From SaaS to PaaS and LaaS, the cloud is growing in maturity. IT and business leaders are looking to the cloud hyperscalers for reliable infrastructure, application modernisation, improved backup and disaster recovery, and an ability to harness newer technologies, such as AI and machine learning.

But are organisations truly getting value out of the cloud? Are they achieving ROI? And if not, why not?

In this podcast episode, the first in the series with Avanade and CIO.com, Avanade’s CTO Mark Corley and Azure platform lead Tim Callaghan discuss:

  • The changing value of cloud: Why it’s no longer just about cost
  • Are we seeing rising cloud costs?
  • Are organisations repatriating workloads in the new remote working world?
  • Is there more to cloud than just ‘lift and shift’?
  • How would most IT and business leaders rate their cloud maturity?
  • How to navigate hybrid and multi-cloud strategies
  • Ultimately, how organisations get more value from their cloud investments, for COVID-19 and beyond

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Tim Callaghan

Tim Callaghan
Azure Platform Services Offering Lead, Avanade UK & Ireland

Leading Avanade UK's Microsoft Azure Platform Services (MAPS) business since 2017, his team have been responsible for over 200% growth, delivering some of the biggest and best Microsoft cloud consulting work and managed services in the industry.

Mark Corley

Mark Corley
Chief Technology Officer – Avanade UK

Mark has been with Avanade for over 15 years and has held a number of leadership positions including heading Application Development and Head of Digital. He has worked with Microsoft technologies for over 25 years, developing software and delivering large, leading edge integration projects for some of the largest UK organisations across a range of industries with a particular focus on energy and resources.

Doug Drinkwater

Doug Drinkwater
EMEA Content Director, IDG

IDG EMEA Content Director Doug Drinkwater is an experienced technology journalist and editor whose work has previously appeared on a number of well-regarded IT titles, including CIO.com, ComputerWorld, CSO Online, International Business Times, Macworld, Mashable, PCWorld, SC Magazine and The Gadget Show Magazine. In his time in technology journalism, Doug has reported on everything from the latest smartphones, TVs and computer operating systems, to the increasing prevalence of Facebook, Google and Twitter in our daily lives. He’s also covered the emergence of some of the world’s biggest start-ups, such as Uber, Hailo, SwiftKey and Box, as well as the leaks on government surveillance from NSA whistle-blower Edward Swowden. In his current role at IDG, Doug stays on top of the latest market trends and works with the biggest technology brands to tell their story to their target audience.

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