We are excited to partner with 451 Research to host thought leadership conversations in the cloud industry at their 14th annual Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit. 451 Research’s, a leading information technology research and advisory firm, 14th annual Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit (HCTS) will take place September 24-26 at Bellagio Las Vegas. As a valued media partner, Women in Cloud members can attend this year’s conference at an exclusive discounted rate. Register between now and August 31 for only $999!HCTS welcomes executives in the hosting, cloud, datacenter and managed services sectors to hear timely, actionable insight into the competitive dynamics of innovation from 451 Research analyst talent and guest speakers from AWS, Microsoft, Huawei, ING, DH Capital and more. By attending HCTS, you’ll gain access to a plethora of networking opportunities and 1:1 meetings with 451 Research analysts to discuss the impact of this year’s theme – the Age of Consumption – on your business.A few sessions we think you’ll find incredibly valuable include:

Building Partnerships with Hyperscalers – Hyperscalers continue to dominate the cloud market. Their scope and scale have enabled them to build rich service portfolios that are difficult to compete against. Rather than compete, there is an opportunity for service providers to partner.

Beyond Cloud – The Digital Revolution is powered by cloud but businesses and their service provider partners need a strategy to achieve digital transformation. “Beyond infrastructure” services will continue to be a vital maintenance capability that businesses look to service providers to offer – akin to changing the lightbulbs in the building. Going forward, however, there is also an opportunity to provide transformation-oriented professional services and multi-cloud/hybrid implementation to help businesses rewire the building support new requirements.

Winning at Every Stage of the Cloud Journey – Cloud is a journey, and different enterprises are at different stages in their quests for value-driving, utility-based computing. To stay relevant for the full journey, successful service providers will need to guide their customers thought this journey and anticipate their needs. Winning a customer at one part of the journey does not mean that you will keep them for the next stage.

Interested in sending 4+ team members?

Group pricing is available for companies interested in sending 4+ members of their team to HCTS. Contact Meghan MacDonald, Director of Marketing, to discuss your options.

meghan.macdonald@451research.com

On March 2nd, Women In Cloud Accelerator was launched with the Class of 2018 participants.

We congratulate and extend a warm welcome to the following companies who were qualified and attended the immersion session:

  • Clever Databases
  • Stylyze Inc.
  • Plantmatch, LLC
  • RightSciences
  • Daysaver
  • Agile Impact Group
  • Bitlume Inc
  • Computing Kids LLC
  • genneve
  • Automaton Marketing Inc.
  • Red Sky
  • Visual Media Group, DBA

The Women in Cloud, an organization dedicated to fostering women-led businesses to leverage cloud solutions and services to inspire their success and growth, launches their new Accelerator Lab.  The Lab is an immersive 6-month program to assist women-led companies to start and build their businesses with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft distribution channels.

“Super excited to accelerate our business and learn more about how we can learn from the Cloud and improve our business proposition, and I hope to get more clients,” said Amelia Neighbors, from Clever Databases.

The Accelerator Program has proven methodologies, resources, and tools to grow a business in the Cloud.  What is “Cloud”? According to Microsoft, “cloud is the delivery of computing services-servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and more-over the internet, the cloud”. What is it about Cloud computing and why is it so popular? The Women in Cloud Accelerator Lab, answers these questions and coaches women-led businesses, who want to accelerate their B2B solutions using Cloud Computing. The Accelerator Lab includes a 1-day workshop, targeting coaching, free migration to Azure, up to “100 hours of interactive training to discuss strategy, lead generation, co-selling, deal negotiation and pitch preparation”, and much more.

Feedback from the participants of 2018 Class:

“When successful women come together great things happen. Red Sky is thrilled to be part of Women in Cloud Accelerator program sponsored by Microsoft, HPE and hosted by Meylah. This is the missing link for our growth and boost in revenue leveraging the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program and secret sauce of the mentors. This is a huge opportunity for us to build our cloud business and utilize the support of these great partners along this exciting journey.” Sharon A. Davison, Ph.D. CEO Red Sky

“For the first time, I can see tangible ways to leverage the expansive networks of Microsoft and HPE to take my business to a B2B audience. They’re helping me visualize what a go-to-market cloud partnership looks like to grow my business.” Jill Angelo, CEO of genneve

“The journey to building a business in the cloud requires both a willingness to learn new ways of thinking about our business and a deeper understanding of the opportunities available.” Rebecca Ralston, CEO of Agile Impact Group

 

Gretchen O’Hara, VP Go-To-Market Strategy, One Commercial Partner at Microsoft, and one of the driving forces and founders of Women in Cloud, declares,  “We are deeply committed from Microsoft on this initiative, one of the things I am very excited to announce, is I have been working personally to get a Microsoft Executive assigned to each and every one of you as a mentor and advisor of this incubator, and I have been able to accomplish that.”

To learn more about Women in Cloud and the Accelerator Lab, go to www.WomeninCloud.com

Simply Inspired. Amazed.

From all of us on the founding team, we felt like we really did soar. We hoped that we helped all of you to soar too. For myself, in moderating the event, a few words kept coming to mind. That I was simply inspired by all the great women and our male allies in the room. I was amazed at how this not only came together but by all of you in the room – from our speakers, sponsors, champions, volunteers, and participants. It may have taken all of us a few days to really take it in; it did for me.

What few words would you use to describe your experience?

If you couldn’t make the Summit or want to relive it again, check out some great highlights from Geek Wireand the wonderful summary from Jeff Shuey, a community blogger. Or We also captured as many great photos as we could. Browse through our library but also send us your own photos too and we can share them out.

