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The deal addresses the agency's Enterprise Messaging Service (EMS), and "includes e-mail, webconferencing, document collaboration and instant messaging," according to Smith. "The USDA will become the first Cabinet-level agency to move its e-mail and collaboration applications to the cl...
At an event aimed at lawyers and called "Doing Business in the Electronic Age," EMC VP and Deputy General Counsel Krish Gupta has been emphasizing how cloud computing is the future of business. Virtualization and cloud computing are the top two priorities of CIOs, Gupta said.
Is Web 3.0 maybe going to be less the utopia we've been envisaging and more like the real, physical world, with all the real-world limitations that follow along with it...?| The latest WikiLeaks ("Cablegate") affair, coming as it does at the very end of the first decade of the 21st ...
One sure sign that a new technology market is approaching critical mass is when people start fighting over it. I’m not talking about abstract arguments and dialectical debates about meanings and means. I’m talkin’ fisticuffs, mano a mano, the sweet science! And with cloud computing,...
The Whitehouse Office of Management and Budget has announced that, from now on, cloud computing would be the “default approach to IT” for US government agencies. The move comes as an element of a sweeping set of government IT reforms begun last summer intended to “close the IT gap” be...
A few days ago, Microsoft published The Economics of the Cloud, a whitepaper that has so far not gotten nearly as much attention or consideration as it deserves. Perhaps this indifference is due to a collective freshman flashback on the dreaded “Econ 101” or, to skepticism about Micro...
The social networking community and advisory analyst firm Horses for Sources - a multi-disciplinary group of analysts and experts in global sourcing strategies across both IT services and Business Process Outsourcing domains - has conducted research together with the London School of E...
In the run-up to the next Cloud Expo, 7th Cloud Expo (November 1-4, 2010) at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, it's time to give my earlier list a complete overhaul. Here, accordingly, is an expanded list of the most active players in the Cloud Ecosystem.
Cloud computing has just crested the peak of inflated expectations and has begun its descent into the proverbial trough of disillusionment. There’s no telling how long the downward slide will take, but Gartner, which first memorialized the now famous hype cycle, figures cloud computing...
In an effort to deliver technology services as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, the State of Minnesota's Office of Enterprise Technology (OET) signed a groundbreaking enterprise-wide service agreement with Microsoft last week. The agreement calls for the State's Enterprise...
Ever since I first published here my tentative list of Top Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem - now expanded to a list of 250 and growing daily thanks to community feedback via my Twitter account (@jg21) and a very kind mention by ReadWriteWeb - there have been suggestions that a...
Last week, Henry Kenyon of Federal Computer Week reported that the Taiwanese government is planning to spend $744M to develop cloud computing technology. Premier Den-yih Wu sees this as a way for his country to take advantage of the country's strong information and communications techn...
How can organizations use enterprise/private cloud capabilities to improve information-sharing? In his session at the 7th International Cloud Expo, Ira A. (Gus) Hunt, CTO to the CIO of the Central Intelligence Agency, will discuss how the Intelligence Community has been using enterpri...
In the mid '90s, I started up a practice at a large systems integrator helping customers plan, design and implement on-premise e-mail systems. Very often the differentiator was the collaborative functions that an organization could also leverage during the e-mail system implementation....
With all the concerns about security risks relating to the cloud that are frequently brought up, there is no better way for the technology to stand up to scrutiny and quell any nagging doubts than to win over Federal bodies which are inherently apprehensive of turning over data to a th...
Cisco has proposed an upgrade to Michael Porter's cluster model for government. Implemented via Cloud this can enable next generation Social Innovation practices. Cloud Computing is such a compelling area for government investment because it offers multiple dimensions of business bene...
You wouldn't typically combine the words 'Government' and 'Innovation' in the same sentence, but actually it's the ideal way to highlight some of the most essential and exciting points about Cloud computing. Although the technology can lower operational costs by moving processes 'int...
Further cementing its position as The Largest Cloud Computing Event in the World, the organizers of the 7th Cloud Expo, being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, announced today that the event will also feature – on November 2nd, 2010 – a CloudCamp unconference....
