Cloud Native Roadblocks: Why Aren’t You Leaving Legacy Database Systems?

CIO Council

November 17, 2022 - West


Paul Miller Google Cloud
Paul Miller

Head of Data Management Solutions

Google Cloud

Council Speaker

Accomplished data management leader with over 20 years’ experience in application development, data management, and solution engineering. Emphatic team builder who loves to figure things out.

Jeff Westenhaver EPAM Systems
Jeff Westenhaver

Sr Account Manager, Data Management,

EPAM Systems

Council Speaker

Jeff has 30 years of experience in Information Technology, ranging from mainframe to mobile and client-server to cloud. Jeff is part of the EPAM Cloud Data Solutions Team that helps customers transform their businesses by modernizing applications and databases in the cloud

Stan Drapkin EPAM Systems
Stan Drapkin

Chief Cloud Technologist

EPAM Systems

Council Speaker

Senior Director, Cloud Technology at EPAM. Stan has 20+ years of experience working with relational databases and helping organizations migrate from on-prem to private Clouds to public Clouds to Cloud-managed to Cloud-native while addressing scalability, elasticity, resiliency, performance, and manageability concerns.

Michael Hiskey The Cybersecurity Gatebreakers Foundation
Michael Hiskey

Chief Strategy Officer

The Cybersecurity Gatebreakers Foundation

Council Speaker

Michael Hiskey is an author, blogger and moderator and speaker who has been in enterprise business-to-business (B2B) strategy and technology for over 20 years. His articles have been found all over, and he has made appearances on CNBC, C|Net, etc. Michael has primarily worked for software and services solutions providers, who solve for the challenges in the realms of cybersecurity, FinTech, data, analytics, cloud computing and AI. Prior to joining Data Connectors, he held Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) roles at Avanan, Semarchy, Socure, Kognitio, Trifacta (interim), and executive leadership roles at MicroStrategy and IBM. Mr. Hiskey primarily led competitive analysis, market studies, demand generation, event strategy, field marketing, program management and detailed budget and strategy planning for those organizations and is delighted to have become a “full stack” marketing executive from those experiences. After starting his career in finance, Michael spent almost 10 years at IBM. Some notable efforts there included leading Subject Matter Expert (SME) Teams for Analytics, Data Warehouse Product Development, and Advanced Customer Support. Michael returned to the US in 2010 after a successful assignment in Brasil, where he helped grow the Software Lab and connected sales, partners and clients supporting Cognos, DB2 & Informix products. Michael is a graduate of the Columbia Business School in New York City. He is the husband of one current, and GirlDad to two future women in technology. You can find more about Michael at

Upcoming events


All times Pacific Time

3:00 PM-4:15 PM

Cloud Native Roadblocks: Why Aren’t You Leaving Legacy Database Systems?

Legacy database systems are a standard for enterprise IT infrastructure. But as industry leading businesses accelerate cloud native transformation, these legacy technologies can turn into costly and innovation-halting roadblocks that hinder the modernization of applications. Organizations are aware of the benefits for moving legacy, on-premises databases and applications into cloud native infrastructure and services, such as:

  • Reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  • Eliminate expensive commercial software licenses
  • Improve database availability, scalability, security, and performance
  • Position applications to leverage business-transforming AI, ML and analytics capabilities

Despite an understanding of the benefits—the lack of a confident first-step and actionable transformation roadmap pushes leaders to begrudgingly accept the status quo rather than invest time and resources for modernizing databases and transforming applications.

In Partnership With