Kaizen ranked 107 of Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies

Inc500MemeDraft3.pngWe want to extend a big congratulations to Office of the Cloud founder Dao Jensen on her and her colleagues' success. Her company, Kaizen Technology Partners is ranked 107 on this year's Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies!  Kaizen is also ranked #7 for IT Services companies, and #6 for San Francisco-based companies.  

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First security-focused meetup a success!

IMG_3477.jpgOne of the ideas people suggested at the first couple of Office of the Cloud meetings was to host some events with a more specialized focus so that we could get more deeply into followup.  We held our first one a couple of weeks ago, focused on application-layer security, and it was a big success!  

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Profile in Cloud Leadership: Caroline Wong

Caroline Wong is Vice President of Security Strategy at Cobalt.io, a published author on security metrics, and an active Office of the Cloud member. She's leading Office of the Cloud's next event: a cloud security happy hour on March 23, 2017 (click here to RSVP).  

CarolineWong.jpgCaroline, what initially attracted you to working in cloud tech?

I’ve worked in the information security industry for more than a decade now, and during the last several years I’ve focused on application security. As technology evolves and businesses innovate, I think it’s extremely important to question traditional ways of thinking when it comes to securing applications that are hosted in the cloud.

I see more and more organizations choosing to leverage the cloud for managing their technology infrastructure, and this is resulting in a major shift in the entire information security sector. The application layer remains a primary point of control for both developing new software as well as introducing new vulnerabilities, and as an industry we have got to be creative and effective in developing modern solutions for securing applications and data.

What accomplishment are you most proud of in your career?

In 2011, I published a textbook with McGraw-Hill on Security Metrics. In 2012, my book was #6 on the RSA best seller list, and in 2013, my book was #1 on the list.

 

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Great start to the year!

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Profile in Cloud Leadership: Syamla Bandla


Syamla Bandla is the Vice President of Global Cloud Operations & DevOps at Qualys. Earlier this month, she was honored as one of CloudNow's 2016 Top Women in the Cloud.

Syamla.jpgSyamla, what initially attracted you to working in cloud tech?

Working at Fidelity Investments, Dell, RMS and now at Qualys being responsible for mission critical platforms at large scale and my fascination towards Cloud based platforms being able to service large customer base attracted me to work in the cloud tech. The global reach and scale of Cloud Platform, the opportunity to work on challenging and complex problems that Cloud solutions bring in, and the sprit of collaboration Cloud tech brings in at various levels, whether within the organization, cross functional teams, vendors or industry always attracted me to stay in this space.

What accomplishment are you most proud of in your career?

At Dell, RMS and Qualys I was blessed to be part of the journey of building and transforming the Cloud Operations organization to be a true business enabler. Building and growing a high performing team from ground up at Dell, RMS and Qualys to enable their SaaS business felt truly rewarding. Taking new products to market while building new teams in parallel and transforming them to be innovation driving organization is something I will always cherish to be a proud accomplishment. 

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Profile in Cloud Leadership: Madhura Maskasky

Madhura Maskaskyeditor's note: This Q & A is the first of what we hope will be an ongoing series highlighting successful women in cloud technology leadership. We're especially excited to feature Madhura Maskasky in the same week that she is honored by CloudNow as one of the "Top Women in the Cloud.  There are still a few tickets left to Wednesday's awards event if you want to join the festivities. Congrats to Madhura and all of this year's honorees! 


Madhura Maskasky is Co-Founder and VP Product at Platform9 Systems, and has been named one of CloudNow's Top Women in the Cloud.

Madhura, what initially attracted you to working in cloud tech?

Working at VMware and observing the transformation happening in the way infrastructure is consumed - from on-premise servers with virtualization to public and/or private cloud.

What accomplishment are you most proud of in your career?

Spending 7+ years learning from distinguished engineers at VMware, architecting software that reached and benefited hundreds of thousands of VMware users. Then starting my own company with few of the best engineers I've ever worked with. 

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Reflections on the Launch and the Future

IMG_5267.jpgWhat sticks out in my mind after our launch was “ YES! There is a reason we put this organization together!” The sense of purpose we felt and the need that we believed is out there was validated by people’s conversations, emotions and thankfulness for the conversations and connections we facilitated that night.

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Photos from the Launch!

IMG_5231.jpgThanks to everyone who participated in the Office of the Cloud launch event. It was a HUGE success, in no small part because you were there.  Here are some great photos from the event.

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Top 10 Women in the Cloud

Mai-Lan Tomsen BukovecCloudNOW and Office of the Cloud present the ‘Top 10 Women in Cloud’ Innovation Awards, hosted at Google.

Featuring Keynote speaker: Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec, Vice President of Amazon Web Services.

Buy tickets now! (use promo code OOTC for a 50% discount)

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Dao's Speech at the Launch Event

editor's note: she went off script a little bit, but we wanted to share Dao's prepared remarks for those who couldn't attend.

First off, I want to thank each and every one who made the time from your work and personal schedule to be here to support the launch of The Office of the Cloud. Several of you have flown in to attend and support this event, thank you so much as we see this being a nation-wide organization, not just one focused on the Bay area.

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Don't Move to the Cloud!

credit:Tanmayee Deshprabhueditor’s note: we asked Timothy Chou to share a preview of one of the themes he might develop in his part of the program next week. This should give us plenty to talk about…

You might find this odd for me to say, but having lived thru the last major shift in infrastructure we might have a few lessons to learn... 

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Storm Ventures and Office of the Cloud

NetworkVisual.pngIn two short weeks, Storm Ventures will be supporting the launch of Office of the Cloud. This group is the brain child of Dao Jensen of Kaizen Technology Partners, and as a firm we feel humbled and lucky to be partners in the launch. The raison d’etre for the group is simple, we want to help cultivate a community focused on diversity in the cloud computing industry — with a special focus on women in our first event.

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