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At ONUG Spring 2021, we will reflect on the lessons learned during the tumultuous past year. We will digest the changes we experienced together and discuss the technologies and strategies critical to our digital transformation business models in 2021 and beyond. 

Brands in all industry sectors need to become digital to survive and thrive

Join us as we explore the software building blocks required to create flexible, transformative IT business platforms

Join the ONUG Community of Global 2000 companies, enterprise architects, cloud providers and thought leaders on May 5th-6th. 

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Nick Lippis, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, ONUG

“Join the ONUG Community for two days of education, networking and thought leadership surrounding the the critical software building blocks required to create flexible IT business platforms”

ONUG Spring 2021 is where enterprise architects, cloud providers and thought leaders engage in important discussions and build the relationships necessary to navigate their digital transformation journeys. Join us for the 100% digital live event.

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Ernest Lefner
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman 
ONUG
SM - FSO Digital Advisory
Ernst & Young, LLP
Suzan Mahboob
Lead Programs Engineer
Blizzard Entertainment
Ben Cooper
Senior Director, Corporate Innovation
Flex
Mark Tierney
Co-Founder
Tech Fugitives

Featured Speakers


Sigal Zarmi
International CIO & Head of Transformation
Morgan Stanley
Daniel Conroy
Chief Technology Officer
Raytheon Technologies
Preetha Vijayakumar
VP Enterprise Network & Communications Services
FedEx
Tsvi Gal
Head of Enterprise Technology Services (Infrastructure)
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Linda Tai
Senior Vice President - Chief Architect
Fannie Mae
Ann Johnson
Corporate Vice President of Security, Compliance & Identity (SCI) Business Development
Microsoft
Michael Parks
VP, Distributed Infrastructure Services
USAA
Johna Till Johnson
CEO and Founder
Nemertes Research
Phil Venables
VP, Chief Information Security Officer
Google Cloud
Brian Silverman
Network & Cloud Architect
McKesson
Don Duet
CEO & Co-Founder
Concourse Labs
Dr. Douglas Comer
Distinguished Professor
Purdue University
Theo Forbath
Managing Director
Accenture
David Mann
Director Global Network Services
CSL Behring
Greg Ferro
Co-Founder
Packet Pushers Interactive LLC
Keith Shinn
SVP, Head of Infrastructure
Caliber Home Loans, Inc.
Mick Currey
Enterprise Cloud Architect
Fidelity Investments
Amir Khan
President, CEO and Founder
Alkira
Jeff Gray
CEO
Gluware, Inc.
Jennifer Burns
Lead Cybersecurity Engineer
MITRE
Ethan Mason
Global Head of Core and Data Center Network Architecture and Engineering
Bank of America
Preeti Krishna
Principal Program / Product Manager
Microsoft
Jerome Bell
VP & CISO
IBM Public Cloud
Hardik Modi
AVP, Threat and Mitigation Products
NETSCOUT
Ben Cooper
Senior Director, Corporate Innovation
Flex
Ernest Lefner
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman 
ONUG
SM - FSO Digital Advisory
Ernst & Young, LLP
Mark Tierney
Co-Founder
Tech Fugitives
Michael Thomas Clark
Technology Industry & IT Consulting Executive
Renaissance Tech & Media
Nick Lippis
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
ONUG
Suzan Mahboob
Lead Programs Engineer
Blizzard Entertainment
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Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
ONUG

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.

Co-Founder and Co-Chairman 
ONUG
SM - FSO Digital Advisory
Ernst & Young, LLP

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.

Senior Director, Corporate Innovation
Flex

Ben is an award-winning entrepreneur whose insights have made an immeasurable impact on the emerging smart textiles market. Prior to Flex, Ben founded IoClothes, the first B2B industry platform providing tools, resources and key insights for the emerging area of smart textiles, apparel and footwear. Before that, Ben was a founding member of VF Corporation’s Global Innovation Center where he led research and testing initiatives for the North Face, Timberland and Vans.

Earlier in his career, Ben co-founded the “smart” infant monitoring start-up, Sensible Baby, which gained international recognition for its innovative approach to disrupting the juvenile product space. Prior to that, he was the Lead Footwear Project Engineer for the US Army and successfully led many fast-paced multi-million-dollar development efforts for the United States Department of Defense.

