“Cloud Computing”, ”Software-as-a-Service”, “Managed Services”, “Out-tasking”, “Industry Inversion”
These are just some of the innovative ideas that THINKstrategies’ founder and Managing Director, Jeff Kaplan, has pioneered as a research analyst, corporate executive, strategic consultant, featured columnist and industry speaker.
THINKstrategies was founded in 2001 as the only independent strategic consulting firm dedicated to helping enterprise IT/business decision-makers, IT solution providers and technology investors achieve their corporate objectives by leveraging the business benefits and new market opportunities created by Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing, Managed Services and other innovative technology service solutions.
Kaplan has nearly 30 years of experience and recognized expertise in IT/network management, SaaS, cloud computing, managed services, telecommunications and outsourcing trends. He has been named among the POWER25 Insightful Bloggers on Cloud according to Evolven.
He helped to launch IDC’s Communications Industry Research (CIR) program in 1983; Dataquest’s Worldwide Services Research program in 1990; and Meta Group’s Benchmarking program in 1995. He then went on to have successful ‘real-world’ experiences at International Network Services (INS) which was acquired by Lucent Technologies, and InterOPS Management Solutions.
In 2006, Kaplan founded the SaaS Showplace and Managed Services Showplace online directories and best practice resource centers which have now been merged into a new Cloud Computing Showplace, the largest vendor-independent listing of solutions and insights in the rapidly growing ‘on-demand’ services marketplace with over 1900 companies divided into over 90 application, industry, technology and service categories.
Kaplan launched the Cloud Innovators Summit executive forum series in 2011 with the first Cloud Channel Summit. In 2012, THINKstrategies hosted the Cloud Analytics Summit on April 25, and will host the second annual Cloud Channel Summit on November 5 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.
Kaplan is also a senior advisor to Triple-Tree, LLC and a member of Pacific Crest Securities’ Mosaic Expert Network. He has served as the chairman of the CloudWorld and Cloud Futures conference. He also serves as a member of the SaaScon Advisory Board and On-Demand Conference steering committee of the SIIA; and the chairman of the SaaS/cloud computing/managed services track of NetworkWorld’s IT Roadmap and Interops. He has also served as a member of the AMR Research Board of Directors.
Kaplan is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Click here to learn about his latest speaking engagements.
Kaplan has also contributed THINKstrategies’ perspectives to BusinessWeek Online, Mass High Tech Journal, Financial Times of London, NetworkWorld, Business Communications Review, ComputerWorld, Datamation, eCommerce Times, InfoWorld, InformationWeek, and Web Host Industry Review. He is also a regular contributor to many other online publications, such as the Seeking Alpha portal of stock market opinion and analysis from blogs, money managers and investment newsletters; Sandhill.com and the Internet Evolution blog. Click here to find Kaplan’s latest commentaries and columns.
The Pan-Mass Challenge
THINKstrategies is a supporter of the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), an annual bike-a-thon that spans 190 miles across the state of Massachusetts in support of cancer research and treatment. Every dollar raised goes directly to support the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Institute.
THINKstrategies’ Managing Director, Jeff Kaplan, has been participating in this ride since 2007. Click here to read about Jeff’s reasons for riding in the PMC.
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