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Who Wins In The New C-Suite?: A Debate with Ray Wang and Narinder Singh

It’s no secret that we, at Appirio, have a lot of opinions about cloud computing and the future of technology in business. To engage supporters and skeptics alike we blog, tweet, write papers and do any number of things but sometimes there is no substitute for an in-person face off.

In an effort to take our opinions out of silent comment boxes and tweets, we’re setting-up a series of live debates with opinionated people who hold different, educated views and aren’t afraid to share them. We know, it’s a little old school, but oh so necessary in a world of “like” buttons and faceless avatars.

To kick off our live debate series, we asked Ray Wang, principal analyst and CEO at Constellation Research, and our own Chief Strategy Officer, Narinder Singh, to debate the evolving role of the CMO and where the CIO fits in. Digital media and data analytics are playing an increasingly important role in marketing strategies and there’s been much discussion about CMO budgets overtaking those of IT

If you are in San Francisco this Monday, April 29, join us at Jillian’s at 5:30 p.m. PT. to watch Ray and Narinder face off on this subject. eWEEK editor, Chris Preimesberger, has been selected to moderate the debate and declare a winner but he just may be swayed by audience applause.

Leading up to this debate, we are looking for your questions and thoughts on the topic. Feel free to post your ideas on Twitter using the hashtag #clouddebate.

To stay up-to-date on news about the debate beforehand, be sure to follow Ray (@rwang0), Narinder (@singhns), Chris (@editingwhiz) and Appirio (@appirio). Appirio will also be live tweeting and taking questions from the event for those of you that are unable to make it in-person.

Complimentary appetizers and drinks will be served. Check out details below.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


  • Ray Wang, Constellation Research
  • Narinder Singh, Appirio
  • Chris Preimesberger, eWEEK (moderator)


  • Jillian’s
  • 175 Fourth Street (Fourth and Howard)
  • San Francisco, CA


  • Monday, 4/29 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. PT

About Appirio


Appirio is a global cloud consultancy that helps customers achieve results in weeks, not years by harnessing the power of the world’s top talent. Appirio’s 600,000 member [topcoder] community and crowdsourcing platform, combined with the company’s business and technical expertise, have helped 700+ enterprises confidently use technology to increase innovation and transform business. Founded in 2006, Appirio is a trusted partner to companies such as Apria, Coca-Cola, eBay, Facebook, Japan Post Network, L’Oreal, NetApp, The Four Seasons and Virgin America.

3 Responses to Who Wins In The New C-Suite?: A Debate with Ray Wang and Narinder Singh

Anonymous says:

How about streaming the debate (for us outside of SF)?

Jason Dent says:

It’s definitely something we have talked about. Unfortunately this one won’t be streamed, but we will be posting a summary of the debate. We hope to stream future debates of this series though for those not in the area. In the mean time, if there are specific questions you have on this topic, that you would like Ray and Narinder to discuss, feel free to leave them in the comment section or tweet to #clouddebate. Thanks!

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