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Here Today, Where Tomorrow? How IT Leaders Should be Prepared for an Unplanned Future

October 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm

We’re combining our experience in the physical and digital spaces to bring Chief Wine Officer to your door.
The networking continues!

CWO : DIGITAL, Rackspace Technology and VMware present a virtual experience – with real wine

Here Today, Where Tomorrow? How IT Leaders Should be Prepared for an Unplanned Future

WHAT’S ON THE VIRTUAL AGENDA

At this exclusive CWO : Digital, Rackspace Technology and VMware event, lock-in virtually to discover how businesses are adapting in response to recent global events, and how you can ensure business continuity to keep your teams operational now and in the future. You will be joined by leading industry experts and one of only 395* Masters of Wine, who will take you on a virtual wine tasting journey – with real wines delivered straight to your door.

In light of recent unforeseen circumstances, organisations have had to make swift decisions regarding the way they do business. Traditionally, IT leaders have managed their own data centers, but with a reduction in workforce, furloughed staff and a shift into ecommerce, this has now become a burden. To ensure for resilient and agile operations in the event of a future unexpected crisis, now is the time to future-proof your business by implementing multi-cloud solutions that can further optimise your IT environment and ensure business continuity and resilience.

Take your seat around this virtual roundtable as leaders of Rackspace Technology share findings and expert advice on how to stay prepared for an unpredictable future. Discover how the cloud can provide vital connectivity for businesses at speed, ensuring workers can access critical business information while enabling secure real-time collaboration between colleagues. The ability of rapid deployments means strict timelines and budgets can be met.

Attendees will also gain insight on:

  • Remote working solutions
  • On-demand disaster recovery solutions
  • Data centre exits & complex migrations

Exclusive to just 15 senior and executive IT leaders, don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to network virtually and connect with industry leading peers while enjoying a selection of the finest wines. In true CWO : Digital style, the evening will end with some light-hearted competition as our Master of Wine puts your palates to the test and crowns one lucky winner the enviable title of Chief Wine Officer!

GUEST SPEAKERS

ANDREW BRIERLEY

General Manager, UK, Rackspace Technology


As the U.K. General Manager Andy is focused on accelerating the growth of Rackspace Technology™. He aims to establish Rackspace Technology as the partner of choice that adds business value to customers using the world’s best cloud technologies.
As an outstanding visionary and leader, Andy has extensive experience in solving complex business challenges to ensure commercial success. During the course of his career, Andy has developed deep expertise in enterprise software and IT service management.

Andy joined Rackspace Technology in 2020, bringing over 20 years’ of industry experience. He was previously at IBM where his most recent role was Vice President and Executive Partner for Cloud Application Innovation. During his time at IBM, he was also Vice President of IT Systems Integration and Consulting as well as Vice President of Strategic Outsourcing.

His commitment to technology began with his BSc in Computing Science and Computer Software Engineering, from Lancaster University. Andy is a member of the Deans Council and an honorary teaching fellow at Lancaster University.
Andy lives in London with his family and in his spare time enjoys sky diving.

NEIL WARD

Director of Strategic Deals, EMEA, Rackspace Technology


As Rackspace Technology™ Director of Strategic Deals for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions, Neil is primarily responsible for the growth of strategic enterprise acquisitions and public sector businesses. He also manages the growth and development of strategic channels and alliance markets. When it comes to customers, Neil focuses on delivering high value financial and operations benefits using transformational multicloud solutions. Additionally, he is also dedicated to building unique value complimentary services that drive business outcomes.

Neil’s expertise spans digital banking and eco-systems, AI, ITaaS, as well as complex business case development and financial engineering strategies. He has more than 25 years of experience In IT services leadership roles. Before joining Rackspace Technology in 2020, he had spent nine years at IBM with his most recent senior role being China Executive Client Services & Senior Deal Leader. Neil has also previously worked at CSC (DXC), Logica (CGI) and Sopra-Steria. One of the many highlights from his career includes being co-founder of Lotus Business Partner, Impact Software Plc. He also served nine years in the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a Telecoms Engineer. During his time in the RAF Neil both designed and built the first Ground Radio Engineering IT system on Unix SVR4.

Neil has lived and worked in many countries, including Canada, India, Hong Kong and China. While in China, he learned to speak Mandarin to a conversational level. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing, cycling and has toured Europe, Nepal and Tibet on his motorbike.

WHO’S ATTENDING

This exclusive experience is open to just 15 senior IT and cloud leaders working in the most forward-thinking companies in the country.

It is the perfect opportunity to meet and network with peers from your industry, all while learning about an innovative cloud solutions from Rackspace Technology.

Register now to secure your place.

YOUR HOST


Rackspace Technology is the number one provider of IT-as-a-Service in today’s multi-cloud world. They deliver certified expertise and integrated managed services across public and private clouds, as well as managed hosting and enterprise applications.


VMware virtualises computing, from the data centre to the cloud to mobile devices, to help their customers be more agile, responsive, and profitable.

RSVP HERE  4 places left

The event was fantastic – interesting discussion, fine wine and all from the safety of home! Thank you!
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One of the best business events I’ve been to, I really like the concept.
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CHIEF WINE OFFICER : DIGITAL EXPERIENCE

SAM CAPORN

Master of Wine


Our premium event series is all about mixing business with pleasure. This virtual event brings together high-level business discussions and networking. We also nicely blend the virtual and physical spaces, inviting guests to sample the finest wines from home, guided by the best wine-tasters in the world.

But it doesn’t stop there – you’ll also get to take part in light competition to put your newfound wine knowledge to the test. Join us to take part in our wine expert’s wine-related competition to see if you can win the title of Chief Wine Officer.

Sam has been in the wine trade for over twenty years, travelled the world extensively, writing, buying and blending wines for the UK market. She is 1 of only 380 people worldwide to hold the prestigious title of Master of Wine and only 1 of 13 women to have ever won the coveted Madame Bollinger Medal for Excellence in Tasting. Sam is a wine consultant to one of the UK’s largest retailers, has appeared regularly on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, a wine judge, and a partner of The Wine Gang (consumer wine festivals and events).

3 FINE WINES 1 WINNER

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DELIVERY

Wine delivered to your door
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INTRODUCTIONS

Champagne welcome
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PRESENTATION

Keynote Speech 1 + Q&A
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WHITE WINE

White wine tasting session
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PRESENTATION

Keynote Speech 2 + Q&A
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RED WINE

Red wine tasting session
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DISCUSSION

Interactive Q&A
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COMPETITION

CWO Winner Announced
A novel experience for me, and very enjoyable. Format worked really well, and interesting mix of presenters and guests (and wine to balance it all). Thank you to the CWO team!

EVENT DIRECTOR

HARRIET ADAMSON

020 3687 3967


EVENT HOST

CRAIG MCCARTNEY

020 3687 3941


SUMMARY

CWO, Rackspace Technology and VMware present

Here Today, Where Tomorrow? How IT Leaders Should be Prepared for an Unplanned Future

Details

Date:
October 15
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:15 pm
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Organizer

Harriet Adamson