Ben received a B.S. in Biomedical Physics from Northeastern University and M.S. in Biomechanics with high distinction from Boise State University.

Lead Programs Engineer
Blizzard Entertainment

Suzan Mahboob enjoys everything Infrastructure Innovation. She is an active member of the technology community, speaking regularly at conferences, covering topics that are pushing boundaries and helping us transform the way we do things. She knows the challenges we face when working within monolithic, matrixed, large enterprises and hopes to bring her experiences detangling and decommissioning brownfield technologies while advancing greenfield initiatives. When she isn’t putting out production fires, she’s busy writing her blog, partnering and advocating for diversity in technology and exploring the great city of Toronto.

Co-Founder
Tech Fugitives

I’m the Co-Founder and Co-Host of The Tech Fugitives Show. The show covers IT news with a dash of science. Mix in some humor and it becomes… “Tech Talk that doesn’t Suck!”

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. 
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Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
ONUG

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.

Co-Founder and Co-Chairman 
ONUG
SM - FSO Digital Advisory
Ernst & Young, LLP

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.

Every corporation is building their own security data consumption systems of significant size, complexity, cost and staffing to answer specific security and governance control related questions.   These systems are typically called a Security Data Lake with the goal of ingesting curated events from across CSP’s and on-prem devices; then enriching, filtering, applying ML and retaining this data for short to medium term.  The ONUG Collaborative,  feels strongly of the importance of partnering with CSPs in creating a standardized security information model (and related outputs).   During this session this panel will describe what we learned about security data lakes and how a standardized security information model will help reduce complexity and cognitive load that so many ONUG members experience in the support of disparate security alert message types allowing security teams to focus on the events that are most important.
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Lead Cybersecurity Engineer
MITRE
Principal Program / Product Manager
Microsoft

There is a wall of worry descending upon every large enterprise.   As their public cloud  consumption increases so too does the volume of security alerts, notifications, events etc.  There are no common definitions of similar cloud security notifications, driving up tool and personal bloat.  There is no cloud loop feedback between cloud providers and their tenants for GRC (Governance, Risk and Controls).  This notification crisis increased the gaps between CSPs to the point where their tenants do not have minimal viable security posture.  There needs to be common language, definition and syntax for CSPs to send security notifications to their customers.  This is the problem that the ONUG Collaborative is tackling in the Cloud Security Notification Framework or CSNF.  In this session hear from ONUG Collaborative Steering Committee members on CSNF and its market adoption progress.
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CEO & Co-Founder
Concourse Labs

Don is an accomplished leader in successfully developing and executing business and technology strategy.

Don is co-founder and CEO of Concourse, an emerging leader in public cloud management and governance services, as well as a Senior Advisor at McKinsey Corporation.

Don spent 28 years at Goldman Sachs, during which time he held senior leadership roles in Technology in New York, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Don led the global technology division for Goldman from 2012 to 2016 and was named a partner of the firm in 2006 and Managing Director in 2000. Don was the CIO for Asia Pacific from 2001 to 2006 and served on the Asia management committee. Since relocating to the US in 2006, Don co-chaired the IBD Technology Investment Committee and was a member of the firm’s Firmwide Risk, Market Risk and Business Standards committee.

Don played an integral role in creating Goldman’s business systems architecture, algorithmic trading and risk management platform as well as leading strategic firm wide investments in VDI, Data architecture, AI and Cloud / Software Defined Infrastructure. He also created and led the teams responsible for the development of Symphony and Orbit which were subsequently spun out of the firm as broader industry platforms.

Within the technology industry, Don has been an active and vocal proponent of Open Source and Open Standards communities including acting as a founding board member of the Open Compute Project.

Don and his family reside in New York City where he is actively engaged in education and arts, serving on the board of the New York Foundation for the Arts, Columbia University School of Professional Studies, Marist College board of trustees and Teaching Matters.