"The technical and security needs of our government customers are very specialized, and having a senior resource focused on IT and the cloud in this sector is a major competitive differentiator for RightNow," said Laef Olson, CIO of RightNow, as he announced the promotion of RightNow's...
SRA’s Touchstone Consulting Group, a subsidiary of SRA International (NYSE: SRX), today announced that it has won a $5.3 million re-compete contract from the General Services Administration to provide program management support to the Federal Cloud Computing Initiative (FCCI). The FCC...
Cloud Computing Journal recently caught up with Pete Malcolm, CEO of cloud management innovators Abiquo - a major new player in the fast-emerging Cloud ecosystem and Platinum Plus Sponsor of 6th Cloud Expo being held in Prague, the Czech Republic, 21-22 June 2010. Malcolm is keynoti...
In his opening keynote at the 6th International Cloud Expo, Sam Gross, Vice President of Global IT Outsourcing Solutions at Unisys Corporation, will discuss the latest technologies and approaches that help knock down these barriers, creating the opportunity for attendees to consider cl...
Cloud computing not only provides value to the business community but also serves as an enabler for international cooperation. In his session at the 6th International Cloud Expo, Kevin Jackson - Editor of Government Information Technology on Ulitzer - will describe the possibilities an...
Brazil’s poor record in the promotion of innovation and in the adoption of new technologies is not news. In addition, a heavy tax burden, which may have helped weather the crisis in 2008, is, however, a major obstacle to entrepreneurship. These factors, combined with the lack of invest...
Where cloud computing is concerned, the Enterprise IT industry has gone from asking 'What?' and 'Why?' to asking 'How?' and 'When?' - making 2010 the year that company after company, organization after organization, and government agency after government agency is moving, or beginning ...
Proformative (www.proformative.com) recently announced a series of free seminars that will examine 'Cloud computing' and 'software as a service' (SaaS) for finance, accounting, and related functions. The seminar -- "Cloud Computing and SaaS for Finance and Accounting" -- has been desi...
Cloud Expo 2010 New York, Prague, and Silicon Valley "Gold Sponsor" CSC has named Siki Giunta vice president of cloud computing and software services, with global responsibility for implementing CSC's cloud computing strategy and continuing to advance the company's leadership position...
In this Exclusive Q&A with the Founder, President & CEO of Virtual Ark, Marty Gauvin, the visionary serial entrepreneur speaks out on a variety of issues around Cloud computing including the all-important security aspects. "Security in the Cloud isn’t bad, it’s just different," Gauvin ...
We have a brittle system underpinning the data center: the network. It’s brittle, yes. But it works. Thanks to years of tweaking and tuning and troubleshooting, it works. We know where everything is, and how everything interacts, and it works. It works well, in fact, now that we’ve got...
Sandra Erwin of National Defense magazine just published an excellent article on the Army's foray into developing soldier-friendly smartphone applications. Giving credit to Army CIO Lt. Gen, Jeffrey Sorenson and Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Sandra describes the se...
"In re-launching as a U.S.-based commercial company, we recognize the high-value opportunity to have a platinum-level presence at the biggest and best Cloud computing event in the industry,” said Pete Malcolm, CEO of Cloud management innovators Abiquo, as Abiquo today announced that it...
The Defense Information Systems Agency, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and even the Central Intelligence Agency have all publicly announced their intent to use cloud computing in form or another. The session will examine the specific projects and miss...
Last week during its weekly meeting, the NCOIC Cloud Computing Working Group (CCWG) examined some of the legal aspects surrounding electronically stored information. With government use of cloud computing expected to grow, the group reach out to Mr. Jason R. Baron, Director of Litig...
Expo, of which Microsoft is a Gold sponsor and one of the biggest exhibitors (out of over 70 leading Cloud companies exhibiting), came out of the corner swinging. Specifically Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, gave a speech on Thursday to computer science students at the University of...
Mark Kryzko spoke in Washington today about how the Cloud is helping the DoD to buy weapons systems more wisely. "How does the DoD, a huge bureaucracy, get data to flow fast enough to get what it needs to do done?" Kryzko asked out loud, before answering that $1.6 trillion is spent by...