HCTS 2019: Digital Transformation? More like Digital Revolution

It is that time of year again – registration for our 2019 Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit (HCTS) is now open! Our 15th annual Summit will be held at ARIA Las Vegas, September 23-25, 2019.

Fifteen years of holding an event of this magnitude is no small thing – and neither is the theme our analysts chose for this year: Empowering the Digital Revolution. We will welcome our analysts and hosting, cloud, datacenter and managed services industry experts to our main stage at ARIA Las Vegas to discuss how the same blueprint that propelled technology companies to become the most valuable corporations in the world will also guide other, less tech-focused, organizations toward similar success. The success or failure for many of these organizations will depend on aid from service providers.

Regardless of where they came from or how long they have been around, all organizations will succeed or fail in this transformation based on their ability to embrace change in an era of unprecedented IT innovation by technologies – such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), the Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing, and DevOps and containers – and many won’t have the in-house manpower or resources to adjust quickly. This is where service providers will play a critical role. They will be in a key position to ease that transition with tools and services to manage infrastructure on a subscription basis to aid these companies.

Figure 1 (from left to right) Mark Rice, General Manager of Services Partners at Microsoft; Kelly Hartman, Global Head of the AWS Partner Network at AWS; Daijiang (DA) Han, Head of Global Strategic Alliances at Alibaba Cloud; and Al Sadowski, Research Vice President at 451 Research presenting at HCTS 2018Figure 1 (from left to right) Mark Rice, General Manager of Services Partners at Microsoft; Kelly Hartman, Global Head of the AWS Partner Network at AWS; Daijiang (DA) Han, Head of Global Strategic Alliances at Alibaba Cloud; and Al Sadowski, Research Vice President at 451 Research presenting at HCTS 2018HCTS 2019 will bring top executives alongside our analysts to share key insights on how they plan to leverage service providers to manage cloud infrastructure and leverage security, networking, IoT and colocation services to name a few. Our presenters will also revive previous conversations about partnering with hyperscalers – much like during Research Vice President Al Sadowski’s session that brought executives from Alibaba, AWS and Microsoft to the same stage at a technology event for the first time (Figure 1) – and about how to be more inclusive in the technology industry – much like during our panel with our partners from Women in Cloud and Research Vice Presidents Kelly Morgan and Melanie Posey.

We will post updates between now and September announcing speakers, speaking sessions and sponsors. Until then, register today to get an early bird rate for HCTS 2019, and let us know on Twitter about your favorite HCTS moment from the past 15 years with the hashtag #451HCTS. We look forward to seeing you at HCTS 2019!
HCTS 2019 will bring top executives alongside our analysts to share key insights on how they plan to leverage service providers to manage cloud infrastructure and leverage security, networking, IoT and colocation services to name a few. Our presenters will also revive previous conversations about partnering with hyperscalers – much like during Research Vice President Al Sadowski’s session that brought executives from Alibaba, AWS and Microsoft to the same stage at a technology event for the first time (Figure 1) – and about how to be more inclusive in the technology industry – much like during our panel with our partners from Women in Cloud and Research 
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Assessing the Impact of Data Science on the Analytics Landscape

The evolution of data science – including machine learning, deep learning, and other forms of artificial intelligence – has had a significant impact on the data analytics landscape in recent years, and looks set to drive considerable change in the market in the coming years.

In response, 451 Research’s new Data Management and Analytics Market Map 2018 includes a complete re-categorization of our Analytics Market Map to reflect the realities of analytics users and use cases today, dividing the analytics market into four key sectors:
  • Analytics tools
  • Analytics platforms
  • Data science tools
  • Data science platforms
During this webinar, 451 Research’s Research Director, Data Platforms and Analytics, Matt Aslett, will explain the rationale and definitions behind the new categorization, as well as identifying the key challenges and innovations that will shape the analytics and data science market, and also revenue and growth expectations.

The webinar will also touch on other aspects of note delivered with the Data Management and Analytics Market Map 2018, including:
  • The ongoing evolution of Corporate Performance Management
  • The addition of Data science Management to the Data Management Market Map
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Webinar: Service Provider infrastructure evolution trends

Service Providers are no longer just purveyors of compute and storage; they are now seen as partners for services beyond basic infrastructure and key allies in hybrid architectures. As such, vendors are now paying more attention to this increasingly important buying center.

