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I am privileged to serve as head of cloud strategy for Capital One. The company’s motto is “Changing Banking for Good,” and it sees itself as addressing both interpretations of the saying. Fortune has named Capital One “One of the 100 Best Places to Work” 12 years running, and I love participating in its transformation to a technology company. However, is my personal site, and it in no way represents Capital One’s position or policies on any topic. 

I have worked in cloud computing for over a decade, and was honored when named me one of the ten most influential people in cloud computing. I served as Cloud Computing Advisor for CIO Magazine for five years, where my blog was listed in over a dozen “best of” lists. I am author/co-author of five books, including Amazon Web Services for Dummies, the best selling cloud computing book ever.

I began his career as a software engineer (some pretty funny stories associated with my first job; corner me and ask if we meet IRL) and rose to serve as vice president of engineering at several startups. While writing Virtualization for Dummies a decade ago, I learned about a new technology called cloud computing and immediately recognized what it represented: an innovation platform that would change information technology forever. I began consulting on cloud computing and worked with enterprises and service providers throughout the world.

From 2012 to 2015 I served as an executive at two cloud computing software startups: Enstratius (acquired by Dell, 2013) and ActiveState Software (cloud product line acquired by HPE, 2015).

The core truth of our times is this: technology is central to our way of living and it’s changing faster and faster with each day. Individuals and businesses must adopt new technologies or risk being left behind. Unfortunately, most struggle with this because they don’t know how to sort out what’s important or create a model for successful adoption. So they face a critical challenge: their success in the future depends on learning how to adopt new technologies, while they lack a mechanism to achieve adoption.