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Search-Enable Your Application with Lucene
Search-Enable Your Application with Lucene

The e-commerce Web site that I work on has seen several incarnations of its search feature. We started with plain vanilla SQL using "like" clauses, but this didn't perform well and left a lot to be desired in language features such as stemming (e.g., "paint" = "painter" = "painting") and synonym matching (e.g., "cat" = "feline"). Next we tried an off-the-shelf solution. This addressed our efficiency and language demands, but it was ridden with strange quirks and we were limited in how much we could customize its behavior.

Then we discovered Lucene. Lucene is an open-source search framework from Apache's Jakarta project. As a framework, Lucene provides you with the building blocks you need to build a search engine that meets your specific searching requirements. Lucene is flexible, fully customizable, and amazingly fast.

In this article I show you how to use Lucene to build a search solution for your application. Although my examples will be geared toward an e-commerce application, Lucene is flexible enough to be used on any application whether it's Web, desktop, or CD-ROM based.

I used version 1.2 of Lucene to develop the examples in this article. It can be downloaded from http://jakarta.apache.org/lucene. Lucene is self-contained, so you'll need only a JVM (v1.1.8 or higher) to use it. Place lucene-1.2.jar into your classpath and you're ready to start.

Indexing Documents
To build a Lucene index, first you'll need an instance of IndexWriter. The following lines of code create an IndexWriter for an index located at c:\myindex.

Analyzer analyzer = new StopAnalyzer();
writer = new IndexWriter("c:/myindex", analyzer, true);

The first argument to the constructor is the path where the index will be written. If the path doesn't already exist, Lucene will create it for you. The second argument is the Analyzer you want IndexWriter to use when tokenizing text. Here I used StopAnalyzer to remove stop words ("and," "or," "the," etc.) from the token stream. The last argument tells IndexWriter whether to create a new index or to add documents to an existing one. Passing true to the constructor will create the index from scratch; passing false will append to an existing index.

Now that you have an IndexWriter, you're ready to start adding documents to the index. The following code creates a simple document that represents a Web page and uses IndexWriter to add it to the index.

String url = "http://jakarta.apache.org/lucene";
String content = indexer.retrieveWebPageContent(url);
String keywords = indexer.extractKeywords(content);

Document doc = new Document();
doc.add(Field.UnIndexed("url", url));
doc.add(Field.UnStored("keywords", keywords));
doc.add(Field.Text("content", content));
writer.addDocument(doc);

In this example, the document contains the URL metadata for Lucene's homepage, a keywords field that contains search terms to match against in a search, and a "content" field that contains the full content of the Web page.

Once all documents have been added, all that remains is to close the index.

writer.close();

Although this example adds only a single (hard-coded) document to an index, it serves well as a "Hello World" example of how to create indexes using Lucene. The complete source code for this example is in Listing 1. (Listings 1-10 can be downloaded from www.sys-con.com/java/sourcec.cfm.)

For a more interesting example, suppose you're indexing a product catalog to be searched on an e-commerce Web site. A product is made up of a SKU, a name, a price, and some keywords to be searched on (see Listing 2). ProductIndexer (see Listing 3) is a convenience class used to add products to a Lucene index.

The constructor for ProductIndexer takes a string that's the path where the Lucene index will be built and a Boolean parameter that specifies whether a new index will be created or an existing index appended. ProductIndexer uses StopAnalyzer for tokenizing text.

The addProduct() method creates an instance of Document and translates the attributes of the Product into document fields. As in the simple example earlier, the "keywords" field is created as unstored so it can be searched upon but is unavailable for retrieval. The other fields are created as unindexed because these fields will be retrieved only after a successful search, not searched upon themselves.

The close() method closes the IndexWriter, making it available for searching. Before closing, however, a call is made to the IndexWriter's optimize() method to have Lucene optimize the index. Although it's entirely optional, it's generally a good idea to call optimize() if the indexing is finished for the time being and no further documents will be added to the index for a while.

ProductDBIndexer (see Listing 4) reads products from a "catalog" table in a relational database (see Table 1 for the products that I used) and uses ProductIndexer to add the products to Lucene's index. ProductDBIndexer takes two command-line arguments: the path in which to build the index and an optional "create" flag to indicate that the index should be built from scratch.

Lucene Index Structure
Lucene indexes are file based. If you look in the directory where you created the index, you'll find several files that define the Lucene index. Depending on how large your index is, you'll see several groups of files where each file in a group has the same name but a different extension. Each of these groups is known as a "segment." Although this article won't delve into the details of how Lucene segments work, it may be interesting to note that IndexWriter's optimize() method optimizes Lucene's index by consolidating all segments into a single segment for more efficient searching.

While IndexWriter is writing indexes, a file called "write.lock" is created. This file prevents other instances of IndexWriter from writing to the index concurrently. Calling IndexWriter's close() method removes this file and makes the index available for writing by another IndexWriter.

Lucene keeps track of each segment in the index using a file called "segments". During indexing, it occasionally becomes necessary for Lucene to update the segments file to keep it synchronized with the segments in the index. While this synchronization is going on, Lucene creates a "commit.lock" file to prevent concurrent updates of the segments file. Once the segments file is in sync, the commit.lock file is removed.

What would happen if you were to write to an index while it's being searched on? You may write to the index (either by adding new documents or re-creating the index from scratch) while it's being searched, but doing so may have undesirable effects on the search results. The worst side effect that I've seen is a document appearing out of order in the Hits collection. Depending on how important the ordering is to you, it may be best to create your indexes off-line (i.e., in another directory) and then rename the directory to become the current index.

Searching
Now that you've built an index, it's time to perform search queries against it. ProductSearcher (see Listing 5) shows how to do this.

To search a Lucene index you need an instance of org.apache.lucene.search.Searcher. Two subclasses of Searcher come with Lucene. IndexSearcher is for searching a single Lucene index while MultiSearcher is used to search multiple indexes at once. Only the product catalog index will be searched, so IndexSearcher is the best choice for this example. It's constructed given the path to the index.

Searcher searcher = new IndexSearcher(indexPath);

Next you must construct a Query object. The best way to do this is to use the parse() method of org.apache.lucene.queryParser.QueryParser. Create an instance of QueryParser, passing the name of the default field (the field that's searched upon by default) and an analyzer to the constructor. Then call parse() on the QueryParser instance passing the query string. An instance of org.apache .lucene.search.Query will be returned.

QueryParser queryParser = new QueryParser("keywords", new StopAnalyzer());
Query query = queryParser.parse("cat food");

Note: QueryParser is not thread-safe. A new instance of QueryParser should be created for each thread.

For this example the choice of query string is hard coded as "cat food". This query will result in all documents containing either "cat" or "food", but not necessarily both. It's possible to require that a document's keyword field contain "cat" and "food" when searching. Simply place a plus (+) sign in front of each word so that the search string will be "+cat +food" to require resulting documents to contain both "cat" and "food" in their keyword field. More advanced search options will be discussed later.

Next make a call to the Searcher's search() method, passing in the Query object.

Hits hits = searcher.search(query);

The search() method returns an instance of org.apache.lucene.search.Hits. The Hits class represents a collection of documents matching the search criteria, along with each document's relevancy score. These scores range from 0.0 to 1.0 where 1.0 is considered highly relevant and 0.0 is considered completely irrelevant (and not included in the Hits collection).

Finally, cycle through each Document returned in the Hits object displaying the SKU and name of the product along with its relevancy score.

for (int i = 0; i < hits.length(); i++) {
Document document = hits.doc(i);
float score = hits.score(i);
System.out.println(document.get("sku") + " :: " +
document.get("name") + " :: " + score);
}

Advanced Queries
Up until now, the queries have been relatively simple ones such as "cat food" and "+cat +food". QueryParser has a powerful selection of query operators to facilitate more complex searches. Table 2 lists all of QueryParser's operators.

Wildcard queries are fairly straightforward. The "*" operator can be replaced by zero or more characters to match a word. The "?" operator is replaced by exactly one character when matching. For example, "ca*" will match "cat", "car", "cap", or "candle", while "ca?" will match "cat", "car", and "cap", but not "candle". This is consistent with the behavior of "*" and "?" on a DOS or Unix command line.

The tilde (~) character, when used alone, performs a fuzzy search, matching words that are spelled similarly. For example, "cat~" will match "cat", but it will also match "car" and "rat" because these words are similarly spelled.

Surrounding two or more words with quotes (" ") produces a phrase. When two or more words are part of a phrase, those words must appear together in order to be considered a match. For example, ""dog food"" will match documents where "dog" is immediately followed by "food".

If a tilde and a number follow a phrase, then a proximity search is performed. For example, ""dog food"~10" will produce results where "dog" and "food" are found within 10 words of each other, but not necessarily adjacent to each other.

The carat (^) is a term booster. What this means is that any word followed by a carat is considered to have higher relevance than words not followed by a carat. For example, "dog^ kennel" will match where the document contains "dog" or "kennel", but will give a higher relevance to documents containing "dog".

The Boolean operators, AND, OR, and NOT behave as you would expect them to. For example, "(cat AND food) OR bird" returns all documents containing "cat" and "food" along with all documents that contain "bird". "cat NOT food" returns all documents containing "cat", but not containing "food". As you have seen before in the simple "cat food" example, OR is the default conjunction operator.

As shown in the previous example, parentheses can be used to group terms into subqueries.

As discussed, the plus sign (+) requires that a word or phrase exist in a field. Conversely, the minus sign (-) prohibits a word from appearing in the results and is roughly equivalent to NOT. For example, "dog -food" returns all documents containing "dog" but not containing "food".

Finally, there are times when you may want to search multiple fields. When constructing a QueryParser, you must specify a default field to be searched upon. Unless you specify otherwise, any words in your query will be looked for in the default field. In the examples, "keywords" is the default field. You can search on nondefault fields (assuming that they're indexed) by using a colon (:). For example, had the name field been tokenized and indexed, the query string "+cat +name:nummies" would return all documents in which the keywords field contains "cat" and the name field contains "nummies".

Customizing Lucene
While Lucene comes with an impressive set of functionality, you may still find that you want it to do something more or different than is available out of the box. As a search framework, Lucene provides several hooks for you to extend and/or modify its behavior.

In the previous examples, the analyzer chosen was StopAnalyzer. Underneath the covers, Stop-Analyzer uses LetterTokenizer to tokenize text into individual words. LetterTokenizer treats any nonalphabetic character as a delimiter. This is fine in most cases, but what if you want to tokenize text that contains numeric characters ("0" - "9") as well as alphabetic characters? This would be desirable if the keyword text contains part numbers or model numbers. LetterTokenizer wouldn't help in this case.

Listing 6 defines AlphanumericTokenizer, a tokenizer that works like LetterTokenizer except for one small difference: it treats numeric characters as token characters along with alphabetic characters. It does this by subclassing LetterTokenizer and overriding the isTokenChar() method to return the results of LetterTokenizer's isTokenChar() implementation OR'd with a call to Character.isDigit().

AlphanumStopAnalyzer (see Listing 7) is an analyzer that uses AlphanumericTokenizer. The stop-word behavior of StopAnalyzer is still desired, so AlphanumericTokenizer is wrapped with a StopFilter. To normalize the text to lowercase, StopFilter is then wrapped with LowercaseFilter. AlphanumStopAnalyzer is functionally equivalent to StopAnalyzer, except, since it uses AlphanumericTokenizer, it does not treat numeric characters as delimiters. To try out AlphanumStopAnalyzer, use it in place of StopAnalyzer in both ProductIndexer and ProductSearcher. Be sure to reindex with ProductIndexer before searching the index with the new analyzer.

Suppose that synonym-matching capability is required so that "cat" will match "kitten", "kitty", or "feline". AliasFilter (see Listing 8) is a subclass of TokenFilter that does this. AliasFilter retrieves its synonym list from entries in AliasFilter.properties. For example:

cat=feline kitten kitty
dog=canine puppy mutt
food=feed chow
parrot=bird

With each invocation of next(), AliasFilter first checks to see if there are any synonyms in the alias stack. If there are, it pops the next alias off the stack and returns it. Otherwise, AliasFilter retrieves the next token from the input TokenStream, adds any aliases that may exist to the alias stack, and then returns the next token.

AliasAnalyzer (see Listing 9) constructs a TokenStream that does everything the TokenStream from Alphanum-StopAnalyzer does, but it also uses AliasFilter to add synonyms to the TokenStream. To try AliasAnalyzer, use it as your analyzer instead of StopAnalyzer in both ProductIndexer and ProductSearch. Again, be sure to reindex before searching.

When trying AliasFilter you may discover some strange, albeit desirable, behavior. Search for "feline". Even though there are no aliases for feline, all cat-related products appear in the search results. Why? When you use AliasAnalyzer to search for "feline", the token stream does not expand beyond "feline". So why do "cat" products appear? The reason is, you also used AliasAnalyzer to index the products. When you indexed a product containing "cat", AliasAnalyzer expanded the token stream to include "kitten", "kitty", and "feline" in the index. When searching for "feline" it will be found in products whose token stream was expanded to include "feline". In effect, you get an automatic two-way aliasing between "cat" and "feline", even though it appears to be only one way in AliasFilter.properties.

Another common problem in searching is paging the results. A search query could return anywhere from zero results to a seemingly infinite number of result documents. Good usability practices suggest that you page the results, showing the user only a handful at a time. This can be accomplished in Lucene using result filters.

To create a result filter, you must subclass org.apache.lucene.search.Filter. The only required method is the bits() method. It will return a java.util.BitSet where each bit represents a document in the result set. If the bit is true, the document will be returned in Hits, otherwise it won't be returned.

PageFilter (see Listing 10) is an example of a Filter that's used to paginate search results. Given a page number and a page size, PageFilter will pare down Lucene's result set to a specific page's subset of documents. It does this by creating a BitSet big enough to hold the maximum number of result bits and then looping through the bits that need to be turned on. To use PageFilter, change ProductSearcher's call to search() to look like this:

Hits hits = searcher.search(query,new PageFilter(1,20));

This new call to search() will result in showing only the second set of 20 results.

Conclusion
Building a full-featured search engine can be a daunting task. But, thanks to Lucene, much of the complicated details are abstracted behind an easy-to-use API. We've seen how easy it can be to create an index for searching practically any type of information. We've also seen how Lucene is flexible and can be extended to satisfy custom indexing and searching requirements.

Resources

  • Jakarta Lucene: http://jakarta.apache.org/lucene
  • NLucene, the .NET implementation of Lucene at SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/nlucene
  • JGuru FAQ on Lucene: www.jguru.com/faq/Lucene
  • About Lucene's creator, Doug Cutting: http://lucene.sourceforge.net/background.html

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    Index Components
    A Lucene index is a collection of documents organized in a way that allows quick retrieval of information when arbitrarily queried upon.

    Each document (implemented by org.apache.lucene.document.Document) in a Lucene index is made up of one or more fields that are name-value pairs, much like entries in a HashMap. A document can contain as much or as little information as is required to be searched upon. For example, a Lucene document could contain the complete contents of a Web page, text file, e-mail, etc. On the other hand, a Lucene document may contain only a minimal set of metadata, such as keywords, along with a URL, a product SKU, or some other identifying information used to reference a full information source stored outside of Lucene (such as in a file system or a relational database).

    Each field in a document can be defined as being any combination of stored, indexed, and tokenized. If a field is stored, its contents are fully retrievable upon a successful search. If a field is indexed, its content may be referenced in a query and searched upon. If a field is tokenized, its content is broken into one or more tokens (or words) prior to being indexed.

    Fields can be created using org.apache.lucene.document.Field. The Field class has several static factory methods that make short work of creating field entries. Table 3 illustrates these static methods and the types of Fields that they create.

    Why would you want to index a field, but not store it? Consider a field that contains keywords for your document: chances are you'll never display or perform any processing of this field, but you still want to be able to search upon it. By indexing it you're making the field searchable, but by not storing it, you're saving space because the text is not written verbatim to the index. On the other hand, you may want to store some data so that it can be retrieved later but not actually be able to search upon it. In that case, you'd choose a field that's stored but not indexed. When defining your fields, be mindful of what those fields will be used for, and for efficiency's sake choose an appropriate field definition.

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    Search Components
    A Searcher (org.apache.lucene.search.Searcher) is used to access a Lucene index and query its contents. There are two subclasses of Searcher: IndexSearcher that searches a single index and MultiSearcher that searches one or more indexes and collects all the results in a single result set.

    Searches are performed by calling one of Searcher's search() methods and passing it a query (org.apache.lucene.search.Query). The search method returns an instance of org.apache.lucene.search.Hits. The Hits class is an array-like collection of documents that matches your query. The documents are ordered in Hits by a relevancy score.

    A Query object can be constructed using org.apache.lucene.query-Parser.QueryParser. QueryParser's parse() method parses a query string that's written in its query language and builds an appropriate Query object for that query string. QueryParser also uses an Analyzer in performing the parsing of the query string. It's not required, but it is strongly recommended that you use the same Analyzer for parsing queries that you used when indexing your documents.

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    Text Analysis Components
    When a field is tokenized, its content is broken into one or more tokens or words. Facilitating this tokenization process is the notion of an analyzer (see Figure 1). An analyzer is any subclass of org.apache.lucene.analysis.Analyzer that defines the rules for tokenization.

    A token stream is an iterator that returns the next token with each call to its next() method or returns a null when there are no more tokens in the stream. Two important subclasses of TokenStream are Tokenizer and TokenFilter. Both of these classes are abstract and must be subclassed to define the specific rules on how to tokenize content.

    At the core of the tokenization process is a Tokenizer. A Tokenizer wraps an instance of java.io.Reader and performs the actual work of breaking a stream into individual tokens (not unlike the notion of a StringTokenizer).

    TokenFilters act as decorators of other TokenStreams. Token filters can be used to add, replace, or remove tokens from a TokenStream. For example, org.apache.lucene.analysis.PorterStemFilter is a TokenFilter that replaces each word in a TokenStream with its word stem (e.g., "painting" becomes "paint").

    Analyzers rely on token streams (subclasses of org.apache.lucene.analysis.TokenStream) in defining the tokenization rules. In fact, an analyzer is nothing more than a factory for creating instances of TokenStream.

    To see how the text analysis components are used together, consider some of the TokenStream and Analyzer implementations packaged with Lucene. StopAnalyzer is an analyzer whose job is to remove stop words (e.g., "and", "or", "the", etc.) from a tokenized stream. At the core of StopAnalyzer is an instance of LowerCaseTokenizer. It tokenizes the stream into individual words, normalizing them to lowercase as it goes, where any nonalphabetic character is considered a delimiter. An instance of StopFilter decorates LowerCaseTokenizer, removing stop words from the stream as they're found. StopAnalyzer's tokenStream() method is merely a factory method that returns the decorator chain made up of LowerCaseTokenizer and StopFilter.

