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)

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

March 15, 2013

cloudexpo eastBy @Olivia_at_O

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.

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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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CES Launches CloudBase3 & Accompanying Website to Target Cloud Providers

August 2, 2012

By Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_O

Next year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will have a special area devoted specifically to cloud computing, along with a companion website, CloudBase3.com.

This is interesting news, if not exactly surprising. Given the recent proliferation of cloud-based applications, it makes sense that CES has developed a special offering for cloud providers, who are undoubtedly looking for ways to stand out amid heavy competition. CloudBase3 exhibitors will also get a listing on the CloudBase3.com website, which will catalogue cloud options to help companies compare and choose cloud products and services.

Although the website has not officially launched yet, CloudBase3.com has posted this PDF of packages ranging from $6,800 to $15,600. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Visit Countdown2CloudExpo.com for an interview with blogger David Terrar

April 4, 2012

Countdown2StorageExpo readers may be interested in a Q&A session just posted on our cloud computing-focused blog, Countdown2CloudExpo.com, with David Terrar (@DT on Twitter). David is a blogger and CEO of a cloud service provider in IBM’s social media speakeasy. He has some interesting views on how to use the cloud and social media to promote your business.

To read the interview, please visit http://countdown2cloudexpo.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/dt/.

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Second-Generation Geek: Q&A with Matthew Yeager, Storage Blogger and Computacenter Practice Leader: Part Two

March 31, 2011

By Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O) and Olivia Shannon (@Olivia_at_O)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Matthew Yeager left his position at Computacentre in August 2011. He is now the Chief Technologist at Colt Technology Services. Find him on LinkedIn.

As we mentioned before, we had so many great insights from our interview with Matthew Yeager (@mpyeager) that we’ve decided to run his Q&A as a two-part series. This is Part Two, covering Matthew’s experiences with social media, including recommendations for what he thinks are some of the best blogs, storage and otherwise. Enjoy! Part One, covering Matthew’s views on what businesses want from their IT providers and the storage issues he thinks are important this year, is available here.

Q. Are you a social media lover?

Yes, and frankly I think more vendors, ISVs, startups and others in technology really need to make the investment. The authenticity of the voice and the message is what you need to get right.  It isn’t going to be perfect the first time. It takes a while to get the hang of it. But it’s an investment worth making. If you can encapsulate your thoughts in 140 characters and make it interesting, you’ve got a much better shot at catching mine and other people’s attention.

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Q&A with Greg Knieriemen, iKnerd Storage Blogger & Infosmack Co-Host

March 24, 2011

More #SNWusa prep from the @321StorageExpo team. We hope you enjoy this Q&A with Greg Knieriemen (@knieriemen), VP at Chi Corporation, co-host of the Infosmack Podcast and self-proclaimed Knerd.

As a Vice President for Chi Corporation, a U.S. based storage and virtualization integrator, my primary responsibility is to provide client engagement support for our team which usually involves both internal and external technology evangelism. I’m very passionate about good technologies that solve real IT challenges while pushing back on technologies that create more problems than they solve. I tend to be cynical of vendor and industry analyst “noisemakers” and I consciously try to filter out those who don’t really add value in solving real IT problems.

For fun, I co-host the Infosmack Podcast and what started as a crazy idea has taken on a life of its own. Our recent distribution deal with The Register dramatically increased our exposure which is really exciting. We weren’t sure if you could mix humor with serious enterprise tech discussions but the combination is working so far.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your blog and its interest in data storage.

My personal blog, http://iKnerd.com/, is really a sounding board for me to rant about what is going on in enterprise and personal tech. Unlike many blogs, iKnerd.com is not as much about personal marketing as it is to socialize my crazy thoughts. It shouldn’t be taken too seriously. The podcast is really where my interest in storage and enterprise tech manifests itself.

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