Cloud Computing the Spotlight at TechPoint Innovation Summit 2010

October 28, 2010 by Alicia Gaba

Cloud Computing was all the buzz at yesterday's TechPoint Innovation Summit. The luncheon keynote speaker, Nicholas Carr, spoke avidly about his thoughts on cloud computing, many were a review of his book The Big Switch in which he compares the movement from organizations generating their own power to utility-based power and the movement of organizations owning and managing their own servers to cloud computing.  It is, as he described, a force that will continue to take hold of the way we do computing, we just need organizations to build a bridge so that people can purposefully and efficiently move into the new world.

While the keynote focused heavily on cloud, BlueLock was also preparing for a session of our own on Innovation in Cloud Computing, featuring:
- Dave Schroeder, Director Technical Services US, VMware
- Doug Allgood, CIO/CTO, Milestone Advisors
- Mike Rudicle, CIO, Adesa
- Moderated by Pat O'Day, CTO, BlueLock

The panel focused on real uses and concerns of cloud computing. Doug Allgood talked about how he challenges the business leaders he works with as an outsourced CIO/CTO to think about the benefits and challenges of cloud computing. He also cited a specific example of a company who he helped save 91% of startup costs by going to the cloud (Deca Financial Services case study).

Mike Rudicle, who was formerly an Eli Lilly executive and a practice leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, spoke about his experiences in corporate IT, how he advises people to think about about cloud and why we need to fail a few times to figure out what really does make sense for the cloud.

Dave Schroeder brought another perspective, that of an enabler of cloud. VMware is the leading provider of virtualization technology, and has a mission to build that very bridge that Nicholas Carr talked about in his keynote – a bridge that will allow organizations to access a hybrid cloud computing approach that is compatible with their in-house efforts today.

On another note, a writer from InsideIndianaBusiness wrote a quick recap of the keynote session titled "Tech Writer Questions Reliance on The 'Cloud'" where he talks about a potential lack of focus by workers who are in a "state of perpetual distractedness." I'm sorry but were we watching the same presentation? I don't think the amount of Google searches IT is making has any argument against why an organization should utilize cloud hosting. Please do let me know what you think of his write-up because I'm quite sure we saw two different keynotes…