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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Why You Need to Pay Attention to Cloud Computing

(This post was originally published by Learning Tree International



The adoption of cloud computing is revolutionizing today’s business. This trend has also elevated the importance of IT and business alignment because cloud enables new business models that have until now were not economically viable. A recent study confirmed this trend by showing that the vast majority of organizations of all sizes use both Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and hosted infrastructure services. In fact, both SaaS and IaaS are currently being used most by organizations with less than 100 employees. Some additional markers of this trend include:
  • 45% of businesses say they already, or plan to, run their company from the cloud;
  • SaaS adoption of companies participating in the survey grew from 13% in 2011 to 74% in 2014;
  • 56% of businesses are using Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technologies; and
  • 41% of businesses are using Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technologies
Learning Tree is dedicated to supporting you, our customers, in your move to adopt cloud computing. A component of this effort will be a series of cloud computing related YouTube videos of which I am proud and honored to be a part. Please give me the opportunity to introduce myself virtually below.



I currently teach under the Learning Tree Cloud Computing Curriculum. A mandatory part of keeping my certification as a Learning Tree instructor is being active within my industry expertise. Within the cloud computing domain, my experience includes:
  • NCOIC/NGA Geospatial Community Cloud - Project Manager for design, development and deployment of a solution that showed interoperability and movement of data in an open, cloud-based infrastructure.
  • NATO IT Modernization Study - A study team supporting the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) in developing cost effective options for modernizing NATO's information technology infrastructure towards a multi-national private cloud
  • QUAD Common Operating Environment – Project manager for a prototype for the Intelligence Community – Information Technology Environment, a community cloud being deployed for the US Intelligence Community
  • GovCloud Network – CEO and Founder of a consultancy focused on helping it clients enhance their business models in order to better leverage the global and parallel nature of cloud computing
Over the next few months, the video series will address topics like:
  • What is Cloud Computing?
  • What are the Business and Technical Values of Cloud?
  • How do we secure our data in the cloud?
  • How can my company address the challenges of cloud transition
  • What are the lesson’s learned when it comes to IT governance in the cloud?
  • What is Hybrid IT and how should we use Cloud Service Brokers?
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if there are any other topics you would like for us to address!

Kevin L. Jackson
Kevin_Jackson@LearningTree.me
http://twitter.com/Kevin_Jackson
www.linkedin.com/in/kjackson/

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thriving in a Cloud, Big Data, Mobility and Security World

"The next generation of technology solutions will transform lives, businesses and economies."

http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2867917
This is the theme at this year's Dell World opening keynote and this view is supported by Gartner's Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015:

