Jeff Kaplan is the Managing Director of THINKstrategies (www.thinkstrategies.com), the only strategic consulting firm focused entirely on the business implications of the transition of the technology industry from a product-centric to a services-driven solution model, including software-as-a-service (SaaS), cloud computing, and managed services. THINKstrategies helps IT/business decision-makers with their sourcing strategies; solution providers with their go-to-market strategies; and venture firms with their investment strategies. Kaplan is also the founder of the Cloud Computing Showplace (www.cloudshowplace.com), the largest, vendor-independent, online directory and best-practice resource center regarding SaaS, platforms-as-a-service (PaaS), and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), including managed services. He is the host of the Cloud Innovators Summit executive forum series (www.cloudsummits.com) including the Connected Cloud Summit, Cloud Channel Summit and Cloud Analytics Summit. Kaplan has more than 30 years of experience in the high-tech market. He began his career as an industry analyst at IDC, Dataquest, and META Group. He then held marketing positions at International Network Services (INS) and InterOPS Management Solutions. He can be reached at [email protected] or 781-431-2690.