October #cloudchat: The New CIO—how cloud is shifting tech leadership

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The rise of cloud computing has forced the CIO to evolve. Purchasing decisions are increasingly moving down the line of business and CIOs (along with CTOs) are taking larger roles in helping to shape overall business vision and strategy.

Today’s technology must be seamlessly integrated into a company’s day-to-day operations and stay on the bleeding edge to help fuel innovation. As Michael Beckley writes in a recent Wired article, “More than ever, CIOs and CTOs need to bring new ideas and perspectives about how their executive-level function can drive business growth.”

But as the CIO’s role evolves, so must the position’s necessary skillset. In the October #cloudchat, we’ll discuss this evolving role of the CIO—the effect cloud computing  has had and how it will continue to change.

Meet this month’s panel of experts:

Peter Kretzman

Peter Kretzman (@PeterKretzman) is a veteran IT executive with deep experience leading technology strategy, departments, and systems. He has served as chief technology officer or CIO at several companies, including Classmates Online in Seattle and PlanetOut Inc. in San Francisco. He has also provided senior-level IT consulting for companies including Microsoft, AT&T, Premera, HTC, Clearwire, F5 Networks, Inc., Captaris, Frank Russell Company, and Getty Images, Inc. Mr. Kretzman has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Kretzman writes a blog, “CTO/CIO Perspectives,” which can be found at



Nathan Day

As SoftLayer’s chief scientist, Nathan Day (@NDay91) is responsible for design, creation, and implementation of the proprietary SoftLayer Infrastructure Management System (IMS). Prior to SoftLayer, Mr. Day served as Vice President of Development at The Planet where he oversaw the back-end management system. Prior to joining The Planet, Mr. Day held the position as Senior Application Developer at His employment history includes positions with Texas Instruments, MCI WorldCom, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He brings extensive experience in product and software development. His skill set includes PHP, Cold Fusion, Perl, HTML, XML, C, C++, and Python. Mr. Day earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.



Roxanne Reynolds-Lair

Roxanne Reynolds-Lair (@IBMiCIO) is the CIO at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, a co-educational, specialized, private college dedicated to educating students for the fashion, graphics, interior design, and entertainment industries. Under her guidance, FIDM won four IBM/COMMON Innovation Awards for technology solutions using IBM i.

Ms. Reynolds-Lair was featured in the Women in Technology supplement of IBM Systems Magazine for 2012 as well as articles in IBM Systems magazine, CIO, IT Jungle, System i News and MC Press. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award at COMMON.


  • 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, Oct. 10, 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 Twubs. 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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