Note: This post was originally published on March 9, 2017. It was updated on July 23, 2019.
Keeping up with how companies build, deploy, and manage applications and the infrastructure that supports them increasingly means keeping up with the latest developments in cloud computing. And one of the best ways to stay informed about the cloud is to follow the field’s top movers and shakers: the practitioners, pundits, visionaries, and deal-makers who continually advance the technology and push it even farther into the enterprise mainstream.
To get you started, we’ve rounded up a list of smart, cloud-focused folks worth keeping tabs on. Check back regularly for the latest updates and additions to our collection of cloud influencers.
Veteran IT practitioner and a respected voice in the cloud community; currently working at the bleeding edge of enterprise cloud computing and high-availability systems.
Mastermind behind the AWS blog, where he has been a daily contributor since 2004.
One-time protege of Larry Ellison who walked away from Oracle to bet everything on a cloudy future for enterprise software.
Founder of digital transformation analyst firm Intellyx; key figure in the popularization of service-oriented architectures (SOAs) and other table-setting technologies for the cloud era.
Key figure in VMware’s evolution into a top-tier cloud player; currently serves as a liaison between the firm’s R&D team and customer communities. Also an active and well-known blogger.
Tech-industry journalist turned research-firm guru; Redmonk’s developer-centric focus and Governor’s pull-no-punches style are a good fit with the cloud crowd.
Jocelyn DeGance Graham
Veteran Microsoft executive currently responsible for executing the company’s billion-dollar bet on cloud AI.
A key player in AWS expansion plans that have consistently pushed the limits of innovation, both in hardware and software development.
Dr. Steve Herrod
Former CTO and R&D head at VMware. Currently leading a venture capital team and advising early-stage cloud firms.
Hard-core cloud practitioner, Go code-slinger, and prolific technology educator; currently winning over developer hearts and minds for GCP.
Cloud architect extraordinaire; leader of the first team to build a high-speed transaction network in Amazon’s public cloud.
Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
One of the industry’s most visible and talented developer advocates; operates across a number of platforms, including the well-regarded Arrested DevOps podcast.
Gartner’s Analyst of the Year in 2010. Currently maintains her tenure as the firm’s resident cloud expert; among other duties, Leong maintains Gartner’s infamous Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud IaaS.
Prolific author who has penned 13 books and more than 5,000 articles, many of which deal with the cloud and related topics.
Principal Technical Evangelist, Office of the CTO at F5 Networks
Tech evangelist, futurist and cloud technology advocate for one of the cloud’s top infrastructure vendors.
Key player in the cloud services and consulting space; currently leads DCX’s cloud-focused DevOps and applications practices.
Lauren E. Nelson
Principal Analyst at Forrester Research
Lead analyst in Forrester’s private Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud practice; advisor to hundreds of firms on cloud strategy and economics.
A 12-time Microsoft MVP for cloud integration, and a sought-after instructor, trainer, and advisor for cloud technology initiatives.
Serial advisor to scores of cloud computing firms, from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 enterprises.
A low-key but highly regarded cloud computing authority who operates out of a small town outside of Atlanta, Ga.
More cloud resources:
- Cloudy With 100% Visibility: Monitoring Application Performance in Hybrid Clouds [white paper]
- Successful Cloud Migration In 3 Easy Steps [ebook]
- The Many Paths to the Hybrid Cloud [ebook]
- 4 Steps to Becoming a Cloud Leader in Your Company [blog post]
- Visibility into the Migration From Static to Dynamic Infrastructure [Video]