AWS TechShift Events

Melbourne 12 November | Sydney 14 November | Auckland 20 November

Join us for this essential event for business and technology leaders from software companies looking to build new cloud applications, or migrate their applications to the cloud.

Nearly half of Australian businesses are using paid cloud in 20191 and this trend is only expected to increase. In New Zealand, customer spend on public cloud is also increasing, with Software as a Service (SaaS) revenue the biggest contributor2. So it’s critical for all software vendors to consider adopting a cloud-based delivery model for their products, to innovate, succeed, and grow.

Join us and learn from business and technology leaders as they share their unique perspectives on the SaaS journey their organisations have undertaken, and be inspired by the scale and growth they have been able to achieve in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Guest speakers include:

  • PelicanCorp – Chief Development Officer, Karl Geppert: PelicanCorp are able to better serve customers of their essential “Before you Dig” service, increase their scale and speed, and simplify management – by optimising their architecture with AWS.
  • Deputy – General Manager APAC, John Kearney: Deputy have grown their customer base and improved customer experience using advanced services like Artificial Intelligence to help customers effectively manage their workforce scheduling.
  • SwipedOn – Chief Executive Officer, Hadleigh Ford, and Chief Technology Officer, Matt Cooney: Their reception sign-in and package delivery solution enables organisations to make a great first impression – fully hosted on AWS, they have scaled to 5,000 locations in over 60 countries.

More event details can be found on the Agenda and Speakers sections. Register now

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Who Should Attend

Chief Executive Officers, Chief Technology Officers, Heads of Technology, and Heads of Development/ DevOps for Independent Software Vendors (ISV’s), Start-ups, Technology Partners, and new businesses looking to build a SaaS Solution on AWS.

Why Attend

  • Get Inspired by AWS customers’ business stories and technical innovations
  • Get Equipped with business insights and practical technical tools
  • Get Connected with like-minded software companies, AWS technology experts and programs

About AWS Techshift

AWS TechShift provides access to a wide-range of resources to build, market and deliver your software solutions with AWS. For over 10 years, AWS has been one of the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platforms. Offer your solutions on AWS and deliver them at scale, whether you are migrating from an existing platform, scaling your existing solution with advanced cloud-native capabilities, or seeking new delivery and packaging models. AWS services are trusted by more than a million active customers and tens of thousands of APN Partners around the world to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. Register to be a member of the AWS Partner Network (APN) today.

Seats are limited, so please register today.

1 Defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as paying for IT services used over the internet to access software, computing power, or storage capacity. Deloitte Access Economics Report (July 2019)

2 IDC New Zealand's public cloud services tracker, June 2019

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Agenda

  • MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY
  • AUCKLAND
  • MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY
  • Time Topic
    8:30am - 9:00am Registration & Breakfast
    9:00am - 10:30am Welcome and Keynote

    Journey to SaaS


    Software businesses increasingly need to deliver products and features faster, at lower cost, while also attracting and retaining the best product and engineering talent to innovate for their customers. Thanks to cloud, new businesses with a great idea can experiment while testing their idea against a truly global audience. Passionate builders can compete with the largest and most established software businesses – and Australian and New Zealand software companies are at the forefront of this disruption.

    Come to this session to hear from some of Australia's most successful software businesses, including PelicanCorp and Deputy; how they took an idea from inception to MVP and then to the world by building on AWS.

    Also hear from Adrian White, AWS Head of Solutions Architecture, ISV, Australia and New Zealand, about how AWS can assist you – either as a new software business building a first product or as an established business wanting to transform to modern business models and architectures, and deliver your software globally on AWS.

    Speakers

    - Adrian White, Head of Solutions Architecture – ISV (ANZ), AWS
    -
    Karl Durrance,  Head of ISV Business Development and Sales (ANZ), AWS
    - Rachael Neumann, Head of Startups (ANZ), AWS
    - Karl Geppert, Chief Development Officer, PelicanCorp
    - John Kearney, General Manager APAC, Deputy
    10:30am - 11:00am Break
    Breakout Sessions Breakout Tracks
    Breakout tracks will commence following the Keynote Opening Session
     

    “Get Inspired”

    Focusing on each stage of the journey to SaaS, we will explore the business and product challenges and milestones. Guest speakers will share insights from their own journey to success.

