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We teamed up with Everest Group to conduct a first of its kind research project around the enterprise adoption of cloud computing.  The survey looked at how businesses currently use cloud computing as well as their plans for future adoption.  How is adoption trending across the major service platforms; Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service? What are the adoption patterns across public, private and hybrid cloud hosting options?

The results are in and well-timed with the kickoff of Cloud Connect Chicago in just a few days.  There is a real need for independent market data on cloud adoption as we shift from an era of defining and envisioning the cloud to where we are today – putting cloud into practice to drive real business value.  But our research went one step further in comparing and contrasting the viewpoints of cloud buyers with those of cloud sellers.  The results suggest a changing buyer mindset that will challenge our current assumptions and serve as a reality check for cloud suppliers.

The full results of the survey will be disclosed and discussed during a keynote address from Everest Group Partner, Scott Bils, but the following infographic highlights some of the key takeaways from the research:

It’s an exciting time in enterprise technology as we usher in a new era of innovation built on Cloud Computing.  Please join Scott and I at Cloud Connect Chicago to get the real story on Enterprise Cloud Adoption, network with your peers and get up to speed on the latest technology solutions.  See you there!

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It’s time to take the wraps off our agenda for the inaugural Cloud Connect Chicago event.  We’ve been hosting Cloud Connect in the Silicon Valley for several years now and could not be more excited to expand Cloud Connect into the important Midwest region.  Why Chicago?  Chicago is the epicenter of the industry-rich Midwest and home to both established and emerging industries including financial services, manufacturing, biotech, health care/services, transportation and distribution. Chicago ranks in the top five out of the 374 metro areas in the United States and boasts numerous Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies in the region.  As businesses across all industries begin to leverage cloud computing for competitive advantage, Cloud Connect Chicago will be the region’s trusted and independent conference for reliable information, networking opportunities and access to the leading solution providers.

Cloud Connect Chicago is the culmination of a lot of hard work over several months so I want to first acknowledge the efforts of our track chairs in assembling such a comprehensive conference program. The agenda includes 9 tracks of cloud content spanning 3 days and is geared to bring IT Professionals, Developers and Business Leaders up to speed on the latest developments and best practices in Cloud Computing.   The track structure covers all of the important components necessary to establish and operationalize your cloud computing strategy including:

In addition to the 3-day Conference, we have a full Pre-Conference day of in depth workshops for you to choose from. The Cloud Connect workshops are immersive, half-day programs that go deep into some of the most pressing topics in cloud computing. The workshops are designed to give you practical and actionable information in an instructive format led by leading cloud computing experts.  The Pre-Conference Workshops include:

This is an important time in cloud computing as we finally move past the era of defining the cloud and focus instead on putting it into practice.  Cloud computing represents a profound shift in how we deploy and manage applications and will offer companies new efficiencies and agility and an unprecedented opportunity for innovation.  Now is the time to set your business on a cloud computing strategy and Cloud Connect is the right place to start.  I look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

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This week Cloud Connect and Everest Group are launching an important survey on the adoption of cloud computing technologies across key vertical industries. There’s a real need for first-hand data on how businesses currently use cloud computing and their plans for future adoption, especially as it pertains to specific industry use cases.  How is adoption trending across the major service platforms; Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service? What are the adoption patterns across public, private and hybrid cloud hosting options? To what extent do industry specific solutions come into play and what are the industry specific obstacles that need to be addressed?

We are at a pivotal time in cloud computing as we finally move past the era of defining the cloud and focus instead on how it impacts business, offers new efficiencies and agility and an unprecedented opportunity for innovation. That’s exciting news for anyone involved with cloud computing, but also requires a deeper understanding of the nuances of how cloud maps to specific opportunities and challenges in one’s own industry. Cloud computing provides a unique competitive advantage to technology leaders who understand and seize the opportunity. Are you a cloud leader in your industry, just keeping pace or perhaps falling behind your competitors? That’s the focus of our research and I can’t wait to see and share the results.

We will repeat this research on a yearly basis to identify important trending across key industries and technology platforms. Results from this first survey will be announced at Cloud Connect Chicago taking place September 10-13, 2012. The survey is short and to the point and should only take a few minutes to complete. In addition to gaining access to the survey results, participants will be entered for a chance to win complimentary access to Cloud Connect Chicago.

We’re pleased conduct this research with Everest Group, the highly respected research and consulting firm. Everest Group Partner Scott Bils also chairs the Organizational Readiness Track at Cloud Connect, which provides us with an excellent opportunity to put the findings from this research into practice in the development of our program content.

If you are interested in taking the survey, click here. Thank you for your participation and we hope to see you in Chicago!

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Today we open the doors on Cloud Connect 2011,  an event 3 years in the making and one that has seen explosive growth in that very short time.  The original Cloud Connect was hosted just a few miles from here at the Computer History Museum – a notable launch venue as we fully expected cloud computing to be prominently featured there someday for its profound and long-lasting impact on business and technology.   That seems even more true today as we reconvene here at the Santa Clara Convention Center for a much larger Cloud Connect event with 70+ exhibitors, more than 2500 expected attendees and over 100 registered media from all over the world. 

As I explore the agenda for the week and map out my time, I’m most impressed with the richness of the program and speaker line up.   Our conference chair, Alistair Croll has worked tirelessly over the last few months with a fantastic team of track chairs, and it shows in the quality and depth of the conference. The keynote and general session agenda includes not only a “who’s who” of the cloud industry but also an incredible line-up of enterprise customers that are here to share their case studies and experiences – companies like Netflix, Dreamworks Animation and eBay.  I’m also drawn to the Cloud Industry Summit, the conference within Cloud Connect hosted by MR Rangaswami from Sand Hill Group. MR’s program caters to the industry executives who are dreaming up new products and companies, people investing in cloud start-ups and people defining new challenges and opportunities as businesses move to the cloud.  Whether you’re building your business in the cloud, moving your enterprise to the cloud, or developing cloud-based applications, Cloud Connect offers something for everyone, including an abundance of quality free programs and evening programs and parties to choose from. 

On behalf of our event sponsors, our speakers and all of us  at UBM TechWeb, thanks for joining us at Cloud Connect this week.  Enjoy the show.

Steve Wylie, General Manager, Cloud Connect

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