Portfolio Optimization by the Numbers

In the fall of 2017, Microsoft, Pivotal and Dell EMC began a collaboration focused around enabling digital transformation through rapid adoption of Pivotal Cloud Foundry for the large enterprise. This collaboration brings together Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry (PCF) with Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack and Dell EMC’s consulting services. PCF is an effective platform as a service for modern application development and containerization. Microsoft’s Azure services, complimented by Azure Stack for on premises cloud computing, provides rapid scalability and seamless portability. Dell EMC Consulting Services wraps the solution with experience and know-how to scale PCF adoption across an enterprise, adopt DevOps practices, enable CI/CD pipelines and drive transformation globally on cloud platforms.

Reduce Costs and Optimize Your Portfolio

Through our collaboration we’ve been able to share priorities, benefits and challenges faced and discuss how, together, we can offer customers a more complete and efficient approach to adoption and transformation across the enterprise.

At Dell Technologies World, on Wednesday May 2nd at noon (Pacific), representatives from each of the companies will join a panel discussion titled “Enterprise Digital Transformation: By The Numbers” facilitated by Kaushik Arunagiri, VP Americas Consulting Services, Dell EMC that will discuss the potential value of large scale transformational savings and entertain questions from the audience.


Chip Kalfaian, Principal Consultant and Global Discipline Lead Application Portfolio Optimization, Dell EMC Consulting

Chip has led the global Application Portfolio Optimization team at Dell EMC for three years. During this time a lot has changed. Whereas three years ago it was sufficient to recommend public versus private cloud, today CIO’s are faced with a robust range of options for their future app dev and infrastructure needs. Chip is responsible for providing his customers with expert services enabled through diagnostic and analytical tools to help answer these questions and build financial models to support them. Chip is responsible for the global harmonization of application profiling services across Dell EMC and helps drive innovation of new solutions like the Application Modernization Strategy and Roadmap solution released this past February.

Claude Lorenson, Global Cloud Platform Channel Marketing, Microsoft

Claude Lorenson is a Senior Product Marketing Manager in the Azure Hybrid Marketing team as part of the Cloud + Enterprise group at Microsoft. Lorenson’ s current function is around the development of the IHVs and System Integrator partner eco-system to drive integration of the Microsoft Cloud Platform with new, innovative hardware solutions such as Azure Stack.

Lorenson holds a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from The Ohio State University and a Technology Management MBA from the University of Washington.

Michael Wood, Director Alliances, Pivotal

Starting out in the US Army, Michael jumped into a career focused on business and market changes through the proper leverage of technology, and, more specifically, software as a competitive differentiator. For the better part of 18 years, he has partnered with companies of all shapes and sizes as they have matured through generations of technical and organizational change. As a founding member of Pivotal, Michael has become immersed in not only the latest technical approaches to solve company challenges, but also the organizational and psychological incentives that drive innovation and success for the companies that he serves.

Join Kaushik Arunagri (Dell EMC, VP Americas Consulting Services) at Dell Technologies World on Wednesday, May 2 at 12 p.m. for the session Enterprise Digital Transformation: By The Numbers,” to learn why Enterprise adoption of Pivotal Cloud Foundry requires aggressive re-platforming of legacy applications and new thinking, behavior, tools and processes for your green field. Come meet our panel comprising of Dell, Microsoft, and Pivotal as we discuss how, through our alliance, we help bring significant ROI to large enterprise customers.

About the Author: Chip Kalfaian

Chip Kalfaian has 30+ years of hands-on application development and IT leadership experience. Here at Dell Technologies, he leads the Application Portfolio Optimization practice globally and is responsible for developing solutions. Chip focuses on designing solutions that enable customers to decrease the cost and complexity associated with legacy portfolios, while increasing speed and agility in order to enable the business. He believes the challenge of portfolio modernization is to look for small, impactful wins in the near term, while implementing longer-term strategic transformation. Deployment methods draw from processes and technologies that enable rapid assessment of applications and infrastructure and that are implemented through short iterations. This is all harnessed to drive positive business results faster.