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GovIT at Cloud Expo Jill Tummler Singer has been appointed to serve as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), effective 1 January 2010. Ms. Singer previously served as the Deputy CIO (DCIO) at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in which capacity gave the keynote address at SYS-CON's 1st Government IT Conference & Expo (www.GovITExpo.com). As NRO’s CIO, Ms. Singer will be responsible for ensuring the NRO Information and Information Technology Enterprise is provisioned in an effective and efficient manner. She will also be more engaged in external activities, to include serving on the Intelligence Community (IC) CIO council, fulfilling her duties as an Information Sharing Executive, and serving as the Privacy Officer. As CIA’s DCIO, Ms. Singer’s primary responsibilities centered on leading Enterprise Information Technolog... (more)

CIA was Headed to an Enterprise Cloud All Along: Jill Tummler Singer

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer "I believe commercial solutions - whether its Google’s cloud or Amazon’s web services - may be perfect for many companies. But some corporations and government agencies are not going to be comfortable outsourcing their information and services to the Internet-based cloud," said Jill Tummler Singer, Deputy CIO of the Central Intelligence Agency, on Tuesday, at SYS-CON's 1st Annual GovIT Expo, in the event's opening keynote. "For agencies like mine," Singer (pictured below) continued,  "and for many corporations, keeping such precious gems in our own possession is a foregone conclusion." Jill Tummler Singer keynoting at 1st Annual GovIT Conference & Expo, Oct. 6 The answer, for the CIA at least, is what Singer calls Enterprise Cloud Computing. Enterprise Cloud Computing as defined by Singer is behind the firewall and contained within a business... (more)

VIP Invitation For the GovIT Panel October 6, Washington DC

Tactical Cloud Computing is a technology branch referring to the use of cloud computing technology and techniques for the support of localized and short-lived information access and processing requirements. Register Now For This Panel FREE with Coupon Code (First 50 registrations): VIPguest At SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo in Washington DC on October 6, 2009, there will be a "Tactical Cloud Computing" Panel, to be simulcast on SYS-CON.TV, in which speakers from Unisys, SAIC and Lockheed Martin will be discussing possible and already existing use cases with GovIT Expo technical chair Kevin L. Jackson, who will be moderating. "Defense, homeland security and law enforcement organizations are looking to leverage this new and exciting IT capability," says Jackson, who explains that possible use cases might include any or all of the following: “Cloudb... (more)

Microsoft Brings Cloud Interoperability Down to Earth

Microsoft Azure Sessions at Cloud Expo An interoperable cloud could help companies cut costs and governments connect constituents, say Microsoft executives. Governments and businesses alike are looking at cloud services as a way to consolidate IT infrastructure, scale their IT systems for the future, and enable innovative services and activities that were not possible before. To help organizations realize the benefits of cloud services, technology vendors are investing in the hard work of identifying and solving the challenges presented by operating in mixed IT environments, and are collaborating to ensure that their products work well together. In fact, although the industry is still in the early stages of collaborating on cloud interoperability issues, there has already been considerable progress. But what does ‘cloud interoperability’ mean, and how is it benefiti... (more)

Innovation and Risk in the Clouds - II

Early Bird at Cloud Expo In Part 1 of Innovation and Risk in the Clouds, I focused on the alignment between strategy, organizational culture, innovation, and cloud computing. In part 2 we will discuss some of the risks and challenges cloud computing presents. Do you remember the last time you took a risk?  The first time?  Do you remember the first time you saw your company take a meaningful risk? In business there are some very memorable moments in risk taking.  Which ones do you recall?  One of my favorites is the Apple, Xerox, Microsoft, and IBM story told in the Pirates of Silicon Valley docudrama. It’s a classic tale of a large enterprise not fully recognizing the value of technology, and a smaller organization being sufficiently bold and nimble to capitalize on that mistake. As a former project manager, one of the activities I enjoyed most when managing projec... (more)

JackBe to Exhibit at Government IT Conference & Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that JackBe, a provider of enterprise mashup software, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo (GovITExpo), which will take place on October 6, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Enterprise Mashups deliver unprecedented information insight for better decisions and improved organizational outcomes. JackBe's Presto® Enterprise Mashup Platform enables the rapid, collaborative, user-driven creation of secure, visually rich mashups without the complexities, costs and risks of traditional information integration projects. Presto is a DoDIIS-certified Protection Level 3 (PL3) solution for government situational awareness applications. Notable customers include the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Defense Information Systems Agency, Reed Elsevier, Random House Publishing, EMC, Thomson Re... (more)

