Cyber Summit 2020 Workshops

In keeping with this year's theme, we are excited to announce two half-day workshops that will run concurrently during the afternoon of the first day of the Summit (Tuesday November 24). These online workshops are included in your general admission to the 2020 Cyber Summit.

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Creating A Great Student Experience From Any Device Anywhere, Efficiently and Cost Effectively

1:00pm - 4:00pm MST

Presented by:      Softchoice Logo

This three-part workshop will review how public institutions, like Athabasca University, have leveraged the AWS cloud to address challenges like remote student learning. It will also discuss how UBC students are using the Cloud Innovation Centre to solve real-world challenges. Finally, presenters will provide an overview of a program that helps institutions assess and optimize their current on-premises and/or cloud environments, and provide tips for migrating to the cloud.


1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Transforming Education: Athabasca University’s Journey to the Cloud - Watch Presentation

COVID-19 has highlighted new concerns for Education organizations globally – how to enable cost effective agile environments, support distance learning capabilities, as well as reduce costs due to lack of funding and reduced student enrollments. Learn how Athabasca University’s strategic digital transformation plan leveraging the AWS cloud has helped them overcome these challenges, and is now helping shape the future of learnings.

Speaker: Jennifer Schaeffer - VP of Information Technology and CIO, Athabasca University

2:05pm - 2:45pm MST
Innovation in Research & Education - Watch Presentation

UBC and AWS announced the launch of a Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC), the first of its kind in Canada. The centre supports student teams tackling real-world issues using cloud technology tools. Hear about some of the innovative projects that the CIC is working on, and how Cybera members can also leverage the CIC for their own requirements.

Speaker: Coral Kennett - Digital Innovation Lead, AWS

2:50pm - 4:00pm MST
Reducing & Optimizing Costs: Free Optimization & Licensing Assessment (OLA) - Watch Presentation 

AWS Optimization & Licensing Assessment (OLA) is a free program for organizations to assess and optimize current on-premises and/or cloud environments, based on actual resource utilization, third-party licensing, and application dependencies – even if your organization does not have plans to migrate to the cloud. For those organizations who are thinking of a migration to the cloud, use the AWS OLA to help you build your migration and licensing strategy on AWS.

Speakers: Dave Hansen - Microsoft Licensing Specialist, AWS
Skip Purdy - Cloud Infrastructure Innovation Leader, Softchoice

About Softchoice: Every day, thousands of organizations rely on Softchoice to provide insight and expertise that speeds the adoption of technology, while managing cost and risk.

About AWS: Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, offering over 175 fully featured services from data centers globally. Millions of customers—including Education organizations and government agencies—are using AWS to lower costs, become more agile, and innovate faster.

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Building Better Business Relationships - Watch Presentation

November 24, 2020, 2:00pm - 5:00pm MST

Presented by:    Value Shephard Logo

Staff within IT departments often feel like they operate in a different world than everyone else. Many wonder why their leaders don’t recognize the strategic importance of IT, and invite them to the strategic table. This webinar will provide strategies and takeaways on how you, as a CIO/Senior IT Leader, can help “bridge the gap” between the business administration and IT departments in order to foster better understanding and collaboration. We will explore how to transform that relationship from “IT as a Cost Centre” to “IT as a Value Centre”, enabling a willingness to invest in the digital transformation we must all undergo.

Speaker: John Krogh - President and CEO of Value Shepherd Inc.