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Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, April 3

10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Mission City Ballroom

Alistair Croll

Alistair Croll


Founder | CloudOps Research

Lean IT

10:05 AM – 10:20 AM

We're seeing a horde of attempts to improve technology and how it's built, deployed, and operated. But these initiatives, while well-intentioned, miss the point: Lean Startup, Agile Development, Devops, Continuous Deployment, and Cloud Computing, are inextricably linked. Organizations can't just have some of them and expect to reap the benefits of their entirety, and much of the disappointment and disillusionment companies experience comes from not having a holistic perspective. In this session CloudOps Research founder and Cloud Connect content chair Alistair Croll will look at what it means to deliver end-to-end "Lean IT," and how only then can a company move from being and organization to being an organism.

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.

 
Lew Tucker

Lew Tucker


Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cloud Computing | Cisco

Cloud Computing, SDN, and the Internet of Everything

10:20 AM – 10:35 AM

Open source cloud platforms such as OpenStack now allow anyone to build their own public or private cloud. This accelerates private cloud platforms usage to not only meet the needs of rapid application development and deployment of enterprise apps, but when combined with SDN also changes the nature of "infrastructure as a service" as a platform for consumer-facing services. Come explore with us this virtuous cycle created by cloud computing, software defined networking, and the internet of everything.

Lew Tucker is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cloud Computing at Cisco, where he is responsible for helping to shape the future of cloud and enterprise software strategies. Tucker has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, ranging from distributed systems and artificial intelligence to software development and systems architecture. Prior to joining Cisco, he was the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Cloud Computing at Sun Microsystems, where he led the development of its infrastructure-as-a-service offering and the development of Sun Cloud. Other accomplishments in his career include Salesforce.com's AppExchange, the java.com developer community, and the massively parallel Connection Machine.

Tucker's interest in distributed systems stems from his tenure at Thinking Machines, an early leader in supercomputing technology, where large-scale problems could only be addressed by using thousands of individual processors. Today, as the Internet evolves, companies are following a similar trajectory and building out large-scale cloud computing platforms. Transformation of systems into scalable platforms remains a long-term interest.

Tucker holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Cornell University, a master's degree in computer science with a specialization in artificial intelligence from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and a doctorate in computer science from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

 
Michael Barrett

Michael Barrett

Chief Information Security Officer | PayPal, Inc

Forget Passwords!

10:35 AM – 10:50 AM

Passwords have been with us for several decades now, and for at least the last fifteen years the prediction has been that passwords are on their last legs and will be replaced by something better imminently. In this talk, we will explore whether the trends in information security are really driving this outcome, and what relevance they have for Cloud Computing.

Michael Barrett is the chief information security officer for PayPal. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring the security of PayPal's 113 million users worldwide.  He oversees the information systems and services that protect the integrity and confidentiality of PayPal customer and employee information.

Before joining PayPal, Barrett was vice president of security and utility strategy at American Express, where he helped define the company's information-security program and directed its Internet technology strategy.

Previously, Barrett was president of the Liberty Alliance, an open-standards consortium focused on identity management standards and guidelines. Barrett was the driving force behind the introduction and standardization of the Alliance's federated identity concepts, and he also co-chaired its Identity Theft Prevention Working Group.

Barrett was twice named one of the 50 most powerful people in networking by Network World magazine, has been listed as one of ITSecurity.com's top influencers in the security industry, and was recognized as the Information Security Executive of the year in 2010.  He is a certified information systems security professional (CISSP) and a certified information security manager (CISM). He graduated from Brighton University (U.K.), where he earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science.

 
William Ruh

William Ruh


Vice President and Global Technology Director | General Electric

The Emerging Industrial Internet

10:50 AM - 11:05 AM

The industrial world is undergoing a seismic shift in productivity and efficiency as machines become increasingly intelligent. This shift will result in the creation of an Industrial Internet that will have the same transformative effect as the consumer internet. Intelligence is brought about through innovative sensor technology, machine to machine connectivity, new approaches to automation, services and the cloud, and most importantly software that gives insight to people in real-time. This talk will explore the big question for companies that want to win and survive in today's economy: focus on existing products and business models or create new integrated hardware/software solutions and services that is greater than the sum of the individual parts.

