Best Practices

Interior wants to take 88,000 e-mail users to the cloud

Rutrell Yasin, Government Computer News,  Monday, October 31, 2011

The Interior Department is looking to take e-mail and collaboration services to the cloud, supporting 88,000 users across all DOI bureaus and office. DOI officials have concluded that the use of a cloud-based e-mail service would result in faster implementation of the required services across all bureaus and offices, according to a request for information to identify potential vendors released Oct. 28.

To know the cloud is to love the cloud?

Rutrell Yasin, Government Computer News,  Friday, October 28, 2011

If government managers knew more about cloud computing, would they embrace it? Apparently, yes. The more familiar state and local government IT decision-makers are with cloud computing, the more they support it and see the benefits it can deliver to their agencies, according to a survey sponsored by Bluetext, a Washington, D.C.-based communications and marketing firm.

The Cloud isn't a strategy

Patrick Gray, TechRepublic IT Leadership Blog,  Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I’ve seen a troubling trend these past few years and a symptom of the larger malaise that strikes many corporate IT departments. Ask a CIO about their technology plan or strategy for the coming months, and their eyes light up and in hushed awe they reverently whisper: “The Cloud.”

Capitals in the Clouds - The Case for Cloud Computing in State Government Part II: Challenges and Opportunities to Get Your Data Right

NASCIO,  Friday, October 7, 2011

Cloud computing brings with it opportunities, issues and risks. One major consideration that must be addressed is the management of data – governance, stewardship, consistency, ownership and security.

Cloud Standards Customer Council Seeks To Guide Deployments, Standards

Andrew R. Hickey, CRN,  Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC), an end-user advocacy group created to help shape cloud standards, launched a new guide to cloud computing Wednesday designed to get organizations up to speed with cloud computing.

Misleading, over reaching catch phrases abound in the cloud computing and virtualization markets

Dan Kusnetzky, ZDNet Virtually Speaking Blog,  Wednesday, October 5, 2011

When suppliers try to tie their technology to misleading catch phrases, does it really work for them or just create more market confusion?