Computerworld Announces Speaker Line-Up for SaaSCon

FRAMINGHAM, MA. – March 30, 2010 – Computerworld's SaaScon, the destination conference to learn everything about Software as a Service (SaaS) and related cloud-based services, taking place April 6-7, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency and Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, announces the keynote speaker line-up for this year's industry conference.

Designed expressly for those engaged in purchasing, managing or developing cloud-based solutions, SaaScon will answer the tough questions about security, risk, integration and more. Over the course of two days, attendees will hear keynote presenters address the key conference theme, "SaaS/Cloud in the Enterprise: Master the Integration, Minimize the Risk."

Keynote speakers at SaaScon 2010 event include:

Tuesday, April 6:

Randi Levin, CTO & General Manager and Kevin Crawford, Assistant General Manager, City of Los Angeles –

L.A. Contract Confidential

Todd Pierce, Senior Vice President, Information Technology, Genentech

– SaaS: Engine of Innovation

Douglas Menefee, CIO, The Schumacher Group –

Re-Thinking Security and Trust Integration for the Cloud Era

Wednesday, April 7:

Ed Bellis, CISO, Orbitz

– How Orbitz Build Its Services-Based Travel Empire

Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director, THINKstrategies

– Putting the Cloud in Proper Perspective

In addition to keynote panels on SaaS integration and cloud security, SaaScon will include a range of concurrent breakout sessions, including the following:

Integration Strategies for SaaS Applications: Whether you need to link workflows across different applications procured via SaaS or with applications your organization already has on-premise, what are the best approaches to consider? Is it worth custom development, or is an appliance a good option? Learn from a practitioner who weighed these options and more in this session on solving one of SaaS' most important challenges.

Success Factors for SaaS Providers: SaaS may be enjoying global popularity, but providers still face challenges to selling and promoting SaaS solutions, and sometimes fail. This session will help you determine how to approach SaaS offerings both as a customer or a SaaS provider, from developing top-notch offerings to properly educating your customer base.

One on One: Data Protection and Other Cloud Risks: Many SaaS providers claim to be secure and reliable. But how can you tell? During this frank interview, Computerworld's award-winning cloud journalist will challenge the co-founder of industry consortium Cloud Security Alliance on the state of security, delivery and reliability to give you the real deal on how ready cloud providers are to manage increasing loads — and increasingly important applications and data. Jim Reavis will also share what he has witnessed as numerous have dealt with the challenges of integration, security and access to applications and infrastructure in the cloud.

ROI vs. TCO of SaaS and Other Cloud Services: Many organizations go the SaaS route because they can get up and running quickly, without capital funds. But that flexibility can have a long-term price tag, with payments that never go away. This session will examine the cost equation for SaaS and compare the ROI and total cost of ownership so you can talk knowledgeably to your CFO about the impact on the bottom line and the balance sheet.

SaaScon conference organizers invite journalists and industry analysts covering SaaS to register for SaaScon 2010. To register please visit http://www.saascon.com/press [http://www.saascon.com/press]

For the complete SaaScon 2010 agenda, please visit www.SaaScon.com [http://www.SaaScon.com]

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