Tag Archives: Cloud Computing

Government 2.0 is Looking Sunny with a Chance of Clouds

Google Introduces Google Apps for Government

The Gov 2.0 Cloud Computing Green Light

Cloud Computing is internet-based resource virtualization that provides cost effective Software as a Service.

EMA projects cloud computing to be a $40-$50 billion industry by the end of 2011, growing to $160 billion by 2015 — predicting 100 percent growth each year for four years. [ Learn more ]

Google Apps is the first suite of cloud computing applications to receive Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification and accreditation from the U.S. government. The FISMA law applies to all information systems in use by U.S. federal government agencies to help ensure they’re secure. The federal government’s General Services Administration has reviewed the documentation of our security controls and issued an authorization to operate, the official confirmation of our FISMA certification and accreditation. [ Learn more ]

You can learn more about Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification & accreditation for Google Apps here.

Google Apps for Government released. What about the rest of us?

My new friend Brad McCarty wrote a great article about Google Apps for Government here.  He asked the question, “What about the rest of us?” Brad also has very interesting things to share on Twitter. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/BradTNW

Los Angeles chooses Google Apps

You can quickly see why Cloud Computing and Google App technology makes sense in this video.

What is Cloud Computing?

Salesforce does a great job of explaining Cloud Computing in plain English in this video.

Computing, a Quick Look in the Cloud

You can get a deeper look into Cloud Architecture in this Oracle Cloud Computing Strategy presentation.

How to Make Google Apps

This trend of Apps in Government and in the Enterprise is the one to watch.  The benefits of “App Stores” has already been proven by Apple, Google, and several other technology leaders.  You can get a good idea of how the Google Cloud works in this presentation.

What About Enterprise App Stores?

Sharing Enterprise Apps in a Secure Environment

An Enterprise App is most valuable when it is used by more than just the individual who created it. The real value of Apps is in their collaborative nature. To accelerate the reuse of Enterprise Apps, you need an Enterprise App Store. The App Store gives organizations a place where apps can be re-discovered outside of the immediate group that created the App. [ Learn more ]

Enterprise 2.0: SOA is Hot, but WOA is Cool

Thoughts on Enterprise 2.0 Architecture

The temperature in the Washington DC area has been reaching record highs and the nights are even hot.  Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is hot too, thanks to Enterprise 2.0.  An Enterprise Platform goes beyond Facebook behind the firewall.  The Twitter Platform demonstrates the value of mobile integration and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).  Enterprise Architecture is about more than SOA, SaaS, PaaS, or Cloud Computing.  Thankfully there are some very bright people sharing their ideas about Architecture for Enterprise 2.0.

New Enterprise 2.0 Architecture requires more than technology / information integration.  It’s about using technology to help accomplish business objectives.  We also see how using Social Media channels for external communications has tremendous value.  These communications go beyond announcements, by creating real value with dialog.

There are many ideas about the approach to Enterprise Architecture.  You can review some of these ideas at various working groups like TOGAF, OpenEAI, and many others.  The main goal of these groups and most developers is leveraging the Standards to improve interoperability.

Enterprise 2.0 Gives CPR to SOA

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) has been around for a long time, but Enterprise 2.0 has given a new breath of life to SOA.  The concept of SOA is hot because the idea of integrating multiple systems and exposing them as services adds value to existing infrastructure investments.  However, the process is complex for systems designed without SOA in mind.  You can easily see how the values of SOA align with the Enterprise.  You can also see the SOA Guiding Principles in the SOA Manifesto.

  • Business value over technical strategy
  • Strategic goals over project-specific benefits
  • Intrinsic interoperability over custom integration
  • Shared services over specific-purpose implementations
  • Flexibility over optimization
  • Evolutionary refinement over pursuit of initial perfection

Web Oriented Architecture (WOA)

Web Oriented Architecture (WOA) is a simple approach for identifying resources to be shared in a secure manner across multiple environments to support interoperability.  New Enterprise Architecture has finally moved beyond copying features of established Social Networking Platforms.  A new trend has emerged which takes a deeper look at WHY these platforms are successful.  Asking WHY, lead to discovering the expotential value of Web Oriented Architecture (WOA).  This approach is cool because its taking us back to the basic architecture of the World Wide Web and supports the concept of “Linked Data”.  You can see the “Linked Data” Gov 2.0 Expo video by the inventor of the WWW for more information.


The Four Core Values of Agile Development

We also see how WOA brings us closer to the values of Agile Development.  These values are very similar to the core values of the future enterprise.  You can review the Manifesto for Agile Software Development here.

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

Cloud Computing and Enterprise 2.0

Beyond a “Birds Eye” View

Real Enterprise 2.0 is about using technology to improve collaboration and communication.  This collaboration and communication includes people internal and external to the organization.  These are people in your organization, business partners, customers, and people willing to contribute value to help you achieve your business goals.  The future Enterprise will place more value on it’s culture and we will see a vast improvement in products & services based on these improved collaborative efforts.  Communication will become more fluid as technology and user interfaces improve business interaction.  Organizations will continue to have a need to formulate and filter ideas and communication in safe, secure ways.  Successful future businesses will have more Complete Enterprise Solutions.  These solutions will include centralized management of distributed channels.

