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Sun Microsystems has created a new Global Government Office and has named Clark Masters as its first executive vice president. Masters' mission will include addressing the needs of governments worldwide, bringing to bear Sun's global research and development efforts for secure network computing architectures, and to ensure new technology advancements meet the needs of citizens here and abroad. As part of this move, Masters also assumes the position of President, Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc. "We're mobilizing and globalizing Sun's government business and extending our partnerships to deliver the most secure, world-class solutions on the planet," said Masters. "Government sales present huge opportunities for Sun with increased focus worldwide on security solutions, e-government projects and new compliance requirements." At the core of Sun's solutions for secure compu... (more)

Enterprise Architecture: Making One Out of Many

Service-oriented architectures are emerging quickly as the commercial world's answer to a flexible, standards-based infrastructure. In the world of government IT, enterprise architecture through enterprise integration is its equivalent. But, there are important considerations that can significantly improve implementation speed, ROI, and costs associated with creating a more dynamic, standards-based infrastructure. This article explores what it takes for organizations in the public sector to build an effective enterprise architecture and practical recommendations for a successful, and cost-effective implementation. To meet today's demands and plan for those of tomorrow, IT organizations in both the commercial and public sectors must establish an architecture that is both flexible and standards-based. The ability to proactively manage the enterprise computing archit... (more)

IBM Assists with Linux Adoption by Asia's Governments

Linux has been making news throughout Europe as cities in Germany and elsewhere decide whether to adopt Linux in favor of other platforms. While relatively silent by comparison, South Asia is also undergoing major shifts in its use of open source platforms in government sectors. Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines have all taken active steps towards the adoption of Linux as the platforms favored by the government. And in India, with the help of IBM, states such as Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Uttaranchal are in the forefront in adopting Linux-based solutions for their e-governance projects. IBM has played a large role in moving governments to ... (more)

Microsoft Woos Government with a New Open Source-Kissed Program

Microsoft is batting its baby blues at government agencies holding out a new global initiative kissed by the open source movement called Solutions Sharing Network that promises to lower the cost of e-government and boost operational efficiencies. The new program consists of a network of hosted Web portals that will let government agencies and public sector organizations collaborate and share best practices, architectures and the application source code that they own and have contributed to the project. Microsoft described the network as hosted, cataloged knowledge repositories focused on community, collaboration and R&D. It will provide Microsoft partners with a forum to showcase their offerings and capabilities. Microsoft said the Solutions Sharing Network was being deployed in collaboration with governments and universities. It is the latest in a string of Micros... (more)

Promoting Open Source Solutions

The Open Source Software Institute is an advocacy group with a mission to promote Open Source software in government. We caught up with executive director John Weathersby to tell us more. LWM: There are several advocacy groups for Open Source - how is your mission different? John Weathersby: There are many really strong organizational groups at work in the Open Source Community. Each of which targets various segments and factions of the overall marketplace, such as standards, policy, licensing, education, desktop, lobbying, etc. Our mission at the Open Source Software Institute is to promote the development and implementation of Open Source solutions in the U.S. public sector. We work with federal, state, and municipal government agencies, as well as academic entities. Since OSSI's inception in 2001, our primary focus in the federal market has been the U.S. Depart... (more)

Partnering in the Pursuit of Federal Business: Macromedia and Jabber

Macromedia Government, the division of the San Francisco-based software powerhouse that helps federal, state, and local government agencies drive technology and business process transformation, today announced a partnership between Macromedia and Jabber. The aim: to jointly develop and deploy a web conferencing, IM, chat, presence, and awareness solution for the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies. Jabber, Inc. - whose CTO Joe Hildebrand (pictured) drives the company's technical vision of "presence-powered solution" - brings to the partnertship Jabber XCP, an open, interoperable presence and messaging infrastructure delivering a standards-based, best-in-class solution for mission-critical communications. Macromedia brings its powerful, easy-to-use, highly interactive web conferencing and collaboration solution, Breeze Meeting. Breeze Meeting delive... (more)

Selling Software in China

Technology companies have been taking a beating lately because of their efforts in China. Google and Yahoo are torn between the evil of government censorship and the prospect of doing business with the world's fastest-growing economy. Microsoft, Adobe, and content providers like the American movie studios face serious problems with piracy. A recent report by the China-Britain Business Council stated that only one in four people in China has purchased software legally. Imagine my surprise then when I took over a San Jose-based enterprise software company with virtually no sales to learn that our main sales effort was in China. It's a big world, I thought, and surely we could find a safer, less controversial market. My skepticism didn't prevent me from investigating our possibilities there, however, and I'm glad it didn't. I have been pleasantly surprised by the rece... (more)

webMethods Becomes "Gold Sponsor" of SOA World Conference & Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that webMethods joined SOA World 2007 East Conference & Expo as "Gold Sponsor." webMethods provides business process integration to over 1,400 of the world's largest corporations and government agencies, enabling them to achieve faster business improvements and competitive differentiation. By taking a process-centric approach to integration, webMethods allows customers to reuse their existing IT assets and achieve greater process automation and visibility. SYS-CON Events also announced that the "Call for Papers" for SOA World 2007 East Conference & Expo and Enterprise Open Source 2007 East Conference & Expo, both to be held June 25-27, 2007, in New York City, are now open through April 30, 2007. Topics include all development and management aspects of Web Services and Service-Oriented Architecture plus all development and management a... (more)

FalconStor executives interviewed!

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Active Endpoints Announces Seros Partnership to Deliver SOA

Active Endpoints and and Seros have announced that Seros has become an Active Endpoints partner. This new relationship enables Seros to combine its solutions-based approach with ActiveVOS to deliver services-oriented architecture (SOA) to users in government and industry. Seros has developed a set of easy-to-deploy WS-* brokers that assist its customers in accelerating the design, development and implementation of SOA-based services and applications. Seros offers a set of fully integrated SOA-based suites including an information distribution suite, an enterprise services management suite, and a portal suite, along with a vendor-neutral consulting methodology that ensures rapid success and lowered costs. For its orchestration suite, Seros has selected ActiveVOS as its core technology. ActiveVOS permits Seros to deliver a complete, standards-based orchestration capa... (more)

Federal Agencies Pick Up Their Interest in Cloud Computing

Federal agencies are now officially exploring cloud computing as an option for some of their information technology requirements. This development represents a significant shift from the quiet pilot activity so characteristic of new technology in the Federal space. Examples of this apparent increase in interest include: A recent Navy Next Generation Enterprise Network industry day during which the Navy also announced the intent on releasing additional Request for Information (RFI) regarding several different aspects of the NGEN segments. One of the topics of interest was cloud computing A Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control information technology infrastructure procurement that list cloud computing as a capability that needed to be supported A Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Broad Area Announcement that is seeking proposals on a Cloud Comp... (more)