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How to drive cloud transformation in the Housing Sector?

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Venue: Fortnum & Mason – Drawing Room

Welcome Note

Housing Associations large and small are moving to the cloud to deliver new business methods, improve efficiencies, minimise risk and reduce IT expenditures. As part of this trend, many organisations are adopting a cloud first approach, which can offer greater control and additional cost savings over a single cloud platform.

In fact, 79% of companies in a recent survey by 451 Research say they are working with more than one cloud provider, and nearly a third work with four or more cloud or hosting services. At Rackspace, most of their upper mid-market and enterprise customers have a hybrid or multi-cloud environment, either by design or through changes made over time. Many of them have chosen to go with a multi-cloud environment long term, as different applications are more cost effective or efficient to run on certain cloud platforms.

In either scenario, having the expertise to help strategies, plan, perform a TCO analysis, and assess which applications should reside where is critical to cost optimisation.


8:00 – 8:15am – Welcome & Registration
8:15 – 8:30am – Fortnum & Mason Tea Tasting
8:30 – 8:40am – Introduction from Meet the Boss
8:40 – 9:00am – Keynote presentation from Lee James
9:00 – 10:00am – Hot Breakfast and table discussions
10:00 – 10:30am – Wrap up and closing remarks from Rackspace

Discussion Topics

1. Does moving to cloud create more security and compliance risk? What are the biggest fear factors at play?

2. Can you really have it all? A flexible and secure cloud portfolio aligned to your business?

3. What are the key strategies required to achieve a secure cloud service offering and how do you get started?

Keynote Speaker


Lee James, Chief Technology Officer – Rackspace

Lee James is the Chief Technology Officer at Rackspace EMEA, responsible for business growth, as well as initiating and driving relationships with our key customers.

He comes with over 20 years of experience across large-scale multinationals and agile-based environments, delivering industry leading cloud, analytics, digital strategy and transformation. His extensive background includes senior roles across FTSE 10 and 250 organisations like BP, Betfair and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

Charged with moving the Rackspace proposition forward, Lee owns the go-to-market propositions for our products and services, making sure they’re directly aligned with customer requirements and future market trends.

His previous role was Cloud and Analytics Service Enablement Director at Computacenter, where he was responsible for transforming the brand, building professional and managed service offerings, and growing the £1bn+ services business.

About Rackspace

The cloud was supposed to make our lives easier. But it turns out, the cloud is complicated to build, run, maintain and manage — especially across multiple platforms and locations, with technology that’s always changing.

If it feels like the cloud has been managing you, it’s time to turn the tables.

With Rackspace by your side, you can thrive in today’s multi-cloud world. We will help you tap the power of cloud computing — across OpenStack®, AWS®, Microsoft® and VMware® technologies — without the pain, complexity and cost of doing it all yourself.

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