Fast Forward November 15, 2017

Things at IDS are moving fast! Recently acquired by ePlus, we have more to offer you at Fast Forward 2017 as we tackle some of today’s greatest challenges head on—harnessing disruptive technologies, staying ahead of IT security risks, and defining your cloud strategy. Join the ePlus/IDS team along with other industry visionaries, leading solution providers, and your executive peers on November 15 for this informative, one-day event. You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Gain insights and knowledge about transformative technologies in cloud, security, and digital infrastructure that drive measurable business outcomes
  • Network with other tech-forward business executives, IT leaders, and technologists
  • Meet new vendors and learn about the latest solutions that will allow you to thrive in the digital economy and stay ahead of the innovation curve
  • Listen to an IDS customer panel to describe success with AWS migration services
  • Get the latest scoop on cloud security trends—and how to stay ahead of evolving threats—from ePlus security experts
  • Fuel software innovation through Cisco’s new licensing model that delivers budget predictability, license flexibility, and business agility

In addition to ePlus/IDS speakers, we have an impressive  list of other sessions lined up this year:

  • Cloud Hub – Design your enterprise connectivity to support the federation of applications to the Cloud, driving up security and performance while decreasing costs.
  • Leveraging accelerated analytics and AI
  • Application Modernization
    • What is it exactly and why all the fuss?
    • Why the “lift and shift” approach to the Cloud can increase cost and complexity

Keynote Speaker:

Nirav Sheth

Vice President, Cisco Global Partner Organization
Solutions, Architectures, and Engineering

Nirav Sheth heads a team of several hundred channel leaders at Cisco who collectively work with thousands of partners. Mr. Sheth’s organization is responsible for partner enablement/capacity, technology strategy, and helping partners develop practice capabilities to bring Cisco solutions to market. With teams focused across Cisco established architectures, emerging solutions such as SDN and Cloud, as well as a Partner Digital Transformation office to support partners as they drive LoB relevancy, his organization supports Cisco’s ability to drive more than 90% of its revenue.

Mr. Sheth’s successful tenure at Cisco spans more than 16 years, with experience ranging from Catalyst Switching product development to Professional Services, Technical Services, and Channel Sales. In Technical Services he built and ran TAC operations around the world with nearly 1,000 engineers distributed across GEOs, and later was responsible for Service Delivery of Enterprise and SP Networking TAC across all Cisco customer segments where his organization delivered the highest CSAT scores for two consecutive years. Mr. Sheth has participated in the World Economic Forum, and has been a speaker at the Technology Services Industry Association TS World events. A highly-entrepreneurial and collaborative leader, his #1 priority is to always to invest in his people.

Guest Speakers:

John Brenkus

ESPN Sport Science

John Brenkus has been a pioneer in the fields of television, sport, and science for more than 20 years.  He is creator, executive producer, and host of the Emmy award-winning TV services, Sport Science, which uncovers sports’ biggest myths and mysteries through cutting-edge technology to measure momentum, friction, and the laws of gravity.  Mr. Brenkus has appeared in and produced 1,500+ segments that have been featured on ABC and ESPN, including coverage of The Super Bowl, Monday Night Football, the NBA Finals, Sunday Night Baseball, and The Masters.  He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, “The Perfection Point.”

Kha Phan

Cloud Network Architect, ePlus

Connectivity Designs for the Cloud:

Latency matters when it comes to the Cloud.  Today’s network architecture is based on the assumption that your applications, data, and servers are sitting inside the four walls of your data center.  What happens when your resources federated between your data center and the Cloud? Application performance and user experience can suffer without proper planning.  Cloud Hub is a hybrid architecture that focuses on designing your WAN to avoid the traditional constraints of latency, throughput, and cost.

Kha Phan is a Cloud and Data Center connectivity expert specializing in the ePlus/IDS Cloud Hub Architecture and implementation of hybrid Cloud environments.  Kha Phan is a pioneer of the architecture and has deployed the Cloud Hub Architecture for fortune 500 companies and has been interviewed by Gartner and other research companies.  The Cloud Hub Architecture speeds up IT service delivery and provide Enterprises the ability to consume cloud services with a Hybrid architecture that addresses proximity, throughput and cost.  In past deployments he has been able to improve WAN performance while achieving a 50% cost reduction and a 10X increase in bandwidth. 

Fast Forward will also feature sessions on Cybersecurity and Journey to the Cloud Customer Panel

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8 Takeaways from IDS Fast Forward 2016

8 Takeaways from Fast Forward 2016

Just one word is needed to sum up the theme of the inaugural IDS Fast Forward event: DISRUPTION! Discover insights from the event on disruption and why proactive leaders will win.

"IDS Fast Forward was a great event for myself and my team. We saw a lot of great, engaging speakers on a variety of very relevant IT topics. We were able to speak with multiple vendors about their products and services and came away from the event with several new ideas to help us deliver world class services to our customers.”

Brian PalmerDirector of Infrastructure, American Hotel Register Company

"I really enjoyed attending IDS Fast Forward this year. The speakers were very insightful and provided great perspectives that I found to be very educational. From Michael Davis’ talk on Hacker Tactics to Mr. Moneyball himself talking about Big Data, it was definitely time well spent.”

Jim VanekArea Manager, Data Protection Solutions, EMC

“IDS Fast Forward delivered leading edge cloud, mobile, and big data insight. The speakers reminded us that, above all else, security and prevention go hand in hand. A former U.S. Navy Seal and current expert in privacy and security confirmed that an organization’s weakest security links are its people, their mobile devices, and social media.”

Jon BeyerExecutive for IT, ELCA

"I very much enjoyed the IDS Fast Forward event. All the speakers were absolutely relevant on cloud, security and big data trends. Michael Davis was correct…privacy is a commodity—something everyone should be watching closely.”

Michael FordDirector of Cloud Operations, University of Chicago

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