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CloudBeat 2012 speakers hail from Google Enterprise, Cisco, Cloudera and more

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It’s just six weeks away, and we already have many stellar speakers lined up for CloudBeat, our annual conference that spotlights innovative companies across all sectors of the cloud.

Unlike many other cloud conferences, this one is focused on customers: The executives and IT managers who are actually using cloud technologies. You’ll hear real-world case studies that will show you, in concrete terms, how cloud technologies are transforming the enterprise.

It’s VentureBeat’s second annual CloudBeat conference, and last year’s attendees had this to say:

“The quality and level of discussion at CloudBeat is way beyond what I’ve seen at other conferences.”

“CloudBeat established a winning format in a crowded market for cloud conferences.”

Join us for panel discussions, fireside chats and keynote talks from chief technology officers and founders of disruptive companies like Zendesk, Google Enterprise, Cloudera, Cisco, Genomic Health and more — as well as their customers.

It’s not too late to get involved! If you work at an innovative cloud company that deserves to be recognized for its out-of-the-box adoption strategy, read up and apply for the CloudBeat Innovation Showdown, hosted by Norwest Venture Partners.

This year, our speakers will address security, collaboration, analytics, mobile usage, increased productivity, and integration. Have a fantastic speaker or customer case study in mind that addresses one of these themes? Submit your speaker form here. Deadline is Friday, October 19th.

Check out our speaker lineup below, and grab your tickets today. Space is limited!

Adrian McDermott Adrian McDermott leads and manages Zendesk’s Engineering and Operations teams. Prior to Zendesk, he was CTO at Attributor where he applied “lean startup” techniques to build multiple product lines, and as general manager, ran video compliance business from first customer sales until business acquisition.

Amit Singh leads Google’s Enterprise business. He joined Google in 2010 after nearly 20 years at Oracle in different areas of the business. In his most recent role, as group vice president, he led the Application Strategy Group, responsible for applications acquisitions, shared services and product strategy for North American Sales.

Ben Kepes is an analyst, an entrepreneur and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergance of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, enabled by the cloud.

Chris C. Kemp is the co-founder and CEO of Nebula, developers of a turnkey enterprise private cloud computing system. Prior to Nebula, Kemp was the Chief Technology Officer for IT at NASA, where he co-founded OpenStack, and was responsible for pioneering work in cloud computing, open source and open government.

Chris Pinkham is a senior technology executive and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience building Internet and large infrastructure environments. Chris started his career co-founding South Africa’s first ISP, TICSA/Internet Africa, which was sold to UUNET in 1996. Most recently Chris initiated and managed the development of Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), which has emerged as the undisputed leading public Cloud Infrastructure.

Dan Scholnick is a General Partner at Trinity Ventures, a venture firm dedicated to investing in early stage entrepreneurs. Dan began his career as employee number two at Wily Technology (acquired by CA) where he built the first version of the company’s application performance management product and then helped sell it to many of Wily’s Fortune 500 clients. Dan founded Flurry, the leading user analytics platform for mobile applications.

Dr. Amr Awadallah is Co-Founder and CTO of Cloudera since it was formed in Oct 2008. Before that he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Accel Partners for about 3-months. Prior to joining Accel he served as Vice President of Product Intelligence Engineering at Yahoo!, and ran one of the very first organizations to use Hadoop for data analysis and business intelligence.

Edward L. Hanapole is Chief Information Officer for Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) and a leading global provider of educational services offering post-secondary education, test preparation, professional training and K12 programs.

Frank Edwards specializes in data center capabilities, cloud hosting, and virtualization for a large, global IT organization. As Director, IT Strategy he developed complex modeling tools to determine the optimal IT strategies and staffing plans in uncertain, risky environments. Prior to his current role Edwards led PepsiCo’s network and server operations groups.

Glenn Soloman has led GGV’s investments in Pandora (NYSE: P), Successfactors (NYSE: SFSF/Acq by SAP), Isilon (NASDAQ: ISLN/Acq by EMC), Quinstreet (NASDAQ: QNST), Square, Conviva, Nimble Storage and Zendesk, helping the first four successfully navigate the initial public offering process.

James Cuff is the Director of Research Computing & Chief Technology Architect for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Before assuming this role in 2007, James directed Research Computing for the Life Sciences Division at Harvard. In 2003 he moved from the UK to the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.

Jay Simons is president of Atlassian, an award-winning enterprise software company that helps innovators everywhere plan, build, and launch great software. He is responsible for all revenue-generating activities of the company, including customer success and retention, operations and marketing. Atlassian has more than 22,000 customers— including Microsoft, Facebook, Cisco, Oracle, Proctor & Gamble, Exxon, BMW and NASA..