    “Get Equipped”

    A mix of technical sessions designed to equip you with the insights and tools to turn your tech shift inspiration into reality.

    11:00am - 11:30am

    Journey to SaaS: Ideation Phase

    Navigating the key challenges and stages of becoming a SaaS company, from the planning stages through to development of a minimum viable product.

    AWS Speaker:

    - Sydney and Melbourne: Bethany Hudson, Account Manager, AWS

    Customer speaker:

    - Sydney and Melbourne: Matthew Browne, CEO, DoneSafe (Syd)

    Building Modern Applications on AWS (L200)

    Learn the key compute primitives, architecture patterns, and what we’ve learned from customers when building modern applications. Plus, the practical steps you can take to start building and monitoring modern applications today.

    AWS Speaker:

    - Sydney and Melbourne: Richard Wilkinson, Senior Partner Solutions, AWS

    Customer speakers:

    - Sydney and Melbourne: Mike Rahmati and Paul Hortop, Cloud Conformity

     

    11:30am - 12:00pm

    Journey to SaaS: Launch Phase

    Focus on the evolution of your MVP into a market-ready product through innovation, experimentation, customer-centric design and testing through to launch.

    AWS Speaker:

    - All Cities: Matthew Jobson, Senior Account Manager, AWS

    Customer speakers:

    - Sydney: Owen Prime, Chief Technology Officer, Noggin
    - Melbourne: Lucy Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer, Mentorloop

    Using Microservices and Serverless to Accelerate Innovation (L300)

    Innovate faster with microservices and serverless. Learn development best practices and how to leverage containers, AWS Lambda, and developer tools to build and run production applications in the cloud.

    AWS Speakers:

    - Sydney: Aashmeet Kalra,  Senior Solutions Architect, Digital Native Businesses, AWS
    - Melbourne: Chris Coombs,  Solutions Architect, AWS

    12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch and “Get Connected” networking experience 
    1:00pm - 1.30pm

    Journey to SaaS: Growth Phase

    Discover secrets for success from ANZ SaaS companies that have accelerated their sales and market share locally and globally.

    AWS Speaker:

    - Sydney and Melbourne: Amy Romano, Senior Account Manager, AWS

    Customer speakers:

    - Sydney and Melbourne: Alex Hattingh, Chief People Officer, Employment Hero

    Culture of Software Development (L200)

    Get an insight into Amazon’s unique approach to modern application development, as we examine the evolution of software development at Amazon.com. Learn how this approach can increase your pace of innovation, impact your application architecture, organisational structure, operational models and development release pipelines.

    Speaker:

    - Sydney and Melbourne: Chris Modica, Enterprise Solution Architect, Independent Software Vendors (ISV), AWS

    1:30pm - 2:00pm

    Journey to SaaS: Accelerate Phase

    Discover secrets for success from ANZ SaaS companies that have accelerated their sales and market share locally and globally.

    AWS Speaker:

    - Sydney and Melbourne: Tom LeGrice, Account Manager, AWS

    Customer speaker:

    - Sydney and Melbourne: Jonathan Swift, Chief Technology Officer, Whispir

    Skilling up for Cloud

    Want to develop your AWS skills? Join this session to find out about your AWS learning journey and hear what other customers are doing to become cloud experts.

    AWS Speaker

    - Sydney and Melbourne: Yves Manigart, Business Development Manager, Training, AWS

    Customer Speaker:

    - Melbourne: Jane Ooi,  Head of Technology and Operations, Carsales

    2:00pm - 2:30pm Journey to SaaS: Expedite your Journey

    Whether you’re migrating, modernising or “SaaS'ifying”, how does AWS help you get there faster and with excellence? Learn about the AWS programs and support to accelerate your journey.

