The annual Forum has been running for nine years,and gives EMC's channel and customers the opportunity to hear from EMC's vendor partners on the future of IT.
The theme of the conference, 'Transform', was highlighted through Dutton's comments that IT as it used to be done is dead.
"The ability to stop doing things that are clearly not serving the business seems to be so hard for IT. Good companies are saying throw it out, virtualise it," he said. "Old IT can't exist anymore, it's inappropriate for the huge amounts of data we're seeing coming through, and when you add the Internet of Things to that, it's only going to get bigger."
Standing delegates were quickly whittled down with such options as "I've been on the internet to find a date" and the following "I broke up with that date on Facebook".
"We [Cisco] pride ourselves on that, but we've had to expand. A lot more of our conversations are around business architecture, not just the underlying technology. That's really starting to take hold."
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Issue: 347 | March 2016