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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Prepping for HCTS – Q&A with Research Vice President Melanie Posey

Continuing with our “Prepping for HCTS – Q&A” series, I took a minute to catch up with Research Vice President Melanie Posey. Melanie has spoken at HCTS a number of times and we look forward to her taking the stage once again.

Q: What did you discuss last year?

A: Last year I talked about how important it is for service providers to “partner for success” in the digital era.

Q: What was your biggest take away from last year’s HCTS?

A: My biggest takeaway from HCTS last year was that cloud is now mainstream IT – it’s time for service providers to start thinking about how they work with the hyperscale providers going forward and the types of 1+1=3 value propositions will be most compelling to customers.

Q: What will you be discussing in this session?

A: We’ll be discussing the ways in which the dynamics of enterprise IT will evolve in an era where public clouds are the increasingly dominant IT platform. This session will also look at the changes in buying behavior, skills requirements, and IT organizational structure being brought about by the imperatives of digital transformation.

Q: Why should HCTS attendees find this session valuable/what can they hope to gain? Figure 1
A: According to VoTE survey respondents, 86% of organizations agree that digital technology has a significant or moderate impact on their industries, but only 39% have formal strategies in place to mitigate the impact of it (Figure 1). In this session, attendees will get a glimpse of what lies ahead in the “post-cloud” digital transformation-focused future: where partnering is a requirement (and not an option) and where IT vendors’ success depends largely on their ability to help customers navigate the design, implementation, and operations management challenges in the journey toward business-centric IT modernization.

Q: Why are you excited to attend this year’s HCTS? 

A: I’m excited about HCTS this year because we’re at a turning point in the IT industry. As business and IT become ever more aligned, we’re seeing a democratization of IT within organizations. We have our ideas on how this is changing things in the IT space – we’re interested in hearing about attendees’ experiences, too!

Join Melanie at HCTS 2018 to hear her discuss the future of enterprise IT in a public cloud dominate world. HCTS will be held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, September 24-26. Keep an eye out for the other posts in our ongoing series, including the previous Q&A with Matt Aslett.  

Figure 1 is from Voice of the Enterprise (VoTE) – Digital Pulse: Budgets & Outlook 2017

 

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