    Speaker
    Adrian DeLuca, Head of Partner Solutions Architect, APAC, Amazon Web Services
    2:30pm-3:30pm “Get Connected” Networking experience
  • AUCKLAND
  • Time Topic
    8:30am - 9:00am Registration & Breakfast
    9:00am - 10:30am Welcome and Keynote

    Journey to SaaS


    Software businesses increasingly need to deliver products and features faster, at lower cost, while also attracting and retaining the best product and engineering talent to innovate for their customers. Thanks to cloud, new businesses with a great idea can experiment while testing their idea against a truly global audience. Passionate builders can compete with the largest and most established software businesses – and Australian and New Zealand software companies are at the forefront of this disruption.

    Come to this session to hear from some of New Zealand and Australia's most successful software businesses, including PelicanCorp and SwipedOn; how they took an idea from inception to MVP and then to the world by building on AWS.

    Also hear from Adrian White, AWS Head of Solutions Architecture, ISV, Australia and New Zealand, about how AWS can assist you – either as a new software business building a first product or as an established business wanting to transform to modern business models and architectures, and deliver your software globally on AWS.

    Speakers

    - Adrian White, Head of Solutions Architecture - ISV (ANZ), AWS
    - Neil Webster, Head of Sales, ISV (NZ), AWS
    - Darryl Grauman, Head of Partner, ISV (NZ), AWS
    - Rachael Neumann, Head of Startups (ANZ), AWS
    - Karl Geppert, Chief Development Officer, PelicanCorp
    - Hadleigh Ford, Chief Executive Officer, and Matt Cooney, Chief Technology Officer, SwipedOn
    10:30am - 11:00am Break
    Breakout Sessions Breakout Tracks
    Breakout tracks will commence following the Keynote Opening Session
      “Get Inspired”
    Focusing on each stage of the journey to SaaS, we will explore the business and product challenges and milestones. Guest speakers will share insights from their own journey to success.
    “Get Equipped”
    A mix of technical sessions designed to equip you with the insights and tools to turn your tech shift inspiration into reality.
    11:00am - 11:30am

    Journey to SaaS: Ideation Phase

    Navigating the key challenges and stages of becoming a SaaS company, from the planning stages through to development of a minimum viable product.

    AWS Speaker:

    - Joshua Impey, Account Executive, AWS

    Customer Speaker:

    Danny Smith, General Manager Product Commercial Management and Growth, Xero

    Building Modern Applications on AWS (L200)

    Learn the key compute primitives, architecture patterns, and what we’ve learned from customers when building modern applications. Plus, the practical steps you can take to start building and monitoring modern applications today.

    AWS Speaker:

    - Tony Fendall, Solution Architect, AWS

    Customer Speaker:

    - Glen Alexander, Vice President Engineering, PredictHQ

    11:30am - 12:00pm

    Journey to SaaS: Launch Phase

    Focus on the evolution of your MVP into a market-ready product through innovation, experimentation, customer-centric design and testing through to launch.

    AWS Speaker:

    - Matthew Jobson, Senior Account Manager, AWS

    Customer Speakers:

    - Nick Whitehouse, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, McCarthy Finch

    Using Microservices and Serverless to Accelerate Innovation (L300)

    Innovate faster with microservices and serverless. Learn development best practices and how to leverage containers, AWS Lambda, and developer tools to build and run production applications in the cloud.

    AWS Speaker:

    - Lucas Schejtman,  Solutions Architect, AWS

    12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch and “Get Connected” networking experience 
    1:00pm - 1.30pm

    Journey to SaaS: Growth Phase

    Learn how the SaaS mindset enables the evolution of your brand, resulting in better engagement with your customers, greater empowerment for your internal teams and better product outcomes.

    AWS Speaker:

    - Catherine Sirota, Territory Sales Representative, AWS

    Customer Speaker:

    - Brodie Wooler, VP Platform Development and Bradley Scott, Chief Operating Officer, Uneeq

    Culture of Software Development (L200)

    Get an insight into Amazon’s unique approach to modern application development, as we examine the evolution of software development at Amazon.com. Learn how this approach can increase your pace of innovation, impact your application architecture, organisational structure, operational models and development release pipelines.