  • Computing Everywhere - As mobile devices continue to proliferate, Gartner predicts an increased emphasis on serving the needs of the mobile user in diverse contexts and environments, as opposed to focusing on devices alone. 
  • The Internet of Things - The combination of data streams and services created by digitizing everything creates four basic usage models — Manage, Monetize, Operate and Extend. These four basic models can be applied to any of the four "Internets." 
  • 3D Printing - Worldwide shipments of 3D printers are expected to grow 98 percent in 2015, followed by a doubling of unit shipments in 2016. 3D printing will reach a tipping point over the next three years as the market for relatively low-cost 3D printing devices continues to grow rapidly and industrial use expands significantly. 
  • Advanced, Pervasive and Invisible Analytics - Analytics will take center stage as the volume of data generated by embedded systems increases and vast pools of structured and unstructured data inside and outside the enterprise are analyzed. Big data remains an important enabler for this trend but the focus needs to shift to thinking about big questions and big answers first and big data second. 
  • Context-Rich Systems - Ubiquitous embedded intelligence combined with pervasive analytics will drive the development of systems that are alert to their surroundings and able to respond appropriately. 
  • Smart Machines - Deep analytics applied to an understanding of context provide the preconditions for a world of smart machines. This foundation combines with advanced algorithms that allow systems to understand their environment, learn for themselves, and act autonomously. 
  • Cloud/Client Computing - The convergence of cloud and mobile computing will continue to promote the growth of centrally coordinated applications that can be delivered to any device. In the near term, the focus for cloud/client will be on synchronizing content and application state across multiple devices and addressing application portability across devices. Over time, applications will evolve to support simultaneous use of multiple devices. 
  • Software-Defined Applications and Infrastructure - Agile programming of everything from applications to basic infrastructure is essential to enable organizations to deliver the flexibility required to make the digital business work. Software-defined networking, storage, data centers and security are maturing. Cloud services are software-configurable through API calls, and applications, too, increasingly have rich APIs to access their function and content programmatically. Rules, models and code that can dynamically assemble and configure all of the elements needed from the network through the application are needed. 
  • Web-Scale IT - Web-scale IT is a pattern of global-class computing that delivers the capabilities of large cloud service providers within an enterprise IT setting. Web-scale IT does not happen immediately, but will evolve over time as commercial hardware platforms embrace the new models and cloud-optimized and software-defined approaches reach mainstream. 
  • Risk-Based Security and Self-Protection - In a digital business world, security cannot be a roadblock that stops all progress. Organizations will increasingly recognize that it is not possible to provide a 100 percent secured environment. Once organizations acknowledge that, they can begin to apply more-sophisticated risk assessment and mitigation tools. On the technical side, recognition that perimeter defense is inadequate and applications need to take a more active role in security gives rise to a new multifaceted approach.
 I agree with all of these trends and that's why I will be in Austin, TX from Nov 4-7, attending Dell World. Since the business use of cloud computing is my thing, you will probably be able to catch me at one or more of the following sessions:
The entire line-up is available on-line (http://dellworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/SalesBrochure-DW14_082614.pdf). I will be there taking notes and hope to run into you there as well.


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Vets360 Founder Rick Collins Being Honored at the 'Champions' Leadership Conference


http://championsleadershipconference.com/

http://vets360.org/Veteran's 360 and Rick Collins, Founder & Executive Director of Vets 360, Inc., are being honored at this year's
Champions Leadership, and Research Conference™ . This event, November 6th-7th, 2014 at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham, NC, is an independent conference, and a component of eMerging Entrepreneurs' “Veterans Economic Advancement project.” A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,  eMerging Entrepreneurs, Inc. provides Career Transition Assistance, Small Business Training, and Entrepreneurial Developmental services to veterans, military spouses, and under-served minority communities.  The organization employs a grassroots approach to assisting those who seek to advance their small business interests; partnering with state & federal agencies, universities, local chambers of commerce, and military installations in an effort to extend high-tech training & resource solutions to under-served communities. "Cloud Musings" and GovCloud Network are proud to be strong supporters of Vets 360.

Being recognized this year as a "Leadership Honoree", Rick Collins is the Founder & Executive Director of Vets Vets 360 was formed as a result of the tragic death of two friends to suicide in early 2011. Both were young, under 26 years of age, both were combat Marines and both had been civilians less than one year.  These actions led to a period of study and research and in very little time the realization that our young, high school educated, short term military service, combat veterans are our most under-served, at risk and vulnerable when entering civilian life. Many for the first time as adults. This simple fact pushed Rick to dedicate his life to a process of prevention through education. Preventing, despondency, isolation, self-medication, frustration and suicidal ideation by a simple process of engagement, education, employment and healing.  Rick and a powerful team of advisors, friends and strangers who understand the challenges is moving Vets 360 forward toward a program of Engagement in partnership with National CORE, Education in partnership  with many schools across the country, Employment, in partnership with Launch Consulting and other veteran-centric staffing teams and Healing through anyone and everyone who is committed to help this demographic of veterans deal with the inevitable impact of combat trauma, without sole reliance on pharmacological support. A component of this effort, of which I am personally involved, is the Emerging Technology Training program, a skills development project designed to support young combat veterans as they integrate into civilian life.

 The featured speaker at this year's event is Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., Acting United States Surgeon General. RADM Lushniak articulates the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal health and the health of the nation. He also oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, comprising of approximately 6,800 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, protect, and advance the health and safety of our nation. RADM Lushniak served as Deputy Surgeon General from November 2010, until July 17, 2013, when he assumed the duties of Acting Surgeon General.


