The Debate - A Cloudy Future or Can We See Trends?

Kate Craig-Wood (Memset), Dion Hinchcliffe (Dachis Group), Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), JP Rangaswami (Salesforce)
Location: Portland_Ballroom
Tags: cloud, debate
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Our panel of experts will examine the what’s next for cloud computing, what implications cloud creates, the role of government and what changes are we likely to see?


  • Is cloud inevitable?
  • Will anyone win the cloud?
  • What national impacts will cloud have, will there be government regulation?
  • Are we heading towards a permission based web?
  • Are there any dangers you forsee?
  • What’s next?
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Kate Craig-Wood


Kate is a multi-award-winning British technology entrepreneur, owner-manager of Memset, and a nationally renowned expert-advocate of green ICT and Cloud Computing. She is an officer of BCS’s (formerly the British Computer Society) influential Data Centre Specialist Group and is the youngest-ever main board member of Intellect UK, Britain’s high-tech trade association. Kate also chairs Intellect’s Climate Change Group, and currently co-leads the technical architecture strand of the Cabinet Office’s G-Cloud and App Store project.

Her company, Memset, is a nationally leading managed hosting and Cloud Computing provider. Memset was Britain’s first Carbon Neutral ISP, and has pioneered virtual machine technology since 2002.

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Dion Hinchcliffe

Dachis Group

Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized business strategist and enterprise architect who works hands-on with clients in the Fortune 500, federal government, and Internet startup community.

Dion helps lead the industry by evolving the thinking for next-generation businesses in various social media including ZDNet’s influential Enterprise Web 2.0 Blog and the Web 2.0 Blog. He is extensively published in leading industry periodicals and journals including the Microsoft Architecture Journal, AjaxWorld Magazine, SOA/Web Services Journal, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Social Computing Journal. His thought leading work has been covered in BusinessWeek, CNET News, Wired Magazine, CIO Magazine, and other well-known news outlets.

In addition to helping organizations deliver large-scale Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 solutions as a Senior Vice President at the Dachis Group, Dion is also is a regular keynote speaker on the topics of Web 2.0, SOA, and Enterprise 2.0 and has presented or keynoted at Web 2.0 Expo, CeBIT, Business Integration Forum, Interop, JavaOne, SOA Web Services Edge, Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Office 2.0, and many other major business and software conferences. Dion has also been instrumental in pioneering ideas around next-generation SOA and Product Development 2.0, with many of those ideas being shared in his blog on Musings and Ruminations on Building Great Systems.

He is also the founder of the popular Web 2.0 University, the world’s leading education solution for Web 2.0 and next generation SOA. He can be reached at and on Twitter @dhinchcliffe.

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Tim O'Reilly

O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot com bust, but a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform. In 2009, with his “Gov 2.0 Summit,” he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world. He has now turned his attention to implications of the on-demand economy and other technologies that are transforming the nature of work and the future shape of the business world. He is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media and a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV). He is also a founder and board member at Maker Media, which spun out of O’Reilly Media in 2012, and a board member at Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and PopVox.

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JP Rangaswami


I’m curious about things. How they work. Why they are the way they are. What can change. I’m passionate about my family, my friends, my church and community. They matter to me. A lot. I try and temper my curiosity and my passion with patience. And apply myself to learning about information (which is how I make my living) food (I love cooking and eating) music (particularly the music of the late Sixties and early Seventies) books (I read voraciously and collect extensively). And education. I’m passionate about education. One day I will set up a school.

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