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Moving Mission-Critical Applications to the Cloud

Learn how companies like GE, McGraw-Hill Education & others leverage cloud to deliver high quality experiences to customers

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Taking mission-critical applications out of their current data center environments and moving them to the cloud is usually not a simple matter of lift and shift. Companies leading the way in deploying customer-facing applications to either a public or a private cloud have learned the hard way that they must rethink how their applications are developed, deployed, instrumented and managed to maintain the level of service their customers expect.

In this panel discussion at 14th Cloud Expo, Nathan Anderson, an IT Leader - Innovation at GE Capital, Kacy Clarke, VP and Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners, and Shane Shelton, Sr. Director of Application Performance and Development Operations at McGraw-Hill Education, will discuss:

  • How companies like GE, McGraw-Hill Education and others leverage the cloud to deliver high quality experiences to their customers
  • Why typical data center oriented systems monitoring and operations are not sufficient for the distributed architecture of the cloud
  • How companies are enhancing their application development practices to incorporate greater resiliency, elasticity, DevOps, automated testing and performance monitoring to improve application alignment with cloud environments
  • How lessons of systems thinking can improve the manageability and quality of service delivered by cloud deployed applications

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Kacy Clarke is a Vice President and Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners. A respected expert in the transition from enterprise to cloud computing, she has consulted with a variety of Fortune 500 clients in the areas of cloud strategy, application migration to the cloud, DevOps, cloud data management' and high availability cloud architectures. She has 25+ years of experience in roles ranging from application development to strategic data management to infrastructure to enterprise architecture. Prior to joining Cloud Technology Partners, Kacy held IT leadership roles at Omgeo, Wellington Management, Cambridge Technology Partners, Logica, and Bellcore.

Shane Shelton is currently Sr. Director of Application Performance and Development Operations at McGraw-Hill Education working inside of their Global Technology Services group. Shane and his team are responsible for all AWS architecture, automation and release management at MHE. Prior to MHE, Shane worked as Director of IT and Data Center Operations for Plato Learning and Archipelago Learning.

Nathan Anderson is an IT Leader - Innovation at GE Capital.

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