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Cloud Computing Strategies

Strategies to help protect and recover your organization's most critical data

April 2, 2015


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



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


Cloud computing can offer enterprises many benefits in terms of financial savings, scale, management and flexibility. At the same time there are other issues that present themselves in a cloud environment including security, compliance, data location, data availability and a host of others.

What You Will Learn

In this one day conference attendees will learn:

  • How to Determine Where Cloud Computing Fits in Your Organization

  • Cloud Readiness: What it Takes to Enable the Business for Cloud Consumption

  • How the Cloud Enables Innovation In Your Organization

  • Compliance and Security Best Practices for Cloud Computing Environments

  • When DDoS Attacks The Cloud

  • How IT Can Leverage the Cloud as a Business Enabler for the Enterprise (Panel)

Conference Program

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



Creating A Cloud First Strategy: How to Maximize the Full Benefits of Cloud Computing

David G. Rettig, Director of Information Technology, IFSA-Butler

A Cloud First Strategy is a strategic decision to take full advantage of cloud computing benefits to maximize capacity utilization, improve IT flexibility and responsiveness, and minimize cost.

We will discuss:

  • Who is using a Cloud First Strategy
  • Deciding if you should use a Cloud First Strategy
  • Steps to implement a Cloud First Strategy
  • Early wins in a Cloud First Strategy
  • How to address concerns associated with the Cloud

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



Cloud Readiness: What it Takes to Enable the Business for Cloud Consumption

Chris Kabat, Vice President, Enterprise Platforms and Managed Services, SPR Consulting

Everyday more and more businesses are starting to leverage cloud platforms and technologies. While productivity and efficiencies can increase, so can the challenges. What effective strategies can businesses use to avoid a number of challenges and better capitalize on the benefits/opportunities?

In this session, attendees will learn about:

  • The key drivers around Cloud that enable and attract the business
  • The challenges involved and what it takes to move the business forward
  • Strategic areas of focus to maximize business value
  • Building blocks to deliver applications and technology as a service
  • How to develop a framework to help the business capitalize on new opportunities



How the Cloud Enables Innovation In Your Organization

Mitch Greenwald, Founder & CEO, Cloudbakers; Former CIO, SeatonCorp

As business applications move to the cloud, the transition provides a great opportunity to change company culture. Through the process of changing mindsets from ‘keeping the lights on’ to ‘being a true enabler of business’, you’ll be adding more value to the organization as a whole.

Deploying Cloud (SaaS) solutions not only gives your organization a technology upgrade, but it also facilitates changes in behavior during the adoption of these tools. This can then lead to an environment of collaboration, which in turn fosters innovation.

The talk will center on how this kind of business transformation takes place by exploring the following modalities:

  • Focusing on the Business and Not on the Technology
  • Leveraging Device Independence
  • Increasing Productivity
  • Improving Collaboration

All of these improvements lead to facilitating the innovation process. Specific examples will be given on what is required to change behavior to achieve these results.

12:30pm - 1:30pm Luncheon



Compliance and Security Best Practices for Cloud Computing Environments

Fred Kwong, Head of Privilege Access Control, Farmers Insurance

In order to maximize the tremendous opportunity cloud computing represents, customers must address the unique security challenges posed by cloud computing, especially when organizations have the need to comply with regulations such as PCI, SOX, or HIPAA. In this session, you will learn about the security challenges of moving your data and running your applications in the cloud and the best practices and technologies available to mitigate those risks.

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



When DDoS Attacks The Cloud

Eric Dominguez, Director of Sales Engineering, ServerCentral

The sophistication, size, and frequency of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks continue to increase—with no apparent end in sight. If fact, DDoS attacks are up 57% from one year ago. Where 2 Gbps attacks were once the norm, organizations are now routinely taking steps to mitigate 200+ Gbps attacks against not only the network (Layer 3 and Layer 4), but the applications (Layer 7).

Join Eric to learn about different types of DDoS attacks, how cloud technologies are uniquely affected by these attacks, best practices for mitigating them, and how to choose the technology that meets your service-level goals.






How IT Can Leverage the Cloud as a Business Enabler for the Enterprise (Panel)

Steve Warshawsky, Practice Leader, PSC
Krysia Jacobs, Senior Enterprise Architect, Fermilab
Matthew Burden, CIO, North Central College
Scott Oliver, Director of Technology, Grant Thornton LLP
Russ Legear, Access and Identity Management Team Lead, Information & Technology Services, Chicago Public Schools

and other professionals from IT departments sharing experiences and lessons learned

In this session attendees will learn how other enterprise IT organizations are leveraging the cloud for business benefits.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • New business applications launched
  • Cloud and effective enterprise collaboration
  • Being able to illustrate to executive management benefits

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.