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10th International Cloud Expo, held on June 11-14, 2012 at the Javits Center in New York City, featured four content-packed days with a rich array of sessions about the business and technical value of cloud computing led by exceptional speakers from every sector of the cloud computing ecosystem. The Cloud Expo series is the fastest-growing Enterprise IT event in the past 10 years, devoted to every aspect of delivering massively scalable enterprise IT as a service. We invite you to enjoy our photo album of the show - we'll be adding new images all week. ... (more)

Thin is in and desktops on diets, say Wealth Management industry IT Managers

Increased flexibility, security and speed of deployment are key benefits, research reports Reading, UK, June 26, 2014 UK Wealth Management industry IT managers plan to put to their desktops on diets over the next 24 months as research shows thin and zero client adoption looks set to rise from 22% to 39%. The managers say increased speed of deployment, flexibility, better cost structure and easier use and management are the primary benefits of thin client. Currently 81% of the wealth management companies surveyed run a centralized IT infrastructure, with 83% of organizations using some thin or zero client desktops. The average number of desktops that are thin or zero clients is 22%, with PC's still dominating at 46%. 24% of users are also using notebooks and 19% tablets. But moving forward, IT managers believe that thin clients will be on 39% of desktops within the n... (more)

Leveraging Social Media in Your Business

In my last post I explained that before you embark on using social media for your business, you need to first determine your objectives and define your strategy. And this strategic planning does not and probably should not involve any specific social media channel at the outset. A good article that outlines the steps for the planning and strategic upfront work is "10 steps to a practical social media business strategy" by Allen Bonde, where he describes the fundamental and basic steps that must be done upfront, such as creating a mission statement and a marketing plan, assigning ownership and defining policies, all before getting to specific social media channels. Now assuming that you have done your strategy homework, let’s take a look at how we can leverage various social media channels in an integrated and orchestrated fashion (in terms of specific tactics) to ma... (more)

Are We Falling Back on IT Innovation?

Smartphones, tablets, and the cloud – are they true IT innovation? Or, As Bob Lewis suggests, are they consumer innovation or port of one or more of the dozen earlier innovations to these new platforms? In this article he has listed out a list of 12 innovations that had created the ability to do something new and significantly different from anything that had been done before. They are: Programmability – Starting with ENIAC Storage and management of structured data – Earliest commercial mainframe to RDBMS and beyond Electronic publishing – Linotype machines to electronic page setting Word processing – Ability to edit and reprint document Electronic spreadsheets – Starting with VisiCalc Visual programming Personal empowerment – The PC revolution Personal information management – Starting with Sidekick Electronic mail Electronic communities of interest – Starting with... (more)

Competition in the Clouds for Microsoft - Amazon RDS

Microsoft cannot sleep comfortably. There is assault from all flanks- be it mobile, be it OS, be it the venerable Office, almost anything one can think of. Now SQL Azure has a competitor. Amazon Web Services is out with a relational database service, the Amazon RDS. It is still in beta and seems to do everything that SQL Azure will and can do: infrastructure provisioning, software maintenance, etc. What's more MySQL 5.1 database, the darling of open source gang will get stronger as it takes up center stage for Amazon RDS. Also it is not 1GB or 10GB database, you can start up with 20GB if you want. It's going to cost money. Looks like it can range from 11c/hr to $3.10/hour depending on the size of the database you want to take to the clouds. Sign up here for Amazon RDS When you sign up you will be agreeing to use the following: Amazon RDS Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Am... (more)

Cloud Expo Keynoter Undertakes New Role as CIO of NRO

GovIT at Cloud Expo Jill Tummler Singer has been appointed to serve as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), effective 1 January 2010. Ms. Singer previously served as the Deputy CIO (DCIO) at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in which capacity gave the keynote address at SYS-CON's 1st Government IT Conference & Expo (www.GovITExpo.com). As NRO’s CIO, Ms. Singer will be responsible for ensuring the NRO Information and Information Technology Enterprise is provisioned in an effective and efficient manner. She will also be more engaged in external activities, to include serving on the Intelligence Community (IC) CIO council, fulfilling her duties as an Information Sharing Executive, and serving as the Privacy Officer. As CIA’s DCIO, Ms. Singer’s primary responsibilities centered on leading Enterprise Information Technolog... (more)

WikiLeaks: An Open Letter to the Australian Prime Minister

The signatories of the Open Letter reproduced below hold divergent views about WikiLeaks and its operations. But they are united in a determination to see WikiLeaks' Julian Assange treated fairly. It was published Tuesday and is addressed to the Prime Minister of Australia - the country of which Assange is a citizen. To: Julia Gillard, Prime Minister, Australia From: Dr Jeff Sparrow, Lizzie O'Shea, Prof Noam Chomsky, and others Re: Julian Assange Date: 07 Dec 2010 [Prefatory note from Dr Jeff Sparrow & Lizzie O'Shea] We wrote the letter below because we believe that Julian Assange is entitled to all the protections enshrined in the rule of law – and that the Australian Government has an obligation to ensure he receives them. The signatures here have been collected in the course of a day-and-a-half, primarily from people in publishing, law and politics. The signatories hold... (more)

Cloud Expo New York Speaker Profile: Chris MacGown – Piston Cloud Computing

With Cloud Expo 2012 New York (10th Cloud Expo) due to kick off next week for 4 days of high-energy networking and discussions, what better time to remind you in greater detail of the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical and strategy sessions at the conference...? We have technical and strategy sessions for you every day from June 11 through June 14 dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing and Big Data, but what of those who are presenting? Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said about the Cloud that is transforming the world of Enterprise IT, side by side with the exploding use of enterprise Big Data – processed in the Cloud – to drive value for businesses...? CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Christopher MacGown TWITTER: @0x44 COMPANY: Piston Cloud Computing 10TH CLOUD EXPO SESSION TITLE: C... (more)

Sybase 365 Next Generation Mobile Commerce Platform

Sybase 365, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., announced on Tuesday the release of its next generation Mobile Commerce platform, making it the most complete mobile commerce offering on the market for mobile banking, mobile payments and mobile money services for both developed and emerging markets. The next generation platform enhances the customer engagement experience that financial institutions and mobile operators can offer their end-users, by providing a complete set of rich features for mobile banking, mobile payments and mobile money services – on a single platform. For financial institutions, the Sybase® mobile commerce platform enables banks to extend their relationship to both the retail and business customer through the mobile channel, and to create new services and improve customer loyalty. The rich set of mobile payment functionality supports mobile payments ... (more)

SOCOM Networks, Satellite Tracking, and More

Today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news round-up: The proposed Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA) would make it illegal for employers to demand access rto social media accounts. More here. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has requested proposals for automated tracking and identification solutions for satellites  More here. The full report on the Federal Communications Commission’s investigation into Google revealed that the company knew it was collecting personal data with their Street View vans. More here. The General Services Administration has created a registry of verified federal social media accounts. More here. The U.S. Special Operations Command has issued a request for information on a wireless network linking Humvees, unmanned aircraft ,and ground troops with minimal fixed infrastructure. More here. Microsoft d... (more)

Cloud Computing Makes Business Easier

VM Associates is a New York City cloud computing consulting firm. We help companies transition into newer, better, smarter software. Contact us to talk about your business, the cloud, and how we might help. ... (more)