Live updates from the #CloudCapital forum

23 Nov 2012

Simon Wardley addresses the OSCON conference in 2011. Photo courtesy of James Duncan Davidson/O'Reilly Media, Inc

Many of Ireland’s tech leaders will join international keynotes at the first Cloud Capital Forum, hosted by Silicon Republic. Follow the live updates from the Convention Centre Dublin here.

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.