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Some people are never satisfied. These fearless agents of change are everywhere. They're informed, confident and willing to experiment. They seek out the best business technology solution for the job at hand. They act on instinct. Yes, you could say that they're driven. However, they'...
In the pharmaceutical industry, the drug development clock is ticking at the rate of warp-speed. As a result, companies are constantly looking for solutions to help them accelerate time to market – and many are realizing that implementing a cloud-based information management system can...
I was asked by Mr. Peter Hastings (NH DoIT Commissioner) to document the benefits and activities behind the Standardization and Centralization Initiative (SACI). This initiative concerns the standardization of the software configuration management tool, defect tracking tool and standar...
North Bridge in partnership with GigaOm Research released their 2014 Future of Cloud Computing – 4th Annual Survey Results. As you examine the 124 slides, one thing is obvious that the greatest growth in cloud computing is coming from Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Market research like ...
Experts say that cloud computing is disruptive and then continue on to discuss how the cloud quickly enables innovation while competition between cloud service providers drive costs down. Both of these scenarios are accurate, but the disruption from cloud has additional shockwaves that...
The Isle of Man Government is improving its engagement with citizens and boosting efficiency in its internal operations using AchieveForms, the intelligent Web forms solution from Firmstep. The forms are a key element in the Government’s online services programme, which aims to make...
Has Washington finally caught on to the cloud? As a "borderless technology," cloud computing is subject to the laws and regulations of many different countries – some more than others. The American legal and regulatory system has recently been paying more attention to cloud computing, ...
Enterprise Cloud Analytics and Business Intelligence enables organizations to leverage the Cloud and provide end to end data aggregation and analysis capabilities. The objective is to develop Analytics on the Cloud to support Business Intelligence and Analysis capabilities. Effective s...
As businesses increasingly embrace private, public, and hybrid clouds to cost-effectively and quickly deliver business applications and services, Cisco on Monday announced plans to build the world's largest global Intercloud -- a network of clouds -- together with a set of partners. Th...
Recent high-profile events (2010 Haitian Earthquake, 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami, 2013 Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda) have highlighted the growing importance played by the international community in successful humanitarian assistance and disaster response. These events also showcased t...
We have discussed this before and I'm sure we will talk about it again - government cutbacks and consolidation of cloud hosting. New York has opened an enormous new data center in Brooklyn where the city will centralize all its infrastructure for its agencies of the decade. It has i...
In a recent IDG News survey, high-ranking IT executives in North America and Europe were asked about the effect the NSA snooping practices have had on their cloud computing strategy. Despite the furor over the NSA, these leaders are still committed to the cloud. The Cliff's notes: In...
In September, the NCOIC delivered the Geospatial Community Cloud (GCC) demonstration. Sponsored by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, this demonstration showed how an interoperable, hybrid-cloud operating environment can be quickly enabled and used as a rapid response capabil...
Today I am announcing my partnership with EITAGlobal to produce and deliver a series of business focused training webinars on cloud computing. Headquartered in Fremont, California, EITAGlobal is a continuing professional education provider with a difference. Their strategy delivers ef...
Today I'm proud and honored to announce my appointment to the Board of Advisors for Veterans 360. Their mission is to provide young, recently-separated combat veterans with a program of support that will help them develop the professional and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in c...
As the lead in managing an organization's information technology platform, infrastructure and operations (I&O) professional have typically been focused on the technical aspects of provisioning, management, governance and security. This represents only 44% of the IT value chain. While e...
Next month, the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) will introduce an open pattern that will enable governments, agencies and businesses to create a secure, hybrid IT environment quickly and cost effectively. Cloud computing expert Kevin Jackson has been named to lea...
Cloud computing is helping businesses combat a growing problem: Too much information and not enough storage capacity. With businesses increasingly facing the prospect of running out of storage capacity, adoption of cloud storage technologies continues to grow, according to a report f...
The latest headlines in the ongoing surveillance soap opera focus on the revelation that the U.S. has been eavesdropping directly on German Prime Minister Angela Merkel. The reaction in Germany has been strong with many officials publically condemning the surveillance. After the NSA’s...
I've just had the opportunity to preview my good friend Melvin Greer's newest effort, "21st Century Leadership: Harnessing Innovation, Accelerating Business Success". Now in pre-release, this book highlights the compelling linkage between internet scale technology, advance business mod...
