Integrated Circuits and Systems Seminar, Dr. Timothy Chou, "Cloud Computing: Lessons for Long Life" ACE 2.402

Contact Name: 
Jacob Abraham
ACE 2.402
Feb 26, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Grads, Undergrads, Other Interested Parties

Host: Donald Fussell

Talk Abstract: Last week "cloud computing" was 10 on Yahoo's top trending topics behind the Manti Te'o story. So is it hype or reality?  And if so, what does it mean to you as a student?

This talk will be based on my Stanford class: We'll begin by discussing seven software business models from traditional to the Internet. Economics drove the last shift to client-server computing so it's important to understand the underlying economics of cloud computing. Next, I'll give you a simple framework that will allow you to describe cloud computing to your Facebook friends.  Finally we'll discuss some of the key technology and business challenges. We're in the first part of a cyclical change in the entire technology industry, with implications on the global economy. Hopefully this lecture will give you a starting point to think about what role you'll play.

Speaker Bio: Timothy Chou has been a leader in bringing enterprises to the cloud since 1999, when he returned to Oracle to work for Larry Ellison as the President of Oracle On Demand. During his tenure many businesses chose to have their enterprise applications delivered as a cloud service. Since leaving Oracle he returned to Stanford University and started the first class on cloud computing.  Based on this class he published his second book "Cloud: Seven Clear Business Models".  He has just returned from giving a series of lectures on cloud computing at Tsinghua University in China.

Not merely content to teach about the subject he's also invested in several new companies. One of them has built a storytelling application cloud service ideally suited for tablet computers and the other is adapting constraint optimization technology as the engine for a next generation distribution channel for cloud services.  He also recently joined the Alchemist enterprise startup accelerator as a mentor.

Timothy holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois.  His thesis adviser was Professor Jacob Abraham. Timothy served as a member of the board of directors of Embarcadero Technologies (NASDAQ:EMBT) as well as the advisory board of Webex.  In 2007 he joined the board of directors at Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB).