Event Theme

Connect and protect in the digital era

9th October 2018, London

I'm interested

LocationDevonshire Club


Digital becoming the norm has meant that CIOs and CTOs must look differently at legacy IT practices and understand that new service models are critical to meet the business technology expectations as they change. IT Leaders must enable their business to be effective in a hyper-connected world. This means secure application infrastructure wherever applications reside, fully embrace connections to the cloud, and unify the branch and edge environments across the business. Cyber security is too tactical in an ever changing world. Cyberhygiene is the only method.

Even more challenging, so-called “Shadow IT” has gained momentum in recent years as the business fights to keep pace with the users, market and competitors; not only is the traditional network holding organisations back, but traditionally disconnected clouds and silos prevent enterprises from connecting to and securing elements from Big Data to applications data. So whilst data is fundamentally without value, once we turn this into information it is key to generating a better customer experiences. These experiences build successful business transformation. Which again, adds even more security challenges end-to-end.

How should IT leaders create a flexible mobile experience and secure user workspace which is critical to supporting it? How must they deliver relevant applications and data to any device, anywhere, anytime.? From IaaS through to SaaS, how must IT teams deliver services with agility and flexibility to the organisation? The advisory services team at VMware will help CIOs to grasp the best practices to evolve their service model and understand distributed, secure IT.


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 VMware

Discussion Topics

  • How has the change in human expectation and adoption altered the challenges and demands on security today?
  • Because cyber security has had to evolve into Cyberhygiene, this brings new demands for planning and control. What is the most common impact on business agility here?
  • When do you need to take a step back and assess the growing world of applications in your cyber hygiene landscape, evaluating security and networking end to end?
  • Data protection should always have been on everyone’s mind. It isn’t a new consideration. How does upcoming Brexit and GDPR legislation affect your business technology decisions? Data Centre? Customer and User data?

Keynote Speaker


Richard Bennett, Head of Advisory Services Solutions, EMEA, VMware

Richard Bennett is VMware’s Head of Advisory Services’ Solutions, EMEA. He is responsible for the engagements of the advisory teams who develop technology frameworks to guide C-level executives in the acceleration of digital business transformation. Working closely with VMware customers AAS creates long-term strategies which reduce the risk associated with delivering business technologies whilst creating the digital foundations for innovation.

Richard is a senior leader who brings more than 20 years’ experience in technology and customer experience. Prior to joining VMware, he was the EMEA CTO at Avaya and has held board roles in several technology start-ups. Previously he has led global customer-facing teams with technology companies such as; Nortel, Cisco, Accenture & Horizon.

Richard has a passion for working closely with customers, helping them to find new opportunities, uncover hidden barriers, and formulate pragmatic technology transformation strategies. His focus is to keep customers relevant in an increasingly complex “digital” landscape.

As well as being a fellow of the Customer Experience Foundation, he is regularly called upon to provide market analysis, interviews and keynotes at industry events worldwide, talking to his extensive background across multiple sectors including telecoms, retail, finance and healthcare.

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.

About Dell EMC
Dell EMC, a part of 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 EMC 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.

I'm interested




Loading Events