CloudBeat breakout session: The new social layer

I’m excited to present a CloudBeat 2011 breakout session focused on what we’re calling the new social layer. The session will explore the knowledge generated by structured and unstructured data, which helps us know what customers, and the world at large, think about our enterprises and their services and products.

Why I’m excited about CloudBeat 2011: It’s not just another vendor-centric event

I tend to be a little jaded about cloud technology events. I’ve attended a few dozen high-profile events a year over the past handful of years, making me a bit of a veteran. The amount of cloud-washing I’ve seen, and the number of events that rapidly descend into a battleground of highly technical minutiae, have left me frustrated many times.

In Singapore, the future is now

I had the good fortune to attend a conference earlier this year in Singapore. It’s a futuristic city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, whose wild skyscrapers and love and adoption of new technology makes me think of the 1960s animated sitcom The Jetsons every time I’m there.