Al Stevens talks Cloud Computing at the NFAIS Annual Conference

NFAIS 54th Annual Conference - Born of DisruptionAl’s experience includes running a web-based service providing 24/7 access to an online data base for thousands of users around the world. He led the effort to move that service from a set of dedicated servers in a managed hosting center to a 100% cloud-based system.

His talk will cover the motivations for considering the cloud, how a cloud-hosting service was selected, how the implementation was managed, the impacts it had on the organization and the lessons learned from moving into the cloud. Based on his real experience of making this move, he will provide advice for others who are considering or evaluating the use of cloud-computing in their organizations.


From February 26 to February 28, 2012  at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia.

Born of Disruption: An Emerging New Normal for the Information Landscape

The emergence of e-journals, search engines, and the Web triggered the disruption of the information landscape more than twenty years ago. Accelerated by the continual introduction of new technologies, the perpetual reshaping of digital content, and the coming of age of Digital Natives, disruption is gradually transforming the entire industry as technologies mature, converge, and become mainstream. Today, the melding of broadband connectivity, mobile devices and apps, cloud computing, analytic tools, and social media has created a platform-rich information environment that can be leveraged to enhance and enrich the information discovery process. This new information environment is driving publishers and librarians around the globe to reinvent their methods of information creation, packaging, and delivery while building the requisite organizational infrastructures.

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