    AWS Speaker:

    - Chris Modica, Enterprise Solution Architect, Independent Software Vendors (ISV), AWS

    1:30pm - 2:00pm

    Journey to SaaS: Accelerate Phase

    Discover secrets for success from ANZ SaaS companies that have accelerated their sales and market share locally and globally.

    AWS Speaker:

    - Daniel O’Brien, Start-up Business Development Manager, AWS

    Customer speakers:

    - John Daniel-Trask, Chief Executive Officer, Raygun

    Skilling up for Cloud

    Want to develop your AWS skills? Join this session to find out about your AWS learning journey and hear what other customers are doing to become cloud experts.

    AWS Speaker:

    - Catherine Sirota, Territory Sales Representative, AWS

    Customer Speaker:

    - To be advised

    2:00pm - 2:30pm Journey to SaaS: Expedite your Journey

    Whether you’re migrating, modernising or “SaaS'ifying”, how does AWS help you get there faster and with excellence? Learn about the AWS programs and support to accelerate your journey.

    Speaker
    Adrian DeLuca, Head of Partner Solutions Architect, APAC, Amazon Web Services
    2:30pm-3:30pm “Get Connected” Networking experience

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Speakers

Customer Speakers:

Alex Hattingh

Alex Hattingh, Chief People Office at Employment Hero

Speaking at: Melbourne, Sydney events

Alex Hattingh is a self-professed passionate Fintech SaaS geek, who loves partnering with leadership to establish and continuously improve an awesome culture and employee experience. As a seasoned People & Culture professional with 20 years of experience, Alex derives energy and passion from making employee's successful. Prior to Employment Hero Alex implemented Employment Hero's people management SaaS solution at an online start-up in Sydney. Alex regularly speaks at events as a key industry speaker and is often called upon her for expert advice and commentary.

Danny Smith

Danny Smith, GM Commercial and Product Growth, Xero

Speaking at: Auckland event

Danny is a product and thought-leader experienced in building customer and commercial excellence from strategy through to execution.

Equal parts leader, influencer, and problem solver, Danny's perspectives on technology vision, innovation, and the capabilities required to deliver outcomes have helped Xero reach over 1.8 million subscribers internationally with recognition from Forbes as No #1 in its list of the World’s 100 Most Innovative Growth Companies.

Before joining Xero, Danny held roles at Icebreaker and Deloitte, as well as an early career as a software developer.

John Kearney

John Kearney, General Manager APAC, Deputy

Speaking at: Melbourne and Sydney events

John has more than 20 years’ experience working for a variety of high-growth technology companies across Australia and North America. He has a passion for technology and proven track record of building strong, solutions focused sales teams. John is the General Manager of our APAC business at Deputy. He owns the responsibility of managing and growing our current community of 85,000 workplaces and the more than 550,000 shift workers they manage using the Deputy platform.

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift, Chief Product & Technology Officer, Whispir

Speaking at: Melbourne and Sydney events

Jonathan oversees the strategic direction, technology, feature set, and usability of Whispir’s SaaS product range. He has 20 years’ experience in the technology sector within local and international corporations and start-ups in the UK, USA and Australia.

Jonathan has a wealth of knowledge and experience in product and development management and has successfully delivered new products within the telecommunications, HR, engineering and technology industries.

Karl Geppert

Karl Geppert, Chief Development Officer, PelicanCorp

Speaking at: Melbourne, Sydney, and Auckland events

Karl has worked in application development and software solution delivery for global markets for over two decades. He’s gone through the ranks of developer to solution designer and architect for safety critical web solutions. He is responsible for providing a range of solutions to real-world problems which are guaranteed to save lives, time and money and have been used by leading corporations and organisations across the world.

Lucy Lloyd

Lucy Lloyd, Co-Founder of Mentorloop

Speaking at: Melbourne Event

Lucy Lloyd co-founded Mentorloop with Heidi Holmes in 2016. Born and bred in Melbourne, Mentorloop is a SaaS web application designed to help companies, communities and universities build a mentoring culture. Following strong growth in headcount, client base and revenues over the last 12 months, Mentorloop has just set-up their first international office in the UK.

