The fifth annual cloud conference and awards December 11, 2014 - San Francisco
cloud computing for healthcare

Next Generation Cloud Platforms - accelerating time to market



Business leaders are faced with enormous pressure to accelerate time to market for new products and services while controlling costs. Success requires rapid access to IT infrastructure, storage, and virtual server environments. IT resource provisioning should be dynamic and self service for application development teams. Platforms are required that enable organizations to rapidly develop, deploy, manage and integrate enterprise applications for their own use or delivery as SaaS. These platforms should support the migration of traditional and higher availability applications to meet user demand and control costs. Come join Maria Azua, IBM Vice President of Advanced Cloud Solutions and Innovation, to learn about the next generation cloud platforms and how this technology is helping shape the way businesses approach new product development.


Maria Azua , Vice President of Advanced Cloud Solutions and Innovation , IBM

Maria Azua is Vice President of Advanced Cloud Solutions and Innovation for the IBM Global Technology Services division. She is responsible for cloud technology development, solutions implementation, deployment and operations of high profile customer POCs. Also she managers the operations of the IBM Cloud Innovation Lab and she chairs the Cloud Innovation Council which manages IBM cross division cloud technology efforts. Prior to this she was Vice President of Cloud Enablement for the IBM Enterprise Initiatives organization. In this role she was responsible for the development and deployment of the Common Cloud Platform Living Lab share service, as well as the IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud. She also was responsible of creating a vibrant and engaged community of ISVs, Business Partners, and technical community that fosters IBM cloud computing IT methodologies and applications.

Maria is also the author of The Social Factor – Innovate, Ignite, and Win Through Mass Collaboration and Social Networking (2009 IBM Press, Pearson Education), a book about social networking based on Maria’s pioneering leadership in social networking tools at IBM. Her contributions to social networking tools, B2B solutions and IT transformation are widely recognized throughout IBM and the wider IT community.

Prior to her current role, Maria was Vice President of Technology and Innovation, reporting to the IBM CIO. In that role, Maria focused on the development of innovative IT solutions and the integration of new technologies. She created and managed the Technology Adoption Program (TAP) innovation program, where more than 120,000 IBM employees actively participate to create new innovations in a unique development community. To support the TAP program, Maria created and deployed a wide variety of state-of-the-art social networking tools and programs for the enterprise. Her responsibilities in the CIO office also included the creation of the first IBM Green Data Center.

Maria has earned worldwide recognition for her contribution to technology innovation and business leadership. She was inducted into the Women In Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame, and was named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by People Magazine in 2006. She has 50 patents and 39 patents pending that span a wide spectrum of technologies. She has developed IT solutions for the largest banks in the world and is well recognized for her technical leadership in home-banking solutions. Maria is an executive with deep technical skills and extensive experience in software development, managing new innovation projects, start-ups, acquisitions, as well as solution delivery and process excellence.

Maria is an active participant in community initiatives, multicultural activities and a leader in the technical community-at-large. The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) recognized Maria with The Star Award for her contributions and dedication to the Hispanic community. She has a passion for social transformation that is just as great as her passion for technology.

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