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Government Cloud on Ulitzer Have you ever been given the task of building and executing an aggressive customer outreach program? Well I received my assignment about a year ago and trust me; the budget was not commensurate with the assigned goal. My particular need was to educate prospective Federal government customers on a new information technology trend. Known as cloud computing, this new approach blends service oriented architecture (SOA), virtualization technologies and a "pay-by-the-use" sales approach into a new IT delivery business model. Although this new approach promised the delivery of better constituent service at a reduced cost, risk adverse Federal agency decision makers needed to know much more before they would even consider cloud computing as an option. During a time of economic collapse and fiscal crisis, competing security, governance and procur... (more)

i-Technology 2008 Predictions: Where's RIAs, AJAX, SOA and Virtualization Headed in 2008?

2007 was undoubtedly the year of Social Networking, but what of 2008? Will '08 be the year of "Unified Communications" or the year when CMS comes to stand for "Community Management System" - or even "Collaboration Management System"? Or will it be the year of a giga-merger, to beat the mere mega-mergers of 2007? As usual at the end of each year, SYS-CON has been informally polling its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors. As always, the range and depth of their answers is fascinating, throwing light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale. Enjoy! RIAs versus AJAX . Ruby on Rails . PHP . Facebook Competitors  TIM BRAY Director of Web Technologies, Sun Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary projec... (more)

Ulitzer vs. Ning - a Quick Review

Having used both sites for about two weeks, there is still a great deal I am learning to do with both Ulitzer and Ning, but a reader asked if I would do a quick comparison, so I will. The obvious point for me is that the sites have two different objectives for the writers.  For Ning, the writer is trying to be involved in a niche social network from scratch.  For example, I have built my own social network for marketers and salespeople called BuyerSteps.  I created BuyerSteps as a way for other professionals to join in a conversation around the 21st century buyer.  So, Ning represents a way to build a community. In the case of Ulitzer, as a writer I am focused on getting readers from within an existing audience.  There are already thousands of readers coming to the Ulitzer site, so if they are interested in my topics such as marketing, they will find my articles as ... (more)

Hello to 2009, The Year of Cloud Computing

David Fredh's Blog 2008 was a year of change - with Obama, the Olympic Games and the financial crisis; it was also the year when Yahoo said no to Microsoft. But 2009 will be all about Cloud Computing. The technological hype has started already but the commercial breakthrough will come in 2009 - driven by providers including Amazon, Google, HP, IBM, Intel and Microsoft. The potential of the hype maybe will be clearer with the fact that Amazon's price for one GB in the cloud is only $0.150 at this moment. It’s time to wrap up the year 2008. It has been a year of change with Obama, Olympic games and financial crisis. It is also the year when Yahoo said no to Microsoft. iPhone really rocked it’s way into the market and changed the focus from Hardware design into Software. The application store now contains more than 10000 applications which is very unique and the os and u... (more)

1st Annual GovIT Expo: Letter from the Technical Chair

Kevin Jackson Joins SYS-CON's GovITExpo as Tech Chair I am humbled and more than pleased to serve as the Technical Chair of SYS-CON’s 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo (www.GovITExpo.com. To highlight the importance of this conference, I only need to repeat the guiding principles driving President Obama’s technology agenda: Innovation in the Economy: Drive Economic Growth and Solve National Problems By Deploying a 21st Century Information Infrastructure - The President believes that modernized infrastructure is a necessary part of the foundation for long term economic stability and prosperity. That includes everything from a comprehensive national broadband plan, to new health care information technology, to a modernized electrical grid. Innovation in Science: Invest in Science and Science Education - The President has named Dr. John Holdren, a nationally recognize... (more)

