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Top 10 Influencers in Hybrid Multicloud Storage to Follow in 2019

IBM blog post

This blog post was published on IBM web site by Ryan Bares, WW social programs and influencer relationships lead, IBM Systems.

If you had a chance to read my post, you know that digital transformation and disruption is a complex strategy for many companies. The data center is undergoing a massive structural shift as organizations attempt to scale with the flexibility hybrid multicloud provides.

Breaking down silos and easily accessing data across different clouds is important, and IT leaders need to consider hybrid multicloud as a solution to their data challenges. According to IBM Institute for Business Value research, most organizations aren’t ready for hybrid multicloud.

Research shows that “by 2021, 98% of organizations plan to adopt multicloud architectures, but only 41%t have a multicloud management strategy and just 38% have procedures and tools to operate a multicloud environment.”[1]

I’ve identified several storage experts to help guide your journey. Their backgrounds are vast and interests vary. Engaging with these key opinion leaders will help you stay alert to the evolving industry.

Here are the top 10 people in hybrid multicloud storage
you should follow on Twitter (in alphabetical order):

  • Matt Eastwood, SVP enterprise infrastructure and datacenter group, IDC
    He leads a team of analysts responsible for identifying and analyzing people, process and technology trends affecting enterprise infrastructure and data centers worldwide. You can catch him on stage at many industry events. His Twitter feed addresses enterprise infrastructure, data centers and Boston sports. Follow Matt on Twitter.

  • Chris Evans, owner and author, Architecting IT
    he an independent consultant with over 25 years of experience, mainly focusing on storage and virtualization. When he isn’t writing articles, you can find him at industry events and on his podcast Storage UnpackedFollow Chris on Twitter.

  • Stephen Foskett, founder and CEO, Gestalt IT and Tech Field Day
    He is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. Follow Stephen on Twitter.

  • Eric Herzog, CMO and VP WW storage channels, IBM storage
    He has more than 30 years of SDS and storage solutions experience. His responsibilities include marketing and product management globally for IBM’s storage family of solutions: defined storage software, integrated infrastructure, and platform computing. Follow Eric on Twitter.

  • Mary Mac, content strategist, TUV Rheinland OpenSky
    She describes herself as a tech whisperer, creating content for cybersecurity, cloud and IT risk services. Her feed often speaks about the journey to cloud and some of the hurdles IT leaders may face. Follow Mary on Twitter.

  • Steve McDowell, senior technology analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy
    He has over 25 years of industry experience in a variety of strategy, engineering and strategic marketing roles focusing on the next-generation data center. In addition to his work with enterprise technology, he is also an active entrepreneur and holds 6 patents. Follow Steve on Twitter.

  • Holger Mueller, VP and principal analyst, Constellation Research
    He is a principal analyst on enterprise software trends. He focuses on next-gen applications and provides counseling and strategy for infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service. Follow Holger on Twitter.

  • Philippe Nicolas, consultant and analyst, Condor Consulting Group
    He has participated in the storage industry for more than 25 years. Recognized for his market expertise, he belongs to the top five analysts in data management and storage. You can find him at many IT events writing for StorageNewsletter.com, his storage blogs File Storage and CDP, and The IT Press Tour. Follow Philippe on Twitter.

  • Jo Peterson, VP cloud services, Clarify360
    He partners with CIOs and CISOs to help them navigate their entire cloud and hybrid cloud footprints. In her feed you’ll see conversations around hybrid multicloud, cybersecurity, women in tech and the occasional cat meme. Follow Jo on Twitter.

  • David Wohlford, cloud object storage product marketing manager, IBM storage
    He has over 35 years in the IT industry and over 22 years in enterprise storage. Among some of his many roles he has been storage architect, systems engineer, consultant, product manager, product marketing manager, technical marketing manager, market intelligence analyst, and competitive analyst for various Fortune 500 companies. He is responsible for go-to-market strategy and orchestration for IBM cloud object storage system and solutions. Follow David on Twitter.

[1] https://www.ibm.com/downloads/cas/AOVL3BRG