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

"Cloud Musings" Joins Dell Content Provider Network



http://dellworld.com/Cloud Musings, a GovCloud Network Property, is proud and honored to announce that we will now be serving over 3 Million Dell Community online daily viewers. Our content will focus on Cloud Computing for Business and will continue to provide independent and vendor neutral information on how business, government and non-profit organizations can better leverage the global and parallel nature of cloud computing.
 

In continuing our heritage as an independent content provider, it is important to note that this is not an exclusive syndication agreement. We are also not becoming a Dell information outlet. The agreement specifically charters Cloud Musings to provide information, insight and lessons learned to the Dell global readership on the cost effective employment of cloud computing related technologies.


Even though cloud computing is truly a natural evolution of information technology, its use continues to revolutionize business models and customer expectations. There are, however, significant differences across industry verticals on how these technologies can or should be implemented. For instance:

  • Even though insurance companies today prefer private clouds because they are perceived as being more secure than public clouds, 2015 is expected to usher in a rapid rise in the use of industry association community clouds;  
  • The banking industry’s long heritage of using internationally managed and regulated IT platforms drives this industry toward the extensive use of cloud computing for administrative functions like email and file sharing;

  • In Government, while opportunities to use cloud computing in a variety of ways do exist, it is also greatly misunderstood. This vertical can realize huge value through the use of public cloud computing resources, but many continue to hold-on to unsubstantiated fears. Cultural, legal and political change management challenges within this industry remain paramount;

  • In retail cloud implementations have been mostly IaaS or PaaS solutions. Security, availability and vendor maturity are all aspects that retailers consider when deciding which functions they want deployed from the cloud. Lax monitoring and enforcement of internal data access policies and procedures have, however, led to some major data breaches;

  • In media, content is king and audiences today can access content of any form in a variety of ways. This is driving service providers and application developers towards cloud-based enablement of multiscreen entertainment;
  • The manufacturing industry uses the cloud for logistics, sales support functions, HR, product development and life cycle management, as well as in some manufacturing operations. Data and information flow across these various business processes have their own unique challenges.

Over the coming months, our posts will address these differences and provide vertical related best practices. Our industry-focused solution implementation coverage will include things like big data analytics, disaster recovery, digital publishing and social media.


Thank you for continuing to place your trust in GovCloudNetwork and Cloud Musings. We look forward to continuing and expanding our mutually beneficial relationship. Also, don't forget to look us up at.....

http://dellworld.com/


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Grounding the Cloud: Basics and Brokerage


http://www.amazon.com/Grounding-Cloud-Brokerage-Todd-Lyle/dp/0615972187
"Picture Ben Franklin attempting to harness energy from a lightning-filled sky. The key tied to his kite was the middleman between electricity and the ground. This book details how using the cloud can be your key to finding or enhancing success."

Understanding cloud computing is hard enough. Cloud service brokerage, however, is the way forward for just about any enterprise. This book is an easy to understand overview that will allow you to harness the power of the cloud to advance your business goals using clearly defined concepts of cloud computing, easy to understand definitions, comprehensive checklists, and real-world success stories.

Written by my friend Todd Lyle, it explores the three cloud models (public, private, and hybrid) by showing how organizations of all sizes, from small private accounting firms to massive governmental agencies, can utilize the current IT revolution to greatly increase productivity by embracing the cloudʼs ecosystem of shared services. Earlier this month Todd and I discussed this in-depth during our interview with Dana Gardner of Briefings Direct.


Todd Lyle has become a leader in cloud computing with a focus on the human element. His fascination with the possibilities of information technology began when he was issued his first laptop computer while serving as a young officer in a U.S. Army aviation regiment in Korea. A bulky Zenith Supersport with only two functions was his first brush with “mobile” computing. After leaving active duty Lyle obtained a Master’s Degree in Risk Management and accepted a position with Microsoft, where he became a group manager responsible for Consumer Support. It was while working at Microsoft that Lyle became interested in the myriad ways that information technology can improve overall business productivity. 


Saturday, October 11th, 2014
1:00PM – 3:00PM
Fireside Book Shop,
29 N Franklin St
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

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