Cloud Partners Announces IBMs Lauri Saft as Keynote Speaker

Informa, one of the world’s leading knowledge providers to individuals, businesses and organizations, is pleased to announce that Lauri Saft, director for IBM’s Watson Ecosystem, will be a keynote at Cloud Partners, a Channel Partners event, Sept. 8-10, in New Orleans.

Lauri’s keynote address, “Big Ideas for a Higher Cloud: The Cognitive Revolution in Advanced Computing,” will focus on IBM’s vision for solving new challenges with Watson, Big Blue’s 21st century cognitive computing platform and how putting Watson’s capabilities in the cloud will allow the world’s greatest thinkers to bring their most pressing questions to it.

“Cloud Partners is designed to bring together innovative companies and innovative solution providers together in one place,” said Katherine Clements, vice president of the Cloud & Communications Network at Informa Exhibitions, LLC. “We are thrilled to have Lauri as a keynote presenter to share her ideas about how the cloud may have a role in providing answers to life’s most vexing questions.”

More than 3,000 channel partners – VARs, agents, systems integrators and MSPs – and their suppliers are expected to attend Cloud Partners, where the focus will be on delivering a “higher cloud” that creates strategic business value for customers.

In addition to keynote presentations from cloud industry leaders, Cloud Partners will feature an extensive education program focused exclusively on cloud service opportunities for solutions providers as well as vendor presentations, selling techniques luncheons, unique networking events and an expo hall with more than 100 innovative cloud vendors.

Cloud Partners will take place Sept. 8-10, 2014, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. For more information about the show and to register, go to

About Lauri Saft
Lauri Saft is the director of the IBM Watson Ecosystem program. She develops partnerships with entrepreneurial firms and established companies that will build their applications on cognitive computing. Prior to Watson, Saft was responsible for the transformation of IBM Software Group Sales Enablement, where she launched new social learning platforms and mobile tools. Saft’s IBM career spans several of the company’s initiatives, including the biotech/life sciences business unit, the “net gen” technology startup group and the midmarket channel team. Before joining IBM, Saft worked in private equity, international business development and a corporate best practices research firm. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Emory University.

About Channel Partners
Channel Partners magazine is the leading publication for telecom and IT distribution channels. For more than 25 years, Channel Partners has been the undisputed leader in providing news, analysis and education to the indirect sales channels serving the business technology and communications industry. In addition, Channel Partners online ( delivers a constant content stream of unique and breaking industry news, feature articles and premium downloadable content. As official media of the Channel Partners Conference & Expo ( and Cloud Partners (, Channel Partners is the market leader that channel professionals turn to first.

About Informa
Informa is one of the world’s leading knowledge providers. We create and deliver highly specialized information through publishing, events, training, market intelligence and expertise, providing valuable knowledge to individuals, businesses and organizations worldwide including the emerging markets of India, China and South Africa.

Our Academic Publishing division publishes books and journals with over 93,000 titles available worldwide. Our expertise spans a broad range of sectors, from architecture, civil engineering, physics and law, to energy, nursing, education and health. We provide essential and world-class reference materials for academics and professionals, in addition to a host of handbooks and textbooks for students. Using the latest publishing technology, we deliver titles to customers in whatever format they choose.

Through our Business Intelligence division we offer a range of information services including breaking news and views, proprietary data and the latest research and analysis. By providing business critical information Business Intelligence delivers lasting advantage to companies, organisations and governments, enabling them to make valuable and profitable decisions in highly competitive international markets.

Our Global Events division complements the information services of Business Intelligence and Academic Publishing by providing vital face-to-face networking opportunities enabling companies and individuals to develop, improve and compete. In this global knowledge based economy, the emphasis is on being connected. This is where our standing as one of the world’s largest organisers of exhibitions, trade conferences and seminars comes into play. Informa produces over 3,000 events across the world every year, allowing communities to meet, share and develop ideas, profile new products and services, build relationships and, ultimately, do business.

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