Keynotes

Data Center World Global 2018 will feature four exciting and informative keynote addresses from some of the industry's top leaders. Read on to learn more...

Effectively Managing Digital Transformation

Kim Stevenson, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Data Center Infrastructure, Lenovo
Tuesday, March 13: 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Keynote Description: Digital transformation is impacting change in every industry. As new, innovative business models overturn entrenched business models, we all need to fast track an effective technology strategy to foster innovation. Kim Stevenson, Lenovo's SVP and GM, a former CIO and thought leader on transformation, walks through the key drivers of digital transformation and gives real world advice on how to drive impactful change today.

About Kim Stevenson: As Lenovo’s Senior Vice President and General Manager for Data Center Infrastructure Kimberly (Kim) Stevenson is responsible for product management business, product marketing, building end-to-end teams aligning product development, quality, supply chain, services and the customer experience. Kim is a highly respected and accomplished executive with deep understanding of data center technologies and customer needs.

Kim has spent the past eight years at Intel, most recently as Chief Operating Officer for the Client, Internet of Things and System Architecture (CISA) Group. Prior to that, she was Intel’s Chief Information Officer. Before Intel, she spent seven years at the former EDS, now DXC Technology, holding a variety of positions including Vice President of its Worldwide Communications, Media and Entertainment (CM&E) Industry Practice, as well as Vice President of Enterprise Service Management, where she oversaw the global development and delivery of enterprise services.

Before EDS, Kim spent 18 years at IBM in several executive positions including Vice President of Marketing and Operations of the eServer iSeries division. She also has served on the board of directors of Cloudera and Riverbed Technology and is currently serving on the board of Boston Private Financial Holdings, Inc.

Stevenson won numerous awards including Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Best CIO, an Evanta Top 10 Breakaway Leader, and Huffington Post’s Most Social CIO as well as the CIO 100 award by CIO.com for four years in a row. She was named the Woman of Excellence Digital Trailblazer by the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE). Kim earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Cornell University. In her free time, Kim is an avid tennis player and enjoys kayaking and paddle boarding.



Diversity in the Data Center Industry: The Race for Talent

Joe Kava, Vice President Global Data Centers, Google
Heather Dooley, Data Center Business Operations, Google
Thursday, March 15: 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Keynote Description: The data center construction market is projected to be a $22 billion industry by 2019 and overall public cloud spend is projected to increase to over $200 billion by 2020 (Forbes). But there’s a hidden threat to this future growth: the race for talent. How can we build a talent pool that reflects the marketplace and increases innovation and performance? Join Joe and Heather as they talk about our industry challenges and what’s driving them; the threat of talent scarcity and its impact on industry growth; the leak in the talent pipeline … and how to fix it.

About Joe Kava: His current responsibilities include engineering, construction management and delivery, critical facility operations, environmental health and safety, sustainability, and physical security for Google’s global fleet of data centers. Joe joined Google in 2008 from RagingWire Data Centers, a privately held colocation provider in Sacramento, California. While at RagingWire, Joe served as the company’s chief operating officer, where his responsibilities included design, construction, facility operations, managed services, business planning, and development.

Prior to joining the data center industry, Joe spent 17 years in the semiconductor industry, working at LSI Logic and Applied Materials in various technical and executive roles, such as process and product development, new product introductions, engineering operations, business development, general management, and IT operations. He holds four U.S. patents for his work in reactive ion and plasma etch technology while at Applied Materials. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

During his tenure at Google, Joe has been a staunch advocate for building sustainable data centers and implementing Google’s cloud computing strategy. He is passionate about educating the global data center industry so that others can benefit from the efficiency best practices pioneered by Google.

About Heather Dooley: For nearly 20 years Heather has been developing internet infrastructure from the first days of DSL to today’s scaled data center services. Heather coordinates near-term strategic objectives for Google’s global data center organization and is responsible for developing long-term planning. She also leads program management for metrics and analytics, new products, documentation and communications. Prior to Google, Heather was responsible for private cloud product management, data center commercial portfolio management and business development for companies including Microsoft and Earthlink. She is passionately involved in developing opportunities for women in technology through volunteering, mentoring and leading corporate initiatives. Heather earned both a bachelor’s degree and MBA with honors from Gonzaga University.

The Art of Cyber Conflict

Henry J. Sienkiewicz, Technology Theorist | Author | Chief Innovation and Revenue Officer, Secure Channels
Wednesday, March 14: 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Keynote Description: In a very provoking and highly insightful manner, “The Art of Cyber Conflict” applies Sun Tzu's classic, “The Art of War,” to the issues of operating and defending in cyberspace. With a fresh perspective, it allows individuals and organizations get beyond the day-to-day and to think strategically about how to recognize, remediate, and respond to the emerging threats through the application of Sun Tzu’s timeless framework to the emerging cyber domain. From a technology-independent perspective, Henry focuses on knowing and understanding cyber, the cyber environment, the cyber actors, and this constantly evolving form of modern conflict, while concurrently providing direct approaches to recognize, remediate, and resolve the underlying threats.

About Henry J. Sienkiewicz: Henry J. Sienkiewicz is a well-recognized thought leader in the fields of emerging technology and practical philosophy. Henry served in multiple positions within the United States Federal Senior Executive Service 2008 until 2013, most notably as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Designated Authorizing Authority (DAA) for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In that role, he served as the senior decision authority and was personally liable for the cyber security posture of the DoD’s enterprise level networks and computing services, to include the White House Communications Agency (WHCA) and the Situation Room He is currently the Chief Innovation and Revenue Officer for Secure Channels, an encryption company, and a Fellow at the Department of Homeland Security’s Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame, and a Masters of Science from the Johns Hopkins University.


State of the Data Center Industry Report

Panel of DCI Board of Directors Members
Moderated by Bill Kleyman, CTO, MTM Technologies
Tuesday, March 13: 8:15 am - 9:15 am

Keynote Description:
Whether you’re a c-level executive, data center facilities director, or data center IT operations professional, you are being challenged – possibly more than ever before – by any number of disruptive technologies. The bi-annual State of the Data Center Industry presentation delivers a macro perspective of how our industry as a whole is approaching the modern data center and how you can embrace and prepare for the new trends. This survey is produced by AFCOM’s Data Center Institute board of directors and is executed in the spirit of helping the industry better strategize for success in the upcoming three years. This compelling synopsis will take an analytical look at the unprecedented challenges facing modern data center today and how professionals, like yourselves, are meeting them. Explore a window into the future and the imminent trends that will define it.

Complementing the state-of-the-industry presentation, the results of the AFCOM Leaders Labs will also be unveiled during this general session. All in attendance will receive copies of the hot-off-the-press whitepapers providing actionable insights and guidance on the topics of big data and machine learning, disaster prevention and recovery, energy efficiency, data center model assessment, IoT, and security. This content is certified by the Data Center Institute board of directors and is the culmination of in-depth dialog and collaborative work of the Leaders Lab participants who worked side-by-side to tackle the rapidly changing demands on the data center and map out recommendations for future directions.

About Bill Kleyman: Bill Kleyman is an enthusiastic technologist who is the CTO at MTM Technologies. Bill's work has been published and referenced on WindowsITPro, Data Center Knowledge, InformationWeek, NetworkComputing, and many others. Recently, Bill was ranked #16 and #4 globally in the Onalytica study which reviewed the top 100 most influential individuals in the cloud and security landscapes, respectively.