Cloud Connect Chicago Features Zipcar and on Keynote Stage

Main Stage Presentations to Spotlight Cloud Enterprise Transformation

Aug 26, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Cloud Connect Chicago, produced by UBM Tech, announces its initial keynote lineup which includes executives from Zipcar, The Weather Company's and more to discuss triumphs and lessons learned from their business' cloud implementations. As the premier technology event for the cloud community, featuring the latest technologies, strategies and innovations, Cloud Connect will return to Chicago October 21—23 in a new downtown location, McCormick Place. For more information or to register visit:


Headliners will unveil case studies, share insights on the trends driving the future of cloud computing, and present innovative advancements to empower organizations transitioning to the cloud. To date, the keynote lineup includes:

  • Alistair Croll, Vice President, CloudOps Research
  • Margaret Dawson, Vice President of Product Marketing & Cloud Evangelist, HP Cloud Services
  • Duke Skarda, CTO, SoftLayer
  • Paul Walsh, Vice President of Weather Analytics and Meteorologist, The Weather Company
  • Robin Chase, Founder, Zipcar and GoLoco

Zipcar's Robin Chase will open the first keynote session with a case study on Zipcar's disruptive innovation, as the company's unique pooled resource model reflects the concept on which cloud computing was built. Following, The Weather Company's Paul Walsh will speak to big data analysis of weather patterns and their effect on global supply chains. On the second day of keynotes, HP's Margaret Dawson will moderate a panel entitled, "Stack Wars: The Battle for the Enterprise Cloud," to spark discussion on the unresolved debate around which stack is best suited for enterprise use.

"Cloud Connect has chosen some of the most influential executives and interesting use cases in the enterprise cloud environment to take the main stage in Chicago," said Steve Wylie, Cloud Connect General Manager. "From big data to 'lean IT,' these keynote presentation topics are an excellent representation of how cloud services are capable of transforming business operations and are guaranteed to motivate and resonate with the Cloud Connect audience."

In addition to keynote sessions, Cloud Connect Chicago includes five tracks of conference content: Amazon Web Services & Eucalyptus, CloudStack, OpenStack, Platform-as-a-Service and Virtualization & Private Cloud. The event opens on Monday, October 21 with a full day of intensive cloud computing education through a series of Summits and Boot Camps that will outline standards and emerging trends around big data, security and risk, as well as management strategies in increasingly heterogeneous cloud environments. Cloud Connect Chicago will be co-located with The Big Data Conference, another UBM Tech event, and the events will share a keynote stage.  More information available at:

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About Cloud Connect

Cloud Connect, produced by UBM Tech, is the defining event of the cloud computing industry and the only venue where attendees learn how to leverage the cloud ecosystem to develop new services, revenue streams and business models. As both a conference and an exhibition, Cloud Connect's goal is to chart the course of cloud computing's development by bringing together enterprise IT professionals, developers, infrastructure and service providers and cloud computing innovators. Cloud Connect offers three days of in-depth boot camps, panel discussions and access to a host of industry experts, all designed to help organizations weigh their cloud options and drive transformation.  For more information visit:

About UBM Tech

UBM Tech is a global media business that brings together the world's technology industry through live events and online properties.  Its community-focused media and events provide expertly curated content along with user-generated content and peer-to-peer engagement opportunities through its proprietary, award-winning DeusM community platform. UBM Tech's brands include EE Times, Interop, Black Hat, InformationWeek, Game Developers Conference, CRN, and DesignCon. The company's products include research, education, training, and data services that accelerate decision making for technology buyers.  UBM Tech also offers a full range of marketing services based on its content and technology market expertise, including custom events, content marketing solutions, community development and demand generation programs. UBM Tech is a part of UBM (UBM.L), a global provider of media and information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.


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