IDC & IDG Enterprise Cloud Leadership Forum Focuses on Key Issues in Cloud Deployment and the Evolution of IT

Cloud Computing Survey Results and Research to Be Unveiled at Special Session Held During Forum, June 20-21 in Santa Clara

Framingham, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES

FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwire - May 12, 2011) - The Cloud Leadership Forum, produced by International Data Corp (IDC) and IDG Enterprise, the media company comprising CFOworld, CIO, CIO Executive Council, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World, announces additional details of its 2nd annual Cloud Leadership Forum, including the launch of one of the most comprehensive cloud computing surveys, "Future Proofing the Cloud." The Cloud Leadership Forum is the only cloud conference that focuses exclusively on the enterprise in a program built by IT executives, analysts, and editors to drive the success of cloud initiatives. The annual event will once again bring together the cloud industry's most influential senior IT executives, IT practitioners, and IDC analysts on June 20-21 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, Calif.

The joint IDC/IDG Enterprise cloud computing survey includes questions that explore how the cloud is changing in the IT organization and its function, as well as how the industry and technology itself may evolve. The research will be used to shape a session at the Cloud Leadership Forum called "Future Proofing: An Interactive Discussion."

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"The results from this survey will be invaluable in helping IT leaders gain insight into the future of cloud, which will help shape their private, public and hybrid cloud strategies and plans for the future," said John Gallant, senior vice president and chief content officer, IDG Enterprise. "The survey data and the invaluable, real-world discussions taking place in this year's forum will be especially insightful as enterprises move forward with their cloud computing strategies."

The Cloud Leadership Forum's theme for 2011 is "Migration, Management, and Governance," which reflects the areas of greatest interest to the event's highly engaged advisory board, which consists of a dozen IT executives and select industry leaders, as well as leading IDC analysts and IDG Enterprise editors.

The Cloud Leadership Forum will be hosted by John Gallant, SVP and chief content officer of IDG Enterprise and Frank Gens, SVP and chief analyst at IDC. More than a dozen top IDC analysts will be on-site to facilitate roundtable discussions on challenging cloud-related issues and provide one-on-one advice to attendees.

"In 2011, more and more IT organizations are moving cloud computing and cloud services out of the sandbox, and into the core of their operations," said Frank Gens, SVP and chief analyst at IDC. "At this year's Cloud Leadership Forum, our outstanding roster of early cloud adopters will share their insights and experiences in successfully operationalizing cloud services -- public, private and hybrid."

A sample of confirmed presenters to date include:

  • Eric Marks, President and CEO of AgilePath Corp.
  • Paul Holder, CIO and Managing Director, AON eSolutions
  • John Murray, CIO, Genworth Financial Wealth Management
  • Michael R. Overly Esq., Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Frank Wander, SVP & CIO, Guardian Life Insurance Company
  • Richard L. Villars, Vice President, Storage and IT Executive Strategies, IDC
  • Dave McNally, IT Executive Advisor, IDC
  • David Potterton, Vice President of Research, IDC Financial Insights
  • Scott Skellenger, Senior Director of Global Information Systems, Illumina
  • Chris Laping, Senior Vice President of Business Transformation and Chief Information Officer, Red Robin
  • Todd Papaioannou, VP of Cloud Architecture, Yahoo

Participation from some of the industry's most innovative sponsors will also reinforce the Cloud Leadership Forum's underlying goal of shaping the future of the Cloud industry, including a fireside chat with David Yen, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Fabric and Switching Technologies, Juniper Networks. Sponsors confirmed to date include: Citrix, f5, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, PwC, SunGard Availability Services, and T-Systems.

Session content for this groundbreaking event was crafted by IDC & IDG Enterprise with the help of an influential advisory board including industry executives from Bank of America, Buck Consulting Group, LLC, CapitalSource Bank, Grooveshark, IBM, Juniper, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, PwC, Safety-Kleen Inc., Shell International B.V., Sun National Bank, Walt Disney Studios and Teletech Holdings.

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IDG Enterprise, an International Data Group (IDG) company, brings together unique editorial brands (CFOworld, CIO, CIO Executive Council, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World) to serve the information needs of our technology and security-focused audiences. As a digital-centric media company we serve our reader and advertiser audiences with award-winning content and community, driving conversation and conversion, across our entire portfolio of awarding-winning, websites, events, magazines, products and services. In addition, the CIO Executive Council, a peer advisory service, brings together the nation's top CIOs, as well as provides community and leadership development tools for their staffs. Company information is available at

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