Corporate Vice President of Security, Compliance & Identity (SCI) Business Development
Microsoft

Ann Johnson is Corporate Vice President of SCI Business Development at Microsoft. She oversees the investment and strategic partner strategy roadmap for security, compliance, and identity for one of the largest tech companies on our planet to help organizations become operationally resilient on their digital transformation journey and unlock capabilities of Microsoft’s intelligent cloud and next generation AI. She is a member of the board of advisors for FS-ISAC (The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center), an advisory board member for EWF (Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy), and an advisory board member for HYPR Corp. Ann recently joined the board of advisors for Cybersecurity Ventures. For more about Microsoft’s Cybersecurity Solutions, visit the Microsoft Security Site, or follow Microsoft Security on Twitter at Msft Security Twitter or Msft WDSecurity Twitter. You can also hear her talk with some of the biggest influencers in cybersecurity each week on Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson.

Chief Technology Officer
Raytheon Technologies

Chief Technology Officer at Raytheon Technologies (RTX), responsible for the technical interests of the company’s Enterprise Services including the implementation of RTX’s technology strategy and vision, and the integrity of the company’s infrastructure and resources.

Previously responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of the company’s assets and its customers’ assets globally.

Experienced keynote / public speaker at Information Security events, and contributor to Information Security publications, such as:

  • secureCISO New York
  • RSA panelist
  • CISO Executive Summits
  • NEACS Cyber Security Summit
  • Feats of Strength Magazine
  • Security Current
  • FBI Academy
  • PC Magazine Desk-side Briefing
  • SC Magazine Congress
  • FS-ISAC Summits
  • BITS Working Group Meetings
  • BITS Emerging Payments Forum
  • Retail Forum
  • Shark Tank at RSA – 2016 and 2017
  • RSA Keynotes
  • Profiles in Confidence
  • Conversations with a CISO
  • Risk Committee Meetings
  • Board Meetings
  • OCC Meetings
  • Best Practice Seminars
VP, Chief Information Security Officer
Google Cloud
Phil is the Chief Information Security Officer and Vice President of Google Cloud where he oversees a team of security industry experts and leaders in the Google Cloud Office of the CISO. As CISO of Google Cloud, Phil is focused on ensuring the company’s security and compliance, and engaging customers, partners and stakeholders on security and risk matters.
Prior to joining Google Cloud, Phil was a Partner at Goldman Sachs where he held multiple roles over a long career, initially as their first Chief Information Security Officer, a role he held for 17 years. In subsequent roles he was Chief Risk Officer for the firm’s operational risks, an operating partner in their private equity business and a senior advisor to the firm’s clients and executive leadership on cybersecurity, technology risk, digital business risk, and operational resilience. In addition to this, Phil was a Board Director of Goldman Sachs Bank (USA).
Before Goldman Sachs, Phil held multiple Chief Information Security Officer as well as senior engineering roles across a range of finance, energy and technology companies.
Outside of Google, Phil serves on the boards of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the NYU Stern Business School Volatility and Risk Institute. He also serves on the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board of NIST and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Phil earned a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of York and an MSc in Computation and Cryptography from the Queen’s College at Oxford University. He was awarded the designation of Chartered Engineer in 1995 and Chartered Scientist in 2002 and was elected a Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2005.
VP & CISO
IBM Public Cloud

I am an experienced IT leader who is passionate about information security. My experience and work involve developing innovative programs to cost effectively address IT security risk for enterprises.

I am also the founder and co-host of the Defensive Security Podcast, intended to help information security professionals grow and learn from publicly disclosed security breaches in order to better defend their own organizations.

IT is now responsible for digital business outcomes being measured on results and outcomes.  This is a huge shift from the days when IT delivered productivity gains as its core business value.  How is this transformation occurring and what are the operating models for IT’s role as digital business architects and delivery.  In this keynote discussion, Sigal Zarmi of Morgan Stanley shares her insights of operating models that put digital technologies (cloud, AI, 5G, automation) to use delivering digital solutions for Morgan Stanley’s ecosystem of customers, partners, employees and suppliers.  She will share lessons learned and how IT’s role is forever changed in the enterprise cloud era.  
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International CIO & Head of Transformation
Morgan Stanley

Sigal Zarmi is a Managing Director, International CIO* and the global Head of  Transformation at Morgan Stanley. In this dual capacity, she is driving the firm’s  innovation agenda through emerging technologies, unlocking technology-fueled sources of value across the business and modernizing the digital experience for  our clients and employees. 

