December #cloudchat: Looking back at 2013 and forward to 2014

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Our final #cloudchat of 2013 will take look back at the year in cloud computing and a look ahead to coming trends in 2014.

It’s been a historic year for IBM in the cloud space, between the SoftLayer acquisition in July and giant strides toward a more open cloud with OpenStack and Cloud Foundry. With the increasing convergence of social, mobile, analytics and cloud, 2014 is shaping up to be an exciting year in IT and beyond.

(RELATED: IBM’s Big Plans for Cloud Computing — New York Times)

We’re thrilled to welcome seven extremely talented panelists to this year’s chat. Our mix of analysis, experts and influencers includes: Hyoun Park, James Watters, Ric Telford, Holger Mueller, Rob Enderle, Adrian Bowles and Marcia Kaufman.

During the 2012 December chat, we asked the panel to give some predictions for the year ahead, and some of the responses included that it would be the year of PaaS, and that hybrid clouds would become more widely adopted.

For our chat on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 4-5 p.m. ET, we’ll revisit some of last year’s predictions, talk about 2013 specifically, and look forward. We hope you’ll join us to weigh in with your own thoughts!

Here’s more information about our expert panel this year:

Hyoun Park has served as a thought leader and trusted advisor for Fortune 100 end users and vendors. Park spent 6 years as an industry analyst studying emerging trends in telecomms expense management, social networking, enterprise mobility, gamification, unified communications, and the subscription economy.

James Watters is the head of Product for Cloud Foundry where he oversees product development and strategy. He is also responsible for the marketing, developer relations and ecosystem development functions of the group.

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.

Holger Mueller is Vice President and Principal Analyst with Constellation Research for the fundamental enablers of the cloud, IaaS, PaaS with forays up the tech stack into BigData and Analytics, HR Tech, and sometimes SaaS.

Rob Enderle has been called one of the most influential technology analysts in the world. As President and Principal Analyst of the Enderle Group, he provides regional and global companies with guidance in how to better target customer needs, create new business opportunities, anticipate technology changes, select vendors and products and practice zero dollar marketing.

Adrian Bowles is an internationally recognized thought-leader with over 25 years of experience as an analyst, practitioner and academic in IT strategy and management. He is the founder of STORM Insights, an emerging technology market intelligence firm.

Marcia A. Kaufman is a Principal Analyst and COO of Hurwitz & Associates, LLC, a research and consulting firm focused on emerging technology including cloud computing, big data, analytics, software development, service management, and security and governance.

Christopher Ferris is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO for Cloud Interoperability in IBM Software Group’s Standards and Open Source organization. He has technical responsibility for IBM’s open source and standards initiatives relevant to Cloud Computing, including OpenStack and Cloud Foundry.

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, December 12, 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 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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