Paula Richards is the Director for the Cloud Project Office, within the IBM’s office of  Technology Strategy and Growth Initiatives.  In this role, Ms. Richards is responsible for the Cloud Computing Architecture Board, driving collaboration across cloud projects to refine our reference architecture constructs and to capture common impelmentation patterns, and working with with key industry vertical teams to exploit private, hybrid and off-premise cloud topologies.  A business technologist by trade, her career has spanned many aspects of software and system development, always gravitating to projects which push the edge of the technology envelope.