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June #cloudchat: Cloud and the sharing economy

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The latest trend in technology, sharing, is a bit reminiscent of grade school.

More than just a mantra for parents everywhere – the sharing economy is providing access to products and experiences, without actual ownership.

A burgeoning cloud-driven technology trend, CNBC projects this industry, coined collaborative consumption, will generate $3.5 billion this year alone from young, entrepreneurial companies like Airbnb and Uber.

Cloud, in addition to serving as the IT infrastructure powering these innovative services, actually embodies the concept of sharing itself. Cloud computing and the “as a service” approach to computing is representative of the sharing economy itself, while also enabling it. This month’s #cloudchat, Thursday, June 13, from 4-5 p.m. ET, will examine the new sharing economy and the critical role of cloud computing.

Our panelists this month are:

Anya Kamenetz, Fast Company (Moderator)

Anya covers technology, design, sustainability and social entrepreneurship as a staff writer for Fast Company magazine. She has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her series and column on Generation Debt, which became a book. As a national figure representing youth, she’s appeared in documentary films, on media outlets including CNN, the New York Times, and NPR, been featured as a “Yahoo Finance Expert,” submitted testimony to Congressional committees and state legislatures, and speaks regularly on campuses and elsewhere across the country.

Jeremiah Owyang, Analyst and Partner, Altimeter Group

Jeremiah is an industry analyst on Customer Strategy and a Partner at Altimeter Group. As author of the blog “Web Strategy” (rated by Edelman as top Analyst Blog since 2008), he focuses on how corporations connect with their customers using web technologies. Jeremiah hails previously from Forrester Research as a Senior Analyst focused on Social Computing for the Interactive Marketer and takes pride in launching and managing Hitachi Data Systems’ Social Media program in 2005–2007. Jeremiah, along with the Customer Strategy team, has published numerous research reports focused on social business. He has been frequently quoted in the Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, and USA Today, and he is a frequent keynote speaker at business and technology conferences around the world.

Sandy Carter, Vice President, Social Business and Collaboration Sales, IBM

Sandy is responsible for setting the direction for IBM’s Social Business initiative, working with companies who are becoming social businesses, and being the evangelist for the concept and best practices around social business. She is the author of two best-selling books, and has been recognized by numerous groups as a top woman in technology and social media.

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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, June 13, 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 TweetChat. 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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