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Cloud Enablement: Azure Kubernetes Service at MetLife

Course Description 
By 2025, 51% of IT spending will have shifted to the public cloud, per Gartner. Digital transformation and modernization is cloud-driven in order to keep pace with demand in many markets. In this talk, you will learn what Kubernetes is, how it works within a cloud context, namely Azure, and how Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) has helped MetLife reach its objectives.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  • Define Kubernetes and how it works within a cloud context.
  • Determine the benefits of a managed Kubernetes service implemented within your workspace.

20 minutes
Closed Caption: English


Jeanine Prusienski is an innovative, results-driven IT Leader with experience in Department and Project Leadership in the areas of Strategy, Planning, Architecture, and Operations. She is a critical thinker communicating and collaborating effectively with stakeholders. Her Motivational leadership has a proven track record retaining, recruiting and developing talent through successful mentoring and coaching. A few of her recent accomplishments include enabling microservices architecture for the first time at MetLife with Docker Swarm and enabling infrastructure creation to quickly and easily deploy to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) clusters via Azure DevOps.

Safiya Henry (she/her) Safiya Henry is an AVP in Digital Strategy and Transformation, supporting Global Technology and Operations (GTO) at MetLife, based in Cary, North Carolina.

Safiya is a digital leader with a passion for realizing business value through the power of modern technology. Prior to joining MetLife, she led Agile application design and development at Bank of America, consolidating complex platforms after a major acquisition. During her time at MetLife, she has co-authored an enterprise framework for API development, helped design and build the first cloud-based app at MetLife, and led the successful delivery of digital solutions in Australia, Japan, EMEA and LATAM.

Safiya is a proud HBCU alumna of FAMU (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University) and also holds a Master of Science in Software Engineering from the University of Minnesota. She is an active member of multiple Diversity, Equity and Inclusion groups at MetLife and has volunteered with several organizations focused on increasing the population of underrepresented groups in STEM. In her spare time, Safiya enjoys travel, trivia and foodie adventures.


This project is based upon work partially supported by the generosity of MetLife.