Mr. William Ruh is vice president of GE's global software and analytics center. Mr. Ruh is responsible for setting and leading the software services and solutions portfolio strategy, development and operations across all of GE. His team develops software to power the Industrial Internet, a living network of intelligent machines and systems designed to advance industry and improve lives. These systems and solutions put data to work for GE¹s customers, giving businesses intelligent insight to make more sustainable and safe products. Mr.Ruh has more than 25 years of industry experience in enterprise application integration and object oriented technology. Previously, he was vice president at Cisco where he held global responsibility for developing advanced services and solutions. Before that, Mr. Ruh served as executive vice president and chief technology officer of Concept Five Technologies, Inc. Prior to that, he served as the chief technology officer and senior vice president of Software AG, Inc. where he was responsible for the growth and expansion of the solutions and consulting services team to provide customers with customized and industry-specific solutions. Mr. Ruh has also held various management roles at The Advisory Board, The MITRE Corporation, IBM and AkroMetrix, LLC. He is an accomplished author and a frequent speaker on such topics as emerging business models, cloud computing, analytics, mobile computing, agile development, large scale distributed systems and m2m communications. Mr. Ruh earned a B.S. and M.S.in Computer Science from California State University, Fullerton

 
Kit Colbert

Kit Colbert


Senior Cloud Strategist and Principal Engineer | VMware

Who Feeds Paris? Changing the Mindset of IT

11:05 AM – 11:20 AM

Millions of people live in Paris and each of them eat at least three times a day. How can a government ensure that just the right amount of food is sent to the right grocery stores and restaurants to feed its citizens? As Charles Wheelan states in his book Naked Economics, "…somehow the right amount of fresh tuna makes its way from a fishing fleet in the south Pacific to a restaurant on the Rue de Rivoli. A neighborhood fruit vendor has exactly what his customers want every morning even though those products may come from many different countries." The reality is that it's impossible for any central agency to control all this. It's just too much for any one person or group to keep in their heads. The superiority of a market economy over central government planning is so clear that it seems obvious to us. But if it is so obvious, why is IT still run using central planning?

Kit will address the central planning model of IT and why it can't keep up with today's business demands. He will empower IT to move to a true self-service model that will allow for the adoption of new technologies, while changing their mindset of how they provide services to their users. His ideas will show IT admins to CIOs that they can maintain control, realize the future of self-service clouds, and unleash technical innovation simply by rethinking their process.

Kit Colbert is a Principal Engineer and a Senior Cloud Strategist with the Office of the CTO at VMware. He is the lead architect for the vCenter Operations suite of products, which provides performance, capacity and configuration management optimized for virtualization and cloud environments. Previously, he was the key architect and technical lead for the VMotion and Storage VMotion products from VMware. Kit is noted industry-wide a leader on virtualization memory management topics and vCenter Operations at VMworld, on podcasts and at VMware User Group.

 
Dave McCrory

Dave McCrory


Senior Vice President of DSP (Platform) Engineering | Warner Music Group

The Origin of Data Gravity

11:20 AM – 11:35 AM

As data beings to collect, especially in larger Clouds and datastores, it causes exponential data growth, attracting applications and services closer to the data.  While this cause and effect relationship appears to be direct, there is an underlying reason that extends past this seemingly simple relationship to a much deeper and complex one.  What causes the Data Gravity effect? Is it simply more Data or is it something else?

In this session Independent Data Physics Researcher and SVP of Engineering for Warner Music Group, Dave McCrory will talk about his latest research into the causes and origins of Data Gravity.  He will also discuss how the effects of Data Gravity can be both leveraged and altered depending on the desired outcome.

Dave McCrory is the Senior Vice President of Engineering for Warner Music Group, where he is building a next generation enterprise PaaS. Dave has coined the term "Data Gravity", which he recognized through extensive research over the past several years. He has presented at many conferences, including DeployCon, Gluecon, Interop Big Data, VMworld US/Europe, RubyConf, and RailsConf to name a few. Dave is also co-author of the book titled "Advanced Server Virtualization", and holds 9 granted Patents. He also co-founded 2 startups, Surgient Inc. and Hyper9, where he was Chief Scientist/CTO.
 
Jim Davies

Jim Davies


CTO | Mitel

Cloud Formations: A Framework for Cloud Decision Making

11:35 AM – 11:50 AM

The cloud provides an opportunity for powerful business mash-ups where UC can be leveraged and combined with other solutions tailored to meet unique business requirements. This keynote reviews why UC is ideal for the cloud and how to derive maximum value while transforming existing UC into competitive advantage.

As Chief Technology Officer, Jim Davies is the driving force behind the strategic direction of Mitel's unified communications solutions portfolio and its evolution beyond today's technology horizon. Appointed as CTO in 2003, Jim brings a working history rich in research and development and business experience within telecommunications. His intimate understanding of the constantly unfolding dynamics of IP communications technology has placed him at the forefront of Mitel's next-generation strategies, ensuring the company is persistently growing in new and innovative directions.

