Mark your calendar: Join us for #cloudchat

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We kick-off this new series of tweetchats by asking, what are the top hindrances organisations face in the adoption of cloud computing? Tell us what you think the main ones are.

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Here are some specifics on the tweetchat:


    • When: Thursday, June 9, at 4 p.m. Eastern Time, repeating the 2nd Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.


    • Where: The chat can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #cloudchat. Alternatively, log on and access the chat on twebevent. A recap will be posted on this blog the following Friday.


    • Why: To facilitate additional industry dialogue and provide a forum for questions, idea sharing, and problem solving. For the inaugural chat, the topic area will be the main hindrances to adopting cloud—be it security, cost, lack of management buy-in, and more. We want your input on what you’d like to discuss specifically within that focus area, so please leave a comment on this post or tweet @ibmcloud with questions you’d like to see discussed during the chat.


  • Who: To facilitate conversation, a number of IBM cloud experts will be participating in the #cloudchat. Learn more about some of the participants:

Jon Etkins

Jon is from IBM Global Technology Services and supports the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise offering; he creates and maintains the Base OS images offered on the IBM Cloud.

Manav Gupta

Manav is a Software IT Architect for Telecoms in Canada. He advises telecom customers on OSS/BSS architectures, mapping their requirements to industry standard frameworks such as NGOSS and proposing the products from the IBM software suite that fit best. Additionally, Manav develops custom cloud architectures to suit a variety of workloads. He is a certified IT Specialist and an active inventor and mentor.

David Kwock

David is a Service Management Solution Architect in the US. He has 11 years of experience in the IT Service Management field, 4 of which have been with IBM. His areas of expertise include service management, service-oriented architecture, cloud computing and dynamic infrastructure. He has written extensively about IT Service Management and service-oriented architecture including an IBM Redpaper™ publication about Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS deployment in a retail environment and Tivoli integration scenarios.

Hitesh Patel

Hitesh is a technical designer for IBM Learning, where he helps to shape technical infrastructure and solutions according to learning program requirements. He has worked in many different learning and education teams over the past 15 years.

Neena Richard

Neena has more than 7 years experience with the Lotus Software group. Her current role as a Staff Software Engineer is to test, troubleshoot, implement, debug, deploy and support a number of Sametime clients and servers. She also has 3 years of experience in similar roles with Lotus Notes and the Domino product group.

Anil Somani

Anil works in IBM Silicon Valley Cloud Labs, part of the IBM Software Group. He manages a team working on customer POCs and pilots in the areas of cloud computing and mobile and industry verticals, such as banking. Prior to IBM, Anil worked for eBay-PayPal and few other startups and mid-size companies in the Valley.

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