#EUCloudChat preview: What the enterprise needs from cloud providers

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A new sense of urgency is taking hold as enterprises face the implications of digital transformation. Aligning a company’s resources and strategic direction to respond to exceptionally dynamic and unpredictable forces in the competitive environment is a priority. Cloud is the enabler of business transformation. Worldwide total cloud spending for 2015 is estimated at $32B, up 28 percent from 2014. Western Europe is expected to see the highest growth in cloud IT infrastructure spending, up 32 percent (source: IDC).

Enterprises understand the economic benefits of a flexible, virtualized infrastructure and a shift in cost structure from capex to opex. Yet the market is responding in its own time. CIOs wait to see proven business cases deployed by their peers, then approach migration in stages, based on immediate business priorities and other commitments.

There are a lot of cloud providers to choose from. How does the enterprise find the right partner? Is a hybrid cloud, which involves a bit of both public and private cloud, a strategic decision or a way to avoid hard choices? Hacks and breaches make headlines. Is hybrid cloud safe? Is it better to use local data centers in Europe? Why? We hear a lot about the importance of standards and open source in cloud. Do they really matter more in cloud computing than elsewhere in IT?

With the year winding down, it’s the perfect opportunity to look back at 2015 and address the issues, challenges, and opportunities that enterprises are facing when adopting cloud.

To that end, we’re hosting a one-hour #EUCloudchat on Twitter at on Nov. 26 at 2p.m. GMT (3pm CET).

We’ll discuss what the enterprise needs from its cloud providers. We’ll address hot topics such as business transformation and agility, APIs, open source, public/private/hybrid cloud, security, EU regulations and cloud data localization.

We’ve assembled an all-star panel to drive the conversation, including:

  • Paul Miller, moderator: Senior analyst, Forrester Research @PaulMiller
  • Sebastian Krause, VP IBM Cloud Europe @SebKrause
  • Rashik Parmar, Lead Cloud Advisor – IBM Europe / Distinguished Engineer @RashikParmar
  • Stefano Stinchi, VP IBM Software Cloud Europe – @stefano_cloud
  • Bo Soevsoe Nielsen, SoftLayer Leader, IBM Europe  – @bosoevsoe

We hope you can join us for this interactive chat, where you’re encouraged to add your thoughts and pose your own questions to our panel.

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