Hearing from “Accidental Cloud Leaders” at the Cloud Leadership Summit– Blogging for Computerworld

September 23, 2010 Appirio

One of the highlights of last week’s “Cloud Leadership Summit” (which I started to cover in Tuesday’s post) was the opportunity to hear from leading practitioners of cloud computing– CIOs who have made big bets on the cloud.

When you think of the type of companies that are moving their IT aggressively in the cloud, you probably don’t picture companies like Brady or RehabCare. Brady is a $1.5B global manufacturer of safety and identification products, based in Milwaukee. RehabCare is a 13,000 person provider in the highly regulated healthcare industry, based in St. Louis. Both are 2,000 miles from Silicon Valley, the headquarters of the companies they’ve chosen as their core cloud platforms.

Brady even refers to itself as an “accidental cloud leader” in a recent article they penned for Network World. “We moved to the cloud out of business necessity,” said Bentley Curran, Brady’s CIO…

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