eWEEK TweetChat July 10: Building Companies on Cloud Services

On Wednesday, July 10, @eWEEKnews will host its seventh Tweetchat event. The topic will be "Building—or Rebuilding—a Company Using Cloud Services."

On Wednesday, July 10 at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT, @eWEEKnews will host its seventh Tweetchat event. The topic will be "Building—or Rebuilding—a Company Using Cloud Services." It will be moderated by yours truly, who serves as eWEEK's editor of features and analysis.

Some quick facts:

Topic: "Building—or Rebuilding—a Company Using Cloud Services"

Date/time: July 10, 2013 @11a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET/7 p.m. GMT

Hosted by: @eWeekNews

Moderator: Chris Preimesberger: @editingwhiz

Tweetchat handle: Use #eWeekChat to follow/participate in the chat

Chatroom link:http://www.tchat.io/rooms/eweekchat (free signup required)

We will be discussing how it is possible that a company can start up and not have to buy data center equipment, software and affiliated services. Eventually, as the company grows, leadership may decide to acquire their own hardware and software to keep the company growing.

At this time, however, it is quite possible to subscribe to just about any type of service needed to get an enterprise up and running and selling products and/or services.

Companies such as Salesforce.com, with all its many customer relationship and accounting software services; Amazon.com, with its cloud storage and computing services; Box and Dropbox, which offer storage and collaboration tools; and full-service cloud providers such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Oracle, Dell and EMC provide heavier-duty-type cloud services of all kinds.

We'd like to hear from cloud-service users, cloud-service providers, data center managers, C-level execs and startup company founders about their experiences—pro and con—in using the cloud to start a company. Let your friends know about this valuable discussion.

For a bit of background, here's how a Tweetchat works:

Who: All those interested in the topic who also have a Twitter ID.

What: A Tweetchat is an online conversation held at a prearranged time following a specific hashtag. In eWEEK's case, we will be using #eWeekChat for all or most of our Tweetchats. Chatroom link: http://www.tchat.io/rooms/eweekchat (free signup required).

When: Wednesday, July 10 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET/7 p.m. GMT.

Where: The chat can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #eWeekChat. A link to the recap (so you can see a record of what everybody tweeted) will be posted on this blog the following Friday, July 12.

Why: The whole idea is to facilitate additional industry dialogue and provide a forum for questions, idea sharing and problem solving. We also want your input on what you'd like to discuss during future chats, so please leave a comment on this post or tweet @eweeknews with topic ideas.

Participants will be able to ask questions of eWEEK staff members and special guests or simply add their thoughts to the conversation. The only restrictions are that we stay on topic and that you say what you need to say succinctly (140 characters).

You may not have participated in a Tweetchat previously. They generally move pretty fast, but you can learn a lot. We'll also post a record of all the comments so that you can refer to it afterward. Here's the Storify page containing all of our previous eWEEKChat compilations.

Please note that to maintain a semblance of order, please prefix your question or comment with the number of the question we are currently discussing. As an example, the moderator may post: "Q1: What was the first cloud service you ever subscribed to?"

To which you might answer: "A1: I can't remember exactly, but I think it had to do with either food or dating." Or you might not answer that way.

eWEEK’s first five Tweetchats all were both resounding successes, with an average of six to seven Tweets per minute during each 60-minute time frame. If you do the math, that’s about 350 tweets in the single hour. The action is fast, but lots of good information invariably is contributed.

Our last eWEEKchat in June had issues because the original Tweetchat.com platform was sold the week before the discussion and was taken out of commission by the new owners, who say they plan to upgrade it and will take as much time as necessary to do it. This is why we're using the tchat.io site, which seems to work fine. You do have to sign in to the service, but you can do it quickly using your current Twitter account.

A Tweetchat is a venue that is easy to use on any type of device, too. By the way, did you know that eWEEK is the only mainstream IT trade publication that has specific apps for Android and iOS devices?

Hope to connect with you July 10, and use your collaboration network to tell your friends. Let's have fun with this.

Chris Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger is Editor-in-Chief of eWEEK and responsible for all the publication's coverage. In his 13 years and more than 4,000 articles at eWEEK, he has distinguished himself in reporting...