Province of Ontario
Toronto Cloud Business Coalition


Wednesday 13 December from 9.30am to 7:00pm

Please note: this event is open to select members of the community. To secure your invitation to the SMB Cloud Summit, please click here

The SMB Cloud Summit is designed for management that is looking to explore the business side of cloud – to ask questions, to understand barriers and benefits, to identify the keys to developing and executing on a cloud plan for their own organizations. Led by InsightaaS the SMB Cloud Summit melds a ‘roll up your sleeves’ approach to cloud strategy with extended opportunities to learn from and talk with Canadian cloud thought leaders and industry experts.

This by-application-only event follows key aspects of the U of T SCS curriculum, combining focused instruction, expert panels and small-group interaction with extended networking and Q&A opportunities. Attendees will be provided with Certificates of Completion, invitations to follow-on sessions, and will be given access to a library of cloud best practices and ongoing industry research to support the application of concepts discussed in the event to real-world business challenges.




Please note: this event is open to select members of the community. To secure your invitation to the SMB Cloud Summit, please click here

SMB Cloud Summit Agenda

9.30am: Registration

10.00am: Welcome and intro

  • The importance of ICT in the Ontario context (Government of Ontario speaker TBD)
  • Cloud: Gateway to today – and tomorrow (Michael O’Neil, InsightaaS)

10.30am: SMB Planning for the cloud/aligning cloud with key executive & business objectives

  • Best practices in plotting a cloud course and ensuring that cloud benefits are defined in business terms (and not vice-versa!)
  • Small group exercise: Defining cloud’s “why?”

11.30am: Keys in selecting and committing to cloud platforms

  • Includes best practices in selecting evaluation criteria and procurement and contracting guidance

12.30pm: Networking lunch

1.30pm: Understanding, enabling and optimizing returns from cloud applications

  • Best practices in aligning business workflows and cloud applications – technology, people and processes
  • Eyes-on experience: Five leading cloud suppliers demonstrate how their software drives improved business results within SMBs

2.30pm: Governance, risk, compliance – and cloud security

  • Understanding how to build policies and enable controls to safeguard your business data in (and beyond) the cloud

3.15pm: Stretching break

3.20pm: Cloud and the IT/business future (or, how to be competitive in 2021)

  • How cloud enables organizations to automate functions, and to capitalize on Big Data analytics, IoT and future IT capabilities
  • Small group exercise: Cloud in our business

4.15pm: Wrap up

  • Government of Ontario and InsightaaS

4.30pm: SMB Cloud Summit Cocktail reception and advanced technology roundtable

Each topic will include research-based guidance, expert panel discussions, and generous time for Q&A. Sessions will also feature small group discussions and multiple networking opportunities. Delegates will receive support for future activities as well – a library containing Canadian-authored cloud best practice reports, ongoing access to new research, a pass to DCD>Connected Canada 4.0*, invitations to future ‘deep dive’ events – and a Certificate of Completion demonstrating that they have invested the time needed to align cloud with SMB business opportunity. (*Subject to approval)