San Francisco & San Jose Private
Dinner Cloud Transformation Roadshow

June 21, 2022

San Francisco & San Jose Private Dinner Cloud Transformation Roadshow

Apex Private Roadshow Dinner Series are customized turnkey engagements that are tailored to meet your unique business needs. Designed to be versatile, this format allows you to map your networking investments around your organization’s geographical sales initiatives. Leverage our robust Membership to strengthen existing relationships and establish new partnerships in an effortless, yet effective experience.

Have your team present and discuss key technologies in an intimate setting alongside other industry experts and only three other sponsors. Using our tailored approach we will ensure you are maximizing time with those individuals that mean the most to you.

In today’s digital landscape, the role of the CIO has become the most dynamic amongst their peers. CIOs are focused on finding the most transformative technologies that enable them to bring value to their enterprise and customers.

Apex Assembly is proud to host an exclusive Private Cloud Transformation Dinner focusing on Cloud Optimization, Analytics, DevOps, IT Operations, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Security, ML, AI and all cloud related topics. As large enterprises scale, they have identified that cloud is a top requirement for their IT strategy. Enterprise executives are on the hunt for the right platform to deploy in order to achieve faster innovation, secure seamless delivery and flexible deployment. With unceasing demands, technology has become more complex and solution providers more difficult to decipher.

Event Speakers

Anders Wallgren
VP, Technology Strategy

Aidan Walden
Global Director, Cloud Architecture & Engineering

Wei Li
VP & GM AI and Analytics

Todd Blaschka

Bryan Litchford
VP Private Cloud
Rackspace Technology

Amit Bhardwaj

Matt Carbonara
Managing Director
Citi Ventures

Prabhath Karanth
Senior Director – Security, GRC & Trust

Arjun Shah
Director – Software Engineering


Anders Wallgren, VP, Technology Strategy, CloudBees

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Anders Wallgren is the VP of Technology Strategy at CloudBees. Anders brings with him over 30 years of in-depth experience designing and building commercial software. Prior to joining CloudBees, Anders held executive positions at Electric Cloud, Aceva, Archistra, and Impresse. Anders also held management positions at Macromedia (MACR), Common Ground Software and Verity (VRTY), where he played critical technical leadership roles in delivering award winning technologies such as Macromedia’s Director and various Shockwave products.

Twitter: anders_wallgren

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Aidan Walden, Global Director, Cloud Architecture & Engineering, Fortinet

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Aidan Walden has served as the Global Director of Public Cloud Architecture and Engineering at Fortinet for the past 5 years, delivering innovative security, network and wireless solutions to global customers.  Prior to Fortinet he served in various engineering and leadership roles at a tier 1 mobility and global ISP.  Aidan specializes in Cloud computing focusing on IaaS, SaaS, mobile core security, Telco Cloud in edge/core infrastructure , VPN, cloud security, routing, automation, NFV, and security solutions. Aidan has a diverse, well-rounded background in Systems Engineering, Operations & Sales.

Throughout his 18 year career he has navigated the evolving security landscape across mobility, IoT, and service provider infrastructure, while developing a Public Cloud Engineering team has been successful in building a customer base within Enterprise, Commercial and SMB organizations globally.

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Todd Blaschka, COO, TigerGraph

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Todd Blaschka is a veteran in the enterprise software industry. He is passionate about creating entirely new segments in data, analytics, and AI, with the distinction of establishing graph analytics as a Gartner Top 10 Data & Analytics trend two years in a row. By fervently focusing on critical industry and customer challenges, the companies under Todd’s leadership have delivered significant quantifiable results to the largest brands in the world through channel and solution sales approaches. Prior to TigerGraph, Todd led go-to-market and customer experience functions at Clustrix (acquired by MariaDB), Dataguise, and IBM.

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Bryan Litchford, VP Private Cloud, Rackspace Technology

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Bryan Litchford, VP of Private Cloud Solutions, is responsible for the strategy and direction of Private Cloud offerings at Rackspace Technology. A Racker of nearly 9 years, Bryan has had several roles from leading Data Center Operations to Customer Onboarding to Product Leadership.

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4:45pm-6:00pm (PT)

Registration, Cocktails, and Networking

6:00pm-6:10pm (PT)

Executive Introductions

6:10pm-6:50pm (PT)

Thought Leadership Speaking Presentation

Keynote Fireside Chat: Cloud Transformation
Keynote Partner: Fortinet – “Ensuring Successful Cloud Outcomes through an Evolved, Cloud-native Security Practice”

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Business Transformation is evergreen in the iteration of the service delivery, marketing, and customer and user experience. Cloud agility is the great enabler of successful ends in these efforts. Legacy security practices not modernized to be cloud ready have been an inhibitor to cloud agility and to realizing desired business outcomes. Fortinet will briefly share its vision for evolving the cybersecurity teams to to a modern, agile practice centered on people, processes, tools, and data as an enabler to business transformation.

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Visionary Partner: TigerGraph – “What is your data trying to say?”

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You’re under relentless pressure to get better insights into customer behaviors, predict changes in the market, and forecast what’s next for your business. With so much data to analyze, many leaders pump more investments into their data lakes, and invest in data science programs….these investments are going up exponentially, but results are only incremental. Why? The problem isn’t the size of the data, it’s the shape of the data. By exploring data from its natural shape – from the entity’s perspective – you can gain competitive insights into the data your leadership is demanding.

