Jeff Kaplan is the Managing Director of THINKstrategies, the only strategic consulting firm focused entirely on the business implications of the transition of the technology industry from a product-centric to services-driven solution model, including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing and Managed Services. THINKstrategies helps IT/business decision-makers with sourcing strategies; solution providers with go-to-market strategies; and venture firms with investment strategies. Jeff is also the Founder of the Cloud Computing Showplace, the largest vendor-independent online directory and best practice resource center regarding SaaS, Platforms-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), including Managed Services. He is the host of the Cloud Innovators Summit executive forum series, including the Connected Cloud Summit, Cloud Channel Summit and Cloud Analytics Summit. Jeff began his career as an industry analyst at IDC, Dataquest and META Group.