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Futures and Disruptions Track

Cloud computing isn't just a set of technologies-it's also a fundamental shift in technology. Most of the assumptions we make about computing come from an era when it was scarce, precious, and worth defending. Today, technology is abundant, ubiquitous, and almost too cheap to measure. It permeates our lives, changing us as a society and a species. Clouds change how we work, and work changes what clouds do.

In this continuous cycle of disruption and innovation, it's hard to tell where things are headed. That's what we tackle in the Futures and Disruptions track, which looks at the trends, consequences, and ragged fringes of on-demand computing.


Track Chair

Alistair Croll

Alistair Croll

Founder, Bitcurrent

Alistair Croll is the principal analyst at Bitcurrent, a research firm focused on emerging technologies; a founding partner of startup accelerator Year One Labs; an executive at CloudOps; and an advisor to various technology venture firms. Prior to Bitcurrent, Alistair co-founded startup accelerator Rednod; web performance management firm Coradiant, and Networkshop, a research firm. He has also worked as a product manager for 3Com Corporation, Primary Access, and Eicon Technology.

Alistair coordinates content for a variety of prominent technology events such as Cloud Connect, Interop, and Strata. He is also the creator of the Bitnorth conference and helped found the International Startup Festival in Montreal, Canada, and has written several books on technology, including Web Operations (2010, O'Reilly), Complete Web Monitoring (2009, O'Reilly) and Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks (1999, Prentice-Hall).

A sought-after speaker with 15 years' on-stage experience, he regularly addresses business audiences and IT executives on a wide range of topics, including cloud computing, product management, data-driven marketing, Big Data, startup acceleration, web analytics, and more. He blogs at Solve For Interesting.

Wednesday, April 3
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  Too Many Answers: Big Data and Society - Location: Grand Ballroom F

Thursday, April 4
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
  Transforming IT with an Enterprise Cloud Platform - Location: Grand Ballroom F

Friday, April 5
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

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