Cloud Connect Chicago Reveals Top Four Finalists for First-Time Innovation through Cloud in Enterprise Awards

  Cloud Connect Chicago Reveals Top Four Finalists for First-Time Innovation
                      through Cloud in Enterprise Awards

Expanded Keynote Lineup Presents Executives from IBM, VMware, Sears & More

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 1, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Today, Cloud Connect Chicago,
produced by UBM Tech, recognizes four finalists for the event's first-ever
awards program, Innovation through Cloud in Enterprise (ICE) Awards. The
winner will be announced from the keynote stage during the event. As the
premier technology event for the cloud community, featuring the latest
technologies, strategies and innovations, Cloud Connect will return to Chicago
October 21—23 in a new downtown location, McCormick Place. For more
information or to register visit:


In partnership with Everest Group, an advisory and research firm on global
services, Cloud Connect launches its first awards program to honor companies
that have achieved innovation through the adoption of cloud solutions. Everest
Group narrowed down nominations to name four pacesetting enterprises that,
through cloud implementations, have transformed business processes, positively
impacted stakeholders and significantly contributed to the bottom line. The
four finalists for the inaugural ICE Awards are:

  oColumbia Sportswear
  oLanguageLine Solutions
  oSchneider Electric

Jimit Arora, Everest Group Vice President, will announce the winner during the
keynote program on Tuesday, October 22.

"Cloud solutions have drastically changed business operations for the better.
When implemented correctly, cloud directly contributes to business agility,
streamlined collaboration between employees and partners, and higher revenue,"
said Steve Wylie, Cloud Connect General Manager. "The four selected ICE Award
finalists have made big strides with cloud implementation and we're pleased to
recognize their efforts in Chicago at Cloud Connect."

In addition to the ICE Awards announcement, the keynote stage will feature
presentations from top cloud solution providers, customers and expert
consultants. Headliners will discuss the future of enterprise cloud and its
ability to reinvent data analysis and differentiate businesses. The newly
expanded keynote lineup includes:

  oNarayan Desai, Principal Experimental Systems Engineer, Argonne National
  oJim Reavis, Co-founder and Executive Director, Cloud Security Alliance
  oMonty Taylor, Manager, Automation and Deployment, HP
  oRic Telford, VP, IBM Cloud Services
  oJean-Sebastien Bruneau, Cloud Architect,
  oTed Rudman, Interim Vice President, Pricing, Marketing/Loyalty, Supply
    Chain & Corporate Systems, Sears Holdings Corporation
  oMolly Rector, Chief Marketing Officer, EVP Product Management and WW
    Marketing, Spectra Logic
  oJason Witty, Senior Vice President & CISO, U.S. Bancorp
  oMathew Lodge, VP, Cloud Services, VMware

These keynoters will join the previously announced lineup, which includes
executives from CloudOps Research, SoftLayer, The Weather Company and

Cloud Connect Chicago includes five tracks of conference content: Amazon Web
Services & Eucalyptus, CloudStack, OpenStack, Platform-as-a-Service and
Virtualization & Private Cloud. The event opens on Monday, October 21 with a
full day of intensive cloud computing education through a series of Summits
and Boot Camps that will outline standards and emerging trends around big
data, security and risk, as well as management strategies in increasingly
heterogeneous cloud environments. Cloud Connect Chicago will be co-located
with The Big Data Conference, another UBM Tech event, and the events will
share a keynote stage. More information available at:

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About Cloud Connect
Cloud Connect, produced by UBM Tech, is the defining event of the cloud
computing industry and the only venue where attendees learn how to leverage
the cloud ecosystem to develop new services, revenue streams and business
models.As both a conference and an exhibition, Cloud Connect's goal is to
chart the course of cloud computing's development by bringing together
enterprise IT professionals, developers, infrastructure and service providers
and cloud computing innovators. Cloud Connect offers three days of in-depth
boot camps, panel discussions and access to a host of industry experts, all
designed to help organizations weigh their cloud options and drive
transformation. For more information visit:

About UBM Tech
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technology industry through live events and online properties. Its
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