What Cloud Technology Means for Business - Insights from Chicago

       What Cloud Technology Means for Business - Insights from Chicago

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 22, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On February 26, 2013 the Technology
Committee of The Executives' Club will host a program on Leveraging Cloud
Technology to Drive Business Value, at the IIT Stuart School of Business.
Speakers include Tom Clewett, Chief Technology Officer at Exelon, Ken Corless,
Executive Director of Business Applications at Accenture; Tony West, VP/CTO,
Research & University Relations at Cisco Systems, Jim Ditmore, Senior Vice
President Infrastructure Services and Innovation at Allstate with moderator
John Tolva, Chief Technology Officer for the City of Chicago.

Cloud computing is currently a major focus for enterprises. The global market
is expected to grow from $40 billion in 2011 to more than $241 billion by 2020
with $100 billion spent worldwide on cloud services in 2012 alone. Speakers
will share their insights on ways to leverage the cloud including cost
reduction, scalability, data virtualization and mobility.

Along with its many benefits, cloud computing creates a number of challenges.
"CDW's customer experience and research suggests that organizations' adoption
of cloud computing has grown steadily alongside increased worker mobility and
the consumerization of IT," said Stephen Braat, general manager, cloud
solutions at event sponsor CDW. "Shifting IT capabilities to the cloud while
keeping them integrated or coordinated with legacy systems can be technically
and organizationally challenging."

Understanding how technology impacts the business is an important part of
Chicago's workforce development. "As more and more businesses look to the
cloud for a strategic advantage in today's economy, at IIT Stuart, we are
giving tomorrow's business leaders the skills to evaluate that technology. Our
students learn how to leverage technology and other items of leadership to
bring a strategically competitive edge to the workplace", said Harvey Kahalas,
PhD,Dean and Harold L. Stuart Professor of Management and Economic
Development at IIT Stuart School of Business.

Sponsors for this program include Accenture, CDW and Cisco at the Gold Level
and Baker & McKenzie at the Silver Level.

For more information or for tickets, visit
http://centennial.executivesclub.org or call The Executives' Club at
312-263-3500.

Event Details: Tuesday, February 26, 2013; Registration and Networking 5:00 –
5:30 pm. Panel Discussion: 5:30 – 6:30 pm, IIT Stuart School of Business, 565
W Adams Street.

About The Executives' Club of Chicago
One of the nation's oldest and most prestigious organizations, founded in
1911, the Club facilitates strategic relationship development, intellectual
exchange and development of future leaders. Through its Global Leaders,
Women's Leadership, Chicago CEO Series and other programming, the Club brings
together business, civic and academic leaders from all industries to discuss
strategies that address challenges and opportunities affecting Chicago and the
world.

SOURCE The Executives' Club of Chicago

Website: http://www.executivesclub.org
Contact: Lauren Hammond-Martin, +1-312-263-3500, ext. 36,
lhammond@executivesclub.org