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As cloud computing continues to grow in importance, enterprises are now facing a new realization. In their almost rampant embrace of cost savings associated with public cloud, many are just now understanding the information technology governance challenge posed by vastly different traditional and cloud computing operational models. Often referred to as hybrid IT, supporting both models has left many executives trying to cope with a lack of hybrid IT operational experience. Challenges can also include security concerns, financial management changes and even dramatic cultural changes. This myriad of challenges translate into enterprise risk across multiple levels, namely: Organizational management and governance Accelerating business process speed and scope Expanding business partner ecosystem Broadening enterprise information system user base To be successful, organiz... (more)

IEEE Cloud Computing: Legal Clouds By @Kevin_Jackson | @CloudExpo #Cloud

The new issue of IEEE Cloud Computing is now available! This special issue looks at how to balance privacy with legitimate surveillance and lawful data access. Some of the specific areas covered are: Balancing Privacy and Surveillance in the Cloud; Data Flow Management and Compliance in Cloud Computing; Anonymous Credential-Based Access Control Scheme for Clouds; and End-to-End Privacy for Open Big Data Markets. This issue also features articles on cloud forensics and the strategic value of cloud. I am also very proud to present my debut article for IEEE; "IEEE GovCloud: Making a... (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)

Would You Build Your House from a Visio Diagram? By @Kevin_Jackson | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Would You Build Your House from a Visio Diagram? Would you even hire an architect that highlighted hand drawn diagrams and spreadsheets as their design tools of choice? Of course you wouldn't. Not using computing aided design (CAD) as a primary architectural tool today is just laughable. So why do multimillion dollar companies invest millions into building and deploying cloud computing solutions that are basically architected using not much more than diagrams, spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations? Cloud computing CAD is now a business requirement. Cloud solution architects ... (more)

New Approaches for New Big Data Insights | @BigDataExpo #BigData

New Approaches for New Big Data Insights by Melvin Greer Business Intelligence has matured as a core competency necessary to sustain competitive advantage. Organizations of every size and industry are generating valuable data with each interaction, and that data can be captured, analyzed, and turned into business insight. These organizations are using analytics features like dashboards, advanced visualization, data warehousing, and other technologies to achieve their strategic business objectives. Many companies are taking a hybrid cloud approach to data analysis. Leveraging a h... (more)