Ben Kepes

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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the cloud. His areas of interest extend to aviation technology, enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

He is a globally recognized subject matter expert with an extensive following across multiple channels. His commentary has been published on Forbes, ReadWriteWeb, GigaOm, The Guardian and a wide variety of publications – both print and online. Often included in lists of the most influential technology thinkers globally, Ben is also an active member of the Clouderati, a global group of cloud thought leaders and is in demand as a speaker at conferences and events all around the world.

As organizations react to the demands for more flexible working environments, the impacts of the economic downturn and the existence of multiple form-factor devices and ubiquitous connectivity, Cloud computing stands alone as the technology paradigm that enables the convergence of those trends -- Ben’s insight into these factors has helped organizations large and small, buy-side and sell-side, to navigate a challenging path from the old paradigm to the new one.

Ben is passionate about technology as an enabler and enjoys exploring that theme in various settings.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Ben Kepes and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

HelpSocial looks to broaden who 'does' an enterprise's social media

ZeroStack and Nimble get close to offering a converged infrastructure solution

ZeroStack and Nimble get close to offering a converged infrastructure solution

Converged infrastructure -- a last-gasp attempt to justify existence or a valid approach?

Atlassian moves to integrate its Trello acquisition

Atlassian moves to integrate its Trello acquisition

Fast charging Aussie developer tool company Atlassian made news when it acquired Trello a couple of months ago. Today they’re pulling the trigger on some product synergies.

LinkedIn ramps up its sales tool offering

LinkedIn ramps up its sales tool offering

Apart from the data value, there was a good reason that Microsoft acquired LinkedIn.

Going usage-based with Hybris

Going usage-based with Hybris

SAP Hybris is talking up the move to a subscription and usage-based economy. But how fast is that actually happening?

Campaign Monitor acquires to move further into the world of CRM

Campaign Monitor acquires to move further into the world of CRM

When ecosystem partners become competitors, some sensitivity is required.

The bell rings to start another round: Fred Studer signs on with FinancialForce

The bell rings to start another round: Fred Studer signs on with FinancialForce

Will the fourth time be the charm for this well-known software marketer?

Sage acquires Fairsail: Is this Salesforce-based strategy going to work?

Sage acquires Fairsail: Is this Salesforce-based strategy going to work?

I was critical of Sage’s decision to build a client-side solution on top of the Salesforce platform, but maybe there’s a deeper move going on.

Google ups the cloud ante to go for gold

Google ups the cloud ante to go for gold

A new found enterprise maturity was on obvious display.

What 8x8's Sameroom acquisition says about cross-platform collaboration

What 8x8's Sameroom acquisition says about cross-platform collaboration

Validation of an opportunity or an end for an idea that was disproven? It's up to you to decide.

Act-On wants to bring 'the Waze experience' to marketing automation

Act-On wants to bring 'the Waze experience' to marketing automation

Sometimes metaphors are a good way of explaining things. Sometimes they're just about looking cool.

On diversity, inclusion and the horrendous misogyny in the tech industry

On diversity, inclusion and the horrendous misogyny in the tech industry

An off topic post, but one which is incredibly important in my view.

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