eWEEKChat April 9: Building or Rebuilding a Company on Cloud Services

On Wednesday, April 9, at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT, @eWEEKnews will host an eWEEKChat: "Building or Rebuilding a Company on Cloud Services."

On Wednesday, April 9, at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT, @eWEEKnews will host its 18th eWEEKChat event. The topic will be "Building or Rebuilding a Company on Cloud Services." It will be moderated by Chris Preimesberger, who serves as eWEEK's editor of features and analysis.

Some quick facts:

Topic: "Building or Rebuilding a Company on Cloud Services"
Date/time: April 9, 2014 @11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT
Hosted by: @eWeekNews
Moderator: Chris Preimesberger: @editingwhiz
Tweetchat handle: Use #eWeekChat to follow/participate in the chat
Chatroom real-time links: We recommend two: http://tweetchat.com/room/eweekchat or http://www.tchat.io/rooms/eweekchat.

eWEEKchat Event news page: http://www.eweek.com/innovation/eweekchat-events/

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.

In our eWEEKchat April 9, we will pose questions such as:

--What cloud services are you using now for business?

--Are you running a private cloud? Hybrid? Are most of your cloud apps from publicly available sources?

--How are those cloud services giving you a business advantage?

--If you are not using cloud services of any type now, do you plan to do so in 2014?

--What type of cloud service do you not see available now that would be great for your enterprise?

--Does your enterprise build its own apps for the cloud?

--Does your company have a secure BYOD policy for employees using cloud services?

Rodrigo Flores, managing director of Accenture Cloud Platform, will be among the special expert guests joining us on the eWEEKchat.

A Bit of Background, Should You Choose to Use It

Here's how a Tweetchat works:

Who: All those who use the Internet.

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 of our Tweetchats. Chatroom real-time links: http://tweetchat.com/room/eweekchat or http://www.tchat.io/rooms/eweekchat.

When: Wednesday, April 9 at 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT.

Where: The chat also 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, April 11.

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).

For Those Who Haven't Done a Tweetchat ...

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.

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 April 9, 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...