April #cloudchat: Cloud disruption and the next wave of innovation

***Update*** Mike Vizard, Founding editor of CTOedge and blogger for IT Business Edge will be moderating tomorrow’s chat. Here’s more on Mike:

 Mike has more than 25 years of experience covering IT issues in a career that includes serving as Director of Strategic Content and Editorial Director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, which publishes eWeek, Baseline and CIO Insight. Vizard has also served as the Editor-in-Chief of CRN and InfoWorld. In addition, he served as a senior editor with PC Week, ComputerWorld and Digital Review. 

Cloud computing is disrupting business as we know it. It can turn traditional business models upside down and empower companies of all sizes to compete at global scale with unprecedented speed. It enables born-on-the-web companies to compete and win against longstanding global competitors. And most importantly, cloud unleashes innovation.

Join our next Twitter #cloudchat this Thursday, April 11, from 4 to 5 p.m. ET to delve into disruption, as broadly outlined in Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation by Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey, to explore how it will continue to evolve businesses and entire industries.

How can organizations embrace cloud computing to advance their competitive edge? Which companies are already using cloud to transform their business? Here are the expert panelists we’ll have on hand to answer some of these questions:

James McQuivey, Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester

James serves consumer product strategy professionals. He is the foremost analyst tracking and defining the power and impact of digital disruption on traditional businesses. His consumer models identify the ways consumers have embraced digital experiences and platforms, and his strategy models help companies prepare to serve those consumers. Though he applies this knowledge to a wide variety of industries, he spends the majority of his consulting time with consumer media and consumer electronics companies that are at the forefront of dealing with digital disruption.

Previously at Forrester, James served as a vice president and research director, running Consumer Technographics® North America, Forrester’s unparalleled consumer research effort. Before that, he was a senior analyst and founding member of the online retail strategies practice at Forrester. In addition to keynoting at industry events and Forrester Forums, James is routinely sought after for comment by such publications as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He also appears frequently on NPR and CNBC.

Ric Telford, Vice President, IBM Cloud Services

Ric Telford is Vice President, IBM Cloud Services. Since joining IBM in 1983, he has led several key initiatives at the forefront of new technologies. He served as Director of Technology for the IBM CIO, responsible for the development, implementation and adoption of e-business technologies in IBM. His previous position was VP of Autonomic Computing; he was responsible for defining and driving the Autonomic Computing initiative for IBM.

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

  • What: A Twitter chat 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, April 11, at 4 p.m. ET, repeating the second 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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