Phorum 2012 National Cloud Conference Announces Full Line-Up

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Technology Conference for Executives Covers Views from the Trenches to the Enterprise

The Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT), in partnership with Dell Inc. and Fairmount Partners, today announced the full conference line-up for the Phorum 2012 National Cloud Conference. The conference will feature presentations from nationally-recognized business and technology leaders, panels on new enterprise models and mobility, and a Demo Pit showcasing the best emerging cloud technologies and companies in the Northeast.

“The people, companies, technologies, and strategies far exceed the expectations of the Phorum Conference we initially conceived months ago,” said Allen Born, Head of Internet and Cloud Computing Investment Banking at Fairmount Partners and Chair of the Content Committee for Phorum 2012. “The diversity and leadership of the speakers and panelists demonstrates the demand for cloud solutions for the enterprise. This conference is the only one of its kind that really focuses on helping businesses understand how to harness the power of the cloud, and we’re excited that it’s taking place in Philadelphia.”

The Phorum 2012 National Cloud Conference will be held on March 28, 2012, at the World Café Live in Philadelphia. It will begin at 7:30 am and conclude with a networking reception for 400 business and technology leaders. The full conference line-up is as follows:

7:30 am Cloud 101 – Presented by John Treadway, Vice President, Cloud Technology Partners

8:30 am Keynote – Presented by Nick Carr, Pulitzer Prize nominated author of “The Big Switch” and “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains”

9:30 am Harnessing the Power of the Cloud – Presented by Peter Coffee, VP and Head of Platform Research,

10:45 am Business Transformation, An Enterprise Perspective – Kevin Garton, Chief Marketing Officer, The Neat Company

12:30 pm Cloud Computing, The State of the Industry – Presented by James Staten, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

1:45 pm Panel Discussion: Barriers to Cloud Adoption – Moderated by James Staten and featuring Nick Carr; Peter Coffee; Kevin Garton; Indu Kodukula, SunGard; Rick Bunker, Procurian; and Don Norbeck, VCE

2:45 pm    Views from the Enterprise
New Enterprise Models Track – Moderated by Rob Kelley, LiquidHub; and featuring Josh Builder, The Orchard; Robert Butler, Hay Group; Simon Moss, Pneuron Corporation; Michael Erickson, MedRisk; and Krishna Narayanan, JPMorgan Chase

Mobility Track – Moderated by Doug Paradis, Anexinet; and featuring Kathy Junod, Auxilium Pharmaceuticals; Gregg Armitage, Avenue Bridge; Brendan O’Malley, TastyKake; and Bryan Hendricks, VWR International

3:45 pm Views from the Trenches
New Enterprise Models Track – Moderated by Bob Moul, appRenaissance; and featuring Nosh Petigara, 10gen; Isaac Garcia, Central Desktop; Andre Pino, CloudBees; Ryan Caplan, ColdLight Solutions; Nishant Kaushik, Identropy; and Ron Burns, ProtonMedia

Mobility Track – Moderated by Scott Snyder, Mobiquity; and featuring Jim Somers, Antenna Software; Chris Fleck, Citrix; Jim Sheward, Fiberlink Communications; Rick Rasansky, Yorn; and Scott Wasserman, appRenaissance

4:45 pm Closing Session: A Call to Action – Featuring Peter Coffee and the Demo Pit "Best in Show" Finalists

5:30 pm Cocktail Reception / Networking Event

7:30 pm Conference Ends

The Demo Pit, which will run concurrently with the conference, will enable 15 early-stage companies to showcase their products to the conference attendees. At the conclusion of the conference, three Demo Pit participants will be selected to join Peter Coffee, VP and Head of Platform Research at, on stage for the conference’s closing session. A complete list of the Demo Pit participants can be found at:

Sponsors for Phorum 2012 include Dell, Fairmount Partners, Anexinet, BMC Software, CA Technologies, Cisco, ColdLight Solutions, Fiberlink, Hollister Creative, ICG, KPMG, LiquidHub, PACT, Slice Communications, SmartCEO, Unisys, and USEED.

Tickets for Phorum 2012 are still available and cost $300 for the full conference and $75 for the reception only. Seating is limited to the first 400 registrants. Registration is currently open at and sponsorships are still available.

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