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Cloud Connect Chicago is right around the corner and we are ready for a great event.  We recently took the wraps off this year’s keynote lineup which includes an impressive variety of opinions, case studies & perspectives on the cloud enabled enterprise.   The keynote program runs 9 – 11am on Oct 22nd and 23rd.  See you there!

Robin Chase, Founder, ZipCar and GoLoco

Competing in the Collaborative Economy

A new organizational structure is transforming the sources of power and value creation. It used to be that companies would gain a competitive edge by bringing resources inside the company in order to reduce transaction costs. Today, the smartest companies and governments are using the Internet to leverage assets outside of their sphere of control. We are stepping into the age of abundance. The collaborative Peers Inc economy is exactly what we need to respond to the size, scale, and urgency of problems facing the planet.


Paul Walsh, Vice President of Weather Analytics and Meteorologist, The Weather Company

Rethinking Weather – Using Weather Analytics to Grow Your Business (and save the world)

2012 was yet another year with unprecedented and high-impact weather events.  That trend has continued in 2013 and is expected to continue for the balance of our collective lives. While it sounds grim, there is a silver lining. In this presentation, learn how the convergence of new weather technology and sensing capabilities, big data analytics, high-speed computing, enhanced forecasting capabilities and new media channels are enabling companies to rethink how they leverage weather and environmental information to dramatically enhance business effectiveness and create new opportunities for growth.


Ric Telford, VP, IBM Cloud Services

Competing for the Future in the New Era of Computing

Cloud pacesetters are gaining competitive advantage through strategic reinvention, better decision making, and smarter engagement.  Interest in cloud has moved well beyond an IT obsession – into the very fabric of the enterprise.  What defines a cloud pacesetter goes beyond adoption to differentiation and business results. Please join Ric Telford, VP IBM Cloud Services, as he talks about innovation in this new era of computing and how cloud computing helps clients differentiate through reinvention of relationships, insights, and ecosystem expertise.


Narayan Desai, Principal Experimental Systems Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory

Optimizing for Creativity: Building Clouds for Data-Intensive Informatics

One of the key impediments to large scale informatics is the development of new approaches for data analysis and organization. In this talk, I’ll describe our experiences using openstack over the last 3 years and how it has accelerated the development activities of our scientists. I will discuss our experiences, why we selected Openstack, and the remaining open issues in these platforms.


Jean-Sebastien Bruneau, Cloud Architect, OVH.com

The Cloud Triangle: Where should you be?

Choosing the right “as a service” technology can be a daunting task. How do you select the right solution in a world of choices where the term Cloud is used in so many ways? OVH proposes a walktrough the cloud marketplace to trace a clear path to risk free service externalisation.


Alistair Croll, VP, CloudOps Research

What Would You do if You Were Starting From Scratch?

What would you do if you were starting from scratch? And why aren’t you? In this session, author and entrepreneur Alistair Croll looks at what’s holding back big companies, and the threat posed by not being willing to burn the boats. In a world of abundant, ubiquitous technology, the risk of sitting still far outweighs the risk of moving too quickly. As everyone around the boardroom table realizes their fortunes depend on technology, the CIO’s mindset needs to change dramatically if they, and indeed their entire IT organization, are to remain relevant.


Duke Skarda, CTO, Softlayer

Selecting the Right Cloud Architecture to Optimize Performance

Performance is the intersection of power, agility, and control.  If you value performance you don’t want to use an oversubscribed, commodity cloud as the cornerstone of your business.  In this session we will discuss the features of a cloud that combine to create a truly performant environment.


Fireside Chat with Cloud Security Alliance:  The State of Security & The Cloud

This keynote will provide a brief overview of CSA research on government access to information, attitudes domestically and abroad, will discuss future impacts on cloud providers and government policies, and outline the CSA view on best practices on balancing safety, security, individual privacy and business interests of cloud.

  • Jason Witty, Senior Vice President & CISO, U.S. Bank
  • Jim Reavis, Co-founder & Executive Director, Cloud Security Alliance

Stack Wars: The Battle for the Enterprise Cloud
The Stack Wars rage on with heated debates around which cloud platform is best suited for the enterprise. Join this lively discussion with leading cloud providers and judge for yourself which will come out on top!

Moderator: Alistair Croll, VP, CloudOps Research

  • Monty Taylor, Manager, Automation and Deployment, Hewlett-Packard
  • Jim Anthony, Vice-President, Tier II Solution Architecture Team, Verizon Terremark
  • Mathew Lodge, VP, Cloud Services, VMware

Ted Rudman, Interim Vice President, Pricing, Marketing/Loyalty, Supply Chain & Corporate Systems, Sears Holdings Corporation

Transforming Data Architecture Complexity at Sears

The Hadoop ecosystem of big data tools has transformed the way structured and unstructured data is ingested, processed, stored and analyzed at Sears Holdings, a highly data-driven company. Discover the challenges that hadoop helps overcome and key use cases that drive big data value across the organization.


Molly Rector, Chief Marketing Officer, EVP Product Management and WW Marketing, Spectra Logic

Enabling the Disruptive Thinkers in Your Organization

Big data is not only changing the way we store data but more importantly, why we store data. No longer are we storing data just to look back in history but now we are keeping it to predict the future. Enterprises are rapidly adapting to utilize Cloud Storage techniques to remove obstacles that block users from being able to retain, access and learn from their data. “Disruptive Thinkers” in each Enterprise are using these tools to analyze the past in order to reveal the opportunities for data driven decisions on where to invest in the future for market space leadership and differentiation.


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