IDC/IDG Enterprise Cloud Leadership Forum Aims to Advance Successful Cloud Adoption

FRAMINGHAM, MA. – May 19, 2010 – The Cloud Leadership Forum, produced by International Data Corp (IDC) and IDG Enterprise, will bring together the cloud industry's most influential vendors, senior IT executives and IDC analysts on June 13-15 in Santa Clara, Calif., to examine ways to advance the successful adoption of public, private and hybrid cloud models.

Cloud Leadership Forum attendees can expect to join the dialogue with leading IT executives and industry players, get answers to their most pressing cloud questions, network with peers and get their unbiased view of what works best with different cloud models, and learn how to drive agility and cost savings to meet their business' strategic needs.

With the executive presence and presentations from some of the earliest adopters of cloud technologies, the Cloud Leadership Forum will help set the direction and clear obstacles to market success while providing senior IT executives with answers to their most pressing concerns about adopting public, private and hybrid cloud models.

Featured presenters at the Cloud Leadership Forum will discuss strategies for building a sound business case in light of various cloud options, identify the most promising immediate and long-term applications of cloud computing, explore the industry and customer partnerships that can accelerate cloud's successful adoption, and drill down into the security and interoperability issues surrounding the transition to the cloud. A sample of confirmed presenters to date include:

Alan Boehme, Senior Vice President, IT Strategy & Enterprise Architecture, ING Jessica Carroll, Managing Director, Information Technologies, United States Golf Association Ken Harris, CIO & SVP, Shaklee Corp. Thor Geir Ramleth, SVP & CIO, Bechtel Group, Inc. James Rinaldi, CIO, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory John Rizzi, Vice President of Product Management and Strategy, Tickets.com

Participation from some of the industry's most innovative sponsors will also reinforce the Forum's underlying goal of foreseeing the future of the Cloud industry. Sponsors confirmed to date include: Accenture, Akamai, Cisco, CSC, IBM, Intel, Juniper, Meraki, Microsoft, PWC and Verizon Business.

The Cloud Leadership Forum will be hosted by John Gallant, Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer of IDG Enterprise and Frank Gens, SVP and Chief Analyst at IDC. 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.

Session content for this groundbreaking event was crafted by IDC and IDG Enterprise with the help of an influential advisory board representing a who's who in the cloud space including such industry juggernauts as Accenture, Akamai, Amazon, AT&T, Citrix, Cisco, CSC, Dell, HP, Fujitsu, IBM, Intel Corp., Juniper, Microsoft, Salesforce.com, SAP, Sun National Bank, Symantec, Tickets.com, USGA, and Verizon Business.

For more information or to register for the Forum, visit: http://www.cloudleadershipforum.com [http://www.cloudleadershipforum.com].

To register as media, please visit: http://www.cloudleadershipforum.com/pr2press [http://www.cloudleadershipforum.com/pr2press]

About IDG Enterprise

IDG Enterprise, an International Data Group (IDG) company, brings together unique editorial brands (CIO, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, InfoWorld, ITworld, and Network) to serve the information needs of our technology and security-focused audiences. As a digital-centric media company we serve our reader and advertiser audiences with award-winning content and community, driving conversation and conversion, across our entire portfolio of awarding-winning, websites, events, magazines, products and services. In addition, the CIO Executive Council, a peer advisory service, brings together the nation's top CIOs, as well as provides community and leadership development tools for their staffs. IDG Enterprise is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at http://www.idgenterprise.com [http://www.idgenterprise.com].

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 46 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.

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