Nick Whitehouse

Nick Whitehouse, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, McCarthy Finch

Speaking at: Auckland event

Nick is the ex-CDO of NZ arm of Australasia’s largest lawfirm and number one Most Disruptive Leader, as selected by Richard Branson & Steve Wozniak.

Matthew Browne

Matthew Browne, CEO and Co-Founder, Donesafe, Co-Founder of Whispli, Venture Partner at Antler and Chief Investor at Balck Nova Group

Speaking at: Melbourne, Sydney events

Matthew is the CEO and co-founder of Donesafe, a market leading governance, risk and compliance platform, co-founder of Whispli, a secure, anonymous, two-way communication platform and founding advisor / investor to a number of startups via Black Nova Group and start up generator Antler. Prior to this, Matthew held senior roles in strategy and governance with Commonwealth Bank, Leighton Contractors, Arrium and Nine Entertainment.

Matt Cooney

Matt Cooney, Chief Technology Officer, SwipedOn

Speaking at: Auckland event

Matt Cooney is SwipedOn’s CTO and the company’s first technical hire, moving SwipedOn from an outsourced development model to leading an in-house team based in Tauranga and Christchurch. His diverse background includes experience as CTO at Trust Codes and Technical Director at publisher IDG. Matt has spent much of his career alternating between software and journalism, including occupying the editor’s chair at Idealog and Computerworld.

Mike Rahmati

Mike Rahmati, Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Conformity

Speaking at: Melbourne, Sydney events

Mike is the CTO & Co-Founder at Cloud Conformity. He spends his time advising the largest enterprises on end to end security and cost best practices in AWS.

Owen Prime

Owen Prime, Chief Technology Officer, Noggin

Speaking at: Sydney event

Owen is Noggin’s technical leader, chief product architect, and has been a Company Director since the firm’s inception. He has been designing, implementing, and consulting on web applications for governments and industry for close to 20 years, with a focus on high-performing, high-security, scalable, and resilient systems. Was a key contributor in establishing the Australian Profile of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) with the Australian Federal Government; continuing to participate as a stakeholder. Holds a BSc in Computer and Statistical Science from Macquarie University, and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from Securities Institute of Australia.

Hadleigh Ford

Hadleigh Ford, Chief Executive Officer, SwipedOn

Speaking at: Auckland event

Hadleigh Ford is the founder and CEO of SwipedOn, a leading visitor management solution with 5,000 locations in over 60 countries globally. In late 2018, SwipedOn was acquired by UK listed SmartSpace Software. He's passionate about early stage businesses and tech led innovation.

Hadleigh is a trustee of Pinc & Steel Cancer Rehabilitation trust, a Master Mariner and former Harbour Pilot with a maritime career spanning over 18 years. After leaving the sea behind for an office, he spends his afternoons trying to leave the office for the sea.

Paul Hortop

Paul Hortop, Head of Security, Cloud Conformity

Speaking at: Melbourne, Sydney events

Seventeen years of experience in Cyber Security. Proven ability to build securely on AWS. DevSecOps coach promoting integration of security into the CICD toolchain. Implementation experience with enterprise security solutions such as Amazon GuardDuty, AWS WAF and cloud SIEMs. A passionate advocate for serverless.

Amazon Web Services Speakers:

Adrian White

Adrian White, Head of Solutions Architecture, ISV, Australia & New Zealand

Speaking at: Melbourne, Sydney, and Auckland events

Adrian is building a new technology team to enable ISV customers and partners innovate, succeed, and grow on the AWS cloud. Prior to that he spent several years building the foundation for the Research and Scientific Computing business for AWS in APAC and Japan. He was one of the founding technical members of the ANZ AWS team in 2011/2012, and helped build the Australian and New Zealand AWS business as a Senior Solutions Architect for AWS. Since then he has spent countless hours with thousands of customers around the APAC and Japan region designing and building scalable solutions on the cloud.

