Enterprise Cloud: Getting Ready for Scale and Flexibility

Spring 2021

Systemic change occurred rapidly last year with the largest one being the need for all brands in all industry sectors to become digital to survive and thrive. As a result, digital transformation transcended IT organizations to the executive suites and in the process, flexible IT platforms like cloud computing transformed IT to a business platform.  With this transformation comes great opportunity and responsibility for executives and technologists who will use it to service customers, partners and suppliers digitally. In this ONUG keynote, Nick Lippis and Ernest Lefner discuss how IT is now unvarnished, not only as a full participant in business value delivery, but responsible for results and outcomes.  This is a sea change in IT’s evolutionary business role.  You don’t want to miss this ONUG opener. 


Nick Lippis is an authority on corporate computer networking. He has designed some for the largest computer networks in the world. He has advised many Global 2000 firms on network strategy, architecture, equipment, services and implementation including Hughes Aerospace, Barclays Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Eastman Kodak Company, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Liberty Mutual, Schering-Plough, Sprint, WorldCom, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and a wide range of other equipment suppliers and service providers.

Mr. Lippis is uniquely positioned to comment, analyze and observe computer networking industry trends and developments.

Ernest co-founded ONUG with Nick Lippis after realizing that the user community needed to take control of their own destiny and expedite the network transformation. At the time he was VP of the Internetwork Engineering organization at Fidelity Investments and under his leadership Fidelity hosted the first ONUG in Boston in February 2013.

A 12-year veteran of Fidelity, Ernest was responsible for leading the team that engineered world class network, security, and application delivery services driving value to the customer beyond infrastructure management. Ernest also managed the Network and Voice service portfolio as well as Global Network Operations LAN/WAN teams and has held various technical and leadership roles.

Dynamic and innovative technology leader with a proven track record in building and leading high-performance engineering teams. Passionate about driving digital transformation, enhancing cybersecurity, and optimizing cloud infrastructure for businesses. Extensive experience in driving strategic initiatives and delivering cutting-edge solutions that enable organizations to thrive in today’s rapidly evolving technology landscape. My expertise spans AWS, Azure, GCP, OCI and a wide range of security tools and practices. I’m dedicated to achieving operational excellence, cost optimization, and security posture enhancement through innovative solutions.


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