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Multi-Cloud: delivering digital innovation at the speed of business

27th June 2019, Milan

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Location: Excelsior Hotel Gallia Milan


Are you one of the 93% of organisations working across multiple clouds? Is that creating the 30-40% savings you expect on your public cloud elements?

Today’s IT and finance leaders must radically reassess their methods of delivering technology together. Indeed, IDC has shown that traditional C-level roles are having to evolve to meet business-driven expectations, none more so than the CIO and the CFO in partnership. CIOs are becoming more strategic, and the CFO is expected to understand technology drivers.

The key benefits of a multi-cloud transformation should focus around the issues of siloed innovation and removing operational complexity and operation. Traditionally, costs were focused around upfront investment, which was measured against a TOC or an ROI of business successes. With most business applications it was about measuring the needs of the workplace and your customers, and building the best environment to deliver it.

We will explore how multi-cloud changes that dynamic by delivering full flexibility of both capital (capex) and operational (opex) expenditure models, to bring long-term investment for new services and applications. In other words, finance is no longer a blocker to experimentation and innovation, and multi-cloud has become the “master-key” for driving digital innovation.

At this Co.Lab event, you will discuss these opportunities for change with your peers. We will help you understand the evolution of leadership roles across industries. Most importantly, we will reveal how concepts such as private/public/traditional/cloud native are just implementation details based on policy, and uncover how multi-cloud drives digital innovation


6:00 – 6:30 pm – Welcome Reception & Cocktails
6:30 – 6:35 pm – Introduction from Master of Ceremonies
6:35 – 6:40 pm – Intro and Welcome
6:40 – 7:00 pm – Keynote Speaker – Mike van Vilet, Consulting Pursuit Lead EMEA & Richard Bennett, Head of Advisory Services, EMEA at VMware
7:00 – 9:00 pm – Three-course dinner complemented with table discussion points
9:00 – 9:25 pm – Wrap up by ‘Table Champion’ Delegates
9:25 – 9:30 pm – Closing remarks – Richard Bennett & Mike van Vilet
9:30 pm – Thank you & end of event

Discussion Topics

  • How do we move from a mindset of being primarily driven by CAPEX/OPEX concerns, to one driven more by innovation? What hurdles need to be overcome to become more innovation-driven?
  • Users and customers alike today expect access to compute and apps everywhere, anytime. What are the tools, technologies and platforms that can help improve agility and deliver at “the speed of business”?
  • Multi-cloud is less about technology and more about establishing the right methodologies. How can a true multi-cloud methodology securely and flexibly deliver on the ever-increasing expectations of your business and its customers?
  • Siloed platforms, data and management systems are all blockers to business agility – yet operating across multiple cloud platforms is a reality for most organisations. How do we avoid recreating the mistakes of previous siloed environments in today’s multi-cloud world?

Keynote Speaker


Mike van Viliet, Consulting Pursuit Lead EMEA Mainland at Dell Technologies

With over twenty years of experience in the IT industry, spanning both consulting and leadership roles. Mike has a bachelor’s in information technology and a MBA as background. The application of renewing transformation concepts and his broad knowledge of available technologies, is the most important passion in what he does. At Dell EMC he is leading EMEA Mainland consulting pre-sales and is responsible for building strategic customer relationships supporting organizations with gaining positive business outcomes via IT, Digital and Workforce Transformation. He is part of the EMEA Mainland leadership team. At Boer & Croon (pure Dutch strategy firm) he worked with executive boards and senior management of both profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Keynote Speaker


Richard Bennett, Chief Industry Spokesperson & Evangelist, Europe, Middle East, Africa at VMware

Richard is responsible for the teams who develop technology frameworks which guide C-level executives in the acceleration of business transformation and investment decisions. His group works closely with customers to create long-term strategies that reduce the risk associated with delivering business technologies as well as innovation into their organisations. Richard is a senior leader, bringing more than 20 years’ experience in technology and customer experience. Prior to joining VMware, he was the EMEA CTO at Avaya and has led global customer-facing teams with technology companies such as; Nortel, Cisco, Accenture & Cabletron. He currently delivers several “business angel” roles in technology start-ups, advising on business strategy and innovation success.

About Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies enables your digital transformation, organizations to modernize, automate and transform their data center using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage, data analytics and data protection technologies. This provides a trusted foundation for businesses to transform IT, through the creation of a hybrid cloud, and transform their business through the creation of cloud-native applications and big data solutions. Dell Technologies services its customers – including 98 percent of the Fortune 500 – with the industry’s broadest, most innovative infrastructure portfolio from edge to core to cloud

About VMware

VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, helps customers accelerate their digital transformation. VMware enables enterprises to master a software-defined approach to business and IT with VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture™ and solutions for the data center, mobility, and security. With 2016 revenue of $7.09 billion, VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has over 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners worldwide.

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