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Displaying articles for: July 2011

SaaS, Cloud, and Jobs

Another election cycle, another quickly forgotten mandate to address job growth. IT managers understand this as the popularity of cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service grows, naturally they are thinking, what does this mean for the jobs of my team? For my job?

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Convergence in the Cloud

This is a summary of a recently posted blogs written by Martin Hingley that you might find an interesting read.

Checklist for cloud computing success: 4 key factors

checklist.jpgCloud computing has many benefits including providing more agility, boosting productivity and helping to reduce capital outlays. Because of the cloud’s popularity IT leaders might feel coerced into considering cloud projects that may or may not make the best sense for the company or fit into an overall IT delivery strategy. Here’s a checklist of the top factors that you should weigh carefully before embarking on any cloud project.  And if necessary, these considerations can be used to push back or steer a project in the right direction.

Innovation in the context of cloud: What does it mean for Federal Agencies?

jeff.jpgBy Jeff Bergeron, HP Chief Technology Officer (CTO), U.S. Public Sector

(Jeff Bergeron is the HP Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the U.S. Public Sector. In this role, he leads a team of chief technologists that are responsible for matching HP’s capabilities and offerings with the requirements of the U.S. Government market sector. Jeff works directly with government agencies to define strategic transformation plans that enable them to maximize their IT budgets while aligning to mission goals and objectives.) 


In my last post  I discussed the role of the TechAmerica Commission to drive U.S. innovation through cloud computing.  In this post, I would like your perspective: what is innovation?  It’s certainly the main topic of discussion as I meet with Federal CIOs / CTOs from all segments of the market, yet it is rarely defined in the same context. 

4 top considerations for cloud-ready applications

cloud bridge.jpgAs more and more organizations move to cloud computing and hybrid delivery models for IT services, how applications are built and tested becomes more and more important.

What should you consider to help your development and quality assurance teams collaborate effectively to deliver mission critical applications quickly and efficiently – whether for the cloud or on-premise? This blog outlines the four fundamental applications delivery considerations for the cloud.

Can Cloud Computing save lives?

We keep hearing about cloud computing as a mechanism for IT to reduce budgets, to shift costs from operation to innovation. All of that makes sense, but actually cloud allows new businesses all together. And some of those help save people's lives. You're intrigued, aren't you? Well just keep reading.

Why we need an OpenTable for cloud computing

Could an OpenTable for cloud work for private clouds? Probably not for private clouds that enterprises build for use internally. But it could work for virtual private clouds or hybrid clouds ―private cloud services created and managed by vendors for enterprise customers. But these vendors would need to implement the procedures for public cloud providers.

iSOFT operates efficiently and securely through cloud computing

desktops.jpgLearn how one company, iSOFT, used a private cloud, client automation software and discovery and dependency mapping inventory software to automate the discovery, classification and documentation of its devices. The results are impressive.  iSOFT gained visibility of its IT environment and simplified its compliance.

Cloud Security: An operations management best practice

If you ask an IT organization who is responsible for “Security” typically the response is the name of someone within the enterprise security  group. Many enterprises don’t think of “Security” in the context of data center or cloud computing best practices, especially in the area of operations management, but they should.

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SaaS: Too big to ignore.

Even early naysayer are coming around as worldwide software as a service (SaaS) revenue is forecast to reach $12.1 billion in 2011, a 20.7 percent increase from 2010 revenue of $10 billion, according to Gartner. The SaaS-based delivery will experience healthy growth through 2015, when worldwide revenue is projected to reach $21.3 billion.

Cloud and email: It's all about physical evidence

Are you running your business email in the cloud? Have you thought about the legal aspects? What happened as a result of LulzSec shows us what may happen, and what we need to keep in mind. Our world is increasingly going virtual, but the legal system still needs physical evidence and the two do not always go along very well. Why? 

Kundra’s departure: What will it mean to federal IT and cloud computing?

Earlier in this forum I wrote about U.S. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra and his ‘Cloud First’ program.  Now I read that Kundra plans to leave his office in August for a post at Harvard University after 2.5 years as the first Federal CIO. Kundra’s vision was strong and his initiatives appeared to be moving federal IT forward.  Will his departure mean a slowdown of his vision, or will the work and the philosophy he championed so well continue under his successor (whoever that may be)?  Will we continue to see federal government IT that is committed to working ”harder, smarter, and faster for American people,” as Kundra envisioned?   How do you think Kundra's departure will impact Federal IT and cloud computing?

Dispelling 5 common myths of cloud computing

As vendors race for mindshare, the haze and the hype around cloud computing has moved faster than the reality.  As a result, there more definitions, and more myths, around cloud than nearly any IT concept I can remember in the 20-some years that I have been writing about technology.  One need only look at the cloud computing article and the corresponding talk page on Wikipedia to see the various points of view, definitions and misconceptions out there regarding the evolutionary transformation that has become known as cloud computing. 

So let’s look at five of the most common mistaken beliefs and shed some light on them. 

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