Now that we've published the Talkin' Cloud 50 -- tracking the top 50 VARs and MSPs in cloud computing -- it's time for us to resume another ongoing project. It's called the Talkin' Cloud 200, tracking the top cloud computing experts in the channel.

We update the Talkin' Cloud 200 with five new executive names each Friday. Then, we promote those folks across Twitter (#FollowFriday, #FF ... you get the picture). Once we reach 200 executives we'll publish a complete, compiled Talkin' Cloud report to help you build your Rolodex.

The five folks worth watching this week are...

Tiffani Bova, Lead Channel Strategist, Gartner. Twitter: @Tiffani_Bova

During Ingram Micro Cloud Summit 2011, Bova told VARs and MSPs that we’ve reached the cloud computing inflection point. The hype around cloud obscures the very real sea-change occurring for VARs and MSPs, according to Bova. By 2015, Gartner thinks cloud services brokerages will be the single largest revenue growth opportunity in cloud computing.

Jason Bystrak, director of cloud services, Ingram Micro. Twitter: @jbystrak


Within Ingram Micro North America, Bystrak drives strategy, customer relationships, and revenue for the Ingram's professional, managed, and cloud services portfolio. Central to that effort is the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace, where VARs and MSPs can source a range of SaaS applications for their customers.

Paul Chisholm, CEO, mindSHIFT. Twitter: @mindSHIFT_Tech

mindSHIFT the week of June 20, 2011, will push beyond its managed services heritage to promote its expertise as a cloud services provider. As a $100 million company, roughly 75 percent of revenues are recurring and 45 percent are cloud-related. Chisholm's top four priorities for 2011 are outlined on our sister site,  MSPmentor.

Ian Moyse, EMEA Channel Director, Webroot. Twitter: @imoyse

Moyse is a well-known authority on cloud security. And each time a new cloud trend unfolds in Europe it's a safe bet Moyse alerts channel partners. He's a member of Cloud Industry Forum Governance Board , Eurocloud UK, and several other channel-centric cloud organizations.

Christian Nagele, CEO, CentraStage. Twitter: @CentraStage

Nagele is trying to disrupt the remote monitoring and management (RMM) software market, where entrenched companies like Kaseya, Level Platforms, N-able and Zenith Infotech (among others) compete for the hearts and minds of MSPs. CentraStage got its start as a SaaS provider to MSPs in Europe, but the company is gradually stepping into the U.S. market. A partnership with Autotask surfaced in April 2011, and it's safe to expect CentraStage to make more U.S.-based moves in late 2011.