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Visionary Partner: Rackspace – “It’s 2022! Do You Know Where Your Data Is?”

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Multicloud is the buzzword of the day. With 89% of organizations embracing a Multicloud strategy it is not surprising. Now the question is, is your data in the right place to ensure you are making timely, informed decisions regarding your business? According to a recent study by Vanson Bourne, IT leaders cite managing security (49%), data integration (49%) and cost (43%) as the top three multicloud challenges.2 Here is what we are seeing and how we think about it.

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Supporting Partner:

Cloudbees | Secure Digital Transformation in 2022 and Beyond


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Digital Transformation in 2022 has taken on a NEW focus. With COVID and the forcing function of enterprises having to adapt the way they bring applications to market and collaborate; executives and leaders must have solutions that adapt, scale, and secure their assets. In this talk, we are going to discuss how enterprises can continue to equip their teams with solutions that enable speed and accuracy while also being very secure and scalable.

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6:50pm-9:00pm (PT)

Dinner, Interactive Discussion & Dessert

CloudBees provides the leading software delivery platform for enterprises, enabling them to continuously innovate, compete, and win in a world powered by the digital experience. Designed for the world’s largest organizations with the most complex requirements, CloudBees enables software development organizations to deliver scalable, compliant, governed, and secure software from the code a developer writes to the people who use it. The platform connects with other best-of-breed tools, improves the developer experience, and enables organizations to bring digital innovation to life continuously, adapt quickly, and unlock business outcomes that create market leaders and disruptors. CloudBees was founded in 2010 and is backed by Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Bridgepoint Credit, HSBC, Golub Capital, Delta-v Capital, Matrix Partners, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Visit and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) makes possible a digital world that we can always trust through its mission to protect people, devices, and data everywhere. This is why the world’s largest enterprises, service providers, and government organizations choose Fortinet to securely accelerate their digital journey. The Fortinet Security Fabric platform delivers broad, integrated, and automated protections across the entire digital attack surface, securing critical devices, data, applications, and connections from the data center to the cloud to the home office. Ranking #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide, more than 550,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. And the Fortinet NSE Training Institute, an initiative of Fortinet’s Training Advancement Agenda (TAA), provides one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry to make cyber training and new career opportunities available to everyone. Learn more at , the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.

Rackspace Technology is the multicloud solutions expert. We combine our expertise with the world’s leading technologies — across applications, data and security — to deliver end-to-end solutions. We have a proven record of advising customers based on their business challenges, designing solutions that scale, building and managing those solutions, and optimizing returns into the future.

As a global, multicloud technology services pioneer, we deliver innovative capabilities of the cloud to help customers build new revenue streams, increase efficiency and create incredible experiences. Named a best place to work, year after year according to Fortune, Forbes and Glassdoor, we attract and develop world-class talent to deliver the best expertise to our customers. Everything we do is wrapped in our obsession with our customers’ success — our Fanatical Experience™ — so they can work faster, smarter and stay ahead of what’s next.


TigerGraph is the only scalable graph database for the enterprise. TigerGraph’s proven technology connects data silos for deeper, wider and operational analytics at scale. Four out of the top five global banks use TigerGraph for real-time fraud detection. Over 50 million patients receive care path recommendations to assist them on their wellness journey. 300 million consumers receive personalized offers with recommendation engines powered by TigerGraph. The energy infrastructure for 1 billion people is optimized by TigerGraph for reducing power outages. TigerGraph’s proven technology supports applications such as fraud detection, customer 360, MDM, IoT, AI, and machine learning. The company is headquartered in Redwood City, California, USA. Get TigerGraph, start free with or download TigerGraph Enterprise Free License.

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Got questions? We’ve got answers!

Why should I attend?

Your time is valuable and we make sure to make the most of it! We take the time to figure out your challenges and customize your experience to meet your needs. Our agendas are tailored to your feedback and we pride ourselves in covering the most cutting-edge content delivered by renowned industry experts. Look forward to building enduring partnerships and together we’ll go straight to the top.

Where is the event taking place?

The event is by invitation-only. The location will be released to all attendees once your registration has been confirmed. 

What is the dress code?

We recommend business attire. Most attendees wear suits or comparable attire. Ties are optional.

Can I bring a colleague with me?

Yes! We always urge our members to refer their colleagues! We love adding new members to the community, especially if they come highly recommended by a current member. Either have them reach out to your Apex POC or have them fill out the Member Registration Form.

What if I have dietary restrictions?

No problem! Please let your Apex POC know as soon as possible in order for us to work with the venue on providing alternate options for you at the event.

What if I want to speak at an assembly?

Apex is always looking for speakers that can contribute their valuable insight. If you would like to speak, please contact your Apex POC or fill out the Speaker Registration Form on the Assemblies page. Please keep in mind that we receive many inquiries for speaking and sessions are available on a first come first served basis. But no need to worry, we have plenty of opportunities available at future assemblies.

I plan on being in attendance, but what if something comes up and I have to cancel?

We understand that something may come up on your calendar! Before canceling with us, please know that we will have a separate room for attendees to step out for work-related activities (meetings, emails, conference calls, etc.). If you must cancel, we just ask that you let us know at least 48 hours in advance so that we can open up the waitlist for another member.


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