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Business Transformation with Cloud – Is Your Organization 'Cloud-Ready'?

Details of Marcel Heilijgers' upcoming session at 12th Cloud Expo / Cloud Expo New York [June 10-13, 2013]

Organizations across the world are increasingly starting to see the benefits of moving more and more services to the cloud. The focus on the cost-saving potential of cloud is rapidly shifting to completely transforming the business with cloud. As organizations are investing enormous sums on technology they are starting to realize that in order to maximize the return on investment and accelerate the business transformation process the first area of focus should be people. By ensuring the organization is 'cloud-ready' the organizational adoption will be much faster and much better. A workforce ready and eager to maximize the potential value and benefit will more readily embrace a cloud strategy.

In a session at 12th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo New York [June 10-13, 2013], Marcel Heilijgers - Executive Director of the Cloud Credential Council - will explore the direct link between a sound cloud education strategy to develop a 'cloud-ready' workforce and extracting maximum business value through cloud-based business transformation.

Organizations that are not cloud-ready often face significant objections in the introduction of a cloud strategy, resulting in longer implementation times and lost business value. The gap in cloud skills today is significant. IT roles need retraining, as well as HR, Legal, Finance, Marketing - departments that have traditionally relied on IT are now realizing that the more they know about cloud the faster they can transform themselves. The Cloud Credential Council is here to help close this global cloud skills gap and help 'cloud-ready' your organization. In collaboration with representatives from key technology vendors, cloud providers, cloud consumers, cloud brokers, the Cloud Credential Council has developed the most complete cloud education portfolio on the market.

Speaker Bio:
Marcel Heilijgers is the Executive Director of the Cloud Credential Council, a global organization focused on accelerating successful cloud adoption by advancing cloud competences through training and certification. In this role he has overall responsibility for setting the strategic direction and ensuring execution in line with strategy. His focus areas include building out the Cloud Credential Council Cloud training and certification portfolio to become the most complete cloud portfolio in depth and breadth, build an ecosystem of courseware providers and high quality training partners across the globe, and to involve major cloud players in the process to help close the cloud skills gap.

Heilijgers joined the Cloud Credential Council in 2012 from Microsoft, where he was responsible for defining competitive strategy at the Central and Eastern Europe headquarters, and driving execution across the region consisting of 26 countries. He was instrumental in establishing Microsoft's open cloud positioning which became a key pillar in the overall competitive strategy approach. Prior roles include leading various business units at Microsoft and Novell to high growth.

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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