Morgan Stanley CTO Summit

Terry Slattery
Principal Architect

We were invited to speak at the annual Morgan Stanley CTO Summit that was held this week in San Mateo, CA. This summit is where Morgan Stanley hears what promising technology companies have to offer and to decide if those technologies would be beneficial to their operation. Just getting invited to present is a tremendous acknowledgment of what we provide. These guys really have their act together.

In my travels in networking, I’ve only encountered a few organizations that really understand network management. And I don’t mean network monitoring. I mean the ability to know what’s happening in their network, knowing what assets are deployed and their locations, the ability to adapt to changing business requirements, and how well the network supports the business. Morgan Stanley is one of these organizations. Not surprisingly, one of the others is also a financial firm.

As I’ve talked with the network staff at these firms, they have traditionally said:

We have all that covered, but you’re on the right track. What you’re doing is exactly what’s needed.

More recently though, these same firms have started to pay more attention. We’re now providing functionality that they don’t have. Some of them have limited staff to maintain the internal tools that they’ve developed. The end result is that they are seriously considering NetMRI so that their staff can spend more time working on improving the network and keeping it aligned with the business’ needs. I expect that many of these firms will start using NetMRI in the coming year.



Re-posted with Permission 

NetCraftsmen would like to acknowledge Infoblox for their permission to re-post this article which originally appeared in the Applied Infrastructure blog under


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Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

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Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


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John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.