John Cowen is a 6fusion founder a co-inventor of 6fusion’s WAC algorithm. He is regarded as the company’s business model visionary. In addition to 6fusion’s day-to-day management responsibilities, John is responsible for the overall strategic vision and commercial direction of 6fusion.

John Dillon has thirty years of experience building successful technology companies. He began his career as a systems engineer for EDS (Electronic Data Systems) and then held sales management positions at various high tech companies including Oracle Corporation. During the past 15 years, John has served as President and CEO for Hyperion Solutions and CEO for Salesforce.com.

John Lee is a director in SVB’s Entrepreneur Services Group. Lee establishes banking relationships with early stage technology companies. Lee also assists early and mid-stage technology companies with raising capital through review and feedback on investment materials and targeted introductions to venture capital firms and other investors.

Ken Stineman is the Senior Director of Enterprise Architecture and Security at Genomic Health, a global health company based in Redwood City, California. Since joining Genomic Health in 2001, Ken Stineman has provided innovative technical leadership and security expertise to deliver genomic-based clinical laboratory services for patients with cancer.

Lew Tucker is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cloud Computing at Cisco, where he is responsible for shaping the future cloud strategy and products. He’s also currently leading a team working on the Quantum networking service in the OpenStack community. Tucker has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, ranging from distributed systems and artificial intelligence to software development and systems architecture.

 Lucas Carlson founded Appfog in 2010 and has guided AppFog’s growth from a PHP-focused Platform as a Service to the leading polyglot and cross-cloud PaaS used by more than 60,000 developers. An entrepreneur and software engineer, Lucas has deep roots in open source development, in creating scalable architectures and in developing emerging technologies.

Mat Ellis is CEO and Founder of Cloudability, a cloud management company that helps businesses save money on their cloud costs by reducing unintentional spending and eliminate waste. As a hands-on executive with over 20 years experience scaling and growing technology platforms, Ellis spent the nineties overseeing IT operations for global companies like Goldman Sachs, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola.

 Mark Cox is CEO and Founder of Appsecute, a company providing application management tools for the cloud, helping developers and IT departments put applications into production using Platform as a Service. With more than 20 years experience building technology products and platforms Mark is an experienced leader and advocate for agile product development.

Michael Driscoll is a serial entrepreneur who has built data platforms in life sciences, online retail, and digital media over the past decade. Michael began his career as a software engineer for the Human Genome Project, and later founded CustomInk.com, an early pioneer in customized apparel. More recently, Michael conceived and led Dataspora, where he remains Chairman, helping deliver data science to telcos, insurance firms, and retail banks. He is the CEO and co-founder of Metamarkets, a big data SaaS solution. Michael holds an A.B. from Harvard college and a Ph. D. in Bioinformatics from Boston University. He enjoys speaking and writing about big data and analytics.

Randy Bias provocative views on the profound disruption caused by cloud computing have made him one of the most influential voices in the industry. Randy uses this influence to advocate an open and honest debate about which technologies will win in driving clouds to large-scale adoption.

Robert Abbott joined NVP in 1998 and is focused on a wide variety of investment categories including mobile, online advertising, infrastructure and systems. His current investments and board seats include Act-On Software, ClariPhy, ClearDATA, Elemental, mBlox, Mozes and Zenverge.

Paul Miller is an analyst and consultant, based in the East Yorkshire (UK) market town of Beverley, but working with clients world-wide. He mainly helps clients understand the opportunities (and pitfalls) around cloud computing, big data, and open data, but also podcasts and writes for a number of channels. His background includes public policy and standards work, several years in management at a UK software company and a Ph.D in Archaeology.

Sinclair Schuller is the CEO of Apprenda. With his two co-founders, Apprenda has secured $16M in venture capital from funds NEA, Ignition Partners and High Peak Ventures to deliver private and public PaaS to .NET developers. Apprenda is the best way for Microsoft-based organizations to build and deploy next generation enterprise applications or modernize existing applications for the cloud.

Tom Lounibos is CEO and cofounder of SOASTA which has more than 30 years of experience building early stage software companies, leading two to successful IPO’s. SOASTA has been a pioneer in the mobile application performance market, launching CloudTest in 2008 for simulating real user load on mobile and web applications from a global network of cloud servers.

Special thanks to the industry leaders who are supporting CloudBeat 2012: Ping Identity as Gold Sponsor; New Relic, dotCloud, Huddle, and Oxygen Cloud as Silver Sponsors; and CollabNet, Aria, Apprenda, Nasdaq OMX, Scality, Egnyte, Norwest Venture Partners, Silicon Valley Bank, RingCentral, and Scale Venture Partners as Event Sponsors.