Since joining Mitel in 1998 Jim has held the roles of Vice President of R&D and Vice President of Solutions Management. In these roles he was deeply immersed in product development and the creation of go-to-market strategies for Mitel's communications solutions portfolio. His contributions and leadership were crucial in advancing Mitel to the front of an emerging multi-billion-dollar IP communications market.

Prior to Mitel Jim worked nine years in R&D roles at Nortel Networks where he acquired broad product development experience in hardware, ASIC, embedded software and applications.

Jim is a proud graduate in electrical and mechanical engineering from Queen's University.

 
Xu Yiling

Xu Yiling


Minister of BD Sector | Shanghai Promotion Center of Software Industry;
Deputy Secretary General | Cloud Sea Organization;

11:50 AM - 11:55 AM

 
Thursday, April 4

10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Mission City Ballroom

Ann Winblad

Ann Winblad


Co-Founder and Managing Director | Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

Keynote Moderator

Are Clouds the Gateway Drug to a Quantified Society?

10:05 AM – 10:50 AM

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?

Dr. Ann L. Winblad is a Co-Founder and Managing Director at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Dr. Winblad is well versed with the software industry as an entrepreneur and technology professional with over 30 years of experience in the software industry have been chronicled in many national business and trade publications. She served as a Strategy Consultant at IBM, Microsoft, Price Waterhouse, and numerous start-ups. Prior to that, in 1976, Dr. Winblad co-founded Open Systems, Inc. She operated Open Systems profitably for six years. Dr. Winblad began her career as a System Programmer at the Federal Reserve Bank. She has been a Director of Karmasphere since April 2010. Dr. Winblad serves as a Member of the Board at MyPrimeTime, Inc., eHow, Inc., Ace Metrix, Inc., MuleSoft, Inc., Sonatype, Inc., Star Analytics, Inc., and Voltage Security, Inc. Dr. Winblad is a Member of the Venture Capital Advisory Council of IBM. She served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Krillion, Inc.; Dean & DeLuca, Inc. since December 1999; L Q Corporation, Inc. (also known as Liquid Audio Inc.) from May 1996 to April 2, 2003; Berkeley Systems; Central Point Software; Intrinsa; Netopia Inc.; Slate Corporation; T/Maker; Marketwire, Inc.; Hyperion; Stamford Industrial Group, Inc. since August 1996; and Humongous Entertainment. Additionally, she served as a Member of the Board of Director of XO Group Inc. (a/k/a The Knot Inc.) from April 1998 to October 2006. Dr. Winblad served as a Director of Arbor Software Corp. since June 1991. She served as Director of Intacct Corporation. She served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Rivals.com Inc. since March 1999. Dr. Winblad is an Advisor to numerous entrepreneurial groups such as the Stanford/MIT Venture Forum, the Massachusetts Computer Software Council, and Software Industry Business Practices. She is a Co-Chairwoman at the Software Development Forum. Dr. Winblad serves as the Director and Former Chairman of SVForum and is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas. In addition, she has Co-authored the book Object-Oriented Software and has written articles for numerous publications. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Winblad received an M.A. in Education and International Economics from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota and a B.A. in Mathematics and in Business Administration from the College of St. Catherine.

 
Ashesh Badani

Ashesh Badani


GM, Cloud Business Unit | Red Hat

Are Clouds the Gateway Drug to a Quantified Society?

10:05 AM – 10:50 AM

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?

Ashesh Badani is responsible for Red Hat's Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) business, including Red Hat's OpenShift PaaS, and the overall Cloud Business. Previously, he oversaw product line management and marketing for Red Hat's JBoss Enterprise Middleware portfolio. Prior to joining Red Hat, Badani served as director of product management and product marketing of integration and application platform products at Sun Microsystems and has 15 years of experience in the technology and finance industries.

 
Mark Hinkle

Mark Hinkle


Sr. Director, Open Source Solutions | Citrix Systems

Are Clouds the Gateway Drug to a Quantified Society?

10:05 AM – 10:50 AM

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?

Biography to come.

 
Ian Rae

Ian Rae


CEO | CloudOps

Are Clouds the Gateway Drug to a Quantified Society?

10:05 AM – 10:50 AM

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?

Ian is the founder of CloudOps, a cloud engineering and operations firm that combines private cloud building and managed services with public cloud deployment and operations to offer a hybrid cloud solution featuring the best of both worlds. Ian is also a partner at Year One Labs, a lean startup incubator and is the cofounder of the RPM startup centre (rpm.startupcentre.ca) in Montreal.

Prior to the emergence of clouds, Ian founded Syntenic, a web operations company, and was responsible for Engineering at Coradiant and IT at Canderel Management.

