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posted in June 2010
Five Predictions Concerning Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
It may be presumptuous to make predictions about cloud computing, since the cloud has such little history and is almost all about future potential. But here are a few prognostications, based on trends that have established the current cloud-computing paradigm.
The Effect of Cloud Computing On IT Staff
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
According to a new survey, there are significant discrepancies between what IT management thinks of cloud computing and the opinion of IT staffers. Is it because staffers view the cloud as a threat, and are they correct to do so?
Cloud Computing: What's a Hybrid Cloud and Where Can I Get One?
Commentary  |  6/25/2010  | 
Hybrid clouds are the Big Foot of cloud computing: tantalizing but difficult to conceive of and frustratingly elusive to the point of arousing deep skepticism on the part of potentially interested parties.
Risk-Averse Verticals Embrace Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
Two of the most risk-averse vertical industries recently announced big commitments to cloud computing. Does this mean the cloud's security challenges have been solved?
Structure 2010: Economics Of Cloud
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
I'm at the Structure 2010 conference, where panelists on the "Cloudonomics: Economics of the Cloud" session were focused on what they are seeing happening in the cloud, from their customers' perspectives.
The Role of IT Management In a Cloud Computing Future
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
Cloud computing won't displace the traditional IT organization, but it will change its mandate and function. IT managers must anticipate, and learn to accommodate, how their roles will evolve.
Webcast: Army Talks Cloud Strategy
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
The U.S. Army will discuss plans for integrating cloud computing into its enterprise architecture and broader IT transformation, during an InformationWeek Government Webcast on Weds., June 23. It's a unique opportunity to hear one of the world's largest IT user organizations share its strategy for the emerging cloud model.
When Thinking Cloud, Think Reliable-ish
Commentary  |  6/22/2010  | 
The recent Intuit outage provided the press with a good example of what happens when cloud computing fails. "Intuit's service outage this week affected Quickbase.com, Quicken, Quickbooks and TurboTax, leaving more than 300,000 largely SMB customers in a bind..."
Five Reasons for the Cloud Computing Boom
Commentary  |  6/22/2010  | 
New market numbers show that cloud computing is not a fad and it's not a pipe dream. It's a bonafide IT phenomenon that points to the future of organizational computing.
Gov IT Execs Skeptical Of Data Center Consolidation
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
Three-quarters say agencies won't meet the plan's objectives on schedule, and some doubt if the targeted consolidation will even happen.
Performance Anxiety: What the Intuit Problem Tells Us About the Future of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/21/2010  | 
As with many things in life, like heart attacks or giant oil spills, certain problems aren't necessarily problems until they are. That seems to be the case with the issue of performance in cloud computing, to judge from the negative reactions to the Intuit outage last week. So what are the lessons to be learned from this snafu?
FAA Not Ready For Air Traffic Upgrade
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
An inspector general says that the Federal Aviation Administration needs to do more planning before jumping in on its major NextGen upgrade.
Cloud Computing Expands Mandate, Influence
Commentary  |  6/17/2010  | 
At this point in its evolution, cloud computing remains mostly identified with software-as-a-service (SaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (including storage) (IaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS). But the cost effectiveness of virtualized, dispersed, multi-tenant computing services is making the cloud appropriate and appealing in all manner of digital arenas.
Gov Forum: NASA Seeks To Optimize IT Innovation
News  |  6/17/2010  | 
The space agency's newly appointed CTO for IT outlines a plan to make technology innovation more widely available to NASA engineers and scientists.
Enterprise 2.0 Gets Down To Business
Commentary  |  6/17/2010  | 
I had the chance to attend the Enterprise 2.0 conference this week in Boston and I was pleasantly surprised to see some very welcome developments and improvements in the companies and products that were at the conference.
The Worth of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/16/2010  | 
How do you measure the business value of cloud computing? Do traditional IT metrics like ROI and TCO apply? How can the benefits of business agility be applied to the bottom line?
GSA To Migrate E-Mail, Collaboration To Cloud
News  |  6/16/2010  | 
Savings, management, and archiving are among reasons the General Services Administration wants to move from an on-premises collaboration suite.
Gov Forum: Defense Agency To Pilot Cloud Apps
News  |  6/16/2010  | 
The Defense Information Systems Agency plans to test the delivery of Microsoft Office, network storage from within its private cloud.
Government IT: Too Much Cloud, Too Soon?
Commentary  |  6/15/2010  | 
A government oversight committee is asking questions about the fed CIO's rush to cloud computing. Could this put the brakes on government innovation in IT?