Apple Should Buy Adobe

(April 14, 2009) - I just reported Apples' 3rd quarter results here. I don't know how many of you remember this. I was a freshman in college and my favorite PC database package was Paradox. Paradox was created by a small company called Ansa Software. Do you guys also remember the Frenchman Philip Kahn, the charismatic founder and CEO of Borland? There were always weird stories about Kahn, that he would hire people like the young man who pumped gas into his car at a gas station, or that he had board meetings on his sailboat, or that he forgot to file his permanent residence application and almost got deported, remember he was a Frenchman living in Silicon Valley. Wikipedia's entry about Paradox says, "Paradox for DOS was a relational database management system originally written by Richard Schwartz and Robert Shostak, and released by their company Ansa Software in 1985... (more)

Forget Data.gov Think RealTime.gov

With all the sudden interest in the realtime and semantic web it seems that the bigger opportunity for an open and transparent government isn't in providing a back library of data but instead providing a realtime information stream. A data stream that could provide real, tactical insight into the areas of government that are actually useful for businesses looking for an edge in this tough economic climate. In a recent quote on GCN.com , federal chief information officer Vivek Kundra indicated that he "wants to continue to move agencies away from warehousing the data they collect and toward a model in which agencies can publish data in real time, much like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration does now with its weather data." But instead of weather, why not look at other aggregate information sources, why not population trends, food, medical/health as wel... (more)

A Formula for Quantifying Productivity of Web Applications

We often talk in abstract terms about the affects of application performance on productivity. It seems to make sense that if an application is performing poorly – or unavailable – that it will certainly affect the productivity of those who rely upon that application. But it’s hard enough to justify the investment in application acceleration or optimization without being able to demonstrate a real impact on the organization. And right now justification is more of an issue than it’s ever been.  So let’s take the example of a call center to begin with. Could be customer service supporting customers/users, or a help desk supporting internal users, or even a phone-based order-entry department. Any “call center” that relies on a combination of the telephone and an application to support its processes is sensitive to delays in delivering and outages of applications.  This ... (more)

Ryan Greives Launches The Social Media Guide on Ulitzer

Ryan Greives, Media Relations Specialist for Indianapolis-based BLASTmedia, has launched The Social Media Guide on Ulitzer, the "new media" social journalism platform which revolutionizes how we create, deliver, and consume content on the Web. His industry knowledge and experience covers everything from consumer Internet companies and gadgets to highly complex enterprise software and hardware technologies. Greives believes a “revolutionary” new product or service can be launched, but unless the right people know, it may become the world’s best kept secret - hence his interest in social media. Having forged solid editorial relationships over the years and perfecting the art of positioning a company to generate the press coverage it deserves, Greives has emerged as an expert in the enterprise media relations space. Ulitzer authors can get started with their first articl... (more)

Service-Oriented Architecture & Cyber Security

In an earlier article, I stated that we can view Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) as a synthesis of Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) platforms with middleware tools. This evolution has evolved into an architectural style which, entities can then utilize to execute and align key services with their operational model to achieve strategies, goals and objectives. Most who interact with or have interacted with the Department of Defence (DoD), will know of the various domains through which operations are implemented. As with any effective entity within the federal realm, the DoD in its effort to ensure that mission critical information is accessible, discernible, implicitly clear for its end-users and available as demanded in an efficient manner; has implemented a technical architectural approach with SOA implementations. Of course as with any SOA implementa... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: Are We Blogging Each Other To Death?

Jeremy Geelan's i-Technology Blog: Are We Blogging Each Other To Death? "For a journalist, technologist, politician or anyone with a pulse and who doesn't know everything," wrote Dan Farber on Monday, "blogs matter." Then, in almost a textbook demonstration of why in fact they don't, Farber adds: "Every morning I can wake up to lots of IQ ruminating, fulminating, arguing, evangelizing and even disapassionately reporting on the latest happenings in the areas that interest me, people from every corner of the globe." That "even" says it all. Dispassionate reporting would certainly be the exception rather than the rule. So in what possible way, then, is this testimony to why and how blogs "matter"? Farber is mistaking energy for insight, prevalance for significance, and quantity for quality. He might almost have written that every morning he wakes up with a column to fill.... (more)