IDC Infrastructure Future of Infrastructure: The digital future is built on Cloud

In-Person Event | Helsinki | November 15, 2022


The future of digital infrastructure is cloud in all its forms: private, hybrid and multicloud including edge. To use cloud successfully, organizations need to align their digital infrastructure with their business strategy and master 7 aspects of cloud:

1. Digital innovation and industry cloud
How do you build new digital products and services on your cloud platforms? How do you drive innovation in your industry and exchange data with customers and partners? How do you develop and run cloud-native applications in the most efficient way?

2. Application modernization

What is the right strategy for each application type? What should you do about ERP and mainframe workloads?

3. Data
How do you manage your data from the edge to the cloud in hybrid and multicloud architectures?

4. Intelligent CloudOps
How do you operate and govern a complex edge to cloud environment? How do you keep costs under control with CloudFinOps?

5. Skills
Should you develop skills internally or buy them through a managed service?

6. Digital sovereignty and regulations
What is coming down the line in terms of regulations and how can you execute on it?

7. Sustainability
How can you optimize your digital infrastructure for sustainability and how does the move to cloud help with sustainability accounting?

The move to cloud is no longer just a technology decision but increasingly a business decision that has a huge transformational potential for the entire organization. Strategy, skills, and culture are just as important for success as choosing the right technologies.

Change is the only certainty in IT, and to be ready to cope with change, future digital Infrastructure will need to be able to identify, analyze and respond to shifting requirements with minimal or no human intervention, in order to deliver at scale. The future of digital infrastructure will be a new way of looking at how to build, operate and enhance IT infrastructure in an integrated stack that is focused on application delivery, resiliency and flexibility.


Join & be inspired!

The conference will be held in Helsinki on the 15th of November 2022, bringing together IT professionals to:

  • Share experiences.
  • Be inspired on how to build business success on the Cloud.
  • Discuss the management trends, challenges, and technology building blocks in enabling successful hybrid multicloud environments.
  • Learn what the impact of multicloud transformation is on datacenter infrastructure.
  • Discuss what drivers and barriers will influence Infrastructure transformation.
  • Share thoughts about developing skills and the cultural change that follow the change in technology platform.
  • ...and a lot more!



Time Event & Speakers

Registration & breakfast


Welcome by IDC

Camilla Hove Toft

Conference Director

Cloud for business - how to build the digital infrastructure of the future

Rahiel Nasir

Associate Research Director - European Cloud, IDC United Kingdom and Ireland

The Cloud Riddle: A Retrospective Analysis

Scott Cairns

Chief Technology Officer & Head of Technology Consulting, T-Systems

Knowing the right time to move to the cloud can be a challenge, but do we sometimes stop to consider whether we have backed the wrong cloud for the right reasons, or perhaps we have the right cloud for the wrong reasons?

Understanding your business strategy and future growth path is just as important as knowing whether the systems you identified for cloud migration are the right ones and are ready for the cloud.

In this session, Scott Cairns walks through a hypothetical analysis of a cloud investment by a fictional organization, looking at the good and the problematic decisions made. He will explore the questions we should all consider when designing a cloud-centric strategy and share learnings to help you develop a successful plan that is aligned with your overall business objectives, cost effective and future proven. 



Fireside chat: What impact does a multicloud transformation have on datacenter infrastructure?

Ari Saareks

Chief Technology Officer, Finland & Baltic countries, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)

Jan Horsager

Research Director, IDC

In this presentation, Ari Saareks, will deep-dive into the following topics:

  • Multicloud means application modernization ->  datacenter infrastructure must follow this model including technology, financial models and data management
  • End user experience must be similar in all clouds (including own DC) -> this requires new approaches for DC and edge locations 
  • Security and continuity framework must cover everything same way



Coffee break & networking


The transformation of a sustainable manufacturing giant into a leader of cloud adoption

Matthew Buchanan

Manager of Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Services, Metso Outotec

Traditional companies stick to what they know especially when it comes to IT infrastructure. Cloud offers hundreds of services that don’t resonate well with our business like it might with a software company. (Infrastructure as Code, Functions, Kubernetes etc).

How do we transform that to a language that they understand?


Fireside chat: Digital Infrastructure for Digital Business - Blending physical & virtual in a sustainable way

Sami Holopainen

Managing Director, Equinix

Rahiel Nasir

Associate Research Director - European Cloud, IDC United Kingdom and Ireland

With high geo-political uncertainty and macro-economic headwinds in the world, businesses are looking for ways to manage costs and have the flexibility to quickly meet changes in demand, as well as doing this more sustainably. This fireside chat is about how companies can respond to these increased challenges by looking at how they operate their IT infrastructure and the opportunities that combining physical and virtual infrastructure offers.   

  1.  How are the challenges affecting customers’ plans for their digital transformation?
  2.  How should organizations think about their digital infrastructure?   
  3.  Sustainability is top of mind of every company - what is Equinix doing to help its customers to meet their sustainability goals? 



Lunch & networking


Fireside chat: How to get to the ROI: Do you have a life-cycle perspective for your cloud strategy?

Sakari Palko

CTO, T-Systems

Jan Horsager

Research Director, IDC

Rethinking AWS and Azure CloudOps for Digital Acceleration at Scale

Bruno Amaro Almeida

Head of Technology & Architecture | CTO | Consultant in Cloud, Security and Data, Fortum Corporation

There are many challenges and implications in enterprise public cloud management. The approach that worked for decades regarding on-premises datacenters and IT does not scale when it comes to public cloud operations. The increased technology complexity combined with a faster pace world that is accelerating it’s digital transformation needs cloud operations to be revised.

In this task, we are going to explore how cloud management evolved in an enterprise setting. I will share some real-world experiences, war stories and best practices for scaling cloud management and operations in a multi cloud enterprise environment.


Coffee break & networking


Digital sovereignty and regulations - what is coming down the line in terms of regulations and how can you execute on it?

Leena Kuusniemi

Legal Advisor & Country Manager, ICTLC Finland

Summary & Conclusion

Camilla Hove Toft

Conference Director

Rahiel Nasir

Associate Research Director - European Cloud, IDC United Kingdom and Ireland

Networking & EXPO


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