Panel Discussion - Three examples of a mature use of Cloud Services

Session 1 | 9:30am - 10:15am | Room 1
Session 3 | 1:00pm - 1:45pm  | Room 1

Join us for a discussion of three versions of a mature cloud implementation.  Interact with panel members to further your understanding of various cloud options.  The panel will set context for the role of the cloud, it’s various forms and where it lies in its overall adoption in the market.  The session will close with a summary of Guiding Principles that the panelists believe will help attendees in their respective “cloud journeys”.
Alex Fields, Senior Engineer at SUCCESS, is recognized for his understanding of Microsoft Office365 deployments.  Hear how key assumptions and decisions are critical for the successful implementation of Software as a Service (SaaS) as represented by Office365.
Loren Horsager, Founder, mComposer, built his enterprise software as a SaaS application on Microsoft’s public cloud, Azure.  Loren can describe the benefits and challenges of leveraging a third party public cloud offering in terms of speed to market, management of a public cloud infrastructure as well as key challenges in doing so.
Brandon Nohr, CTO at SUCCESS, designed a high-availabilty, multi-location private cloud solution for a SaaS client.  This client considered both private and public cloud options (Amazon’s AWS) prior to choosing a private cloud solution.  Brandon can compare and contrast key elements behind that decision.
Bruce Lach, President at SUCCESS, will moderate the discussion and invites attendees to bring their questions. 

About Bruce Lach

Bruce Lach has nearly 40 years of IT and General Management experience. During his first 20 years, he spent time in “corporate America” with IT stints at Twin City Federal, General Mills and Land O’Lakes with a short stop at a major industrial manufacturer in Indiana. During this time, Bruce’s IT experience included managing every department in a typical large enterprise IT organization, from communications to system programmers to software development. In the mid-90’s, Bruce’s experience switched to leading start-up and small businesses; in some cases those small businesses served big businesses and in others, serving other small businesses. In the decade leading up to joining SUCCESS, Bruce’s focus was on working directly with more than 100 small business owners in improving the profitability of their companies, which in some cases involved survival of companies during the “great recession” of 2008 & 2009. Looking for an IT partner to support his clients, Bruce was introduced to Erik Thorsell and SUCCESS, eventually leading to Bruce joining the SUCCESS team in April of 2013 as President.


About Loren Horsager

Loren Horsager, Mobile Composer CEO and founding partner, has 20+ years of experience building teams to deliver software solutions, and manage consulting organizations.  For the past six years, he has led mobile teams helping numerous companies develop over 60 mobile apps.  His experience in building great teams and focus on solving the right problems has led to two of these apps being featured by Apple as best practices for delivering sales and marketing solutions for the enterprise. Mr. Horsager regularly presents on how companies can develop and execute on mobile strategies. He is a regular contributor to the Minnesota Enterprise Mobile Meetup and a recognized expert in Microsoft and Xamarin development tools.


About Brandon Nohr

Brandon Nohr started in IT back in 1997 in programming and networking. In 1998 he began his consulting career by designing and supporting custom software solutions for the service industry. In 2007 he joined SUCCESS in the service center. Currently Brandon is SUCCESS Computer Consulting’s CTO. In addition to working with key accounts to design solutions, he is also driving new product development and refining current offerings.


About Alex Fields

Alex Fields has a wide and varied career history, from Real Estate to Rental Cars, Academia to Wind Turbines, and many stops in between. Since 2010, he has found a home at SUCCESS Computer Consulting as a Project Engineer. Alex enjoys hiking and writing in his free time; check out his blog at!