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(Originally posted on Point B and Beyond) Once again, the boardroom is in a bitter battle over what edict its members will now levy on their hapless IT organization. On one hand, hybrid cloud is all the rage. Adopting this option promises all the cost savings of public cloud with the security and comfort of private cloud. This environment would not only check the box for meeting the cloud computing mandate, but also position the organization as innovative and industry-leading. Why wouldn't a forward-leaning management team go all in with cloud? On the other hand, hybrid IT appears to be the sensible choice for leveraging traditional data center investments. Data center investment business models always promise significant ROI within a fairly short time frame; if not, they wouldn't have been approved. Shutting down such an expensive initiative early would be an unten... (more)

'Cloud First' Lessons Learned from ViON By @Kevin_Jackson | @CloudExpo #Cloud

In 2011, then United States CIO Vivek Kundra released the US Federal Cloud Computing Strategy [1]. In the executive summary he pointed to cloud computing as a key component of the US Federal Government's information technology modernization efforts: "Cloud computing has the potential to play a major part in addressing these inefficiencies and improving government service delivery. The cloud computing model can significantly help agencies grappling with the need to provide highly reliable, innovative services quickly despite resource constraints." This "Cloud First" initiative wa... (more)

What Has NIST Done for Me Lately? By @Kevin_Jackson | @CloudExpo #Cloud

According to a study, 82 percent of federal IT professional respondents reported that they were using the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) cybersecurity framework to improve their security stance. The survey also demonstrated that the document is being used as a stepping stone to a more secure government. When I first read this, my immediate reaction was a resounding, "So what!" These results tell me that US Federal Government agencies are using US Government guidance to do their US Government job. Isn't that what you would expect? Making an impression on me ... (more)

Future Ready in the API Economy By @Kevin_Jackson | @CloudExpo #Cloud

The world of business is software. No matter the industry vertical or business model, effective software is the key to business success.  An even more important aspect of this reality is the application programming interface (API).  If you are unfamiliar with this kind of geeky term, APIs are the glue that connects applications to each other and manages the virtual discussions between you and your customers.  APIs are also what enables business agility and flexibility of a #FutureReady business. "Application programming interfaces (APIs) have been elevated from a development tec... (more)

Vivek Kundra - State of Public Sector Cloud Computing

Last week Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra released his report on the “State of Public Sector Cloud Computing”. The report not only details Federal budget guidance issued to agencies to foster the adoption of cloud computing, but it also describes 30 illustrative case studies at the Federal, state and local government level. As stated in the report: "The Obama Administration is changing the way business is done in Washington and bringing a new sense of responsibility to how we manage taxpayer dollars. We are working to bring the spirit of American innovation and the ... (more)