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    Craig Walls is the manager of Internet development for a Dallas, Texas-based retailer. He has eight years of experience in software development, six in Java. Craig is a Sun Certified Java programmer and a Sun Certified architect for the Java platform. He holds a BS in computer science from New Mexico State University.

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    Speaker Bio:Anne Plese is a marketing and technology enthusiast/realist with over 19+ years in high tech. At Verizon Enterprise, Anne focuses on driving growth for the Verizon Cloud platform globally. Previous to Verizon, Anne spent over 10 years with Cisco. There she was focused on growing Cisco's global data center and cloud revenue, and boosting market awareness and affinity for Cisco data center solutions within the Enterprise and Commercial market segments. [continued]

    General Session | The Role of Hybrid Cloud in Driving the Future State of Business
    By Gee Rittenhouse

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is going to require a new way of thinking and of developing software for speed, security and innovation. This requires IT leaders to balance business as usual while anticipating for the next market and technology trends. Cloud provides the right IT asset portfolio to help today's IT leaders manage the old and prepare for the new. Today the cloud conversation is evolving from private and public to hybrid. This session will provide use cases and insights to reinforce the value of the network in helping organizations to maximize their company's cloud experience. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Gee Rittenhouse is Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group (CVG), a market-driven organization leading industry transformation in cloud infrastructure software and services. [continued]

    General Session | Innovation with Cloud and Big Data Solutions That Will Revolutionize Your Business – Join SAP and Partners
    By Thorsten Leiduck

    SAP is delivering break-through innovation combined with fantastic user experience powered by the market-leading in-memory technology, SAP HANA. Discover how SAP and partners provide cloud and hybrid cloud solutions as well as real time big data offerings that helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. SAP launched an application challenge to award the most innovative SAP HANA and SAP HANA Cloud platforms applications. Out of many contenders, the best applications have been selected by members of the SAP Community Network via crowd-voting. Join this exciting session as SAP recognizes the winners and finalists for their great accomplishment and see the winning applications live on stage! [continued]

    Speaker Bio:As Global Vice President ISVs & Digital Commerce, Thorsten leads the development of a large, vibrant, open ecosystem around SAP's core platforms. With SAP PartnerEdge for Application Development, the newest and fastest growing partner program from SAP, Thorsten has established an industry-leading partner apps business which enables partners effectively to build innovative customer solutions leveraging SAP's platform technologies as well as to market those solutions via SAP Store and other routes to market. [continued]

    Getting the Most out of Your SDN
    By Steve Riley

    Fundamentally, SDN is still mostly about network plumbing. While plumbing may be useful to tinker with, what you can do with your plumbing is far more intriguing. A rigid interpretation of SDN confines it to Layers 2 and 3, and that's reasonable. But SDN opens opportunities for novel constructions in Layers 4 to 7 that solve real operational problems in data centers. "Data center," in fact, might become anachronistic— data is everywhere, constantly on the move, seemingly always overflowing. Networks move data, but not all networks are suitable for all data. Finding (or building) the right network, with the right applications, is still a labor-intensive task. Must it always be this way? No: for networks themselves will soon be expressed as code. Finally, the data, the applications that process it, the networks that move it, and the objects that store it can all be described by software constructs—let's call this collection a super-blob—in the hands of skilled developers. Freed from their dependence on any given location, super-blobs can move around as necessary, resting on any physical fabric that can satisfy their requirements. As requirements change, locations may change—while preserving all application states. Location-independent computing is within our grasp. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Steve Riley is Technical Leader in the Office of the CTO at Riverbed Technology. His role is to research cutting-edge developments that help customers maximize their infrastructure investments. This includes working with customers to develop and improve technical architectures, incorporating feedback into the product planning and development processes. His specialties include information security, compliance, reliability, privacy, and policy. [continued]

    Network Security: Is It Time to Think Like a Thief?
    By Dr Rishi Bhargava

    What do a firewall and a fortress have in common? They are no longer strong enough to protect the valuables housed inside. Like the walls of an old fortress, the cracks in the firewall are allowing the bad guys to slip in – unannounced and unnoticed. By the time these thieves get in, the damage is already done and the network is already compromised. Intellectual property is easily slipped out the backdoor leaving no trace of forced entry. If we want to reign in on these cybercriminals, it's high time we start thinking the way these thieves think. If we don't, malware, rootkits, AETs and other nefarious threats will continue to undermine our sense of security. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Rishi Bhargava is Vice President and General Manager of Software Defined Datacenter Group, Intel Security Solutions Division at Intel Security, Inc. A visionary and technology enthusiast, he is responsible for delivering Intel integrated Security Solutions for datacenters. Prior to his current role, Rishi was Vice President of Product Management for Datacenter and Server security products at McAfee, Part of Intel Security. During his tenure at McAfee, he led product management teams and launched multiple products to establish McAfee leadership in Risk & Compliance, Virtualization and Cloud security. [continued]

    Public and Private Cloud: Not Two Competing Worlds but Two Dimensions in the Same World
    By Mårten Mickos

    The industry is heated with debates on whether adopting private or public cloud is the smartest, best, cheapest, you name it choice. But this debate is missing the mark. Businesses shouldn't be discussing public vs. private, but rather how can they make the two work together to their greatest advantage. The ideal is to merge on-premise and off-premise into a seamless environment that can be managed as a single entity. A forward-looking stance that will eventually see major adoption. But as of late 2013, hybrid cloud was still "rare," noted Gartner analyst Tom Bittman. In this discussion, Marten will talk about how public clouds need on-premise satellites to win and conversely, how on-premise environments cannot be really powerful unless they are connected to the public cloud. It's not two competing worlds. It's two dimensions of the same world. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Marten Mickos builds global disruptive businesses. As CEO of MySQL AB for seven years, Mickos grew that company from a garage start-up to the second largest open source company in the world. After the acquisition by Sun Microsystems of MySQL AB for $1bn, he served as Senior Vice President of Sun's Database Group. [continued]

    Building an Agile Big Data Infrastructure: A Different View
    By Cory Isaacson

    There is no doubt that Big Data is here and getting bigger every day. Building a Big Data infrastructure today is no easy task. There are an enormous number of choices for database engines and technologies. To make things even more challenging, requirements are getting more sophisticated, and the standard paradigm of supporting historical analytics queries is often just one facet of what is needed. As Big Data growth continues, organizations are demanding real-time access to data, allowing immediate and actionable interpretation of events as they happen. Another aspect concerns how to deliver data in a meaningful way, one that really delivers on what end-users need to maintain a competitive position in fast-changing markets. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Cory Isaacson is CEO/CTO of CodeFutures Corporation, maker of AgilData, a Big Data platform designed to remove the complexity and limitations of current data management approaches. [continued]

    Reading Your Customers: How the Data Science of Email is Solving Today's Business Problems
    By Aaron Beach

    There are 182 billion emails sent every day, generating a lot of data about how recipients and ISPs respond. Many marketers take a more-is-better approach to stats, preferring to have the ability to slice and dice their email lists based numerous arbitrary stats. However, fundamentally what really matters is whether or not sending an email to a particular recipient will generate value. Data Scientists can design high level insights such as engagement prediction models and content clusters that allow marketers to cut through the noise and design their campaigns around strong, predictive signals, rather than arbitrary statistics. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Aaron Beach is a data scientist with experience in email services, energy systems, privacy, social networks, mobile apps, natural language processing, recommendation systems and Big Data. He has a PhD in Computer Science and has published over 25 research papers. [continued]

    Thinking Outside The Boxes: The Year of DaaS and the Workspace Revolution
    By Seth Bostock

    After a couple of false starts, cloud-based desktop solutions are picking up steam, driven by trends such as BYOD and pervasive high-speed connectivity. In this session, Seth Bostock, CEO of Workspace-as-a-Service pioneer IndependenceIT, cuts through the hype and the acronyms, and discusses the emergence of full-featured cloud workspaces that do for the desktop what cloud infrastructure did for the server. We'll discuss VDI vs. DaaS, implementation strategies and evaluation criteria. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Seth is responsible for guiding IndependenceIT's vision and strategy. Under his leadership iIT completed the successful acquisition of Veddio and formally introduced its flagship Cloud Workspace Suite to the market. Seth is a results-driven executive with more than a decade of experience in delivering business value through a pragmatic process and an extensive background designing and implementing business improvement strategies to enhance corporate performance. [continued]

    In a Cloud Economy, It's Interoperability, That Matters
    By Mark Baker

    Every healthy ecosystem is diverse. This is especially true in cloud ecosystems, where portability and interoperability are more important than old enterprise models of proprietary ownership. Single vendors used to take the lead in creating and delivering technology, but in a cloud economy, where users want tools of their preference, when and where they need them, it makes no sense. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Mark Baker is currently working at Canonical in Product Strategy for Ubuntu Server and Cloud. He has more than 20 years of experience managing business development and marketing at leading software companies including MySQL, Red Hat and Oracle. [continued]

    Crash Course in Open Source Cloud Computing
    By Mark R. Hinkle

    This will be an overview of the open source software that can be used to deploy and manage a cloud computing environment. The session will include information on storage, networking(e.g., OpenDaylight) and compute virtualization (Xen, KVM, LXC) and the orchestration(Apache CloudStack, OpenStack) of the three to build their own cloud services. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Mark Hinkle is the Senior Director, Open Source Solutions at Citrix Systems Inc. He joined Citrix as a result of their July 2011 acquisition of Cloud.com where he was their Vice President of Community. [continued]

    Building and Scaling a Profitable #SaaS Business
    By Jason Cumberland

    The cloud is everywhere and growing, and with it SaaS has become an accepted means for software delivery. SaaS is more than just a technology, it is a thriving business model estimated to be worth around $53 billion dollars by 2015, according to IDC. The question is - how do you build and scale a profitable SaaS business model? [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Jason Cumberland leads Dimension Data's SaaS Solutions practice, a group dedicated to servicing ISVs and SaaS companies moving their applications to a Cloud delivery model. [continued]

    New Possibilities with Cloud-based Healthcare Records
    By Shrikant Pattathil

    Over last few years healthcare ecosystem has revolved around innovations in Electronic Health Record [EHR] based systems. This evolution has helped in achieving much desired interoperability. Now, focus is shifting to another equally important aspect i.e. scalability and performance. While applying cloud computing environments to the EHR systems, a special consideration needs to be given to the cloud enablement of VistA [Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture] i.e. the largest single medical system in the United States. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Shrikant Pattathil is Executive Vice President at Harbinger Systems. Shrikant is an influential thought leader in mobility and cloud strategies for customers and partners across the globe. Over a career spanning more than a decade, he is instrumental in designing technology solutions for a variety of customers. [continued]

    From Software Defined to Policy Driven – Evolution of Agile Application Deployment
    By David Klebanov

    Agility is top of mind for Cloud/Service providers and Enterprises alike. Policy Driven Data Center provides a policy model for application deployment by decoupling application needs from the underlying infrastructure primitives. It differentiates from the software defined top-down control, by offering declarative approach to allow faster and simpler application deployment. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: David Klebanov is a Technical Solutions Architect with Cisco Systems. In his work David influences strategic development of the industry leading Data Center switching platforms, which lay foundation for the next generation cloud fabrics. David also takes great pride in speaking at industry events, releasing publications and working on patents. [continued]

    Cloud Foundry and OpenStack - How They Fit
    By Animesh Singh

    Bring the world's best IaaS to the world's best PaaS, In this talk IBM and Rackspace are going to share their experiences of running CloudFoundry on OpenStack. The talk will focus on how CloudFoundry and OpenStack complement each other, how they technically integrate using Cloud provider interface (CPI), how could we automate OpenStack setup for CloudFoundry deployments, and what are some of the best practices for configuring a scalable environment. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Animesh Singh is a Senior Cloud Architect and Strategist for IBM Cloud Labs, a division of IBM Software Group. He has been with IBM for nine years and currently works with customers in designing cloud computing solutions on OpenStack and Cloud Foundry. [continued]

    Why Are Enterprises Flocking to SaaS Mapping and Location Analytics?
    By Dave Peters

    Until recently, many organizations required specialized departments to perform mapping and geospatial analysis, and they used Esri on-premise solutions for that work. Today, Esri has successfully included the cloud as a fully integrated SaaS expansion of the ArcGIS mapping platform. Organizations that have incorporated Esri cloud-based applications and content within their business models are reaping huge benefits by directly leveraging cloud-based mapping and analysis capabilities within their existing enterprise investments. The ArcGIS mapping platform includes cloud-based content management and information resources to more widely, efficiently, and affordably deliver real-time actionable information and analysis capabilities to your organization. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Dave Peters is author of the Esri Press book Building a GIS, System Architecture Design Strategies for Managers initially published in August 2008 (second edition published January 2012). He is also content author and principal instructor for Esri System Architecture Design Strategies educational services, developing materials and training Esri Distributors and Business Partners worldwide, promoting services for design and implementation of customer GIS operations. [continued]

    Safeguarding Data in the Cloud
    By Charles Goldberg

    As enterprises look to take advantage of the cloud, they need to understand the importance of safeguarding their confidential and sensitive data in cloud environments. Enterprises must protect their data from (i) system administrators who don't need to see the data in the clear and (ii) adversaries who become system administrators from stolen credentials. In short, enterprises must take control of their data: The best way to do this is by using advanced encryption, centralized key management and cutting edge access controls and policies.[continued]

    Speaker Bio:Charles Goldberg is the Sr. Dir of Product Marketing at Vormetric. For the past 20 years, he has held a variety of roles across Research, Sales Engineering, Product Management and Marketing in the networking and security industry. His current interests include securing data at rest because it has become easy prey for hackers and an area ripe for innovation. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from NYU-Polytechnic and his MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. [continued]

    Cloud Shifts the Burden of Security to Development
    By Arthur Hicken

    The move to the cloud brings a number of new security challenges, but the application remains your last line of defense. Developers are extremely well-poised to perform tasks critical for securing the application—provided that certain key obstacles are overcome. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Arthur Hicken has been involved in automating various practices at Parasoft for almost 20 years. He has worked on projects including database development, the software development lifecycle, web publishing and monitoring, and integration with legacy systems. [continued]

    Sharing Experiences In Enterprise Cloud Adoption
    By Seth Proctor

    As more applications and services move "to the cloud" (public or on-premise) cloud environments are increasingly adopting and building out traditional enterprise features. This in turn is enabling and encouraging cloud adoption from enterprise users. In many ways the definition is blurring as features like continuous operation, geo-distribution or on-demand capacity become the norm. At NuoDB we're involved in both building enterprise software and using enterprise cloud capabilities. This talk will cover experiences from building, deploying and using enterprise services and suggest some ways to approach moving enterprise applications into a cloud model. [continued]

    Speaker Bio:Seth has 15+ years of experience in the research, design and implementation of scalable systems. That experience includes work on distributed computing, networks, security, languages, operating systems and databases. His particular focus is on how to make technology scale and how to make users scale effectively with their systems. [continued]

    The Enterprise and the Hybrid Future
    By Simone Brunozzi

    Enterprises require the performance, agility and on-demand access of the public cloud, and the management, security and compatibility of the private cloud. The solution? In this session, we'll explore how to unlock the power of the hybrid cloud and the steps to get there. We'll discuss the challenges that conventional approaches to both public and private cloud computing; and outline the tough decisions that must be made to accelerate the journey to the hybrid cloud. As part of the transition, an infrastructure-as-a-service model will enable enterprise IT to build services beyond their data center while owning what gets moved, when to move it, and for how long. IT can then move forward on what matters most to the organization that it supports - availability, agility and efficiency. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Simone Brunozzi serves as a VP and CTO (global role) for VMware, focusing on cloud technology (vCloud Hybrid Services). His role includes relationships with key clients, strategy and roadmap, driving innovation inside the company, and managing a team of solutions engineers to drive adoption of VMware's Cloud products. [continued]

    Tiered Archive Appliance – The Gateway to Heaven
    By Henrik Rosendahl

    More and more file-based and machine generated data is being created every day causing exponential data and content growth, and creating a management nightmare for IT managers. What data centers really need to cope with this growth is a purpose built tiered archive appliance that enables users to establish a single storage target for all of their applications – an appliance that will intelligently place and move data to and between storage tiers based on user-defined policies. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Henrik was the CEO of Pancetera prior to its acquisition by Quantum. Previously, Henrik was VMware's Director of Application Virtualization, resulting from VMware's acquisition of Thinstall where he served as CEO. Henrik is a successful serial entrepreneur with extensive business development and sales experience. [continued]

    Using Big Data to Make Key Business Decisions
    By Ian Khan, Zel Bianco, and Ermanno Bonifazi

    Working with Big Data is challenging, especially when decision makers depend on market insights and intelligence from your data but do not have quick access to it or find it unusable. Learn how a revolutionary Cloud based BI along with Mobile Analytics is already changing the way organizations rely on data for decisions that affect operations as well as strategy. Also learn how combined Predictive Analytics, Data Modelling, Mobile, and Cloud BI are fast changing the key decision making mechanisms in the Enterprise. [continued]

    Speaker Bio:Ian Khan leads Marketing initiatives at Solgenia, a global Cloud services provider with more than 3500 enterprise customers globally that includes Top Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies.

    As the president, founder and CEO of Interactive Edge, Zel is responsible for setting the company's strategic vision and developing business alliances.