As International CIO, she manages our diverse global Technology footprint  including the Technology teams in the Global In-house Centers (GICs) leveraging  her transformational capacity to optimize our organization, functions and  platform to thrive in a continually evolving economic and market climate.

Sigal is a member of the Technology Operating Committee and the EMEA  Operating Committee.

Sigal joined Morgan Stanley in 2018 from PwC where she led a global network  transformation as Vice Chairman and CIO. Before that, Sigal was the CIO of GE  Capital Americas, where she spent 18 years in various technology and operations  leadership positions. She began her career as a developer at Motorola.

She holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York City and a B.S. in  Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.

Sigal is a senior advisor to multiple technology and cyber companies, start-ups  and VCs. She is a passionate advocate for women in technology providing  mentorship to aspiring entrepreneurs and technologists, among other community  commitments.

Head of Enterprise Technology Services (Infrastructure)
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Tsvi has over 25 years of technology and operations experience mostly in financial services, media and telecom and is known across the industry for his technology leadership, innovation and business acumen.

As CTO of Morgan Stanley’s shared services (infrastructure & data) since early 2012, Tsvi has been responsible for transforming the bank into a modern, efficient and effective organization.

He is leading the divisional Agile & DevOps transformation and the changes to the ways of work in technology, workforce strategy and front-to-back initiative.

He also completed a hundreds of million net cost reduction initiative while productivity and satisfaction improved.

Working collaboratively with the leaders of business technology, Tsvi led the creation and implementation of Morgan Stanley’s multi-year strategy and target state architecture along with the standards, guidelines, blueprints and use patterns that made it actionable to the engineering and development communities, broke the silo mentality and aggressively reduced technology debt.

Tsvi’s work helped position the bank as a leader in algorithmic trading/ ultra-low latency, migration to public cloud and containers, AI & machine learning, cyber security, mainframe optimization, data center consolidation, modern client experience, global network and near-fault tolerant operations.

Tsvi also oversaw the governance and regulatory compliance work with internal and external auditors and examiners.

Tsvi is the winner of the Einstein Award for technology excellence and known as a provider of strategic thought leadership and excellence in execution and transformation.
His experience ranges from traditional (server, storage, networks, operations, mainframes) to modern (public and private cloud, containers, cyber security) infrastructure as well as application development and Agile/DevOps transformation, with the focus on creating business value.

Greatest achievements are rooted from understanding and enabling the business to deliver both existing and new offerings in a combination of efficiency (cost), delivery focus (execution) and future-proofing (innovation).

2021 is a planning year. It’s about being reflective on the decisions that were made during the pandemic and choosing which ones to operationalize. Many corporations will be exiting public cloud experiments, or proofs of concept, in 2021 and moving into production. This sums up 2021: it’s to get ready for 2022, the year of the great enterprise cloud scale up. But to scale you need to operationalize and automate.  In this ONUG C-level roundtable learn what decisions made in 2020 will be operationalized to scale and how.
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Managing Director
Accenture

As a Managing Director in Accenture’s Boston Office, Theo helps to lead its Technology Strategy & Advisory Services across North America. Theo’s client work focuses on partnering with C-level executives on their digital transformation strategies including digital technology roadmaps for cloud migrations, re-imagining user experiences for the digital economy, architecting enterprise scale deployments of automation and machine learning solutions to drive operational excellence, and helping to lead disruptive management for blue chip companies. Theo works closely with clients to realize their bottom and topline goals through the strategic deployment of technology to drive new forms of economic and customer value. 

Senior Vice President - Chief Architect
Fannie Mae

Linda Tai reports to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Tai leads the development and execution of the Fannie Mae business architecture strategy and production processes that aligns with our enterprise mission and overall corporate strategy. Her work will ensure that our digital transformation plans, processes, and systems deliver the insights we need to be a more innovative organization, support our customers and partners, and drive digital transformation throughout housing finance.

SVP, Head of Infrastructure
Caliber Home Loans, Inc.

Accomplished IT executive building/leading high-performance teams with a reputation of broad industry influence. Track record of leading cloud transformation, modernizing data analytics, implementing machine learning, tireless prompter of open source and executing scaled agile with significant P&L responsibility.

