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Don’t get caught in a Cloud Trap

28th February 2018, London

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Venue Spring Restaurant 


Cloud has been through the hype; the wars are over; the main players are cemented in position. Which means most businesses have two pressing concerns…

We know we need to move, we’re not sure how

Today, clear-eyed organisations are asking what customers expect, and how do they leverage the power of the cloud to innovate and exceed those expectations. They are looking at the cloud application by application, considering what works best as well as assessing performance benchmarks, network requirements, evaluating their appetite for risk, and whether cloud vendors are competitors (or likely to become competitors in the future). Do you have a solid business case?

We know things move fast, what is the near future of cloud?

The future of cloud is hybrid and multi-cloud. But the future of cloud isn’t about hybrid and multi-cloud. In five years’ time, terminology like hybrid-IT, multi cloud and managed services, will be a thing of the past. It will be a given, there won’t just be one cloud solution, or one data solution, it will be about how clouds connect and about maximising how networks are used. What does the future of cloud mean for your business?


6:00 – 6:30 pm – Welcome Reception & Cocktails
6:30 – 6:40 pm – Introduction from Master of Ceremonies
6:40 – 7:00 pm – Keynote Speaker
7:00 – 9:00 pm – Three-course dinner complemented with table discussion points
9:00 – 9:30 pm – Wrap up and closing remarks from Cogeco Peer 1

Discussion Topics

  • What is the future of cloud computing and its place in businesses?
  • What are the ongoing challenges/hesitancies in cloud adoption?
  • How will cloud develop in the next 5-10 years?
  • How is the lack of digital skills impacting businesses?

Keynote Speaker


Susan Bowen, Vice President and General Manager EMEA – Cogeco Peer 1

As Vice President and General Manager, EMEA, Susan is responsible for driving growth and leading the Cogeco Peer 1 team in the EMEA region.

With over 20 years’ experience in the technology sector, working predominantly for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Susan has an extensive knowledge of the tech industry with vast amounts of insights into the world of technology. Susan brings to her role at Cogeco Peer 1 transformational leadership skills, and expertise in operations, sales, and general management. Prior to joining Cogeco Peer 1, Susan was responsible for HP’s UK & Ireland growth plan as Chief of Staff. In her previous post, she led their SMB programme, a passion for which she brings to her role at Cogeco Peer 1.

As one of the only women in her Computer Science classes almost twenty years ago, and the Chair of TechUK’s Women in Tech Council, as well as Director of The Tech Talent Charter, Susan is hugely passionate about women in IT and gender diversity across the whole sector.

Susan holds a BSc degree in Business Information Systems from the University of Portsmouth, as well as a Masters in Commercial Project Management from George Washington University.

About Cogeco 

Cogeco Peer 1 is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cogeco Communications Inc. (TSX:CCA) and is a global provider of essential business-to-business products and services, such as colocation, network connectivity, managed hosting, cloud services and managed services, that allow customers across Canada, Mexico, the United States and Western Europe to focus on their core business. With 16 data centers, extensive FastFiber Network® and more than 50 points-of-presence in North America and Europe combined, Cogeco Peer 1 is a trusted partner to businesses small, medium and large, providing the ability to access, move, manage and store mission-critical data worldwide, backed by superior customer support.


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