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FT Digital Dialogues: Optimising Cloud to Survive the Crisis

Webinar |
Speakers include:
Miao Song

Miao Song

Mars

Tom Axbey

Tom Axbey

CloudHealth by VMware

Jeanie York

Jeanie York

Virgin Media

Overview

For years, flexible business practices, enabled through efficient cloud technology, have been touted as the future of multiple service industries. Entirely remote operations, highly specialised, cost-effective resourcing for various teams and inter-departmental transparency have been the primary end goals of almost all cloud strategies.

Great strides have been made in the past few years towards the realisation of these ambitions. But the global pandemic has quickly forced the theoretical to become a reality. Almost overnight, companies around the world have been forced to adopt remote working and become reliant on the infrastructure they already have, regardless of their preparedness.

Companies that have invested in cloud infrastructure are at a significant advantage. However, at a time when business resilience will be critical to surviving the economic fallout, there are still issues that persist with cloud optimisation. In turn, this has made maximising cloud infrastructure’s potential all the more critical. From managing increased security threats, to developing new business capabilities at speed and remotely in response to rapidly shifting health guidance, the urgency of overcoming cloud challenges cannot be understated. For CTOs, CIOs and CISOs, their companies’ abilities to survive and thrive are now dependent on what they can achieve via the cloud.

The Financial Times, in partnership with CloudHealth by VMware, present this executive webinar session that will examine the significant challenges transformational leaders must overcome as they optimise their use of cloud technology in this crisis.

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Speakers (3)

Miao Song

Miao Song

Global Chief Information Officer and Vice President
Mars

Miao joined MARS in Jan 2018 as Global Chief Information Officer of global Petcare. Prior to MARS, she worked in Johnson& Johnson as VP/CIO. She has over 23 years of global experience in IT industry, with broad exposure to the Oil/ Energy/Natural Resources as well as Consumer Goods and Health Care business, having worked for Royal Dutch Shell for 14 years, Nestle for 5 years and more recently Golden-Agri Resources for two years. She has extensive IT Management experience, having headed all IT disciplines in both global and regional capacity – Strategy and Planning, Program Management, Project Delivery, Delivery Management (Application and Infrastructure Support and Operations), Business Systems Management, Business Engagement, IT Supplier Management, and IT transformation.

Miao graduated from Peking University with a Bachelor’s degree and Information in 1992 and started her career with Nestle in China. She was the first local IT employee there and started in an application support role.

Tom Axbey

Tom Axbey

VP and GM
CloudHealth by VMware

Leading CloudHealth into the next stage of its hyper-growth phase, continuing to drive innovation and scale internationally. Tom was formerly President and CEO of CloudHealth Technologies, until the company was bought by VMware in October 2018. A veteran software executive, Tom was previously CEO of venture-backed Rave Mobile Safety where he spearheaded the turnaround, growth and acquisition of Rave by a leading West Coast growth equity firm. Prior to joining Rave in 2008, Tom held two executive posts at IBM. He joined IBM after Tivoli’s business unit acquired publicly traded Micromuse, where Tom served as senior vice president and GM of the Americas. Earlier, he held executive roles at venture-backed American Internet and Quallaby Corp., where he spearheaded the successful acquisitions by Cisco and Micromuse, respectively. Tom serves on the board of Glasswing Ventures, Tervela and BUILD Boston.

Jeanie York

Jeanie York

CTIO
Virgin Media

Jeanie York is the CTIO for Virgin Media in the UK & Ireland. Jeanie joined Liberty Global in March 2013 after holding a variety of leadership positions at Century Link, including leading the team that managed Voice network operations for local and national voice services. Since joining Liberty Global Jeanie has led the teams responsible for core network, data centre planning, engineering and operations, focused on supporting the end customer and improving service performance and quality for Liberty Global customers. In her current role as CTIO Jeanie has responsibility for supporting the network, engineering, IT and end to end Operations that impact Virgin Media’s customers experience.

Moderated by (1)

Malcolm Moore

Malcolm Moore

Technology News Editor
Financial Times

Malcolm Moore took up the role of Technology News Editor in October 2018. Prior to this, he was the United Kingdom News Editor 2016 - 2018. Before being UK News Editor, Malcolm was Leisure Industries Correspondent for the Financial Times. He joined the Financial Times in April 2015 from Telegraph Media Group, where he was Deputy Head of World News and a correspondent in Beijing and Shanghai. He was the winner of the 2012 Foreign Press Association award for ‘News Story of the Year’. Malcolm was also a Rome correspondent, an economics correspondent and a business reporter for the Telegraph. Malcolm holds a BA from University College London in English and is based currently based in London.

Key Talking Points

  • How has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted the use of public cloud infrastructure?
  • Can companies accelerate their digital transformation strategies remotely and maintain essential visibility throughout the process?
  • What can experts do to prepare for the inevitable increase in security risks posed by a highly remote workforce?
  • How can companies react faster to the developing international situation by streamlining their utilisation of cloud capabilities? How will this change the way successful companies work in the cloud?
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Agenda - 4th Jun

  • 12:45pm
    Access to webinar opens
  • 1:00pm
    Discussion begins
  • 1:40pm
    Q&A
  • 1:50pm
    Discussion closes

Presented by (2)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

CloudHealth is the world’s most trusted software platform for accelerating business transformation in the cloud. More than 7,000 organizations globally rely on CloudHealth to manage over $11B in combined cloud spend, based on the platform’s ability to easily manage cost, ensure security compliance, improve governance and automate actions across multicloud environments. Known for offering the highest levels of data integrity throughout an organization’s entire cloud journey, CloudHealth is the platform of choice for leading enterprises and service providers, such as Intuit, Yelp, Dow Jones, Zendesk, Skyscanner and SHI. The company was acquired by VMware in October 2018.

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