In case you missed our big announcement last month, Cloud Connect is heading to Las Vegas! This is significant step forward as we continue to advance the cloud agenda and cover the issues that matter most in enterprise cloud adoption. We began Cloud Connect in the Silicon Valley four years ago, and in that short time we have made tremendous progress in helping to define and evangelize the value of cloud computing. Today its value is impossible to ignore, but the hard work of enterprise integration still lies ahead!
Cloud Connect Summit will take place March 31 – April 1 alongside the mighty Interop Las Vegas. With Interop’s longstanding strength in serving the IT community and Cloud Connect’s focus on the cloud-enabled enterprise, we are taking the next step in helping companies evaluate their cloud options and make the right decisions for their business. As IT and business leaders embrace the cloud model, the time is right to bring Cloud Connect to the largest independent IT event in the US.
With the Cloud Connect Summit we are also planning a new program format developed around “10 critical cloud decisions.” The final agenda will be crowd-sourced to the Cloud Connect community and zero in on the most pressing cloud technology, policy and organizational decisions and debates facing the cloud-enabled enterprise.
Some of the topics we will explore include:
- In-depth analysis and comparison of the leading cloud stacks
- The role of IT and CIO leaders in the new service provider model
- Embracing IT-as-a-Service, Agile IT and DevOps strategy
- Open Data / Open Clouds and APIs
- Processes for managing SaaS and the heterogeneous cloud environment
- Operational and policy issues, case studies and models for the cloud-enabled enterprise
- Cloud-enabling platforms: Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), cloud brokers, cloud management platforms (CMPs) and cloud identity management
To complement the 2-day summit we have a number of in-depth workshops planned including:
- OpenStack Boot Camp
- Amazon Web Services Boot Camp
- Infrastructure for Private Clouds
- Orchestration and Management of Federated Applications in Hybrid Clouds
We are gearing Cloud Connect Summit towards a cross-section of disciplines with a stake in the cloud-enabled enterprise. Technology stakeholders include CIO/CTO, architects, senior engineers and IT leaders. Business stakeholders include business analysts, project/program managers and line of business leaders.
I’m really excited to take this important next step with Cloud Connect. Now comes the fun of developing a stellar agenda with the help of an incredible advisory board. More on that and program developments in the weeks ahead.
Viva Las Vegas!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The recent Cloud Connect tweet chat on “Management, application performance & security in a Hybrid Cloud world” addressed one of the fundamental challenges facing business technology stakeholders – weighing the benefits of cloud computing with potential loss of direct access & control over application infrastructure. This is especially true with PaaS & SaaS where more of the infrastructure control is ceded to the Cloud provider.
Our Enterprise Cloud Adoption Survey shows that businesses are growing increasingly comfortable with both SaaS & PaaS. But what are the tradeoffs and concerns? Here’s a snapshot of our Cloud Connect twitter discussion on this topic: Continue Reading »
Last week Cloud Connect hosted a “Tweet Chat” – a preplanned virtual discussion which takes place via Twitter. The topic for our chat was “Management, application performance & security in a Hybrid Cloud world” which proved to be a fruitful topic of conversation.
We asked a series of questions to our faithful Cloud Connect Twitter followers and anyone else interested in joining the discussion. The responses started coming in right away and it was interesting to see the variety of perspectives and responses.
Our first question dealt with whether data security concerns would stifle or spur hybrid cloud adoption. Here’s a snapshot of the discussion:
One of our goals with Cloud Connect Chicago is to provide a side-by-side comparison of the leading cloud platforms and ecosystems. CloudStack is a top-level project within the Apache Software Foundation and is one of the leading contenders in the battle for Infrastructure-as-a-Service adoption. This week we are taking the wraps off the CloudStack Track we have been planning with key members of the CloudStack community. Meet the the co-track chairs for this year’s program:
Mark Hinkle, Sr. Director, Open Source Solutions, Citrix – Mark Hinkle is the Senior Director of Cloud Computing Community at Citrix Systems Inc. He joined Citrix as a result of their July 2011 acquisition of Cloud.com where he was their Vice President of Community. He is currently responsible for Citrix open source efforts around the open source cloud computing platform, Apache CloudStack and the Xen Hypervisor. Previously he was the VP of Community at Zenoss Inc., a producer of the open source application, server, and network management software, where he grew the Zenoss Core project to over 100,000 users and 20,000 organizations on all seven continents. He also is a longtime open source expert and author having served as Editor-in-Chief for both LinuxWorld Magazine and Enterprise Open Source Magazine. Mr. Hinkle is also the author of the book, “Windows to Linux Business Desktop Migration.” (Thomson, 2006). He is a contributor to NetworkWorld’s Open Source Subnet and his personal blog on open source, technology, and new media can be found at www.socializedsoftware.com. You can follow him on twitter @mrhinkle.
