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Roundtable: Modern Strategies for Digital Resilience

Canadian businesses continue to prioritize digitization to satisfy the needs of their stakeholders and improve operational efficiencies. Over the last decade, most organizations have turned to the public cloud to accomplish their modernization mandates. This approach helped CIOs to realize cloud benefits while addressing the talent shortage to operate in new environments.

While public cloud spending continues to increase, investments in private cloud are also forecasted to grow. Factors driving this dual focus include workloads and data that must be on-premises, unsustainable cloud cost growth, and modern advancements enabling private cloud. As a result, organizations realize that a hybrid cloud (a mix of public and private clouds) should be part of their technology blueprint.

With these principles in mind, The IT Media Group brought together 20 cross-industry IT executives for a roundtable entitled "Modern Strategies for Digital Resilience." The session uncovered approaches for achieving digital resilience as organizations modernize their cloud strategies.

Jeff Ishii, Chief Technologist at The IT Media Group, moderated the roundtable. Also participating were executives from the session sponsors, Hitachi Vantara Head of Central and West Canada Chuck Canfield and Canadian CTO Andrew Close.

Roundtable participants discussed the challenges and best practices for the following topic areas:

1. Enhancing the cloud strategy

  • Public cloud lessons learned
  • Cloud workload and data placement considerations
  • Business casing for a private cloud
  • Hybrid cloud enablers

2. Achieving cyber resilience

  • Protecting data from cyber-attacks
  • Recovering from a cyber incident

Roundtable participants described the lessons learned from their cloud journeys. Charles Canfield noted, “Organizations find that their data needs to be in multiple places.” Canfield explained that Canadian companies increasingly choose a hybrid cloud approach for cost and security reasons. He added that enterprise risk mitigation satisfies a variety of components for a private cloud business case. “We’re seeing organizations that have been on a cloud first strategy start to pull back and embrace hybrid cloud instead.” Roundtable participants discussed how factors such as business continuity, disaster recovery, technical debt management, data privacy, cost containment, and the ability to meet SLAs play a crucial role when deciding to invest in a hybrid cloud.

The session covered the importance of cyber resiliency to recover quickly from a security incident. Andrew Close stated, “Companies aren’t protecting their data as they should. Some organizations still don’t have proper ransomware recovery processes in place.” Close advises enterprises to take a “before, during, and after” approach to cyber security instead of just focusing on the proactive aspects. He added, “If we can’t completely protect ourselves from being hacked, we have to look at how we can improve recovery after an attack.” Close recommends that CIOs work with business units to categorize critical data elements and define their RTO/RPO requirements to support development of their cyber resilience strategies.

All participants will receive a strategic insights report containing more than 75 tactics organizations use to address their challenges.

Session highlights

Cloud Workload and Data Placement Factors

Business Casing for Private/Hybrid Cloud

Enabling Cyber Resiliency

Public Cloud Lessons Learned


Post session interviews

Charles Canfield, Head, Central & Western Canada, Hitachi Vantara

Andrew Close, Canadian CTO, Hitachi Vantara

The IT Media Group's CIO roundtables are among the most successful event programs for IT executives, bringing together scores of senior-level peers for thoughtful private discussions around the top issues facing enterprise IT. For a better understanding of these events, please visit our Video section.

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