Cloud Technology - What it is and What's in it for You
By Marc Lotti
May 17, 2012
Marc Lotti will provide an overview of “Cloud Technology” in everyday terminology and will cover what it is and how it works. He will explain why it's confusing and why it doesn't have to be and how different cloud technology vendors use different approaches. Learn why cloud technology is the fastest growing segment, and why the Gartner Group says we should make it a top priority. Learn about the cost, convenience, scalability, security, flexibility, and features of cloud technology. Why is it right for small and medium sized businesses? Learn about strategic versus tactical IT, financial advantages, how it's implemented and how it is supported. Also, learn how to choose a vendor, what to look for, what to ask, and how to compare apples to oranges.
Marc Lotti has worked in information technology and management consulting for over 15 years and presently provides guidance to business executives and operations management through Mandragore, a boutique consultancy firm he founded in 1996. From 1996 to 2002, through Mandragore, Marc was a technology consultant for Goldman Sachs Asset Management, followed by the Investment Management Division, where he was employed in multiple capacities across many projects.
In addition to Marc's leadership role at Mandragore, he was the acting Chief Technology Officer of Trilogy Global Advisors between 2004 and 2009, where he managed technology operations and led all technology integration during their 2005 merger with BPI Global Funds. In 2003, he developed a notable strategic computing roadmap for the Corporate Travel division of American Express.
Prior to founding Mandragore, Marc was the Infrastructure Manager for International Emerging Markets worldwide at Merrill Lynch and later, an Assistant Vice-President at Fuji Securities, where he led firm-wide technology infrastructure.
Marc earned a BA in Economics from Stony Brook University, holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP), with more than 15,000 hours of project, program, and portfolio management experience.