Discover Best Practices for Modernizing Your Applications

Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 9.00 PM
Classic Car Club Manhattan | 1 PIER 76, 408 12th Ave | New York | NY 10018

Join Virtusa, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and A+E Networks at the Classic Car Club Manhattan for an evening of networking and learn how leading enterprises are adopting cloud-native databases to modernize their applications and achieve:

  • Greater developer productivity
  • Reduced costs for better margins and more competitive pricing
  • The ability to place more emphasis on adding new features to applications and services

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During the event, you will learn more about the Cloud City program set forth to modernize A+E’s legacy applications by migrating both application and data payloads to the Cloud. The approach was to re-platform the applications to run natively on the cloud and rapidly introduce emerging technologies to increase automation, improve availability and lower costs.

The migration journey started by establishing a strong technology strategy, embracing cloud native application development and creating a culture of automation. A+E formed a cross-functional Cloud Governance team to ensure proper organizational alignment around achieving the ambitious Cloud City goals. Performing early application cloud suitability and analysis resulted in the proper applications to be selected for initial migration, the identification of inter-application dependencies, clear infrastructure requirements and automation opportunities.

The creation of a cloud migration factory allowed applications to be migrated in three waves based on the technology stack, complexity and business criticality. Best practices were established in agile development, DevOps, test automation, high availability and disaster recovery. Each wave operated with continuous feedback applying learnings to make each application migration much better than predecessors.

As of today, the Cloud City program has resulted in migrating 35 business applications to the AWS Cloud, the development of 5 new cloud native applications and the creation of a state-of-the-art DevOps automation with one-click deployment.

Through this A+E was able to achieve the following:

  • Zero downtime deployments for web apps
  • Fully immutable infrastructure managed as a code
  • Automated testing for apps moving to the cloud
  • CI/CD all the way through production with appropriate tollgates
  • Pilot cross-region disaster recovery (DR) where applicable

Register today to discover new ways to modernize your applications. We look forward to seeing you at the event!


5.00 - 5.45 pm

Registration and refreshments.

5:45 - 7:00 pm

AWS and Virtusa presentations.

7.00 - 9.00 pm

Cocktail reception (heavy hors d’ouevres) and racing simulators.


Frank Palermo

Executive Vice President - Global Digital Solutions

Frank heads the Global Technical Solutions Group which contains many of Virtusa’s specialized technical competency areas such as Business Process Management (BPM), Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence (DWBI).

Kevin Jernigan

Principal Product Manager, Amazon Aurora

Kevin Jernigan is Principal Product Manager for Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility, and has been on the RDS/Aurora team since January 2016. Prior to AWS, he led a product management team at Oracle, with responsibility for storage and performance features in the core of Oracle Database. Earlier in his career, Kevin built a technology consulting business (Emergent) and a SaaS business (Xpiron), after starting his career as a Product Manager at Oracle in 1987.

Jeff McGrath

Vice President of Technology – A+E Networks

Jeff is a progressive IT executive who has been leading a variety of technology teams at A+E Networks over the past 14 years to drive digital transformation and cost efficiencies. In his current role, he is responsible for all customer facing development including A+E’s Enterprise Data Platform, Application & Product Development, Architecture & DevOps, Cloud and Database Management.

Surajit Bhattacharjee

Head of Telco & Media, Virtusa

Surajit heads up technology for Virtusa’s Telco and Media business. In this role, he works intimately with customers to define solutions across a variety of areas including customer experience, data, and cloud. Prior to joining Virtusa, Surajit spent 8 years in software product development.


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