Can't-Miss Presentations at the 2015 Gartner Data Center Summit and Conference

    November 18, 2015

    By Dino Balafas

    Starting November 30, Gartner’s Data Center Summit in London and Data Center Conference in Las Vegas will be standout industry events. Here are the presentations you won’t want to miss.

    Gartner will host its famous Data Center Conference in Las Vegas and Data Center Summit in London at the end of this month, where delegates from notable industry frontrunners will present their ideas and opinions on the current and future IT operations landscape. Attendees will be treated to a broad range of topics presented by a diverse set of companies.

    But time is scarce, and people will want to make the most of the events. Here are our picks of must-see presentations at this year’s Data Center Summit and Conference:

    Capacity Management: Creating and Governing This Key Process

    Ed Holub and George Spafford

    As IT infrastructures have transitioned from distributed to virtualized environments, capacity management has seen a real resurgence. Companies are relying more than ever on online services, which means that avoiding service degradations, interruptions, poorly performing applications, equipment failures, and performance slowdowns has become a top priority.

    This presentation will speak to both workers in the trenches of IT and to business leaders. Holub and Spafford will discuss how decision makers should define roles, responsibilities, and key processes. Beyond that, attendees will learn how to introduce capacity and performance management processes to their businesses and leverage them to deliver high performance across the board.

    The Evolving Role of I&O in the Age of Digital Business

    Donna Scott

    This presentation is designed to help decision makers rethink the work of infrastructure and operations, and to explore ways that IT can be leveraged to generate growth. According to Gartner surveys, at least 70% of CEOs desire business growth, but the greatest inhibitor of IT innovation is a lack of time — less than 10% of IT time is spent on proactive, growth-building efforts. In fact, too much of this crucial department’s resources are focused on taking calls and putting out IT fires.

    Similarly, many organizations lack a culture that fosters innovation and growth-oriented thinking. Scott’s presentation will provide guidance to CEOs on how to free up time for IT leaders, evolve the organization of IT within their companies, and initiate a cultural transformation that inspires growth. Indeed, strong IT is the key to operational success.

    Five Steps to Drive Effective IT Financial Management

    Robert Naegle

    As IT becomes more central to business success, managers must have a clearer understanding of and control over IT financing, especially with regard to cost capture, service costing, spend justification, forecasting, bill back, and budget management. With effective IT Financial Management (ITFM), IT can become operationalized to run like a business in its own right.

    The better IT can demonstrate its own value, the more insightful decisions business leaders can make. Naegle’s presentation will provide a clear picture of what effective ITFM looks like and how companies can begin the process of defining stronger communications channels between IT and management.

    Business Value Dashboards: Your Pathway to Business Impact Alignment

    Robert Naegle, Gary Spivak

    Data has become the number-one driver of IT optimization and understanding business value. Business value dashboards (BVDs) have recently emerged as one of several tools that I&O leaders can use to demonstrate the impact they have on business and conduct open conversations about how IT can further enhance current and future operations.

    Business leaders will learn the primary concepts behind data-driven impact alignment, how to evaluate and purchase appropriate tooling, and how IT departments can more effectively visualize and demonstrate their value. At the end of the day, I&O can be much more than another operational cost — the trick is proving that to executives and decision-makers.

    How to Reduce IT Costs to Spend More Where it Matters Most

    Jay Pultz

    It’s common for IT leaders to hear, “Do more with less”: in other words, to support new digital business strategies with little to no budgetary increase. But in an era when IT success is tantamount to revenue and reputation, this work entails far more than just “keeping the lights on.” IT’s capabilities must evolve with the operations the department supports.

    Here, Pultz will show IT leaders how to effectively analyze unnecessary expenses and pinpoint major opportunities for cost reduction. The goal is to dramatically lower basic “run” costs so that more funds can be allocated towards growth initiatives.

    Companies like TeamQuest often have a role in this process — in chargeback, in running “what if” scenarios, and in identifying the bare essential elements needed to run the business. By recognizing that “x” number of servers are needed to keep websites and services running, CEOs and CIOs can create savings and put them towards transformative initiatives. Oftentimes, I&O leaders find that they’re running with much more excess capital than they thought possible.

    To learn more about what TeamQuest can do to help your business improve in these and other areas, book some time with us at our booth at the Gartner Data Center Summit or Conference today.

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