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Cloud Adoption in the Enterprise - Distilling the Facts from the Hype

Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Time: 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm ET
Duration: 60 minutes

In partnership with Everest Group and Cloud Ethernet Forum, presented by Cloud Connect

Cloud is disruptive – the industry can agree on this statement. But it can be hard to distinguish the facts from hype when it comes to how cloud actually disrupts an organization. In the third annual Enterprise Cloud Adoption Survey, participants shared their experiences and perspectives on the what, why and how of enterprise cloud adoption.

On what cloud layer is most of the adoption happening? What are enterprise perceptions of public versus private cloud? What are the cloud adoption drivers and barriers, and is there misalignment between buyers and service providers?

Based on findings from the Enterprise Cloud Adoption Survey, this session will focus on differentiating reality from perception. Join us for an interactive Q&A after the presentation.

Special thanks to our Cloud Connect Summit @ Interop Diamond Sponsors: CenturyLink, Citrix, VMware and HP


Jimit Arora, VP, Everest Group

Jimit Arora leads Everest Group's IT Services research practice, which is focused on conducting in-depth research on the full spectrum of technology services across applications, infrastructure, cloud services, and next-generation IT. Jimit is also responsible for Everest group’s vertical-specific research practices that are focused on Banking, Financial Services, & Insurance (BFSI) and Healthcare Outsourcing.

Jimit manages a team of analysts dedicated towards serving clients (primarily Fortune 500 companies) on a variety of issues related to their IT services programs through a combination of published research and custom decision-support engagements. Jimit has significant expertise working with financial services and healthcare enterprises on issues such as sourcing strategy, service provider selection, portfolio optimization, global delivery locations, and risk management. He also works with a number of service providers and investors on issues such as growth and go-to-market strategies, account expansion, acquisition target analyses, and competitive positioning analyses.

Prior to joining Everest Group in 2005, Jimit managed client implementations at GlobeOp Financial Services, a hedge fund administration company. Prior to that, Jimit provided business development support to a Detroit-based IT services start-up. He holds a Masters in Management Studies and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honors) from BITS (Birla Institute of Technology and Science), Pilani.

Doug Wills, Marketing Co-Chair and Board Member CloudEthernet Forum

Doug Wills is a senior director, product marketing at Juniper Networks. He is responsible for network operating systems and software defined networking (SDN). Wills is focused on the integration of next generation analytics, automation and virtualization technologies into JUNOS. He is also Juniper’s principal representative at the Open Networking Foundation, MEF and CloudEthernet Forum, where he sits on the board. Wills has worked in product marketing roles for Cisco, Extreme, Ericsson and Microsoft. Wills holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Journalism from Oregon State University.


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 Tech’s E2 Conference, Steve is the driving force behind the defining cloud event for rapidly changing enterprise applications market. Steve is a regular columnist on InformationWeek.com and serves on the Social Networking advisory board at HR.com. Steve also chairs the Cloud Connect 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.