Cloud technology is constantly expanding with new as-a-Service models popping up as businesses migrate new parts of their business to the cloud. Latest IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing research reports that 70% of organizations have at least one application in the cloud, and 56% are still identifying IT operations that are candidates for cloud hosting.
With all of these changes occurring, tech marketers need to stay current on advancements within cloud to better understand where their prospects may be in the cloud implementation process. To that end, we have highlighted 10 cloud computing influencers that you should follow to stay up-to-date on cloud technology. These individuals are a compilation of experienced cloud users, analysts, bloggers and more (listed below in no particular order) who provide essential insight for your tech marketing decisions.
Rick Blaisdell – With more than 20 years of product, business development and high-tech experience, Rick’s expertise involves cloud computing integration, software development, and enterprise architecture just to list a few. He is currently the CTO at Motus, LLC and manages rickscloud.com which is a technology blog attracting both executives and technologists. Realize his impact on Twitter @RickBlaisdell.
Brandon Butler – Senior Editor covering cloud computing at NetworkWorld.com, and author of the Cloud Chronicles blog, Brandon is always aware of current and future cloud tech trends. On his blog you will find topics such as user stories about how technologies are implemented and who the biggest players are in cloud today. Stay up-to-date with Brandon via Twitter – @BButlerNWW.
Louis Columbus – Currently influencing the cloud market through numerous channels – his role as Director, Global Cloud Platform Management and Cloud Services at Ingram Micro Cloud, discussing cloud trends as a Contributing Author on Forbes, and a Graduate Adjunct Professor – Louis shares cloud insights with a variety of audiences. His ability to find and decipher the latest research makes him an excellent cloud blogger to follow today – @LouisColumbus.
Dana Gardner – Founder of BriefingsDirect Blog which provides analysis and insights for enterprise IT and cloud sourcing strategists, Dana offers weekly cloud information via his blog. Topics include enterprise software, cloud, mobile big data and social; making him a well-versed cloud influencer for tech marketers today. Don’t miss his posts – follow him on Twitter @Dana_Gardner.
Lydia Leong – With a focus on internet operations and engineering for most of her career, Lydia covers cloud computing and related topics in her current technology analyst role at Gartner. Specifically, Lydia highlights Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), with some Platform-as-a-Service as it overlaps with IaaS, along with colocation and content delivery networks. Learn more about her on her blog and Twitter @cloudpundit.
David Linthicum – A LinkedIn title of “Cloud Computing and DevOps Visionary” doesn’t get much better for a top cloud influencer. As the current SVP of Cloud Technology Partners and active blogger on InfoWorld.com David provides constant insight into cloud strategy, architecture, implementation and more. Follow him on Twitter @DavidLinthicum and read his blog here.
Lori MacVittie – Highly involved in various technology groups including CloudNOW.org and the DevOps Institute, and currently a Principal Technical Evangelist at F5 Networks, Lori is always aware of cloud happenings. Her wide range of specialties include application development, SDN, cloud, and DevOps. Follow her on Twitter @lmacvittie and read her recent articles to learn more.
Ellen Rubin – An entrepreneur who enjoys early involvement in business growth, Ellen is currently working on building ClearSky Data. With expertise in cloud computing, business intelligence, data warehousing and data center markets, she is a key influencer to follow on Twitter to learn about her growth strategies and experiences – @ellen_rubin and find top stories here.
Christian Verstraete – Currently the Chief Technologist of Cloud Advisory Services at HPE in Belgium, and an avid cloud blogger, Christian has a strong global cloud presence online. Whether he is helping customers migrate workloads to the cloud, or guiding cloud strategies, you can find constant cloud updates on his blog Cloud Source and Twitter feed @christianve.
Werner Vogels – Known for his technology and research background at Amazon, Werner brings cloud-use knowledge and expertise to his blog. Currently the VP & CTO at Amazon.com and previously a researcher at the Computer Science Department at Cornell University, his specialties include tech visions, web services, enterprise computing, cloud computing, and more, and can all be seen on his blog along with Twitter page @Werner.