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Cloud Computing and Enterprise 2.0

Connecting the Dots

How Enterprise 2.0, Cloud Computing, and something known as Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) have converged on top of the same “problem space” to become the essential fabric for how we solve the business problems in our organizations. by Dion Hinchcliffe

Happy Fav Five Faces Friday!

Five Faces You Should Know

Enterprise Architecture is easier when other people help you understand it’s value.  Here are five people you should get to know.


Dion Hinchcliffe: Internationally recognized business strategist, enterprise architect, keynote speaker, author, blogger, and consultant on Web 2.0, SOA, and next-gen business.


John Crupi is the CTO of JackBe Corporation. As CTO he is entrusted with understanding market forces and business drivers to drive JackBe’s technical vision and strategy. He has 20 years experience in OO and enterprise distributed computing.  NOTE: You should also take a look at The Enterprise App Store.


Mark Fidelman is the next generation enterprise executive. He currently works at MindTouch and blogs about Enterprise 2.0, Social Documentation and more.


Eugene Lee is the Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors at Socialtext.  Lee came to Socialtext from Adobe Systems, where he led Adobe’s enterprise marketing and vertical market segments.


Tom Graves His main field is ‘enterprise architecture’, but with an emphasis on strategy and futures, on complexity and sense-making, and on integrating IT with the rest of the business.

You can find more information about Enterprise Architecture by using this hash tag #entarch on Twitter.

It was very difficult limiting this list to only five people that know about using the Standards in Enteprise 2.0.  Do you know other brillant people that I missed?


Tim OReilly, Founder, OReilly Media – Discusses Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing & Government 2.0 by Tim O’Reilly

From Web 2.0 to Gov 2.0, Tim is a champion of innovation in America. His view of cloud computing is not to be missed. Tim OReilly, Founder, OReilly Media – Discusses Cloud Computing

What I think is so important in the Government Cloud Computing context, is to look at government data and make those crucial policy decisions of releasing data that will enable the future.” ~Tim O’Reilly @timoreilly

Thanks to my friends on Twitter for bringing this video to my attention! @dslunceford @corbett3000 I highly recommend following these guys on Twitter.

Gov 2.0: Government as a Platform

Video: Inventor of www on Open Data & Mashups #LinkedData

Tim Berners-Lee Ted Talk on Open Data & Mashups

At TED2009, Tim Berners-Lee called for “raw data now” — for governments, scientists and institutions to make their data openly available on the web.  He also shares how people have harnessed the power of “open data” to create interesting Mashups.

Data, ” it will be used by other people to do wonderful things in ways they could not of imagined” ~Tim Berners-Lee

A Government data graph comparing U.S & UK

Open Data in the Government

UK Open Data supporting Government 2.0


Open Government Data in UK

U.S. Open Data supporting Government 2.0


Open Data supporting Government 2.0

How can I start creating Mashups with “Open Data”?

All this “open data” is great, but these huge data sets can be intimidating.  Only if there was a way to create something wonderful with this data, like Tim talked about.  Now there is a way!  Presto Cloud – “Community Edition” by JackBe enables you to create wonderful Mashups with “open data” from multiple sources.  This service cost you zero dollars and they have a very engaged community known as the “Mashup Developer Community“.

Presto Cloud

Want to Learn More about Enterprise Mashups?

Looks like the “Enterprise Mashup Summit“has been postponed, but you can check for events of interest on JackBe’s events page.

Enterprise Mashup Summit

I also recommend reading Richard Fahey’s article on http://www.governingpeople.com : Tim Berners-Lee on the year Open Data went worldwide

Why I Hate Open Source!

Working with #opensource: Upgrading

I manage a Social Media Platform created from Open Source software and here are the INSANE steps I go through for updates.

Step 1

Click on “upgrade automatically”.


Step 2

Enter connection information.


Step 3

Click on “activate plugin”, which returns me to a page showing “Plugin Activated”.


Can you see why I hate Open Source?

I hate open source software, because it’s too easy! In the past, this type of process would take a specialized team of people hours upon hours to complete.  This task was completed in less than 10 minutes, thanks to Open Source and the brilliant members of #opensource communities.

Now I have the the time and money to go shoe shopping with my wife, thanks a lot #opensource?!?!  My wife overheard me and my associates talking about moving this platform into the cloud.  The cloud computing solution will save us even more money and time.  My wife is so excited, she added an additional page to the “honey do” list.

Special Thanks!

A special “Thank you!” to members of open source development communities.  I understand most of you have full-time jobs, families, and other interests.  You volunteer your time during lunch breaks, weekends, and the midnight hour to solve problems and share solutions.  My colleagues and I, plus countless people around the world have more time to focus on relationships with people around us because of your tireless dedication.  Thank You!

I also appreciate the work of Matt Mullenweg creator of WordPress and founder of Automatic.  Thanks to Andy Peatling and the BuddyPress Community.  You should see this article by Andy: “Give a Little“.

BuddyPress: Social networking in a box

Build a social network for your company, school, sports team or niche community all based on the power and flexibility of WordPress.

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Visit BuddyPress.org

Cloud Computing with Amazon E2C

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.

Visit Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
Visit Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud