What to expect from Nutanix .NEXT 2017

Darling of the hyperconverged enterprise cloud space Nutanix holds its annual .NEXT conference, exhibition, symposium, expo (Ed – we get it, it’s a ‘do’) in the American capital of Washington DC later this month… but what can we expect?

The event itself is staged from June 28 – 30, 2017 in Washington D.C. at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

Building the future of the enterprise cloud

No conference today is staged without a snappy/cheesy tagline and Nutanix has not failed to disappoint on that level — we will be ‘building the future of the enterprise cloud’ at .NEXT.

Last year’s statistics claim to tally up something just over 2500+ attendees — and in addition we saw 67 breakout sessions with over 120 speakers.

This year’s full agenda is presented here and is (arguably) highly likely to surpass those figures.

This year the Computer Weekly Developer Network also notes that Nutanix has added speakers from Google, Dropbox, Harvard Business School and Indiana Pacers.

Indiana Pacers who? Well yes… that’s a team dedicated to the a sport reputedly popular in the new world colonies known as basketball. Like a lot of modern sports teams we will no doubt be hearing how the gentlemen involved with this organisation have been fuelled by the use of data analytics and cloud computing advancements in association with Nutanix.

Other speaker highlights include:

  • Diane Greene, senior vice president, Google Cloud;
  • Kirk Skaugen, executive vice president and president of Lenovo’s datacentre group;
  • Deepak Malhotra, Eli Goldston professor of business administration at Harvard Business School;
  • Adriana Gascoigne, CEO and Founder of Girls in Tech;
  • John Bates, author of Thingalytics;
  • Former NASA principal investigator and CTO of Houston Mechatronics, Nicolaus Radford;
  • Not Impossible Labs founder and CEO Mick Ebeling;
  • Nasdaq President and CEO Adena Friedman;
  • SAP CEO Bill McDermott.

Women in tech

According to Nutanix, “With our new CIO Wendy M. Pfeiffer (previously from GoPro) onboard, we continue to support diversity at Nutanix. The prominent female speakers at .NEXT DC include: Diane Greene, Senior Vice President, Google Cloud, Adriana Gascoigne, CEO and Founder of Girls in Tech and Nasdaq President and CEO Adena Friedman.”

IoT: How to increase profits and avoid disasters

Let’s pick one session from the many (after all, why not?) and choose someone who we have featured before on this column — Dr. John Bates, CEO of Plat.ONE and Author of Thingalytics.

As the Iot changes the world and each device, from tractors to refrigerators to ships, is digitised and connected to the cloud model of service-based computing, Nutanix says it presents an opportunity for businesses to profit from the digital data it creates.

However, for many organisations there is trepidation around how to get started in IoT – particularly with regard to finding a profitable business model that makes the investment worthwhile, as well as avoiding expensive disasters.

Bates will discuss and explore new business modes that have been proven to increase profits, as well as techniques to minimise the risk of disasters.

What to expect

A good event to come?

Yes for sure, Nutanix is deeply technical to the extent that it can normally tell a story without necessarily using the words ‘digital transformation’. Certainly we would hope to find the company explaining how the mechanics of the cloud model are really impacting the shape and form of applications (in terms of behaviour and connection and requirements for memory, processing and data throughput and so on) in this modern age.

Tell us how cloud works – on the inside – please Nutanix. We’re listening.