Note: This post was originally published on March 9, 2017. It was updated on July 23, 2019.

Keeping up with how companies build, deploy, and manage applications and the infrastructure that supports them increasingly means keeping up with the latest developments in cloud computing. And one of the best ways to stay informed about the cloud is to follow the field's top movers and shakers: the practitioners, pundits, visionaries, and deal-makers who continually advance the technology and push it even farther into the enterprise mainstream.

To get you started, we’ve rounded up a list of smart, cloud-focused folks worth keeping tabs on. Check back regularly for the latest updates and additions to our collection of cloud influencers.

lee atchison - cloud computing leader to followLee Atchison

Senior Director, Strategic Architecture at New Relic

Twitter: @leeatchison



Veteran IT practitioner and a respected voice in the cloud community; currently working at the bleeding edge of enterprise cloud computing and high-availability systems.


jeff barr - cloud computing expertJeff Barr

Vice President & Chief Evangelist at Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Twitter: @jeffbarr



Mastermind behind the AWS blog, where he has been a daily contributor since 2004.


marc benioff - cloud computing leaderMarc Benioff

CEO at

Twitter: @Benioff


One-time protege of Larry Ellison who walked away from Oracle to bet everything on a cloudy future for enterprise software.


randy bias - cloud computing leaderRandy Bias

VP Technology, Open Source Software at Juniper Networks

Twitter: @randybias



Gifted cloud prognosticator (he predicted the growth rate for AWS long before that was an easy or safe thing to do); founding member and tireless advocate for the OpenStack project.


Cloud leader Jason BloombergJason Bloomberg

President at Intellyx

Twitter: @theebizwizard


Founder of digital transformation analyst firm Intellyx; key figure in the popularization of service-oriented architectures (SOAs) and other table-setting technologies for the cloud era.


Cloud leader Duncan EppingDuncan Epping

Chief Technologist, Office of the CTO at VMware

Twitter: @duncanyb



Key figure in VMware's evolution into a top-tier cloud player; currently serves as a liaison between the firm's R&D team and customer communities. Also an active and well-known blogger.


james governor - cloud computing leaderJames Governor

Principal Analyst and Co-Founder at RedMonk

Twitter: @monkchips



Tech-industry journalist turned research-firm guru; Redmonk's developer-centric focus and Governor's pull-no-punches style are a good fit with the cloud crowd.


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CEO and Co-Founder at Cloud Network of Women (CloudNOW)


Also SVP of Market Development at supply chain technology provider 6Fusion and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Holberton School of Engineering.


Cloud leader Scott GuthrieScott Guthrie

Executive VP, Cloud & AI Group at Microsoft

Twitter: @scottgu


Veteran Microsoft executive currently responsible for executing the company's billion-dollar bet on cloud AI.


james hamilton - cloud computing leaderJames Hamilton

VP & Distinguished Engineer at AWS



A key player in AWS expansion plans that have consistently pushed the limits of innovation, both in hardware and software development.


Cloud leader Steve HerrodDr. Steve Herrod

Managing Director at General Catalyst

Twitter: @herrod


Former CTO and R&D head at VMware. Currently leading a venture capital team and advising early-stage cloud firms.


kelsey hightower - cloud computer leader to followKelsey Hightower

Developer Advocate at Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

Twitter: @kelseyhightower



Hard-core cloud practitioner, Go code-slinger, and prolific technology educator; currently winning over developer hearts and minds for GCP.


Urs Hoelzle - cloud computing leaderUrs Hölzle

SVP at Google Cloud Infrastructure

Twitter: @uhoelzle


Research at Google:

Computer science professor and Java pioneer; later Google's first head of engineering and the chief architect of Google Cloud's emergence as a top-tier enterprise cloud player.


mike kavis - cloud computing leaderMike Kavis

Managing Director at Deloitte Consulting

Twitter: @madgreek65



Cloud architect extraordinaire; leader of the first team to build a high-speed transaction network in Amazon's public cloud.


bridget kromhout - cloud computing leaderBridget Kromhout

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

Twitter: @bridgetkromhout





One of the industry's most visible and talented developer advocates; operates across a number of platforms, including the well-regarded Arrested DevOps podcast.


Lydia leong - cloud computing leaderLydia Leong

VP & Distinguished Analyst covering cloud at Gartner

Twitter: @cloudpundit



Gartner’s Analyst of the Year in 2010. Currently maintains her tenure as the firm's resident cloud expert; among other duties, Leong maintains Gartner’s famous Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud IaaS.


david linthicum - cloud computing leaderDavid Linthicum

Chief Cloud Strategy Officer at Deloitte Consulting

Twitter: @DavidLinthicum



Prolific author who has penned 13 books and more than 5,000 articles, many of which deal with the cloud and related topics.


lori macvittie - cloud computing leaderLori MacVittie

Principal Technical Evangelist, Office of the CTO at F5 Networks

Twitter: @lmacvittie




Tech evangelist, futurist and cloud technology advocate for one of the cloud's top infrastructure vendors.


jp morgenthal - cloud computing leaderJP Morgenthal

CTO at DXC Technology

Twitter: @jpmorgenthal



Key player in the cloud services and consulting space; currently leads DCX's cloud-focused DevOps  and applications practices.


Cloud leader Lauren NelsonLauren E. Nelson

Principal Analyst at Forrester Research

Twitter: @lauren_e_nelson


Lead analyst in Forrester's private Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud practice; advisor to hundreds of firms on cloud strategy and economics.


richard seroter - cloud computing leaderRichard Seroter

Senior Director of Product at Pivotal & Microsoft MVP

Twitter: @rseroter




A 12-time Microsoft MVP for cloud integration, and a sought-after instructor, trainer, and advisor for cloud technology initiatives.


james staten - cloud computing leaderJames Staten

VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research

Twitter: @staten7



Serial advisor to scores of cloud computing firms, from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 enterprises.


werner vogels - cloud computing leaderWerner Vogels

CTO of

Twitter: @Werner



Mastermind behind one of the world's most ambitions and innovative cloud technology players; prolific blogger, ubiquitous event keynote presence, and a world-class EDM DJ.


john willis - cloud computing leaderJohn Willis

Founder at Botchagalupe Technologies

Twitter: @botchagalupe



A low-key but highly regarded cloud computing authority who operates out of a small town outside of Atlanta, Ga.


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