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The stock market has seen records after records, but while the Dow is way up during the pandemic, not all enterprise tech companies have enjoyed the upward ride. Cloud providers have gained of course, but legacy tech not so much. If a company’s stock price reflects its customer’s sentiment on its future prospectus then enterprise IT is restructuring for the digital enterprise. In this panel, we discuss the new landscape of enterprise IT suppliers that are helping IT organizations build, run and secure their digital enterprises. 
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2020 brought unprecedented expansion of cloud consumption. However, traditional models ruled for the growth of edge services, especially in support of employees working from home. What is the future of edge services? Will virtual desktop, VPNs give way to zero-trust cloud edge services?
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Co-Founder and Co-Chairman 
ONUG
SM - FSO Digital Advisory
Ernst & Young, LLP

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.

VP Enterprise Network & Communications Services
FedEx

Preetha Vijayakumar is Vice President of Data Center, Network and Collaboration Services in FedEx Services.  She joined FedEx in 2001 as a Technical Analyst, focusing on the management of all Internet facing systems.  In 2013, she entered into management and assumed leadership roles including Manager and Managing Director responsible for the creation and management of platform architecture solutions for providing platform automation across the FedEx enterprise and spearheading FedEx’s cloud native migration journey.

VP, Distributed Infrastructure Services
USAA

Michael Parks is the Vice President for Distributed Infrastructure
Services and the Regional Vice President for all Dallas Campuses at
USAA. He is responsible for Data Center Management, Data Networks,
Servers, Storage, and Public Cloud infrastructure COE. Michael joined
USAA in 2019 and has over 25 years of experience in IT Enterprise
Infrastructure.

Currently he is leading the efforts to modernize USAA datacenters into a private cloud
capability, refresh campus-based infrastructure with automated controls for compliancy,
and to launch the infrastructure center of excellence for public cloud readiness through
automated safe landed coded services. He also spearheaded the expansion of the Velo
cloud platform, and associated internet circuit infrastructure that enabled the rapid
expansion of all USAA employees to WFH format.

Prior to USAA Michael led the AIG Fort Worth site campus of 750+ employees. Michael’s
specific role was VP of Data Network, Network Security, Collaboration, Call Center
Services, Data Center Services, and Workplace Services. Under his leadership at AIG, a
global enterprise wide re-architecture and re-platform of all the data network, security,
voice, and video platforms was completed. Prior to AIG, Michael lead similar large global
infrastructure transformations at General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Jamye, his three daughters, and
two grandsons. Michael is an avid competitor in Ironman competitions. He has completed
five of the six events he has participated in!

Director Global Network Services
CSL Behring
President, CEO and Founder
Alkira

Amir Khan is a computer networking visionary who founded and led Viptela’s market-leading, cloud-first, Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) business before the acquisition by Cisco. As prescient as he was in identifying the $8B opportunity for SD-WAN, Amir recognized that network hampered the cloud journey and founded Alkira in 2018 with Atif Khan to reinvent networking for the cloud era. Amir’s vision is to deliver the cloud network as a utility. As CEO/Founder, he has led Alkira’s delivery of the industry’s first on-demand, as-a-service, point and click, unified multi-cloud networking service that enables cloud architects to design, build, and deploy a global multi-cloud network in minutes. Alkira enables enterprises to implement 50% less firewall capacity, and reduce TCO by up to 40%. Before Viptela, Amir held leadership roles at Cisco, Juniper, and Nortel. He holds 4 patents. Amir earned an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi.

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The experience of 2020 saw digital transformation and cloud services elevate into IT business platforms. Was this temporary as a part of COVID or will this continue into 2021 and beyond? What do we mean when we talk about IT business platforms, and how do we best leverage these platforms for success? IT Business Platform or just a COVID blip; if not a blip then how to make it stick into 2021 and beyond?  Advice and techniques to drive business based outcomes.
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Co-Founder and Co-Chairman 
ONUG
SM - FSO Digital Advisory
Ernst & Young, LLP

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.

