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By Bob Gourley ForgeRock hosts flash mob at RSA to celebrate extraordinary growth in the identity industry  SAN FRANCISCO–(February 26, 2014)–ForgeRock Inc., the fastest-growing identity platform vendor, announced today that the identity relationship management (IRM) market, focused on managing customer interactions across any device or environment, will exceed $50 billion by 2020. To celebrate the massive opportunity, ForgeRock surprised RSA attendees with a flash mob today, to draw attention and celebrate the growth opportunities in the identity security space. This high growth market trajectory reflects the growing need for an effective IRM solution as CIOs shift investment from internal identity projects focused on “keeping things out” to massive external identity projects focused on increasing customer engagement and monetizing those opportunities. Identity s... (more)

GovIT Expo Highlights Cloud Computing

I'm happy to announce my appointment by SYS-CON to be the Technical Chair of the 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo. This event is a 1-day deep dive into how cloud computing is changing the way that Federal agencies leverage, procure and utilize IT. GovITExpo, which is being held October 6, 2009 in Washington, DC, builds on the success of SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo. Data storage, security and software services are among the major themes of the technical program. During one of the event sessions, I will also do a presentation on recent developments in Tactical Cloud Computing. This technology branch refers to the use of cloud computing technology and techniques for the support of localized and short-lived information access and processing requirements. Use cases could include: “Cloudbursting” to support cyclic data processing requirements; Establishing a... (more)

State Department Photos of My Abducted Daughter Sofia in Syria

Wednesday morning I received new photographs of Sofia from the State Department in Washington, DC. Sofia remains in Syria since being abducted in July 2010. Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story The day after my last tweet regarding the lack of any new information about my abducted daughter Sofia since March 4, I received an updated letter on Thursday, April 7, 2011, from the State Department on Sofia's welfare in Syria. Sofia was abducted by her mother from the United States to Syria last July, following her diagnosis of GDD with possible autism. She had 13 remaining medical appointments left at the time of her abduction, none of which she was able to keep. Last week's welfare report prepared by our Embassy in Damascus, Syria, after their second welfare visit to the home in Syria where Sofia remains with her mother and grandmother, showed a bleaker outcome for my daughter t... (more)

Who Will Be Winner with Oracle $10 Million Dollar Challenge?

In case you missed it, Oracle has a ten million dollar challenge (here, here and here) to prove that their servers and database software technologies are 5 times faster than IBM. Up to 10 winners open to U.S. Fortune 1000 companies running an Oracle 11g data warehouse on IBM Power system. Offer expires August 31, 2012 with configuration terms. See this URL for official rules: http://oracle.com/IBMchallenge. Click here to view entry form or click on form below. Taking a step back for a moment, if you forgot or had not heard, Oracle earlier this summer had their hands slapped by the US Better Business Bureau (BBB) National Advertising Directive (NAD) over performance claims and ads. IBM complained to the BBB that unfair marketing claims about their servers and database products were being made by Oracle (read more here). Not one to miss a beat or bit or byte of dat... (more)

Cloud Computing Debate: Booz Allen Hamilton Comments on Recent McKinsey & Co. Report

(In a recent discussion document titled "Clearing the air on cloud computing", Will Forrest of McKinsey & Co. offered his view on cloud computing. Unedited comments on the report from Mike Cameron and Rod Fontecilla, Booz Allen Hamilton Principals are provided below, published at their request.) The recent McKinsey report on cloud computing “Clearing the air on cloud computing” has caused a bit of a stir, primarily since it purports to demonstrate that cloud computing can be twice as expensive as traditional data centers in some applications. Since this report makes a claim to an analysis of cloud economics, we would like to weigh in with a couple of comments regarding the report. The McKinsey report, as presented, seeks to be the “other voice” and offer a contrarian view of cloud computing. The first thing we noted was the statement, on slide 7, that “Cloud comp... (more)

Apps.gov Will Help Federal Agencies Embrace the Cloud: Vivek Kundra

"Like a utility such as electricity or water, cloud computing allows users to only consume what they need, to grow or shrink their use as their needs change, and to only pay for what they actually use," wrote U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra in his official blog this week, as he announced the launch of Apps.gov "to help continue the President’s initiative to lower the cost of government operations while driving innovation within government." Describing the new site as "a one-stop source for cloud services – an innovation that not only can change how IT operates, but also save taxpayer dollars in the process," Kundra stressed that his hope for Apps.gov was to give agencies more rapid access to innovative IT solutions, so that they can spend less time and taxpayer dollars on procedural items and focus more on using technology to achieve their missions. His ... (more)

