The emergence of pay-as-you-go, on-demand computing is the biggest shift in information technology in a decade. It changes what’s possible and levels the playing field, giving governments and businesses of all sizes access to powerful tools for data processing and experimentation.
But cloud computing is a confusing subject, full of conjecture and compromise. In this 90-minute workshop, we’ll provide a no-nonsense look at this important shift in IT. We’ll explore the technology and business changes that brought us to clouds; how to distinguish between different cloud computing models; and how organizations can capitalize on the opportunities they provide and avoid the risks they pose.
Alistair Croll is an entrepreneur with a background in web performance, analytics, cloud computing, and business strategy. In 2001, he cofounded Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011) and has since helped launch Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, and several other early-stage companies. He works with startups on business acceleration and advises a number of larger companies on innovation and technology. A sought-after public speaker on data-driven innovation and the impact of technology on society, Alistair has founded and run a variety of conferences, including Cloud Connect, Bitnorth, and the International Startup Festival, and is the chair of O’Reilly’s Strata + Hadoop World conference. He has written several books on technology and business, including the best-selling Lean Analytics. Alistair tries to mitigate his chronic ADD by writing about far too many things at Solve For Interesting.
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