Cloud computing conference guide Fall 2012

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Cloud is a hot topic right now. So hot that organizations and vendors around the world are hosting cloud-focused conferences that are designed to help IT managers make the most out of this technology. These conferences explore every imaginable cloud-related topic – from how to ensure your security in the cloud to how to choose the best cloud services to meet your IT and business needs.

With all of these conferences, it may be hard to pick the one that is right for you. To help you make a decision, the expertIP editors have put together this guide to upcoming cloud events. We’ve rated the conferences on a number of factors that IT managers find important, such as:

  • Location: Is the conference being held at a location that justifies the time away from the office (i.e. Vegas, Hawaii), or is it in some suburban business park?
  • Bias: Will the conference be one long sales pitch from a specific vendor, or is it independently organized?
  • Geek factor: Here at expertIP, we believe that geeks rule the world! Will attending the conference give you geek cred within your organization? Can you brag about how you were the first to check out the latest cloud technologies and make all the other folks in your IT department jealous?

Here are some upcoming cloud conferences that may be of interest:

CloudBeat 2012

November 28-29, 2012 – Redwood City, CA

http://venturebeat.com/events/cloudbeat2012/

Event organizer:

VentureBeat

Who is it for?

Executives from cloud startups, leading cloud providers and Fortune 500s

Key topics:

  • Open vs. Closed
  • Integration and the Cloud
  • Visibility: Cloud Management and Control in a Complex World
  • Platform as a Service: The Future of Cloud?
  • Real World Uses for Big Data
  • Security

What makes it different?

According to the conference’s website, “Unlike other cloud conferences, CloudBeat brings IT executives who use cloud technologies onto the same stage as the companies making those technologies. It’s a rare chance to learn what really works, who’s buying what, and where the industry is going.”

expertIP Ratings:

  • Location: For IT learning, it doesn’t get any better than the centre of the tech universe in Silicon Valley.
  • Bias: VentureBeat is a media company that shares journalistic content about technology, innovation and tech funding. If the conference is anything like the blog, you should expect unbiased learning.
  • Geek factor: CloudBeat will have an innovation showdown, where the best new cloud technology will receive a host of prizes, including introductions to potential investors. Attending this event to see the latest technology will up your geek cred. However, winning this showdown will give you bragging rights for life.

CloudLAUNCH

October 15-16, 2012 – Ottawa, ON

http://www.canadiancloudcouncil.ca/events

Event organizer:

Canadian Cloud Council

Who is it for?

Canadian cloud start-ups, government agencies, business leaders and students

Key topics:  

According to a CloudLAUNCH press release, “The theme of the event will be Canadian Cloud technology innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization – and how the convergence of these disciplines will play a major impact on Canadian economic development and its global competitive position. The conference will focus on three major key focus areas: The Business of Cloud Computing, Cloud Transformation Best Practices, and The Case for Government Cloud Computing.”

What makes it different?

CloudLAUNCH 2012 is the Canadian Cloud Council’s third national cloud conference. This conference aims to advance Canada’s cloud agenda and features “35 Canadian cloud evangelists, business leaders and policy makers tasked with creating Canada’s Cloud Economic Action Plan.”

expertIP Ratings:

  • Location: Ideal for folks who work in Canadian government.
  • Bias: The Canadian Cloud Council is a vendor-neutral organization dedicated to accelerating Canada’s cloud agenda. This means that you shouldn’t need to wear a hardhat at the conference to protect yourself from being hit over the head with sales pitches.
  • Geek factor: Workshops such as “The Cloud Entrepreneur” and “The Social Enterprise” will give you an opportunity gain a business edge and up your geek cred.

Cloud Security Alliance Congress 2012

November 6-9, Orlando, FL

http://www.misti.com/default.asp?page=65&Return=70&ProductID=4985&LS=cloud

Event organizer:

MIS Training Institute

Who is it for?

IT security professionals and executives

Key topics:  

  • Data Protection in the Cloud
  • Increasing Security and Productivity in Cloud Applications
  • Top Mobile Threats in the Cloud
  • Step-by-Step Approach to Implementing a Private Cloud
  • What You Need to Know About Standards and Cloud Security
  • Outsourcing Personal Data Processing to the Cloud

What makes it different?

According to the conference’s website, “In addition to offering best practices and practical solutions for remaining secure in the cloud, this year’s third annual conference will focus on emerging areas of growth and concern in cloud security, including standardization, transparency of controls, mobile computing, Big Data in the cloud and innovation. Attendees will gain exposure to industry-specific case studies that will help them learn and leverage best practices used by their peers in moving to a secure cloud.”

expertIP Ratings:

  • Location: Bring the kids! While you’re working at the conference, your family can play at Disney World.
  • Bias: MIS Training Institute events focus on “unbiased practices, proven strategies, and lessons learned in the real world.”
  • Geek factor: Enhancing your cloud security knowledge while others in Orlando are slacking off at Disney World? You deserve some geek cred for your dedication!

 

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley

November 5-8, 2012 – Santa Clara, CA

http://cloudcomputingexpo.com/

Event organizer:

SYS-CON Media

Who is it for?

IT professionals (managers, directors and executives), business executives, product managers and purchasing managers.

Key topics:

  • Big Data and Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Storage Virtualization Testing / APIs
  • Cloud Perspectives / Cloud Management
  • Cloud Action Points / Best Practices / Case Studies
  • Moving to the Cloud in Practice
  • Enterprise Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Architecture, Security and Performance

What makes it different?

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley focuses on two of the biggest IT trends – cloud computing and big data. According to the conference’s website, “Cloud Expo Silicon Valley will feature 175+ sessions from a rock star conference faculty chosen from among the leading industry players in the cloud computing and Big Data worlds.” In addition, the two-day Cloud Essentials course allows attendees to receive a CompTIA certification as a Cloud Essentials Professional (CEP).

expertIP Ratings:

  • Location: For IT learning, it doesn’t get any better than the centre of the tech universe in Silicon Valley.
  • Bias: SYS-CON Media publishes numerous IT magazines and newsletters. If the conference is anything like the rest of its content, you should expect unbiased learning.
  • Geek factor: This huge event in Silicon Valley offers ample opportunities to learn about the latest cloud technologies and up your geek cred.

Business Cloud Summit 2012

November 29, 2012 – London, UK

http://www.businesscloudsummit.com/

Event organizer:

Sift Media

Who is it for?

IT professionals (from managers to executives), CMOs, HR directors, finance directors and CFOs.

Key topics:

  • The Business Cloud
  • The Government Cloud
  • The Executive Cloud

What makes it different?

According to the event’s website, sessions will focus on “sharing real-world, practical cloud insights, stories and advice to help you on your cloud journey.” During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear 500 personal cloud stories and business transformation success cases.

expertIP Ratings:

  • Location: Clouds by day and pints by night!
  • Bias: Sift Media is a B2B publishing company, which means the focus will be on sharing great content instead of sales pitches.
  • Geek factor: Marketing, big data, cloud and social business? Learning about all of these sounds like a great way to up your geek ante!
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