VIP Invitation For the GovIT Panel October 6, Washington DC

Tactical Cloud Computing is a technology branch referring to the use of cloud computing technology and techniques for the support of localized and short-lived information access and processing requirements. Register Now For This Panel FREE with Coupon Code (First 50 registrations): VIPguest At SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo in Washington DC on October 6, 2009, there will be a "Tactical Cloud Computing" Panel, to be simulcast on SYS-CON.TV, in which speakers from Unisys, SAIC and Lockheed Martin will be discussing possible and already existing use cases with GovIT Expo technical chair Kevin L. Jackson, who will be moderating. "Defense, homeland security and law enforcement organizations are looking to leverage this new and exciting IT capability," says Jackson, who explains that possible use cases might include any or all of the following: “Cloudb... (more)

Tactical Cloud Computing Panel at 1st Annual GovIT Expo

I'm proud to announce that representatives from Lockheed Martin, SAIC, and Unisys will join me in a "Tactical Cloud Computing" Panel at SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo in Washington DC on October 6, 2009. Register Now For This Panel FREE with Coupon Code (First 50 registrations): VIPguest [case sensitive] As Technical Chair of this conference, my goal has been to provide useful and actionable information to the conference attendees. While the industry has engaged in a rigorous discussion around "enterprise" cloud computing, information on tactical or deployable cloud computing possibilities has been scarce. To address this, I've asked Dataline partners to join me and share their views on this issue. Tactical Cloud Computing refers to the use of cloud computing technology and techniques for the support of localized and short-lived information access... (more)

Join Me at the 1st Government IT Conference & Expo 6 Oct

I hope to see you at the SYS-CON sponsored Gov IT Conference and Expo 6 Oct 2009. I’ll be there to learn from some great practitioners and IT providers. See: http://govitexpo.com for more. I’ll also spend time during the day attending the day thinking through everything I’ve ever written and learned about Cloud Computing and Federal IT and hope to bring that to bear in my interactions with Jeremy Geelan, Terry Woloszyn and Barry X Lynn at the end of conference panel on Cloud Computing and Federal IT. Jeremy will focus this panel on the future and I’m sure this action-oriented panel will help bring clarity to this fast moving subject. COUPON CODE FOR FREE REGISTRATION: VIPguest You can attend the entire event free by use of the guest code VIPguest here [case sensitive] Related posts: Day Three of the Synergy Conference I hope to see you at the Synergy Conference D... (more)

Cloud-Cast Named to Amazon Web Services Solution Provider Program

Cloud-Cast announced that it has been selected by Amazon Web Services to join the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Solution Provider Program. Amazon Web Services provides companies of all sizes with a web services platform in the cloud, and the AWS Solution Provider Program includes Cloud-Cast among a select group of organizations that will deliver solutions and consulting services on the AWS infrastructure platform. Focused on the growing market for cloud computing and virtualization services, Cloud-Cast delivers cloud computing solutions to government and commercial markets. Leveraging service providers such as AWS, Cloud-Cast offers a full range of cloud computing implementation services, including leveraging AWS for disaster recovery purposes, dynamic provisioning of web farms and offloading high-power compute applications to the cloud framework. “We are excited abou... (more)

BDNA to Present on IT Compliance at 1st Annual GovIT Conference & Expo

BDNA, a provider of agentless IT inventory solutions, today announced that Walker White, vice president of technology, will be among the presenters at SYS-CON’s inaugural Government IT Conference & Expo, held Oct. 6, 2009, in Washington, D.C. Mr. White will present his session on strategies and best practices for IT compliance and will discuss how government agencies have successfully addressed IT compliance in effective ways using IT baselining as a foundational and initial step. Other featured SYS-CON Government IT Conference & Expo presenters represent IBM, Novell, Sun Microsystems and U.S. Department of Defense, to name a few. WHO: Walker White, vice president of technology at BDNA WHAT: Walker White will deliver a presentation at SYS-CON’s first-ever Government IT Conference & Expo, titled “IT Baselining: the Foundation of Effective IT Compliance.” WHEN: Tuesd... (more)