The Building Blocks of Data Driven Enterprise

11th November 2021, Australia

Virtual Event Series

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Date: Thursday, 11th November 2021

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am (AEDT)




Synopsis and overview of the session

Technology is no longer a way to save money. Over 85% of respondents in a recent McKinsey survey said technology was either key to keeping up with competitors, creating a competitive advantage, or the focus of their strategy. These companies are all on a path to modernise their business and become a Data Driven Enterprise.

Legacy enterprises, and born in the cloud startups, are both working on the same problem: how do we use data to drive better customer experiences? Enterprises on this journey often need to understand how they integrate data capture into everything they do, ingest data at scale, make it available to those who need it, break it out of silos, analyse it, and use value unlocked to drive the next customer experience.

Focus Network, in partnership with DataStax will be bringing leading IT executives to discuss the following:

  • What does the modern, cloud-native, open source based, data infrastructure look like?
  • What roles do Kubernetes, streaming, distributed databases, and API’s play?
  • Will you be able to deploy to any cloud, public or private?


Aaron Morton, Field Chief Technology Officer, DataStax

Aaron Morton, Field Chief Technology Officer, DataStax

DataStax’s New Zealand-based technical expert and field chief technology officer (CTO) Aaron Morton, meanwhile, will support the regional expansion as a technical expert in APAC.

Morton is a veteran of Apache Cassandra, starting his contributions in 2010, and is a committer to the core codebase and a member of the project management committee (PMC) for Cassandra, upon which the vendor’s database-as-a-service is based.

Morton is also co-founder and former CEO of The Last Pickle, a consultancy firm that DataStax bought in March 2020.


Andrew Milroy, Founder, Veqtor8

Andrew Milroy

Andrew Milroy is the founder of Veqtor8, a digital risk advisory firm, based in Singapore. His work involves empowering organisations to manage risk more effectively.

He is a well-known technology thought leader and speaker in the APAC region. Since moving to Singapore in 2011, he has held regional leadership roles with Frost & Sullivan, IDC, Nelson-Hall and Ovum (now Omdia). These roles have also given him the opportunity to live and work in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

He has been providing advisory services relating to cybersecurity for over 20 years. In his 10 years at Frost & Sullivan, Andrew grew the technology business into one of APAC’s leading sources of cybersecurity research and consulting services. Andrew works closely with leading buyers and vendors of cybersecurity products and services. Andrew is frequently invited to speak, chair and moderate at major technology events. He is also widely quoted in the press and often appears on broadcast media, including BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg and Channel News Asia.

About DataStax

DataStax is the open, multi-cloud stack for modern data apps. DataStax gives enterprises the freedom of choice, simplicity, and true cloud economics to deploy massive data, delivered via APIs, powering rich interactions on multi-cloud, open source and Kubernetes.

DataStax is built on proven Apache Cassandra™ and the Stargate™ open source API platform. DataStax Astra is the new stack for modern data apps as-a-service, built on the scale-out, cloud-native, open source K8ssandra™.

DataStax powers modern data apps for 500 of the world’s most demanding enterprises including The Home Depot, T-Mobile, Intuit and half of the Fortune 100.


Christie Gifrin, Group Solutions Product Marketing Manager, Digital Experiences

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Christie works on B2B, B2C, and B2E digital experience solutions at Okta. She has over 20 years of experience in enterprise IT, with specialization in Identity and Access Management (IAM) technology, big data and analytics, and disaster recovery. Prior to joining Okta, Christie has worked at AWS, EMC, and HP, with a focus on helping customers understand how to accelerate their digitization efforts and extract business value out of technology. She is based in Vancouver, Canada.

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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