Cloud Computing 2012: Cut Through the Fluff & Tackle the Critical Stuff

Why you should attend

Corporations, government organizations and millions of consumers are shifting massive quantities of data and their software applications to cloud computing facilities.  Cloud computing uses the Internet to give every size organization access to large, dynamically scalable resources (data storage, software applications and computing power).  “The Cloud” allows users, at all levels, to avoid large capital outlays for hardware and up-front licensing fees and instead offers both hardware and software, as needed, in a flexible arrangement, as a monthly fee service.  Some organizations’ data centers are giving way to massive, secure and dynamically scalable shared hosting facilities.  Users rely on Internet connections to get access to their data and software applications from anywhere on the globe.  This new paradigm of computing provides flexibility, enhanced access to software functionality and potential cost savings, but can inject potential new risks.  Negotiating contracts for cloud computing services provides new challenges and a clear understanding of the inherent new hazards.

This program will provide practical advice on key terms for cloud computing contracts, help you define the vendors’ obligations for cloud computing facilities, offer strategies in protecting personal and corporate data, and assist in planning for transfers of data between cloud computing vendors.  This is an opportunity to hear industry experts who will help you understand and prepare for the massive changes inherent in the shift to cloud computing.

What you will learn

•How cloud computing technology works and the inherent operational risks
•The new business models in purchasing software as a service and storage as a scalable resource
•How data security may be enhanced using cloud computing facilities
•Critical factors courts will consider as to jurisdiction when a business using cloud computing is sued
•Practical and contractual remedies to secure corporate assets and intellectual property
•Why many cloud computing vendors are less flexible in contract negotiations
•Practical concerns raised by the flood of e-discovery demands for cloud resources
•Government related issues, including export control and trade sanctions risks

Special Features

•Mock negotiation
•Legal ethics issues (1 full hour credit)

Who should attend

Technology and IP lawyers, in-house counsel and outside counsel, and all lawyers who need to be on the cutting edge of legal changes in IT law. Business professionals, computer professionals and information managers who need to keep up-to-date with the dramatic changes in this area, will also find this program valuable.

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