    Ermanno is a visionary entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in creating value for shareholders and growing his organizations. As the Founder and CEO of Solgenia, he brings forward new technologies through innovative and key enterprise solutions that address key business needs through the Cloud. [continued]

    Encryption and Access Control for Cloud and Big Data Environments
    By Charles Goldberg

    Cloud and big data present unique dilemmas: Embracing the benefits of these new technologies while maintaining the security of your organization's assets. When an outside party owns, controls and manages your infrastructure and computational resources, how can you be assured that sensitive data remains private and secure? How do you best protect data in mixed use cloud and big data infrastructure sets? Can you still satisfy the full range of reporting, compliance and regulatory requirements? Join this discussion on how to address data security in cloud and big data environments so that your organization isn't next week's data breach headline. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Charles Goldberg is the Sr. Dir of Product Marketing at Vormetric. For the past 20 years, he has held a variety of roles across Research, Sales Engineering, Product Management and Marketing in the networking and security industry. His current interests include securing data at rest because it has become easy prey for hackers and an area ripe for innovation. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from NYU-Polytechnic and his MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. [continued]

    Implications of Moore's Law on Hadoop Deployments: The Cost of Slow Time to Production
    By Mason Katz

    Hardware will never be more valuable than on the day it hits your loading dock. Each day new servers are not deployed to production the business is losing money. While Moore's Law is typically cited to explain the exponential density growth of chips, a critical consequence of this is rapid depreciation of servers. The hardware for clustered systems (e.g. Hadoop, OpenStack) tend to be significant capital expenses. Infrastructure teams should be aware of the capitalization and depreciation model of these expenses to fully understand when and where automation is critical. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Mason Katz is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of StackIQ. Prior to joining StackIQ, he co-founded the open source Rocks Clusters Group at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) located on the campus of the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). Mason has 20 years of experience in distributed and networked systems. [continued]

    Inspire Your Users With Every Application Transaction
    By Anand Akela

    In today's application economy, enterprise organizations realize that it's their applications that are the heart and soul of their business. If their application users have a bad experience, their revenue and reputation are at stake. In this session, Anand Akela, Senior Director, discusses how an user-centric Application Performance Management Solution APM solution can help inspire your users with every application transactions. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Anand Akela is Senior Director of Product Marketing for Application Performance Management at CA Technologies. Prior to his current role at CA, Anand was a Senior Director, Product Marketing at Oracle, focusing on Oracle's enterprise cloud, virtualization, and infrastructure management offerings. Earlier he worked at HP in various product marketing, product management, and engineering roles in the systems management, servers, data center energy efficiency, and enterprise software areas. [continued]

    The Pain Curve – Lack of Automation Leads to Failure
    By Greg Bruno

    Due of the rise of Hadoop, many enterprises are now deploying their first small clusters of 10 to 20 servers. At this small scale, the complexity of operating the cluster looks and feels like general data center servers. It is not until the clusters scale, as they inevitably do, when the pain caused by the exponential complexity becomes apparent. I've seen this problem occur time and time again. This talk describes why clusters are so different from farms of single-purpose servers that reside in traditional data centers, and why without an automated solution that can address the cluster requirements, real pain is coming and failure is certain. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Greg Bruno is the Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of StackIQ. Prior to joining StackIQ, he co-founded the open-source Rocks Cluster Group at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCSD where he researched parallel file systems. Prior to the Rocks Cluster Group, he worked for 10 years at Teradata Systems where he developed cluster management software for the systems that supported the world's largest databases. [continued]

    IaaS Thinking for Cloud Apps
    By Phil Jackson

    Planning scalable environments isn't terribly difficult, but it does require a change of perspective. During this session we'll broaden our views to think on an Internet Scale by dissecting a video publishing application built with The SoftLayer Platform, Message Queuing, Object Storage, and Drupal. By examining a scalable modular application build that can handle unpredictable traffic, you'll be able to grow your development arsenal and pick up a few strategies to apply to your own projects. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Phil Jackson is Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer. He helps customers and partners integrate with the SoftLayer's API. He also architects the company's Drupal websites, writes API documentation, and maintains the developer blog. Formerly, he was a Sales Engineer building internal tools and providing technical consultation for potential and existing customers. [continued]

    High Performance, Scalable Big Data Solutions in a Bare Metal Cloud
    By Harold Hannon

    The cloud provides an easy onramp to building and deploying Big Data solutions. Transitioning from initial deployment to large-scale, highly performant operations may not be as easy. Understanding the benefits, weaknesses, and performance characteristics of public and bare metal cloud deployments can help you make the right decisions. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Mr. Hannon has worked in the field of software development as both an architect and developer for more than 15 years, with a focus on workflow, integration and distributed systems. He is currently a senior software architect at SoftLayer on the product innovation team. He has a passion for leveraging open source solutions to bring real value to the Enterprise space, and has implemented open source solutions with many companies across the globe. Mr. Hannon is also active in mobile application development, with multiple published applications. [continued]

    Enabling the Consumption Cloud
    By Ian Khan & Ermanno Bonifazi

    A Key Step in the Third Industrial Revolution Presented by Ian Khan/Ermanno Bonifazi The consumption economy is here and so are Cloud applications and solution that offer more than Subscription & Flat free models, and at the same time are available on a pure consumption model. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Ian Khan leads Marketing initiatives at Solgenia, a global Cloud services provider with more than 3500 enterprise customers globally that includes Top Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. [continued]

    Are you ready to put your data in the cloud?
    By Skyla Loomis

    Come learn about what you need to consider when moving your data to the cloud. We'll discuss the security, performance, and operational implications of keeping your data on premise, moving it to the cloud, or taking a hybrid approach. We'll use real customer examples to illustrate the tradeoffs, key decision points, and how to be successful with a cloud or hybrid cloud solution. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Skyla Loomis is Program Director of Cloudant Development. She has been with IBM 12 years and recently joined the Cloudant team full time after working closely with them since the acquisition in February. [continued]

    Charting the Cloud Orchestration Success
    By Mahesh Singh

    The emergence of cloud computing and big data warrants a greater role for the PMO to successfully manage enterprise transformation driven by these powerful trends. As the adoption of cloud-based services continues to grow, a governance model is needed to orchestrate enterprise cloud implementations and harness the power of big data analytics. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Mahesh Singh has over 20 years of professional experience delivering information technology and business solutions to global organizations encompassing diverse technology platforms, cloud computing, web applications, and E-commerce / ERP implementations. [continued]

    Ground Control to Major Tom: Mission-Critical Apps (MCA) Head for the Cloud
    By Michael Hoch

    If cloud computing benefits are so clear, why have so few enterprises migrated their mission-critical apps? The answer is often inertia and FUD. No one ever got fired for not moving to the cloud – not yet. Learn the 6 key steps to justify & execute your MCA cloud migration. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Michael is the SVP of Cloud Advisory Service for Virtustream, with a focus on SAP in the cloud, SAP HANA as a Managed Service, and the new initiatives for Big Data in the cloud. Michael has responsibility for the go-to-market partnership with SAP, and he provides strategic account management for large enterprises and regulated industries, to help them optimize their cloud architectures, introduce SAP HANA into existing landscapes, and implement scalable, cost-effective Big Data solutions. [continued]

    Creating a Cloud Storage Strategy to Handle Your Massive Volumes of Data
    By Amar Kapadia

    Is your organization struggling to deal with skyrocketing volumes of digital assets? The amount of data is growing exponentially and organizations are having a hard time managing this growth. Join industry expert, Amar Kapadia, as he walks through the essential considerations when developing a cloud storage strategy. In this discussion, you will understand the challenges IT is facing, why companies need to move to cloud, and how the right cloud model can help your business economically overcome the data struggle. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Speaker Bio: Amar Kapadia is the Senior Director of Open Cloud Strategy responsible for product management and marketing of Seagate Cloud Services. He has over 20 years of experience in storage, server, and I/O technologies through marketing and engineering leadership positions at Emulex, Philips, and HP. Amar holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. [continued]

    Challenges for Managing Recurring Revenue
    By Brendan O'Brien

    Recurring revenue models are great for driving new business in every market sector, but they are complex and need to be effectively managed to maximize profits. How you handle the range of options for pricing, co-terming and proration will ultimately determine the fate of your bottom-line. This session will examine: - How time impacts recurring revenue - How to effectively handle customer plan changes - The range of pricing and packaging options to consider. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Brendan O'Brien is a Co-founder at Aria Systems and the inventor of cloud billing. It is fair to say he introduced the world to cloud billing, and innovated database-driven, enterprise-grade web applications - before the concept of "cloud" was even on the horizon. O'Brien is at the forefront of the recurring revenue revolution that is empowering enterprises -- and specifically enabling information systems and new business models to secure predictive revenue streams while improving business processes. [continued]

    Building High IOPS Flash Array with Innodisk FlexiRemap™ Technology
    By Dr. Charles Tsai

    With the rapid advancement of processor technologies, disk access has been identified as the next performance bottleneck in many cloud computing applications. In recent years, storage appliances based on flash memory technologies have been deemed as practical solutions to resolving such performance bottleneck. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Charles Tsai is Senior Director of Cloud Storage Technology Center in Innodisk Corporation, in charge of Innodisk FlexiArray™ storage appliance product line. Dr. Tsai is a veteran in the information technology industry for over 15 years and has played multiple roles in corporations including Microsoft, Getac, and AscenVision. [continued]

    Is it really all going into the cloud?
    By Geoff Barrall

    Storage administrators find themselves walking a line between meeting employees demands to use public cloud storage services, and their organizations need to store information on-premises for security, performance, cost and compliance reasons. However, as file sharing protocols like CIFS and NFS continue to loose their relevance, simply relying only a NAS-based environment creates inefficiencies that hurt productivity and the bottom line. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Geoff Barrall, Chief Executive Officer of Connected Data, has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and executive, and has a dozen storage-related patents to his credit. He has founded five companies and currently serves on the boards of a number of startups in the storage space. Prior to Connected Data, Geoff founded Data Robotics – the makers of Drobo. [continued]

    The Industrial Internet and the Cloud: Challenges in the Road Ahead
    By Dave Duggal

    The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to Cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines & devices with Big Data and the Cloud, including interoperability, data security and privacy. This session will focus on public-private work being done today to identify the IoT standards, architecture, frameworks and security needed to enable and accelerate the $32 trillion opportunity ahead. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Dave founded EnterpriseWeb LLC (www.enterpriseweb.com) in 2009. EnterpriseWeb® is an application platform for dynamic, data-driven applications and processes. Dave is a proven business leader who has made a career of building, growing and turning around companies and is a proponent of next generation 'smart' business processes. [continued]

    The Spatial Component of your Big Data
    By John Meza

    This session will show how the spatial component of your BigData can be harnessed and visualized adding another dimension of power and analytics to your data. We will discuss the spatial queries that can be used within the Hadoop ecosystem and their integration with GeoSpatial applications. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Performance Engineering Team Lead at Esri. Team is responsible for performance, scalability testing, optimization, exploration and advocacy across all technologies. I'm personally involved in testing, optimization, and developing reference workflows for virtualization and BigData platforms. [continued]

    Creating a Faster, More Secure Cloud
    By James Segil

    Websites are evolving faster than ever, and with them, the demand for instant site performance on any and every device is rising. With security threats in the spotlight, websites must provide their visitors with lightening fast results and industry-leading protection. Working in the cloud should make meeting these demands easier, not more complicated. Learn how to increase site reliability, revenue, scale and reach, without adding additional costs. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: James is a proven web entrepreneur, having led and sold three successful startups. Most recently, James was the co-founder of EdgeCast Networks, one of the world's leading content delivery networks. EdgeCast was acquired by Verizon Digital Media Services in Dec. 2013. [continued]

    Designing and Managing Multiple Private Clouds in Minutes
    By Kedar Poduri & Jeff Tegethoff

    In their session at Cloud Expo, Jeff Tegethoff, CEO of Appcore, and Kedar Poduri, Director of Product Management, Cloud Platform Group, Citrix will take a closer look at the architectural design factors needed to support diverse workloads and how to run these workloads efficiently as a service provider. During this session they will discuss the benefits of using an enterprise-grade orchestration platform and how to deploy a private cloud environments in 15 minutes or less. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Kedar Poduri is senior director of product management in Networking, Cloud and Service Provider division at Citrix, where he manages Citrix XenServer, Citrix CloudPlatform and Citrix CloudPortal products, as well as Citrix contributions to Xen Project, Apache CloudStack and OpenStack.

    Jeff Tegethoff is the CEO of Appcore and a member of the company's Board of Directors. Jeff leads Appcore in maintaining a singular focus of becoming the software based cloud automation management platform of choice for service providers. [continued]

    What APM and NMP Miss in Managing Cloud Performance
    By Jim Cowie

    To manage complex web services with lots of calls to the cloud, many businesses have invested in Application Performance Management (APM) and Network Performance Management (NPM) tools. Together APM and NPM tools are essential aids in improving a businesses infrastructure required to support an effective web experience… but they are missing a critical component - Internet visibility. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Jim Cowie is the Chief Scientist at Dyn. Previously, Jim was the founder and CTO of Renesys, the Internet Intelligence Authority, which Dyn acquired in 2014. [continued]

    IoT Connectivity, Standards & Architecture
    By John Fallows

    We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core of our infrastructures. At the same time, we have old approaches made new again like micro-services and reactive programming. In this session, we will try to make some sense of this changing landscape and explore the various tradeoffs designers face today. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: John brings to Kaazing his 17 years' experience in technology development and software design, and is considered a pioneer in the field of rich and highly interactive user interfaces. As CTO he formulates Kaazing Corporation's vision of enabling mobile users, marketplaces and machines to connect and communicate in real-time, more reliably and at unprecedented scale. He defines the architecture of the Kaazing product suite and oversees its development. [continued]

    Cloud Computing Playbook for a Business Driven Approach
    By Joe Thykattil

    A Scenarios approach will present examples that will allow business savvy professionals to make informed decisions based on a sound business model. This model will cover the technology options in detail as well a financial analysis. A TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) as well as an ROI (Return on Investment) will show how to start, develop and formulate a business case that will allow for both small and large scale projects achieve the goal of deciding to proceed with Cloud Computing options. A risk based analysis will also be covered with examples showing how one an ascertain risk metrics balanced with technology options driven to a sound financial backing. Examples will include leveraging virtualization, Cloud IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Joe Thykattil drives cloud technology adoption, architecture and sales at TimeWarnerCable/Navisite. Formerly an Infrastructure Manager at Exelon, a Chicago based energy provider. In addition, Joe has held various architecture & engineering roles at Citadel, DRW Trading, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). Joe also teaches Economics at the ITT School of Business. Joe has earned his BS Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and his MBA from the University of Chicago. [continued]

    The Future of Security in the Cloud
    By James Lynn

    Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) are increasing at an unprecedented rate. The threat landscape of today is drastically different than just a few years ago. Attacks are much more organized and sophisticated. They are harder to detect and even harder to anticipate. In the foreseeable future it's going to get a whole lot harder. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: James Lynn is a Managing Principal for HP Fortify on Demand. Over the past twenty years he has managed software development initiatives for the world's top companies. He has created courses, delivered presentations, and written papers on leading edge topics ranging from web services algorithms to consciousness in machines. [continued]

    Moving Enterprise Storage Infrastructures to the Cloud
    By Dan Pollack

    Experiences and considerations for bridging the gap between traditional enterprise storage infrastructures and the private, hybrid, and public cloud. An examination of workload differences and required changes to reuse existing knowledge and components when building and using cloud infrastructure. A look into the operational considerations, tool requirements, and behavioral changes required for private cloud storage systems to work well with public cloud storage. Experiences dealing with performance and availability issues in cloud storage versus traditional storage systems. The presentation of an implementation checklist for building cloud storage systems for both block IO and file IO. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Dan Pollack was introduced to UNIX in 1988 and has been a System Administrator since 1990. He has worked in the financial, government and online service industries. For the past twelve years he has designed and implemented numerous storage systems for large scale database applications. Most of these systems have been based on SANs. In 2001 he authored a book based on the knowledge gathered from this work called "Practical Storage Area Networking." Recently his focus has been on scalable storage systems for applications and leading edge storage technologies related to storage class memories. He currently resides at AOL Inc. in Northern Virginia where he is a Chief Architect for the Storage Operations group. [continued]

    Encryption and Access Control for Cloud and Big Data Environments
    By Ashvin Kamaraju

    Cloud and big data present unique dilemmas: Embracing the benefits of these new technologies while maintaining the security of your organization's assets. When an outside party owns, controls and manages your infrastructure and computational resources, how can you be assured that sensitive data remains private and secure? How do you best protect data in mixed use cloud and big data infrastructure sets? Can you still satisfy the full range of reporting, compliance and regulatory requirements? Join this discussion on how to address data security in cloud and big data environments so that your organization isn't next week's data breach headline. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Ashvin Kamaraju joined Vormetric in 2010 to lead the product development organization as well as the partner management, strategic alliances and business development functions for technology strategy and product development. [continued]

    Software-Defined Security: Automating Policy in the Cloud
    By Holland Berry

    Compute virtualization has been transformational, yet security policy implementation and enforcement has lagged behind in agility and automation. There are a number of key considerations when implementing policy in private and hybrid clouds; the goal of this session is to discuss the impact of this new paradigm and what organizations can do today to safely move to software-defined network and compute architectures, including: [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Holland Barry is the Vice President of Technology at Catbird. Holland is an expert in networking, security, virtualization and cloud architecture with 20 years of experience in solution architecture and IT roles. He came to Catbird from Dell, where he was a converged infrastructure technologist within their Enterprise Solutions Organization. Holland now leads Catbird's team of solution architects and works closely with engineering to implement customer-centric product enhancements. [continued]

    Making Interactive Video Streams Truly Instant
    By Tom Paquin

    When one expects instantaneous response from video generated on the internet, lots of invisible problems have to be overcome. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: A Silicon Valley veteran, Tom Paquin provides vision, expertise and leadership to the technology research and development effort at OnLive as EVP and Chief Technology Officer. With more than 20 years of management experience at leading technology companies, Tom has a successful track record of turning new ideas into technology products that become household names. [continued]

    Software Defined Data Center
    By Jason Mendenhall

    Product or Project Simply defined the SDDC promises that you'll be able to treat "all" of your IT infrastructure as if it's completely malleable. That there are no restrictions to how you can use and assign everything from border controls to VM size as long as you stay within the technical capabilities of the devices. The promise is great, but the reality is still a dream for the majority of enterprises. This talk will cover where and how a business might benefit from SDDC and also why they should or shouldn't attempt to adopt today. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Jason Mendenhall holds a BS in Chemical and Fuels Engineering from the University of Utah. As the Executive Vice President of Cloud, Jason is the master of big data technologies and all things cloud. He oversees Switch SUPERNAP C.U.B.E (Cloud Ubiquitous Business Exchange) and serves as the introducer and chief evangelist of new products and services in the Switch ecosystem. [continued]

    Thinking in Big Data
    By Tony Shan

    This talk presents an effective way of thinking in Big Data, composed of a methodical framework to deal with the predicted shortage of 50-60% of qualified Big Data resources in US. This holistic model comprises the scientific and engineering steps in accelerating Big Data solutioning: Problem, Diagnosis, Facts, Analysis, Hypothesis, Solution, Prototype, and Implementation. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Tony Shan is a renowned thought leader and technology visionary with decades of project experience and guru-level expertise on big data and SMAC, leading large-scale innovations and transformation of complex systems in Fortune 500 companies. He authored many publications and books, and is a regular speaker and organizer in conferences. [continued]

    Data Privacy Perspectives: United States versus Europe and Reality versus Illusion
    By Evelyn de Souza

