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Cloud, Mobility & BI: Interop's Applications Track

The Applications track at Interop Las Vegas helps IT navigate how mobility, cloud and more are affecting app delivery and development.

Mobility and cloud computing are transforming application delivery and development. IT has to keep up with these transformations to ensure that end users and customers have a good experience regardless of where the application runs.

At the same time, IT is responsible for security, governance, compliance and the reams and reams of data these applications consume and generate.

Interop’s Applications track helps IT meet this tall order with a mix of real-world case studies and in-depth workshops and tech sessions. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find.

Transforming Data Into Information And Knowledge

This workshop delves into data analytics and how it can be applied to change the way work is planned, accomplished and improved. The workshop looks at industry examples, including healthcare, to show how raw data can be transformed into actionable information.

It will also provide an overview of the different data analytics technologies available, and share tips on how to get a data analytics project off the ground. This session is targeted to both business users and IT professionals who are interested in learning how to take full advantage of data analytics to change their organizations.

Cloud Adoption Gets Serious: 2.5 Years In

This unique session checks in with Ken Griffin of Harvard Business Publishing on his organization’s goal to move all its applications to the cloud by 2016. Ken will share his insights, gleaned over several years, on how to make progress with a cloud strategy, how to avoid mistakes he made, and the benefits of the migration. He’s share real-world lessons learned about deploying cloud services, securing SaaS applications, and why they chose AWS for custom applications.

DevOps, Mobile Apps & Nordstrom’s IT Transformation

Fashion retailer Nordstrom has experienced a technology transformation. It began with using a DevOps and continuous flow approach to designing a new customer mobile app. This single "project" grew into a leadership development program, then to a technology strategy story, and has led to the creation of a culture of continuous improvement.

In this session, Courtney Kissler, Vice President of E-Commerce & Store Technologies at Nordstrom, will share the journey her IT organization is taking to become an integrated team that quickly responds to customer needs.

As a former network and security administrator who now manages IT strategy, e-commerce technology, and applications development, Courtney will also talk about the challenges and opportunities facing the IT professional navigating a rapidly changing technology and business landscape.

Where Should The Brains Of Your Mobile Application Live?

Gilt, an online shopping site, wanted to ensure high availability for its mobile app in the face of iOS app updates that are subject to an approval process than can take days or weeks. A single glitch in Gilt's iOS app could quickly cost millions in lost sales.

Gilt’s mobile team rethought where the brain of its application should live, and has done so without sacrificing the experience that only a real, fully-native iOS application can provide.

Principal mobile engineer Evan Maloney will talk about how these challenges led his team to rethink the responsibilities of the client and the server. Attendees will leave with a fresh perspective on architecting mobile applications.

Let BI Drive

As more organizations tackle BI or big data initiatives, they find it hard to weave together multiple sources of data that can be matched to real-time business goals and then acted upon.

Technology and strategy consultant Barbara Horne will discuss how to leverage BI to actually make a difference. Barbara will explain the many sources of data already available -- including Voice of the Customer and Voice of the Business -- and how you can align your organization to understand and react to these sources more quickly.

Attendees will also learn how to use the right business intelligence apps and Lean Six Sigma tools to filter the best analytics through key processes -- keeping the organization lean, competitive, and offering the highest quality products to the customer.

Interop Las Vegas is April 27 through May 1. Register now to learn the latest technology developments, accelerate your career, and network with your peers in the IT community.

Drew is formerly editor of Network Computing and currently director of content and community for Interop. View Full Bio

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