Thursday, October 25, 2012

October 19th Cloud Summit: Moving From Theory to Practice

Accelerating your Business with the Cloud

Approximately 250 people turned out for MassTLC’s annual cloud summit focusing on accelerating your business with the cloud. Scott Davis, CTO of end user computing services at VMWare, kicked off the morning sharing their vision and perspective of the Cloud.  He noted that as the cloud era is evolving, it is all about speed.  For a company such as Wal-mart, they can continue to accelerate their business because the real-time data they utilize to adjust to store needs and demands provides them the competitive advantage to stay ahead of the competition.  It is the speed of change that is disruptive. Scott’s presentation can be found here

Next Michael Skok from North Bridge Venture partners took the stage to share the results of the 2012 Future of Cloud Computing survey.  Nearly 800 people responded to the survey and identified the top three cloud drivers as scalability, agility and cost. Cloud provides the ability to separate the non-core activities from your core competencies, outsourcing if necessary.

82% of survey respondents said that 84% of net new software will be SaaS.  Instead of building services, all of our money and energy is being dedicated to the next generation of applications. And what are they going to build it on?  75% said they will build software using PaaS by 2017 (up 83% from 2012).  But does everyone agree?  Maybe not, the world is going to shift significantly, according to Michael. 

But we still have work to do!  Security, regulatory/compliance and privacy, and more importantly, vendor lock-in, are inhibiting adoption.  People want interoperability and the economies of scale to play across clouds.  They want data portability, they want APIs that are consistent across all clouds, and as more cloud services become available, they want to manage workflow across applications and clouds.  Looks at this as opportunities!  The full results of the survey can be found here.

Next, Michael was joined on stage by Paul Sonderegger, Sr. Director of Analytics for Oracle for a “fireside chat”.  Michael and Paul discussed how big data is driving cloud adoption. 

The four different breakout session at the summit which included Think Like a Start-up: accelerating your business with the cloud; Where, When  and How to Partner for Success; Transitioning and Scaling in the Cloud; and Managing and Mitigating Risk were all deep discussions on critical aspects of the cloud.  Thanks to all of our speakers for thought-provoking discussions and sharing what you have learned with your business.  

Special thanks to Oracle for hosting the event, to Oracle, Progress and Windstream for sponsoring the event and to our table exhibitors: Basho, Canonical, Colospace, DYN, Expedient, Metratech, OnX, Oracle, Progress, Windstream and VMWare.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.  Our Go-to-market strategy session is just around the corner on November 2nd and the Innovation unConference on November 16th

Thanks to all that attended!

Director of Communities

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