Alex Amies is a cloud architect in the IBM Cloud Development Lab team. He has been with IBM since 2002. His is architect in the development team for the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise public cloud offering at ibm.com/cloud/enterprise. His primary areas of expertise are cloud computing, J2EE application development, and security. He has had many assignments during his career at IBM, including designing and developing REST and web services APIs, cloud business support services, and the design and development of Tivoli Identity Manager. Alex has published 9 papers and 3 patents and is the primary author of the book Developing and Hosting Applications on the Cloud.