Darren Bak

Lead business analyst, Synthesis

Darren Bak manages a growing team of business analysts that support the Synthesis Cloud Consulting offering and other company initiatives. He has an honour’s degree in BSc biomedical science with a post-graduate diploma in management, as well as a diploma in business analysis. He brings 10 years’ professional experience, including product development at FNB Credit Card Division, multiple turnkey programmes in the fintech industry, as well as group-wide regulatory change initiatives for Nedbank and Standard Bank in the AML and privacy space. In addition, Bak has a wealth of consulting experience within the financial, government and health sectors. He has expertise in implementing large SDLC and agile projects, facilitating the development of the idea until the realisation and completion of all objectives.

Darren Bak will be speaking on the following topic:

Cloud Economics: how to build a strong business case?

Establishing an effective business case for the adoption of public cloud for your application workloads requires knowledge of how your organisation does things now. By understanding your existing on-premises or co-location environments as well as the associated ecosystems you will be able to lay the groundwork for an effective business case. Cloud economics takes into account not only the cost savings for cloud adoption through reduction in server, storage, network and facility costs but the value of how cloud can change the way you do business. Business agility, operational resilience, cost avoidance, workforce productivity and operational costs are all taken into account.

  • What are the financial and economic benefits for migrating to AWS versus doing nothing (business as usual with no capacity for growth)?
  • What is the cost of migrating applications to the cloud and how does refactoring applications impact your return on investment?
  • What is the potential cost savings for migrating off vendor licensed products?
  • How can you leverage off AWS migration acceleration programmes to limit your migration bubbled

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