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A short while back I wrote a blog describing "Microsoft Open Government - To the Cloud!" In a nutshell this says that i) 'Open Government' is the key organizational model driver, where business benefits can be clearly identified, that will drive demand and adoption for ii) G-Cloud: Go...
Since her abduction by her mother last summer, my two-year-old US citizen daughter, who is in ailing health, remains in her abducted country of Syria under the immigration status of "Palestinian Immigrant Worker." Sofia needs to appear every three months before Syrian immigration autho...
Diane Macedo of Fox News worked on Sofia's story for more than a month, studying documents, interviewing more than a dozen people, and fact-checking before publishing her news story on Monday and airing our interview. On Monday, she also published a detailed article on Sofia that was p...
We’ve talked at length about cloud computing and cybersecurity, but cloud computing can also have an effect on physical security through its application to intelligence. The U.S. Army has recently launched its first tactical cloud in Afghanistan, the Distributed Common Ground System-A...
As part of federal CIO Vivek Kundra’s 25-point plan to reform federal IT management announced last December, federal agencies must adopt a “cloud-first” policy that requires them to move three applications to the “cloud” over the next 12 to 18 months. Agencies must identify the three “...
“Melvin Greer, Lockheed Martin Senior Fellow has won IBM’s first ever Awarding Customer Excellence (ACE) Award for Innovation, which recognizes his work in applying Cloud computing toward the development of innovative solutions and mission applications that demonstrate creativity, reso...
OpenRFP.net uses social media to match people and companies to the needs of Government contracts. Every new venture needs a quick and easy-to-understand "elevator pitch", so what is it for OpenRFP.net. Well as the title suggests, in a nutshell the idea behind OpenRFP.net is that it'...
As many of you know, today marked the official launch of my first book - GovCloud: Cloud Computing for the Business of Government. Today's venue was the National Press Club in downtown Washington, DC. Known as "The Place Where News Happens", the locale was certainly fitting as cloud co...
Last week TechAmerica announced the formation of a "cloud computing commission" to advise the White House on the current plans to steer more than $20B worth of IT services toward the cloud computing model. Co-chaired by Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and VCE CEO Michael Capellas, the ...
In my experience, for there to be widespread adoption and agreement over a concept, the semantics surrounding that concept must be unique and discrete. If the definition is too broad, there will be too much opportunity for dissenting opinion. NIST’s definition of cloud computing doesn’...
On February 8, 2011, the Office of the U.S. Chief Information Office released its Federal Cloud Computing Strategy. In no uncertain terms, this strategy is focused primarily on one key factor—deliver more value for the same dollars spent. Semantically, to me, this is a very different...
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra officially launched the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy today. While this is clearly not new news, the document does state the government's position in a very succinct manner. By using the cloud computing model for IT services, we will be able to reduce our d...
Our nation’s technologists have always come to the aid of their nation. There are many great exemplars in this domain. Two of my personal favorites are: Edwin Land, inventor famous for his work on consumer cameras but also a key designer of reconnaissance systems (including the U2). ...
In reading Vivek Kundra’s “25 Point Implementation Plan To Reform Federal Information”, I was struck by the anecdote regarding how the lack of scalability was the cause for outages and, ultimately, delays in processing transactions on the Car Allowance and Rebate System (CARS) or as it...
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.
"Enterprises everywhere are realizing the inherent benefits of running their core IT services in the cloud,” said Todd McKinnon, most recently VP of Engineering at Salesforce.com from 2003 to 2009, and now CEO of the on-demand identity and access management service, Okta. "This shift ...
Just finished reviewing the latest draft update to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) publication 800-145 “The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing”. This publication is rapidly becoming the accepted definition within the US Federal government of Cloud Computing an...
On the day when the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 12,000 for the first time since June 2008, it was impossible not to correlate the eloquence and optimism of President Obama's "State of the Union" speech on Tuesday night with the restoration of a sense of perspective and hope in ...
My sincere appreciation to John Baker for the eTechSuccess: Patterns of Success interview. John and I worked together IBM as part of the Wireless Emerging Business Organization. His team and mine collaborated often in the delivery of customer solutions around the world. Through his cur...
With the US Government announcing a 'Cloud for Clunkers' migration plan for Cloud computing, and also an Open Government initiative to make agencies more transparent and responsive to the public, this overlap area is a very fertile zone for driving adoption of the technology and new mo...
