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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The SaaS User Group will host two events as part of the SaaS User Group Spring 2010 Roadshow in Charlotte on June 2 and in Raleigh on June 3.

The events feature David Linthicum as keynote speaker. Linthicum is the author and co-author of 13 books on computing, including the best selling “Enterprise Application Integration.” His latest book is “Cloud Computing and SOA Convergence.”

According to the SaaS group, Linthicum will talk about "how the movement to cloud computing is the disruptive change that IT departments will soon face as SOA [service oriented architecture] and cloud computing begin to have an effect on the modern enterprise."

“Innovative companies will take advantage of these new resources, such as cloud computing, and reinvent themselves as unstoppable forces in their markets,” Linthicum says. “Those who don’t take advantage of this revolution will become quickly outdated, perhaps out of business. This presentation is the first step toward understanding the issues companies will face as cloud computing and SOA converge, and how to open the company gates to nurture this IT Renaissance while still keeping the barbarians at bay.”

The events will be held at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel on June 2 and the Raleigh Marriott City Center on June 3. To register for either event, visit

Local Tech Wire is an official media sponsor for both events.

The SaaS Roadshow is the top destination in the southeast for individuals to learn about SaaS, cloud-based services and service-oriented architectures (SOA). The events will provide attendees with an opportunity to connect with business leaders on the forefront of the SaaS market and learn about the full-range security, cost, risk and integration issues related to SaaS, cloud computing and SOA.

“We’re pleased to have a strong line-up of speakers and sponsors on board for this year’s events, with David at the top of the roster,” said Josh Wolff, Regional Director for Hosted Solutions and Founder of the SaaS User Group. “In addition, we’re very excited to have one of the co-founders of Jigsaw on board as a speaker.”

Jigsaw leads in crowd-sourced data services and recently were acquired by Salesforce.com.

Hosted Solutions is the presenting sponsor of the events. Platinum sponsors are Jigsaw, Ping Identity and Akamai. Alert Logic is the gold sponsor. Silver sponsors include Brooksource, Cisco Systems, Clayton Parsons, CNP Technologies, Frontier Capital, Kognitio, Time Warner Cable, XO Communications. The American Diabetes Association is the charity partner for the event.

Founded in 2007, the SaaS User Group is a conglomerate of industry professionals in the Southeast promoting growth in the software industry through events, education, promotion, and the fostering of strategic industry relationships.

The group was created as an educational endeavor to provide a forum for business leaders involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution, and integration of SaaS products, as well as related services that are sold through on-demand channels.