Skytap and Customer, Nuance Communications, to Speak on Cloud Computing at Burton Group (Gartner) Catalyst Conference

Skytap and Customer, Nuance Communications, to Speak on Cloud Computing at Burton Group (Gartner) Catalyst Conference

SEATTLE, WA–(Marketwire – July 26, 2010) –  Skytap, Inc., the leading provider of self-service cloud automation solutions, today announced that Deanne Harper, senior manager of Speech University at Nuance Communications, and Sundar Raghavan, chief product and marketing officer at Skytap, will present at the Burton Group Catalyst Conference on July 28, 2010 in San Diego, CA.

At the event, Harper and Raghavan will provide real world insight into how the cloud can be used to accelerate business productivity, and share practical tips for companies to move to the cloud successfully. Sessions featuring Skytap and its customer, Nuance Communications, include:

Hands-on Training from the Cloud: Speech University’s Global Solution
Wednesday, July 28 at 4:05 PM
Speaker: Deanne Harper (Nuance Communications, Inc.)
Description: In this session, Deanne will describe the cloud-based training solution adopted by Nuance Speech University (NSU) in 2008. She will discuss the challenges that led NSU to consider the cloud as a training solution and the company’s requirements for a successful solution. Deanne will review her vendor comparison and identify factors that led to the solution adopted by Nuance.

Cloud Economics and Licensing

Wednesday, July 28 at 3:10 PM
Panel Participants: Drue Reeves (Gartner), Sundar Raghavan (Skytap), Mario Olivarez (GoGrid), and Nathan Day (SoftLayer Technologies, Inc.)
Description: The roundtable will discuss the economics around the cloud and the myriad of licensing issues that also accompany a move to the cloud.

Vendor Lightning Round

Wednesday, July 28 at 5:05 PM
Speakers: Sundar Raghavan (Skytap), Matt Tavis (, Nathan Day (SoftLayer Technologies, Inc.), and Jeff Samuels (GoGrid)
Description: In this session, cloud vendors present their vision and product in five minutes. The audience will vote to select a winner and the winner will receive 10 additional minutes to present.

Catalyst is a five-day, industry-shaping conference exploring cutting-edge ideas, current challenges and emerging technologies shaping today’s and tomorrow’s enterprise. Catalyst Conference is renowned for its attendee-driven agenda, high-profile speakers, in-depth content and fiercely independent point of view.

About Skytap, Inc.

Skytap is the leading provider of self-service cloud automation solutions for dynamic workloads. Skytap enables users to run enterprise applications unchanged in the cloud, collaborate securely with global teams, and gain unparalleled business productivity. Additionally, IT organizations can gain visibility and control over cloud projects, align capacity with demand, and reduce costs by 70% or more. Enterprises can securely connect Skytap to their data centers and create virtual private clouds. Skytap is ideal for any dynamic workload including application development, testing, virtual training, ERP migration and sales demonstration projects. To buy or learn more, visit

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