 
Nathan Day

Nathan Day


Chief Technology Officer | SoftLayer

Performance is not a Commodity

10:50 AM – 11:05 AM

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.

As Chief Scientist, Nathan Day is responsible for design, creation, and implementation of the proprietary SoftLayer Infrastructure Management System (IMS). Prior to SoftLayer, Mr. Day served as Vice President of Development at The Planet where he oversaw the back-end management system. Prior to joining The Planet, Mr. Day held the position as Senior Application Developer at Catalog.com. His employment history includes positions with Texas Instruments, MCI WorldCom, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He brings extensive experience in product and software development. His skill set includes PHP, Cold Fusion, Perl, HTML, XML, C, C++, and Python. Mr. Day earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.

 
Margaret Dawson

Margaret Dawson


Vice President & Cloud Evangelist | HP

Fear & Loathing in Corporate IT: A Savage Journey to the Cloud

11:05 AM - 11:20 AM

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.

Margaret Dawson has more than 20 years of experience in global leadership for both start-ups and Fortune 500 technology companies, including Microsoft and Amazon.com. An avid speaker and technologist, Margaret is a frequent author and presenter on cloud computing, data management, network security, integration and other business and technology themes. She is currently Vice President of Product Marketing and Cloud Evangelist for HP Cloud Services. Prior to HP, she ran product management and marketing for two cloud start-ups in the B2B integration and data storage markets. Margaret serves on the Cloud Connect Advisory Council and the steering committee for the Cloud Network of Women (CloudNOW).

 
Lisa Larson

Lisa Larson


VP of Enterprise Cloud Solutions | Rackspace

Adopting a Service Provider Mentality and Empowering a Self-Service Organization

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 as she discusses how Rackspace is becoming its own customer and how Rackspace IT is empowering a self-service organization.

Lisa Larson is the Vice President of Enterprise Cloud Solutions. She spent 20+ years in IT, Professional Services and technical sales with an emphasis in Consulting, Infrastructure Services, Project Management, IT Operations, Technical Support, Application Development and IT Management.

Lisa joined Rackspace in September of 2010 and is responsible for end to end Enterprise Cloud Solutions. In 2011, she launched Rackspace Advisory Services; an elite, dedicated team of Sr. IT Strategists and consultants who help enterprises build cloud strategies, transform the business of IT and leverage cloud computing.

Lisa was recently invited to speak at Cloud Expo, Interop – NYC and CDM Media's Cloud & CIO Summit. Lisa is a published author and a graduate of the University of Houston with a BS in Computer Science.

 
Joe Weinman

Joe Weinman


Author, Cloudonomics and Senior Vice President, Cloud Services and Strategy | Telx

Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing

11:35 AM – 11:50 AM

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.

Joe Weinman is responsible for leading Telx's fast-growing cloud services business development and strategy. He joined Telx with over 30 years of experience in executive leadership positions at AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, and Bell Laboratories, in areas such as corporate strategy, business development, product management, operations, and R&D.

Named a "Top 10 Cloud Computing Leader" by TechTarget, Weinman is a frequent keynote speaker, blogger and the founder of Cloudonomics, a rigorous, multidisciplinary analytical approach leveraging economics, behavioral economics, statistics, calculus, computational complexity theory, simulation, and system dynamics to characterize the sometimes counter-intuitive multi-dimensional business, financial, and user experience benefits of cloud computing and other on-demand, pay-per-use business models. He is the author of Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing, available from John Wiley & Sons in summer, 2012.

Mr. Weinman has been awarded 14 U.S. and international patents in areas such as line coding, simulation and workflow, consumer goods, wireless technologies, telecommunications, and distributed computing. He has more pending in cloud computing, homomorphic encryption, IP unicast/multicast error correction, Internet search results ranking algorithms, digital imaging, and software applications. He is also a recipient of the AT&T Architecture Award, the AT&T Patent Achievement Award, and multiple AT&T Distinguished Speaker Awards.

He has had a variety of articles and talks published in the print and/or on-line editions of The New York Times, Business Week, Fortune, CNN, Money, Business Communications Review, Global Telecoms Business, BillingOSS Magazine, Information Week, GigaOM, Salon, VON, the ACM, the IEEE, CIO Magazine, and The AT&T Technical Journal, and occasionally contributes to his own blogs, Cloudonomics.com and The Network Effect. He has also been featured in Art and Living magazine, appeared multiple times on Asian, U.S., and European television, and been quoted in the U.S. and international magazine, newspaper, and online media, and appears in a number of on-line videos.

He received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Computer Science from Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin - Madison respectively, and completed Executive Education at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

 
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