451 Research launched Voice of the Service Provider to both qualify and quantify buying behaviors, business drivers and strategic priorities for the expanding universe of public cloud providers, hosters, MSPs, Telcos, Systems Integrators, SaaS companies, and Colos.

Join 451 Research’s Al Sadowski, Research Vice President for Voice of the Service Provider, to see highlights from the inaugural Voice of the Service Provider Q1 2018 survey, and learn: 

  • The top service providers pain points
  • Which architectures service providers will use next for compute, storage, and networking
  • The areas where service providers are expanding services geographically 
  • The resources service providers turn to when they run out of datacenter floor space or power
  • How service providers leverage emerging technologies like GPUs, Blockchain, machine learning/AI, Microservices, and IoT
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451 Research springing into 2018 with changes and successes

The first quarter was a busy one at 451 Research, and it’s hard to believe spring is already here! Our global analyst team continues to be in high demand. To date in 2018, our analysts have met with more than 50 customers face-to-face, conducted more than 600 briefings, hosted 20 client webinars, and delivered over 300 hours of inquiry, speaking and strategy sessions. And if that’s not enough to keep us busy, we’ve also managed to publish more than 450 Market Insight reports and 50 long-form Technology and Business Insight reports and associated datasets.

As we kick off Q2, we are excited to announce some important changes and additions to our research organization. We’re also happy to introduce a new research delivery platform that will be available to 451 Research customers later this month. These changes will allow us to more effectively deliver on our core mission: to better serve our customers.
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HCTS Presents: The Voice of the Enterprise View on Digital Transformation: Obstacles

In this second piece in a three-part series, Amy Hedrick, Research Associate for the Voice of the Enterprise practice, examines some of the key themes currently being observed by 451 Research and how these relate to topical sessions at the upcoming Hosting + Cloud Transformation Summit, being held September 19-21 in Las Vegas.

Through our Voice of the Enterprise research, we interview dozens of IT professionals each quarter, across a variety of technology sectors – storage, datacenter transformation, security, cloud computing, Internet of Things and converged infrastructure. The agenda for HCTS 2016 addresses concerns we’re hearing from our enterprise commentators, as they describe how digital opportunities are transforming their IT ecosystems and the challenges that lie ahead. Digital transformation is real. Here’s a sampling of what we’ve heard.

Obstacles to Transformation – The path to a digital ‘Cloud First’ offering isn’t always smooth. Strategic planning may dictate a desired goal, but the bigger the organization, the more challenging it can be to change course to cloud. Public cloud and SaaS offerings have made it easy for business units to do their own IT, often termed ‘shadow IT,’ which raises security issues. And implementation of “go digital” mandates must include careful examination of all parts of the environment, including network, compute and storage.

¬∑         ‚ÄúThe largest hurdle ‚Ķ is culture and management. And having a common unified understanding of a cloud definition, and the technical experience to understand what benefits can be brought from the cloud. And that's really it in a nutshell.‚Äù (Finance)

¬∑         ‚ÄúWe don't necessarily discourage [shadow IT]. We encourage them to engage us with that, and get us to help them be safe about what they're trying to do and understand the pluses and minuses ‚Ķ and then try to protect them ‚Ķ and the company as a whole from whatever they're doing. Where it makes sense, we're trying to pull that into IT and offer that on a wider scale.‚Äú (Manufacturing)

¬∑         ‚ÄúIf we move you [and your existing application to cloud], then we've got a whole bunch of network connectivity things. We've got compliance issues. We might even have latency issues, things that we have to worry about. We're not sure how it‚Äôs all going to function and work.‚Äù (Government/Education)

¬∑         ‚ÄúBecause you signed a contract or because one of the first processes goes live on Salesforce, it doesn't mean that there's still not a bunch of on-premises systems supporting our sales organization, that those processes will be phased in to the Salesforce environment slowly. It's just the realization that if you're not ready to retire that system, we [can't] stop the lifecycle of the operating system or the server or whatever.‚Äù (Manufacturing)


Suggested HCTS sessions:

It’s Not Who You Know, It’s How You’re Connected: Interconnection’s Staggering Importance
Eric Hanselman, Chief Analyst, and Jim Davis, Senior Analyst, Networks & Media, 451 Research

A Shift in IT Equals a Shift in Security: How Cloud-Related Trends Are Affecting the Role of Security
Adrian Sanabria, Senior Analyst, Information Security



Descriptions for all HCTS sessions can be found on our event website. Register by July 22nd to take advantage of preferential rates and be a part of this year’s industry-defining event.


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