If you are a technologist in the IT industry I would like to recommend some reading to you. The US Department of Commerce has unveiled a report which includes a policy framework designed to enhance the protection of consumer privacy online while supporting innovation and continued enha...
Last week I had the awesome experience of participating in a global telepresence conference on government cloud computing. Joining me as presenters were Blake Salle, Senior Vice President of VCE, who shared a roadmap which focused on goals and objectives to better serve goverment organ...
Not long ago, Forrester analyst James Staten wrote a report with the compelling title: You’re Not Ready for Internal Cloud. What Staten meant, of course, by the term “internal cloud” is what we have been referring to in this blog as a private cloud. Whether you’re ready or not probably...
One of the biggest individual business opportunities ever defined happened just last week. Vivek Kundra, Whitehouse CIO, decreed that US Government agencies have a very aggressive window in which to identify and migrate three of their legacy systems to the Cloud. This will act as roc...
Lost in the high profile media attention around WikiLeaks is the simple fact that WikiLeaks reflects a common security risk all organizations face - the threat from insiders. While the sensitive nature of the WikiLeaks data has resulted in more media attention, the reality is that ins...
Launched by our Cloud Ventures incubator, the Open Government Innovation network is a CoP (Community of Practice) focused on the dynamic of how Cloud computing technologies can enable the policies of Open Government. Best practices innovation community This actually aligns wholly with ...
Vivek Kundra, White House CIO, has just published a 25 point plan to reform federal IT spending, to deliver better Business Value to the American public for their $80 billion a year spending. What is exciting to our Cloud Ventures point of view is the shift to a “Cloud first̶...
Yesterday the US Federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, unveiled an ambitious 25-point implementation plan for delivering more value to the American taxpayer. This plan focuses on execution and is designed to establish early wins. Some highlights of the implementation plan include: Turnaround or t...
Julian Assange: was this the face that launched a thousand probes? Apparently so, as the Australian's threatened release of hundreds of thousands of documents from within the United States government regarding the wars in Afghanistan and iraq has made him some very powerful enemies and...
As widely reported this week, the United States General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded a contract to Unisys to create a secure cloud-based email and collaboration platform. The solution will be based on Google Apps for Government and is expected to save $15M over the next fi...
Have you ever dealt with a mid- to large-sized organization and come away from the interaction wondering how an organization of this size could seem so disorganized and chaotic in their dealings with customers? After all, in order to reach the size they did, they had to have garnered ...


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In this YouTube video Kevin L. Jackon, editor of Government Cloud Computing on Ulitzer, explains in under two minutes why Cloud Computing has been sweeping through the world of IT, including the U.S. Federal Government.
"Larry Ellison is borderline bat-shit crazy on a good day," the analyst Rob Enderle is quoted as saying in a piece last week by Sam Gustin - a senior writer at DailyFinance, an AOL Finance & Money site. Enderle was prompted to utter this remark by speculation that perhaps the Oracle...
To put things into perspective, let’s analogize about some information technology related initiatives. In the realm of things, accounting is like a lake, integration is like a bay and cyber security is like the Pacific Ocean. The scope of understanding required to be a cyber security...
If you are a cloud computing architect, have I got news for you! NJVC, one of the largest IT solutions providers supporting the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), is building a high performance cloud computing team. We help customers solve their toughest mission-critical IT challenges...
Mr. and Mrs. President Bashar al-Assad: At the tender age of 17 months my severely ill daughter Sofia, an American citizen, was abducted by her mother on Monday, July 26, in Istanbul, Turkey, and taken to Syria. I was informed yesterday by Sofia's mother that she will not be comi...
Last week the US Army released a procurement solicitation for the Army Private Cloud. This $249M solicitation calls for a 1-year base period with four, 1-year options. Department of the Army, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA [ALT]), Progr...
Having managed delivery of eGovernment services over the Internet for the past 15 years, I’ve lived through the rise of the “Intentions-Based Portal” in programs including IRS.gov, NYC.gov, USAF.gov, USPS.gov, Maryland.gov, Delaware.gov and USDA.gov. The multi-subject, user customized ...
President Obama is pushing cloud computing and the U.S. government has created an app store (Apps.gov). Yet federal officials still have plenty of questions and concerns surrounding security on the cloud. A recent PCWorld magazine article cited a GAO report that was released this week ...