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It’s a big day for the Silicon Valley event…Cloud Connect just announced their keynote speaker lineup.  Presenting a high caliber of thought leaders in the cloud space is of the utmost priority and it’s exciting to see who will be hitting the mainstage in April.  To date, looks like the stellar lineup of speakers includes:

  • Alistair Croll, Vice President, CloudOps Research
  • Lew Tucker, VP & CTO Cloud Computing, Cisco
  • William Ruh, VP & Global Technology Director, General Electric
  • Michael Barrett, Chief Information Security Officer, PayPal, Inc.
  • Joe Weinman, Author of Cloudonomics & SVP, Cloud Services & Strategy, Telx
  • Duke Skarda, Chief Technology Officer, SoftLayer
  • Dave McCrory, SVP of DSP Engineering, Warner Music Group

It’s fundamental that the keynote speakers be able to present Cloud Connect attendees with relevant, vendor neutral information and education that can help them shape their business strategy.  As such, it appears to be a good blend of visionaries and practitioners who can wrangle and speak to the latest insights in cloud technologies and use-cases.  Looking forward to seeing what meaningful ways Cisco, GE, PayPal, SoftLayer and more pair down and explore the wide range of innovation in the cloud.

If you’d like more insight on these folks, check out their bios on the Cloud Connect keynote page.

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Joylyn Tanner
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UBM Tech

 
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So glad to see you here on the Cloud Connect blog. I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Ally Thorndike, and I am a Marketing Director a UBM Tech and part of the Cloud Connect events marketing team. I am excited about working on Cloud Connect because, as Mary Meeker defined her year-end Internet Trends report, the Cloud is playing such a huge part in the “re-imagination of everything” and a critical role in the “Asset-Light Generation.”

Today, we kicked off with a meeting to brainstorm ways to make the Cloud Connect customer journey really outstanding. We came up with some great ideas for making our customers feel welcome, comfortable, and cared for at our flagship event this April. If you have ideas for ways we could improve your experience at Cloud Connect, please share them with us here in the comments or connect with me on Twitter @allythorndike.

I look forward to meeting you in April at Cloud Connect Silicon Valley.

Ally

 
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Jason Quesada

Here are a few reasons why to register before you get on site at Cloud Connect Chicago:

  • Prices are set to increase onsite in Chicago. By registering today, you will receive a $200 discount on conference passes or get a free expo pass by clicking on this link!
  • Registering allows you access to the Cloud Connect Mobile App. Get event information at your fingertips including exhibitors, sessions, events, news, exhibition floor plan, new products and show specials. Plus, receive suggestions based on your interests, create short lists, plan your agenda, take notes, get directions, 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.
  • Tell all of your friends and colleagues that you are attending Cloud Connect conference and workshop sessions. It will ensure your organization is equipped to leverage new cloud and big data technology solutions in order to increase efficiency and improve your business agility. They will be super jealous!

Looking forward to seeing you in Chicago!

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

Cheers,

Jason

 
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Jason Quesada

A blog entry from Scott Bils, the Organizational Readiness & Business Cases Track Chair.

GE’s Jack Welch once stated, “Change before you have to.” While it’s certainly sage advice, with virtually everything in the cloud computing world evolving so rapidly – the offerings, the providers, the implementation strategies, and the buyers, who these days are most typically business users rather than IT – it’s dauntingly difficult to decide what, how, when and with whom to change.

Yet, following in the footsteps of the highly successful, inaugural Organizational Readiness track at the Cloud Connect conference in February 2012, the sessions at the September 11-12 event in Chicago are all designed to cut through the clutter, and provide deep insights on the organizational issues that are threatening to thwart cloud-oriented next generation IT success.

In “New World Order: Your Dev Team Just Became the CIO” session, industry analyst Vanessa Alvarez and Cisco’s Laura Cooney will discuss the emergence of developers as decision makers, what organizations are doing to adjust to this revolution, the technologies to look at, and pitfalls to avoid.

With budgets increasingly migrating to “shadow” IT driven by business users, it is more critical than ever for CIOs to understand how to serve and enable this new buyer group in a next generation IT environment. During the “Tough Questions You Need to Ask” session, business users who have driven major cloud initiatives will provide answers to questions CIOs may be afraid to ask.

The panel session “Hard Choices in Enterprise Cloud Adoption” will feature three 15-minute drill-down presentations that provide insight into the major choices and decisions organizations face around:

  • Open versus Closed Cloud Infrastructures, and the pros and cons of each
  • Forklift versus Greenfield, and how to determine if you should first focus on moving existing applications to a virtualized environment, or deploy a new infrastructure for greenfield applications
  • Now versus Later, to help CIOs evaluate whether they should accelerate or put a hold on their
    enterprises’ move to the cloud

“Current Thinking in Addressing Persistent Cloud Challenges” will examine Security and Compliance, Performance, Vendor Management and Lock-In issues, and provide practical, real-world examples of how panelists’ and other organizations are creatively addressing them.

If you haven’t yet registered for Cloud Connect, I hope you’ll visit the conference registration page and sign up today. Use code TFPQCH02 to receive 25% off conference passes or claim a free expo pass. You’ll unquestionably gain strategic, tactical and actionable insights on how to shine much needed light into all things cloud. As Chair of the Organizational Readiness track, I look forward to seeing you in Chicago in September!

 
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Jason Quesada

Here are five ways that you can accelerate your cloud computing strategy at Cloud Connect Chicago:

  1. Attend 30+ sessions across 8 conference tracks including big data, cloud infrastructure, application design and architecture.
  2. Hear from keynotes and top industry leaders as they discuss hot topics including private and hybrid clouds, mobile clouds, and cloud performance.
  3. See all the latest cloud solutions from 50+leading companies.
  4. Enjoy vendor-hosted beverages while you check out the latest products and network during the Cocktail Reception on the Expo floor.
  5. Hear about new cloud solutions hosted in the new Cloud Solutions Theater.

Cloud Connect Chicago will provide four days of inspiring cloud dialogue and get you up to speed on how to leverage new cloud technology solutions to increase efficiency and improve your business agility. Register by August 10 with priority code RFPQCH04 to save $400 on Platinum or Conference passes. Don’t forget to tell your friends as well!

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

Cheers,

Jason

 
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A blog entry from ROI, TCO, and Cloud Economics Track Chair Joe Weinman.Joe Weinman

IT, in terms of both applications and the infrastructure to run them, is becoming increasingly pervasive in our society, with the cloud playing a larger and larger role.  CIOs and business executives understandably need to consider how best to leverage this technology.  Is IT just plumbing, as relevant to the strategic needs of the business as, say, parking lot design or lighting fixture selection?  Or is it a strategic weapon that when wielded properly can win battles, or even wars, in today’s hyper-competitive global marketplace? Continue Reading »

 
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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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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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