BrightTALK Hosts Data Privacy Summit

WHAT: Data Privacy Summit hosted by BrightTALK With the emergence of new technologies like social media, mobile and cloud computing, electronic data is gathered, stored and shared in ways unimaginable a decade ago. The imperatives of security have led to a modernization in Data Privacy Laws to safeguard emerging privacy and security issues. These webcasts will feature live, interactive presentations by leading industry experts as they navigate their way through international regulatory ambiguities and discuss industry best practices for data privacy risk minimization within the digital economy. WHEN: Thursday, April 8, 2010, from 12:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PDT (The webcasts will also be immediately recorded and viewable on-demand at BrightTALK) TOPICS AND PRESENTERS: "Challenges in Achieving Global Privacy: Latest Compliance Changes" Jan-Boris Wojtan, EALA Data Privacy L... (more)

Cloud Expo New York Preview: CIO of the NRO to Present June 6

Cloud Expo 2011 New York $500 Savings here! In the Fall of 2009, while she was Deputy CIO of the Central Intelligence Agency, Jill Tummler Singer shared with attending conference delegates her view that Enterprise Cloud Computing was "The Infrastructure's Ultimate Revenge" - noting it was a faster, better, cheaper, and safer computing environment for the enterprise. Then she wrote about Enterprise Cloud Computing for Cloud Computing Journal, defining it as "a behind-the-firewalls use of commercial, Internet-based cloud technologies specifically focused on one company’s or one business environment’s computing needs." Jill Tummler Singer speaking at 4th Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, CA - November, 2009. Now, one year into her promotion to CIO of the National Reconnaissance Office, Singer is coming back to speak for the second time in the International Cloud Expo series. Sh... (more)

Uncle Who Kidnapped Sofia to Syria Still a Practicing MD in Chicago

More than a year ago, Sofia was abducted from her home in Lighthouse Point, Florida, by her Syrian National uncle, who is practicing medicine in the Chicago area. Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story Last March, a Florida judge issued an order to pick Sofia up from the uncle's house in Chicago and return her to her home to Florida. Due to a jurisdiction question in court - since Sofia had never lived more than 6 months in one state at the time of her abduction - the judge later gave temporary custody to her mom until the court could determine final jurisdiction between Florida, New Jersey, and Illinois. Sofia at Chicago's O'Hare Airport on her way home after her initial kidnapping from her home in Lighthouse Point, FL, by her uncle who is a practicing MD in the Chicago area. In July 2010, based on this uncle's instructions, Sofia was abducted by her mom to Syria where she ha... (more)

Cloud Expo New York Speaker Profile: Jill T. Singer – Federal CIO Emeritus

With Cloud Expo New York | 12th Cloud Expo [June 10-13, 2013] starting next Monday, here's a look at one the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical and strategy sessions at the conference coming up June 10-13 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. We have technical and strategy sessions for you all four days dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing and Big Data, but what of those who are presenting? Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said about the Cloud that is transforming the world of Enterprise IT, side by side with the exploding use of enterprise Big Data – processed in the Cloud – to drive value for businesses...? 12TH CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Jill Tummler Singer TWITTER: @jilltsinger ORGANIZATION: Tummler Singer Associates 12TH CLOUD EXPO SESSION TITLE: Time to Mission @ the... (more)

Enterprise Cloud Curves Ahead: PaaS Carefully

We’re seeing a lot of changes in the IT landscape. Oracle buying its way into the Cloud, AMD wants in on the server business, Dell is no longer a PC company, and some legacy players are learning about the Cloud market the hard way (see: Harris Scraps Secure Public Cloud). Harris claims customers have a preference for on premise (private cloud) solutions, though a McKinsey survey mentioned in the article indicates CIOs will take a “balanced” approach (read: Hybrid Cloud). Besides, acquiring on-premise IT business won’t get easier in the Federal government space with its shift to a Cloud First Policy, nor in State government (see Time For State And Local Govs To Head To The Cloud). Is the Cloud chasm too wide for legacy players (like Harris) to cross? Everyone in the industry is positioning for the game of the century as a result of the disruptive Cloud forces. As I wri... (more)