How Does Your Multi-Cloud Journey Compare? – Sponsored by Juniper

Spring 2022

Multi-cloud is complex. These ONUG companies share their multi-cloud journey from design and build to operational models. What worked and where are the challenges? Why are the challenges worth overcoming? How does multi-cloud benefit the developer’s ability to create greater business value? No matter where you are on your multi-cloud journey, you’re learning something new that you can take back to your company by attending this session.


Johna Till Johnson is CEO and Founder of Nemertes Research, where she sets research direction and works with strategic clients. Under her leadership, Nemertes has emerged as a leading trusted advisor to Fortune-50 and other world-class organizations. A widely regarded expert, Ms. Johnson currently serves as the content committee chair at the Wall St. Technology Association (WSTA), which provides technology guidance to some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated financial services firms. She regularly speaks at industry trade shows, conferences, and seminars, including Nemertes Navigator360, IDG’s FutureIT, ISC, and (WSTA). She writes regular columns on cybersecurity and IoT for TechTarget. Prior to founding Nemertes in 2002, Ms. Johnson served as chief technology officer (CTO) at Greenwich Technology Partners, a global consulting and engineering firm. Prior to that, she led the Global Networking Strategies Service business unit of META Group. Prior to that, as Senior Technology Editor she oversaw the lab-testing program at Data Communications magazine, providing testing and assessment of up to 16 emerging technologies per year. She also has designed and developed security, speech-synthesis, and free-space laser products at companies including Mosler Security Systems and Digitus Corp. Ms. Johnson holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering/computer science (BSEE/CS) from The Johns Hopkins University, has conducted graduate work in nuclear and particle physics at the University of Rochester, speaks three languages, and has published a science fiction novel. She is an avid urban kayaker and novice woodworker and candymaker.

Mike is a seasoned leader approaching 20 years with the Cigna Group. In his
tenure, he has served in a variety of roles across infrastructure, application
delivery, security, and technology strategy. He is currently the Managing
Director of Cigna's US Commercial Business where he is responsible for all
strategy, delivery, and operations across Sales, Underwriting, Pricing, Plan
Implementation, and the Cigna Pharmacy.
Prior to his current role, Mike led Cigna’s Center of Cloud Enablement
including the Public Cloud CoE, the Enterprise DevOps CoE, PaaS platform
engineering, and data center strategy & operations.  In this role he:
established Cigna’s Public Cloud Center of Enablement which enabled wide
use of public cloud services across all business lines; consolidated Cigna's
enterprise data center footprint; and led the consolidation of PaaS platforms.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems and
an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He lives in Connecticut with his
wife and two children.

Shafeeq Shaikh has over 23 years of experience in the IT industry with a focus on Network & Network Security Strategy, Roadmaps, Architecture and designs with Fortune 50 companies including Enterprises and Service Providers. He’s a passionate Enterprise Network & Security Executive, leading Global Digital Transformation, driving teams to leverage technology to create pragmatic solutions that would enrich customer and business experience. Currently, at Johnson&Johnson, the world’s largest Healthcare company, Shafeeq is driving NextGen Network – Internet First Strategy, enabling digital transformation through SDN, Automation, adoption/integration of Cloud Networks (AWS, Azure, GCP) and Zero Trust Cloud Security Architecture via Secure Access Service Edge framework.

Neal Secher is a Vice President and Head of Networks at TD Bank. He has spent his career working at leading firms within the Financial Services industry in both technical and leadership roles. Neal has extensive experience with designing, building, and operating infrastructure for cloud architectures, large-scale data centers, latency-optimized network fabrics, software defined networks, secure business-to-business and Internet perimeters, and collaboration technologies.

Neal is a member of the board of directors at the Open Networking User Group (ONUG) and the New York Network Operators Group (NYNOG). Additionally, Neal sits on multiple vendor technical advisory boards and is a frequent speaker at industry events. He holds a BA from New York University.

Prior to joining TD, Neal served as SVP and Head of Networks at State Street Corporation. He has also past roles as the Managing Director and Head of Network Infrastructure Architecture at BNY Mellon, Executive Director and Head of Network Architecture at Morgan Stanley and Senior Vice President and Head of Network Architecture and Engineering for the Systematic Trading Infrastructure group at Citi.

Arun is a software engineer with over 25 years of experience in IP routing, distributed systems, virtualization, datacenter & cloud networking, SDN and automation. At Juniper, he is focused on multi cloud and hybrid cloud networking. Prior to Juniper, Arun co-founded and was the CTO of an edge computing startup building a platform for managing applications spanning public clouds and edge sites.

He has spent a good part of his life implementing routing and signaling protocols, MPLS and GMPLS control planes with emphasis on fault tolerance, scale and performance at service provider scale.

In his last stint at Cisco, Arun led network telemetry at scale from routing platforms, which was pivotal in building a closed loop network automation platform for the service provider segment.

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