session ID: 6731

In this talk, we present an integrated Hybrid Cloud Brokerage and Orchestration service, featuring core cognitive capability that facilitates deployment and management of client hybrid applications leveraging best-of-breed cloud providers and on-premises environments.

Bringing the Power of Watson Cognitive and Cloud Capabilities to Enterprise Performance Management

Session ID: 3057

To drive transformation, a business must understand how it is performing at any point in time and adjust as needed. IBM is bringing together a cloud-based architecture utilizing IBM Services Platform with Watson and Watson Cognitive Insights to enable better business decisions with speed for Enterprise Performance Management (EPM).

Technology Session

A Guided Lab on Hybrid Cloud Governance with IBM Cloud Brokerage Cost and Asset Management

Session ID: 2107

This guided lab takes you through the key use cases for IBM Cloud Brokerage – Cost and Asset Management, which provides a data-driven view for IT resource and spend visibility — as well as tracking, allocating and identifying unused resources across a mix of IBM Cloud, AWS and Azure clouds.

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About The Author

Angela Welchert

Social Strategist, Global Technology Services, IBM

Angela leads Social Media for Cloud Services and Network Services at IBM.