At Dell Tech World this Week? Don’t Miss These 7 Talks

April 29, 2018 Courtney McShane

Cloud is about how computing is done, not where.  

—Paul Maritz

Sage words from Pivotal’s chairman. WIth that in mind, it’s not surprising that cloud is center stage at Dell Technologies World. Nor is it surprising that Pivotal will be there in full force.

After all, we recently teamed up with Dell to launch the new Pivotal Ready Architecture offering. And veteran Dell executive Chad Sakac recently joined Pivotal, to help bring the best of Dell EMC, VMware, and Pivotal to our shared customers.

Given this and the continued runaway interest in Pivotal Cloud Foundry, we wanted to highlight a few talks you won’t want to miss:

1. Innovate in everything & any thing: any device, any app, any cloud.

Why not start at the top? VMware’s CEO Pat Gelsinger will present the keynote showcasing VMware innovations which empower teams to move at the speed of the business. Pivotal’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances, Chad Sakac will make a guest appearance on stage to discuss the key role IT teams play in translating digital shifts into tangible business results.

  • Monday April 30 | 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM PT, Hall A


2. Engines of Human Progress, Ted Talk

Is data the new oil? Opinions vary, but clearly big data, analytics, sophisticated statistical analysis unveil remarkable insights in far-flung industries. Jacque Istok, CTO of Data at Pivotal, will discuss how cutting-edge data analysis is irrevocably changing the world to make it a better place.

  • Tuesday, MAY 1 | 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM PT, World Expo Theatre
  • Wednesday, May 2 | 11:45 PM – 12:15 PM PT, World Expo Theatre


3. United We Stand, The Seven Dell Technologies Companies Discuss Why an IoT Partner Ecosystem is Critical

Seven is a lucky number in some countries. In this panel, experts from the seven Dell Tech brands come together to discuss growth of IoT projects and why a joint solution with narrow focus and immense expertise is important in unlocking the full value of IoT systems.

  • Monday, Apr 30  | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM PT, San Polo 3405
  • Wednesday, May 2 | 8:30 PM – 9:30 AM PT, Lido 3003


4. Virtustream & Pivotal: Run Cloud-Native Mission-Critical Apps In Enterprise-Class Cloud

We love to talk about the value line. The idea is simple: focus your efforts above the value line, on activities that drive competitive differentiation for the business.

This session, presented by Pivotal’s Craig Steel, GM Strategic Alliances, offers a twist on the familiar value line theme, namely Virtustream’s managed PCF offering. Does managing your PCF deployment fall below your value line? Then bring in Virtustream! They will manage your cloud-native systems for you, on best-in-class hardware.

  • Monday, Apr 30  | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PT,  Lido 3005
  • Wednesday, May 2 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PT, Delfino 4005


5. The Road To IT Transformation Through Cloud-Native Apps & Containers On HCI

What the heck is digital transformation? We like to say it comes down to building and running software better.

Dell EMC’s Drew Dimmick and Pivotal’s Andrew Clay Shafer will discuss best practices for cloud-native application development. In addition, this dynamic duo will talk about how hyperconverged infrastructure and accelerate the adoption of Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes.

  • Monday, Apr 30  | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PT, Lando 4203        
  • Wednesday, May 2 | 8:30 PM – 9:30 AM PT,  San Polo 3405


6. Dell’s Future State Digital Transformation: Our Journey To A Future-Ready Commerce Platform

One of Pivotal’s most important customers is Dell itself. How did that come about? How is it going? Edward Hieatt, SVP of Services at Pivotal, and Dell executives will discuss the company's Digital Transformation. It's a wonderful ‘drink-your-own-champagne’ case study that showcases the power of Pivotal’s modern platform and strategic services. If you’re an IT leader, don’t miss this session!

  • Wednesday, May 2 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM PT, Murano 3203


7. Global Partner Summit: Transformations Breakout

Global Partner Summit is exclusively accessible to…you guessed it, partners.  So if you are a partner, check out this ‘Dell Talk’ featuring Chad Sakac from Pivotal, Cheryl Cook of Dell EMC, and Brandon Sweeney at VMware as they discuss best practices on how to set up your company and our shared customers for success.

  • Tuesday, May 1 | 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM PT, Palazzo B

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


Can’t make it to Dell Technologies World? Check out the live stream!

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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