Aaron Delp, Sr. Director, Technical Marketing, Citrix – Aaron Delp is the Sr. Director of Technical Marketing for the Citrix Cloud Platforms Group. He currently leads the generation and publishing of reference architectures, technical documentation, competitive intelligence, and field enablement content. Prior to Citrix, Aaron led the Cloud Field Enablement team for VCE specializing in management, orchestration, and automation products from VMware, Cisco, EMC, and CA Technologies. In addition, Aaron led a solutions team that designed, tested, and published the configuration of Cisco Unified Communications (UC) on the VCE Vblock Platform. Other past responsibilities include a top 50 technology value added reseller (VAR), ePlus Technology serving as the Data Center Practice Lead & over ten years at IBM holding various positions supporting business partners, vendors, and distributors to design and deploy data center solutions. Continue Reading »
I have been planning conferences for many years and have come to believe that end user companies often make the best speakers. This is especially true for Cloud Connect because Cloud customers (our attendees) not only need to understand how the Cloud works but also how it aligns with their business objectives.
We are entering a new era in cloud computing where a customer’s success will no longer be measured by cloud adoption alone, but also by how they take advantage of the Cloud to drive business forward. Simply put, Cloud has become the platform of innovation and that innovation will impact every aspect of the modern enterprise. Continue Reading »
With Cloud Connect Chicago less than 8 weeks away we have started to take the wraps off our exciting keynote line up. Our program reflects not only the state of enterprise cloud computing, but more importantly, where we’re going as we begin to understand how cloud computing is reshaping the modern enterprise.
The theme for this year’s conference is Navigating the Cloud for Enterprise Transformation which speaks to two of the most important trends in enterprise cloud adoption:
Enterprise Transformation: We’ve moved beyond defining cloud computing and evangelizing its value proposition. The Cloud is here to stay and its value to business pretty well understood. But we need continued focus on exactly how cloud is reshaping business in terms of technology choices, policies and organizational best practices.
Navigating the Cloud: As companies set a cloud strategy they face a number of decisions around platforms, ecosystems and vendor partners. Cloud Connect’s Conference Program is uniquely structured to compare and contrast the leading cloud stacks in the market.
With these themes in mind, I’m thrilled to welcome Alistair Croll, VP of CloudOps Research as a featured speaker. Alistair will most definitely challenge your thinking with his vision for the cloud enabled enterprise. He is a true thought leader, consistently ranks among top speakers at Cloud Connect and i’m thrilled to welcome him back this year. Here’s a little background on Alistair from the CloudOps Research website:
Alistair Croll is an entrepreneur, analyst, and author. He has founded several companies in the area of network infrastructure, performance management, and web technology, and chairs a number of the tech industry’s largest events on cloud computing, Big Data, and entrepreneurship including Cloud Connect, Strata, Interop, and the International Startup Festival. He is also the creator of the bitnorth conference series. Alistair is the author of three books on performance, operations, and analytics, and is currently working on Lean Analytics, part of the Lean series from O’Reilly Media, which shows startups how to use data to build better startups faster. In 2010, he co-founded Year One Labs, an early stage startup accelerator, and he is an angel investor and hands-on advisor to numerous startups and investor organizations. Most of what Alistair says, passed through notoriously poor filters, can be found on Twitter or his blog, Solve For Interesting.