Lunarline, one of the U.S. government's leading cyber security and privacy providers, announced on Thursday that Spence Witten, Lunarline director of federal sales, will speak about successfully navigating FedRAMP during the Cloud Expo 2013 Silicon Valley (@CloudExpo) in Santa Clara, C...
Cloud computing's profile just took a leap in the polls. IBM announced the opening of a new Federal Cloud Innovation Center dedicated to helping federal agencies and other public-sector organizations advance the adoption of cloud computing across the government. The new IBM Federal...
As 13th Cloud Expo / Cloud Expo Silicon Valley draws near, two of its major sponsors are working together in a high-profile way. Hitachi GST (HGST), a Western Digital company, and Verizon Enterprise Solutions today announced that HGST is providing solid-state storage solutions for Veri...
Back in 2002 Vinod Khosla, one of the elite of the Silicon Valley entrepreneur community (co-founded Sun Microsystems among others), wrote a white paper called the Real-Time Enterprise At the same time I also wrote a similar paper entitled Building an On Demand Enterprise, which was...
Gartner, Inc. on Tuesday highlighted the top ten technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2014. Analysts presented their findings during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, being held here through October 10. Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with th...
Now make the right tactical decisions to navigate FedRAMP successfully. FedRAMP – or the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program – is a Cloud Service Provider’s gateway to the lucrative world of federal contracting. However there are tactical engineering decisions that must ...
Concern over big government surveillance and security vulnerabilities has reached global proportions. Big data/analytics, government surveillance, online tracking, behavior profiling for advertising and other major tracking activity trends have elevated privacy risks and identity based...
Verizon on Thursday announced Verizon Cloud – its new cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform and cloud-based object storage service. With this service, Verizon is fundamentally changing how public clouds are built. Large enterprises, mid-size companies and small development ...
Around the world, market leaders in all industries have already deployed managed cloud services. Seeking to use business technology as a strategic lever to advance past their competition on multiple fronts, the senior executives at these leading companies are eager to learn about the n...
Halo Enterprise extends CloudPassage's patented Halo cloud security platform to large enterprises with complex security and compliance requirements. Halo currently protects more than 400 production cloud deployments and automates security for more than 10,000 new cloud instances monthl...
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Thursday announced the release of the CSA Cloud Control Matrix (CCM) Version 3.0, the most comprehensive update to the industry's gold standard for assessing cloud centric information security risks. The CCM Version 3.0 expands its control domains to a...
We are now working on the next chapter for our white paper Enterprise Cloud Computing, which is entitled OpenStack for the Enterprise. As the name suggests the goal is to provide a succinct but comprehensive overview of one of the technology platforms available to CIOs to implement the...
The NGA project began in late 2012 with Cycle One, during which the cloud infrastructure was defined and built. The NCOIC team established standards and processes, utilized best practices, and addressed potential problems such as ownership, bandwidth, latency, availability, access and ...
NBC 4 in Washington, DC highlighted government cloud computing today as part of their GovInnovate show. Below is just a taste of the informative public service they provided. Go to the NBC Washington video site for much more!
For more than half a century, cloud computing has changed names more often than a Hollywood starlet. Utility computing. Time share. Thin client. SaaS. PaaS. IaaS. While concepts have been added and capabilities grown, cloud computing was no more invented by Amazon or other modern vend...
AppDirect, the leading cloud service marketplace company, announced today that it has acquired Standing Cloud, a leading provider of cloud management services, such as automated software packaging and orchestration that enable fast, seamless application deployment and management. Toget...
Here is a summary of the Gartner Hype Cycle for “Emerging Technologies” for 2012 – what is stated explicitly, what can be inferred. This Hype Cycle is suppose provide insight into emerging technologies that have broad, cross-industry relevance, and are transformational and high impact...
That's one big check for Big Blue. IBM won a federal cloud-computing contract with a maximum value of $1 billion, its largest such agreement with the U.S. government, according to an article on Bloomberg.com. The Interior Department awarded similar, 10-year pacts to nine other supp...
The latest reports surrounding the surveillance programs of the NSA and their International counterparts reveal that these agencies have been able to decode the encryption methods some enterprises and organizations use to keep their online data private. While these headlines are likel...
Conventional wisdom is that the fastest connection between two points- for example between today and tomorrow - is a straight line. But just like in aviation this is not necessarily true in cloud computing. First because cloud computing is not one thing (not one dot on the map) it is ...