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Jason Quesada

We’ve organized Cloud Connect’s social media efforts around weekly technology themes. During each theme week, posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the Cloud Connect Blog will highlight relevant sessions and exhibitors, along with any other timely announcements or news regardless of theme. Below is the calendar:

  • 6/25 Application Architecture & Design
  • 7/2 Cloud Security & Risk
  • 7/9 Cloud Infrastructure
  • 7/16 ROI, TCO, and Cloud Economics
  • 7/23 WAN & Cloud Networking
  • 7/30 Organizational Readiness
  • 8/6 Big Data
  • 8/13 Mobile Cloud
  • 8/20 Private & Hybrid Clouds
  • 8/27 Expo Highlights

Here is how you can help:

  • Like Cloud Connect’s Facebook account. Feel free to contribute key facts, case studies or start discussions that pertain to cloud computing.
  • Provide updates about your activities,  ”must see” at Cloud Connect  and other news through twitter and we will re-tweet it on Cloud Connect’s Twitter account if applicable to the event. Include #ccevent in your tweets for tracking purposes.
  • Tell people you are attending Cloud Connect Chicago. Go to the Cloud Connect group page, and start a relevant discussion on topics covered at the event.
  • Create videos about what you are looking forward to see and do at Cloud Connect and post it on YouTube. Send us the URL and we’ll add it to our favorites and promote it via our social media channels.
  • Foursquare is coming back to Cloud Connect. You will be able to check-in locations all over the place! We’ll create booth venues where you can check in and share info with others. Please be sure to add Cloud Connect as a friend to your Foursquare account

There you have it! Pretty simple. I’ll get the sharing started by offering anyone who reads this blog a 25% Discount on Cloud Connect Conference passes or a free expo pass by using the following Priority code: RFPQCH04

Feel free to follow me on Twitter for inside Cloud Connect updates.

Let’s do this!

Jason



 
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David Linthicum

A study by the project management consulting company, PM Solutions, identifies the top causes for the failure of IT projects.  The study, called Strategies for Project Recovery,  covered 163 companies, roughly split between small, medium, and large organizations.  The conclusion: The average company in the study faces $74 million of “at risk” projects each year.

The study identifies five top causes of troubled projects:

  1. Requirements: Unclear, lack of agreement, lack of priority, contradictory, ambiguous, imprecise.
  2. Resources: Lack of resources, resource conflicts, turnover of key resources, poor planning.
  3. Schedules: Too tight, unrealistic, overly optimistic.
  4. Planning: Based on insufficient data, missing items, insufficient details, poor estimates.
  5. Risks: Unidentified or assumed, not managed.

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Steve Wylie

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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Steve Wylie

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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Jeremy Brown

 

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The red carpet wasn’t just for the attendee party.

There was no shortage of great speakers or sessions at Cloud Connect Santa Clara.

But only 5 out of the 180 plus speakers could make the top list and call themselves “Cloud Connect rockstars”. Who reigns supreme? Without further ado…

Here are the top 5 speakers that wowed the masses: Continue Reading »

 
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Jeremy Brown

A post from Performance and Ability Track Chair, Wendy White.

Natural disasters, race cars and high-stakes trading come together under the umbrella of the Cloud Connect Cloud Performance and Availability Track, Three C-level execs, three real-world cloud performance and availability success stories.

Whether you sit in the camp that believes high availability belongs in the application and not the infrastructure — or vice versa — or the one that believes that performance and availability come at the cost of scale, this track covering public, private and virtual private clouds may provide some fresh insight to shape your thinking and some actionable next steps to jump start your 2012 cloud plans.

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Jason Quesada
  • Prices are set to increase onsite in Santa Clara. By registering today, you will receive a 25% discount on conference passes* or a free expo pass by clicking this link!
  • Registering allows you access to the Cloud Connect Mobile App,  where you have the exclusive opportunity to create your own Cloud Connect schedule, view an interactive expo map, get the latest event news, and more!
  • Once you arrive at Cloud Connect, you can quickly print your badge off of one of the computers provided and get right on the show floor! Otherwise you will need to spend time registering yourself and your team onsite.