    It's time to face reality: "Americans are from Mars, Europeans are from Venus," and in today's increasingly connected world understanding "inter-planetary" alignments and deviations is mission-critical for Cloud, My discussion will center on cultural expectations of privacy based on new research across these elements: [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Evelyn is a cloud compliance and data privacy strategy leader at Cisco responsible for championing solutions to address emerging industry trends. She is a strong proponent of building repeatable processes that enable organizations to sustain compliance while optimizing data security posture. Evelyn co-chairs the Cloud Security Alliance Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM), which harmonizes regulations and industry standards to a common framework [continued]

    Growth Spurts & the Cloud: Key Considerations for Rapidly Growing Companies
    By Tristan Barnum

    Most companies hope for rapid growth so it's important to invest in scalable core technologies that won't demand a complete overhaul when a business goes through a growth spurt. Cloud technology enables previously difficult to scale solutions like phone, network infrastructure or billing systems to automatically scale based on demand. For example, with a virtual PBX service, a single-user cloud phone service can easily transition into an advanced VoIP system that supports hundreds of phones and numerous office locations. This session will discuss how companies can avoid IT growing pains with specific examples, cost-saving considerations, and common misconceptions. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: As a female CMO in her mid-30s, Tristan is a unique role model for any woman in business, and her experience in technology is a source of inspiration, particularly for those considering technology or marketing for their career. [continued]

    The Convergence of Software Defined Storage and Physical Appliances for Hybrid Cloud
    By Paul Turner

    Software Defined Storage provides many benefits for customers including agility, flexibility, faster adoption of new technology and cost effectiveness. However, for IT organizations it can be challenging and complex to build your Enterprise Grade Storage from software. This session will look at the new Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) market and how it is changing the storage world. Now Software Defined Storage companies can build Enterprise grade rack-ready appliances using commodity servers and still provide all the benefits of Software Defined Storage. You too can have Enterprise Grade at 1C per GB per month. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Paul Turner is chief marketing officer at Cloudian, Inc. where he is responsible for product strategy, planning and development, branding, and leading the charge for widespread market and end-user adoption of hybrid cloud storage architectures. [continued]

    Private, Public or Hybrid Cloud Computing Solutions - 8 Factors to Consider Before Choosing
    By Mike Calderon

    Which cloud computing solution is right for you and your company? Mike will walk through a variety of factors, including: [continued]

    Speaker Bio: As a systems architect with over thirty years of experience, Mike regularly helps clients build out their private clouds, implement unified computing solutions, and execute sophisticated orchestration strategies. His extensive knowledge spans several areas of IT and includes cloud computing, server platforms, networking infrastructure, storage, security, orchestration, and virtualization technologies. [continued]

    Why It's Time for a Connector-Less Approach to Cloud Integration
    By Sachin Agarwal

    The basic integration architecture, as defined by ESB's hasn't changed for more than a decade. Most cloud integration providers still rely on an ESB architecture and proprietary connectors, making your enterprise integration projects restrained by the availability and reliability of proprietary connectors that are not re-usable across other integration vendors. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Sachin Agarwal is Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy at SOA Software. He possesses more than 17 years of enterprise and startup experience focussing on using disruptive technologies to drive business growth. His expertise spans from infrastructure technologies like security and middleware to business centric applications like social, digital marketing, and analytics. At SOA Software he drives product marketing, strategy and customer adoption for API Management solutions. Prior to SOA Software, he held senior management roles in Product Management and Development at Oracle, Oblix and Infosys. [continued]

    Tiered Archive Appliance – The Gateway to Heaven
    By Janae Lee

    More and more file-based and machine generated data is being created every day causing exponential data and content growth, and creating a management nightmare for IT managers. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Janae Lee is the Senior Vice President of Strategy at Quantum. Janae has over 30 years in the data storage industry, including 17 years at IBM, where she led a variety of enterprise sales, marketing and product organizations. [continued]

    Future-Proof your Big Data Investments
    By Supreet Oberoi

    As enterprises engage with Big Data technologies to develop applications needed to meet operational demands, new computation fabrics are continually being introduced. To leverage these new innovations, organizations are sacrificing market opportunities to gain expertise in learning new systems. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Supreet Oberoi is a hands-on, entrepreneurial, technology leader with over two decades of experience in successfully developing transformative information technologies, and working in leadership roles at Concurrent Inc., American Express, Oracle, Microsoft and many privately-held Silicon Valley companies. [continued]

    Enterprise Cloud Migration – Moving to the cloud
    By John Hatem

    Once the decision has been made to move part or all of a workload to the cloud, a methodology for selecting that workload needs to be established. How do you move to the cloud? What does the discovery, assessment and planning look like? What workloads make sense? Which cloud model makes sense for each workload? What is the considerations for how to select the right cloud model? And how does that fit in with the overall IT Tranformation? [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Dr. Hatem is currently head of Verizon's Cloud Strategy Professional Services group, developing cloud policies and approach for mid to high end clients. [continued]

    Can Desktop & Cloud Ever Be Friends?
    By Lance Galey

    Autodesk is going through one of the most dramatic transitions in its 30+ year history. After decades in desktop software, the company is adopting a cloud-based business strategy --- and this transition isn't painless. However, with the rising adoption of various operating systems, devices and applications both by Autodesk customers and employees, the change must happen now, growing pains and all. This talk will share insights on possible paths forward for an enterprise moving from desktop to cloud, including how to discuss the technical imperative of a cloud architecture with senior leadership teams. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Technical leader focused on designing, building, and operating large scale infrastructure. Broad background from operations to software development, architecture and product design. [continued]

    How Software-Defined Data Center Technology is Changing Cloud Computing
    By David Cauthron

    Amazon and Google have built software-defined data centers (SDDCs) that deliver massively scalable services with great efficiency. Yet, building SDDCs has proven to be a near impossibility for companies without hyper-scale resources. In this case study, we will highlight how a mid-sized manufacturer of global industrial equipment bridged the gap from virtualization to software-defined services, streamlining operations and costs while connecting the infrastructure between its corporate data center and remote partner sites. We'll also discuss performance expectations and detail implementation scenarios. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: David Cauthron is responsible for product direction and delivery at NIMBOXX. He is a seasoned technologist with recognized expertise in information technology, telecommunications and datacenter integration. Prior to founding NIMBOXX, he was CTO at Galactic Computing Corporation where he was responsible for the technical and architectural vision of the supercomputer manufacturer. [continued]

    The Story Behind Big Decisions
    By Jean-Francois Barsoum & Penelope Everall Gordon

    Are your Big Data initiatives resulting in Big Impact or Big Mess? We'll share our successes in improving Big Decision outcomes by building stories compelling to the target audience – and our failures when we lost sight of the plotline, distracted by the glitter of technology and the lure of buried insights. Our cast of characters includes the agency head [city official? elected official??] perpetually waiting for the report from the latest exploratory committee and the division executive relying on gut instinct; and our epilogue offers guidelines that you can use to more effectively influence decisions and improve strategic decision outcomes. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Jean-Francois Barsoum has provided strategy advice to diverse clients, from telecoms to municipalities. He helped develop IBM's Smarter Cities concept and has been a keynote speaker on that topic on four continents. He is on the board of directors of several organizations, including Al Gore's Climate Reality Project.

    Penelope; Most recently: Led the expansion of the channel and service packaging strategies for Verizon's cloud network products. Previously: IBM Strategist and Product Manager bringing emerging technologies such as predictive analytics to market; helped to develop one of the world's first public clouds. [continued]

    Get Your Clouds off the Ground
    By Brian Lewis

    Cloud services are the newest tool in the arsenal of IT products in the market today. These cloud services integrate process and tools. In order to use these products effectively, organizations must have a good understanding of themselves and their business requirements. This presentation will outline key areas of organizational focus, and how to formalize an actionable plan when migrating applications and internal services to the cloud. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Brian Lewis has been in the managed hosting and IT services industry for over 13 years, and has been with Verizon Terremark for over five. He has supported hundreds of clients with IT service migrations and transformations to new service delivery platforms. In the past he has worked for Inflow, AT&T, and SunGuard Availability Services. He has assisted clients in releasing new highly available production infrastructures for mission critical applications, assisted with cloud deployments for large enterprise organizations. Assisting clients in determining DR strategies and implemented solutions from hot site recovery to fully replicated solutions. Brian has a BBA from the University of New Mexico, and is ITIL certified. [continued]

    Wholesale Superstructure: Evolving Cloud via Tech Innovation
    By Shend Yeo

    Information Technology (IT) service providers have historically struggled between the huge capital expenditure and long development cycles of building their own cloud versus the thin margins and limited flexibility of using public retailers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Sheng Yeo, OrionVM Co-Founder and CEO -- Sheng Yeo, OrionVM CEO, co-founded OrionVM while attending the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. From their dorm room his team hatched an idea to build an IaaS company using a completely new technology blueprint. [continued]

    Wholesale Superstructure: Evolving Cloud via Tech Innovation
    By Ikuo Nakagawa & Shinichi "Shin" Shibata

    Nowadays, a large number of sensors and devices are connected to the network. Leading-edge IoT technologies integrate various types of sensor data to create a new value for several business decision scenarios. The transparent cloud is a model of a new IoT emergence service platform. Many service providers store and access various types of sensor data in order to create and find out new business values by integrating such data. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Ikuo is a co-founder and a board member of Transparent Cloud Computing Consortium. He is also the Executive Chief Engineer and the chief architect of the cloud computing platform software at Intec Inc. He has launched and been contributing to some open projects for IoT business.

    Shinichi is a board member of Transparent Cloud Computing Consortium and also a project leader of "Smart Home" project in the Consortium. He is belonging to Ubiquitous Corporation as Executive Manager and Chief Cloud System Architect in Research & Development Division. At Ubiquitous Corp., He focuses on Cloud-based IoT (Internet of Things) project. [continued]

    Industrial Internet as a Service
    By Shyam Varan Nath & Ibrahim Gokcen

    This session will focus on Internet of Things / Industrial Internet and how to make it operational for business end-users. Learn about the challenges posed by machine and sensor data and how to marry it with enterprise data. The session will showcase the tips and tricks to provide Industrial Internet as end-user consumable service using Big Data Analytics and Industrial Cloud. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Shyam is Principal Architect with GE. He has worked in similar role in IBM, Deloitte, Oracle and Haliburton, prior to GE. Shyam's focus is on Internet of Things and Industrial Internet and operationalizing it for business end-users via Cloud Computing.

    Ibrahim Gokcen leads product management for GE's Internet of Things analytics. Prior to this role, he served as the company's Chief Information Officer for Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, where he was responsible of the information technology strategy, operations and talent across more than 20 countries. [continued]

    Rapid Cloud & Mobile App Development. No Code, Process Centric, Easy IoT Integration
    By Jesse Shiah

    Today's enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Jesse Shiah has over 20 years of combined technical and business experience in the software industry with emphasis in delivering innovative, business enablement solutions to leading enterprises. [continued]

    Real-Time Big Data: An Agile Approach
    By Cory Isaacson

    You use an agile process; your goal is to make your organization more agile. But, what about your data infrastructure? [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Cory Isaacson is CEO/CTO of CodeFutures Corporation, maker of AgilData, a Big Data platform designed to remove the complexity and limitations of current data management approaches. [continued]

    Making Decisions on Streaming Data
    By Ion Stoica

    Amazon, Google and Facebook are household names in part because of their mastery of big data. But what about organizations without billions of dollars to spend on big data tools — how can they extract value from their data? Join Databricks CEO and co-founder Ion Stoica for a discussion surrounding how the zero management cost and scalability of the cloud is addressing the challenges and pain points that data engineers face when working with big data. Ion will share how the growing demand for cloud-based big data workloads and frameworks is shaping the future of big data analysis. [continued]

    Speaker Bio:Ion Stoica is co-founder and CEO of Databricks, a company working to revolutionize big data analysis through the Apache Spark platform. He also serves as a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. Ion previously co-founded Conviva to commercialize technologies for large-scale video distribution. [continued]

    From Idea to Production in a Day - The Cloud Foundry Story
    By Dekel Tankel

    Cloud Foundry open Platform as a Service makes it easy to operate, scale and deploy application for your dedicated cloud environments. It enables developers and operators to be significantly more agile, writing great applications and deliver them in days instead of months. Cloud Foundry takes care of the all the infrastructure and network plumbing that you need to build, run and operate your applications and can do this while patching and updating systems and services without any downtime. This session will provide an overview of Cloud Foundry concepts and vast partner ecosystem. We will introduce Pivotal CF - the leading commercial distribution of Cloud Foundry for enterprise private clouds, including a live demo and customer adoption stories. [continued]

    Speaker Bio:Dekel Tankel is a product executive at Pivotal Software Inc. Dekel is a proud member of the Cloud Foundry founding team. Currently, Dekel leads Customer Engagements at Pivotal Cloud Foundry Product group, focusing on enterprise customer adoption of Pivotal CF including working with Pivotal's ecosystem partners. Dekel has led the product marketing launch of Cloud Foundry and has more than a decade of experience in the Cloud Computing, PaaS, SaaS, Application Server and middleware markets. Previously Dekel led products for Cloud and Hadoop platforms at Yahoo! and served in leading technical roles at several Cloud Computing and middleware companies. Dekel holds an MBA & Computer Science degrees [continued]


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    Cloud Expo New York 2014 Sessions

    Opening Keynote | Microsoft Azure
    By Steven Martin

    Microsoft Azure is open and flexible, enables rapid development and is enterprise proven. Come find out why more than 57% of fortune 500 companies are using Microsoft Azure to accelerate their time to market, open up new business opportunities and save them money. Start today by extending your on-premises storage, moving virtual machines to the cloud, building mobile/web applications, or harnessing the power of big data. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Steven Martin is the General Manager of Window Azure. [continued]

    Day 2 Lunch Keynote | Cloud as a Growth Engine for Business - Unleashing Software-Driven Innovation
    By Dr Kristof Kloeckner

    In a world of ever accelerating business cycles and fast changing client expectations, the cloud increasingly serves as a growth engine and a path to new business models. Dynamic clouds enable businesses to continuously reinvent themselves, adapting their business processes, their service and software delivery and their operations to achieve speed to market and quick response to customer feedback. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Dr. Kloeckner is responsible for application lifecycle management and system engineering tools within IBM's software business. These tools enable clients to accelerate the delivery of software and systems through DevOps and Smarter Product Development. [continued]

    Day 2 Keynote | Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest
    By Sandra Cheevers

    The time has come for humanity's first interstellar trek to Terranuvem, the cloud planet, and Chief Engineer Cyrus Agarwal has been chosen to ready a ship for the voyage. He must make the right architectural choices to transform the ship for the long journey and be prepared for the unknown. He will be tested and overcome challenges during the mission. Join Cyrus and the crew of the Stratus for a unique, sci-fi movie experience while learning key success factors for your own journey to cloud. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Sandra Cheevers is Principal Product Director, Cloud Product Marketing at Oracle. [continued]

    Day 3 Keynote | Here and Now: Mission Critical Business Applications Ready for the Cloud
    By Charles Phillips

    Businesses have been looking to move more than just their back office applications to the cloud. Yet up to now, mission critical applications have not been cloud-ready — it's been a world of point solutions from multiple vendors requiring extensive integration, or cloud applications simply lacked the deep functionality required to meet the unique needs of manufacturers, hospitals, banks, or hotels. Hear how enterprise application suites, technology, and economics have finally evolved to realize the vision of the cloud for running the full business — today. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Prior to Infor, Phillips was President of Oracle Corporation and a member of its Board of Directors. During his seven and a half year-tenure, the company tripled in size and successfully acquired 70 companies [continued]

    General Session | Microsoft Azure for Enterprise: What and Why
    By David Chappell

    Microsoft Azure now provides the right services for enterprises. But what scenarios are most interesting to enterprise leaders, and why? Which of these do most enterprises want to start with, why do they want them, and what are the common objections? In this session, David Chappell walks through these basics, giving you a big-picture introduction to how enterprises are adopting Microsoft Azure and how you can help them do this. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: David Chappell is Principal of Chappell & Associates in San Francisco, California. Through his speaking, writing, and consulting, he helps people around the world understand, use, and make better decisions about new technology. [continued]

    General Session | Field Notes from Expeditions in the Cloud
    By Matt Wood

    In this talk, Matt Wood, GM of Data Science at Amazon Web Services, will discuss some observations, themes and stories gathered from over eight years of providing cloud computing services to customers. We'll discuss expeditions companies have made to the cloud, along with the business drivers, outcomes and technical requirements of delivering large scale, utility computing for any workload, within any organization. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Matt Wood leads scientific and technical computing at Amazon Web Services in Seattle, Washington, where he drives programs around high performance computing, data-intensive science and big data. [continued]

    Five Things Developers Need to Know About PaaS
    By Karen Tegan Padir

    In this presentation Karen Tegan Padir will give a comprehensive overview of PaaS and explain the top five things that developers need to know about this new way to support and deliver applications by leveraging cloud technology.

    Although PaaS is new, it's rapidly gaining momentum, with growth projected at 48 percent annually by Technavio, the research firm, and topping $6 billion in value by 2016. If PaaS is treated as a strategic opportunity to align agendas across IT and across the business, it may well prove to be a ʺonce in a generationʺ opportunity to clarify, improve, and strengthen everything developers do. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: As Chief Technology Officer, Karen Tegan Padir, a Progress senior vice president and 20-year software industry veteran, is responsible for defining and delivering the company's technology strategy, innovation and vision, reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Phil Pead. Padir joined Progress Software in September 2012 as senior vice president and business line executive for application development, the company's largest product line. [continued]

    A Tale of Two Enterprise Public Cloud Applications: Mid-Market Insurance Application
    By Brian McCallion

    This first person "in the trenches" enterprise Public Cloud story told by the Solution Architect candidly examines the project from inception to delivery. Attendees will hear first-hand the real world challenges, opportunities, lessons-learned, and what it takes to architect and implement a real-world application in the public cloud. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Brian McCallion, founder of New York City-based consultancy Bronze Drum focuses on the unique challenges of Public Cloud adoption in the Fortune 500. [continued]

    Alice In Wonderland - Is the Network the Next Frontier for DevOps?
    By John Willis

    Around 6 years ago I started working with some tools that focused on software engineering collaboration and automation for operations.

