Our Cloudy Future

2019 Special Topics Conference
April 29 - May 1, 2019


According to a 2012 survey, 51% of Americans believed inclement weather affects Cloud Computing. Has this perception changed over the last 7 years and how are persistent misconceptions impacting institutional funding and strategy decisions? Will we carry forward with our feet planted firmly on the ground, or can we see silver linings and sunbreaks on the horizon - while avoiding a career epitaph of "Cloudy with a Chance of Data Loss"?

Cloud-First, Cloud-Centric, Hybrid-Cloud are common themes as we look to the future of our institutional IT infrastructure. Many of us have already completed the move of one or more strategic enterprise applications to the cloud. Strategic drivers include long-term sustainability, resource challenges, and our collective desire to deliver high-value solutions for our institutions.

NWACC's 2019 Special Topics Conference will focus on strategic insights into the future of cloud-centric IT architectures and their potential impact (and benefits) for our institutions. We will hear from representatives of four leading cloud providers - Amazon, Oracle, Microsoft, and Google - about their organizational visions for the Cloudy Future for Higher Education.

The program will also feature related conversations by NWACC members, continuing on the Tapas concept we've used at prior meetings, which may include: regional/local providers/solutions; procurement approaches for cloud solutions; leveraging the cloud to improve agility; and, moving from Capex to Opex to support cloud solutions. Other suggestions welcomed!


View the agenda here. The program will begin with a reception and dinner at 5:30pm on Monday, April 29, and end with a dinner and closing conversation on Wednesday, May 1 (plan for departure on the morning of May 2).


Attendance is limited to NWACC Council Members.If you have a question about registration, please contact Molly.

Location and Lodging

Marriott City Center*
520 SW Broadway St
Portland OR 97205

Hotel reservations for all attendees will be made by and billed directly to NWACC. Attendees will need to provide a credit card at check in to guarantee payment for any incidental charges. NWACC will cover room charges for the nights of Apr 29, Apr 30, and May 1; attendees staying additional nights will be responsible for those room charges (unless flight schedules make an additional night's stay necessary, in which case NWACC will cover the expense). Please contact Molly if you have questions about your hotel reservation.

*Please note that this a new venue - it is not the Courtyard City Center, where we have previously met.

Travel, Transportation, and Parking

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. NWACC will reimburse Council members' travel expenses. Download the reimbursement request form here.

The MAX light rail provides service from the airport and the Amtrak Station to downtown. Tickets can be purchased at kiosks at each station. From the airport, take the Red Line and deboard at Pioneer Square North. The hotel is 2 blocks north of this MAX stop. At Amtrak Union Station, board the southbound Green/Orange line and deboard at SW 5th and Oak. The hotel is 4 blocks southwest of this stop.

Parking at the hotel is valet-only. We ask that members who are not staying at the hotel park at the Star Park Alder St Garage at 615 SW Alder St (save receipts to submit with your reimbursement request). For hotel guests, valet parking fees will be charged directly to NWACC.


Please email Molly at molly@nwacc.org or call 503-498-8935 if you have questions.