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The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has announced it has ushered in its first honorary professional members as it looks to reward those in the channel that have made important contributions to drive forward the technology.
The industry group has been keen to publicly recognise those in the channel that have been cloud advocates and have gone the extra mile to promote the technology.
The first honorary professional members are Robert May, managing director of ramsac, and Mitchell Feldman, chief digital office at RedPixie.
“Both Robert and Mitchell have made significant contributions to the cloud industry. Robert, through the provision of strategic IT planning and advice that’s vital when it comes to addressing real business needs. And Mitchell, due to his extensive IT experience and entrepreneurial spirit," said Alex Hilton, CEO of CIF.
"We look forwarded to drawing on their insights to help steer the direction we take as an industry body and we look forward to collaborating to raise awareness of cloud issues even further," he added.
May said that although the adoption of cloud had become widespread customers were still looking for guidance from organisations like CIF.
"Lots of questions remain about how to use cloud technologies safely and to the best effect, which is why the services and support offered by CIF are as important and relevant as ever," he said.
Feldman said that cloud computing was fundamental for many firms that were undergoing digital transformation processes.
Major analyst houses like IDC are all forecasting continued growth in cloud spending throughout 2017 as more customers gain confidence in placing data in a public cloud environment.
The first two honorary members are going to be followed by more channel names in the future as CIF continues to promote those who are working hard to help cloud develop.
“We intend to grow our roster of Honorary Members with other notable individuals from within the UK channel and would like to invite the community to get their nominations in to us,” said Hilton.