    At the time products like CFEngine and Puppet were the two main tools promoting this new way of sharing within operations and software development. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: John Willis is the VP of Customer Enablement for Stateless Networks. Willis, a 30-year systems management veteran, joined Stateless Networks from Dell where he was Chief DevOps evangelist. [continued]

    Are We Doing DevOps Right?
    By Jeff Sussna

    How do we know if we're doing DevOps right? Is there a checklist of tools we should deploy, meetings we should schedule, org charts we should implement? DevOps first and foremost involves cultural transformation. But what does that really mean? How do we know if we have a healthy DevOps culture? How does cultural transformation relate to and guide tools and practices? [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Jeff Sussna is Founder and Principal of Ingineering.IT, a boutique consulting firm that facilitates Adaptive IT through teaching, coaching, and strategic design. Jeff has more than 20 years of IT experience, and has led high-performance teams across the Dev/QA/Ops spectrum.He has a track record of driving project quality improvements through practical innovation. Jeff has done work for diverse organizations. [continued]

    Linux Containers – NextGen Virtualization for Cloud (Intro & Overview)
    By Boden Russell

    Want VM agility with near bare metal performance? How about [milli]second provision/stop/start/restart times? Looking to achieve greater VM density on your hardware assets, or provision applications without worry of dependency hell? Look no further than nextgen virtualization with Linux Containers. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Boden Russell develops innovative cutting edge services and solutions for IBM's Global Technology Services - Advanced Cloud Solutions team. His current focus areas include nextgen Proof of Concepts and SoftLayer integration engagements. With over 10 years of industry experience and 5 years of Cloud based solutions, he is seasoned in all aspects of software solution delivery including traditional and Cloud "as a Service" based models. [continued]

    Open Source Innovations for Mobile Application Development
    By Shubhra Kar

    Enterprises need an API tier to meet the demands imposed by mobile technology. The impact of next generation of API servers on mobile and middleware development can be equated to the impact J2EE application servers like WebLogic, JBoss or WebSphere had on web development. It enables enterprises to surface business critical data residing in traditional backends, databases and service tiers on-premises or on the cloud to multi-channel mobile apps. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Shubhra Kar, Director, Products and Systems Engineering at StrongLoop Inc. is an accomplished technologist with extensive global expertise as an architect, management consultant, product manager, and thought leader. Focussed on emerging tech, for over 15 years and across three continents, he has built and delivered successful solutions with Fortune 500 corporations, helping them bridge the gap between business and IT. [continued]

    Building Trust & Transparency with Personal User Data in the Cloud
    By Olivier Amar

    In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Olivier Amar, CEO and Co-Founder of MyPermissions, will share his vision for a better, safer future for app users on the Web, where we can openly share and connect without fear of losing our privacy, and an ecosystem where developers can prove their trustworthiness to new and existing users. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Olivier Amar is CEO and Co-Founder of MyPermissions. A long time Internet marketing professional, he previously served as Vice President of Online Marketing and Digital at Get Taxi, and prior to that, as Chief Marketing Officer for UFXbank and UFXmarkets, where he grew revenue by over 300%. [continued]

    Cloud Platform for Geospatial Content Delivery and Collaboration
    By Ty Fabling

    Cloud computing is changing our world, sharing common platforms for global information exchange. Self-service computing makes the Internet come alive, helping users visualize and analyze location aware information. Configurable applications deliver a solution framework for integration, collaboration, and efficiency. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Ty Fabling is a Sr. Enterprise GIS Systems Architect at Esri working with customers to design and plan for scalable GIS systems in the Cloud. He is also one of the primary contacts at Esri for implementing Esri’s ArcGIS for Desktop applications in a virtual desktop environment (VDI) from leading software vendors such as VMware and Citrix. Fabling has worked for Esri for 10 years and is located in their Washington DC regional office located in Vienna, VA.

    Breaking Down Enterprise Silos in the Cloud
    By Jason Bloomberg

    Are you recreating existing technology silos in the Cloud? If so, your entire enterprise investment in the Cloud is at risk.

    From the perspective of IT, organizational silos seem to be the root of all problems. Every line of business, every department, every functional area has its own requirements, its own technology preferences, and its own way of doing things. They have historically invested in specialized components for narrow purposes, which IT must then conventionally integrate via application middleware --- increasing the cost, complexity, and brittleness of the overall architecture. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Jason Bloomberg is Chief Evangelist at EnterpriseWeb, where he drives the message and the community for EnterpriseWeb's next generation enterprise platform. He is a global thought leader in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture. [continued]

    Federated Clouds for Emergency Response
    By Kevin Jackson

    Recent high-profile events (2010 Haitian Earthquake, 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami, 2013 Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda) have highlighted the growing importance played by the international community in successful humanitarian assistance and disaster response. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Kevin Jackson is currently an Engineering Fellow with NJVC, one of the largest information technology solutions providers supporting the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Prior to this position, he served in various senior management positions including VP, Dataline LLC, Director Federal for Sirius Computer Solutions and Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM. His formal education includes MSEE (Computer Engineering), MA National Security & Strategic Studies and a BS Aerospace Engineering. [continued]

    Platform-as-a-Service: Lessons from Manufacturing
    By Gordon Haff

    Software development, like engineering, is a craft that requires the application of creative approaches to solve problems given a wide range of constraints. However, while engineering design may be craftwork, the production of most designed objects relies on a standardized and automated manufacturing process. By contrast, much of what's typically involved when moving an application from prototype to production and, indeed, maintaining the application through its lifecycle remains craftwork. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Gordon Haff is Cloud Evangelist at Red Hat. [continued]

    Remediate WS2003 and move to the Cloud in One Step
    By Greg O'Connor

    With Windows Server 2003 end of extended support approaching, enterprises must begin their migration planning for all affected production applications. There are a variety of approaches and many people will take a "mix and match" approach. Whatever the approach, it's important to have a migration plan now – 200 business days goes by quickly when some applications take weeks to migrate. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Greg O'Connor is CEO of appzero (formerly Trigence) which develops software tools to help organizations move applications to Cloud computing environments. With more than 25 years of management and technical experience in the computer industry, he was founder and president of Sonic Software, acquired in 2005 by Progress. [continued]

    Velocity and Volume (or Speed Wins)
    By Adrian Cockcroft

    As organizations and projects scale up, the patterns that seemed helpful at small scale start to get in the way and velocity suffers. To deliver at high velocity requires four things: first, a culture of innovation that can see and respond to opportunities; second, the data and analytics to evaluate alternatives; third, a culture that can make decisions and assign resources quickly; and fourth, agile development and self-service deployment. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Adrian Cockcroft has had a long career working at the leading edge of technology. He's always been fascinated by what comes next, and he writes and speaks extensively on a range of subjects. At Battery, he advises the firm and its portfolio companies about technology issues and also assists with deal sourcing and due diligence. [continued]

    Netflix: The New World of IT Ops
    By Mike Kail

    Netflix culture highlights the transformation we see within forward thinking IT organizations today. Netflix's use of public cloud and 'No Ops' is renown in the industry and a poster child for the next generation IT. Kail, VP of IT Operations, aims to develop the same culture within Netflix's own IT organization. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Mike Kail is the VP of IT Operations at Netflix, leading a team of 100+ employees in his organization. Mike is an experienced professional with over 20 years of IT-Operations executive leadership experience who focuses on highly scalable architecture. [continued]

    Science, Engineering, and Synthetic Thinking How to Use Three Different Viewpoints to Make Devops Work for Your Mission!
    By Kevin Behr

    In this session, Kevin will show how three different types of thinking can deliver value when used together as part of your DevOps approach. This session is based on extensive empirical research about how high reliability organizations out-accelerate the rest of the pack. How can this work for you? [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Kevin Behr is the founder of the Information Technology Process Institute (ITPI) and the Chief Strategist for the CIO and Board Advisory Practice at Assemblage Pointe, where Kevin has built a unique consulting practice that mentors and coaches IT organizations to increase their business effectiveness and competitive advantage now and over the long term through the application of improvement sciences. [continued]

    One Line of Code That Changed the Web Forever: Accelerating the Web for the Internet of Things
    By John Fallows & Jonas Jacobi

    The definition of IoT is not new, in fact its been around for over a decade. What has changed is the public's awareness that the technology we use on a daily basis has caught up on the vision of an always on, always connected World. If you look into the details of what comprise the IoT then you'll see that it includes everything from Cloud computing, Big Data Analytics, "Things", Web communication, Applications, Network, Storage. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: John Fallows brings to Kaazing his 17 years' experience in technology development and software design, and is considered a pioneer in the field of rich and highly interactive user interfaces. As CTO he formulates Kaazing Corporation's vision of enabling mobile users, marketplaces and machines to connect and communicate in real-time, more reliably and at unprecedented scale.

    Jonas Jacobi has 21 years of experience leading the development of innovative technology products and services. Together with Kaazing's Co-Founder & CTO John Fallows, he pioneered and championed the groundbreaking HTML5 WebSocket standard. [continued]

    Securing the Cloud: A Pragmatic Approach
    By Majed Saadi

    Fueled by the global economic situation, the government's focus on datacenter consolidation and the "Cloud First" initiative, Cloud Computing continues to be the buzzword of the year. As government agencies start to adopt cloud computing, additional challenges including security in the cloud have become prominent barriers to adoption. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Majed Saadi is the Director of the Cloud Computing Practice at SRA International. His practice encompasses service areas from Cloud Strategy Development to Cloud Management and all areas in between Cloud Readiness, Cloud Engineering, and Cloud Modernization. [continued]

    CRAM the Cloud: Creating Resilient Application Migration
    By John Roese

    As businesses aspire to move more and more application workloads outside of the boundaries of their private cloud data centers, public cloud service providers are increasingly implementing a private cloud staple: resiliency. This session will summarize the key architectural tenets of resilient private cloud architectures. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: John Roese is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at EMC Corporation. With revenues of $21.7 billion in 2012 and 60,000 people worldwide, EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. [continued]

    Frederick's of Hollywood: Making a Holistic Move to the Cloud
    By Malorie Lanthier

    A trendsetter in intimate women's apparel, Frederick's of Hollywood, needed a cloud strategy that merged stability, security and PCI compliance needs with the ability to scale up during retail busy season. Malorie Lanthier, vice president of Information Technology, will discuss how migrating to the cloud enhanced the scalability, resiliency and flexibility of Frederick's of Hollywood's IT infrastructure while elevating the ability to address company-wide business objectives. She'll also share her cloud evaluation process, successful practices used to make the wholesale move to the cloud and advice for organizations looking to develop and execute a holistic cloud plan quickly and effectively. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Malorie Lanthier specializes in business transformation for both start-ups and established organizations. She has experience in business process reengineering, infrastructure, cloud computing, software development, business analytics, security and compliance. She employs business transformation processes, developed through hands-on experience, which moves an organization forward, exceeding technology and business objectives. [continued]

    How to Secure Corporate Content in the Cloud within a Connected Mobile Ecosystem
    By Eric Owings

    The evolutionary nature of mobile presents a security-centric challenge for businesses with corporate content on these devices. Enterprises put themselves at risk when users access sensitive information through email and applications across smartphones and tablets, while mobile. Organizations can choose to ignore this security threat or enhance employee productivity through secure corporate containers. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Eric Owings is an enterprise account executive at AirWatch®, the world's leading Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) provider. Owings provides clients with a consultative approach to implementing an enterprise mobility management strategy, supplying them with AirWatch solutions to meet their mobile management needs. He covers New York and the New England states. [continued]

    Big Data. The Tools That Work.
    By Avi Freedman

    In the past 10 years, numerous solutions have been developed to deal with limitations in the leading relational databases. But knowing which offering works best per use case can be difficult to decipher. Learn tips from Avi Freedman, ServerCentral CTO, as he covers: [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Avi leads the definition, sales, and engineering of ServerCentral's cloud and VMware platforms. He specializes in helping organizations around the world translate business requirements into technology infrastructures that equally benefit the business and IT. Prior to joining ServerCentral, Avi founded the first ISP in Philadelphia. He was previously recognized as Distinguished Engineer and Chief Network Scientist for Akamai, and was featured in Forbes Magazine in 1995 [continued]

    Managing Consumer Identities in the Cloud
    By Ajit Sagar

    Cloud environments have created situations which allow users, customers, consumers, and employees to access Public, Intranet, and Extranet applications from different locations, devices, and as different personas. The focus of all the Internet and enterprise front end applications today is to enhance the user experience. In addition, with advances in mobility and BYOD, the line between public and private becomes a deep shade of gray. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Ajit Sagar is Associate VP, Digital Transformation Practice at Infosys Limited. A seasoned IT executive with 20+ years experience across various facts of the industry including consulting, business development, architecture and design he is architecture consulting and delivery lead for Infosys's Digital Transformation practice. He was also the Founding Editor of XML Journal and Chief Editor of Java Developer's Journal. [continued]

    Moving to a Zero IT Infrastructure Footprint
    By Tim Crawford

    A myriad of new methodologies and technologies from Cloud Computing to BYOD have changed the IT landscape demonstrably. In parallel, higher-value functions around data, customer engagement and revenue growth are pushing CIOs to consider alternative approaches. The nexus is moving IT to a zero footprint infrastructure model. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Tim Crawford is an internationally renowned thought leader in the areas of IT transformation, innovation and cloud computing. Tim has served as CIO and other senior IT leadership roles with global organizations such as Konica Minolta/ All Covered, Stanford University, Knight-Ridder, Philips Electronics, and National Semiconductor. Tim regularly speaks at industry conferences, is well published and often quoted by business and technology publications. [continued]

    Meeting the Challenges of Effectively Managing a Recurring Revenue Model – Key Existing Systems and Services Integration
    By Brendan O'Brien

    Today the ability to increase revenue by utilizing recurring revenue models is driving new business for companies in all market sectors. However, delivering the features, benefits, and capabilities necessary to enable companies to offer products or services on a recurring basis can be a challenge. At the same time, companies prefer to augment their existing systems and services rather than replace them. This webinar will examine the key issues for executives and their IT staff who are mandated to leverage their legacy systems and services in order to drive new recurring revenue. Issues include: [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Brendan O'Brien is a Co-founder at Aria Systems and the inventor of cloud billing. It is fair to say he introduced the world to cloud billing, and innovated database-driven, enterprise-grade web applications - before the concept of "cloud" was even on the horizon. O'Brien is at the forefront of the recurring revenue revolution that is empowering enterprises -- and specifically enabling information systems and new business models to secure predictive revenue streams while improving business processes. [continued]

    Big Data's Potential in Securing the Internet of Things
    By James G. Kobielus

    Security is critical to Internet of Things (IoT) adoption because we want to make sure we can trust the sensors, actuators, rules engines and other connected componentry we embed in every element of our existence. [continued]

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    Speaker Bios: James Kobielus is an industry veteran and serves as IBM's big data evangelist, as program director for big data analytics product marketing, and as editor-in-chief of IBM Data Magazine. He spearheads IBM's thought leadership activities in Big Data, Hadoop, enterprise data warehousing, advanced analytics, and cognitive computing. [continued]

    Internet of Everything
    By Vasyl Mylko

    Today, the technological progress that is accelerating business and life is observed as many things from a breakthrough in broadband connectivity globally to client-cloud architectures. The session reveals how business models are being transformed, why all companies become software companies, how IT infrastructure is being redesigned and rebuilt to support business changes. . [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Mr. Mylko has been the Director of Research & Development at SoftServe, Inc. since 2008. He is responsible for research and thought leadership including Internet of Everything, Advanced Analytics, User Experience, and Mobility & Wearables. [continued]

    The Importance of Implementing a Service Aware Cloud Management/Cloud Brokerage Solution
    By Shashi "Sash" Purohit & Troy Halford

    You are moving workloads to the public or private cloud to save money, but you realize that the change from traditional IT to cloud means fundamental changes in the way you think about and operate the business. IT needs to be even more "service oriented," because cloud is about providing infrastructure, platforms, or software as a service. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Shashi Purohit has 20 years of experience in the IT & Telecommunications (OSS/BSS) industries in a variety of leadership/management positions, Shashi is a proven software veteran. Shashi leads Ambernet globally, and also drives product strategy/roadmap and software engineering for CloudTruOps, our Next Generation Operational Automation Software Portfolio for Cloud Service providers, Data Centers, Enterprises and Agencies. [continued]

    Shape and Meaning: An Introduction to Topological Data Analysis
    By Anthony Bak

    Anthony Bak will discuss how Ayasdi uses Topological Data Analysis to solve complex problems for companies, foundations and academics. He will start with an overview of the core algorithm used in TDA and describe how it forms a unifying framework for many machine learning and data analysis tasks. He will demonstrate how Ayasdi turns this idea into a product with uses cases and a live demonstration of the software. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Anthony Bak is a Senior Data Scientist and Mathematician at Ayasdi, a data analytics startup based in Palo Alto CA. Prior to Ayasdi, Anthony was a postdoc at Stanford University where worked Ayasdi co-founder Gunnar Carlsson on new methods and applications of Topological Data Analysis. [continued]

    Using Cascading to Build Enterprise Data Applications that Drive Innovation and Advantage
    By Alexis Roos

    Cascading is the popular Java-based application development framework for building Big Data applications on Apache Hadoop. This open source framework allows you to leverage existing skillsets such as Java, SQL, R, and more to create enterprise-grade applications without having to think in MapReduce. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Alexis Roos is a Senior Solutions Architect focusing on Big Data solutions at Concurrent, Inc. He has over 18 years of experience in software and sales engineering, helping both Fortune 500 firms and start-ups build new products that leverage Big Data, application infrastructure, security, databases and mobile technologies. [continued]

    Monetizing the 'Internet of Things'- What You Need to Know Now
    By Brendan O'Brien

    There's no doubt that the "Internet of Things" is driving the next wave of innovation. Google has spent billions over the past few months vacuuming up companies that specialize in smart appliances and machine learning. Already, Philips light bulbs, Audi automobiles, and Samsung washers and dryers can communicate with and be controlled from mobile devices. To take advantage of the opportunities the "Internet of Things" brings to your business, you'll want to start preparing now. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Brendan O'Brien is a Co-founder at Aria Systems and the inventor of cloud billing. It is fair to say he introduced the world to cloud billing, and innovated database-driven, enterprise-grade web applications - before the concept of "cloud" was even on the horizon. O'Brien is at the forefront of the recurring revenue revolution that is empowering enterprises -- and specifically enabling information systems and new business models to secure predictive revenue streams while improving business processes. [continued]

    Customer Data Paves Way for Purchase-to-use Attitude
    By Matthew Shanahan

    In the Subscription Economy, purchase-to-use is winning, and purchase-to-own is on its way out. The key to success is that customers are actually using a product or service and in the Subscription Economy, the future is clear: delivering value drives revenue. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Matthew Shanahan has nearly 25 years of experience in the technology industry, recently serving as Chief Marketing Officer of Teranode Corporation, where he helped to establish the company as the thought leader for informatics infrastructure in the life sciences industry. [continued]

