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Should My Government Agency Consider Using Cloud Computing?

This is clearly the question on the minds and lips of every government IT decsionmaker in town. Why should a government agency even consider cloud computing? In reality, the decision process is no different than any other IT management decision, “Cloud IT” options should be compared to “Traditional IT” approaches. As Frank Gens of IDC alluded to when he framed the cloud opportunity for IT suppliers, agencies have four options when deciding if and how to improve their IT infrastructure. “Traditional IT” products and services to enhance traditional agency services; "Cloud IT” products and services to enhance traditional agency services; Traditional IT” products and services to create agency specific cloud services; and "Cloud IT” products and services to create agency specific cloud services. In a ZDnet blog post that compared traditional with cloud IT, Dion Hinchcl... (more)

Angoss Recommended by Independent Research Firm

Ovum believes that Angoss is best suited for large organizations and SMBs that cannot wait for lengthy deployment cycles TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Angoss Software Corporation's (Angoss) (TSX-V: ANC) predictive analytics software suite version 8.5 was recently evaluated by Ovum, global analyst firm of the year for 2012. The evaluation underscores Angoss software's value to customers for its "fast implementation…strong focus on the cloud…and non-programmatic approaches to predictive analysis." "Angoss is best suited to cater to large organizations that need to run predictive analytics on internal and external data, but cannot wait for lengthy deployment cycles. Arguably even SMBs would benefit from smaller deployment cycles," says Surya Mukherjee, Senior Analyst, Ovum.  "One of the differentiating factors of Angoss' solution is its strong focus on the clo... (more)

LizardTech Launches GeoExpress 9 at 2013 Esri International User Conference

LizardTech®, a provider of software solutions for managing and distributing geospatial content, announced the launch of GeoExpress® 9 at this week’s Esri International User Conference in San Diego, Calif.,where the company is also a Platinum Imagery Sponsor and exhibitor in booth number 1704. GeoExpress 9 box shot. (Photo: Business Wire) GeoExpress enables geospatial professionals to compress and manipulate satellite and aerial imagery and the latest version features a significant performance improvement from previous versions. This latest version is four times faster than before with support for spanning multiple jobs across multiple cores. This increase in speed enables users to complete projects faster than ever before within the application. This release also introduces Intelligent Encoding, with the software automatically reconfiguring itself for optimal perform... (more)

XIFIN Earns Spot on Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America for 7th Consecutive Year

For the seventh straight year, XIFIN, Inc., the financial cloud computing company revolutionizing the business of healthcare diagnostics from patient to payment, has been named to the 2013 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies. The company's three year growth rate from 2009 to 2012 earned it an exclusive ranking among the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent entrepreneurs. The company ranked No. 60 in Top Companies in the San Diego Metro Area. With this accomplishment, XIFIN joins an exceptional group of companies that have appeared on the list multiple times, many of which have grown to become national icons. “We are pleased to be recognized for our exceptional company growth, and honored to be included on the coveted Inc. 5000 list for the seventh year,” stated Lâle White, CEO of XIFIN. “Our strategies continue to serve the ... (more)

The Top 250 Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem

In the run-up to the next Cloud Expo, 7th Cloud Expo (November 1–4, 2010) being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, it's time to give my earlier list a complete overhaul. Here, accordingly, is an expanded list of the most active players in the Cloud Ecosystem. I have increased it from the 'mere' 150 I identified back in January of this year, to 250, testimony – as if any were needed! – to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites of the companies themselves. Omissions to this Top 250 list should be sent to me via Twitter (twitter.com/jg21) and I will endeavor to include them in any future revision of this newly expanded rou... (more)

Cloud People: A Who's Who of Cloud Computing

Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud? This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when 13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with... RANDY BIAS | @randybias "Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.] That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)

Ulitzer Names the World's 30 Most Influential Cloud Computing Bloggers

Cloud Expo on Ulitzer Ulitzer.com announced today "the World's 30 most influential Cloud bloggers," who collectively generated more than 24 million Ulitzer page views. Ulitzer's annual "most influential Cloud bloggers" list was announced at Cloud Expo 2009 West, which took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center, California. Cloud Expo 2009 West drew more delegates than all other Cloud-related events put together worldwide. "The world's 50 most influential Cloud bloggers 2010" list will be announced at the Cloud Expo 2010 East, which will take place April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center, in New York City, with more than 5,000 expected to attend. Detailed information on how to become a Ulitzer blogger can be obtained  here. Ulitzer New Media Power Panel at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, during Cloud Expo 2009 West. "Ulitzer New Media ... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 East To Attract 10,000 Delegates and 200 Exhibitors

SYS-CON Events announced today that the 8th International Cloud Expo will take place June 6-9, 2011, in New York City. The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York, Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 600 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception, more than all other Cloud-related events put together. Cloud Computing Expo 2011 East Call for Papers Deadline November 30, 2010 - SUBMIT YOUR SPEAKING PROPOSAL TODAY! The four-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more than 150 sponsors and exhibitors and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different countries. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship &... (more)

The Cloud Computing Kettle Heats Right Up

4th International Cloud Expo Photo Album on Ulitzer The past month has seen an unprecedented concentration of Cloud-related articles, events, tweets, and - above all - product launches, partnership announcements and M&A moves. So is Cloud Computing, after three years, finally coming to the boil? Here, by way of allowing you to judge for yourself, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal brings you a timeline of the trajectory of the Cloud so far. NOVEMBER 13, 2006 Jeff Bezos' Risky Bet - BusinessWeek publishes a cover article on Amazon's "Elastic Compute Cloud" (EC2) - a totally new on-demand, pay-as-you-go storage and computing service launched earlier that year, in August 2006. [From the article: "Bezos wants Amazon to run your business, at least the messy technical and logistical parts of it, using those same technologies and operations that power his $10 billion online ... (more)

Industry Experts Discuss the State of Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer "With cloud computing, price to deploy applications goes through the floor while flexibility to scale those applications goes through the ceiling!" says WaveMaker CEO Chris Keene, in this lively round-up of CEO and CTO opinions to get a sense of The State of Cloud Computing compiled and published by Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo is taking place this week at the Santa Clara Convention Center (November 2-4, 2009). Keene's take on what's driving Cloud Computing enterprise-wise is just one of several high-profile contributions. Those contributing to Geelan's impromptu survey include: RightScale CEO Michael Crandell; the Chairman & CEO of WaveMaker, Chris Keene; the CTO of GigaSpaces, Nati Shalom; Lew Cirne, Founder & CEO of New Relic; Mitchell Kertzman of Hummer Winblad Venture Partne... (more)