5 reasons to attend Innovation Summit Barcelona

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Innovation Summit Barcelona 2019 brings together more than 3,500 industry professionals including data center and IT visionaries, experts in automation and energy management, and leading entrepreneurs and executives to discuss the bold ideas accelerating the digital economy. In one power-packed event, invited customers can explore the full breadth and depth of Schneider Electric’s portfolio from industrial automation solutions to sustainability services, energy management and much more. I am especially excited, not only because the Barcelona event will take place on my birthday, but because of the amazing speakers already lined up. So, without further adieu, here are my top 5 reasons you should join us at Innovation Summit Barcelona.

1.    Learn ‘What is edge computing?’

One of our core values at Schneider Electric is around embracing disruption. Edge computing is a perfect example. Edge computing is an IT architecture designed to put applications and data closer to the users or “things” that need them. Whereas cloud computing drove the creation of fewer mega-large data centers, edge computing brings distributed IT with an exponential number of micro data centers. Why does this matter? A resilient hybrid network is critical for businesses using digital applications to deliver new value to their customers. At Innovation Summit Barcelona, we will reveal the latest solutions to ensure resiliency at the edge of the network. Dave Johnson, EVP of Secure Power, Schneider Electric, will premiere the new Strategy Talk “Data Centers at the Edge: Transforming the way we deploy and manage IT,” offering strategic guidance and considerations for deployment of edge computing. We are very excited to welcome Fernando Villa, CIO of Sagrada Familia, the famed 100+ year old basilica, which has deployed edge solutions to manage the millions of visitors it welcomes each year.

2.    Cloud giant & colocation ROCKSTARS

The cloud market continues to boom and Internet Giants are leading innovation in their own facilities, while also propelling explosive growth for colocation data centers. We are thrilled to welcome two visionaries whose leadership has shaped the modern digital world. On October 2nd, Mark Bidinger, President of the Cloud & Service Providers segment at Schneider will host a discussion with Joe Kava, Vice President of Data Centers, Google and Diraj Bamola, Senior Vice President, Global Design and Construction, Equinix. Joe and Diraj will discuss innovation drivers, next-generation data centers and how they lead organizational planning around digital transformation.

3.    Innovations abound

Digital transformation is imperative in today’s competitive marketplace. To meet the needs of the new digital world, businesses must transform IT deployment and management. Schneider Electric is leading digital transformation through innovation – with resilient systems that are connected, efficient, integrated and reliable in the cloud and at the edge. Innovation Summit lives up to its name from start to finish, and attendees will have hands-on experiences with the very latest solutions from Schneider Electric and our partners. The Innovation Hub will feature more than 200 demos including EcoStruxure IT, our cloud-based DCIM solution – live and in action. We will be revealing the latest data center solutions, including integrated systems to address challenges in the cloud and at the edge, as well as some other cool stuff, including liquid cooling and the latest in power metering, monitoring and distribution solutions.

4.    You!

All this sounds great, but truly what I’m looking forward to the most is the chance to connect with our customers. Hearing first-hand the business challenges you’re trying to solve is what fuels our development and planning. Exchanging ideas with your industry peers is an invaluable experience. And, of course, some of you are pretty fun to hang out with, especially in gorgeous Barcelona.

5.    Barcelona and tapas

This will be my first trip to Barcelona and I admit, I’m looking forward to exploring. So many beautiful works of art can be found in this ‘city on the sea.’ On the top of my ‘must see’ list is a visit to Basilica de Sagrada Familia and running a race along the coastline. I also look forward to ‘Drinks + Tapas’ on night one of Innovation Summit, combining two of my favorite things (food and networking, of course…what were you thinking?).

Experience the summit

There you have it – five reasons to attend Innovation Summit Barcelona. But, there are so many more.

If you cannot join us in-person, you can be there in spirit. For the first time, we will have a full-on live stream experience and you can register here.

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