Sometimes life’s successes are all about being in the right place at the right time. Fortunately this is not one of them. IBM’s businessConnect andSolutionsConnect events in Sydney offered all you need to know about cloud, storage, consolidation, optimisation… and a bit more besides. If you missed it, fear not: the Frequently Asked (Cloud) Questions Team is on standby to give you the rundown on what you missed.


For business decision makers, BusinessConnect highlights included an inspiring keynote session from IBM’s ANZ General Manager Andrew Stevens, Business Leadership in the Era of “Smart”. Mark Bouris, host of Celebrity Apprentice Australia entertained the audience with a series of thought-provoking anecdotes before breakout sessions divided into areas of customer, financial, technology, HR and operations.


Among the most useful sessions were those offering insight into assessing whether your business is cloud ready; determining where cloud works for your business and what you should keep firmly in the data centre (for now); and planning considerations for a successful transition.


SolutionsConnect delved deeper into the challenges facing today’s technologists. Case studies included Coca-Cola Amatil’s explanation of “Leading with Cloud – the Only Option”. It wasn’t all about big business though; for organisations large and small, sessions on intelligent security, analytics and mobility were well received. A jam session with New Inventors host James O’Loghlin about “Clarity on Cloudy Issues” helped unravel some of cloud’s conundrums.


Best of all at the two events, though, were the coffee cart discussions, with people from all kinds of businesses firing their toughest questions at the FACQT team, who lived up to their motto of “the harder the cloud problem, the more we enjoy solving it”.


If you couldn’t make it last week, message us and we’ll be glad to give you a rundown of the sessions that interested you. And if you’re in Brisbane, fear not – we can catch you on the 27th and 28th at the Convention Centre.


Made it to the event in Sydney? What were your own highlights?

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