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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 (www.GovITExpo.com. 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 stability and prosperity. That includes everything from a comprehensive national broadband plan, to new health care information technology, to a modernized electrical grid. Innovation in Science: Invest in Science and Science Education - The President has named Dr. John Holdren, a nationally recognize... (more)

Cloud Computing Is Two Things: Encapsulation and Abstraction

"Cloud Computing is two things: encapsulation and abstraction," noted Barry X Lynn, Chairman and CEO of 3Tera, at the First Annual Government IT Conference & Expo. That is the main thing to remember he emphasized. There are three questions you should ask about Cloud Computing: What is Cloud Computing? Why do we need Cloud Computing? How should we use Cloud Computing? What is Cloud Computing? There are numerous definitions, Lynn noted.  After providing several definitions of Cloud Computing, including Wikipedia's, Gartner Group's, and the U.S. State Department of Commerce, he then provided 3Tera's definition - encapsulating applications into single entities and then abstracting them Why do we need Cloud Computing? You should use Cloud Computing because it provides a reduction of CapEx. There are also operational savings. In many companies now you can find one adminis... (more)

Cloud Expo Keynoter Undertakes New Role as CIO of NRO

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)

File Sharing, Torrent Finder, WikiLeaks, Are You Next?

When the US Government came for file sharing domains, I remained silent; I was not a file sharer. When they shut down Torrent Finder, I remained silent; I was not a Bit Torrent user. When they pressured Amazon to shut down WikiLeaks, I did not speak out; I was not a leaker. When they passed the COICA bill, I remained silent; I wasn't an infringer or counterfeiter. When they came for my domain, there was no one left to speak out. ... (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)

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)

Which Cloud Services Providers Are Gaining Mind Share?

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share?  Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements.  So many that I've been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this segment. There are several lists that are excellent points of reference - The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing, 85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud, and The VAR Guy's SaaS 20 Index. Large technology companies like AT&T, EMC / VMware, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Unisys, and others that come to mind have not been included below in the top 20... (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)

Fig Leaf Software to Exhibit at Government IT Conference & Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that Fig Leaf Software, a full service Web design, development and training company, 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. Fig Leaf Software is a premier, full service Value Added Reseller, Web design, development and training company. For over 17 years, Fig Leaf has helped organizations overcome business challenges through the expert implementation of technology and award-winning design. Fig Leaf Software’s federal government customers include the US Senate, National Park Service (480 content managed web sites), the Voice of America (45 content managed foreign language web sites), the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corps... (more)

U.S Government Launches Federal Cloud Store

Government Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Big news on the federal government cloud computing initiative front today with the launch of Apps.Gov. The site outlines several cloud service areas including business Apps, Productivity Apps, Cloud IT Services and Social Media Apps. What I found most interesting was upon first glance the vast majority of the services offered were from salesforce.com and a few from Google. Searches for Microsoft, IBM and Amazon resulted in no results. Also notable is the social media section which includes a few interesting choices including Scribd and SlideShare, yet none the major social media players are included. As an infrastructure guy, the coming soon section for Cloud IT Services was particularly intriguing outling several cloud related infrastructure services that will be coming in the near future. Those outlined include; Cloud storage... (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)