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The Shift Is Over – SaaS Has Arrived (And Isn’t Going Anywhere)

2011 was all about “adopting” or “shifting toward” SaaS as a modern software solution or delivery method. Fast forward to 2013 and numerous, big businesses have not only developed a SaaS or cloud solution, but tested, implemented, marketed and delivered it to their customers. That was fast.

So, what the heck happened? Considering the swift transition from onset cloud reluctance to all-out acceptance, the purpose of this meetup is to take a look at successful companies that recently (and quickly) developed cloud-based product alternatives and the stories behind their strategies.

- What prompted their acceptance?

- Were there any risks?

- Did it pay off?

We’ll also take a look at businesses that didn’t shift – was it a good decision? By the end, you’ll take away a better understanding of the strategies, risks and rewards involved in shifting (or not shifting) to SaaS.

Event Details

Refreshments from 5:30 – 6:15 at cleverbridge HQ

Presentation from 6:15 – 7 at cleverbridge HQ

Cocktails & Conversation from 7:15 – 8:30 across the Chicago River at Howells & Hood

Presenter Bios

Craig Vodnik is fascinated by the internet. Early in his career, he realized a dream as Webmaster of the Chicago Tribune and launching the newspaper online. He later focused on turning small internet start-ups into online business leaders. As a founding member of cleverbridge and e-commerce enthusiast, he is firm believer that when passion runs parallel to performance, the sky is the limit. Currently his favorite cloud application is TripIt Pro, with Amazon Music Player a close second.


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  • Magda

    Great presentation and very friendly atmosphere! Thanks for providing food and not ordering pizza ;)

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • Craig V.

    Glad to hear all the great feedback! I'm sure that the great food at Howell's and Hood had nothing to do with the mood! Looking forward to seeing everyone next time!

    May 17, 2013

  • Ryan G.

    Andre, Craig, and Josh, it seems that you've made quite the impression on the community. This was definitely the meetup to live up to. Thank you!

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • Mike D.

    Agreed...great event, gracious hosts, and lively conversation. Nicely done, Craig, et al. Look forward to seeing this group again.

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • Joni

    Iinformative, organized & great presentation. Great event ! Tnx for hosting !

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • Eric B.

    Really illuminating. Craig Vodnik provided an insightful and comprehensive frame of reference that brought SaaS and Cloud trends (and the drivers of those trends) into clear focus. If you are interested in cloud computing and you did not did not attend, then you really missed out.

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great presentation and good group discussion. I am glad I attended.

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent content which I found relevant to industry trends

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event!

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • Andy A.

    Sorry for the last minute cancel, but can't make it tonight now.

    May 16, 2013

  • Joni

    Thank u, Andrew! I'll bring one guest, her name is Hanna

    May 15, 2013

  • Joni

    No guest option for this event. Are we allowed to bring a guest? Tnx !

    May 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Joni - yes guests are welcome!

      May 14, 2013

  • John P.

    Looking forward to my first event also.

    May 10, 2013

  • Charles D B.

    Looking forward to my first meeting.

    May 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Looking forward to meeting you Charles!

      May 7, 2013

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