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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)

Stevie Chambers

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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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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Interview with Dr Alea Fairchild (@AFairch), Cofounder of The Constantia Institute

January 7, 2013

By @Rose_at_O, @Olivia_at_O

Alea Fairchild is the cofounder of The Constantia Institute, a Brussels-based technology policy think-tank. Check out her work blog or catch her on Twitter.

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Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I am a cross between an analyst, a consultant and an academic, which sounds like one of those bad “three men in a boat” jokes.  I started my career in technology market analysis in the late 1980s at Dataquest with the great Hal Feeney (one of the Intel 8008 processor designers), moved later to my own technology consultancy company, which also did due diligence work for a number of VCs, and then I got my PhD in Information Economics in 2001, so I also teach at a graduate business program in Brussels.  All three skill sets help me do my research in my particular niche.

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

I cofounded The Constantia Institute in 2007 when I realized that there was a market niche that was absent in the marketplace.  Lots of analyst firms cover product introductions and make product comparisons, but in my view, the relevance of technology trends, its innovative impact on business and society, and its governance were not examined in any depth by either analyst firms or consultancies. I use the term “think tank” because we actually think past the short term and examine consequences and issues. Cloud is a game changer for many aspects, including collaboration, regulation, data protection, governance, privacy, device usage and service provisioning. Let’s face it; governmental involvement in cloud – whether it be localized with the UK CloudStore or the EU’s attempts at regulation – is a sure sign that cloud is now mainstream.

Q. What’s hot in the cloud this year? 

Mobile, social and collaborative are the three consumer drivers for cloud, and all cause enterprise-sized headaches. And for businesses, it is about Read the rest of this entry ?

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Exclusive interviews with Tech Trailblazers Awards judges @techtrailblaze #TTAwards

August 10, 2012

With the early-bird deadline for the Tech Trailblazers Awards for tech startups swiftly approaching on August 17th, the Countdown team has compiled a collection of links to interviews we have conducted with some of the judges of the awards. Enjoy, and feel free to share these links with your friends and colleagues.

Available at Countdown2StorageExpo:

Chris Evans, Consultant and Blogger, TheStorageArchitect.com

Martin Glassborow, Blogger, Storagebod

Chris Mellor, Storage Editor, The Register

Simon Robinson, Research Vice President, 451 Research

Enrico Signoretti, Senior Consultant, Juku Consulting SRL

Matthew Yeager,Chief Technologist, Colt Technology Services

Available at Countdown2Infosecurity: Read the rest of this entry ?

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Q & A w/ @BenKepes – Trailblazer with his head in the #cloud cutting through the hype

July 5, 2012

By @Rose_at_O

The Countdown team has caught up with leading cloud blogger, analyst and native kiwi Ben Kepes. http://www.diversity.net.nz

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I’m a cloud computing blogger and analyst – excited about what cloud can mean in terms of agility and innovation. I live in rural New Zealand on a small farm but work predominantly in the US – this dual focus is the cause of many strange tweets about sheep, but it also gives me a unique perspective on the ever-changing technology world.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your blog and its interest in the Cloud. 

I own a dozen or so small businesses and have always had to wrangle technology on a day to day basis. I’m not a technologist but a technology user and the focus of my blog is to put things in ways that real users can understand, and advocate for tools that really meet their needs

Q. What’s hot in the Cloud this year? 

What isn’t? Big data, cloud management, Platform as a Service, small business applications, Read the rest of this entry ?

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Analyst Q&A with Clive Longbottom, Quocirca

March 28, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself. 

I’m on a quest to debunk technology, putting it back where it belongs as a pure facilitator to business process.  I’m also on a quest to try and make briefings with industry analysts a bit more fun. Let’s have a bit of a laugh and enjoy things, rather than getting too serious and spoiling each other’s day.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your analyst firm and its interest in information technology (including storage, security, mobile, cloud and virtualization).

Quocirca was set up to be a firm with analysts who are big enough to have their own views.  Talking with a Quocirca analyst should not have any “company views”, but should be from the analyst’s own heart – their feelings, their experiences, their take on the markets based on research amongst large and small companies worldwide, face-to-face discussions with end users and vendors and a hard-headed dose of reality thrown in.  All our public output is available completely free of charge without any need to subscribe or register – just go to the web site and take whatever you want!  All the above technologies are inherent to the problems that organisations are dealing with – therefore, Quocirca covers them all, but in a contextually aware manner that fits each part in to an organisation’s needs, rather than looking at them as pure technology plays.

Q. What’s hot in IT this year? 

Mainly confusion.  Vendors are trying to stake their claims to various different parts of the market, as are different parts of the channel – as well as industry bodies, analysts and the media.  2012 will be the year of cloud and big data, followed in 2013 by the year of sorting out the mess caused by wrong implementations of technology to underpin these strategies, poor business models from providers and confusion from end-users.  I’d keep away from what’s hot, and concentrate on what’s right – Read the rest of this entry ?

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Q&A with Jo Maitland (@JoMaitlandSF), GigaOM Research Director for Cloud & Infrastructure

January 31, 2012

By Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O)

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I am research director for the infrastructure and cloud computing channel at GigaOm Pro. This is the research arm of GigaOM.

 Q. Tell us a little bit about your firm and their interest in virtualization and/or the cloud. 

The GigaOM Pro channel called Infrastructure covers all things enterprise IT, including virtualization and cloud.

 Q. What’s hot in virtualization and/or the cloud this year? 

Multi-hypervisor support and pricing issues are a big deal in the virtualization market and cloud means so many things, but from my perspective, AWS’s moves this year will be interesting as the IaaS market gets more competitive.

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