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Enterprise IT Takes on the Cloud – Lessons Learned

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Time: 11:00 am PT/2:00 pm ET
Duration: 60 minutes
Sponsored by XO Communications, presented by Enterprise Connect

Are you getting the full value out of your investments in the cloud? A September 2013 commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of XO Communications and Juniper Networks showed that “only 34% of surveyed US IT decision-makers indicated satisfaction with the improvement of IT infrastructure manageability and flexibility gained by implementing cloud services.” Despite this shortfall, less than half said their organization had upgraded or refreshed their network in the last three years.

Join guest speaker and principal analyst Andre Kindness, a leading expert on network operations and architecture with Forrester Research, Inc., as he discusses the findings of the study in more detail and answers your questions.

By attending this webinar you will obtain crucial data from enterprise IT decision-makers who have implemented cloud services, and seen the effect on their networks. These insights will help you to build your business case for better alignment of your network investments with your cloud adoption plans. Key questions to be answered include:

  • How can the network address performance and security challenges inherent in the cloud deployments?
  • How can IT support the requirements of application and business stakeholders for multiple services in a hybrid cloud environment?
  • Who can you work with to manage the complexity of creating an agile, scalable, high-performance network?
In addition to the invaluable opportunity to ask questions of Andre during the Q&A period of the webinar, all registrants will receive a copy of the full Forrester Consulting study, Building for the Future: What the New World of Cloud IT Means for the Network.

Andre Kindness, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research, Inc.

Andre serves IT Infrastructure & Operations Professionals. He is a leading expert on network operations and architecture. His research focuses on networking technology and strategy, mobile network infrastructure, application delivery networking, data center convergence, and network infrastructure security. He helps Forrester clients develop and improve their strategy around infrastructure investment and optimization. His analysis balances technology with business strategy to ensure IT maximizes operational and financial efficiency.

Prior to his role at Forrester, Andre worked for 10 years in the networking industry at HP's networking division and at Cisco Systems as a networking and security marketing manager, assessing the market and driving the creation and adoption of products and solutions to solve complex business challenges.
Andre graduated from the University of California, Davis, in 1994 and has Bachelor of Science degrees in mechanical engineering, material science and engineering, and aeronautical science and engineering. Additionally, he has a pending CISSP certificate from (ISC)2 and has received certificates from UC Davis in network administration and management and routing and switching technologies.


Eric Kapf, Co-Chair, Enterprise Connect & Editor, No Jitter

As co-chair of the Enterprise Connect events, Eric helps to set program content and direction for the leading conference events in the enterprise IP-telephony/convergence/Unified Communications marketplace. In addition, Krapf serves as editor & lead blogger for the website No Jitter (www.nojitter.com), the online community for news and analysis of the enterprise convergence/Unified Communications industry. He is also responsible for electronic content including webcasts and e-newsletters.