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Canadian Cloud Council Updates Final Agenda For Inaugural National Cloud Conference

Canada Cloud Council [1]Robert Hart, President of the Canadian Cloud Council [1] has announced the final agenda for the council’s semi-annual national conference titled “A Call to Action – Awakening Canada’s Cloud Agenda” taking place on March 12th and 13th in Edmonton.  Tickets are still available [2] for what may be one of the most comprehensive and expansive cloud conferences ever to be staged in Canada and will feature 30 North American cloud thought leaders.
The conference will bring together a diverse group of senior business and technical leaders to discuss the state of cloud computing in Canada and how innovative technologies and best practices can be applied to achieve business transformation and economic development.

This initial conference will focus on four major key focus areas:

“Canada has been one of the slowest nations to adopt cloud computing and has not yet effectively leveraged local data center facilities to deliver value through shared technology services. As a result, the country is quickly losing its global competitive advantage to other nations that have more assertively invested in and commercialized cloud infrastructure and technology,” noted Mr. Hart. “We plan on tackling this critical issue head-on and leaving this conference with a clearly defined action plan related to the acceleration of Canadian cloud adoption.”

The keynote speakers listed below aim to provide practical solutions to attendees, along with the proper planning, deployment and support of critical cloud infrastructure to assist enterprises in dramatically improving their competitive advantage, operational continuity and corporate growth continuum.

A Call To Action – Awakening Canada’s Cloud Agenda
Date: March 12 and 13, 2012
Location: Matrix Hotel in Edmonton
Event Sponsors: VMware, Mitel, IBM, Bell, Dell, Microsoft, HP, Salesforce.com, Awarebase

Day One Agenda – March 12 2012

Opening Remarks – A Call To Action – Awakening Canada’s Cloud Agenda presented by Ralph Nitsch, Global Technical Sales Director at Dell Cloud Services

Shared Services – The Case For Government Cloud Computing

Cloud Implementation Best Practices – Real Life Lessons Learned

Closing Remarks – Canadian Innovation For The Cloud And Beyond presented by Jeff Nolan, VP Canadian Sales and Operations – Mitel Networks

Day Two Agenda – March 13 2012

Canada’s Cloud Ecosystem Keynote Presentations by Bill Werry, Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and Technology – Government of Alberta and Brian Fry, CMO and Co-Founder – RackForce

The Cloud Paradigm – Enabling Organizational Readiness Through Change Management

Cloud’s Great Barrier – Information Security And Privacy

Closing Remarks – Shaping Canada’s Data Strategy presented by Perry Kinkaide, President – Alberta Council of Technologies

5:00 PM Cloud Camp – An “un-conference” for cloud developers