We Want Your Feedback.

Without it, it’s harder to learn, grow and make changes for the better. If you attended the event, make your voice heard and take just a few minutes to complete our survey to give us some feedback. It’s not anonymous on purpose – make your voice heard. All of us at Women in Cloud take feedback with an open mind and welcoming spirit – just as you experienced during the Summit.

What’s Next?

More than one event, Women in Cloud is the start of an initiative and some call it a movement. We are living true to our core mission of driving Female Tech Entrepreneurship to access customers and investments through enterprise distribution channels to grow their business. Moreover, it is our deep intent to drive broad learning, partnerships and mentoring for women in cloud computing.

We have unique programs for each of you to participate in and contribute to, whether you came to the Summit or not. We want you, and as many women as possible, to take the 100 Cloud Commitment Pledge. Create a tribe to help women in cloud computing.

Here are opportunities that we discussed at the Summit to help get you started and share with your colleagues:

  • The Cloud Accelerator – We are open.  If you are an entrepreneur who needs access to Microsoft and HPE distribution engines to grow your business, please consider applying to the Accelerator. If you want to be a mentor to help women-led business in the Accelerator, express your interest here and we will follow up with you. 
  • Opportunity Circles – We heard you. There is a need for mentorship circles that advance opportunities and learning moments for women personally, for the career, technical, and business advancement. Please consider and in conjunction with some great community partners, we will launch the circles shortly. In the meantime, sign up our to keep up to date on all the news and events. 
  • Investor/Sponsor Opportunities – We need you.  Whether you are an Angel, VC, or individual investor. Consider helping sponsor women-led businesses in cloud computing. We will be soon providing details on the Sybilla Masters Fund and are working with local funding organizations to bring more opportunities. You can also look to directly sponsor, partner or host Women in Cloud programs and upcoming events.

 

Many of you already have your own ideas about great opportunities – share them with us. We want to help you realize them as best as we can. Thank you to you and to everyone who helped make this initiative and the inaugural Summit possible. We will leave you with this, which were among the best phrases we heard that morning:

“Make your voice heard, claim your space and act.”

Every story has a beginning, here’s ours.

With just a few weeks left until the big day of the Women in Cloud summit, we’re excited to share a great line up of topics intended for women embarking in the cloud.  We expect the summit to generate great discussions while also creating community among the technology leading women attending.

Can you relate to any of these scenarios?

  • You have an idea for a technical solution, but you don’t know where to begin.
  • You’ve been working on a technical solution, but you don’t know how to develop your solution in the cloud.
  • You’re ready to bring your solutions to market, but you don’t know how to mitigate risks, find partners to work with, or how to develop a go-to-market plan.
  • You have tried connecting with traditional technical and business communities, however, you have not found support for the types of challenges women often face.
  • You keep hearing about the technology and business opportunities, but you don’t know how you can take advantage of them.
  • You have a technical background and you wish to refresh your training and orientation for the Cloud.

If any of these scenarios sound familiar to you, Women in Cloud could be a great resource for you.

You can check out the full event line up on the Women in Cloud summit website.

Join us at the Women in Cloud Summit

Our first community summit is January 19, 2018, hosted at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond.  This gathering kicks off the first of a series of community building activities which will include topics on business leadership, technical cloud innovations, and community building topics.  You can view the agenda for the event here.

The Women in Cloud Summit runs 8:30 am-12:00 pm and registration are $99.  Use offer code “WIC2018” and receive 25% discount until Jan 15th, 2018 date.   Capacity is limited and tickets will be honored first come, first served.  You can find the link to register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-cloud-inaugural-summit-tickets-38759155678

We look forward to seeing you!

#NoCeilingsintheCloud , #WomeninCloud, #shesoars

Opportunities in the Cloud will exceed $300B by 2020 according to IDC from infrastructure technology spending alone.  Adding other areas of digital innovation including quantum computing, ambient technology, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence extends the technology opportunity into multi-trillions of dollars with vast, ever-changing societal and economic impact.  This shift is also referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  According to Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, “In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.”

The opportunities in the cloud are impressive and daunting.  To ensure women are at the forefront of this tectonic shift, Women in Cloud wants to ensure women technology leaders and innovators are well prepared and Cloud Ready.   What does it mean to be Cloud Ready?  It means that you and your business have the ability to generate new customers and recurring revenue, you can stay ahead of the curve and offer solutions that meet demand and scale easily, and a framework for strategic technical and business investments to build a repeatable, highly profitable cloud practice.

The Women in Cloud summit is a great starting point offering a community of women to turn to for support, guidance, resources—all with a technical and business-building orientation. In addition to the summit, Women in Cloud is sponsoring an Accelerator Lab for chosen candidates who will participate in an intensive technical and business building program—all designed to take technology ideas from design to market ready.  Imagine what you could do with the support of a community of women leaders who guide your steps in taking your great ideas forward.  For more information visit https://www.womenincloud.com/accelerator and apply.

Join us at the Women in Cloud Summit

Our first community summit is January 19, 2018, hosted at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond.  This gathering kicks off the first of a series of community building activities which will include topics on business leadership, technical cloud innovations, and community building topics.  You can view the agenda for the event here.

The Women in Cloud Summit runs 8:30 am-1:00 pm and registration are $99.  Use offer code “WIC2018” and receive 25% discount until January 15, 2017 .   Capacity is limited and tickets will be honored first come, first served.  You can find the link to register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-cloud-inaugural-summit-tickets-38759155678

We look forward to seeing you!

#NoCeilingsintheCloud , #WomeninCloud, #shesoars