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About Cloud81

I am Alan Perkins, Chief Innovation Officer Asia-Pacific Japan, for HP’s Cloud Division, based in Singapore. In this role, I am responsible for helping businesses understand how to best take advantage of emerging technologies. I live and breathe the philosophy that innovation is the key to a better world.

Prior to joining HP, I was CTO for Rackspace Asia-Pacific. I spent more than ten years at software developer Altium in key leadership and specialist consulting roles, including seven years as the CIO.

During my tenure at Altium, I played a pivotal role preparing and implementing strategies to move the entire business systems to the cloud and was directly responsible for driving company-wide efficiencies and innovations.

I was named by The Australian newspaper as one of the Top 20 people to watch in technology 2012, and in 2009, was a finalist for the IDC Asia-Pacific CIO of the Year Award. In the same year I won an Enterprise Innovation Award for Cloud innovation from IDC.

Cloud81 is a forum to share my thoughts about various aspects of the cloud. My thoughts are my own. I welcome comments, and am keen to see others learn from my experiences, both the good and the not so good.

Why did I call this blog Cloud81?

Cloud 9 … squared.

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sep 30 2010

    Alan… congrats on the launch of your blog. As one of the early pioneers of Cloud in the region, I look forward to checking in regularly and learning from your vantage point.

    All the best.


  2. Oct 1 2010

    Hi Alan,

    Great move getting a blog up!

    Next Topic Suggestion: Marketing Automation in the Cloud 🙂

    Hope you’re well!

    Managing Director

    • Oct 1 2010

      Thanks Will!

      I will certainly cover that in the not too distant future. The cloud opens up all sorts of potential and changes all the rules! Marketing automation is one family of these.

  3. Rachel
    Oct 7 2010


  4. Apr 11 2011


    Great to read your views of the cloud


  5. Aug 16 2011

    Hi Alan

    Great read and good to hear your views on the cloud.

    Would be great to hear your opinion on DaaS (Data as a Service) and how that plays a part in your CRM & Marketing Automation.


  6. Mar 29 2013

    Hi Alan
    Cloud 9 squared!!
    very nice


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