Many of Ireland’s tech leaders will join international keynotes at the first Cloud Capital Forum to be hosted by Silicon Republic this Friday, 23 November, at the Convention Centre Dublin, and just a small number of places remain.
The headline keynote is Simon Wardley, of the independent think-tank the Leading Edge Forum. Voted as one of the UK’s Top 50 Most Influential People in IT in ComputerWeekly‘s 2011 poll, Wardley’s research focus is on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies. His recent research covers subjects including Learning from Web 2.0 and A Lifecycle Approach to Cloud Computing. As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination with economics, Wardley is a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditisation, innovation, organisational structure and cybernetics.
Wardley is also a popular presenter at conferences worldwide, like OSCON and the Cloud Computing World Forum. TheNextWeb cites Wardley in its ’25 Most Influential People Tweeting About Cloud Computing’.
Wardley’s keynote will be followed by a mediated panel discussion with some of Ireland’s leaders in the cloud sphere – Grace O’Rourke Veitch, Ireland country manager, Citrix Systems; Brian Larkin, group operations director, Hibernia Evros; Anthony O’Mara, head of Global Business Operations, Trend Micro; and Alan Brown, business director, O2 (Telefónica Ireland).
Grasping Ireland’s opportunity
The second half of the morning will focus on Ireland’s opportunity in the era of cloud computing, including a discussion on the sustainable cloud. Short keynotes from Ray Walshe, director of the Cloud Computing Research Centre (cloudCORE), DCU, and John Shaw, CIO at Mainstream Renewables, will be followed by a leaders panel that includes Martin Murphy, managing director, HP Ireland; Maurice Mortell, managing director, Ireland, TelecityGroup; and Rob Bath, director of engineering, Europe, Digital Realty.
Panel discussions will be mediated by broadcaster and author Matt Cooper, a regular MC at Silicon Republic events, and the event kicks off at 8am sharp with an opening address from a Government minister with breakfast available from 7.15am.