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Join the discussion around one of the largest real world deployments of a Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) platform to learn best practices in its planning, deployment, and ongoing use. CenturyLink will share lessons learned and values derived from its deployment of Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare while Schneider Electric will share the experiences of its broader customer base.

In this session, join Data Center Knowledge’s expert contributor Bill Kleyman and experts from CenturyLink and Schneider Electric as they share how you can succeed with DCIM. Attendees will learn:

  • A clear actionable framework for tackling their own DCIM deployment
  • An understanding of the value of DCIM from a service provider perspective

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Bill Kleyman is a regular contributor to Windows IT Pro and Data Center Knowledge and an enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management, and deployment. His architecture work includes large virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. As the VP of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, he interacts with enterprise organizations and helps align IT strategies with direct business goals. He also publishes freelance whitepapers, articles, podcasts, and blogs around data center, cloud, security, and infrastructure management topics.


Joe Reele is Vice President, Datacenter Solution Architects at Schneider Electric, responsible for bringing together the full suite of Schneider Electric products and services to provide unparalleled right sized, innovative and complete solutions for our customers. Joe influences and inspires a large team of highly talented professionals to provide cutting edge designs, innovative solutions and operational models for Mission Critical Facilities/Operations. Joe has an impressive track record of more than 10 years of hands-on experience in strategic planning, business unit development and growth, project development, operations management, and system engineering strategies. Joe provides strong technical and leadership skills with proven ability to successfully analyze an organization's critical operational business requirements, identify deficiencies and potential opportunities, and develop innovative and cost-effective solutions to meet the customer's business objectives.


Kelly Sullivan, Vice President, Global Operations at CenturyLink, has over 20 years of experience leading global teams serving mission critical environments.  In his role at CenturyLink, Kelly heads a team of 600 facilities and IT staff.  Kelly’s team is responsible for the successful construction design and implementation, operation, budgeting, maintenance optimization and asset life cycle planning for CenturyLink’s 59+ global colocation data centers.  Before CenturyLink, Kelly worked at Northrop Grumman as a senior design and engineering project manager.  Kelly is a member and speaker at industry association events such as AFCOM local and national events, Critical Facilities Summit and Uptime Symposium.  In his spare time, Kelly enjoys spending time with his family and supporting local charities.