B2B networking specialists Chief Wine Officer and host Rackspace, invite you to attend an extraordinary evening. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion led by Joel Friedman (CTO, Rackspace), a 5-star gourmet dining experience, and a premium fine wine and champagne tasting hosted by a Master of Wine (1 of only 384 in the world).
Throughout the night our guests will have the opportunity to network amongst their peers, learn why & how IT leaders must become business leaders, and discover how to stop thinking about cloud as an infrastructure upgrade and start thinking about it as a way to drive business outcomes and boost innovation.
IT leaders are tasked with making decisions about new technologies that will drive their businesses forward to a post-digital world. From technology to infrastructure and from processes to people, each of these are crucial elements when driving change. We will talk through why a ‘process-first, technology-second’ mindset can help you transform your environment and make you a digital leader. Guests will gain strategic insight on leveraging multi-cloud strategies and the various services and support needed to turn disruption into true transformation.
Joel Friedman – Chief Technology Officer, Rackspace
Joel is the Chief Technology Officer at Rackspace where he is responsible for product engineering, setting the long-term technical strategy and driving technological innovation around the company’s portfolio.
Joel has been a technology professional for nearly two decades, including 14 years in the hosting industry, specializing in information security and cloud technologies.
In 2015, he was named CSO of the Year by The New Jersey Technology Council, thanks to his innovation and creativity in planning and deploying enterprise systems, future IT goals, management philosophy and service to the industry and community.
This dinner is exclusively limited to 15 C-level & SVPs working in IT and Technology.
Rackspace is modernising IT in today’s multi-cloud world. Rackspace deliver certified expertise and integrated managed services across public and private clouds, managed hosting and enterprise applications.
Dell is a powerhouse of seven technology leaders, and is committed to transforming businesses, shaping the future of innovation and developing technologies to drive human progress.
Champagne will be served in…
We will mix business with pleasure: the serious business of wine tasting together with the pleasure of connecting with senior peers, colleagues and friends from your industry. Alongside the four-course gourmet dinner, there will be a wine tasting, hosted by entertaining wine speaker.
This part of the evening involves some light-hearted wine-related team competition, with the winner receiving the ultimate accolade – the Chief Wine Officer.
Joel Butler is the first resident Master of Wine in the US, and has been in the wine industry for 44 years. He’s been involved in all facets: retail, wholesale, import, restaurant wine-buying, journalism, winemaking/growing, and education. He judges at wine shows across the world, and co-authored ‘Divine Vintage: Following the Wine Trail from Genesis to the Modern Age’, which won the 2012 Gourmand UK Best Wine book award.
One sparkling wine, one champagne
Paired with two white wines
Paired with two red wines
Paired with two red wines
Enjoyed with a dessert wine
Located on Seattle’s waterfront, the Edgewater Hotel boasts views over Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. The historic hotel features rustic-chic decor and offers guests award-winning Pacific Northwest cuisine.
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Enabling IT Leaders to Become Better Business Leaders
The Edgewater Hotel, 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle WA 98121
Date: Thursday 26th September