Conferences that solve current IT challenges

IT Infrastructure & Operations Management

Strategies to help IT best align operations and infrastructure management to business needs

May 16, 2017


7 CPE / 0.7 CEU / CISSP / 7 PDU Credits Awarded


Conference location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont (O'Hare) Illinois


IT departments are facing greater pressure make better use of their existing resources to help move the business forward. In this one day conference attendees will learn how to make sure their Infrastructure and Operations organizations are operating optimally.

What You Will Learn

In this one day conference attendees will learn:

  • Financial Governance (FinOps): How to Better Manage Your IT Spend on Infrastructure & Operations

  • Infrastructure: Transforming the IT Operating Model for Better Business Alignment

  • 21st Century Data Center & Hyperconvergence

  • Buyer Beware - A Balanced View of TCO Between Cloud vs On Premises

  • SD-WAN A new way to build a better WAN

  • Avoiding the Pitfalls to IT Operations Management Success (Panel Discussion)

Conference Program

8:00am - 9:00am - Registration and Continental Breakfast



Financial Governance (FinOps): How to Better Manage Your IT Spend on Infrastructure & Operations

Sean Lawrence, Evangelist, SPR

As businesses continue to adopt the technology key to increased productivity and revenue growth, costs creep up when no one is managing subscriptions or IT spend. So how do you give your team what they need to do their jobs, without spending thousands of dollars on things they don’t need? That’s where FinOps comes in – finding and eliminating waste, leveraging the cloud to reduce costs, designing for cost reduction, and implementing governance policies and rules.

Join Sean Lawrence as he explores the benefits of financial governance and how to leverage the cloud to help you better manage annual IT spend. Sean will cover topics to include:

  • Calculating your cloud expenditures
  • Determining your resource budget
  • Deciding what integrated FinOps toolsets work for you

10:00am -10:30am - Refreshment Break



Breaking Down the Silos: Machine Learning Brings Competitive Value to the “Business of IT”

Jerry Melnick, President & CEO, SIOS Technology Corp.

The search for better ways to understand, manage and optimize highly complex virtual infrastructures has accelerated as the limits of IT’s abilities are stretched and the business drives rapid and agile service innovation. The conventional approach of organizing teams and tools along technology silos and manually chasing problems across these isn’t scaling. Modern systems are too complex and the needed skills to manage them too hard to find. Beyond time and skills, we are bounded by sheer human limits. There simply aren’t enough hours to learn what we need to know to deliver what the business needs. We need help from machines.

Leading organizations are looking to advanced analytics and machine learning (ML) to get ahead of the world of reactive IT and move to a proactive mode where the value of IT operational data can be translated to business value. Unfortunately, confusion abounds as these new technologies and new terms are introduced.

In this session we will review the emerging landscape of IT operations analytics, the competitive value it promises, and you will learn how ML is poised to change how IT does business.     



21st Century Data Center & Hyperconvergence

David A. Chapa, Managing Partner & CTO for Elovate, LLC

Since 2008, there has been this veil of mystery around cloud. With mystery came doubt and assumptions. The reality is cloud is nothing more than compute, storage, and network in someone else’s data center. This session is based on the mini-book currently in progress by David A. Chapa, Managing Partner & CTO for Elovate, LLC. Too often when new terms or buzzwords are thrown about, there is a race of early adopters who grab on to the vision, or attempt to deploy the strategy, while the rest of us sit back to watch and learn. Cloud is one of those terms, ideas, concepts, solutions. The problem is, when talking about the “next generation” data center or the 21st century data center, it is important to take a holistic view of this project or initiative. Believe it or not, this session is not about reasons why you should abandon ship and send everything to the cloud, quite the contrary. We will look at trends in the market, technologies being adopted, and how your peers are leveraging both an on premise and off premise architecture. Today IT must be more agile, and the solutions it offers need to be efficient with built in resiliency or redundancy in order to avoid the spread of shadow IT, one of the threats the business faces on a daily basis.

In this session you will learn:

  • What defines a 21st century data center?
  • How to manage this critical initiative?
  • Building a business case to gain executive commitment

12:30pm - 1:30pm Luncheon



Buyer Beware - A Balanced View of TCO Between Cloud vs On Premises

Kevin Jablonski, President and CEO, DVC Management, Inc.

Today’s infrastructure managers are faced with decisions to own, lease, or in some way transform their data center strategy to align with growing customer demands and changing technology trends. There are many options to consider and it’s important to understand the true costs, risks, and timeframes involved with transforming your data center strategy.

What you will learn:

  • The variables within Total Cost of Ownership that can provide insight on what direction to take
  • Risks to consider with On Premise, External Cloud, and Hybrid Data Center solutions
  • Timeframes involved with buildout, migration, consolidating, and densifying your Data Centers

2:30pm - 3:00pm - Refreshment Break



SD-WAN A new way to build a better WAN

Kevin Russell, Sr. Systems Engineer, Silver Peak

Geographically distributed enterprises are embracing SD-WAN at an accelerating pace. As applications continue to move to the cloud, networking professionals are quickly realizing that traditional WANs were never architected for a dynamic, internet-based environment and recognize that backhauling traffic from the branch to headquarters doesn't make sense. Furthermore, end users often find their business apps run faster over their home Internet service, or even on their mobile device.

During this technical session on this increasingly important topic, I will help you better understand how and why to deploy SD-WAN in your network infrastructure, covering the following topics:

  • Address and overcome concerns around overall network performance, reliability and security
  • Harden broadband internet connectivity for a secure SD-WAN
  • Extend micro-segmentation from the data center across the WAN to securely connect users to applications and meet compliance requirements
  • Eliminate latency and performance limitations of broadband
  • Prioritize mission-critical applications and ensure that non-business/consumer applications that are bandwidth-intensive, such as Netflix, do not impact customer service
  • Connect the branch securely and directly to SaaS applications and trusted web services using broadband significantly increasing performance
  • Interoperate with existing routers and WAN infrastructure to migrate to SD-WAN at your own pace, or replace branch routers with an SD-WAN alternative for greenfield installations and router refresh projects
  • Simplify management, configuration and expansion of branch offices with centralized management and zero-touch provisioning to lower OPEX and reduce configuration errors
  • Lower overall WAN costs by up to 90%








Avoiding the Pitfalls to IT Operations Management Success (Panel Discussion)

Alan Berkson, Director of Community Outreach / Analyst Relations, Freshdesk
Jack Patterson, ‎Vice President - IT Infrastructure and Operations, Essendant
Rob Durkee, Director, IT Infrastructure and Operations, Insurance Auto Auctions
Jason Wendt, Vice President of IT, Athletico
Jason Knutsen, Vice President, IT Infrastructure, AMLI Management Company
Ed Ho, Director, IT Infrastructure & Operations, Navistar
and other executives from IT organizations with IT Infrastructure & Operations responsibilities

In this session attendees will learn from enterprise IT operations and infrastructure management professionals as how they are avoiding pitfalls to achieve IT operations success.

Conference Price: $289.00 per person

Each attendee will receive a certificate awarding 7 CPE credits for CISSP continuing education, in addition to 0.7 CEUs and 7 PDUs. CISSP is a registered certification mark of (ISC)², Inc.


As is always the case at CAMP IT Conferences events, the talks will not include product presentations.  During the continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and the luncheon break you will have the opportunity to informally meet representatives from the following sponsoring companies, who have solutions in the area of the conference.