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In a fast-moving discussion panel to round off an intense day of breakout sessions that is due to kick off with a keynote on Enterprise Cloud Computing by the Deputy CIO of the CIA, a SYS-CON.TV "Power Panel" at the 1st Annual Government IT Expo on October 6 in Washington DC will seek among other topics to match emerging federal cloud computing requirements against emerging capabilities from cloud providers to reveal the most advisable course of action for Federal decision makers. It will be moderated by Jeremy Geelan, GovIT Expo Conference Chair. Register Now For This Panel FREE with VIPguest Coupon Code (First 50 registrations): VIPguest [case sensitive] Register Today for GovIT Expo Sponsor and/or Exhibit at GovIT Expo View the Full Conference Schedule About the Panelists: Bob Gourley - Crucial Point Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), ... (more)

Integration Concerns No Barrier to Enterprise Cloud Adoption

Study from Mimecast Finds that Security and Integration Concerns are not Preventing Enterprises' Cloud Computing Adoption London - February 4, 2010 - Mimecast®, a holistic email management company offering SaaS-based email archiving, continuity, security and policy control, today announced the results of its Cloud Computing Adoption Survey, which examined the perception and adoption of cloud computing solutions among 565 respondents responsible for managing their organization's IT operations and budget across the U.S. and Canada in the Fall of 2009. Data from the recently completed online survey highlights the complex, often contrasting, thought process of IT decision makers regarding cloud computing. While security and integration issues are clearly users' biggest fears about cloud computing, these concerns have not dissuaded companies from implementing cloud-based... (more)

GovIT Expo Highlights Cloud Computing

I'm happy to announce my appointment by SYS-CON to be the Technical Chair of the 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo. This event is a 1-day deep dive into how cloud computing is changing the way that Federal agencies leverage, procure and utilize IT. GovITExpo, which is being held October 6, 2009 in Washington, DC, builds on the success of SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo. Data storage, security and software services are among the major themes of the technical program. During one of the event sessions, I will also do a presentation on recent developments in Tactical Cloud Computing. This technology branch refers to the use of cloud computing technology and techniques for the support of localized and short-lived information access and processing requirements. Use cases could include: “Cloudbursting” to support cyclic data processing requirements; Establishing a... (more)

Cloud Computing on Gartner's Top 10 List and SYS-CON Events' 2010 Calendar

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali 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 they have matured to broad market use or because they enable strategic advantage from early adoption. "Companies should factor the top 10 technologies into their strategic planning process by asking key questions and making deliberate decisions about them during the next two years," said David... (more)

Prime Minister Ingraham Arrives in Cat Cay

New Media on Ulitzer The Right Honorable Hubert Alexander Ingraham, Prime Minister of The Bahamas arrived in Cat Cay on Saturday, February 13, 2010 to begin the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Cat Cay. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Hon. O.A.T. Tommy Turnquest MP and Mrs. Turnquest, Minister of National Security. ... (more)

GEOINT's Future is in the Cloud

Recently, Geospatial Intelligence Forum Magazine asked me for my thoughts on the role of cloud computing in the future of geospatial intelligence.My response was recently published in their December 2010 print issue and online. "In my opinion, Cloud computing is the future of geospatial intelligence. Through the processing, exploitation and dissemination process, GEOINT links data about a specific place to a specific time. The goal of this linkage is to create actionable information, and success is often a matter of having sufficient information technology resources. While cloud computing is not a revolution in technology, it does represent a step change in how IT resources are provisioned, accessed, manipulated and consumed. If leveraged properly, this new approach will greatly enhance our ability to create actionable GEOINT. Cloud computing also represents an ine... (more)

Social Networking Tools Stimulate Government Operational Efficiency and Transparency

The creative use of social networking tools, which offer rich media sharing, integrated communications, and information exposure, are helping to stimulate government operational efficiency and transparency, according to leading independent research and advisory firm, Government Insights, an IDC company. The new Government Insights research report, Social Networking and Takin' Care of Business Every Way (Doc #GI215803) reveals that social networking applications have established a foothold in private enterprises and the public sector alike. A recent IDC survey found that more than 15% of government/education responders worldwide are posting to blogs or wikis and/or participating in social networking to conduct business. While less pervasive than some private industries, governments are increasingly adopting Web 2.0 applications to respond to transparency mandates and... (more)

BusinessWeek: CEOs Rate Obama's Performance

" I don't think anyone who has gotten an American education is really antibusiness,"  Melih Abdulhayoglu told BusinessWeek for their cover story this week, surveying business leaders' opinions of President Obama's performance in office. Entire BusinessWeek story: CEOs Rate Obama's Performance Melih Abdulhayoglu's comments ... (more)

Cluster Resources Morphs into Adaptive Computing

Cluster Resources, the company behind the Moab unified intelligent automation technology that's pretty much a commonplace in the world's top supercomputers, finds its business turning increasingly commercial so it's changed its name to Adaptive Computing. It thinks that Cluster Resources may be a bit narrow and that as Adaptive Computing it reflects the data centers and private and public cloud environments it's also involved in. Since 2007 half its revenue has been coming from the commercial sector. At the same time it's managing 12 of the world's 20 largest computing installations and other data- and compute-intensive environments. The rebranding, its second actually, merely signals the eight-year-old company's expanded scope of operations. There will be two business units: one, dubbed Cluster Resources, for HPC servicing its stock-in-trade techy clients, the oth... (more)

Cloud Expo New York Call for Papers Now Open

Early Bird Savings Cloud Expo Cloud computing is a game changer. The cloud is disrupting traditional software and hardware business models by disrupting how IT service gets delivered. Entrepreneurial opportunities abound as this classic disruptive technology begins to proliferate, so it is no surprise that SYS-CON's industry-leading International Cloud Expo is going from strength to strength. The 5th International Cloud Expo, to be held April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, announces that its Call for Papers is fast approaching. Topics on which submission are welcome include all aspects of providing or using massively scalable IT-related capabilities as a service using Internet technologies (see suggested examples below). Help plant your flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is The Cloud: submit your speaking propos... (more)

Announcing The Global Governmental Cloud Computing Roundtable

I am happy to announce my involvement as both instigator and moderator in an upcoming roundtable discussion on Global Governmental Cloud Computing coordinated by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) and GTEC 2009 on October 6th in Ottawa, Canada. The purpose of this by invitation meeting is to provide an international forum for leading government CIOs and CTOs to discuss the opportunities and challenges of implementing cloud computing solutions in the public sector. We expect a total of 20 to 25 leading international government representatives to participate in the discussions. The sessions will be moderated by Reuven Cohen (me) and will include opening remarks by Jirka Danek, Chief Technology Officer, Public Works and Government Services Canada. The event will include round table discussions among the foreign and Canadian government representati... (more)