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Date: March 22, 2013
By: Aaron Delp and Brian Gracely
Description: Guest host Amy
Lewis (@CommsNinja) held a roundtable discuss at Varrow Madness in
Durham, NC with Jason Nash (@TheJasonNash), Elijah Stukenborg and Rusty
Buzhardt to talk about regional Cloud trends, the evolution of IT
business models, the impact of social media and reaction to the VMware
vCloud Hybrid Services announcement.
This week we were live at Varrow Madness
and had a special guest-host, Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja
), who ran with us at the Krispy Kreme Challenge
and hosts both Engineers Unplugged
and Geek Whisperers
Topic 1 - Tons of buzzwords out in the market today - How is Cloud impacting each of you today?
- Private/Public/Hybrid Cloud
- Converged Infrastructure
Topic 2 -
GigaOm had an article this week called "Death of an IT Salesman
which talks about how many non-IT groups are buying direct from SaaS
companies. How much do you see "Rogue IT" or "Shadow IT" (or this
alternative way of getting technology) effecting your business?
Topic 3 - VMware recently announced
that it would spin up it's own Cloud service. What's your initial
reaction to that and what questions do you still have that haven't been
answered about this new way that VMware is going to market?
Topic 4 - With all the new technology and cloud models emerging, how do you keep up with all of it (information, technical skills, etc.)
Topic 5 - We're in Durham, NC today
(outside RTP), which is considered a 2nd tier technology center, plus it
has lots of other types of business in the area (government,
manufacturing, finance, etc.). How much do you pay attention to what
happens in Silicon Valley vs. how technology can help solve business
problems in this area?
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