Behold... the age of the cloud has arrived. While not a new concept, cloud computing has finally emerged from relative obscurity to become a mainstream concept over the past several years. Widespread adoption is no longer in question, any credible software company necessarily offers its solutions “on demand”, and “X-as-a-service” has expanded from software to platforms and infrastructure. Yet despite these successes, many questions remain. How is cloud poised to continue its evolution? What factors are slowing advancement, and which pose the greatest risks and challenges? Which new technologies and architecture strategies can surmount obstacles, create new capabilities and enable potentially powerful business models? What role do M&A and venture financing play in driving the pace and depth of change across the sector?
Join SV Forum for Cloud Day – 2012 to explore these and many other questions along with a group of other industry professionals like yourself. The day will include presentations by industry thought leaders, conversations with senior-level representatives from significant players in the cloud ecosystem, and networking sessions that allow you to meet others and exchange ideas.
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Rob Craft, Senior Director, Cloud Platform Strategy, Microsoft. Rob is responsible for driving Microsoft’s view on how Microsoft gets their products to the Cloud in a way that allows partners and customers to take advantage the best way possible. With the breadth and depth of challenges in moving some of the most popular products in the software world to the cloud, there are really amazing opportunities ahead. Most recently, Rob was the chief of staff for the president of Microsoft International in Paris, responsible for business operations for all countries except the US and Canada. Rob spent a couple of fun years at startups in the Seattle area prior to Microsoft.Rob attended the United States Military Academy with a degree in Computer Science and in his free time completed the Microsoft MBA program at Indiana University.
Bernard Golden, Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, enStratus. Bernard has vast experience working with CIOs to incorporate new IT technologies and meet their business goals. Prior to joining enStratus, Bernard was CEO of HyperStratus, a Silicon Valley cloud computing consultancy that focuses on application security, system architecture and design, TCO analysis, and project implementation. Bernard is also the Cloud Computing Advisor for CIO Magazine and was named a "Top 50 Cloud Computing Blog" by Sys-Con Media. Bernard's writings on cloud computing have been published by The New York Times and the Harvard Business Review and he is the author of Virtualization for Dummies and co-author of Creating the Infrastructure for Cloud Computing. Bernard has an MBA in Business and Finance from the University of California, Berkeley.
James Staten, Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research, Inc. James serves Infrastructure & Operations Professionals, providing insights and best-practice use of emerging infrastructure technology and services trends, including cloud computing (IaaS and public and private clouds), strategic rightsourcing, infrastructure consolidation, and application-specific infrastructure optimizations. James is the author of best-practice analysis on maturing your virtualization practices, building a cloud computing consumption strategy, and optimizing website infrastructures for blazing-fast performance. He also advises clients on IT's role in business empowerment and HERO enablement. James has more than 20 years' experience in the industry, having served as a reseller, vendor strategist, chief marketing officer, journalist, and analyst for companies including Autodesk, Azul Systems, Gartner, Rockwell International, and Sun Microsystems. He is a frequent speaker at industry, corporate, educational, and Wall Street events and has guest lectured at leading business schools. James has been named the top cloud computing analyst by Web Hosting Industry Review (2009) and Apollo Research (July to September 2010). He is also the 2011 recipient of the Forrester Bill Bluestein Award, given to the analyst whose body of work continually inspires our clients and guides their decisions to be great.
Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
Icon Venture Partners
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati