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Few individuals are true giants of cloud computing, but David Linthicum’s achievements, reputation, and stellar leadership has earned him a lofty position on the Mount Olympus of the industry. It’s not just that he is a top thought leader in the cloud-computing universe, but he is often the visionary that the wider media invites to offer its readers, listeners and viewers a peek inside the technology that is reshaping businesses every day.

With more than 13 books on computing, more than 3,000 published articles, more than 500 conference presentations and numerous appearances on radio and TV programs, David has spent the last 20 years leading, showing and teaching businesses how to use resources more productively and innovate constantly. He has expanded the vision of both startups and established corporations as to what is possible and achievable.

As if he wasn’t multi-tasking enough, David is also Gigaom’s research analyst and writes prolifically for InfoWorld on deep technology subjects. In his July 7, 2015 post, he analyzes the data from a recent Forrester research study of cloud users unhappy with their provider. Because users perceive a lack of comprehensive service, many of them are turning to third-party tools, although David thinks this will result in confusion for a number of years.

David points enterprises in the right direction for the remainder of 2015 in a May 12, 2015 post, with his top 5 cloud priorities. Among them, he emphasizes the importance of monitoring cloud services and why enterprises must improve service governance that includes a proper technology stack.