IDC and IDG Enterprise Cloud Leadership Forum To Spotlight “Strategies for the Dynamic Enterprise”

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., February 24, 2012 — International Data Corporation (IDC) and IDG Enterprise today announced that The Cloud Leadership Forum, now in its third year, will be held on June 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, Calif. This is the only cloud conference that focuses exclusively on the enterprise in a program built by IT executives, analysts, and editors to drive the success of cloud initiatives. The annual event will once again bring together the cloud industry's most influential senior IT executives, IT practitioners, and IDC analysts. The forum is produced by IDC and IDG Enterprise, the media company comprising CFOworld, CIO, CIO Executive Council, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World.

New this year is a pre-conference workshop for attendees on cloud economics, additional practitioner case studies, interactive elements and fresh session formats. Also included is an expanded array of sponsor opportunities including the economics workshop and a lightning round of sponsor presentations.

This year's conference, which will also include seasoned journalists of IDG Enterprise and IDC analysts, will take a holistic look at all the dimensions of cloud computing, from the latest technologies to transformative business strategies. The Cloud Leadership Forum 2012 will focus on steps IT organizations can take to harness these cloud computing dimensions to their advantage and how clouds are being used to invigorate businesses, accelerate results and drive profits.

Attendees at this year's Cloud Leadership Forum will learn:

What top IDC analysts and IDG Enterprise journalists see as the latest developments, market shifts and innovations in cloud computing;

What issues are top of mind this year among leading cloud vendors;

How leading organizations are putting the cloud to work to save money, streamline operations, drive innovation and improve profits;

How successful organizations are evolving to address the people and process changes wrought by cloud;

How organizations can evolve the private cloud into a hybrid cloud model;

How to take advantage of cloud brokerages, community clouds and cloud platforms;

How to finally overcome hurdles and resolve security concerns;

Crafting your platform-as-a-service strategy – a key choice for all IT shops.

"According to recent IDG Enterprise research, 27% of organizations will see a majority of IT operations performed in the cloud over the next five years. The Cloud Leadership Forum is the only event that gives attendees the information they need to understand and leverage game-changing cloud technologies," said John Gallant, SVP and chief content officer of IDG Enterprise.

"The Cloud Leadership Forum will offer visionary insight into cloud's ability to enable radical business innovation and advantage, and details the management strategies, skills and processes necessary to transform the IT organization into a cloud-savvy one capable of executing a successful cloud agenda," said Frank Gens, SVP and chief analyst at IDC.

The Cloud Leadership Forum will be hosted by Gallant and Gens, and more than a dozen top IDC analysts will be on-site to facilitate roundtable discussions on challenging cloud-related issues and provide one-on-one advice to attendees.

For more information or to register for the Cloud Leadership Forum, visit: www.cloudleadershipforum.com

Sponsors include Cisco and Comcast Business Class. Please contact Andrea D'Amato, Publisher, Network World for more information at adamato@idgenterprise.com or 508-766-5455.

To register as media, please visit: http://cloudleadershipforum.com/press2012

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About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. For more than 48 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com.

About IDG Enterprise

IDG Enterprise, an International Data Group (IDG) company, brings together the leading editorial brands (CFOwold, CIO, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World) to serve the information needs of our technology and security-focused audiences. As the premier hi-tech B2B media company, we serve our reader and advertiser audiences by delivering award-winning content, community, conversation, and conversion solutions across our entire portfolio of award-winning websites, events, magazines, products and services. In addition, the CIO Executive Council is a peer advisory service that delivers on the business, technology, and leadership needs for the world’s elite CIOs and their respective staffs. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.