The use of cloud computing service by five key sectors is also projected to equal 16 percent of IT revenue. The areas are applications, system infrastructure software, platform as a service, servers, and basic storage, and IDC believes cloud services will generate 41 percent of growth in those sectors. By 2020, Frank Gens, vice president and chief analyst said, “at least 80 percent of the [IT] industry’s growth and enterprises’ highest-value leverage of IT will be driven by cloud services and the other third-platform technologies.”
A leading cloud computing tech and corporate executive is Lauren C. States, vice president and chief technology officer for cloud computing and growth initiatives on the IBM Corporate Strategy team.
Since joining IBM in 1978, after receiving a bachelor of science degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, States’ career at Big Blue has been a roadmap for steady ascent. She began as a systems engineer, moved into management, then a business unit, became an executive assistant to the SVP of Technology, and in 2000 moved into the first of several vice president positions.
She was promoted to her current post in 2011, moving from leadership of more than 5,000 colleagues in technical sales and sales enablement for IBM Software Group. Currently, States leads a team that develops the technology strategy for growth initiatives at IBM and works directly with clients, many of whom are in the defense industry, on cloud computing solutions, software, business analytics and emerging markets.
FCW.com, which covers federal technology executives, reported that States’ signature accomplishment has been developing cloud computing principles that the Department of Defense has adopted. Last year, she was selected as a member of the Federal 100 by FCW.com: The Business of Federal Technology. In 2012, States was also honored by CloudNow, a consortium of women in cloud computing, where she is a member of the advisory board as one of the Top Women in Cloud.
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