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When consolidation is out of reach: common roadblocks when simplifying your IT stack

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Date and Time

June 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Event Category

Web Conference


Amelia Ghidotti


Lisa O'Connell


Platform consolidation — the strategic integration of multiple tools and infrastructure into a single, cohesive platform — is a strategic priority for security and IT leaders, driven by increasing tech stack complexity and budgetary pressure.

Unfortunately, platform consolidation projects often struggle to meet expectations due to ​​gaps between what platforms can do and what it should do. As a result, IT and Security team productivity slows even further, and business initiatives attempting to connect and secure the organization’s technology stack fall short.

IDC analyst and guest speaker Ghassan Abdo has helped dozens of organizations navigate these situations. In this webinar, he’ll discuss:

  • 3-5 common roadblocks in platform consolidation efforts
  • Real-world examples of organizations that overcame those challenges
  • Actionable strategies you can bring into your own organization



Ghassan Abdo

Mr. Abdo, Research Vice President in the Telecommunications group, covers the evolution of the Telco Cloud Ecosystem as well as the emerging Virtualized Enterprise Networking services. His primary focus areas include Service Provider SD WAN and Managed Services, and emerging NFV-based Virtual Networking Services as well as other Managed WAN Services.  In the Hosting & Cloud segment, Ghassan covers Service Provider Managed Hosting services, including Hybrid Managed Private/Public Cloud Services, Colocation Services, Secure Cloud Connect and CDN services.

Mr. Abdo has over 25 years of experience in senior roles serving the communications, networking and IT needs of large telcos and enterprises. Recently as Senior Director of Business Development at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (formerly HP), he had responsibility for driving growth in the telco industry by capitalizing on transformative trends including NFV, SDN, Cloud, mobility, IOT and pay-per-use business models. Mr. Abdo is experienced in selling to CXOs, developing strategic business and GTM plans and providing thought leadership on emerging trends. Mr. Abdo held global and regional EMEA roles spanning sales, product management, competitive sales, presales and Joint GTM. Ghassan holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas, Arlington, MBA from University of North Texas and Advanced Telecommunication Management Certification from USC.

See Ghassan Abdo‘s full profile.

Martin Sanchez

Martin Sanchez is a member of the Cloudflare team focusing on digital modernization and platform consolidation.

See Martin Sanchez‘s full profile.

ISSA Webinars and Conference series cover all the continuing education credits to maintain your cyber security certifications. (CPEs, CEUs, ECE, etc). Each hour is equal to one continuing education credit. Certificates of completion are available upon request after completion. For instructions, click here.

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