Sunday, May 13, 2007

SaaS, Opportunity for Innovation

I will be moderating a panel discussion SaaS, Opportunity for Innovation at Google campus Kirkland, Wednesday, May 16th. The panel discussion is part of May monthly meeting of our alumni organization IIT-PNW. I am looking forward to facilitating a great discussion among our panel guests and audience. Our esteemed panel hails from wide spectrum of SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) ecosystem.
  • Russ Arun, General Manager, Windows Live Communications, Microsoft. His current role includes Mail, Messenger, Manageability, Storage and back-end services for Windows Live.
  • Charlie Bell, Vice President, Utility Computing, Amazon. His current role includes the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and the Simple Storage Service (S3).
  • Kevin Marcus, Chief Technology Officer, Intelius. His current role includes technology ecosystem of a SaaS offering.
  • Peeyush Ranjan, Engineering Manager, Google. His current role includes web search related projects with prime area of interest in building large scalable systems.
Would you like to attend the event? Please send an RSVP to IIT-PNW President, Mohan Venkataramana at mohan_13 [at] msvi [dot] org. Please mention this blog post in your message. The admission to this event may be limited due to the capacity restrictions of facility and IIT-PNW's primary responsibility to IIT graduates.

Would you like to be the "mystery" panelist? If you are opinionated, hail from SaaS ecosystem, don't belong to organizations already represented on the panel, send me an email with your contact info, interest, background and introduction.

It is going to be a very interactive event, slide-free, prop-free, whiteboard may be. All panel guests will have 5 minutes to introduce SaaS (What, Why, Where, Who, How) from their viewpoints followed by 40 - 60 minutes of audience Q&A.

Do you have a question on SaaS topic for our panel guests? Send me an email. Please indicate if you like your name and affiliation to be withheld. All responses will be posted on this blog.

Our last panel discussion Mobile Advertising - Technical Challenges and Business Opportunities moderated and blogged by Chetan Sharma had overwhelming response and very engaging audience. Unfortunately, being at Storage Networking World (SNW) in San Diego, I missed this great evening.

Look for a recap of the event sometime later in the week.

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