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Seattle, WA, United States, 2010/10/20 - Westcon Group, Australia’s leading distributor for converged networking, security and storage, invites you to ‘Imagine’, our complimentary business technology road show, at Melbourne’s Crown Conference Centre on Friday October 22.
Through a series of visionary presentations, world renowned keynote speakers and hands on technical demonstrations, Westcon Group will showcase a diverse range of IT centric vendors and technologies in a 5 star arena.
Imagine has been designed specifically for IT resellers, integrators and technology focused end users. The day will be informative, fun, and packed with interactive activities and sessions to get you excited about the IT industry.
Technology discussion panels
This year Imagine will host 2 professionally facilitated technical panels in conjunction with multiple business partners to openly discuss solutions to customer's critical business issues. The panel is designed to be as interactive as possible and encourages Q&A to be raised before and during the sessions. To submit your questions in advance to ensure they are addressed on the day please click here.
Cloud computing – how can users separate the hype from reality
Presented by Aruba, Cisco, EMC, F5, Juniper and SMX
The IT industry has spent more time over the past year talking about clouds than the Bureau of Meteorology. Some see cloud computing as the way ahead for IT service delivery. They argue that it will enable CIOs to be more efficient as they can scale up and down their IT resources according to business demand. Others contend that issues like security, training, pricing models and performance need to be addressed before CIOs are likely to fully embrace cloud computing. This panel discussion will examine both sides of these arguments, and plenty in-between, to allow the audience to assess whether cloud computing is a realistic solution for a CIO today.
Has too much choice made business communication more difficult?
Presented by Avaya, Cisco, Check Point, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks
Technology has increasingly facilitated the ability of business to communicate with their staff, customers and partners through a variety of channels. Yet while this poses many opportunities for more insightful dialogue it also poses significant potential security risks. This panel discussion will look at the strengths and weaknesses of emerging communication mediums and technologies like social media, unified communications and high definition video conferencing with a particular focus on how to address potential security challenges they might present. The dialogue aims to help define where the panellists believe each is most applicable and where an alternative approach may be more appropriate.
Vendor ShowCase Arena
Indulge in the experience of our Imagine showcase arena. Purpose designed with the IT executive and technical expert in mind, Imagine brings you world renowned brands with hands on opportunities to touch, play and test equipment in this live environment.
The IT centric arena will feature an impressive array of industry thought leaders, each represented at their exhibition stand.
Take advantage of this opportunity to network with fellow IT colleagues while keeping up to date with the latest in Converged Networking, Security and Storage. Imagine will also showcase some of Australia's leading business and economic experts who will not only present throughout the day, but also be on hand in the Imagine arena to offer advice and an array of subjects that Australian IT business sector faces today.
Imagine promises an overload of information on emerging technologies and the latest business tactics to ensure you succeed in tomorrow's world.
08.00am Registration, open all day
08.45am - 08.55am Opening Welcome to Imagine 2010
Leigh Howard, Managing Director - Westcon Group
08.55am - 09.50am Keynote - Cisco Tony Wright - Cisco
09.55am - 10.25am Stream 1 - Avaya
Stream 2 - Palo Alto Networks People Centric Communications. Reinventing the way we collaborate. Rick Seeto - Avaya
Rene Bonvanie, Global VP of Marketing - Palo Alto Networks
10.30am - 11.00am Stream 1 - Juniper
Stream 2 - EMC Cloud Builders: A Winning Infrastructure Strategy. Dean Sheffield and Matt Miller, Director, Systems Engineering - Juniper Networks
Brent Franich - EMC
11.00am - 11.20am Morning Tea Sponsor Trade Show Arena Open
11.25am - 12.10pm Keynote - Westpac Bank State of the Economy. Bill Evans, Chief Economist - Westpac Bank
12.15pm - 13.15pm Panel Discussion: Cloud computing – how can users separate the hype from reality?
Aruba, Cisco, EMC, F5, IBM, Juniper, SMX
Facilitator: Peter Hind - Coalface
13.15pm - 13.55pm Lunch Sponsor Trade Show Arena Open
14.00pm - 14.45pm Keynote - Check Point Delivering business agility, securely. Scott McKinnel - Check Point
14.50pm - 15.35pm NBN Update
Be careful what you wish for - Possibilities and Pitfalls of universal broadband. Paul Brooks, Lead Consultant - Communications Alliance NBN Project
15.40pm - 16.40pm Panel Discussion: Has too much choice made business communication more difficult? Avaya, Cisco, Check Point, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, Polycom Facilitator: Peter Hind - Coalface
16.45pm - 17.45pm Drinks, Nibbles and Prize Draws $1000's of prizes to be given away in each city.