Conferences that solve current IT challenges

IT Infrastructure & Operations Management

Strategies to help IT best align operations and infrastructure management to business needs

September 7, 2017


7 CPE / 0.7 CEU / CISSP / 7 PDU Credits Awarded



Conference location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont (O'Hare) Illinois


IT departments are facing greater pressure make better use of their existing resources to help move the business forward. In this one day conference attendees will learn how to make sure their Infrastructure and Operations organizations are operating optimally.

What You Will Learn

In this one day conference attendees will learn:

  • Sourcing your IT Infrastructure: Adapting to New Realities

  • Modernizing our Data Centers – Strategy and Approach To Support Proliferation of Data

  • Architecture, Infrastructure & Agility To Support Digital Business Initiatives

  • DevOps & IT Operations: Balancing System Reliability While Supporting Digital Workloads

  • Business Driven Network: How to Insure Your Network is Meeting Business Requirements

  • Creating Balance: IT Operations & Cost Optimization Strategies

Conference Program

8:00am - 9:00am - Registration and Continental Breakfast



Architecture, Infrastructure & Agility To Support Digital Business Initiatives

Glenn Allison, Vice President of Enterprise Architecture and IT Solution Delivery, Tractor Supply Company

To succeed in the digital era, I&O leaders must start rethinking the technology architecture, processes and people required for next-generation workloads, including IoT.

Areas that will be covered include:

  • Developing a blueprint to support digital business initiatives
  • The role of containers and microservices
  • Hybrid and Bimodal IT
  • How software-defined infrastructure can help

9:50am -10:20am - Refreshment Break



Strategy For Evolving The Infrastructure Operations Role In The World Of Cloud

Tim Stone, Director of Operations, Silent IT

Modernization is required in the areas of server, storage, network, facilities, virtualization and consolidation, while mobile strategies and the growth of data are putting new pressures on the IT infrastructure.

Many of us still have legacy environments and budget constraints. The promise of the Software Defined Data Center, or Programmable Data Center, is in the press almost daily. Yet, we have to manage our own journey to modernize our data centers in alignment with our business objectives and budgets, despite the hype and promise of the early market solutions.

Let’s explore options to successfully plan for this journey to modernize our data centers in concert with our business priorities and IT budget realities.



Hybrid IT Cloud Computing Strategies

Louis George, Cloud Business Manager, QTS Data Centers

Hybrid IT/cloud is a rapidly evolving technique, specifically in small and medium businesses. This approach enables IT decision makers to effectively outsource and procure IT resources from a partner when necessary. It also helps these leaders cut capital and operational costs associated with managing in-house infrastructure.

During this session, we will cover the top 5 questions when you are considering going hybrid:
1. What is your master plan for your IT infrastructure?
2. What do you have the expertise to manage best?
3. How does your strategic plan incorporate new and legacy applications?
4. How will you bring rogue environments under your hybrid umbrella?
5. Have you defined your visibility and control requirements?

12:00pm - 1:00pm Luncheon

1:00pm - 1:50pm


Business Driven Network: How to Insure Your Network is Meeting Business Requirements

Tim Titus, CTO, PathSolutions

Many companies think of their network as a basic conveyance for business-critical applications and services that ride on top. This perspective limits the ability for the network to become a strategic enabler for new technologies to be rapidly implemented. This session will review the types of knowledge that should be cultivated from your network and how it can be used to improve and optimize operations.



Sourcing your IT Infrastructure: Adapting to New Realities

Douglas Smith, Senior Director IT Service Management, Health Care Service Corporation

The growth of digital business is forcing IT organizations to adopt new styles of infrastructure services. Sourcing & IT executives must determine new strategies to take advantage of the latest trends in the infrastructure service market.

Doug Smith, Sr. Director of IT Service Management at HCSC will provide you with proven strategies that work in the new climate of disruption.

2:40pm - 3:10pm - Refreshment Break



SD-WAN A new way to build a better WAN

Kevin Russell, Sr. Systems Engineer, Silver Peak

Geographically distributed enterprises are embracing SD-WAN at an accelerating pace. As applications continue to move to the cloud, networking professionals are quickly realizing that traditional WANs were never architected for a dynamic, internet-based environment and recognize that backhauling traffic from the branch to headquarters doesn't make sense. Furthermore, end users often find their business apps run faster over their home Internet service, or even on their mobile device.

During this technical session on this increasingly important topic, I will help you better understand how and why to deploy SD-WAN in your network infrastructure, covering the following topics:

  • Address and overcome concerns around overall network performance, reliability and security
  • Harden broadband internet connectivity for a secure SD-WAN
  • Extend micro-segmentation from the data center across the WAN to securely connect users to applications and meet compliance requirements
  • Eliminate latency and performance limitations of broadband
  • Prioritize mission-critical applications and ensure that non-business/consumer applications that are bandwidth-intensive, such as Netflix, do not impact customer service
  • Connect the branch securely and directly to SaaS applications and trusted web services using broadband significantly increasing performance
  • Interoperate with existing routers and WAN infrastructure to migrate to SD-WAN at your own pace, or replace branch routers with an SD-WAN alternative for greenfield installations and router refresh projects
  • Simplify management, configuration and expansion of branch offices with centralized management and zero-touch provisioning to lower OPEX and reduce configuration errors
  • Lower overall WAN costs by up to 90%







Creating Balance: IT Operations & Cost Optimization Strategies

Scott Blahauvietz, Regional Sales Director – ITOM, ServiceNow
Jeff Roseman, Director, Infrastructure & InfoSec, Wilton Brands LLC
Andy Nissenberg, Vice President, Global Infrastructure Services, Stericycle Corporation
Douglas Smith, Senior Director IT Service Management, Health Care Service Corporation
Todd Baxter, Director, Enterprise Architecture & Infrastructure Engineering, Tractor Supply Company
and other professionals from IT departments

Organizations are constantly looking to improve the cost-efficiency of IT; yet in the age of digital business, cost optimization takes on new dimensions. How do you design a cost optimization program that supports the goals of the business?

In this session, attendees will learn from seasoned IT executives as to how they are designing business focused cost-optimization programs.

Areas of discussion will include:

  • Cloud and SaaS Economics
  • Balancing short- and long-term cost optimization efforts
  • Renegotiation of Contracts
  • Reallocating savings to business driven initiatives
  • How to leverage this exercise to drive greater partnership with the business

Conference Price: $289.00 per person

Each attendee will receive a certificate awarding 7 CPE credits for CISSP continuing education, in addition to 0.7 CEUs and 7 PDUs. CISSP is a registered certification mark of (ISC)², Inc.


As is always the case at CAMP IT Conferences events, the talks will not include product presentations.  During the continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and the luncheon break you will have the opportunity to informally meet representatives from the following sponsoring companies, who have solutions in the area of the conference.