Posts Tagged ‘cloud computing’

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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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Act quick – Cloud Expo 2013 East Call for Papers Deadline March 15, 2013

March 15, 2013

By @Olivia_at_Ocloudexpo east

Today is the call for papers deadline for Cloud Expo 2013 East in New York City. “If you have something substantive, challenging, and original to offer, you are encouraged to submit a proposal,” according to the guidelines here. Simply submit your 100-word abstract,  50-word speaker bio, and details of your previous speaking experience and published work.

Suggested topics include: Read the rest of this entry ?

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Last-chance speaker opps at London’s #BigData World Congress and #Cloud World Forum

March 12, 2013

By Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_OBig_Data_Logo-copy

There are very few speaking slots left for the Big Data World Congress and Cloud World Forum this June – but if you have great ideas and act fast, you might still have a chance to snag a spot. Just send the name of your company, the name of your potential speaker, and a very brief outline of the speech to Francesca.hannay@informa.com, and she will let you know if there is a chance for you to speak.

There are currently over 60 speakers lined up for Big Data World; check out the keynote speakers here. Over 150 big data solution providers are exhibiting, including event sponsors Talend, BAE Systems, Deltica and Basho. You can register to attend here, but please note that you will have to pay to attend the seminars (an early-bird discount applies until May 10th).

The agenda currently includes sessions on the financial sector’s need for new analytics, cloud-friendly Hadoop, choosing a big data solution that fits your business objectives and more. Read the rest of this entry ?

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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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Interview with Robert Scoble aka @Scobleizer – Rackspace’s Startup Liaison Officer and Cloud Guru

January 8, 2013

By @Rose_at_O  and @Olivia_at_O

Robert Scoble (or @Scobleizer, as he is known on Twitter) is Rackspace’s startup liaision officer. Check out his blog at http://scobleizer.com/

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Q: You were born in New Jersey, but your Wikipedia entry says you grew up in Silicon Valley. How does a New Jersey boy end up being a product of Silicon Valley?

When I was four years old my dad got a job at Ampex in the Silicon Valley and moved us from the East Coast to the West Coast.

Q: Do you think that move to the heart of the VC and startup world affected where you are in your career now?

Absolutely. Watching the Silicon Valley grow up, and watching Apple grow from one building to what it is today, has certainly played a huge role. In college I met Steve Wozniak, the cofounder of Apple, and talked him out of $40,000 or $50,000 for our journalism department.  Apple’s success definitely has an effect on many entrepreneurs. I was recently talking to a guy I know who has headquarters in Cupertino, and he says everyday he drives by the Apple offices, he thinks, “I know it can be done.” That helps him stay optimistic—which you need to be as an entrepreneur! If you don’t stay optimistic, you give up, and I’ve heard story after story of companies that won because they didn’t give up. I heard it took 1,000 days for Airbnb’s business to start working. Imagine if they had given up on day 990.

Q: Tell me a little bit about your role at Rackspace and your blog.

Rackspace takes me to be almost like a strategist. They ask me to go and learn what’s happening on the bleeding edge of the Internet. But they don’t ask me to take that knowledge internally to their executives; they ask me to put that on YouTube, Google+ and other places where it can be shared with the world. By doing that, it creates a conversation about Rackspace that is very unique and interesting.

I do a lot of things in my job. I build relationships with startups. For example, 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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Cloud Expo 2013 New York Announces Call for Papers

December 10, 2012

By Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_O

Cloud Expo 2013 in New York City, June 10-13, has just opened its call for papers. The deadline is March 15. A full list of suggested topics is on the website; it includes everything from compliance to encryption. Click here for more information about preparing your submissions.

SYS-CON’s Cloud Expo is held each year in California, New York, Prague, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Cloud Expo New York will feature 175+ sessions from a “rock star” conference faculty from the cloud computing and big data worlds. Speakers at last year’s event included representatives from Capgemini, The 451 Group, Intel and others.