Location: Mission City Ballroom
Thursday, April 4, 2013, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
- Ann L. Winblad, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
- Ashesh Badani, GM, Cloud Business Unit, RedHat
- Ian Rae, CEO, CloudOps
- Mark Hinkle, Sr. Director, Open Source Solutions, Citrix
Are Clouds the Gateway Drug to a Quantified Society?
Topics that will be discussed include:
- Public vs. Private Clouds
- Open vs. Proprietary Cloud Platforms
- What can the current and past open source landscape tell us about the future of Cloud?
- Will Open Cloud Stacks Lead the Path to Cloud Ubiquity?
Performance is not a Commodity
- Nathan Day, Chief Scientist, SoftLayer
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.
- Margaret Dawson, Vice President of Product Marketing & Cloud Evangelist, HP Cloud Services
Fear & Loathing in Corporate IT: A Savage Journey to the Cloud
It all seemed innocent enough as employees started experimenting with the cloud: popping a few compute instances, dropping the latest collaboration cloud, or mainlining a PaaS to build a cool new Web app. But then the line between IT reality and rogue clouds became blurred, and we entered into an era of Gonzo IT, where the cloud is personal and the truth is hard to find. Amid this cloud haze, we struggle to even locate all our corporate data, let alone secure it. Join this journey and discover how IT leaders can gain back control of the cloud and data without being a complete downer to the rest of the organization. And how, in fact, you can be the new source of cloud ecstasy for your users.
Adopting a Service Provider Mentality and Empowering a Self-Service Organization
- Lisa Larson, VP, Enterprise Cloud Solutions, Rackspace
Enterprise Misstep #1: treating cloud computing like only a technology. When adopting cloud, enterprises need to be prepared to shift their thinking and understand that CLOUD is a new business model. To truly take advantage of cloud computing, your IT organization has to transform… and most importantly, the way you deliver IT services to your end users must change. Yes, believe it or not …there is a right and wrong way to adopt cloud.
Join Lisa Larson – VP of Enterprise Cloud Solutions and Rich Murr - VP of IT Operations, as they discuss how Rackspace is becoming its own customer and how Rackspace IT is empowering a self-service organization.
They will cover:
The importance of IT meeting the demands of the business
How to protect from the dangers of Shadow IT and leverage its benefits
How to create an army of empowered employees
How to approach Service Catalog Development
How IT can drive business value back into the organization through the apps
Be prepared to change the way you think of the business of IT!
Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing
- Joe Weinman, Author, Cloudonomics - Senior Vice President, Cloud Services and Strategy, Telx and Author, Cloudonomics
Why do cloud? This simple question may well be the most important one to ask, because technology itself may be meaningless unless it generates compelling business value. Business benefits of the cloud are often characterized as “lower cost” and “business agility,” but the cloud can generate value and support strategic competitive differentiation in many additional ways, especially when combined with big data and mobility. For example, cloud services can: enable a greater focus on core differentiating activities of the firm; enhance operational excellence through better processes; drive product leadership through cloud-enabled product-service systems; increase customer intimacy and build stickier customer relationships; enable richer, more interactive user experiences; facilitate the emergence of virtual networked organizations; accelerate innovation and decrease time-to-market, thereby improving profitability; and much more. Joe Weinman will highlight his latest thinking on cloud business value with real-world examples across a variety of industry verticals.