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CloudAve is blessed to have a team of contributing authors who represent diverse backgrounds in the intersection of IT Infrastructure, Software and Business.

Our Authors express their own views: there is no “official CloudAve viewpoint”, in fact we encourage debate.  That goes for you, dear Reader: please feel free to comment anywhere, and if you’re so inclined, try your own wings by submitting a guest article – but please read our Guest Post Policy first.

CloudAve is published by Cloud Avenue LLC.  Publisher/Editor:  Zoli Erdos.  Meet our  authors below:

Adron Hall

Adron Hall

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Lean, Kanban, Agile Pairing, TDD (sometimes test after) software architect and programmer. Worked with distributed (called cloud sometimes) computing services since 2007 using phat data (8 billion rows of data on an AVERAGE day, sometimes called big data) and everything from business intelligence to the nitty gritty of array structures inside file based data stores to create caching tiers for custom software needs. Currently pushing for distributed technologies & improving software architecture, better data centers, the best software development practices and keeping everything secure in the financial industry again. To see what I'm up to today, check out my blog at Composite Code.

Hutch Carpenter

Hutch Carpenter

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Strategic Consultant with HYPE Innovation, helping enterprises get more value from their innovation programs. Firm believer in the concept of jobs-to-be-done, which stresses the importance of understanding customers' wants and needs. Also sports a 2:57 marathon PR. Dad to two awesome kids.

Jacob Morgan

Jacob Morgan

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Principal of Chess Media Group, a social business consultancy. Jacob works with mid and enterprise organizations on developing customer and employee engagement strategies. He is also the co-author of Twittfaced, a social media 101 book for business. Jacob authors a Social CRM and Enterprise 2.0 blog.

Chris Yeh

Chris Yeh

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VP Enterprise Marketing for PBworks,  first investor in and previously interim CEO of Ustream.TV.  Chris is an active angel investor and the founder and Chairman of the Harvard Business School Technology Alumni Association (HBSTECH). Chris earned two degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. His personal blogs are Adventures in Capitalism and Ask the Harvard MBA.

Christian Reilly

Christian Reilly

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Christian currently serves as Manager of Product & Demand Management at Bechtel Corporation, working in a niche position between the business and technology delivery teams to help identify opportunities to drive worldwide innovation in the mobile and cloud computing areas. Prior to this, Christian was Principal Technology Architect at Manager of Global Systems Engineering at Bechtel. Having gained hands-on experience in 15 different countries designing and managing complex IT environments in support of worldwide project execution, Christian brings a wealth of enterprise experience and led a team that architected and deployed one of the world's first true private cloud infrastructures. Christian is one half of The Loose Couple Blog team and his disclaimer can be found here.

Dave Michels

Dave Michels

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Telecom/VoIP/UC/Mobility enthusiast. Blogolyst, Consultant, and Analyst publishing independent telecom and UC research at TalkingPointz. Dave is CEO of Verge1 which offers independent analysis and interpretation of business communications systems and technologies. Dave works with the major vendors, end users, and media sources. His independent research is available for download at www.talkingpointz.com. Dave regularly contributes to this site and other major sites focused on communications. His blog PinDropSoup is one of the most popular independent telecom oriented blogs on the web.

Jason M. Lemkin

Jason M. Lemkin

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Co-Founder and CEO of EchoSign from inception through tens of millions in cash-flow positive SaaS revenue and acquisition by Adobe Systems Inc. Jason then served as Vice President, Web Services at Adobe, where EchoSign was named the most successful acquisition of 2011-12, posting 199% YoY growth.

Jarret Pazahanick

Jarret Pazahanick

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Managing Partner, EIC Experts,  SAP Mentor and SAP HCM and SuccessFactors Consultant who has specialized in HR Technology since 1998. Over the past 15 years, Jarret has completed 22 high profile, full life cycle HCM implementations for global Fortune 1000 companies, which have included Core HRMS, Payroll, Compensation and Shared Services. He is SAP HCM Certified, SuccessFactors Associate Certified in Employee Central and Performance Management and Goals, an author for HR Expert, CloudAve, ASUGnews contributor, and a moderator and platinum level contributor on the SAP Community Network.

Joel York

Joel York

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Internet software executive and popular cloud blogger at Chaotic Flow, B2B Marketing Strategy, and Cloud Ave, Joel is well known for his work in SaaS business models, sales and marketing strategy, and financial metrics. Professionally, he has managed global sales and marketing organizations serving over 50 countries, including local offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, and India. He holds degrees in physics from Caltech and Cornell and received his MBA from the University of Chicago.
Joel York is currently VP Marketing at Meltwater Group and Principal at the Internet startup consulting firm affinitos.

John Taschek

John Taschek

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Technologist. Communication expert. VP Strategy at salesforce.com, Editorial Director of CloudBlog.

Krishnan Subramanian

Krishnan Subramanian

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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

Martijn Linssen

Martijn Linssen

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Founder of We Wire People, Martijn has 15 years experience in the field of Integration, as an Architect working in and for Enterprises. He mainly advises in case of mergers, application rationalization and Cloud / Social Media back-office integration Martijn blogs at martijnlinssen.com

Michael Krigsman

Michael Krigsman

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Well-known expert on why IT projects fail, CEO of Asuret, a Brookline, MA consultancy that uses specialized tools to measure and detect potential vulnerabilities in projects, programs, and initiatives. Also a popular and prolific blogger, writing the IT Project Failures blog for ZDNet. Frequently quoted by the press on topics related to IT management.

