Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced that Alliance board
member BMW will headline the second annual ODCA Forecast 2013. The
conference is scheduled for June 17-18 in San Francisco in conjunction
with GigaOm's Structure event. Forecast 2013 is a unique opportunity for
enterprise IT professionals to set actionable plans for deployment of
cloud and big data solutions based on real-world best practices from
leading IT organizations.
ODCA Chairman and BMW Vice President of IT Infrastructure, Mario
Müeller, will headline the proceedings with an opening keynote where
he is expected to detail BMW's plans for cloud computing and the
influence of ODCA requirements on the company's strategy. The keynote
will set the stage for a full agenda focused on sharing insights from
leading enterprises and providers on the implementation of
enterprise-ready cloud. The Forecast 2013 agenda includes an "ODCA
University" workshop delivering detailed training on the organization's
requirement publications, hot topic panel debates covering subjects as
far ranging as software defined networks, cloud security and big data,
best practice discussions on deployments aligning to Alliance
requirements, and sponsor executive Q&A sessions. Companies interested
n presenting a session or demo at Forecast 2013 are encouraged to
submit entries to the organization's call for papers, open through March
15, and consider sponsor opportunities.
"Forecast was established to help Alliance members and other interested
IT professionals share the latest thinking on cloud computing
deployments. Our conference program, including an opening keynote
delivered by BMW and panels and sessions from a who's who of cloud usage
in the enterprise today, aligns perfectly with the peer engagement
opportunities embraced by our membership," said Marvin Wheeler, Open
Data Center Alliance Executive Director. "With enterprise class cloud
maturing to a point of broad scale deployment, organizations seeking to
solidify long-term strategies for cloud and big data should prioritize
Forecast in their plans for 2013."
The Alliance will also be sharing information on its end user driven
requirements and progress in member deployment at two upcoming Solutions
Summits. These events provide members and prospective members a unique
opportunity to meet with Alliance leadership to discuss the
organization's requirements and network with members to drive increased
engagement within the organization. The upcoming Solutions Summits will
be held in Paris on March 13 and Beijing on April 9.
The Alliance has also added a combined conference discount with GigaOm's
Structure and Structure: Data conferences. The "Enterprise Cloud Season
Pass" offers individuals access to all three conferences for a
discounted rate of $2,000 and is offered in addition to already
announced Forecast early bird and Forecast + Structure discounted
registrations. For more information about Forecast 2013, including
conference agenda details, early bird discounted registration, GigaOm
Structure discounted registration, call for papers, and sponsorship
information please visit www.opendatacenteralliance.org/forecast2013.
To pre-register interest in attending a Solution Summit event please
About The Open Data Center Alliance
The Open Data Center Alliance? is an independent IT consortium comprised
of global IT leaders who have come together to provide a unified
customer vision for long-term data center requirements. The Alliance is
led by a twelve member steering committee which includes IT leaders BMW,
Capgemini, China Unicom, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin,
Marriott International, Inc., National Australia Bank, NTT Data,
T-Systems, Terremark, Disney Technology Solutions and Services, and UBS.
Intel serves as technical advisor to the Alliance.
In support of its mission, the Alliance has delivered the first customer
requirements for cloud computing and big data documented in Open Data
Center Usage Models which identify member prioritized requirements to
resolve the most pressing challenges facing cloud adoption. Find out
more at www.opendatacenteralliance.org.
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