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Information and Library Science

Webinar: Cloud in the Time of COVID

November 18, 2020 at 3:00pm5:00pm EST

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Cloud computing is an engine of digital transformation. It has reshaped strategic thinking on technology and resiliency in the modern enterprise. Cloud technologies are increasingly at the heart of the institutional response to the unprecedented disruptions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Industry analyses show that cloud technologies will be among the core capabilities that enable institutions to thrive in the post-pandemic economic recovery. The 2021 Graduate Seminar themed series will delve into the cloud phenomenon and its implications for diverse work sectors and domains.

As part of the Graduate Seminar series we are offering a webinar to the iSchool community on November 18 3:00-5:00PM EST to kick-off! We will hear from leadership at the SU Library on management and technology during the pandemic. Then, EY to speak on cloud strategy and resiliency during COVID.

This does NOT count for the graduation seminar required for LIS, IM, and EDS programs. This is a completely separate event we are offering to the iSchool community that ties into the Graduate Seminars.

Open to faculty, staff, students, and alumni from the School of Information Studies (iSchool).

Webinar Itinerary

3:00 – 3:05pm Welcome: Jian Qin, Professor, iSchool
3:05 – 3:45pm David Seaman, Dean of Libraries & University Librarian
Syracuse University Libraries
David will reflect on the significant extent to which the SU Library relies on services, software, and especially collections that live externally to the University’s computing infrastructure, and the rapid (and largely positive) changes to some of these during the pandemicRussell Silverstein, Interim Director, Info&Tech, SU Libraries-Information Systems
Russell will reflect on the technical aspect of cloud computing applications in the SU Library
3:45 – 4:05pm Closing Remarks, Q&A and EY Introductions: Jason Dedrick, Professor, iSchool
4:05 – 4:45pm Presentation: Cloud Strategy & Resiliency

Lead presenters:

  • Chris McCarthy, Cloud and Emerging Technology
  • Taylor Murphy, Cloud and Emerging Technology

The cloud has long been heralded as the future of IT and garnered significant investment across the Financial Services Industry.  With the COVID-19 Pandemic, many firms are accelerating the move to the cloud and capitalizing on it as an opportunity to increase their businesses resiliency.

Key topics for discussion include:

  • What is Cloud and how does it support resiliency?
  • How are firms using Cloud in the market? What has the impact been from COVID?
  • How is resiliency incorporated into the definition of a firms cloud strategy?
  • How does a cloud strategy go from definition to realization?
  • What does the future look like from a cloud perspective?
4:45 – 5:00pm Panel: Cloud Strategy & Resiliency

Moderator: Michelle Gaston, Technology Strategy, EY

EY Panelists:

  • Chris McCarthy, Cloud and Emerging Technology, EY
  • Taylor Murphy, Cloud and Emerging Technology, EY
  • Kyle Hershan, Technology Resiliency, EY
  • Brooks Askew, Technology Resiliency, EY

Key questions asked to panelists (including open Q&A from students)

  • How does the workforce need to change to support the rapid adoption of cloud?
  • How does the push towards remote work impact the rate companies need to adopt technology, regulations that impact data storage, etc.
  • What types of experiences do you think we can gain in the iSchool to help grow our knowledge and background in cloud competencies?
  • In the year 2040, how do you think cloud will have revolutionized the banking industry? How will digital banking platforms look?

This event was first published on October 26, 2020 and last updated on November 17, 2020.

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