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Werner Vogels is vice-president and chief technology officer at Amazon.com where he's responsible for driving the company's technology vision, which is to continuously enhance the innovation on behalf of Amazon's customers at a global scale. Prior to joining Amazon, he worked as a researcher at Cornell University where he was a principal investigator in several research projects that target the scalability and robustness of mission-critical enterprise computing systems. He has held positions of vice-president of Technology and chief technology officer in companies that handled the transition of academic technology into industry. Vogels holds a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has authored a large number of articles for journals and conferences, most of them on distributed systems technologies for enterprise computing. He was named the 2008 CTO of the Year by Information Week for his contributions to making Cloud Computing a reality. For his unique style in engaging customers, media and the general public, Dr Vogels received the 2009 Media Momentum Personality of Award. [+]