Everest Group’s Scott Bils to Chair Cloud Connect Track Focused on Organizational Readiness for Cloud Computing | Press Release

2012 Cloud Connect Event Dedicates Four Sessions to Culture, Skills Development and Enterprise IT Transformation

Everest Group’s Scott Bils will chair a first-of-its-kind track at the 2012 Cloud Connect event focused on how enterprise IT can prepare for the cultural and organizational structure shifts made necessary by the move to cloud computing. Cloud Connect will take place February 13-16, 2012 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

The emergence of enterprise-class cloud services, documented use cases and reference architectures have led a growing number of enterprises to become comfortable with public and private cloud models. Implementations on services such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace Cloud and VMware’s vSphere have produced reliable cloud economics models and proven cost-benefit analyses. These have further bolstered the business case for cloud adoption.

As a consequence, CIOs and IT department leaders have become more comfortable with the technical and engineering challenges of cloud migration. The next hurdles to overcome for many of these organizations, however, are cultural. Today’s enterprise IT organizational charts were designed when client/server architectures were the norm. Cloud services, however, require fundamental shifts in technical skills, internal customer relations, pricing and evaluation criteria to achieve the benefits cloud promises.

To address this need, Bils will chair a track on organizational readiness at the 2012 Cloud Connect event in Santa Clara, Calif. on Wednesday, February 15. The four-session track will feature topics that include:

  • How to keep legacy cultures from eating your next generation strategy
  • Why flexible governance models will become the norm in cloud IT
  • Grief counseling for the CIO: What can the executive team do to support IT leadership as the transformation to cloud unfolds?
  • Where to find – and how to cultivate – the cloud computing skills your IT function must have to be successful

“For the most part, enterprises understand that cloud technologies will need to be a critical component of their IT environments if they’re to remain competitive,” said Bils, who is the partner leading the firm’s Next Generation IT practice group. “They also understand that if their people are not supported in making the tectonic shift from client/server to cloud, the effectiveness of their cloud migration will be compromised. We conceived this track with Steve Wylie and Alistair Croll as a way to provide useful, practical information on a critical topic facing enterprise IT.”

“We’re pleased to be the first major cloud conference to dedicate an entire track to exploring organizational readiness for cloud computing,” said Steve Wylie, Cloud Connect General Manager. “This track will explore emerging models for successful next generation IT organizations, and the roles, skills and processes required to drive business agility.”

About Cloud Connect
Cloud Connect, produced by UBM TechWeb, is the defining event of the cloud computing industry. 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. UBM TechWeb has produced cloud events that define and frame cloud computing discussions since June 2008, and recently expanded the Cloud Connect event brand to Chicago and Bangalore, India, in addition to the flagship Santa Clara event. Cloud Connect is a one-of-a-kind event that encompasses the entire cloud computing ecosystem featuring a Launch Pad program, IT & Developer workshops and a full conference program. For more information visit: http://www.cloudconnectevent.com.

About Everest Group 
Everest Group is an advisor to business leaders on next generation global services with a worldwide reputation for helping Global 1000 firms dramatically improve their performance by optimizing their back- and middle-office business services. With a fact-based approach driving outcomes, Everest Group counsels organizations with complex challenges related to the use and delivery of global services in their pursuits to balance short-term needs with long-term goals. Through its practical consulting, original research and industry resource services, Everest Group helps clients maximize value from delivery strategies, talent and sourcing models, technologies and management approaches. Established in 1991, Everest Group serves users of global services, providers of services, country organizations and private equity firms, in six continents across all industry categories. For more information, please visit www.everestgrp.com and research.everestgrp.com.

For more information about Everest Group and its consulting and research capabilities, please visit www.everestgrp.com, email [email protected] or call +1-214-451-3000.

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