Back To the Future of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/14/2010  | 
How is IT going to evolve over the next ten years, as we transition to the cloud? The Pew Research Center's latest survey has plenty of educated, insightful opinion on that topic, from the future of the desktop to escalating problems with security. Oh, and are you ready for the "Internet of things"?
Federal Agencies Shift Into Cloud Adoption
Commentary  |  6/14/2010  | 
Technology leaders with the Department of Energy, the Defense Information Systems Agency, and GSA will outline their next steps in cloud computing on June 15 at InformationWeek's Government IT Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. With new implementations of infrastructure as a service and software as a service, including hosted apps from Google and Microsoft, the feds appear to be shifting aggressively into full-s
The Cloud's Secret Ingredient: Smartphones
Commentary  |  6/11/2010  | 
A new survey reveals that many experts feel that cloud computing and smartphones go together like vodka and Red Bull. What does that mean for IT managers? Fasten your seat belts, we're in for a bumpy ride.
The Cloud's Five Biggest Weaknesses
Commentary  |  6/10/2010  | 
And security isn't at the top of list. In what areas is cloud computing still vulnerable? Hint: They aren't all technology related.
BPM To Streamline Soldier Rehabilitation
News  |  6/9/2010  | 
The Wounded Warrior business process management app aims to improve efficiency of delivering care to injured soldiers.
Twitter Looks To Hire Government Liaison
News  |  6/9/2010  | 
The micro-blogging service's first Washington, D.C.- based employee would help Twitter serve government and help government improve its use of Twitter.
Government Pushing To Close IT Gap
News  |  6/8/2010  | 
IT modernization is key to reforming government and eliminating inefficiencies, said the head of the Office of Management and Budget.
Cloud Computing Is An Evolution of IT, Not An Overthrow
Commentary  |  6/8/2010  | 
Despite the "inmates running the asylum" aspect of software-as-a-service, cloud computing should not be looked on as an overthrow or elimination of IT. For large organizations, it simply can't be. The challenge, then, is figuring out how to reconcile, integrate, and optimize, internal and external cloud capabilities.
The Real Purpose of Hybrid Clouds
Commentary  |  6/7/2010  | 
We have several types of cloud deployments as defined by NIST. They are public, private, community, and hybrid clouds. We all know what private and public clouds are by now, but what about community and hybrid?
Cloud Computing: It's Time to Send In the Lawyers
Commentary  |  6/4/2010  | 
You know a technology trend has reached a certain critical mass when the lawyers get involved. Cloud computing has reached that stage.
Carbon's Core Is Cloud Middleware Of Future
Commentary  |  6/4/2010  | 
One of the secrets of cloud computing is that cloud software reflects a new architecture that best exploits the clustered resources around it. It exploits them in such a way that one instance of the software potentially can serve hundreds or thousands of users, and a handful of instances can serve hundreds of thousands.
The Cloud Wars Will Be Won Desktop By Desktop
Commentary  |  6/3/2010  | 
When one thinks of software-as-a-service, you're likely to think of enterprise-type applications, like customer-relationship management (CRM) or human resource software. However, it is in the environment of personal productivity software, like word processing and spreadsheet applications, where the real cloud computing battles are likely to be fought (and won).
Army Suspends Server Buys Amid Cloud Plans
Features  |  6/3/2010  | 
The CIO of the U.S. Army has imposed a moratorium on server purchases across Army operations.
Cloud Computing Is a Disruptive Business Process
Commentary  |  6/2/2010  | 
Make no mistake, the cloud is a disruptive force in IT. Like the PC, which introduced the consumerization of IT, and the Internet, which networked the global village, the cloud represents a radical restructuring of how IT services are created and deployed. And with anything truly radical, there is a certain amount of pain that comes with the gain.
Army Outlines Cloud Computing Strategy
News  |  6/2/2010  | 
Application consolidation and server virtualization are steps in a broader plan to consolidate data centers and offer cloud services across Army operations.
Five Fundamentals of Cloud Engagement
Commentary  |  6/1/2010  | 
There are five fundamental factors that potential users should make sure they explore when considering a cloud computing engagement. Here's the checklist, and the most important issues connected with each one.
How To Build A Government Cloud
Commentary  |  6/1/2010  | 
Federal IT managers are under pressure to move beyond the evaluation of cloud computing and into actual implementation. Two early adopters in government next week will share their insights on how to do that.


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