Leveraging Hybrid/Multicloud for Strategic Advantage in the Digital Era | HCLTech
Introduction to the topic

Enterprises are accelerating their digital transformation efforts to keep pace with changing customer expectations. In the digital era, the ability to drive innovation, business value and competitive differentiation is highly IT-dependent and increasingly data-centric, incorporating technologies such as AI/ML, advanced analytics, IoT, and edge computing.  Forward-looking IT leaders are embracing the challenge, but they require IT environments that can provide the agility and flexibility that cloud-native applications need and support the rationalization and modernization of pre-cloud IT infrastructure and applications. Hybrid/Multicloud IT, once an unintended consequence of unchecked technology sprawl, is emerging as a strategic posture designed to establish unified IT environments with the consistency, scale, speed, operational efficiency, security, and governance needed to support both IT and business transformation.

This webinar will yield insights and lessons for IT leaders that are formulating their cloud strategies for the hybrid/multicloud era. Topics will include:

  • The hybrid/multicloud landscape
  • The digital imperative: application modernization and emerging technologies
  • Organizational benefits of unified IT platforms: collaborative innovation across business silos
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Introduction to the speakers
Melanie Posey
Melanie Posey
Research Vice President and General Manager, Voice of the Enterprise 451 Research

Melanie Posey is the Research Vice President and General Manager for 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud Transformation offering. She focuses on tracking, analyzing and anticipating the pace and nature of enterprise cloud adoption.

Prior to joining 451 Research, Melanie spent more than 15 years at IDC in a variety of roles, providing analysis, forecasting and insight for the cloud, hosting, datacenter, managed services and telecommunications markets. At IDC, Melanie received numerous awards for research, collaboration, sales support and client service, including being named runner-up for the prestigious James Peacock Memorial Award.

During her more than 20-year career in the technology research and consulting arena, Melanie has been quoted extensively in the business and technology trade press, and is a frequent speaker at industry and client events.

Melanie holds an M.A. in international relations/international economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a division of Johns Hopkins University, an M.A. in political science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a B.A. in French from Amherst College.

Kalyan Kumar
Kalyan Kumar
Corporate Vice President & CTO

Kalyan Kumar B (KK),Corporate Vice President & CTO. Kalyan is widely acknowledged as an expert and path-breaking thinker and practitioner on BSM/ITSM & IT Architecture and Cloud Platforms and has developed many IPs for the company in these domains. He is responsible for defining, building and implementing next gen services like Digital workplace, Autonomics/AI, Next Gen Data Centers & Networks, Cloud & DevOps, Security & GRC etc. He has been presented with industry awards for his thought leadership in the IT Management and Cloud Computing space.

Stefanie Chiras
Stefanie Chiras
Senior Vice President and General Manager, RHEL Business Unit Red Hat
Stefanie Chiras is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® (RHEL) Business Unit at Red Hat. In this role, she is responsible for the definition, execution, and delivery of the RHEL product line on a global scale. Prior to joining Red Hat in 2018, Chiras served as Vice President of Offering Management at IBM Cognitive Systems. As part of the Cognitive Systems brand team, she led the worldwide business for the systems portfolio, AIX, IBM i, LINUX, the system software portfolio, and the cloud stack. She also led the portfolio’s transformation to support both enterprise workloads and artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning. Chiras has extensive experience in both business and technology. Her technical roles range from silicon technology to system architecture, as well as both Power Systems and System z processor design. She has also served as a member of IBM’s Research Division, IBM Systems and Technology Group Development, and the Power Systems brand.