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Gartner IT Operations Summit

by Andrew Lerner  |  June 2, 2015  |  Submit a Comment

Gartner’s IT Operations Strategies & Solutions Summit (say that 10 times fast) is coming up in just two weeks. I’ll be there, and wanted to recommend four specific sessions…

Covering data center networking, “agility” comes up in a high percentage of my client calls. Everyone wants to be more agile and have their network be more dynamic. However, this is not easy, and this session sums it up from a management perspective:

#1 – Bimodal IT: Being Digitally Agile Without Making a Mess
IT organizations must combine a conventional approach to delivering and enabling change with an approach that enables the enterprise to deal with greater uncertainty, to be more exploratory and to be more responsive and agile. We look at what it means to be bimodal, the impact on teams and the enterprise as whole, and how to make it all work. •What is bimodal IT and why should you care? •How does it impact the enterprise, the IT organization and the I&O team?

Next up, Vivek Bhalla and myself talk SDN. In this session, we’re going beyond the buzz, hype and marketecture associated with SDN to dig into real-world implementations. Who is (and isn’t) doing it, and how, including 3 real-world case studies. Also, there is a breakout session after the presentation for a deeper dive in a small group setting… Side note: This violates a best practice for American presenters which is to never co-present in the US with someone who has a British accent, they just sound smarter… but I suppose it is better than getting the dreaded Thursday 5PM timeslot…)

#2 – Getting Beyond the Hype of SDN
•What is SDN and why is there so much hype? •Is anyone in the real world actually doing SDN? •Why, when and how should you get started with SDN?

Right up there with SDN in terms of buzz is Docker and containers. Here’s what you need to know about them:

#3 – What Every I&O Leader Should Know About Containers
Containers (and the Docker framework) are one of the hottest technologies affecting application developers and infrastructure management. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of these technologies, and how to effectively utilize them both on-premises and off-premises. •What are containers, and how do they fit in to the I&O technology portfolio? •How should infrastructure and operations respond to the containers trend? •How will containers affect existing technology architectures (virtual machines and cloud management platforms) and related operational processes?

And last but not least, do not miss Donna Scott’s keynote. I’ve seen this as an internal presentation and it is dynamite. This is real-world, no pie-in-the-sky.

With most enterprises investing in digital business, IT is more crucial than ever! I&O needs not only to support 24/7 internal business processes but also to support external customers who are increasingly doing business with your company electronically. You can see a rise in its importance playing out when a single day of outage caused by hacking or misconfigurations has an adverse impact to corporate reputation. At the same time, I&O is being asked to expand its role in many directions. This presentation looks at the evolving role of I&O in the enterprise and how it can be best positioned to support and enhance their future businesses.

Hope to see you there,
Regards, Andrew

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Category: culture  devops  networking  sdn  

Tags: bi-modal  conference  containers  digital-business  docker  sdn  

Andrew Lerner
Research Vice President
6+ years at Gartner
21 years IT Industry

Andrew Lerner is a Vice President in Gartner Research. He covers enterprise networking, including data center, campus and WAN with a focus on emerging technologies (SDN, SD-WAN, and Intent-based networking). Read Full Bio

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