June has been a white-hot technology month. It has seen Oracle boldly and loudly jump into the cloud, trashing a few competitors along the way, making for compelling theater. Meanwhile, any time Apple executives take the stage to announce something new there is theater--and Apple put on quite a show at its World Wide Developer Conference. Then Microsoft pulled off a surprise, announcing it had created Surface, its own tablet for the company's forthcoming Windows 8 operating system.
But we're not done yet. To close out the first half of the year, Google will gather developers, press, and customers for its annual gathering, called Google I/O, and there will surely be a few dramatic announcements in the opening keynote session on Wednesday, June 27.
InformationWeek is hosting a special edition of our live Web TV show, Valley View, during Google I/O. My Valley View co-host, David Berlind and I will cover all of the announcements and take a deep dive into Google's technology direction and company strategy, starting at 4 p.m. PST on June 27. We'll discuss everything we learned from the keynote and follow-on sessions, breaking down the news and analysis.
[ Take a sneak peek at what's coming at the Google I/O conference. See Google I/O Preview: 9 Potential Products. ]
We'll also have some guests from Google jumping over from the conference, including Piotr Adamczyk, who heads up data for the Google Art Project, a collaboration between Google and artists around the world--essentially a view into art museums from the comfort of your screen, and then some. Adamczyk will talk about where the company is taking the project next.
David Krane, a partner at Google Ventures, will also join us on Valley View. This is Google's investment arm, and it has given rise to nearly 100 companies, including the highly touted, so-called "learning thermostat" from Nest, and the ever-popular, Pocket, formerly known as Read It Later.
We'll also bring some of our typical guests on the show. For instance, Zenprise will be demonstrating its enterprise mobile device management technology--which it is also showcasing at Google I/O. Mobile device management continues to be one of IT's hot buttons, and one of our favorite topics on Valley View.
Meanwhile, InformationWeek's executive editor, Doug Henschen landed an exclusive interview with Jim Goodnight, the CEO and Co-Founder of SAS, one of the industry's leaders in analytics in this era of big data. We'll have some of the highlights of that discussion.
You can watch the show live on our Valley View Special Report page, and if you'd like a chance to win some prizes, please register to watch. Also, for anyone in the San Francisco area, come on by our studio at the UBM TechWeb headquarters to be part of the live audience--we'll have refreshments, food, and we'll give away some prizes there, too.
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