Jet Speed Agility Using Cloud

Sponsor: AT&T
Featured Analyst Firm: Gartner
Speakers: Barbara Gomolski, Chris Costello
Type: Video (21 minutes)


The IT transformation is happening now. Analysts say it's time for IT to engage more deeply as an agent of the business, and as IT agility becomes more important, enterprises must work closely with business partners to deliver services faster than ever.

But what options do you have for cloud services that can help you determine where you sit in transforming your operational model?

Will the concept of virtual applications and infrastructure gain momentum for its promise to provide a unique combination of expense management and infrastructure elasticity?

And how can IT leaders prepare good answers to management's inevitable questions about security and dependability in the cloud?

In this program, leading experts from Gartner and AT&T answer those questions, and more importantly, help you determine the best solution for your needs.


About Barbara Gomolski, Managing VP, Gartner
Barbara Gomolski is managing vice president in the IT Metrics and Finance team within the CIO Research group at Gartner. She works extensively with clients on issues of running the business of IT, specializing in IT financial and performance management. For the past nine years, Ms. Gomolski has worked with clients to help them set IT investment levels and optimize the return on those investments. She also spearheaded Gartner's primary research in the area of IT spending for many years.

Prior to joining Gartner, Ms. Gomolski was a research director at Gartner Institute, a Gartner-owned company that developed vendor-neutral IT certifications. Previously, Ms. Gomolski had a long career as a writer and editor covering topics such as databases, hardware, e-mail and IT services. Throughout her career, Ms. Gomolski has written and consulted for leading computing industry vendors.


About Chris Costello, AVP of Product Management, AT&T
Chris Costello is currently AVP, Business Cloud Services Strategy, Offer and Platform Management. Chris and her team are responsible for helping transform AT&T's Cloud Based Service strategy into integrated solutions that are delivered in an As a Service model. She led the acquisition of an Application Services company (USi) and integration with AT&T's Hosting Business. In 2010 Chris achieved "Top 10 Woman in Wireline Services" as well as a "Leaders Quadrant" rating by Gartner Group.

Chris and her team brought AT&T's Synaptic Cloud Services to market including Synaptic Hosting, Synaptic Storage as a Service and Synaptic Compute as a Service. Her professional experience ranges from industry expertise in Cloud Compute, Storage and Platform as a Service, Managed Hosting and Application Management, Portals, E-Servicing and Knowledge Management. She has held several positions in product, sales, marketing and operations. In 2010, Chris achieved "Top 10 Woman in Wireline" and received a "Leaders Quadrant" rating by Gartner Group. She developed the award-winning AT&T Managed Services Portal on Business Direct that was rated #1 for 2 years in a row by Tier One Research. Chris established a web presence for AT&T's toll-free services and created the first interactive toll-free website on in 1997.

Chris speaks extensively in the industry about Cloud services. She has authored many articles on Cloud, Utility Computing, Business Continuity, Managed Hosting, Storage, e-Servicing and knowledge management in over 24 different publications, including: Network World, Information Week, Computer World, Data Center Management Magazine, Hosting Tech Magazine. Chris holds a BA from Shippensburg University and has completed MBA programs with MIT, Southern Methodist and Mays Business School. Chris is based in Bedminster, NJ. She can be contacted at