Cloud Connect Summit

The evolution to the cloud-enabled enterprise is well underway, challenging established technology providers and reshaping the CIO & IT organization as we know it. It's no longer a question of whether cloud is the right strategy, it's a question of how you will leverage the cloud's abundance of resources and applications to outmaneuver, out-innovate and outpace your competition.

Cloud Connect Summit

March 31 – April 1, 2014

This two-day pre-conference program offers a unique program format developed around “critical cloud decisions.” Cloud Connect Summit zeros in on the most pressing cloud technology, policy and organizational decisions & debates for the cloud-enabled enterprise.

Some of the topics we will explore include:

  • In-depth analysis and comparison of the leading cloud stacks
  • The role of IT & CIO leaders in the new service provider model
  • Embracing IT-as-a-Service, Agile IT & DevOps strategy
  • Open Data / Open Clouds & APIs
  • Managing SaaS and the heterogeneous cloud environment
  • Operational & policy issues for the cloud-enabled enterprise
  • Case studies & models for the cloud-enabled enterprise
  • Cloud-enabling platforms: Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), cloud brokers, cloud management platforms (CMPs) and cloud identity management

Cloud Connect Summit is geared towards a cross-section of disciplines with a stake in the cloud-enabled enterprise. Technology stakeholders include CIO/CTO, architects, senior engineers and IT leaders. Business stakeholders include business analysts, project/program managers and line of business leaders.

Summit Sponsors





Cloud Connect Summit, Day 1; Monday, March 31

KEYNOTE: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly – Critical Decisions for the Cloud Enabled Enterprise
Speaker: Adrian Cockcroft, Technology Fellow, Battery Ventures

KEYNOTE: Blast from the Past! Accelerating Your Hybrid Cloud Journey
Speaker: Chris Wolf, CTO, Americas, VMware

The Power of a Strong IT Ecosystem
Speaker: Mark Thiele, EVP Data Center Technology, Switch


Cloud Adoption in the Enterprise - Distilling the Facts from the Hype
Speaker:  Jimit Arora, VP, Everest Group

Making the Case for IT-as-a-Service
Speaker: Scott Bils, Managing Partner, Leverhawk

KEYNOTE: Cloud ERP: Empowering Real People
Speaker: Sandra Kurtzig, CEO, Kenandy

Speaker: Jared Wray, Chief Technology Officer, CenturyLink Cloud
KEYNOTE: From Theory to Practice: Implementing the ‘Composable Enterprise'
Speaker: Jonathan Murray, EVP and Chief Technology Officer, Warner Music Group
Are VMs Passé?
Speaker: Ben Golub, CEO, Docker
3:15-4:30pm Is there a Future for PaaS in an IaaS World?
Moderator: Ben Kepes, Founder and Principal, Diversity Limited
Mark Russinovich, Technical Fellow, Microsoft
Margaret Dawson, VP of Product Marketing & Cloud Evangelist, HP Cloud Services
Jesse Proudman, Founder and CEO, Blue Box
Krishnan Subramanian, Director, OpenShift Strategy, Red Hat
Brent Smithurst, VP of Product Management/Marketing, ActiveState

Case Study on Cloud Computing Interoperability and Portability
Michael Biddick, CEO, Fusion PPT

4:30-5:30pm Cloud Connect Cocktail Reception
Cloud Connect Summit, Day 2; Tuesday, April 1
7:30-8:30am Program Breakfast
8:30-10:30am KEYNOTE: Strategically Exploiting the Cloud
Speaker: Joe Weinman, Author, Cloudonomics
KEYNOTE: Cloud in the Era of Hybrid Washing – What’s Real, What’s Not?
Speaker: Margaret Dawson, VP of Product Marketing & Cloud Evangelist, HP Cloud Services
KEYNOTE: Managing Multiple Clouds in an Enterprise: A Heterogeneous Lens
Mayur Shintre, Cloud Platform Architect, Target
The Goat and the Silo: What An Old Calculus Problem Can Teach Us About Instilling the Culture of DevOps
Speaker: Michael Ducy, Enterprise Architect, Chef

Taking Control of Your Cloud Strategy
Speaker:Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director, OpenStack Foundation

The Software-Defined Data Center at PayPal
Speaker: Scott Carlson, Cloud Infrastructure Architect, PayPal

12:00-1:00pm Program Lunch
1:00-3:00pm Eating The Elephant: Introducing DevOps Into Enterprise IT
Speaker: JP Morgenthal, Director, Cloud Computing Practice, Perficient, Inc.
KEYNOTE: Case Studies of Real-World Cloud-Enabled Enterprises
Speaker: Marc Trouard-Riolle, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Citrix Systems Inc.
Working With, Not Against, Developers and Business Units to Succeed in the Cloud
Speaker: Bernard Golden, Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Enstratius, a Dell Company
What Do You Mean I Can’t Have a SPAN Port? Monitoring Performance in the Cloud
Steve Riley, Technical Director, Office of the CTO, Riverbed Technology
3:15-4:30pm Are Providers Falling Short in Enterprise-Grade Cloud? Is that Creating Opportunities for Intermediaries and Advisors?
Speaker: Liam Eagle, Analyst, 451 Research
KEYNOTE PANEL: Solving the Real-World Challenges of the Cloud-Enabled Enterprise
Moderator: Liam Eagle, Analyst, 451 Research
Patrick Harding, CTO, Ping Identity

Andres Rodriguez, CEO & Founder, Nasuni
Jaspreet Singh, Co-Founder and CEO, Druva
John Keller, Director, Unisys
How Cloud and the Industrial Internet are Poised to Revolutionize Heavy Industry and Manufacturing
Speaker: Daniel Koffler, Senior Principal Advisor, Operations Technologies, Rio Tinto Alcan
4:30-7:00pm Interop Expo Welcome Reception

How to Register

Attend the Cloud Connect Summit with any of the following Interop Passes and choose "Cloud Connect Summit Day 1" and "Cloud Connect Summit Day 2" workshops:

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly – Critical Decisions for the Cloud Enabled Enterprise
Systems and Synapses: Integration as Competitive AdvantageActiveState
KEYNOTE: Managing Multiple Clouds in an Enterprise: A Heterogeneous Lens
John Keller, Director, Unisys

Additional Cloud Computing Programs at Interop

Monday Workshops Powered by Cloud Connect
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Managing Applications in a Hybrid Cloud World
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Amazon Web Services Boot Camp
Tuesday Workshops Powered by Cloud Connect
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Infrastructure for Private Clouds
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
OpenStack Boot Camp

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