Taking a contemporary approach to cloud and navigating its challenges, opportunities, and complexities.

16th May 2024, Perth

Private Event Series

Hosted By

Date: Thursday, 16th May 2024

Time: 12:00pm – 2:30pm (AWST)


Nobu, Perth

Crown Metropol Perth, Great Eastern Hwy,
Burswood WA 6100

Synopsis and overview of the session

Spending on public cloud services continues to rise unabated, with end-user spending set to top $679B in 2024 and exceed $1T in 2027. But with many business leads feeling they’ve yet to reap substantial value from their cloud investments, and eight of the top ten cloud gripes related to costs, where did the love go? And how can faith be restored in your cloud solutions?

Whether its public, private, hybrid, or multi, there’s no doubt the contemporary cloud is a complex place to live. So exactly how do you navigate its challenges, opportunities and complexities?

Focus Network in partnership with Brennan & Nutanix invite you to join us in what promises to be a fascinating roundtable as we explore the answers:

  • The full cloud journey. Taking a holistic approach to your cloud investment and assessing your cloud maturity.
  • Building a Secure and Trusted Organisation: Strategies for enhancing security and compliance, navigating the complexities of privacy laws, and building trust in AI systems.
  • Centering the edge. Getting the best out of cloud environments operating at the edge.
  • Multi vs Hybrid Cloud. What’s the difference between the two and when does a dual vendor strategy make the most sense?
  • Restoring cloud faith. Resolving the tension between investment and outcomes.
  • Creating a Data-Driven Culture: Tactics for cultivating an organisational mindset that values data-driven insights and decision-making, enabling a seamless transition to more sophisticated AI applications.
  • Security is essential. Exploring the role that security plays when it comes to cloud challenges, opportunities, and complexities.
  • Optimising Costs and Operational Effectiveness: Leveraging AI and automation for cost efficiency and improved operational workflows, particularly in a hybrid work setting.
  • Use cases. Hear real life examples of success stories and how Brennan and Nutanix have helped to support customers take a contemporary approach to their cloud environment.


Nick Sone, Chief Customer Officer, Brennan

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A people-centric leader, Nick understands the importance technology plays in empowering people to thrive in their working lives and is passionate about delivering exceptional outcomes for our customers and their people. He’s on a mission to empower organisations by providing innovative and secure technology solutions that support their strategic initiatives.

Having held senior roles in both the telecommunications and systems integration businesses over the last 20 years he has empathy for the complex challenges businesses face and understands the importance that a technology partner plays in assisting customers to achieve their goals.

He is a member of CPA Australia, holds a Master of Commerce and an MBA and is a member of Brennan’s executive leadership team, where he is responsible for delivering on the strategic growth goals of the organisation.

Daniel Dislers, Senior Strategic Technical Engineer, Nutanix

Daniel Dislers [52]

Daniel joined Nutanix in July 2016 as a Senior Systems Engineer, where he was responsible for enterprise accounts in Australia and New Zealand. He was a key driving force in securing some of the earliest large deals for the HCI market the region. In late 2019, Daniel joined the strategic marketing team, with a focus on assessing Nutanix products in comparison to others in the market, and learning from peers and customers about what can be done better. Daniel now supports the internal product management team to ensure a continually market leading offering is delivered.


Andrew Milroy, VP and Head of Research, Focus Network

Andrew Milroy

Andrew Milroy leads the research and advisory business at Focus Network. His work involves empowering organisations to make decisions more effectively with data-driven insights — derived from Focus Network’s communities.

He is a well-known and respected thought leader and speaker in the APAC region. With more than two decades of leadership experience in the technology sector, Andrew has worked with clients in a variety of tech domains including cybersecurity, IoT, supply chain automation, eCommerce, fintech, cloud computing, AI, and customer experience — and EHS and HR management.

He was recently an adjunct lecturer at ESSEC Business School, Asia Pacific where he taught technology and cybersecurity strategy to Masters students.

Andrew has held regional leadership roles — predominantly based in Singapore — with Frost & Sullivan and Ovum (now Omdia). Prior to working in Singapore, Andrew gained invaluable technology knowledge and experience while working in Europe and the United States.

Andrew is frequently invited to speak, chair and moderate at major technology events. He has also been quoted on global broadcast media, including BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg and Channel News Asia.

Andrew has a BSc from Newcastle University (UK), an MA from Middlesex University (UK) and an MBA from MGSM (Australia). He also a qualified teacher of English as a foreign language.

About Brennan

Headquartered in Sydney with offices spanning the country, Brennan are Australia’s largest privately-owned systems integrator. Serving more than 1,400 business, enterprise and government customers, Brennan continues to expand its capabilities across a diverse range of IT domains, including digital transformation, managed services, professional services, cybersecurity, cloud, and more. Brennan’s local expertise is supported by regional excellence, with offices in India, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.


About Nutanix

Keeping up with change is exhausting, especially if your technology infrastructure is absurdly complex.
You need one platform to run apps and data anywhere – in public and private clouds, datacenters, on-premises and at the edge.
Nutanix offers one platform for everything – enterprise apps, cloud-native apps, analytics and machine learning, databases, desktops, and critical services.
We give you the freedom to choose the cloud, apps, and technology you want and manage it all as a single entity from one unified platform.



Lasith Gamage, Solutions Engineer, Okta

Lasith Gamage

Lasith Gamage is a Solutions Engineer at Okta who supports enterprises in the Asia Pacific region to provide consultancy for their digital transformation journey and overcome customers’ Identity & Access Management (IAM) challenges and grow their businesses.

Lasith has been working in the IT industry for over 15 years and helping various customers around the globe. Apart from IAM, he excels in Solutions Architect and Software development of Enterprise-grade applications.

During his past tenure, he worked as IAM Architect for leading media and finance insurance organizations building IAM platforms.

Lasith is passionate about pursuing the latest trends and bringing that knowledge to customers to help grow their business using the right tech stacks.

Lasith’s LinkedIn profile


Agenda at a glance

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Registration & networking

4.00 pm – 4.05pm – Welcome address

4.05 pm – 5.15pm – 3 course lunch served4.05 pm – 4.45pm – Embracing disruption in the financial services industry: A Privacy versus Security conundrum – Amanda Chan, BlackBerry

4.45 pm – 5.15pm – Demo

5.15pm – 5.45pm – Discussion

5.45 pm – 6pm – Closing remarks

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