9 Must-See Pivotal Talks at Dell Tech World

April 24, 2019 Courtney McShane

Dell Tech World is right around the corner, and there’s a lot to look forward to. Learn about everything from how you can transform your applications, to building a resilient multi-cloud environment, to the ins and outs of Kubernetes, and more.

With so many great sessions on the schedule, we know how hard it can be to choose from all the options, and have broken down the must-attend sessions at this year’s conference. For the comprehensive list of all Pivotal events, click here. For the deep dive, continue on.


Hear from Industry Leaders on their Digital Transformation Journeys

T.Mobile, Dell.com, and Raytheon are just a sampling of the industry leaders who are sharing their journeys of innovating and iterating on their processes and culture. Hear first-hand experience and lessons learned on how these trailblazers are transforming their organizations and building software that their developers, and customers love (on top of world-class infrastructure).   


The Evolution of IT at T-Mobile from IaaS to PaaS to CaaS to FaaS

At T-Mobile, the IT team is dedicated to innovation through experimentation. Through new offerings and expected merger with Sprint, the organization continues to grow and expand.  The IT organization is actively preparing to scale up their resources to absorb new subscribers. Yosef Yaaran, T-Mobile’s Principal Architect will share his developer perspective of the journey from IaaS to PaaS to CaaS and current experimentations with FaaS platforms interview-style with Pivotal’s Courtney McShane.  

  • Monday, Apr 29, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM  & Wednesday, May 1, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

  • Speakers: Yosef (Seffi) Yaaran, T-Mobile; Courtney McShane, Pivotal


Evolving Customer Engagement at Dell.com

Dell.com has leveraged Pivotal’s products and services to drive better performance for customers yielding business results.  Dell’s Harsh Acharya and Pivotal’s Michael Wood will showcase how Dell is evolving the online buyer experience with PCF and Pivotal Labs Methodology.  The experience has been leveraged to help other legacy code-base companies with significant data gravity.

  • Monday, Apr 29, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM  & Wednesday, May 1, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Speakers: Harsh Acharya, Dell; Michael Wood, Pivotal


How to Improve Scale, Sustainability, Security, and Speed All While Driving Savings

What is the economic cost of the delay in getting new features to production? Once the feature is in production do you have trouble handling increased load? Does the business experience downtime? Do you know where you are vulnerable to attack? To effectively leverage the beauty of ZERO downtime on-premises, the key factor is to ensure lower levels of infrastructure are up-to-date, secure and stable. In this session hear from Raytheon’s David Appel, Senior Director, Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services to learn how a full-stack Cloud Native solution brought the best of Dell Technologies in one via Pivotal Ready Architecture (PRA). Dell Tech and Raytheon have partnered to speed the delivery of new capabilities to the military faster than ever before.

  • Monday, Apr 29, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM– Murano 3201A

  • Speakers: David Appel, Raytheon; Michael Rhodes, Pivotal; Courtney McShane, Pivotal


Listen to World Class Experts Discuss Kubernetes

Kubernetes: Addressing The Real World Challenges

Kubernetes is one of the fastest growing open source technologies, but real-world production usage has yet to catch up with the hype. Walk away from this session empowered by the ability to see through the Kubernetes enthusiasm to the real-world limitations in order to safely deploy in production.  You will hear from VMware’s Craig McKluckie (founder of Heptio), Pivotal’s Chad Sakac, and Dell EMC’s George Greenleaf.

  • Tuesday, Apr 30, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Panel: Craig McKluckie, VMware; Chad Sakac, Pivotal; George Greenleaf, Dell EMC


Infrastructure Design For Kubernetes

Kubernetes is all the rage, and there are a ton of tools to deploy it. There are installers, cloud managed setups,  and full distributions like PKS. But, beyond the software aspect, what is needed to build and provide for a successful container orchestration environment, Host types, storage, networking, and load balancing. Pivotal’s Fabio Chiodini who brought a whopping 500+ attendees to his session last year, so get your seat early.  You will walk away with an understanding of considerations for choosing compute platforms to run containers. This is a ‘K8s for infrastructure folks’ talk.

  • Tuesday, Apr 30, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM  & Thursday, May 2, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Speaker: Fabio Chiodini, Pivotal


The Whole Shebang: Accelerating Development With The Dell Technology Stack

Moving faster for development is valuable to customers, and therefore to businesses. But there's so much to think about beyond the high level basics. How can you change the way people work together, but also provide them the tools to support their new skills? From hyper converged infrastructure, to multi-cloud flexibility, to virtualization systems to container platforms, Chad Sakac will walk attendees along the roadmap to making this a reality - quickly! Real customer stories will be showcased to shine a light on what you can accomplish when using the full DT Stack.

  • Tuesday, Apr 30, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM– Murano 3203

  • Speaker: Chad Sakac, Pivotal


Highlights At The Conference

AI/ML In A Box

The rapidly expanding dependence on AI/ML causes consumption of enormous computing resources and leaves the underlying infrastructure totally stressed out.  The Greenplum team has been working hard to bring the best of Dell Technology infrastructure together to solve this issue with a simple ‘in a box’ offering. Greenplum Building Blocks (GBB) is an open and modern reference architecture designed by Pivotal, using Dell's advanced computing hardware.

  • Tuesday, Apr 30, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM– Galileo 901

  • Speakers: Derek Comingore & Frank McQuillan, Pivotal


Birds of a Feather: How To Build A Resilient, Protected & Affordable Multi-Cloud IT Environment

Leveraging multiple clouds alongside on-prem is becoming popular, but how can you ensure such environments are resilient, protected and affordable. This panel of experts across the Dell Technologies family including our esteemed K8s expert Cornelia Davis, will discuss how to build a hybrid/multi-cloud environment in a way that makes it ready for prime-time.

  • Tuesday, Apr 30, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM– Lido 3005

  • Speakers: Cornelia Davis, Pivotal; Mark Lohmeyer, VMware; Gil Shneorson, Dell EMC; Arthur Lent, Dell EMC

Pivotal Act, an Engine of Human Progress

The Pivotal Act program partners with humanitarian organizations and charities to identify, design, and develop practical solutions to pressing challenges around the world.  Check it out at the Engines of Human Progress exhibit (Booth #823) at this year’s conference as they address the question—How can technology positively impact the lives of young people in foster care?

When you catch a good quote or interesting data point from these sessions, snap a picture and send us some love on Twitter @Pivotal. In addition to stage events, Pivotal Platform Architects will be available for technical discussions live in the ISG Solutions Booth #235 throughout the show.


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About the Author

Courtney McShane

Courtney is a Program Director at Pivotal. Courtney is dedicated to accelerating growth among strategic partners Dell EMC and VMware as a part of Pivotal's Dell Tech Synergy team. She spent 5 years at legacy EMC in Tech Marketing and most recently drove sales as Director of Business Development for a portfolio of construction companies in the Energy space.

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