Executive Briefings at
Pivotal HQ - VMworld

August 26-29, 2019  •  San Francisco, CA

Event Intro

Please join us at this invite-only executive briefing held at Pivotal's headquarters during VMworld. We’ll have various presentations from executives discussing digital transformation.



Monday, August 26, 2019
Dell’s Own Digital Transformation Story by Michael Wood
When one of the largest organizations in the world decides to change how they deliver value digitally to their customers, it’s no small challenge. Committed efforts, large existing revenue streams, and legacy tech and process debt all serve to slow and resist change. In this talk, Michael will walk through how Dell tackled change within its direct-to-consumer business; where we moved to a new cloud-native tech stack, changed process, and modernized the code base; and how we delivered outstanding improvements without jeopardizing cash flow or adding business risk using Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Pivotal Labs.
Followed by: Live Lab Tour within Pivotal office
August 27, 2019

Transform Your Business, not just IT by James Watters

For your organization to compete and grow in a changing landscape, you need to invest in people and technology. Adopt agile development methods. Upgrade your legacy systems to new cloud-native platforms and modernize business-critical apps. Initiate a “secure-by-default” posture. Deliver more of what your customers want, faster.
This change isn’t easy, and you need a partner like Pivotal that offers a proven way to accelerate this kind of organizational change. Come hear how Pivotal offers a unique combination of guidance, methodologies, and a powerful platform. Learn how our team can work alongside your teams to help rethink the way your business operates so you can deliver software rapidly and securely. Then see how to leverage our cloud-native platform, Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF), to remake your organization into a next-generation enterprise.
Followed by: Live Lab Tour within Pivotal office

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
The Future of Managing Containers by Cornelia Davis
Today, the virtual machine is the primary unit of measure in the datacenter, and initially, also in the cloud. But now, the container is increasingly becoming the unit of measure in both the data center and the cloud. Come learn how secure and consistent containers enable improved business outcomes all of your environments.

Followed by: Live Lab Tour within Pivotal office
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
The Evolution of Pivotal by Chad Sakac
Pivotal’s mission remains the same: to transform the way the world builds software. This talk will detail where Pivotal is going with Kubernetes, offering a modular build approach to help our customers along their journey to cloud-native.
Followed by: Live Lab Tour within Pivotal office
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Solving Data Center Challenges with PKS by Michael Wood
As Kubernetes continues to evolve and grow, the breadth of application real estate served by containers also grows. Single instances of Windows are great, but many .NET workloads that are modernization candidates need a bit more. Wouldn’t it be great to work with them in containers so that we improve infra utilization and efficiency? What if we could help improve OS management holistically with a platform? Improve cycle time to deliver value for application teams and lines of business? Alleviate overworked operations with cloud-native, on-prem delivery models? Let’s chat about all of these as we dig into the world of Kubernetes at scale.
Followed by: Live Lab Tour within Pivotal office


Cornelia Davis
VP of Technology, Pivotal

Cornelia Davis is Vice President of Technology at Pivotal, where she works on the technology strategy for both Pivotal and for Pivotal customers. Through engagement across Pivotal’s broad customer base, Cornelia develops core cloud platform strategies that drive significant change in enterprise organizations, and influence the Pivotal Cloud Foundry evolution. Currently she is working on ways to bring the various cloud-computing models of Infrastructure as a Service, Application as a Service, Container as a Service and Function as a Service together into a comprehensive offering that allows IT organizations to function at the highest levels. She is the author of the book “Cloud Native: Designing Change-tolerant Software” by Manning Publications (https://www.manning.com/books/cloud-native). 

An industry veteran with almost three decades of experience in image processing, scientific visualization, distributed systems and web application architectures, and cloud-native platforms, Cornelia holds the B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from California State University, Northridge and further studied theory of computing and programming languages at Indiana University.

When not doing those things you can find her on the yoga mat or in the kitchen.
James Watters
Senior Vice President, Strategy, Pivotal

James Watters is the Senior Vice President, Strategy of Pivotal.

James serves as our Senior Vice President, Strategy, where he has helped shepherd Pivotal Cloud Foundry into a highly disruptive enterprise software business, and helped led our efforts to bringing our cloud-native platform to the world.

Prior to joining Pivotal, James held leading product roles at VMware and Sun Microsystems.

Chad Sakac
SVP Americas + PKS, Pivotal
Chad Sakac has two leadership roles at Pivotal:
The first role is leading the go to market for the Americas, supporting great teams who in turn support a broad range of customer ranging from the largest enterprises in the world to new startups - all looking to transform the way they build software.
The second role is leading the joint Kubernetes (PKS) efforts between VMware and Pivotal where he brings together the Engineering, Marketing and GTM aspects of the business – with the goal of building the best Enterprise Container Platform together with VMware – part of how Pivotal is transforming the way how software and the future is built.
PKS is a joint effort with VMware – and the effort involves bringing the immense resources of two great companies together. This alliance part of Chad’s role extends to all of the elements of how Pivotal works with Dell Technologies (Dell, Dell EMC, VMware, RSA, Secureworks, Virtustream, Boomi) - across the transformational methodologies (Pivotal Labs, Platform Acceleration Labs, Application Transformation and more) and technologies (all of Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Pivotal Data) of Pivotal as a whole.
Prior to this role, Chad spent 14 years at Dell EMC where he was responsible for several technical customer focusing on customer and partner innovation – most recently as the President and GM of the Converged Platform and Solutions Division (CPSD), and prior to that leading all global Systems Engineering team. Before joining EMC, Chad led the Systems Engineering team at Allocity, Inc.
Chad authors one of the top 20 cloud, virtualization and infrastructure blogs, “Virtual Geek”
He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Michael Wood
Synergy Field CTO, Pivotal
Michael is currently the Pivotal Synergy Field CTO, working with numerous organizations as they navigate their digital transformation journey. He loves to see businesses achieve their ultimate outcomes through organizational and technological innovation.

Michael has a long history in IT, including various leadership and individual contributor roles. Before working at Pivotal, he led numerous sales engineering efforts at VMware, Oracle, Compuware, and BEA.


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