Erik Sebesta served as a National Principal Architect for Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP)/Novell, where he worked for 16 years. As a consultant to CIOs, he helped companies align their IT initiatives with their business strategy. He led successful projects with distributed teams working across several continents and rolled out solutions to hundreds of thousands of users. Erik also founded several web-based start-ups, leveraging cloud computing for significant cost-savings. With cloudTP, Erik brings to clients the expertise to begin and complete an enterprise-wide transformation to new technology. He facilitates sessions to derive a strategic roadmap of prioritized initiatives, well balanced with the organizations capacity to achieve them. From his recent entrepreneurial endeavors, he separates the true benefits from the hype of cloud computing. After graduating from Williams College (Go Ephs!), Erik began his career as a programmer at CTP working with C++ and relational databases. Erik worked with clients in the healthcare and manufacturing industries developing solutions to streamline business operations. Seeing an opportunity to provide greater influence, Erik accepted a leadership role where he could raise questions with the business sponsors early in the life cycle to make sure the proper diligence was conducted prior to the lengthy development work. From 1995-1998, Erik led teams on successful implementations of client-server architecture projects, including leading a 25 person team located in Boston, Dublin (Ireland), and Bangalore (India). From 1999-2001, he led a 75+ person team implementing a packaged solution rolled out to 160,000 users and guided Internet start ups on functionality, architecture and budget decisions. From 2002-2006 after Novell acquired CTP, Erik became an expert in secure identity management, leading a large project for the US government, speaking at security conferences, and guiding many financial, consumer product, and healthcare organizations. In 2003, Erik was named to the Novell Worldwide Architecture Community of Practice advisory board. From 2007-2009, Erik founded several Web 2.0 startups including YouHaveNotChangedOneBit.com and Rrankk.com. An avid sports fan, he founded and serves as director of TheUltimateShowcase.com.