Mark Suster

Mark Suster

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2x startup Founder & CEO who has gone to the Dark Side of VC. His first company, BuildOnline was sold in 2005, his second, Koral was acquired by Salesforce.com and became known as Salesforce Content, while Mark served as VP Product Management. In 2007 Mark joined GRP Partners in 2007 as a General Partner.  He focuses on early-stage technology companies, usually looking at Series A investment, and blogs at the aptly titled Both Sides of the Table.

Ofir Nachmani

Ofir Nachmani

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Cloud Computing Evangelist, Blogger and Lecturer at IAmOnDemand.com. Ofir has extensive experience helping ISV companies with cloud adoption and management. Today, Ofir is a Senior Vice President and Chief Evangelist at Newvem. Prior to this Ofir led ClickSoftware's On-Demand initiative and established the company cloud offering. He also held several positions at Zarathustra - SaaS development, including the company CEO.
The thoughts are his own and don’t represent anyone or anything he is currently associated with.

Dan Pepper

Dan Pepper

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Daniel A. Pepper, Esq. is the managing member of Pepper Law Group, LLC, and has been practicing law since 1994.  Mr. Pepper has focused his practice in optimizing technology license and services transactions on behalf of vendors and users, in addition to structuring complex new media and entertainment related arrangements, sales and procurement programs and processes which protect key business and legal requirements, all while minimizing risk and exposure.  Information technology and business process outsourcing, cloud computing arrangements, developing strategic alliances, and deploying Internet strategies are all services Mr. Pepper consistently provides to his clients, which include VMware, Prudential Insurance Company of America, and Vonage.

Quinton Wall

Quinton Wall

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Director of technical platform evangelism at salesforce.com, and aspiring fantasy author. Regular speaker at cloud and developer events around the world, and an active contributor to open source projects and the developer.force.com community. When he is not working with the Salesforce Platform, building mobile apps, or writing books, Quinton can be found on twitter sharing his thoughts 140 characters at a time.

Rakesh Malhotra

Rakesh Malhotra

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VP of Products for cloud platform provider Apprenda overseeing overall product strategy, roadmap and market execution. Previously ten years leading Microsoft’s virtualization and datacenter management products as a Principal Group Program Manager on the core engineering team. In this role, Rakesh had a front row seat in the evolution of the modern datacenter and its ongoing journey to what we now call cloud. Passionate about all things cloud related, Rakesh has deep expertise and experience building products for enterprise customers. He advises a variety of cloud startups and is actively engaged in the enterprise technology community in the NYC area where he is based.

Randy Bias

Randy Bias

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Co-Founder, CTO at Cloudscaling.  Since 1990, Randy has driven innovations in infrastructure, IT, operations, and 24×7 service delivery. He was the technical visionary at GoGrid and built the world’s first multi-cloud, multi-platform cloud management framework at CloudScale Networks. He led the open-licensing of GoGrid's API, which inspired Sun Microsystems, Rackspace Cloud, VMware and others to open-license their cloud APIs. Randy blogs @ Cloudscaling blog, is recognized by The Next Web as one of the 25 Most Influential People Tweeting About Cloud, is frequently interviewed and speaks at dozens of industry events annually.

Dan Morrill

Dan Morrill

Dan Morrill works in Interactive Media and Cloud delivery systems for Comics Forge as the COO. He has been blogging since 2003 covering different emerging technologies, management and information security. Dan works as a founding member of a number of startups, including Startup Academy International and Dead Tree Comics. His interests are in intellectual property protection, piracy, and information security as it applies to cloud computing. He also has a deep interest in media, mobile computing, and education.. His personal blog is here,  his other pro-blog is here .

Sadagopan

Sadagopan

Sadagopan is Global Vice President - Business & IT Transformation Services & Cloud Computing for HCL Technologies. He has led international teams and initiatives for large enterprises across many areas throughout the US, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa. Sadagopan's blog focus is on business, enterprise software, IT services, cloud computing, social media & web presence. LinkedIn TwitterFacebook

Scott Bils

Scott Bils

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Partner, Cloud & IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) Transformation in EMC’s Professional Services Organization. Leads EMC’s Cloud Application Practice, which helps enterprises capture the opportunities being created by DevOps and cloud migration. Living in Austin, TX.

Chirag Mehta

Chirag Mehta

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Technology, Design, and Innovation strategist at the Office of the CEO, SAP,  focusing on technology and architecture strategy and strategic operational, product, and management innovation.  Adjunct faculty at Santa Clara University and San Jose State University with the department of computer engineering teaching graduate classes.  Frequent speaker at conferences, special events, Chirag blogs at Cloud Computing.

Zoli Erdos

Zoli Erdos

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Publisher / Editor @ CloudAve and Enterprise Irregulars. Industry Observer, Blogger, Startup Advisor, Program Chair @ SVASE (Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs). In his "prior life" spent 15 years immersed in the business of Enterprise Software, at management positions with SAP, IBM, Deloitte, KPMG and the like.