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Join in our LIVE Twitter debate: Is the UK embracing Cloud?

Join ITProPortal and IBM Cloud on Thursday 19 June at 3pm for a Twitter Q&A session where IBM cloud specialists will be available to answer your questions on Cloud, and trends in Iaas, Paas & Saas.

Follow #IBMCC14 to join the debate live on Twitter. You can also ask any questions to any of the IBM Cloud specialists who will reply back immediately using #IBMCC14.

Join Aatif Sulleyman from ITPP, Sam Garforth, Doug Clark and Steve Strutt from IBM on Thursday.

Sam Garforth, Cloud Architect for IBM UK & Ireland

Sam Garforth has been a cloud architect, since the start of 2011, leading the design, planning and delivery of cross brand cloud solutions in the UK and Ireland, directly and through system integrators. Sam was recently elected to the position of Technical Staff Member TSM, which recognises sustained, distinguished and substantial achievement by IBM's most outstanding technical performers, and exceptional contribution to IBM's technical leadership.

For the preceding four years, as a Software Client Architect in the financial sector he led technical teams contributing to substantial deals, as well as designing solutions for whitespace investment accounts. Prior to rejoining IBM he was EMEA General Manager of Nastel Technologies which, as the first UK employee, he built into a high revenue IBM and HP business partner providing management software for IBM and other technologies. From 1988-97 Sam worked at IBM Hursley in development and technical sales of WebSphere MQ. Outside of work Sam was previously very involved in music, leading and managing bands. Now, with two young children, he is a school governor and enjoys skiing & scuba diving.

Doug Clark is Cloud leader for IBM UK & Ireland

His mission is to help clients seize their full business growth potential and agility using cloud. Doug has over 10 years of UK and International experience in the IT industry, having predominantly worked with clients in Communications, Utilities and Industrial Sectors.

Doug is part of a global team in IBM shaping and implementing the IBM Cloud Strategy. He leads a specialist team of business development, solution and technical architects spanning IBM to support the ambitions of our customers. Prior to IBM Doug had 17 years international management experience in business consulting in PricewaterhouseCoopers and as a client in various blue chip corporations across CPG and Healthcare, holding director level roles in sales, distribution and process improvement. Doug has an MBA and a degree in Biochemistry. He is an active member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Steve Strutt, CTO Cloud Computing, UK and Ireland

As Cloud CTO Steve advises clients of all sizes and industries in UK & Ireland on the adoption of cloud computing. Focusing on the transformation of enterprise IT, he has a broad IT background in consulting, systems architecture and technical sales. With over 27 years in IBM, he is always looking at how new developments can solve business challenges, engaging the breadth of IBM skills and technology to enable business growth. As a technical leader he maintains a broad interest in technology, engineering and sustainability both at work and beyond.