    OpenStack and the Future of Computing
    By Chris C. Kemp

    Chris C. Kemp, former NASA CTO and co-founder of OpenStack will explore the origins of OpenStack, diving into how this technology advanced NASA's mission and helped the White House ignite a cloud computing revolution across the federal government. We'll take a close look at how the fastest growing open source project in history evolved - and where it's going - before turning our attention to the forces that have catalyzed this revolution and are reshaping enterprise computing. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Chris C. Kemp is an entrepreneurial executive with a passion for igniting innovation in high-tech organizations. He is the Chief Strategy Officer of Nebula, Inc., a company Chris founded after serving for five years in various roles at NASA. Chris also co-founded the OpenStack project. [continued]

    Supporting Decision Making: The BI Sweet Spot
    By Michael Gendron

    Technology is integrated into the DNA of business and of society itself. Some of the most recent entrants are Cloud Computing, Big Data, and Mobile. By putting these technologies together, we arrive at an intersection that creates a "sweet spot" where innovation can be enhanced within your organization. This session will put those pieces together and give you tools to move your organization toward that sweet spot. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Dr. Gendron is an internationally known thought leader on the intersection of business intelligence, mobile, cloud, and Big Data. He has an active LinkedIn and Twitter presence and is a regular contributor to the blog at www.AllAnalytics.com. His experience includes decades of IT management as he rose through the ranks from programmer to systems analyst to CIO. [continued]

    Devops and Sigma Shifts : Business transformation goes Greek (not a typo, the "r" is struck through on purpose ;-))
    By Lori MacVittie

    It's time to play a game of connect the dots by diving into devops and how the big picture is really about people and processes and transformation through technology. While it's awesome fun treating infrastructure as code, there's a method to our madness that has the potential for greater IT and business transformation if we're able to look at the big picture: process improvement. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Lori MacVittie is responsible for education and evangelism of application services available across F5's entire product suite. Her role includes authorship of technical materials and participation in a number of community-based forums and industry standards organizations, among other efforts. [continued]

    Managing Drift and Cross-Silo Collaboration - The Keys to DevOps Success
    By Rob Reiner & Cass Bishop

    Automation tools are central to DevOps transformation, but what is the intelligence driving your automations and how do you ensure the right people are informed when automations are added, changed, or removed? Collaboration is also essential to DevOps, so how do you effectively communicate changing requirements, engage the right team members on release and deployment plans, and keep environments in sync? [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Rob Reiner is co-founder and CTO of ITinvolve. Cass Bishop is Director of Consulting Services for ITinvolve. [continued]

    Seamless Innovation: A New Cloud Reality for App Development
    By Ravi Srivatsav

    A major reason for innovation sluggishness is friction and misalignment in the dev/ops process. What we'll speak to today is a whole new world of simplified, modular application development. ElasticBox is pioneering service-based application development, whereby fully configured components of an application architecture are encapsulated as "Boxes" and made available to developers as a service. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Ravi brings over fifteen years of experience in software development, product and program management, and startup incubation. He has held senior engineering and product management positions at large enterprises like Microsoft and IBM, as well as in several successful software startups. Ravi's experience spans software infrastructure, developer platforms, and applications for enterprise and social networking segments. [continued]

    The Internet of Things - Application centricity is the only way forward
    By Wesley Pullen

    There has been a revolution in application release scheduling in recent years as the nature of applications has evolved and development methodologies shift.
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    Speaker Bio: Wesley is the Vice President of the Emerging Solutions Group within Automic Software. This department is responsible for the Application Release and Deployment portfolio of solutions along with Automic's Cloud solution portfolio as well. [continued]

    DevOps Pay Raise: Quantifying the value of DevOps
    By Dustin Whittle

    DevOps, when done right, usually goes unnoticed. It's only when something breaks that all eyes turn to IT. If your boss only sees you when the app is down, however, that's not really doing your career any favors. In this session we'll talk about how to prove your value to the organization by looking at the positive side – that is, how much money you've saved your company. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Dustin Whittle is a Developer Evangelist at AppDynamics where he focuses on helping organizations manage application performance. Before joining AppDynamics, Dustin was CTO at Kwarter, a consultant at SensioLabs, and developer evangelist at Yahoo! [continued]

    The Great Debate: DevOps from the C-Suite to the Weeds
    By Rajat Bhargava

    With its heavy focus on automation and increased production speeds, the emerging DevOps paradigm draws very real parallels to the industrial revolution, only in the new modern era of tech production. In this presentation I will aim to first define the transformative DevOps movement from the unique, dual vantage points that I've grown to know very well over the course of my career – as a tech CEO and an investor of tech companies. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Rajat Bhargava currently serves as co-founder and CEO of JumpCloud Inc., a provider of server management and security tools for DevOps and IT professionals. An MIT graduate with two decades of experience in industries including cloud, security, networking and IT, Mr. Bhargava is an eight-time entrepreneur with five exits including two IPOs, three trade sales and three companies still private. [continued]

    DevOp w/Me – Changing Culture to Continuously Deliver
    By Nathen Harvey

    What the heck is DevOps and why should you care? At its core, DevOps is a cultural and professional movement that aims to get Development and Operations working together toward a common goal, namely, to create delightful customer experiences. Although it sounds simple, it can actually be incredibly difficult to do right and involves significant cultural, tooling, and operational change within IT organizations. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Nathen Harvey is the Director of Community and #learnchef at Chef. Before joining Chef, Nathen spent several years managing operations and infrastructure for a number of web applications. Nathen is a co-host of the Food Fight Show, a podcast about Chef and DevOps. Working with and as a part of the Chef Community, Nathen has been spreading the word about DevOps for quite a while. In 2013, Nathen was awarded Engine Yard's DevOps Innovator award. [continued]

    Stop Hiring Devops Experts (And Start Growing Them)
    By Jez Humble

    Everyone is putting "devops" on their LinkedIn profile, and everyone is trying to hire them. In this talk, Jez will argue this is not a recruitment problem but an organizations failure. This talk discusses how to grow great people and great organizations, and how the two problems are connected. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Jez Humble is a principal at ThoughtWorks, a lecturer at UC Berkeley, and co-author of the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler's Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010), and the forthcoming Lean Enterprise, in Eric Ries' Lean series. [continued]

    IT-as-a-Service and DevOps: Competitive or Cooperative Concepts?
    By JP Morgenthal

    It's the age old battle of top-down or bottom-up. IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) is clearly being driven from the top down in organizations. Large vendors and consultants are working with their executive counterparts to change expectations for how IT provides services to the enterprise. DevOps, on the other hand, is the traditional bottom-up grassroots movement that like Linux and virtualization has disrupted the status quo and changed forever how IT services can be delivered. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: JP Morgenthal is best described as "the voice of Enterprise IT" bringing insight to the application of technology and the real world complexity of delivering for large and mid-sized enterprises. He is a recognized thought-leader on cloud, enterprise architecture, SOA & XML. [continued]

    DevOps Gold: What the Olympics teaches us about agile development and release
    By Dave Roberts

    At the recent winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, we saw athletes from all over the world striving for excellence. Some turned in the best performance of their lives and came home with a gold medal. Others, some favorites, struggled and saw their dreams slip away. In this session, we'll see how DevOps done right is a lot like the Olympics. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Dave Roberts brings 25 years of technology experience to his role of Sr. Director for Marketing for DevOps and Cloud Computing at BMC Software. [continued]

    Is Orchestration the Next Big Thing in DevOps?
    By Nati Shalom

    DevOps processes (such as continuous deployment and delivery) often involve writing many custom scripts that are triggered by the build system. With that approach, it is relatively hard to trace the deployment process and troubleshoot when something goes wrong. Additionally, custom scripts are often not written in an easily understood manner. In this session we will walk through specific DevOps workflows (such as install, update, etc) using Riemann as the framework in subject and see the steps required to automate those processes. [continued]

    Speaker Bio:Nati Shalom, Founder and CTO at GigaSpaces, is a thought leader in Cloud-Computing and Big-Data Technologies. Shalom was recently recognized as a Top Cloud Computing Blogger for CIO's by The CIO Magazine and his blog listed as an excellent blog by *technical founders* by YCombinator. Shalom is also the founder of the IGTCloud, and is a frequent presenter at industry conferences. [continued]

    The Dawning of Continuous Support
    By Todd Vernon

    Development teams have a tendency to think that once they push the deploy button, the release is done. But with DevOps, it's quite the opposite now. More software changes, and more deploys, make every production release a new piece of code with new idiosyncrasies. This has made what has historically been a more static production environment now highly dynamic. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Todd H. Vernon Founded VictorOps Inc. in 2012 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Vernon has been Executive Vice President of Technology at Federated Media Publishing, Inc. since October 2011. [continued]

    Cloud Computing: Solving the Next Friction Point
    By Bernard Golden

    Today, developers and business units are leading the charge to cloud computing. The primary driver: faster access to computing resources by using the cloud's automated infrastructure provisioning. However, fast access to infrastructure exposes the next friction point: creating, delivering, and operating applications much faster. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Bernard Golden has vast experience working with CIOs to incorporate new IT technologies and meet their business goals. Prior to joining Enstratius, Bernard was CEO of HyperStratus, a Silicon Valley cloud computing consultancy that focuses on application security, system architecture and design, TCO analysis, and project implementation. [continued]

    Getting Control Over Application Demand in Enterprise Cloud: Lessons Learned from Early Adopters
    By Andrew Hillier

    A myriad of new methodologies and technologies from Cloud Computing to BYOD have changed the IT landscape demonstrably. In parallel, higher-value functions around data, customer engagement and revenue growth are pushing CIOs to consider alternative approaches. The nexus is moving IT to a zero footprint infrastructure model. Organizations including Healthcare, Financial Services, Insurance and Airlines are moving in this direction. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Andrew Hillier is Co-Founder & CTO of CiRBA. He has twenty years of experience in the creation and implementation of mission-critical software for the world's largest financial institutions and utilities. A co-founder of CiRBA, he leads product strategy and defines the overall technology roadmap for the company. [continued]

    Pets vs. Cattle: How to Think About HW in a Web-scale IT world
    By Randy Bias

    If you want to bring the new kind of elastic cloud infrastructure revolutionised by leading public clouds or web-scale companies like FB, Google and Twitter, you have to change your thinking about a few key things: hardware, failure and scalability. In this presentation Randy Bias, Founder & CEO of Cloudscaling outlines the key design principles and challenges involved with building these new kinds of clouds. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Randy Bias is Co-Founder and CTO of Cloudscaling. His provocative views on the cloud computing disruption have made Randy Bias one of the industry's most influential voices. He has inspired organizations to embrace cloud to transform business processes and position for success in a new world where computing resources are ubiquitous, inexpensive, instantly scalable, and highly available. [continued]

    Systems of Discovery - The Perfect Storm of BigData, Cloud and Internet-of-Things
    By Mac Devine

    Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet-of-Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of BigData generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Mac has 24 years of experience with networking and virtualization. The first 7 of those years were spent in mainframe software development where he served as chief programmer for several VTAM releases. Mac then moved to mainframe software design where he served as chief designer for several Communications Server releases and lead the design work for Sysplex and SNA over IP networking (aka Enterprise Extender).[continued]

    Making the Internet of Things Real for Business
    By Chad Jones

    The physical world holds the key to unlocking unseen business opportunities that expand revenue, optimize operations and delight customers and users. What if you could turn normally hidden bits of information in your business' physical assets into valuable insights that fuel growth and drive intelligent, automated action? [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Chad Jones is an expert in cloud, virtualization and infrastructure technologies. Mr. Jones has over eighteen years' experience driving strategic initiatives for start-ups and Fortune 50 companies alike and has traveled the world discussing a vision for a better world through technology. [continued]

    Open Source IoT at Eclipse: Standards, Frameworks and Tools for IoT Developers
    By Ian Skerrett

    The Eclipse IoT community is growing community of open source projects focused on providing the building blocks for the IoT industry. The goal of the community is to provide open source implementations of important IoT standards, frameworks that implement key services for IoT applications and tools to make it easier for developers to create IoT applications. If IoT is going to achieve success and interoperability then the industry will need these basic building blocks. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Ian Skerrett is Director of Marketing at the Eclipse Foundation. Although the community is the Eclipse marketing machine, he supports the projects and member companies to increase the awareness of all the cool stuff happening at Eclipse. [continued]

    XMPP - Unified Communication for IoT
    By Rikard Strid

    The more things we have connected to the Internet the greater the opportunities are to create innovations. Even more innovation is enabled when devices are connected to Internet in an Open way that enables to leverage the potential of countless innovative companies that leads to more jobs and a stronger economy. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Rikard Strid is the founder of Clayster and an Internet activist about to change the structure of how we understand and live with information. He is involved to make XMPP the core standard and an Open Unified Real-Time Infrastructure for IoT. IoT must be built on future ideas not legacy ideas. [continued]

    Interoperable WebRTC and Why It Is Important
    By Peter Dunkley

    There are many potential applications for WebRTC and for many interoperability is not a requirement. However, this does not mean that there is not a need for interoperability, particularly at the signaling level, for other applications. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Peter Dunkley is Technical Director at Crocodile RCS. He graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science. After graduation Peter worked on a PSTN switch developing signalling stacks for SS7, ISDN and similar protocols and creating advanced routing and service applications. [continued]

    Is WebRTC a Second Stage Engine in the Telehealth Rocket?
    By Ivelin Ivanov

    Telehealth legislation opened the floodgates for investment in modern communications services and APIs since 2010. WebRTC promises a second revolution. Ivelin Ivanov will discuss a real-world example where telephony APIs make a difference in improving patient care and reducing healthcare costs. He will then look into a brighter telehealth future with secure, high quality, ubiquitous WebRTC video interactions.[continued]

    Speaker Bio: Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open Source VoIP Platform, to help create, deploy, and manage applications integrating voice, video and data. [continued]

    WebRTC and the Customer Experience
    By Keith McFarlane

    In this session, Keith McFarlane, Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Platforms & Telephony at LiveOps, will share how WebRTC technology is truly the next stage in the globalization of the contact center, especially in the areas of monetization and creating a superior, personalized customer experience. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: At LiveOps, Keith McFarlane holds the role of Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Platform & Telephony. He has more than 20 years of experience designing and developing large-scale customer service solutions and CRM systems. He is an expert on the benefits of cloud computing technology for both enterprise and SMBs and was named to ExecRank's "Top CTO Rankings" list for 2012. [continued]

    How the Norwegian Red Cross built a video tutoring solution with WebRTC
    By Svein Willassen

    This is the story about how the Norwegian Red Cross used WebRTC to build a service that allow high school student to meet volunteer tutors and get help with their school assignments just by visiting a web page in their browser. The solution has greatly increased the reach of the tutoring service run by the Red Cross, allowing students to get the help they need without leaving their homes. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Svein Willassen is the founder and CTO of the leading WebRTC based video conferencing service appear.in. he is currently leading the on-going development of that service. Svein has a PhD in forensic computing and has worked extensively with forensic analysis of communication systems as well as development of communication services. [continued]

    Visualizing WebRTC: A Social Experiment with Meta-Networking
    By Sara Robertson

    On her social media platform Melodramatic.com, with global reach and over 1,000 uniques daily, Sara Robertson released a WebRTC network that created a peer-to-peer connection between every visitor on every page load. Geographical location data and round-trip data transfer rates of each connection is collected, and augmented with known demographics about the visitors. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Sara is a technology generalist with experience in large platform implementations, high-scale/low-latency serving, cloud infrastructures, and big data strategies. She is VP of Technology for an online advertising company serving billions of impressions daily, and runs a social media website (melodramatic.com) that she uses as a playground for technical experimentation. [continued]

    Wiring the Internet of Things with Node-RED
    By Nick O'Leary

    The Internet of Things is not a single choice of technology, approach or philosophy. Its very existence is the bringing together of multiple platforms, products and protocols, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. One of the challenges of IoT is to make it as easy as possible to allow developers to make things, for play or profit, serious or whimsical, professional or hobbyist. Node-RED is an open-source visual tool for wiring the Internet of Things. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Nick O'Leary is an Emerging Technology Specialist at IBM where he gets to do interesting things with interesting technologies and also play with toys. [continued]

    DevOps: The Last Best Hope for Security?
    By Alan Shimel

    While at the RSA Conference this past year I was amazed at the mindshare and enthusiasm that the security industry was giving to DevOps. It seemed that security pros were eager to flock and embrace DevOps. This got me to thinking. I asked my friend Gene Kim about it. Gene said DevOps represented something of an "escape hatch" to security pros. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: As Editor-in-chief of DevOps.com, Alan Shimel is attuned to the world of technology. Alan has founded and helped several technology ventures, including StillSecure, where he guided the company in bringing innovative and effective networking and security solutions to the marketplace. [continued]

    Case Study. IoT In The Field Force Automation
    By Yakov Fain

    From software development perspective IoT is about programming "things", about connecting them with each other or integrating them with existing applications. This case study will show you how small IoT-enabled devices from multiple manufacturers can be integrated into workflow of an enterprise application. This is a practical demo of building a framework and components in HTML/Java/Mobile technologies to serve as a platform that can integrate new devices as they become available on the market. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Yakov Fain is a co-founder of two software companies: Farata Systems and SuranceBay. He authored several technical books and lots of articles on software development. Yakov is Java Champion (https://java-champions.java.net). He leads leads Princeton Java Users Group. Two of Yakov's books will go in print this year: "Enterprise Web Development" (O'Reilly) and "Java For Kids" (No Starch Press). [continued]

    What Being Cloud-Native Really Means
    By David Linthicum

    You hear this everywhere these days: Build applications that are cloud-native -- that is, developed specifically for cloud platforms. The trouble is, everyone has his or her own definition of "cloud-native." As a result, cloud-hosted applications are all over the place in their use of native features. Many are not designed properly, and they're worse off in the cloud than when they ran in the data center. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Leading technology publications frequently name David S. Linthicum among the top 10 enterprise technologists in the world. He is a true thought leader in the industry, and an expert in complex distributed systems, including cloud computing, data integration, service oriented architecture (SOA), and big data systems. As the author of over 13 books on computing with over 3,000 published articles, as well as radio and TV appearances as a computing expert, he is often quoted in major business and technology publications. [continued]

    The Rise of Wearables: Opportunities and Impacts
    By Tom Wesselman

    Big data, cloud, analytics, wearable tech, sensors: together these technology advances have created a perfect storm of opportunity that is poised to set business processes and communications on a trajectory of massive change. In this session, Joe Burton, CTO of wearable device pioneer, Plantronics, will deliver an overview of the technology advances already here, still required, or complementary to the space, and outline opportunities and impacts as the rise of wearables continues [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Tom Wesselman is the Director of Communications Architecture at Plantronics. His focus is connecting the capabilities of Plantronics products to the world around them. [continued]

