Cloud Slam is already four years old, but it now started with an actual exhibition booth. There is nothing like face to face meetings, as our Gigaom gurus observe.
One of the other group members is Reuven Cohen who founded Enomaly, now part of Virtustream and has widely read cloud column in Forbes magazine
His slides gave a feeling of a solid offering, the sort of you-can't-go-wrong-with-IBM. He was talking about reducing costs. This is a classic IT TCO-reducing paradigm is not applicable, IMO, in the cloud. In a cloud, one must increase the profits. Can IBM tell a customer how much money they loose each day they do not acquire a an IBM cloud solution? So if a service provider - corporate or public, spends double to make 4x profits, it makes sense, doesn't it? I notice the slides have an IBM copyright 2009. Perhaps a newer version (2012) of this presentation can add these important details
The most impressive presentation was from Michael Lock , VP Google Americas. It is memorable and decided to embed it here
To illustrate what Michael Lock says, I visited Cirrus Insight booth. You can manage SalesForce.com apps right from the familiar Gmail user interface on Google . Watch the video
Their product is an essence a humanized tool for "normal" people to use Hadoop (known for its' complexity) for data extraction
Cloud Slam originated from Cloud Computing Group , founded and moderated by Khazret and many of the concepts now widely adopted were first debated there. The group has over 161,000 members. So compared to other big cloud shows, It is the true blue-blood cloud "serial provocateurs" event.. It's the real thing, not the blah-blah-thing.