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A round-up of the problems, issues and opportunities due to be discussed October 6, 2009 in Washington, DC, at SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo (, a 1-day deep dive into the new wave of Internet-based technologies that are changing the way that Federal agencies leverage, procure and utilize IT. The event is being held at The Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill and the distinguished GovIT Expo Speaker Faculty includes recognized government, industry, and academic leaders experienced in building and managing software applications. Three simultaneous tracks will be covering Cloud Computing, Virtualization & SOA, and Security & Compliance. Themes and topics to be covered include: Accessing Public Data via the Cloud - The Director of Cloud & Virtualization at Vertica, Omer Trajman, will be giving a session discussing how government organizations... (more)

Government PaaS – Framework for standardized GovCloud Providers

One of the key topics for our Shared Services Canada webinar will be ‘Government PaaS’, referring to Platform as a Service. Recently I have been interviewing senior executives in large enterprises adopting Enterprise Cloud Computing (see our intro white paper here), and PaaS is one of their headline goals, for the primary transformation business benefit of ‘increased agility through standardization’. As highlighted on the Mules blog, PaaS sits as one of the foundation tiers of Cloud Computing, referring to the layer made up of middleware as-a-service: Databases, app servers, etc... (more)

Cloud Computing on Gartner's Top 10 List and SYS-CON Events' 2010 Calendar Gartner analysts today highlighted the top 10 technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2010. Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt. "These technologies impact the organization's long-term plans, programs and initiatives. They may be strategic because t... (more)

Microsoft's David Chou on Azure Open Government

In this blog David Chou provides an excellent synopsis of the core mechanics and fundamental value of Cloud computing. He focuses on Microsoft Azure naturally, and so does this other recent white paper. Business elasticity – As a service In a nutshell these articles describe that the primary business benefits of Cloud computing is that it frees you up from the operational burdens of maintaining the underlying machinery of databases and servers yourself, while enjoying a scalability of platform as if you had deployed a huge farm of them. You can simply rent this capability of be... (more)

1st Annual GovIT Expo: Letter from the Technical Chair

Kevin Jackson Joins SYS-CON's GovITExpo as Tech Chair I am humbled and more than pleased to serve as the Technical Chair of SYS-CON’s 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo ( To highlight the importance of this conference, I only need to repeat the guiding principles driving President Obama’s technology agenda: Innovation in the Economy: Drive Economic Growth and Solve National Problems By Deploying a 21st Century Information Infrastructure - The President believes that modernized infrastructure is a necessary part of the foundation for long term economic stabil... (more)

Cloud Opportunity Missed?

I am guessing that Vivek Kundra, the US Government's new CIO and a strong advocate of Cloud Computing, is sending Barak Obama and Ray LaHood, the US Transportation Secretary, an email saying "I told ya so". Why? The "Cash for Clunkers" auto stimulus program's web site clunked due to the popularity of the program. First of all, what is Cash for Clunkers? A US Government program created to stimulate the sales of newer automobiles which also enabled the removal of older, less efficient (lower MPG), higher polluting cars from US roadways. The program will end in less than 24 hours an... (more)