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Roundtable: Tackling the Tough Cloud Integration Issues (Toronto)

On October 8, 2015, The IT Media Group brought together 17 IT executives from a variety of private and public-sector organizations in the Toronto area for a roundtable called “Tackling the Tough Cloud Integration Issues”. Sponsor for this CIO Master Series Roundtable was Salesforce, represented at the table by Chris Makkreel, Head of Solution Engineering.

As Cloud evolves, some enterprise systems may reside with one or more Cloud vendors while others remain on premises. Though not fully in control of all of these systems, CIOs will have to manage them as if they were a single computing environment. That will be a tall order, especially as hybrid environments expand and integration issues grow more complex.

This roundtable explored the challenges CIOs are facing with Cloud integration and delved into strategies for ensuring the integrity, accessibility, security and manageability of data in a hybrid environment.

The discussion encompassed some of the barriers still prevalent in the minds of many participants – compliance and security heading the list. However, most were either significantly invested in Cloud or committed to it as a near-term option for all but those applications dealing with the most sensitive data. Contract management and service levels occupied a good portion of the debate touching on legal issues, procurement and cyber insurance.

You can view the discussion of these and many other key discussion points in the highlight videos below.

Chris Makkreel added many valuable insights to the conversation, sharing his knowledge of customer experiences and articulating Salesforce’s value proposition as a leading integrated Cloud platform provider in a manner consistent with the informative nature of the conversation.

Session Highlights Videos

Security and the Cloud

It's not a question of if, but when we move to the Cloud. Security concerns remain, however, for highly critical data.


Cloud Standards and Compliance

There's a need to get into nitty-gritty details of vendors' implementations. Standard contracts can fall short of Canadian requirements.


Shadow IT as a Service

Many CIOs are embracing Shadow IT by providing service and support while ensuring users operate within an approved governance framework.


Post session interviews

Stephen Frank - Cloud Security and Risk Mitigation


Chris Makkreel - Vendor Relationships and Responsibilities


Mark Keating - Cloud Contracts and Vendor Management


Brian Turpin - Experience with Cloud and Comments on Roundtable


Brian Turpin - Improving the IT/User Relationship

About CIO Master Series roundtables

Roundtables produced by The IT Media Group provide the ideal format for frank and open discussion among IT executive peers, allowing them to explore issues in depth, with a judicious amount of expert facilitation. These sessions are designed specifically for small groups of IT leaders, enabling them to take away practicable new approaches, validate their own thoughts, brainstorm ideas, and share their successes and their pain.

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