He is a software engineer at heart and has fingerprints on code running in banks, insurance companies, large telco organisations, on fleets of large commercial airplanes, in large online media outlets, and in lots of other unlikely places across the UK, Australia and New Zealand. He started out as was a much younger and slightly idealistic astronomy and computer science and physics undergrad.

In his spare time he enjoys flexing his polyglot programming muscles and believes building is what matters and makes a difference in the world.

Adrian De Luca

Adrian De Luca, Head of Partner Solutions Architect, APAC, Amazon Web Services

Speaking at: Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland events

As the head of Solution Architecture for Partners and Ecosystems in Asia Pacific, Adrian leads a regional practice of technology specialists that drive architectural best practices for AWS Cloud Platform. The team is responsible for working with technology and consulting partners across the region building reference architectures for their software, optimising solutions to take advantage of the cloud, building AWS Quick Start deployments and making applications easy to consume via the AWS Marketplace.

De Luca brings 20 years of experience in information technology to AWS. Prior to this role, he was the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Director of Pre-Sales at Hitachi Data Systems where responsible for directing the technical pre-sales capability. He was also the co-founder of AirActive, a digital marketplace for fitness and wellness activities.

De Luca has worked actively with industry bodies such as the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), advised the Australian Government on Cloud policy and participates in a number of start-up associations. He is also a popular keynote speaker presenting at major industry events around Asia Pacific and has written a number of business and technology white papers and co-authored the books.

Darryl Grauman

Darryl Grauman, Head of Partner, ISV (NZ), Amazon Web Services

Speaking at: Auckland event

Darryl is an experienced senior leader with substantial hands-on experience in developing people, teams and companies. Darryl was originally a lawyer but through a number of company acquisitions and projects he found himself in the ICT sector. Previously he held senior management and executive roles in a regional MSP, a large Telco and has spent the last few years running the Global Cloud Division for a distributor. He now brings his unique mix of technical, commercial and sales skills to AWS New Zealand.

Neil Webster

Neil Webster, Head of Sales, ISV (NZ), Amazon Web Services

Speaking at: Auckland event

Neil leads the ISV Sales and Account Management team for AWS in New Zealand. He first started working with software companies to get their software delivered as SaaS 15 years ago with traditional datacenter and managed hosting companies in New Zealand as well as the UK and Europe. Working with start-up SaaS providers as well as licensed on premise software vendors, he is particularly interested in the business model changes required to be successful as SaaS provider serving customers globally.

Rachael Neumann

Rachael Neumann, Head of Startups (ANZ), Amazon Web Services

Speaking at: Melbourne, Sydney, and Auckland events

Rachael Neumann plays across many parts of the startup ecosystem, chiefly as Head of Startups in Australia & New Zealand for Amazon Web Services - Amazon’s technology and services business that serves millions of customers around the world. In this role, Rachael is charged with growing the market, driving quantity and quality of startups in the region. Additionally, Rachael is a strategic advisor and investor to a number of founders and their early stage companies and is a Partner in Startmate, Australia’s most ambitious accelerator. She’s passionate about helping companies scale and increase their impact through differentiated customer experiences and new product development.

Rachael also works to create the right policy environment that’s conducive to a thriving sector, and serves as Chair of the Board for StartupAus - Australia's national startup advocacy and lobby group - and has a federal ministerial appointment on the Entrepreneurs’ Programme Committee, distributing commercialisation and acceleration funding on behalf of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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Event Details:

Melbourne, Australia (Registration closed)

Date: Tuesday 12 November, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm
(Registration starts at 8:30am, Keynote 9:00am)
Location: AWS Melbourne Office, Level 18, 8 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 2000 (View Map)

Sydney, Australia

Date: Thursday 14 November, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm
(Registration starts at 8:30am, Opening Keynote 9:00am)
Location: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, 12 Darling Drive, Sydney NSW 2000 (View Map)

Auckland, New Zealand

Date: Wednesday 20 November, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm
(Registration starts at 8:30am, Opening Keynote 9:00am)
Location: AWS Auckland Office, 139 Pakenham St W, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1141, New Zealand (View Map)