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Tuesday, November 8 • 9:50am - 9:55am
Keynote: Journey to the Center of Digital Transformation - Ken Owens, CTO, Cisco

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Companies are being disrupted by smaller, more agile companies that are better able to leverage software and react more quickly to customer needs. Some recent, notable examples of this are Amazon, Uber, Netflix, and AirBnB. To survive, your company must put software at the center of its business strategy. At the very core of this software strategy are open source technologies. However, open source does have potential downsides that your strategy must to take into consideration. For example, open source projects like to take the happy path. In other words, operate in an ideal world where everything works and you can function in a self-contained bubble. Unfortunately, as we know all too well, stuff happens in the real world and you need to be prepared. Additionally, this journey can be difficult as culture and internal processes can become obstacles to realizing the transformation.

This keynote will provide a practical checklist for this journey, discuss the importance of understanding the role of open source, the importance of the CNCF and the Linux Foundation, and provide a simple blueprint to achieve digital transformation.

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Ken Owens

CTO, Cisco
Ken Owens is Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Native Platforms at Cisco. Ken is responsible for creating and communicating technical/scientific vision and strategy for Cisco’s cloud native technologies. He brings a compelling view of technology trends in enterprise IT (e.g. infrastructure... Read More →

Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:50am - 9:55am PST
Grand Ballroom BCD