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A majority of the cloud related articles that I have read from the end of last year to now, all have a common theme. 2012 is going to be the year of the cloud! I thought 2011 was the year of the cloud. It surely was the most talked about subject within the IT market. As I look back at 2011, the cloud talk was surely just that – talk and I mean that in a good way.As with any new tool/solution or toy that has been made available to you, one must learn how to use it in order to truly maximize all of its benefits. 2011 was that time for cloud computing; in its infancy, was still being defined – over and over again. The debate surely continues on as to what cloud computing truly is, however we now have specific types of cloud computing (private, public, hybrid) which makes it easier for IT professionals to understand and more importantly adopt.

According to KPMG’s “Clarity in the Cloud” study, 81% of businesses are either planning their initial forays, are in early or advanced stages of experimentation or have full implementations. In my opinion, 2012 is going to be the year of Cloud Adoption and Cloud Connect will help with that initative.  Learn about the latest cloud computing innovations at Cloud Connect’s comprehensive conference and expo, designed to serve the needs of IT professionals, developers and cloud providers. Here are a few sessions that will provide you with real life case studies and examples that will help you get a clearer understanding of the cloud:

  • Bringing Cloud Back to Earth: A Panel Discussion: This panel brings together industry thought leaders, negotiators, and early enterprise adopters of cloud services to answer some of your top questions backed with a prism of case studies.
  • Secure Government Clouds: Certifying a Seamless Transition: Best practices for government agencies around cloud requirements and implementation of services through the cloud and multiple real-life case studies including the Air Force and the Social Security Administration on how they are utilizing the benefits of the cloud
  • Sizing up Cloud Economics: Doing More With Less: The session will feature hard numbers and data that quantify the impact of the cloud and its benefits in terms of ROI and TCO, both over the next 5 years as well today, through real customer case studies.
  • Will Culture Eat Your Strategy? How to Turn the Tables: This session combines a keynote followed by case examples to frame the tough questions facing your IT organization and set the stage for how you can find answers that will prevent your organization and culture from ‘eating your cloud strategy for breakfast’.

Hear from thought leaders in a full conference and keynote program while meeting top vendors of cloud technologies and platforms in the Expo Hall. Cloud Connect exhibitors are excited and bullish about 2012. The expo floor is expanding daily with new and established companies that each a have a compelling story to tell. They know Cloud Connect is the place to be at and meet with dedicated IT heroes who need to keep up with the latest and greatest cloud solutions tools.

As a member of this influential community, you should be extremely excited for this year’s event. Come celebrate with your peers at Cloud Connect – the only vendor neutral event that brings together all of the major players that are driving this market. Exhibitors who have committed to the 2012 event include:

  • Cisco
  • Citrix
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • RedHat
  • Microsoft
  • Terremark
  • GoGrid
  • Brocade

Either way, Cloud Connect is about you. We help you cut through the hype and make the best cloud solution buying decision for your organization by bringing you not only, top of mind conference topics, but industry leaders that want to educate you about their solutions. We highly encourage you, especially this year, to truly connect with your peers and exhibitors by sharing your notes and thoughts with each other face-to-face and online.
We’re going to help you with the online part. We’ve teamed with DoubleDutch, to create a new mobile app that will enhance your experience this year. We’re really excited and that’s about all I can say so far.

Until then, here is what I am going to do for you. Register today to save 25% on a Platinum or Conference Pass with code CPNCDCC07 to access this world-class educational conference.

Don’t wait until Cloud Connect to start the conversations. Let’s kick this off right now. Follow Cloud Connect on Twitter (official hashtag is #ccevent) and become fans on Facebook. We’re listening and ready to engage.

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