    Simplifying Identity Management in the Cloud era
    By Keith Mayer

    Identities are everywhere today! Much more than just providing access and auditing for on-premises applications and corporate desktops, organizations are now tasked with provisioning, managing and securing identities for applications running on-premises, in the Cloud and on mobile devices. And, this can be challenging – seemingly forcing many organizations down the path of managing identities individually on an app-by-app basis or implementing complex federated security scenarios that are difficult to maintain. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Keith Mayer is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Datacenter Infrastructure, Virtualization, Identity Management and Cloud platforms. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant.[continued]

    General Session | Big Data Management System: Smart SQL Processing across Hadoop and your Data Warehouse
    By Marty Gubar

    Understanding the future of big data is crucial in the early stages of decision making around big data architectures. In the enterprise, what stands out is the need to integrate Hadoop smoothly into your existing data warehouse architecture, while taking advantage of existing skills and investments.In this session we'll present a strategy for enabling integrated data management using both Hadoop and relational technologies. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Marty Gubar is part of the product management team at Oracle, focusing on Oracle's Big Data Platform and related products. He has been responsible for delivering enabling tools to help people become successful with Oracle's big data technology.[continued]

    Encryption and Access Control for Cloud and Big Data Environments
    By Sol Cates

    Cloud and big data present unique dilemmas: Embracing the benefits of these new technologies while maintaining the security of your organization's assets. When an outside party owns, controls and manages your infrastructure and computational resources, how can you be assured that sensitive data remains private and secure? How do you best protect data in mixed use cloud and big data infrastructure sets? Can you still satisfy the full range of reporting, compliance and regulatory requirements? Join this discussion on how to address data security in cloud and big data environments so that your organization isn't next week's data breach headline. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Sol Cates (@solcates) was promoted to the role of CSO at Vormetric in February 2013. As CSO, he is responsible for ensuring Vormetric's internal security profile remains robust while also understanding how security is perceived and used by IT/IS and how it drives technical decision making and buying behavior at the boardroom level. Cates partners with teams through the company to engage both customers and partners, and he speaks publicly to elevate industry understanding of data security best practices in today's complex cyber threat landscape. [continued]

    Sharing Experiences In Enterprise Cloud Adoption
    By Seth Proctor

    As more applications and services move "to the cloud" (public or on-premise) cloud environments are increasingly adopting and building out traditional enterprise features. This in turn is enabling and encouraging cloud adoption from enterprise users. In many ways the definition is blurring as features like continuous operation, geo-distribution or on-demand capacity become the norm. At NuoDB we're involved in both building enterprise software and using enterprise cloud capabilities. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Seth has 15+ years of experience in the research, design and implementation of scalable systems. That experience includes work on networks, languages, operating systems, security, databases, and distributed environments; all of which are integral to the NuoDB product. [continued]

    IoT, Code Halos, Meaning-making and Digital Transformation
    By Kevin Benedict

    Digital transformation is impacting most every industry and revolutionizing many. It is forcing enterprises to rethink their strategies for customer interactions and engagements, and to consider how IT infrastructures and business models must evolve to support them. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. [continued]

    Reduce Complexity and Accelerate Innovation with IaaS and PaaS
    By Gene Eun

    Are you interested in accelerating innovation, simplifying deployments, reducing complexity, and lowering development costs? The cloud is changing the face of application development and deployment, with enterprise-grade infrastructure and platform services making it possible for you to build and rapidly scale enterprise applications. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Gene Eun is Sr. Director, Oracle Cloud at Oracle. [continued]

    Hybrid Cloud – Best practices and Use Cases/Proof Points
    By Rob Carter

    Hybrid cloud refers to the federation of a Public and Private Cloud environment for the purpose of extending the elastic and flexibility of compute, storage and network capabilities, in an on-demand, pay as you go basis. The hybrid approach allows a business to take advantage of the scalability and cost-effectiveness that a public cloud computing environment offers without exposing mission-critical applications and data to third-party vulnerabilities. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Rob Carter serves as Director of Data Center Marketing for Windstream Communications. In this role, he is responsible for product development and marketing for Windstream data center services such as cloud computing, data center managed services, and colocation. [continued]

    General Session | How to Architect and Optimize Your Cloud for Consistent Performance
    By Marc Jones

    Performance is the intersection of power, agility, control, and choice. If you value performance, and more specifically consistent performance, you need to look beyond simple virtualized compute. Many factors need to be considered to create a truly performant environment. Learn how to take advantage of a multitude of compute options and platform features to make cloud the cornerstone of your online presence. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Marc Jones serves as Vice President of Product Innovation for SoftLayer. In this role, he is responsible for identifying, facilitating and evangelizing new product and service development – including R&D, software development and system development. [continued]

    Enterprise Mobile App High-wire Act
    By David Holmes

    Come join us for a live demonstration of the immense power that lives at the intersection of mobile apps and cloud application platforms. You will participate in a live demonstration – an enterprise mobile app will be built and changed before your eyes – on your own device! [continued]

    Speaker Bio: David brings over 20 years of high-tech marketing leadership to OutSystems. Prior to joining OutSystems, David was VP of Global Marketing for Damballa, a leading provider of network security solutions. Previously, David was SVP of Global Marketing for Jacada where his branding and positioning expertise helped drive the company from start-up days to a $55 million initial public offering on Nasdaq. [continued]

    Bridging the Gap Between Cloud, Data Center and Networking to Deliver End-End Customer Centric Automation & Efficiencies
    By Raul Martynek

    From data center to cloud to network: During this session Raul Martynek identifies the challenges facing both data center providers and Enterprise IT as it relates to cross platform automation then provides an in-site into designing, building, securing and managing the technology as an integrated service offering. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Mr. Raul K. Martynek has accumulated extensive experience over the past 20+ years managing and growing international cloud, hosting, data center and telecommunications companies. Currently, Mr. Martynek is the Chief Executive Officer of Net Access, a datacenter and managed services business located in Northern New Jersey, USA. [continued]

    DDOS Mitigation Service & Layered Security
    By Rob Scheible

    Chief Security Officers (CSO), CIOs and IT Directors are all concerned with providing a secure environment from which their business can innovate and customers can safely consume without the fear of Distributed Denial of Service attacks. To be successful in today's hyperconnected world, the enterprise needs to leverage the capabilities of the Web and be ready to innovate without fear of DDoS attacks, concerns about application security and other threats. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Rob Scheible leads Product Development for Windstream Hosted Solutions. In his position Mr. Scheible owns the development of the cloud and managed hosting portfolio. Responsibilities include primary storage, cloud platform and on-boarding technology, professional services, customer portal and security services. [continued]

    How to Choose the Right Cloud Database
    By Janakiram MSV

    Database as a service (DBaaS) is cloud database that is hosted and managed by the cloud service providers that can be accessed through public cloud or the hybrid cloud. The cloud provider takes care of provisioning, configuring, setup, maintenance, backups and patching the database. Customers are expected to export the database and start consuming the service through the pay-as-you-go model. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Janakiram MSV is Head – Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. [continued]

    Leveraging a Cloud Architecture for Fun, Ease, and Profit!
    By Phil Jackson & Harold Hannon

    The world of cloud and application development is not just for the hardened developer these days. In this discussion we will pull back the curtain of the architecture of a fun demo application purpose built for the cloud. We will focus on demonstrating how we leveraged compute, storage, messaging, and other cloud elements hosted at SoftLayer to lower the effort and difficulty of putting together a useful application. This will be an active demonstration and review of simple command line tools and resources, so don't be afraid if you may not be a seasoned developer. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Phil Jackson is Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer. Harold Hannon has been working in the field of software development as both an Architect and Developer for over 15 years, with a focus on workflow, integration and distributed systems. [continued]

    New Security Models for the IoT
    By Davi Ottenheimer

    An entirely new security model is needed for the internet of things, or is it? Can we save some old and tested controls for this new and different environment? This presentation reviews hands-on lessons with IoT devices and reveals a new risk balance you might not expect. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, has more than nineteen years' experience managing global security operations and assessments, including a decade of leading incident response and digital forensics. [continued]

    Infrastructure at Scale: Best Practices in Scaling Cloud Architectures
    By Phil Jackson

    Cloud scalability and performance should be at the heart of every successful internet venture. The infrastructure needs to be resilient, flexible, and fast—it's best not to get caught thinking about architecture until the middle of an emergency, when it's too late. In this interactive, no-holds-barred session, Phil Jackson, Development Community Advocate at Softlayer—dives into how to design and build-out the right cloud infrastructure. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Phil Jackson is Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer. He helps customers and partners integrate with the SoftLayer's API. [continued]

    The Secret Sauce of Cloud Backup & Recovery Services
    By Daniel Jacobson

    Cloud backup and recovery services are critical to safeguarding an organization's data and ensuring business continuity when technical failures and outages occur. With so many choices, how do you find the right provider for your specific needs? [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Daniel Jacobson is the Technology Manager at BUMI, a premium managed service provider specializing in cloud data backup and recovery. At BUMI, Daniel is responsible for running the data centers, developing and improving the BUMI service offerings as well as directly supporting customers. [continued]

    General Session | Real-time Big Data: An Agile approach
    By Cory Isaacson

    You use an agile process, your goal is to make your organization more agile. What about your data infrastructure? The truth is, today's databases are anything but agile — they are effectively static repositories that are cumbersome to work with, difficult to change, and cannot keep pace with application demands. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Cory Isaacson is CEO/CTO of CodeFutures Corporation, maker of dbShards, a leading database scalability suite providing a true "shared nothing" architecture for relational databases. [continued]

    Making Big Data Cost Effective in a Bare Metal Cloud
    By Harold Hannon

    The cloud provides an easy onramp to building and deploying Big Data solutions, particularly the latest technologies that favor scale-out architectures. Transitioning from initial deployment to a large-scale, highly performant operation without breaking the bank may not be easy. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Harold Hannon has been working in the field of software development as both an Architect and Developer for over 15 years, with a focus on workflow, integration and distributed systems. [continued]

    Security, Compliance, Performance: Yes! We are talking about web conferencing
    By Courtney Behrens

    Web conferencing in a public cloud has the same risks as any other cloud service. If you have ever had concerns over the types of data being shared in your employees' web conferences, such as IP, financials or customer data, then it's time to look at web conferencing in a private cloud. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Courtney Behrens has been a cloud marketing guru for the past 10 years, focusing on enabling success through a focus on the customer experience. She currently leads Marketing for OmniJoin™ web conferencing at Brother International. [continued]

    API Security: Securing Digital Channels and Mobile Apps Against Hacks
    By Sachin Agarwal

    More and more enterprises today are doing business by opening up their data and applications through APIs. Though forward-thinking and strategic, exposing APIs also increases the surface area for potential attack by hackers. To benefit from APIs while staying secure, enterprises and security architects need to continue to develop a deep understanding about API security and how it differs from traditional web application security or mobile application security. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Sachin Agarwal is Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy at SOA Software. He possesses more than 17 years of enterprise and startup experience focussing on using disruptive technologies to drive business growth. His expertise spans from infrastructure technologies like security and middleware to business centric applications like social, digital marketing, and analytics. [continued]

    Social Cloud: Revolutionizing sharing, starting from the infrastructure
    By Alessio Focardi

    The social media expansion has shown just how much people are eager to share their experiences with the rest of the world. Cloud technology is the perfect platform to satisfy this need given its great flexibility and readiness. At Cynny, we aim to revolutionize how people share and organize their digital life through a brand new cloud service, starting from infrastructure to the users interface. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Alessio is an entrepreneur and a guru in the IT world. His connection with the IT started in the very early stage of his life. He has extensive Hardware knowledge mixed with an unconventional creativity. He is the architect behind the invention of Cynny infinite storage cellular design and inspired to build the infrastructure based on with ARM technology and microservers. [continued]

    The Cloud's Higher Calling – Building the Cloud of the Future
    By Kurt Hagerman

    Next-Gen Cloud. Whatever you call it, there's a higher calling for cloud computing that requires providers to change their spots and move from a commodity mindset to a premium one. Businesses can no longer maintain the status quo that today's service providers offer. Yes, the continuity, speed, mobility, data access and connectivity are staples of the cloud and always will be. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Kurt Hagerman Chief Information Security Officer As chief information security officer (CISO) for FireHost, Kurt Hagerman is responsible for all aspects of security and compliance for both corporate and customer facing products. He is responsible for leading FireHost in attaining ISO, PCI, HIPAA and other certifications, which allows FireHost customers to more easily achieve their own compliance requirements [continued]

    MapDB: The Agile Java Database
    By Cory Isaacson & Jan Kotek

    MapDB is an Apache-licensed open source database specifically designed for Java developers. The library uses the standard Java Collections API, making it totally natural for Java developers to use and adopt, while scaling database size from GBs to TBs. MapDB is very fast and supports an agile approach to data, allowing developers to construct flexible schemas to exactly match application needs and tune performance, durability and caching for specific requirements. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Cory Isaacson is CEO/CTO of CodeFutures Corporation, maker of dbShards, a leading database scalability suite providing a true "shared nothing" architecture for relational databases. Jan Kotek is the primary developer for MapDB, an Apache-licensed open source database for Java developers (http://www.mapdb.org). [continued]

    Scaling Big Data
    By Cory Isaacson

    Need to scale your data tier? The foundation of every application is the database layer, and today application architects have more choices than ever. With these choices come new questions: Which database technology is best for your application? How can your application take advantage of Big Data technology? Can you run your relational database at Big Data scale? [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Cory Isaacson is CEO/CTO of CodeFutures Corporation, maker of dbShards, a leading database scalability suite providing a true "shared nothing" architecture for relational databases. [continued]

    SDDC Still More a Project than a Product or Service
    By Mark Thiele

    Simply defined the SDDC promises that you'll be able to treat "all" of your IT infrastructure as if it's completely malleable. That there are no restrictions to how you can use and assign everything from border controls to VM size as long as you stay within the technical capabilities of the devices. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Mark Thiele's responsibilities at SUPERNAP include evaluating new data center technologies, developing partners and providing industry thought leadership. Mark's insights in to the next generation of technological innovations, and how these technologies speak to client needs and solutions are invaluable. [continued]

    Rise of the Enterprise Platform: The New Way to Protect and Share Endpoint Data
    By Michael Bachman

    File sync and share. Endpoint protection. Both are massive opportunities for today's enterprise thanks to their business benefits and widespread user appeal. But one size does not fit all, especially user-adopted consumer technologies. Organizations must apply the right enterprise-ready tool for the job in order to properly manage and protect endpoint data. In this presentation, we discuss how the synergy of an enterprise platform—where sync/share and endpoint protection converge—delivers incredible value for the business. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Michael Bachman is a Senior Enterprise Systems Architect at Code42. [continued]

    Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Blending Cloud Computing and Desktop Applications
    By Ken Toole

    In 2013, Adobe took the bold step of moving from a perpetual licensing model to a subscription-based model to sell its creative software. The world is becoming more connected, collaborative and mobile, and Adobe wanted to make the shift to meet those needs. The process began in 2012 when Adobe launched the first phase of Creative Cloud, which provided Adobe's full set of creative applications as a membership. In the year since, Adobe built the infrastructure to store and share files in the cloud, and acquired Behance, a thriving social network used by millions of people to connect, showcase their work, and discover other talent. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: As senior director, Ken Toole is responsible for the day to day engineering effort required to deliver Adobe's flagship Creative Cloud service. Toole's work includes the development, quality, and engineering operations of a wide array of hosted services at the infrastructure and e-commerce level. [continued]

    Strengthen Your Business Reputation with Every Application Interaction
    By Anand Akela

    In today's application economy, enterprise organizations realize that it's their applications that are the heart and soul of their business. If their application users have a bad experience, their revenue and reputation are at stake. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Anand is Senior Director of Product Marketing for Application Performance Management at CA Technologies. Prior to his current role at CA, Anand was a Senior Director, Product Marketing at Oracle, focusing on Oracle's enterprise cloud, virtualization, and infrastructure management offerings. [continued]

    How Does the Network Change in a Cloud World?
    By Kelly Wanser

    Most enterprises are already considering how to enable their private clouds within their environment. The challenge today is how does the network adapt to this changing environment? How does the flexibility of a cloud operational model change the network? What does it mean for IT and network administrators? [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Kelly Wanser is Founder and CEO of Stateless Networks, which is solving the longstanding problem of automating network operations. Stateless partners with Cisco, VMWare, Arista and other industry leaders and innovators to pioneer the use of webscale software and integrated data to drive network operations. [continued]

    See Inside Your Cloud
    By David Reoch

    Server virtualization is no longer hype. It¹s reality. But as the infrastructure has converged, with server virtualization leading consolidation efforts, blind spots now exist causing more and more data to be hidden from enterprise tools. With more emphasis on data analysis for application performance and customer experience monitoring, virtualization teams are challenged to deliver visibility for virtual server traffic. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: David Reoch is a cloud computing design veteran specializing in the architecture of global, highly-available fault-tolerant data center infrastructures. Previous to his role as Sr. Director of Cloud Solutions at Gigamon, he served as Sr. Enterprise Technologist of Cloud, Hyperscale and Virtualization at Dell and principal architect of HP's Enterprise Cloud Services. [continued]

    Is the World Ready for SkyNet?
    By Chris Matthieu

    There will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020. Every smart device vendor has an app. If you're lucky, the vendor also offers an API. This is good for developers but what about for consumers? Consumers want their devices to communicate with each other and control everything from 1 app (or with their voice or automatically based on events or location). [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Chris Matthieu has two decades of telecom and web experience. He launched his Teleku cloud communications-as-a-service platform at eComm in 2010 which was acquired by Voxeo. [continued]

    Five Key Issues for The DNS of Things
    By Peter Silva

    The Domain Name Service (DNS) is one of the most important components in networking infrastructure, enabling users and services to access applications by translating URLs (names) into IP addresses (numbers). Because every icon and URL and all embedded content on a website requires a DNS lookup loading complex sites necessitates hundreds of DNS queries. In addition, as more internet enabled 'Things' get connected, people will rely on DNS to name and find their fridges, toasters and toilets. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Peter Silva covers security for F5's Technical Marketing Team. After working in Professional Theatre for 10 years, Peter decided to change careers. Starting out with a small VAR selling Netopia routers and the Instant Internet box, he soon became one of the first six Internet Specialists for AT&T managing customers on the original ATT WorldNet network. [continued]

    Intelligent Systems in Transportation
    By James Kirkland

    Intelligent systems may share common architectures, but they can solve a variety of challenges—from increasing accuracy with a rail signalling system to improving safety with an air traffic control system. In the transportation industry, addressing these challenges is particularly critical in order to ensure safety, increase efficiency, and reduce costs. Join our discussion of real-world use cases in the transportation industry and how open source technologies can create integrated, interoperable, and reliable systems of thousands of devices. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: James Kirkland is an Enterprise Solutions Architect at Red Hat. He has been working with Unix variants for 14 years. James is Linux LPIC level one certified, an RHCE, and a HP-UX certified System Administrator. He has been working with Linux for nine years, VMware for four years, and hp-ux for ten years. He has been a participant at HP World, Linux World, and numerous internal HP forums. [continued]

    How to Ensure Performance and Stability in Your Virtualized Environment
    By Andy Walton

    The sharing of resources and capacity within virtualized infrastructure is the single biggest cause of operational and performance issues, and even inefficiencies in these environments. Traditionally IT operations teams have seen this challenge as a "capacity management problem", something that is left to another group to sort out with the right hardware spend. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Andy Walton is Director at CiRBA. He has over 21 years of experience in the computing industry. His role at CiRBA focuses on articulating the benefits and integration considerations of Analytics software in large, complex, cross platform enterprise environments. [continued]

    Who Cares About Hybrid Cloud?
    By Gil Levonai

    How are hybrid clouds evolving to allow the coexistence of private and public clouds? What are the challenges to meeting a true hybrid cloud scenario?

