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#Cloudchat: December chat will recap cloud computing in 2011, look forward to 2012 and beyond

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Update: Dr. Angel Luis Diaz, IBM VP Software Standards & Cloud, will also be joining our panel today for #cloudchat.

The time has come for analysts, pundits, bloggers and media to publish their “2011 in review” reports. It’s been an interesting year in all respects, but particularly for cloud computing. For our final #cloudchat of 2011, we’ve lined up an all-star—and we mean all-star—panel to look back at 2011 and tell us what’s next for cloud in 2012. Analysts Srini Chari of Cabot Partners, Judith Hurwitz of Hurwitz and Associates, and Amy Wohl of Wohl Associates will be sharing their insights with us. Here’s a little more about each panelist: Srini Chari
Dr. Chari, an independent IT analyst and an authority on emerging technologies, has more than 20 years’ experience in information technology. Prior to co-founding Cabot Partners Group, he was president and CEO of TurboWorx, Inc., a bioinformatics software company providing workflow solutions for grids and clusters. Before that, he spent 13 years at IBM, where his last position was as Program Director, Emerging Businesses, Corporate Strategy.

A graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology in mechanical engineering, he holds an MS in engineering and a Ph.D. in computational mechanics from the University of Texas, and an MBA with distinction in finance, management and international business from the Stern School of Business, New York University. In addition, he has completed Harvard Business School executive programs on strategy and leadership.

Judith Hurwitz Hurwitz is President and CEO of Hurwitz & Associates, Inc., a strategy consulting and research firm focused on distributed computing technologies. A pioneer in anticipating technology innovation and adoption, Judith advocates for a pragmatic adoption of an architectural and business approach to the emerging market for cloud computing, service orientation, and service management. She has served as a trusted advisor to many industry leaders over the years. Prior to founding Hurwitz & Associates in 2002, Judith was a co-founder of CycleBridge, a consulting firm focused on life sciences software. She also served as a senior information technology consultant at John Hancock and Apollo Computer. Hurwitz is a frequent speaker at industry events and writes a popular blog focused on distributed technology. She is the co-author of the following books published by Wiley Publishing: Cloud Computing for Dummies, Service Oriented Architectures for Dummies, Service Management for Dummies, and Information Management for Dummies. She has written extensively about all aspects of distributed software. Amy Wohl

Wohl is a computer industry analyst who specializes in the commercialization of new technology. She has been observing, writing about, and commenting on the information technology industry for more than 30 years. She writes for both her clients and her own blogs and books.

Wohl’s current specialties include SaaS, Cloud Computing, SOA, and the commercialization of new technologies, including the creation of new markets and business models. Her clients are software companies with whom she assists in projects for new technologies, new concepts, and new products. She has written a book, How to Succeed at SaaS: Computing in the Cloud.

Wohl is president of Wohl Associates, a consulting firm established in 1984, whose clients include every major systems and software vendor. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and seminars around the world.

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As always, here’s the full rundown of how the #cloudchat works:

  • What: A tweetchat is an online conversation held at a pre-arranged time following a specific hashtag, in this case #cloudchat. You will need a Twitter ID to take part.
  • When: Thursday, December 8, at 4 p.m. ET, repeating the 2nd Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. ET.
  • 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. We want your input on what you’d like to discuss during future chats, so please leave a comment on this post or tweet @ibmcloud with topic ideas.
  • Who: Anyone and everyone is welcome to join!
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