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Getting Paid: Why Cloud Providers Are Changing How Customers Use and Pay for Services


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From single sign-on authentication to expanded payment options, cloud providers continue to look for better ways to support their customers worldwide. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the alternative cloud category, where more than one-third of DevOps professionals now use alternative payment methods like PayPal, Google Pay, Apple Pay, UPI and cryptocurrencies to pay for cloud services.

In this webinar, TechStrong Research analysts will share new findings from their ongoing quarterly survey of DevOps professionals that reveal an increasing desire for more payment options to make it easier to access and build on cloud platforms. In addition, Hillary Wilmoth, senior manager, product marketing at Linode (now part of Akamai), will share insight into how Linode is adapting its payment options to meet new customer demands. You also will learn:

  • How new options for payment and sign-on improve the customer experience
  • Ways in which encryption-driven third-party payment platforms are addressing customer payment preferences and requirements
  • How these offerings ensure strong data security, governance and compliance
Hillary Wilmoth
Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Linode
As Senior Manager, Product Marketing at Linode (now part of Akamai), Hillary provides clarity into the company’s product road maps, releases and competitive differentiation across Linode’s compute and storage portfolio. She also ensures Linode has well-established processes and lines of communication to its various stakeholder groups, contributes to the Linode blog and oversees the company’s developer education initiatives.
Daniel (Dan) Kirsch
Principal Analyst and Managing Director, Techstrong Research

Dan is a consultant, IT industry analyst and thought leader focused on how emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning and advanced analytics are impacting businesses. Dan is particularly interested in how businesses use these emerging technologies to alter their approaches to information security, governance, risk and ethics. Dan provides advisory services directly to leadership at technology vendors that design and deliver security solutions, assisting them in aligning their solutions with enterprise requirements. Dan is viewed as an expert in understanding security solutions and mapping them to the complex needs of business across industries.

Prior to co-founding Techstrong Research, Dan was Managing Director at Hurwitz & Associates, an analyst and consulting firm. At Hurwitz & Associates Dan led research on a variety of studies and reports in the areas of data and AI, modern software development, security and multicloud computing.

Dan earned his B.A. in Political Science from Union College in New York and a J.D. from Boston College Law School, where he focused on emerging corporate strategies and intellectual property. As an attorney, Dan represented startups, cloud computing ventures and early stage startups as they sought funding. Dan is a co-author of “Augmented Intelligence: The Business Power of Human-Machine Collaboration” (CRC Press, 2020), “Cloud for Dummies” (John Wiley & Sons 2020), and “Hybrid Cloud for Dummies” (John Wiley & Sons, 2012).

Mitch Ashley
CTO, Techstrong Group Principal, Techstrong Research
Mitchell Ashley is a renowned strategist and technology executive. Mitchell has led successful IT, SaaS, and cybersecurity transformations. He’s led multiple teams in developing and bringing to market successful online services, cybersecurity, and networking products and services. Mitch serves as Principal of Techstrong Research where he leads a team of preeminent experts in digital transformation, DevOps, cloud-native, and cybersecurity. In this role, Mitch works with companies to align digital transformation and technology strategies to achieve disruptive goals and high impact results. Mitch is in high demand as a speaker at conferences the world over, and his popular DevOps Chats podcast engaging with digital leaders is one of the most widely followed in the field.

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