According to the business press and industry industry buzz, advanced cloud services that use AI and ML have engendered a digital transformation that is elevating IT from a service organization into a central part of all business activity. It seems that every corporation is moving business processes to the cloud en masse. Business continuity planning forms a key use case. But is it really true? Detractors claim that many large corporations still only have 10-15% of their workloads in the public cloud, and argue that corporations do not have the controls in place needed to govern and secure workloads in the cloud they way they can in their private data centers. Which view is correct? In this great debate Johna Till Johnson will argue that migration to the public cloud is both rapid and inevitable, while Greg Ferro will argue that corporations should be cautious and move slowly. Dr. Douglas Comer, Distinguished Professor at Purdue University will moderate and help us navigate this industry debate.

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CEO and Founder
Nemertes Research

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.

Co-Founder
Packet Pushers Interactive LLC
Distinguished Professor
Purdue University

Dr. Douglas E. Comer is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. Formerly, he served as VP of Research at Cisco Systems. As a member of the original IAB, he participated in early work on the Internet, and is internationally recognized as an authority on TCP/IP protocols and Internet technologies.

Dr. Comer has written a series of best-selling technical books on Computer Networks, Internets, Operating Systems, and Computer Architecture. His 3-volume Internetworking series is cited as an authoritative work on Internet protocols and technologies. Dr. Comer’s books have been translated into 16 languages, and are used in industry and academia in many countries.

Dr. Comer consults for industry, and has lectured to thousands of professional engineers and students around the world. For twenty years he was editor-in-chief of the journal Software – Practice and Experience. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the recipient of numerous teaching awards.

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Cloud Security Notification Framework (CSNF) is an open cloud security reporting system that has the support of all the major CSPs and on-prem tool cloud access security brokers or CASB.  CSNF defines common definitions and syntax of cloud security events/alerts and alarms.  The best part of CSNF is that it is supported by multiple cloud providers.  CSNF “decorators” can be ingested by a large number of tools to drive  new dashboards and cross CSP views so that security teams may assess their multi-cloud security posture.  A key CSNF goal is to assist in the automation of cloud governance.  In this session you will learn about CSNF and see multiple CSP CSNF demonstrations so you can start your own CSNF journey.
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Co-Founder
Tech Fugitives

I’m the Co-Founder and Co-Host of The Tech Fugitives Show. The show covers IT news with a dash of science. Mix in some humor and it becomes… “Tech Talk that doesn’t Suck!”

The Orchestration & Automation (O&A) Working Group is identifying tools that extend orchestration and automation across on- and off-prem deployments into hybrid/multi-cloud environments. During 2021, the O&A Working Group developed the playbook for IT organizations to orchestrate and automate infrastructure across multi-cloud environments.  In this session, you’ll see demonstrations of what is possible today and hear how to operationalize infrastructure automation for scale.
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Co-Founder
Tech Fugitives

I’m the Co-Founder and Co-Host of The Tech Fugitives Show. The show covers IT news with a dash of science. Mix in some humor and it becomes… “Tech Talk that doesn’t Suck!”

Over the winter, the Elastic Infrastructure Working Group developed the playbook for networking in the post Covid world. With Remote Workforces (RWF) staying remote and large corporations selling campus and headquarter facilities, etc., a new set of networking requirements has emerged from data center to multi-cloud connect to home office to IoT. Zero trust security, 5G, multi-cloud networking, SASE, edge computing, network services as cloud-based overlays, etc., are all coming together to deliver a more agile and elastic infrastructure. In this session, you will receive the playbook to build your own Elastic Infrastructure and see deployable demonstrations.  
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Co-Founder
Tech Fugitives

I’m the Co-Founder and Co-Host of The Tech Fugitives Show. The show covers IT news with a dash of science. Mix in some humor and it becomes… “Tech Talk that doesn’t Suck!”

