Customers and guests from across multiple sectors came together to hear a panel of industry experts reveal how their organisations can leverage tools and strategies to minimise IT costs and enable operating expenditure (OPEX) savings.

In our second #RightCloud event, in partnership with VMware, panellists including Christina Leung, principal economist for the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER), Glenn Phillips, head of project and digital services for the Financial Markets Authority (FMA), and Rhys Shannon, director of channels (Asia Pacific Japan) for CloudHealth by VMware revealed how organisations can simplify, restructure, and strengthen their IT operating model to better position themselves during the long-lasting COVID-19 pandemic.

“There has been an economy-wide downturn in confidence and business activity, as you might expect,” Christina said. “The high degree of uncertainty has led businesses to be more cautious about investment, which is just starting to ease in recent months.”

Guests also had the unique opportunity to hear from Glenn on how the FMA has adapted technology in its response to the pandemic.

“We’ve never seen such large volumes of data move around the organisation before. Our main concerns were around the security considerations,” he said.

Datacom’s Chief Information Officer, Karl Wright, also revealed what one of Datacom’s first steps was when faced with a potential lockdown.

“My first priority was to my people and their safety. We made the call pretty early that staff no longer needed to travel into work to do their job. Being a managed services business, we had all the tools that we needed to do that, but it still wasn’t easy.”

Your panelists

  • Christina Leung
    Principal Economist, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER)
  • Glenn Phillips
    Head of Project and Digital Services, Financial Markets Authority (FMA)
  • Rhys Shannon
    Director of Channels, Asia Pacific Japan, CloudHealth by VMware
  • Karl Wright
    Chief Information Officer, Datacom
    • Panel moderator
    Katarina Ruszczyk
    Digital Transformation Strategist

This live event is brought to you by Datacom in partnership with VMware.

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