Taking the Pulse of the Business Cloud – Part 1 of the GigaOM Pro & Rackspace Webinar Series

Are you a CIO or an IT decision maker for an enterprise that questions the state of cloud offerings today and their readiness for business-wide deployment of key processes and functions? If so, this webinar is just for you.

GigaOM Pro and Rackspace are kicking off a 5-part webinar series starting Thursday, March 3rd that will examine some of the most important topics in cloud computing. The topic for this Thursday is “Taking the Pulse of the Business Cloud.” In this webinar, you will explore key barriers, misperceptions and myths around cloud computing as well as examine what the main drivers are for cloud adoption in 2011. Key points you will learn:

• How deep is adoption of cloud computing into today’s enterprise
• Current perceptions of IT decision makers about cloud computing
• The biggest resistance-points to cloud adoption, both real and perceived
• The biggest selling-points of cloud into the business market today beyond just cost
• What cloud-computing platform providers are doing today to address needs and concerns of IT decision makers

Click here to register. Thurs, March 3rd, 11AM PST/2PM EST.

Panelists include:

Brett Sheppard
Moderator, Analyst, GigaOM Pro, AblyInc

Andy Schroepfer
Vice President of Enterprise Strategy, Rackspace Hosting

Derrick Harris
Cloud Curator, GigaOM Pro, Editor of GigaOM Structure Blog

Michael Dortch
Analyst, GigaOM Pro and DortchonIT

Webinars to follow will cover the following topics:

Readying for Cloud: Examination of What Current Applications and Platforms in Enterprise IT Are Cloud-Ready

The Cloud-Based Business: What It Looks Like, What It Means

Counting The Costs: Strategies for Real-World Cloud ROI and Measurement

Issues in the Open Cloud: Avoiding Vendor Lock-in

Before leaving in 2016, Angela ran integrated marketing campaigns for Rackspace. She started in 2003 and did everything from Linux support, account management, sales, product marketing and marketing. She left Rackspace in 2005 to work for PEER 1 Hosting but returned in 2009 because she was interested in the cloud computing movement. Angela is a strong believer in the power of storytelling.


  1. It is important for a business to learn about the current trends in business-wide deployment. This webinar will help different companies in their expansion and processes for cloud enterprise.


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