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Productivity in the Cloud: Why the rise of cloud computing is fundamentally changing collaboration

Date: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Time: 11:00 am PST/2:00 pm EST
Duration: 60 minutes

Sponsored by IBM, presented by Cloud Connect

Few technology shifts have taken off as quickly as cloud computing. No longer just an IT buzzword, the cloud is so pervasive today that many of us use it every day without thinking about it: downloading music, accessing e-mail on the go, logging into work environments from our mobile devices. It's effectively changing the way we consume technology.

Cloud is playing a bigger role in the business world, too, as leaders increasingly see the potential for cloud to be more than just a method of IT deployment. Cloud can be a tool for transformation. When adopted as part of a broader business strategy, cloud can become a catalyst for unlocking value; speeding time to revenue and helping to eliminate organizational silos - leading to valuable business benefits. Clients can reach across geographies, where they may not have an IT footprint. People are connected more seamlessly, eliminating barriers to collaboration. And IT is freed up to focus on other critical priorities, paving the way for better business outcomes.

Join this Webinar to see how other companies are approaching social business and embracing the spirit of collaboration and community – internally and externally – to deliver unprecedented return for the time invested.

Panel Moderator:
Ted Brufke, US SaaS Leader, IBM Collaboration Solutions
Ted Brufke is the NA SmartCloud Sales Leader for the ICS portfolio and has been leading this effort since the products we introduced in the market place in early 2009. Ted came to IBM in 2005 as part of the PureEdge Software acquisition where his responsibilities included the solution rollout in North and South America. He was also a key part of the launch of IBM Connections in 2007 and served as the IBM Collaboration leader for the Eastern US in 2008. Prior to joining IBM he worked at EDS, Software AG, Tandem Computers and Exodus Communications.

Ted has four daughters and is a graduate of Villanova University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Robert Mahowald, Research Vice President, IDC
Robert Mahowald is a Research Vice President at IDC and leads the SaaS & Cloud Services practice as well as co-leads IDC's Cloud Services: Global Overview program. Mr. Mahowald is well-known as a subject matter expert in the areas of SaaS, IT Cloud services and collaboration, and his research and commentary has appeared in trade journals and publications including The Wall Street Journal, USAToday, The New York Times, and Investor's Business Daily.

A 12-year industry veteran, Mr. Mahowald previously led research for IDC's Collaborative Computing practice, in areas such as Unified Communications, Web conferencing and team collaboration. Before joining IDC, Mr. Mahowald was an officer in the US Army, earning the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in his 26 year career of active and reserve service. Mr. Mahowald earned his B.A. from the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, IA., and his M.A. from Wesleyan University, in Middletown, CT.

Follow Robert Mahowald on Twitter: @SaasPro
Matt Engstrom, Sales Leader - SmartCloud for Social Business, Messaging & Collaboration Software, IBM
Matt has been working with Lotus Software since 1997. He worked as a billable consultant in the IBM Business Partner community, doing Domino infrastructure and architecture work, and mail migrations. He moved to IBM/Lotus in 1999 and work in technical sales in the midwest region through 2011. In 2012, Matt moved to Sales Leadership role, and now covers SmartCloud for Social Business sales in the western USA and Canada.

Bryan Hendricks, Director - Enterprise Architecture, VWR International

Steve Wylie, General Manager, Cloud Connect

Conference industry veteran Steve Wylie has been involved with some of the World’s leading business technology conferences for the past 15 years. As the General Manager for UBM TechWeb’s Cloud Connect brand, Steve is the driving force behind the defining cloud event for IT professionals, developers, and leading cloud providers. Steve has been a regular columnist on InformationWeek.com and serves on the Social Networking advisory board at HR.com. Steve formerly chaired the Enterprise 2.0 Conferences and co-chaired the annual Interop conferences in Las Vegas and New York. Prior to running conferences, Steve managed Interop’s renowned InteropNet, including a multi-vendor test lab geared to evaluate, improve and showcase early implementations of open-standard IT infrastructure technologies. Steve can be found on twitter @swylie650