The Canadian Cloud Council and Boast Capital have just announced Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat and Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware as opening speakers for The Cloud Factory next April 7 and 8 in Banff. This two day conference will bring together senior enterprise executives, corporate M&A teams, venture capitalists, enterprise startups, industry disruptors, technology thought leaders and global media to discuss best practices and innovations in Big Data, Enterprise and the Cloud.
Each day will focus on a distinct theme – Democratizing the Enterprise and Growth Hacking the Enterprise – featuring keynote presentations, fireside chats, panel discussions, enterprise startup pitches, demo stations and post-event excursions and activities. The Cloud Factory will culminate in the first ever Canadian Cloud Awards dubbed as the Oscar’s of Cloud Computing.
“The move to the cloud is on par with the Industrial Revolution and highlights the first real push into a global Information Economy, but not all clouds are created equal,” said Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat. “Given the importance of cloud computing to the continued existence of business in general, enterprise buyers and CIOs must ensure that their chosen cloud platform remains open and transparent, eliminating lock-in and keeping their data free and flexible. This is why the education and conversations fostered by The Cloud Factory and the Canadian Cloud Council are so important to the business world at-large.”
Other highlight speakers include CIO of New York Times, CIO of NASA, CIO of Walmart Canada, Former CIO of the US Federal Government, CIO of City of Edmonton, CIO of City of Calgary, Founder of OpenStack, Founder of Hadoop, Head of User Growth at LinkedIn, Chief Data Scientist at Mailchimp, GM of Box, and VP of Platform at Salesforce to name a few.
Additionally a long list of Silicon Valley venture capitalists, including representatives from Accel Partners, Bessemer Ventures, Hummer Winblad, Emergence Capital, Microsoft Ventures and SAP Ventures, will be in attendance to see some of the most innovative enterprise startups compete in the Canadian Cloud Showdown.
“Canadians are not known as a risk-taking bunch and as an industry we need to educate consumers that cloud computing is not an information technology initiative, but rather a socio-economic one,” explained Robert Hart, Founder and CEO of The Canadian Cloud Council and Co-Chair of The Cloud Factory. “The Cloud Factory will provide consumers with two jam-packed days of compelling content to help them evaluate risk more intelligently and start evaluating cloud as a transformational way of operating their business or government; not just their Information Technology department. I will view the conference as a failure if we cannot reset the expectations of cloud adoption so people realize that the risk isn’t about adopting clouds, it’s about not doing so and getting obliterated by faster, more innovative, more agile competitors.”
For the full conference program or to register, please visit: www.thecloudfactory.io