|By Jeremy Geelan||
|November 7, 2011 06:00 AM EST||
With Cloud Expo Silicon Valley (9th Cloud Expo) starting today Monday November 7 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, let's introduce you in greater detail to the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical program at the conference...
We have technical and strategy sessions for you dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing, but what of those who are presenting? Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said about the Cloud that is transforming the world of Enterprise IT?
CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Andy McLoughlin
9TH CLOUD EXPO SESSION TITLE: The Cloud: Driving an IT Department Transformation
SESSION DESCRIPTION: http://cloudcomputingexpo.com/event/session/1355
BRIEF BIOGRAPHY: Andy McLoughlin is Co-Founder, EVP Strategy and GM USA at Huddle. Based in San Francisco, he manages Huddle's growing U.S. presence and is responsible for corporate development and product strategy.
Since co-founding the business he has guided Huddle to become one of Europe's most awarded and well-known technology start-ups. Since launch, he has been responsible for a number of business areas including technology, product development, marketing and business development.
McLoughlin previously worked as a consultant and product manager for KnowledgeCenter Ltd, a boutique content management and business process automation consultancy focussed on the insurance and finance markets. His clients spanned the UK, Europe and US, including prominent global firms such as QBE, Benfield, Arthur J Gallagher, Catlin and Montpelier Re. Prior to KnowledgeCenter, he was Online Manager for Fibernet Group plc, a FTSE 250-listed telecommunications company.
RECENT CLOUD COMPUTING QUOTE:
"When you hear the phrase “virtual business,” it’s likely that the names of pioneers such as Amazon and eBay spring to mind. Hot on the heels of these two goliaths, you may also think of online retailers such as Dell, Zappos.com and ASOS. However, thanks to advances in high-speed connectivity and the rise of cloud computing, going virtual isn’t only for organizations selling physical goods online. Any business without a full-time physical office and a geographically dispersed workforce can be considered virtual.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, many technology start-ups are virtual businesses. Using Software-as-a-Service tools, such as Highrise CRM, Zendesk and Shoeboxed, small companies can now deploy technology that was previously reserved for large organizations. As well as not breaking the bank on enterprise software, the team has the ability to work from anywhere and not waste large amounts of cash on renting office space. Whether it’s a shed at the end of the garden or a bedroom, an employee’s physical location is irrelevant. Take for example Nononina, the company behind Alltop. The team consists of (and I quote the site): “one guy in home office (Will Mayall), one gal on a kitchen table (Kathryn Henkens), and one Guy in United 2B (Guy Kawasaki)."
[From Huddle company blog]
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