Take advantage of receiving 25% discount on your conference* registration by clicking on this link: http://tiny.cc/jw2vo

For more information about attending Cloud Connect, please visit the event site.

Looking forward to seeing you in Santa Clara during the week of February13, 2012.

Jason

*The 25% off discount applies to Platinum and Conference Passes. The discount is calculated based on the on-site price and not combinable with other offers.

Prices after discount applied: Platinum: $1,796.25 | Conference: $1,571.2

 
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Jason Quesada

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. Continue Reading »

 
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Jason Quesada

A post from Lauren Nelson, ROI, TCO, and Cloud Economics Track Chair at Cloud Connect.

Turnin’ it off is when you save — that’s Cloud Economics 101. The truth behind the promised savings comes from its pay-by-usage-without-contract billing model and is exactly what makes cloud a powerful technology. But often this core concept is lost in the evaluation of application fit. If you’re always powering up VMs but rarely powering down, cloud isn’t going to save you money. And this isn’t the only confusion around the cloud economics.

The ROI, TCO, and Cloud Economics track at Cloud Connect seeks to clear the fog by answering your biggest questions around these topics today. Not only will this track touch on Cloud Economics 101, but it will also provide a realistic ROI/TCO model for specific applications, share best practices and mistakes from cloud adopters, unveil lesser known cloud costs, and discuss the organizational challenges involved with creating a chargeback system for internal private cloud environments.

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Jason Quesada

A post from Organizational Readiness Track Chair, Scott Bils.

“The technology is the easy part.  It’s the cultural issues that are hard.”

This quote from a recent conversation with a Fortune 500 CIO perfectly summarizes why we’re holding the first-of-its-kind Organizational Readiness track at Cloud Connect.   As enterprise adoption of public and private clouds continues to accelerate, the majority of focus continues to be on technical issues.  Organizational and cultural issues though are starting to pose significant barriers and challenges as CIOs work to implement their cloud strategies.  Just a few of these emerging issues facing enterprise IT include:

  • What does our future IT organization need to look like?  How do our key roles, processes and skills need to change?
  • How do we overcome internal resistance to cloud adoption?  How do we help employees make the paradigm shift, and rethink IT, services, and even their own roles?
  • How does our governance need to change in a world where business users have much more choice and control?
  • How we ensure we have the internal skills we need to support cloud?  How can we compete in the market for increasingly scarce talent?

Just as the shift from mainframe to client / server architectures drove a wave of transformation for IT organization and governance, so is the migration to cloud services.   The focus of our track will be on exploring the ‘soft issues’ around enterprise cloud adoption, and discussing emerging models for success for building next generation IT organizations.

The track will include sessions that will surface the around real organizational, cultural, skills that are emerging with enterprises migrating their environments to the cloud.  These sessions include ‘Will Culture Eat Your Strategy? How to Turn the Tables’, where Simon Wardly will lead a discussion around how IT leaders can overcome the cultural barriers to change.  We’ll have a series of panels and discussions on how enterprises are navigating the organizational changes being driven by cloud, which will include IT leaders from Best Buy, eBay, Novartis, InterContinental Hotel Group and others.  David Linthicum’s session on ‘In Search of Mad Cloud Skills’ will help us understand the new cloud skills that will be required in the enterprise, and where to find them.

Failing to address the organizational issues associated with transformational change can doom even the best cloud strategies and technologies.  Join our Organizational Readiness track to learn how to effectively prepare your organization to embrace the change that’s coming with your migration to cloud.

Not registered for Cloud Connect yet?  Visit the conference registration page and use code CPNCDCC07 to save 25% on conference passes or get a free expo pass and learn how to join what I’m sure will be an exciting and insightful event.

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