Cloud Leadership Forum 2012
Meet the Analysts

  IDC Analysts at Cloud Leadership Forum

Research Vice President, Enterprise Servers
Changing supplier dynamics and implications for enterprise server decisions: The enterprise server market saw the emergence of new form factors for integrated systems and cloud computing systems in 2011 — and new market dynamics between the vendors themselves. Although the top 5 vendors continued their intense competition in 2011, the strategies of each of these vendors evolved during the year to leverage new technology developments, including multicore designs, virtualization, the addition of RAS features for availability, and improved systems management software. Sit down with Jean to discuss what you need to consider as you plan your enterprise server and cloud strategies.

Jeanne Capachin
Research Vice President, Corporate Treasury Service and Spending Guides
Cloud in the Financial Services market: Meet with Jeanne to hear how cloud is benefitting financial service organizations, and gain insights and best practices on how to best leverage cloud in your own organization.

Stephen Drake

Program Vice President, Mobility and Telecom
Factoring Mobile in Your Cloud Deployment: Mobile computing, the cloud, and multiple devices are providing companies with the opportunity to develop innovative new business models.  There are many ways that cloud impacts mobile initiatives -- including connectivity, application development, pricing frameworks, and security. Get together with Stephen to learn the best ways to build cohesive and complementary cloud and mobile strategies.
Group VP, Application Development and Deployment
In application development and deployment, cloud application platforms are both a consequence of the shift from development to deployment as well as the next step in enabling modern application development.  Cloud application platforms and the larger platform as a service (PaaS) market are redefining how we approach all aspects of application development due to key characteristics including automated provisioning, dynamic scalability, productivity, standardization, availability, reliability, and manageability.  The result is that cloud application platforms are becoming the focal point for the development, deployment, and ongoing management for both custom and packaged applications.
Phil Hochmuth
Program Manager, Security Products
Exploring cloud security challenges, and opportunities: Security is always a top concern regarding cloud computing adoption. But what are the specific issues and challenges around security relative to the varying types of cloud services and architectures? These vary widely, depending on the types of cloud services (SaaS, PaaS or SaaS) or architectures (public, private or hybrid) being used. IDC research on cloud security analyzes these issues from the demand side, while sizing the market opportunity for vendors and carriers to sell security products into these types of cloud environments.
Sally Hudson
Research Director, Security Products and Services
Cost and efficiency are driving demand for Cloud hosted technologies: IDC research shows primary inhibitors to cloud adoption in large IT organizations revolve around concerns of security, privacy and liability.  Cloud security is evolving. There are many existing solutions today that address enterprise IT's need for secure Cloud. These include SSO, Roles Based Access Control (RBAC), Privileged Identity Management, Strong Authentication, DLP, discovery and attestation, and secure management of mobile devices.
Practice Director, Emerging Agenda; Sustainability; AOVC
Cloud in the Manufacturing and Retail markets: Meet with Kimberly to discuss the ways cloud technologies can be used to improve and transform your supply chain, partner and supplier relationships, customer service and overall operations.
Gard Little
Research Director, IT Consulting and System Integration Research
Professional Services Requirements for Moving Workloads to the Cloud: Beyond email/collaboration and customer relationship management, IDC research shows that organizations are migrating less commoditized workloads to the cloud including enterprise resource management and analytics. But before organizations can benefit from this migration they will face transition and implementation challenges. Sit down with Gard Little to learn tips and best practices for successfully moving workloads to the cloud.
Robert Mahowald
Research Vice President, SaaS and Cloud Services
Assessing and Applying New Software Delivery Models: SaaS is the service enablement of all three primary software markets: applications, application development and deployment (AD&D), and system infrastructure software (SIS), and virtually all software vendors are at various stages in a seminal transition in how they build, sell, and deliver their products as services. By 2015, nearly $1 of every $6 spent on packaged software, and $1 of every $5 spent on applications, will be consumed via the SaaS model. By 2012, about 83% of all net-new software firms coming to market will be operationalized around creating, testing, selling, and provisioning a service versus a packaged product (CD). Meet with Robert to discuss what to expect from your software vendors as they ramp up and transition their products as services. 
Research Vice President, Hosting & Managed Network Services
The role of service providers in enterprise cloud strategies: As cloud migrates from "next big thing" status to becoming an integral element of enterprises'  long-term IT delivery and consumption strategies, what role do service providers play in the mix? The cloud service provider landscape is rapidly expanding, resulting in a vast array of value propositions and sourcing options. How can enterprises get a handle on the choices and what are cloud service providers bringing to the table?
Vice President & IT Executive Advisor
Topic coming soon
David Tapper
Vice President, Outsourcing and Offshore Services Market Research 
Sourcing Strategies and Services Firm Evaluation: The outsourcing services industry is experiencing a fundamental change in its business model from using a traditional means of delivering services (e.g. more labor-oriented) to a cloud services-based model, which involves highly automated provisioning of services. Success for enterprise customers will require developing a strategic sourcing strategy that bridges the old world to the new world of cloud services while enabling a seamless transition. Hear from David how the cloud is impacting outsourcing, and what you need to know as you source and negotiate your outsourcing contracts. 
Program Director, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) Infrastructure
Data governance in the cloud including best practices for designing governance frameworks: What have the early adopters of cloud computing learned about architecting their data governance frameworks? What are the key differences for private vs. public vs. hybrid cloud?  What are the key lessons learned in auditing practices for cloud computing and in conducting due diligence in cloud service providers? What are the key lessons on the role of certification to data governance standards (such as ISO27001) to validate cloud security providers?  How can stakeholders work together to push for adoption of standards and certification? Meet with Vivian to learn best practices for architecting your data governance frameworks in the new age of cloud.
Rick Villars
Vice President, Information & Cloud
Impact of Big Data and Archiving on Cloud Strategies: Information sharing, data protection, and long term data preservation are among the most widely considered/adopted cloud services.  The growing importance of emerging Big Data analytics solutions for business transformations increasing the need to rethink data/information management practices as part of cloud environments. Hear from Rick the key strategies you should consider as you map your data analytics and management initiatives in cloud environments.