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"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 curre... (more)

Vets 360 Sponsoring Service Members to Attend Gartner Catalyst Conference

Veterans 360 will be attending the Gartner Catalyst Conference. They are also sponsoring the attendance of active duty service members that are currently in the US military and serving in an IT related position. If you are in such a technology role and are interested in attending this “must-attend” technology conference to learn strategies on how to leverage mobile, cloud, and big data. Please visit Vets 360 at http://vets360.org/gartner-catalyst-conference/ to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity. In line with their four pronged approach (engagement, education, employm... (more)

ERPGovCloud: Your Path to DCAA Compliance

So you won your first Government Contract… Congratulations! Among the new issues you will need to consider, your accounting systems, both practices and technology, will need to pass muster with Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) auditors. This will require a combination of internal processes and controls. Your accounting system will need to properly delineate direct and indirect costs, must properly pool indirect costs, and must properly handle unallowable costs. It’s likely that you are currently using Quickbooks, the dominant player in small and medium enterprise (SME) account... (more)

Interoperability Clearinghouse Launches "Agile Cloud" Collaboration

Last Wednesday, Maj Gen, USAF (Ret) John T. Brennan, Interoperability Clearinghouse (ICH) Executive Director, kicked off the Agile Cloud collaboration. This industry-wide effort is targeted at developing an open and inclusive cloud service brokerage environment capable of rapidly provisioning innovative technologies to the US Government on a fee for service basis. This cloud services environment will favor existing commercial services over custom development, will incorporate industry standards and will enforce a consistent implementation environment. Additional key characteris... (more)

National Cybersecurity = Cloud Computing Security

A recent Inc.com article claimed that the percentage of U.S. small businesses using cloud computing is expected to more than double during the next six years, from 37 percent to nearly 80 percent (l). This forecast was gleaned from a just released Emergent Research and Intuit study. This statement is also very scary in that it also highlights the growing importance of the cybersecurity threat to the nation’s economic livelihood. Jeremy Grant, an adviser at the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, says in the past two years he has seen "a relat... (more)