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Interview with Steve Chambers (@stevie_chambers), Wikibon’s first analyst outside of the US

April 28, 2015

By Rosalind Carr (@Rosalind_at_O) and Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O)

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The Countdown Team catch-up with Wikibon‘s newly appointed Senior Analyst Steve Chambers, who is flying the flag for the Wikibon community in the UK. We chat hot topics in cloud for 2015, the best way to pitch him and his favourite industry events of the year…

Leeds_United_-_Logo.svgTell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a living paradox: I love my home town, but I also love global reach.  I love football, but I’m a Leeds United fan.  Most importantly the tech world I came from is being eaten alive, and I’m cheering on Pacman.

Tell us a little bit about your firm and its interest in the cloud. 

Wikibon meets my paradox criteria because it has history and future and I love it because it always aims to look at the crazy world of IT from the perspective of the bamboozled end user.  There’s so much change, variation and hype that it’s a nightmare for enterprise IT to make sense of it all: all those folks want is to make the best informed decision, and I think the channels of Wikibon are one way to help that. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cloud World Series Awards deadline extended – there’s still a month to make your winning entry

April 8, 2015

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By Rosalind Carr, @Rosalind_at_O

Thanks to the lovely folks at the Cloud World Series Awards, you still have over a month to enter the awards- the deadline has been extended to Sunday 10th May.

Do you or your client deserve industry recognition for great achievements in your domain? Here is a quick overview of the awards to help you decide whether they could be your next great opportunity… Read the rest of this entry »

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5 golden PR rules for events…

March 4, 2014

By Rosalind Carr @Rosalind_at_O and Rose Ross @Rose_at_O

 ipexpo-exhibitionnewsIn the midst of a busy events period, the O-team have had some tips from Désiré Athow (@desireathow), Editor of TechRadar Pro, and are armed with a trusty event PR checklist at the ready!

 

 

Here are 5 handy hints for PRs looking to make the most of event opportunities with the press…

 1.      Timing is key in the run up to events – Do not wait for the last week to invite journalists to briefings- pitch as early as possible to bag a slot in their diary! With an initial conversation in advance, you’ll also have the time to get a sense of what they’d like to discuss, and can prepare accordingly if a briefing is arranged.

2.      Communicating with the press – Each journalist is different in the way they like to be pitched. For instance, we can definitely understand Désiré’s aversion to out of the blue PR calls pitching interviews with unknown companies. However, there are now so many ways of communicating, that over time, you can gage different journalists’ preferences for contact. Read the rest of this entry »

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Just over a week until entries close for the @UKCloudAwards

January 16, 2014

The deadline for the inaugural UK Cloud Awards is looming

UK Cloud Awards
The submission deadline for the UK Cloud Awards 2014 is just over a week away. Entries close   on 24th January @ 17:00 GMT.

Visit the website (www.ukcloudawards.co.uk) to submit cloud providers, cloud projects, or cloud products.

The awards are free to enter and companies can enter as many categories as they wish. Categories include:

  • Best cloud security product
  • Best cloud storage product
  • Best cloud business continuity service
  • Best cloud management product
  • Best cloud service management suite
  • Most Innovative SMB cloud solution
  • Most innovative enterprise cloud solution
  • Most influential newcomer (ie new CSP)
  • Best IaaS provider
  • Best cloud service provider
  • Best cloud project (public sector) – open to delivery company and user
  • Best cloud project (private sector ) – open to delivery company and user
  • Best use of government’s Cloud Store
  • Best Cloud Migration Project
  • Cloud Personality of the Year

The judging panel is a real who’s who of cloud gurus. It includes CloudPro editor, Max Cooter; Andy Burton, Founder, CIF; Will Venters, Information Systems Lecturer LSE; Maggie Holland, Gorup Editor ITPro and CloudPro; Ian Osborne, Director, Software and Electronics, techUK; Chris Harding, Director, The Open Group; Clive Longbottom, Analyst, Quocirca; Gary Delooze, Head of disruptive & emerging technologies, PwC and Jon Collins, Analyst, GigaOm.

So what are you waiting for? Get entering!

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Check out interview with Colm Keegan, Storage Switzerland, at Countdown2StorageExpo.com

July 10, 2013

Colm KeeganAn in-depth interview with Colm Keegan, Senior Analyst at Storage Switzerland, is available at Countdown2StorageExpo.com. Check out the interview here.

Olivia Shannon writes: “Colm Keegan has been involved with Storage Switzerland for several years as a ghost writer, but came onboard full-time at the beginning of this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rose Ross talks to W Curtis Preston (aka Mr Backup – @wcpreston), @TruthinIT

May 13, 2013

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O, and Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_O

W-Curtis-preston-190-x-150Countdown2StorageExpo blog editor Rose Ross’s (@Rose_at_O) interview with W Curtis Preston (aka Mr Backup) from TruthinIT is available here. People who know Curtis are used to seeing him interview the leading storage CEOs for TruthinIT – but at this year’s CeBIT in Germany, Rose got the chance to interview the interviewer. Curtis explained that TruthinIT is a publishing and media company that organises seminars, webinars and videos (even parody music videos). The audience Read the rest of this entry »

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4 steps to winning a speaking slot at SNW Europe (@snweurope) #snweurope

April 16, 2013

snw_largeBy Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_O

As our own Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O) blogged back in February, next Friday, April 26th is the call for papers deadline for the Storage Networking World Europe (SNW Europe), Datacenter Technologies and Virtualization World conferences.

As in previous years, the event organisers are seeking “quality submissions from IT end-users, consultants, industry analysts and system integrators/VARs, describing case studies or technology update sessions that focus on real-world deployments and/or methods and best practices to evaluate new, existing or future solutions. ” More information and suggested topics are available here.

If you’re busy putting together your submission, you might be interested in these tips for winning an SNW Europe speaking slot, taken from a previous Countdown2StorageExpo blog post based on a conversation with the conference programme director at the time, Paul Trowbridge: Read the rest of this entry »