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Interview – Alex Rammal #cloudwf

Alex RammalAlex Rammal will be speaking at the Cloud World Forum, taking place on 17-18 June 2014 in London. The Cloud World Forum is EMEA’s leading Cloud event welcoming 8000+ attendees and 250+ exhibitors over the two days. Visit for your free delegate ticket. The 6th Annual show features 12 theatres led by Cloud end-users: more than 300 speakers from multinationals, SMEs, public sector organisations, online players, regulators, telcos and analysts take the floor in engaging, thought-provoking keynotes, hands-on labs, brainstorming sessions and live demos over two days.

As we approach Cloud World Forum in London this June Business Cloud News had the opportunity to get a few minutes with one of the conference speakers, Alex Rammal, Business Relationship Director, Information Technology of Jaguar Land Rover, who shared his views on the biggest challenges involved with moving IT estate over to the cloud.

Q. Can you give me a sense of some of the unique attributes of your business or vertical, and how they shape or impact your IT estate?

Jaguar Land Rover is experiencing a tremendous period of growth based upon the launch of a significant number of new vehicles and improved global sales – the volume and complexity growth creates stresses on a number of our legacy infrastructure and applications requiring us to continue to invest in the creation of a modern, scalable and enterprise wide 21st century IT architecture.

Q. What do you think the most disruptive elements of cloud computing and enterprise IT are currently?

The maturity of Cloud computing, especially in the legal and compliance frameworks, appear to be progressing allowing the further adoption of enterprise scale cloud compute – Cloud in essence has moved IT away from providers of ‘boxes and wires’ to expecting a utility based model – this has freed up IT departments to move up the value chain and start to focus on providing competitively advantageous IT solutions that provide true business value.

Q. In five years, what do you think your organisation will look like and what kinds of technologies do you think will be needed to support this vision?

The continuing technology mega-trends are likely to have substantial impact on our enterprise IT landscape, the realisation of IoT (Internet of Things) will open up a huge amount of potential within the Automotive industry, already we are seeing more and more progress in connected cars – other trends such as 3D/4D printing and improving Artificial Intelligence are all areas of interest.

The IT Organisations will continue to have to evolve to be flexible enough to keep up with the disruptive nature of digital technologies – we have to focus more on how IT can be harnessed to provide real tangible business benefit which will require IT leaders who are more business leaders than IT technologists.

Q. What do you think are some of the biggest challenges involved with moving your IT estate over to the cloud?

We have to make sure we understand the use-cases that we believe most suitable for the various flavours of cloud to maximise the benefit whilst managing risk, there are also still legal and compliance questions that need to be address, especially when working in a global, highly mobile environment.

Q. What are you most looking forward to a Cloud World Forum this year?

Seeing the innovative use cases that other companies have addressed using cloud technologies, looking at the future Cloud Trends and where the main technology providers see for the future of cloud – hopefully moving away from the hype into real world solutions for the enterprise.

There’s been a huge amount of buzz around Big Data #cloud #cloudWF # big data

It is no longer just an innovative idea…

It’s now very much at the heart of business strategy for many organisations. The art of making the most of this infinite resource is still evolving, with many organisations still considering its ramifications and possibilities. From the rise of Hadoop to the constantly growing list of regulatory provisions, the conversation on Big Data is vivid and varied, going way beyond the confines of the organisation’s IT department.

As Europe’s leading and most comprehensive gathering place for Big Data experts, the 4th Edition of the Big Data World Congress returns to the Cloud World Forum in 2014. This is the ultimate chance to meet and learn from end-user industry leaders, data scientists and regulators coming together to provide an in-depth business value case for Big Data; led with practical examples, advice and real world evidence. The draft agenda for the Big Data World Congress 2014 is now available, click here.


Cloud World Forum is EMEA’s leading Cloud event with the industry’s most comprehensive agenda of all things Cloud. Get your FREE EXPO pass here

Our 6th annual show will see more than 300 speakers from multinationals, SMEs, public sector organisations, online players, regulators, telcos and analysts joining the world’s leading Cloud solution providers. You will also gain access to 12 theatres led by Cloud end-users, including:

Developer Theatre by
A dedicated theatre looking at the nitty-gritty details of building and Supporting the Cloud, specifically tailored to Developers. The Theatre will host the first-ever Cloud Hackathon at the show! The Developer Theatre is conducted in partnership with the industry-leading Developer team of

Google Theatre
The acclaimed Partner Theatre of Google Enterprise with hands-on labs & enterprise case studies from one of the industry’s leaders. Third year in the running and exclusive to the Cloud World Forum, Google’s Cloud know-how returns at London’s Olympia National Hall!

Big Data Europe Congress
Big Data Insights, Business Analytics & Data Intelligence from the leading Big Data show in Europe gathering over 500 delegates deciphering this constantly evolving technology.

Ethernet Cloud co-hosted by the Cloud Ethernet Forum
A brand-new theatre dedicated on Cloud Ethernet & Networks technologies, with enterprise and telco speakers joining from across the world. The theatre is ran in association with the Cloud Ethernet Forum.

Executive Summit
Our exclusive boutique feature with high level discussions of the C-level movers & shakers in the IT Industry. The agenda is shaped in conjunction with the CloudCamp and Cloud Industry Forum.

AWS Security & Governance HOLs
Partner area of AWS with hands-on labs & enterprise case studies focusing on Security and Governance. World class experts from AWS and their clients share the story of how to deal with two of the most pressing issues in Cloud technology.

The Cloud Launch Pad @ Press Lounge
A brand new Live Demos & Product Launches Pad exclusive to our sponsors & exhibitors! Cloud Start Up and established vendors will once again unveil their latest products during the show. The session will be run in association with our official media partner Business Cloud News.

Download the Cloud World Forum full draft agenda for further information.

With 12 theatres, 150 exhibitors, over 250 sessions and 300 speakers, the co-location of Cloud World Forum, Big Data Congress and Enterprise Apps World jointly offer unrivalled learning and access to the forefront of Enterprise IT technology. Register your FREE EXPO pass here.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: 17th – 18th June 2014, Olympia National Hall London

The transformation of IT by Cloud Computing happens right here, year on year – join us in June 2014 for shaping a future powered by the Cloud!

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