    Businesses large and small have been at times both seduced and confused by the grand promise of the cloud. But when they talk about "hybrid cloud," they are really just seeking the flexibility to utilize the cloud as an extension of their own data center. They also want levels of openness, transparency and ease of use – previously unattained in the enterprise – where production workloads can be easily mobilized, centrally managed and protected. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Gil Levonai is vice president of marketing and products for Zerto. He spearheads marketing and product management, supporting the corporate vision by leading the go-to-market strategy. [continued]

    Don't Let Latency Get in the Way of your Cloud Ambitions
    By David Hall

    Most enterprises are concerned with security and privacy when putting data into the cloud, but what about latency? In putting data in the cloud, you need to make sure you have a sense for latency or the time it takes for messages to traverse the network (and back). If your message suffers as little as 20 milliseconds (1/1000th of a second) delay, you are looking at a 15% plunge in Web page load time. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: David Hall is responsible for developing new products, services and solutions, developing partnerships with key customers and suppliers; delivering on TelecityGroup's strategy of providing outstanding data center facilities, services and relationships, that in turn deliver real value and opportunity to customers. [continued]

    Criminal Pattern Identification and the Philosophy of Big Security Data
    By Steve Surfaro

    Is crime cyclic in nature? Can we predict when it will occur in cities? How does this impact your IT operation and how can you leverage analytics? We explore the efforts of Chicago and Philadelphia, Phoenix and Dallas in new crime fighting efforts using data analytics, cloud computing [continued]

    Speaker Bio: With more than 25 years of security industry experience, Steve Surfaro is Axis Communications Industry Liaison and Chairman of the ASIS Physical Security Council. He is also Chairman of the SIA Digital Video Subcommittee, Chairman of the CSAA Video Services Subcommittee, Industry Liaison for the BICSI ESS Standard Committee and Standards Team Leader for the DHS Video Quality in Public Safety Group. [continued]

    Are You Ready for the Future of Enterprise Cloud Adoption?
    By Mitch Kenfield

    Cloud technology brings one of the most fundamental changes to the global business model in decades. Originally seen as a desirable efficiency, today Cloud delivery models have become operational necessities that drive improvements in business performance and innovation. A recent KPMG survey sheds light on the 'real' state of Enterprise cloud adoption. This includes identifying where organizations are truly realizing the expected benefits of a Cloud environment and where they are still struggling, what is common in the market today and what is around the corner tomorrow. All of an enterprise's future mobile, social, digital and analytical needs are converging in the Cloud. Will you be ready? [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Mitch Kenfield is Managing Director at KPMG. [continued]

    Commercial and Open Source Choices for Building Your Private Cloud and Why?
    By Brent Doncaster & Michael Elliott

    Picking the ideal platform for your private cloud strategy is a critical decision – When do you pick commercial VMware and Microsoft-based solutions? When is an OpenStack solution a good option? Join Dell who reveals how leading organizations are aligning their needs with the various cloud platforms to optimize their agility, efficiency and service quality objectives. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Brent Doncaster is a Sr. Strategist for Product Marketing in Dell's Cloud Solutions team.

    Michael Elliott is an Enterprise Cloud Evangelist at Dell with over 20 years of enterprise technology experience. [continued]

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    Speaker Bio: Jay Friedman, president of Distrix Inc., has more than 30 years of high-tech experience. He spent almost half his career with Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems in executive and product-management roles. [continued]

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    Normally in a document database such as CouchDB or BigCouch, data is queried using b-tree indexes built with map-reduce functions. Cloudant has extended the platform to natively take advantage of Lucene and R*-Tree indexes to make obtaining data out of NoSQL DBaaS more powerful and flexible. [continued]

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    Data generation and storage is rapidly accelerating and is expected to grow 44X in the next few years .Strict regulations and compliance combined with the need to mine this data to gain competitive advantage make it mandatory for enterprises to store this data for longer periods of time. To deal with this data explosion, enterprises are switching to a hybrid cloud storage model – a trend that is predicted to accelerate so fast that by 2020 over a third of the world's data is stored and passes through the cloud. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Marc Farley is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft. [continued]

    Mobile Apps in the Enterprise: Harness the Power for Your Customers and Employees
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    Mobile apps are becoming increasingly important in the enterprise. Traditional web apps cannot match the increased levels of engagement and retention achieved through a personalized and responsive experience on each user's favorite device. To build a cross-platform mobile app capable of delivering a truly personalized and responsive experience, however, you need to effectively utilize a cloud-connected app backend that is built to enhance security, scale and speed of development. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Miranda Luna is a Product Manager on the Windows Azure team focusing on all things mobile, including Mobile Services and Notification Hubs. [continued]

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    As Infrastructure needs grow so does the need to be able to deal with it in a quick and cost efficient manner. With Azure, you can spin up new Windows Server and Linux virtual machines in minutes and adjust your usage as your needs change. With our pay-as-you-go approach, you only pay for what you use and there are never any penalties for changing your virtual machine configurations. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Drew McDaniel is a Principal Program Manager Lead - Windows Azure Division at Microsoft. [continued]

    The Value of DevOps in the Enterprise
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    DevOps is a hot topic these days despite the fact that the term is broadly misunderstood. DevOps is not a person or a bunch of systems administrators writing Chef scripts, and it's definitely not just another software methodology. In this session we will explore how to derive the greatest value from DevOps and how it should be used in an enterprise context to deliver high-quality software, better, faster and cheaper. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Mike Kavis is Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners. He has served in numerous technical roles such as CTO, Chief Architect, and VP positions with over 25 years of experience in software development and architecture. [continued]

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    Speaker Bio: Paul Turner is chief marketing officer at Cloudian, Inc. where he is responsible for product strategy, planning and development, branding, and leading the charge for widespread market and end-user adoption of hybrid cloud storage architectures. Mr. Turner came to Cloudian with nearly 25 years of product development and marketing management leadership, including ten years at NetApp where he led the Product Strategy Office, guiding corporate investment into FlashRay, Iongrid and CacheIQ. [continued]

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    Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions in the Cloud are spawning a wide spectrum of services that are revolutionizing the workplace for employers and employees. Instead of HR being just a cost center, Cloud computing is affording HR the opportunity to add significant value to the bottom line in the form of reduced expenditures on software and computer systems that are now managed in the Cloud, as well as increased efficiencies. [continued]

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    The reach and demand of cloud storage services are rapidly expanding as many organizations are expressing interest in storage-as-a service (STaaS) for public, private and hybrid cloud implementations. The next generation of applications and workloads are driving a big change in storage requirements that lead us to develop a new object-based software defined storage platform with elastic Exabyte scalability and enterprise consistency in flexible dynamic and open architecture. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Wim is a Storage veteran who has been involved in the development and launch of several innovative products and technologies. Before starting Amplidata, Wim was Director of Product Management at Symantec (Veritas), responsible for the introduction of deduplication (NetBackup PureDisk) and disk backup technologies in the market-leading Veritas NetBackup product. [continued]

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    Healthcare executives like you are challenged with implementing changes from healthcare reform, adapting to value-based reimbursement, and bending the cost curve. At the same time, you are expected to maintain a high level of patient satisfaction and deliver quality outcomes. Your operational and administrative systems need to support your expanded responsibilities by transforming traditional business processes and arming decision makers with sound, insightful information. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Sean Wdowiak is Director, Healthcare Solutions at Infor. [continued]

    Powering the Mobile Enterprise
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    Delivering modern application experiences requires a cloud based architecture that unlocks the silos of process and information within the organization. These capabilities must be resident in the cloud, and easily consumed by mobile applications. Join us a we discuss a common approach to access application capability, end to end process automation, and information stores designed to enable modern applications experiences, which are mostly or exclusively mobile. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Dan Scholler is Vice President, Platform and Technology at Infor. [continued]

    Practical IoT NOW: Lessons Learned & Real Examples
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    A lot of people are heralding IoT as the future, but what can your business do today? Quite a lot, it turns out, if you know what to look for and how to talk about it. In this session, we will discuss business processes ripe for IoT style solutions and provide real world examples in operation today. We'll also cover several fun ways to inspire your organization, share some lessons learned about solution development and offer several next steps designed to get you started. Join us and learn how to kickstart your company's IoT efforts into high gear. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Reid Carlberg hacks quadcopters, automates 3D printers and built the only hot sauce-inator in enterprise software today. As a Senior Director on the Developer Evangelism team at Salesforce.com, Reid helps developer communities around the world understand and work with the Salesforce1 Platform. [continued]

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    Learn why network virtualization is the final frontier to conquer for high-utilization and high-performance clouds (since server and storage virtualization are already mature). 2013 was the year of SDN's debut, but in this talk you'll hear how SDN's relevant server-centric comparison for network virtualization (NV) is whether it operates like a server Type-I hypervisor (Bare Metal) or Type-II (Hosted). The speaker will explain how Openstack, OpenDaylight, Openflow, Cisco ONE, VMware NSX, and others compare and work with server hypervisors and how to incorporate network virtualization in your cloud to improve analytics, compliance, management, scalability, reliability, cloudBursting, and billing features. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Robert Drost was a Sr. Distinguished Engineer and Director of Advanced Hardware at Sun Microsystems. Robert has extensive hardware experience, including over 90 patents and a 17 year career in high-performance computing systems. [continued]

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    Water's path from sea level to a cloud is quite a journey and often misunderstood, similar to that of an organizations path as they traverse from a traditional on premise compute model, to public and private cloud adoption. Infrastructure changes have a ripple effect, and impact functions across an organization, not just in IT, everything from executive management, to finance – and often cause unnecessary strife and significant project delays. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Joel Ferman serves as Vice President of Marketing for InMage Systems Inc and has more than 9 years of experience in enterprise technology, with a focus on cloud infrastructure. Before joining InMage, he was Director of Product Management at Juniper Networks, where he led a team of product managers responsible for Juniper's security management product line, including centralized SDN and cloud security management. [continued]

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    We live in a time when seconds - even milliseconds, can have a dramatic economic impact on your company's future.

    With technology being the primary conduit for consumer interaction, the user experience is at center stage. User experience will be a deciding factor in separating the future winners from the losers. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Tom Lounibos, CEO for SOASTA, oversees the company's operations, sales and marketing arms and is responsible for the company's go-to-market strategy. He brings more than 30 years of experience in building early stage software companies, leading two companies to successful IPOs. [continued]

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    The benefits of using a Cloud Platform-as-a-Service are clear – higher elasticity, lower cost and risk, and support for new business models. But what are some of the pitfalls? What type of workloads should you start with? And what will make your deployment successful?. [continued]

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    When it comes to protecting an IT investment, a natural choice today is to leverage a cloud technology. In this session from Veeam, see how you can start engage one or more cloud technologies for your data protection strategy. Whether you are looking for straightforward object-based storage to clouds such as Glacier or S3, implementing gateway appliances to storage such as Azure, leveraging cloud computing or want to develop a line of business around cloud services; there are options for protection today leveraging cloud solutions. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Rick Vanover (vExpert, MCITP, VCP) is a product strategy specialist for Veeam Software based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick is a popular blogger, podcaster and active member of the virtualization community. Rick's IT experience includes system administration and IT management; with virtualization being the central theme of his career recently. Follow Rick on Twitter @RickVanover or @Veeam. [continued]

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    The Smart Home concept is a subset of the Internet of Things(IoT). The core idea is to connect “things” (digital devices) to each other to facilitate communication, feedback, and alerting. In essence connecting the physical world with the digital world. We are installing new sensors and actuators into everyday devices that is leading to new IoT and Smart Home services by integrating existing solutions and technologies.
    On Halloween day, let's take a quick look at some of the top things that are killing software testers... Accelerated Release Cycles In response to today's demand for speed and "Continuous Everything," the software delivery conveyer belt keeps moving faster and faster. Considering that software testing has long been a thorn in the side of the software delivery process, it's unreasonable to expect that simply trying to speed up an already-troubled quality process will achieve the desired results. (I Love Lucy fans: Just think of Lucy and Ethel at the candy factory, struggling to keep pace a...
    Since the birth of Hadoop in 2005-06, the way we think about storing and processing information has evolved considerably. The term “Big Data” has become synonymous with this evolution. But still, many of our customers continue to ask, “What is Big Data?”, “What are its use cases?”, and “What is its business value?”. The Internet is overloaded with definitions, characteristics, and benefits; however, few discussions synthesize all three of these topics in one place. This paper answers these questions, and proposes a total cost calculation framework for CTOs and CIOs that are evaluating solution...
    This is a follow-up blog that is part of a series of 2015 cloud predictions. The first one, entitled When the Walls Come Down, had the following as the central thesis: In 2015 the perceived costs of cloud migration for existing production apps will drop by more than 50%; it will trigger a massive (and […]
    It is no doubt that the latest and greatest technologies get your juices flowing. Researching the details, comparing the benchmarks, imagining the differences you could make within your organization if you could just put the right technology solutions in the right place. If only budgets and time were endless. If only you could start again from scratch. How different things would be. Insert screeching record and your return to reality. You are not only tasked with integrating legacy systems the business has relied on for years and numerous data sources scattered throughout the organization but ...
    Depending on whom you listen to, the private cloud is either dead or on the cusp of a major market breakthrough. Some tech pundits argue this technology has already been replaced by more efficient public cloud offerings and businesses just need time to catch up, while others claim there's a bright future for private solutions. Research supports the latter – according to IDC, spending on hosted private cloud services should hit $24 billion by 2016. Why? Because there's real value in this model. Here's a look at five compelling advantages of the private cloud. It's Not On-Premises (Necessarily...

    The "internet of things" is not coming. It's here.

    Driven by the introduction of low-cost "things" that are actually useful, Silicon Valley's promised land of a wirelessly-linked network of everyday objects is slowly becoming a reality.

    And for those who see the data-gathering potential, the prospects are salivation-inducing; a world where everything could sense its surroundings, gathering all kinds of data and then wirelessly delivering it to a central point for analysis.

    The Amazon Web Services public infrastructure cloud is seeing massive adoption, and for good reason. Using AWS arms companies with advanced infrastructure that, in most cases, they could not possibly achieve in their own datacenters. In fact, According to Gartner, AWS has 5 times more deployed cloud infrastructure as their next 14 competitors have...combined.[1] Customers like Bristol-Myers Squibb, Unilever, and Lionsgate are taking advantage of the broad and deep services of the AWS Cloud to grow their businesses and accelerate innovation.[2] However, using any public cloud infrastructure st...
    Despite the data privacy protections supposedly conferred by regulations like HIPAA and HITECH, consumers’ confidential health and personal information is still not safe enough. That’s the lesson to be learned from Franklin, TN-based Community Health Systems’ (CHS) August 18 regulatory filing. In the filing, CHS disclosed that the names, SSNs, addresses, birth dates, and phone numbers of approximately 4.5 million people across 28 states have been stolen, according to Computerworld. Those 4.5 million victims, whom Computerworld reported had either received or been referred for services to CHS-a...
    Appcore aims to simplify private cloud through Apache CloudStack solutions. Nate Gordon serves as the Des Moines, IA-based company's Director of Technology, in its effort to enhance Apache CloudStack and Citrix CloudPlatform for its customers. We had a few questions for him, and this is what he told us: Cloud Computing Journal: What have your customers found to be the advantages of using Apache CloudStack? Nate Gordon: Appcore understands that there are a lot of orchestration platforms in the market to chose from. Before we committed to one platform or the other, we did an extensive anal...
    The Internet of Things (IoT) is making everything it touches smarter – smart devices, smart cars and smart cities. And lucky us, we’re just beginning to reap the benefits as we work toward a networked society. However, this technology-driven innovation is impacting more than just individuals. The IoT has an environmental impact as well, which brings us to the theme of this month’s #IoTuesday Twitter chat. The ability to remove inefficiencies through connected objects is driving change throughout every sector, including waste management. BigBelly Solar, located just outside of Boston, is trans...
    Earlier in the year, Gartner forecast that by year-end 2016, more than 50 percent of global companies will have stored customer-sensitive data in a public cloud platform. These services can scale very quickly, which has made them very popular for applications that have a requirement for flexibility.

    Cloud storage offers organizations significant cost and agility benefits, but can pose some security, privacy, accessibility and performance challenges. Therefore, a big part of selecting a best-fit cloud storage provider is investing the time to perform the research to fully understand ...
    Before YARN there was another resource negotiator, Mesos. Mesos was originally documented in a research paper, followed by an Apache project, and now commercialized as Mesosphere – who are building out an ecosystem around Mesos.
    I'll be hosting an SAP HANA Cloud webinar at 11am eastern time, Wednesday, October 29. You can sign up now. Featured speakers will be Allan Adler, Managing Partner, Channel Cloud Consulting, and Thorsten Leiduck, VP ISVs & Digital Commerce, SAP. Attendees will learn about • Cloud economics, hybrid cloud strategy, market size and opportunity • Introduction to SAP HANA Cloud Platform and how to: - Build new next-generation applications - Extend on-premise solutions non-disruptively through extensions in the cloud - Extend existing cloud solutions and building customized business proce...
    It's hard to miss the world of opportunities that data collection and analysis have opened up. But how can you avoid having information overload? It takes a lot of will power, in our data obsessed world to say "too much!" However, there are many ways where too much information is destroying productivity, and actually causing bad decision making, not good. But it is hard to avoid the world of opportunities that has been opened in data collection and analysis. So how do you balance the two? The first step is to understand there is a big difference between data collection, and it's utilization. ...