Top Tech Executives Convene on the Future of Cloud Computing

Leading IT Professionals, Market-Shaping Vendor Executives Discuss, Debate Business-Changing Role of Cloud

Framingham, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES

FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwire - Jun 14, 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 the Forum's final agenda for the only cloud conference that focuses exclusively on the enterprise. Taking place at the Hyatt Regency on June 20-21, 2011 in Santa Clara, CA, this program is designed by IT executives, analysts, and editors to drive the success of cloud initiatives.

The 2011 theme "Migration, Management, and Governance," was driven by the key areas of interest of the Forum's highly engaged and 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.

A special session, "Future Proofing: An Interactive Discussion," will unveil research results from one of the most comprehensive cloud computing surveys, "Future Proofing the Cloud." This joint IDC/IDG Enterprise survey includes questions exploring how the cloud is changing the IT organization and its function, as well as how the industry and technology itself may evolve.

Key takeaways from the Forum include:

  • The latest trends and insights on infrastructure, software, Software as a Service (SaaS) and management from top IDC analysts
  • How leading organizations are avoiding vendor lock-in to enable future agility
  • Governance models that leading organizations are employing to manage cloud initiatives
  • How to solve access and authentication issues for mobile users, and how highly regulated industries are making their cloud decisions

Hosted by John Gallant, SVP and chief content officer of IDG Enterprise and Frank Gens, SVP and chief analyst at IDC, the Forum will include more than a dozen top IDC analysts on-site, speaking and facilitating roundtable discussions on challenging cloud-related issues and providing one-on-one advice to attendees.

End-user and expert speakers bring deep experience in building and managing public and private cloud architectures, including:

  • 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
  • Brian Clark, Managing Director, Chief Technology Officer, Moody's Corp
  • Chris Laping, Senior Vice President of Business Transformation and Chief Information Officer, Red Robin
  • Todd Papaioannou, VP of Cloud Architecture, Yahoo!

Participation from the industry's most innovative sponsors also reinforces the Cloud Leadership Forum's underlying goal of shaping the future of the Cloud industry. Sponsors include: Citrix, f5, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, PwC, Quest Business/Century Link Business, SunGard Availability Services, and T-Systems.

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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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