Over the past 12 months it’s become clear that underlay infrastructure purchase decisions have shifted away from speeds and feeds toward orchestration and automation.   Automation platforms from Gluware, Intential, VMware VCF, Cisco’s NSO plus ACI, Hashi et al are now the driving factor as to which underlay vendor to choose.   In this session we talk about this shift and how to approach underlay infrastructure plan, build and run.
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Network & Cloud Architect
McKesson

Brian is a Network and Cloud Architect at McKesson, one of the oldest and largest healthcare companies in the US and currently operating in 16 countries. He is responsible for linking the needs of their businesses with infrastructure technology so they may serve their customers. This includes architecting and designing networks for McKesson’s global backbone, regional WAN’s, distribution centers, offices, clinics, and pharmacies, in addition to our private and public cloud environments. Areas of recent focus include SD-WAN, multi-cloud public cloud enablement, security for McKesson’s Operational Technology environments, and planning and implementation of our global network organization.

Global Head of Core and Data Center Network Architecture and Engineering
Bank of America

The movement to Enterprise Cloud is happening ten times faster and will be ten times bigger than client-server computing, thanks to this computing epoch is software defined and executive management driven.  As workloads and infrastructure are now software, how do you integrate lifecycle management and operations at scale?  In this roundtable discussion, ONUG board members offer their best thinking and practices, but don’t just sit there and listen; this is an interactive session, so come ready to participate and offer up your experience, observations and questions.  
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Enterprise Cloud Architect
Fidelity Investments

Mick Currey is an Enterprise Cloud Architect championing resilient “anti-fragile” applications, cloud topologies, observability, automated governance, and automated security controls. When he learned the cloud was becoming an option for use at Fidelity, he worked with his CTO to create a new role to start working on the cloud. He has been working as an Enterprise Cloud Architect since then.

Mick’s career started as an Industrial Engineer doing computer simulations and programming robots. Programming robots was fun. However, he felt he was too technical, so he wanted to blend technical knowledge with more business and management concepts. He went back to school for an MBA in Information System. After grad school, his initial roles were in software development, AI development, and R&D architecture. Leading projects from a technical perspective led to project management and then development management. A few management roles mixed several different categories: ALM, Infrastructure (Servers, Storage and Network), Architecture, Governance, and Regulatory Compliance. Later roles included a product line manager with team members on several continents enabling development progress round the clock.

His experiences leading two drastically different hyper performing teams shaped his thinking regarding opportunities for teams to excel. (One team was a performance testing team with detailed root cause results for each two-week cycle. The second was an agile development team doing weekly iterations, 4-6 week releases to production while enjoying a less than 0.001% production bug rate per release.)

He works with several consortiums to understand, share cloud technical information and document the best practices available in the cloud.

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What is your AIOps journey?   The ONUG AIOps Working Group developed an AIOps customer journey map, with input from the ONUG community.   You can use this map to find out where you are versus others in the use of AI to automate infrastructure operations.  During this session you will learn about the AIOps journey, where most get stuck, how best to get unstuck and a playbook which will serve as a guide to the successful AIOps project(s).   
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Co-Founder
Tech Fugitives

I’m the Co-Founder and Co-Host of The Tech Fugitives Show. The show covers IT news with a dash of science. Mix in some humor and it becomes… “Tech Talk that doesn’t Suck!”

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Technology Industry & IT Consulting Executive
Renaissance Tech & Media

Michael Clark has worked in large enterprise computing for over 25 years, first in operations and engineering, and for the past decade in architecture and strategy. He began his career in network and server platform engineering at Bausch & Lomb, where he was instrumental in developing B&L’s global network infrastructure and in launching their first website.

Mike then moved on to Fidelity Investments, where he ultimately took on management of desktop and server operations for Fidelity’s Retail Operations group, merged 19 technology support organizations across the U.S. into 1, and ran network and telecom operations for the Boston region. He spent his final 5 years at Fidelity in the Enterprise Architecture group focused on various platform infrastructure initiatives, including leading the effort to develop a unified server strategy for the firm.

Mike has spent the last 5 years engaged in global professional services activities. He recently became a Partner at Exceptional Leaders International, where his focus is on working with mid-market companies, many of them private-equity owned, to synchronize their business imperatives and technology strategies. He has deep experience in global networking and cloud implementations.

Mike is currently the Technology Industry and IT Consulting Executive at Renaissance Tech & Media. He has been with the company since 2010.

Now Boston-based, Mike hails from Canada, where he received his undergraduate education at The University of Western Ontario. He has since done graduate work at both Brandeis and Harvard.

In his spare time Mike enjoys photography, traveling, and digital audio recording.

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