Our second annual Cloud Connect Chicago is fast approaching and the agenda is really taking shape. We have a lot of new programs planned this year including our first Cloud IT Executive Summit, co-chaired by two of our industry’s leading cloud authorities, Scott Bils and Joe Weinman. The Summit is focused on some of the biggest challenges facing IT including those that are not necessarily about technology.
Cloud continues to disrupt the way we develop, deploy and consume applications. But what many companies have not come to terms with is how Cloud will impact the role of IT and how businesses need to organize for survival.
Scott Bils’ recent column on InformationWeek.com brings the challenges into focus:
“Corporate IT organizations are facing real competition. Business users are deploying sophisticated SaaS applications on their own. Developers are looking first to public cloud IaaS and PaaS platforms to build new applications, reducing the need for internal infrastructure. With every new third-party cloud service, more IT budget dollars go outside the door. So what’s a CIO to do?”
For starters, CIOs and senior IT people should attend the Cloud IT Executive Summit to hear from Scott and others on what IT needs to do to navigate these changing times. Some of the speakers and topics planned for the Summit include:
- Cloud Strategy and Economics Overview – led by none other than Cloudonomics author, Joe Weinman
- The CIO Perspective on Enterprise transformation and organizational readiness – Scott Bils
- Transformation via the Cloud – Michael Skok, North Bridge Venture Partners
And be sure to read Scott’s column which offers some of the steps CIOs will need to take towards IT-as-a-Service.
Momentum is building for the 2013 ICE Awards, a program we launched with Everest Group to recognize industry leading cloud adopters. What makes the program unique is its focus on the customer – real enterprises making serious bets on cloud computing. We’re looking for the companies making bold moves with their cloud strategy, driving innovation and value for their business. The winners of the ICE Awards will have the opportunity to present their customer story as a featured speaker at Cloud Connect Chicago 2013.
The deadline to submit for the 2013 ICE Awards is Friday, August 9th at 9pm EST.
The ICE Awards winners will be selected by our esteemed panel of judges representing technology media, enterprise customers and the cloud industry. The 2013 ICE Awards judges are:
- Charles Babcock, Editor-at-large, InformationWeek
- Alistair Croll, Principal Analyst, Bitcurrent
- Dave McCrory, Senior Vice President of Engineering for Warner Music Group
- Eric Simonson, Managing Partner – Research, Everest Group
- Neal Sample, CIO – Enterprise Growth, American Express
- Peter Bendor-Samuel, Founder and CEO, Everest Group
- Reuven Cohen, Contributing Author, Forbes Magazine
- Steve Wylie, General Manager, Cloud Connect
That’s the question we’re asking with the launch of the 2013 ICE Awards. Cloud Connect and Everest Group are teaming up for a first of its kind look how companies are innovating through cloud computing. Submissions are due on July 26, 2013!
Why are we launching the ICE Awards?
Our industry has moved beyond the era of defining the cloud and evangelizing its merits. The cloud and it’s benefits are now well understood. But what’s less understood is how cloud has impacted the enterprise in a long-term, meaningful and measurable way. That’s the focus of the ICE Awards.
- Consumer goods & retail
- Financial services
- Media & entertainment
What We’re Looking For?
- Significant positive effects on one or more segments of your stakeholders (customers, employees, partners/channels, and/or society in general), e.g., improved customer satisfaction, improved collaboration between employees and partners, reduced resource consumption footprint etc.
- Striking business impact in terms of revenue, costs, pricing, investments, retention, and/or reduced time to market
- Notable technology transformation that led to process simplification, creation of new feature/functionality, flexibility, uniqueness/cleverness, business agility, etc.
- Achievement of organizational transformation, e.g., the cloud solution improved your organizational model, bettered your change management practices, empowered a previously impassive organization, etc.
Who Decides the Winners?
We’re working with a team of judges from industry, media & the enterprise. Our growing list of ICE Awards judges includes:
- Reuven Cohen, Writer of the Digital Provocateur column for Forbes Magazine
- Neal Sample, CIO – Enterprise Growth, for American Express
- Dave McCrory, SVP of DSP (Platform) Engineering at Warner Music Group