|By Business Wire
|December 12, 2012 09:20 AM EST
Parallels®, the hosting and cloud services enablement leader,
announced its roster of exciting keynote speakers for Parallels
Summit 2013, the leading global annual gathering of the cloud
industry, scheduled from February 4-6, 2013, at Caesars Palace in Las
Vegas, Nevada. Parallels featured keynote speakers include Jeremy
Gutsche, an innovation expert, award-winning author of Exploiting
Chaos, and founder of TrendHunter.com;
Harmon who as Principal Analyst, Forrester Research, Inc. serves
technology marketing professionals in developing SMB go-to-market
channels; and Tod
Nielsen, Co-President of Application Platform, VMware. Each are
industry experts whose collective insight is highly sought-after for
creating strategies to market IT services to small and medium businesses
Members of Parallels’ leadership team will also deliver keynote speeches
– including Birger
Steen, CEO; Serguei
Beloussov, Executive Chairman of the Board & Chief Architect; and Jack
Zubarev, President, Marketing and Alliances. These hosting industry
authorities will share what Parallels has been developing in the last
year including the latest innovations in Parallels software, offering
attendees deep insight into their customers, and access to the broadest
ecosystem of partners – all to make it easy for you to sell cloud
services to SMBs.
Parallels Summit will feature rich sessions with integrated in-depth
content arranged in three distinct tracks:
Business track will feature innovative ways to understand and more
deeply analyze customers behaviors
Technical track is focused on how to make the best use of the latest
innovations from Parallels R&D
Developer track is for those who want to build and integrate rich
services using the Application
Packaging Standard (APS) in a way that was never possible before
In addition to the keynotes and training sessions, conference attendees
will receive a detailed overview of Parallels product roadmap in advance
of public announcements. Parallels SMB Cloud Insights™ research will be
updated with all new analysis for US, Global, Mexico, and Brazil
exploring what services SMBs say they want to buy from cloud service
“I am looking forward to Parallels Summit 2013. Gathering the brightest
and most innovative minds in the industry, Parallels Summit creates
moments for attendees to make important connections,” said Birger Steen,
CEO, Parallels. “Attendees will discover the latest solutions, gain
insight from industry experts, network with their peers and move their
business forward. All this in just a couple of days because the entire
ecosystem will be there.”
Parallels invites attendees to register
now and join the more than 1,500 industry influencers, leading
technology analysts, media editors and reporters and online influentials
from across the globe. From cloud service providers and developers,
hosting companies, communication service providers (CSPs) to value-added
resellers (VARs) and independent software vendors (ISVs), Parallels
Summit 2013 is an unrivaled opportunity to build relationships with the
leading players in the cloud space.
Keynote speakers at Parallels Summit 2012 include:
Gutsche is an innovation expert, the award-winning author of Exploiting
Chaos, “one of North America’s most requested keynote speakers,” a
judge on BNN’s TV show “The Pitch,” and the founder of TrendHunter.com,
the world’s largest, most popular collection of cutting-edge trends,
attracting nearly 1 BILLION views. He studied innovation at Stanford,
received his MBA from Queen’s University and graduated as a Chancellor
Scholar in finance from University of Calgary, where he was later
awarded Graduate of the Decade. Prior to Trend Hunter, he grew a $1
billion portfolio of products at Capital One, as one of their youngest
business directors. He is routinely sourced by the media, from The
Economist to CNN and Entertainment Tonight to The New York Times. He
has been described as “a new breed of trend spotter” by The Guardian,
“an eagle eye” by Global TV, an “Oracle” by the Globe and Mail, an
“intellectual can of Red Bull” by Association Week and “on the
forefront of cool” by MTV.
Tim Harmon serves
Technology Marketing Professionals in developing SMB go-to-market
channels via the application of best practices, business plans,
metrics, tools, resources, relationships, and competitive
intelligence. His research focuses on the impact of cloud computing
and digital marketing on demand chain business models. Tim is a
leading expert on business applications software (enterprise resource
planning, business intelligence, marketing automation, and social
project/collaboration management) and networking and hardware
technologies. Prior to joining Forrester, Tim served in executive
management and mentoring roles in the vendor, user, industry analyst,
and venture capital aspects of the IT industry. He has been a featured
speaker at many industry conferences involving business intelligence,
data warehousing, performance management, and enterprise applications
and has been published in Austin-American Statesman, BI
Review, DM Review, and Intelligent Enterprise.
Nielsen joined VMware in January 2009 and leads the
company’s application platform business, bringing more than 20 years
of leadership experience in enterprise software and application
development. Most recently, he was president and chief executive
officer of Borland Software, where he had led the company since
November 2005. Prior to Borland, he served as senior vice president of
marketing and global sales support for Oracle and was chief marketing
officer and executive vice president of engineering at BEA Systems,
where he oversaw BEA’s worldwide marketing strategy, operations and
research and development. Nielsen joined BEA after the acquisition of
his private company, Crossgain Inc., where he served as CEO. He also
spent 12 years with Microsoft in various roles including general
manager of database and developer tools, vice president of developer
tools, and vice president of Microsoft’s platform group.
Steen, CEO, Parallels, will deliver a keynote entitled “Next
generation software for the next generation Cloud made Easy.” SMB’s
appetite for more complex cloud services continues to accelerate. This
requires service providers to innovate faster. Steen will demonstrate
Parallels latest and most innovative products that were designed
specifically to meet SMB’s requirements. You will hear from Parallels
leaders, successful partners and customers how they are transforming
the way they do business with these products. Steen will also
recognize the winners of the Parallels 2012 Partner Awards, honoring
Parallels’ service provider partners across eight categories for their
outstanding achievements with Parallels products, solutions and
Beloussov, Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief
Architect, Parallels. Author of “Why The Source Of Venture Capital Is
As Important As The Money Itself.” He’s responsible for helping many
companies develop value and scale in a very short period of time. “Serguei
unplugged: Winners and losers in the cloud” is based on this
unique bird’s eye view of the service provider landscape. Serguei will
deliver the unvarnished truth of what is happening in our industry. He
will share with you some of the smartest and dumbest business moves he
has seen with hosters this year. You will hear the five steps to
developing a successful company that scales.
Zubarev, President, Marketing & Alliances, Parallels, will
host “Who wants to be a hosting millionaire.” This light-hearted and
informative session is the perfect final keynote to take people into
the fun, food and drink of the Closing Reception which immediately
follows. Attendees have a chance to win some cash if they make it on
stage and show that they know a thing or two about the hosting
industry. Attendees will get to laugh while learning many key driving
factors you need to know to survive and thrive in the hosting business.
Attendees can also meet and interact with other leading players in the
hosting industry, including key executives and technical staff from
Platinum and Gold event sponsors
IBM, Symantec, Microsoft, Enom, LuxCloud and OpenXchange among the over
50 event sponsors from across the entire hosting ecosystem.
A detailed agenda of planned sessions and activities is available at http://www.parallels.com/summit/2013/agenda/.
To register, and for information about training and certification
sessions, please visit http://www.parallels.com/summit/2013/.
Parallels is a worldwide leader in hosting and cloud service enablement
and desktop virtualization. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing
company with more than 900 employees in North America, Europe, and Asia.
For more information, please visit www.parallels.com/spp,
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