Archive for the ‘Cloud’ Category

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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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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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Talkin’ Cloud Compiles List of “Top 100 Cloud Services Providers”

January 28, 2013

By Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_OTalkinCloud100

Nine Lives Media’s third-annual Talkin’ Cloud 100 list is accepting submissions until March 28th. The list seeks to identify the world’s top cloud services providers, aggregators, brokerages, integrators, VARs and MSPs focused on cloud computing. If you want to get your company’s name on the list, click here to complete the survey. The results will be based on such metrics as annual cloud services revenues, percentage growth, dollar growth, cloud computing project revenues, and more. Check out last year’s winners here.

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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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Social Media Q&A with Cloud Tweeter & Blogger David Terrar @DT

April 4, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

At UC Expo recently, I was pleased to catch up with David Terrar, blogger and CEO of a cloud service provider in IBM’s social media speakeasy.  David has some interesting ideas about how to use the cloud and social media to promote your business.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

My day job is running D2C, a cloud service provider dedicated to accounting software, ERP, web communities and collaboration solutions. I have been running my blog, Business Two Zero, since September 2005 as a means of promoting the business. I was encouraged into blogging by my good friend Dennis Howlett (@dahowlett), who was an “expert” back then because he had already been blogging for 3 months at that time.  I named the blog partly as an homage to my father – he was in 1 SAS during World War II  (the Special Air Service).  As well as covering technology, the aim of the blog was applying guerilla-style SAS tactics to business, so it was named partly after the “business 2.0” thing and partly after the first popular SAS novel from Chris Ryan, Bravo Two Zero.

Q. Tell us a little bit about the blog.

It covers all manner of what we used to call Web 2.0 and web stuff – social business, Software as a Service, collaboration, new media, old style sales and marketing vs. the new world approach. I am a big fan of Seth Godin (author of Meatball Sundae and Tribes). Read the rest of this entry ?

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Meet Peter Judge, Editor of TechWeekEurope UK

April 3, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

Q. Hello Peter.  Would you start by telling us a little about your professional self and your publication?

I have been a journalist for 25 years, aaargh.  To my surprise, I now find myself editor of TechWeekEurope, a proper news site which, after three years, continues to go from strength to strength.  TWE is for technology decision makers.  Our aim is to examine the business implications of IT developments.  As you might imagine, that means we are particularly interested in mobile, security, the public sector, the cloud, and sustainable IT. Read the rest of this entry ?