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SOA World Magazine So what do you really look for in an interface engine? There is more to an IE than just being a pass-through of messages. Some good features of an interface engine – 1) Store and forward capability 2) Auto-acknowledgement 3) Guaranteed message redelivery 4) Rollback and retry capabilities 5) Reliable messaging, Once only delivery 6) Message Ordering, Error-free, Sequential 7) Disconnected Operation 8) Message Logging 9) Message Security 10) Consistent Routing 11) Message Monitoring 12) Exception/Error Escalation 13) Uptime Quantification 14) Persistent Messaging 15) Timely Delivery 16) Failover 17) Fault Tolerance 18) Load Balancing 19) MTTF (Mean time to Repair), MTBF (Mean time between Failure) management 20) Disk I/O performance monitoring 21) Continuous Availability 22) Transaction-aware distribution 23) Loosely coupled asynchronous messaging framework 24) Dea... (more)

My Two-Year-Old Daughter Sofia Facing Life-Long Disability in Syria

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. Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story 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 than the previous report dated November 2010. At two years and two months of age, Sofia still doesn't speak a single word, make or follow simple hand gestures... (more)

Open Letter to the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad

Thursday, July 29, 2010 Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey   To the President of Syria, Mr. and Mrs. Bashar al-Assad Mr. and Mrs. President Bashar al-Assad: At the tender age of 17 months my severely ill daughter Sofia, an American citizen, was abducted by her mother on Monday, July 26, in Istanbul, Turkey, and taken to Syria. Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story I was informed yesterday by Sofia's mother that she will not be coming back to the United States nor will she allow Sofia to return home. Sofia has been diagnosed with a severe medical condition that requires immediate treatment in the United States. It was scheduled to start on July 27, 2010, in New Jersey, the day after her abduction and was supposed to last until she reaches the age of 3. Any delay in the urgently needed treatment will result in a life-long disability for Sofia and make her dependent for the whole of her a... (more)

Publishing Synergy: Blog, Twitter and Ulitzer

Government Cloud on Ulitzer Have you ever been given the task of building and executing an aggressive customer outreach program? Well I received my assignment about a year ago and trust me; the budget was not commensurate with the assigned goal. My particular need was to educate prospective Federal government customers on a new information technology trend. Known as cloud computing, this new approach blends service oriented architecture (SOA), virtualization technologies and a "pay-by-the-use" sales approach into a new IT delivery business model. Although this new approach promised the delivery of better constituent service at a reduced cost, risk adverse Federal agency decision makers needed to know much more before they would even consider cloud computing as an option. During a time of economic collapse and fiscal crisis, competing security, governance and procur... (more)

The Growth of Government Clouds

Now that the Obama administration has pegged cloud computing as the next evolution in government technology, it's important to understand the entire scope of the cloud computing spectrum from storage to security. Scott Ryan, CEO of Asankya, will look at the technology behind cloud acceleration and the methods to deployment within the federal space in a breakout session to be given at SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo (GovITExpo). 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo is taking place on October 6, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC., and you can attend both Ryan's session and the entire event FREE by use of the guest code VIPguest here [case sensitive] FREE COUPON CODE FOR VIP PASS REGISTRATION: VIPguest (case sensitive) When looking at the overall size of the government from IT management to remote locations across th... (more)

ActiveState Launches Business Edition

Open Source Journal on Ultizer ActiveState, the dynamic languages experts, today launched ActiveState Business Edition, commercial-grade language distributions for Perl, Python and Tcl, providing organizations open source compliance, commercial support, and cross-platform access. "ActiveState has been a leading contributor in the open source community for years," said Bart Copeland, President and CEO, ActiveState. "With the launch of Business Edition, we can help companies deploying Perl, Python and Tcl in their business-critical applications, ensure open source policy compliance, minimize downtime and accelerate productivity cost-effectively. ActiveState's deep technical expertise is focused on keeping client systems, powered by dynamic languages, running smoothly, and making sure clients are in compliance with their open source policies." ActiveState Business Edi... (more)

NCOIC Discusses e-Discovery and Cloud Computing

Government IT Session at Cloud Expo Last week during its weekly meeting, the NCOIC Cloud Computing Working Group (CCWG) examined some of the legal aspects surrounding electronically stored information. With government use of cloud computing expected to grow, the group reach out to Mr. Jason R. Baron, Director of Litigation for the United States National Archives and Records Administration for some guidance. Mr. Baron is an internationally recognized speaker and author on the preservation of electronic records. In 2009 he was named Co-Chair of The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, and has previously served as Editor-in-Chief of The Sedona Conference Best Practices Commentary on the Use of Search and Information Retrieval Methods in E-Discovery (2007), and Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Sedona Conference Commentary on Achiev... (more)

Sofia's Abduction to Syria: Interview with Diane Macedo of Fox News

Diane Macedo of Fox News worked on Sofia's story for more than a month, studying documents, interviewing more than a dozen people, and fact-checking before publishing her news story on Monday and airing our interview. Here is the link to the Fox News on-camera interview. This morning, on Monday, she also published a detailed article on Sofia: ▸ Fox News Story on Sofia's Abduction to Syria When Sofia returns safely home, she will pay her first visit to Diane at Fox News headquarters in New York City. ▸ US Leaves Its Youngest Citizen Behind Syria I already wrote two blog posts on Sofia's status in Syria. Both posts were read by Washington, by our Embassy in Damascus, Syria, as well as the Syrian government both here in DC and in Damascus. ▸ Open Letter to the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad ▸ Open Letter to the First Lady of Syria Asma al-Assad Following the Syrian p... (more)

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 A Beginners Guide Book Review

This book is a really great beginners guide for core SQL Server 2012, and it also does a great job of introducing new features introduced in SQL Server 2012. What I mean by core is that topics like Master Data Services and Data Quality Services are not introduced. That is not a bad thing. By limiting the scope of the book, the author was able to better the topics that are included. I wanted this book because I like having a book about the basics close by. I am not in SQL Server everyday and when I find myself needing to go back to it, I not only want books on the advanced features nearby, I want the basics also. The book covers all the basics you need to know to get up and running quickly. After a really nice introduction where the author covers the new 2012 features and where they are covered in the book, they have a nice overview of relational databases and detail... (more)

Interoute Becomes Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Platinum Level Partner and Achieves OPN Specialization for Oracle Exadata

Oracle recognises Interoute for expertise in delivering Oracle Exadata Database Machine Berlin/London, 24 September 2012 - Interoute, owner operator of Europe's largest cloud services platform and provider of hosted application services, today announced that it has achieved Platinum partner status in Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN). By attaining Platinum level membership, Oracle has recognised Interoute for its in-depth expertise and excellence in addressing the challenges of customers. Interoute has also achieved an OPN Specialization for Oracle Exadata, bringing the total number of Oracle Specializations the company holds to eight. Interoute offers a highly secure, complete Oracle managed hosting service used by over 250 clients, including a number of FTSE 100 companies and government bodies. The Oracle Exadata Database Machine is the only database machine that pro... (more)

Delivering Insights Based on Structured and Unstructured Data

Gartner projects that by 2015, more than 30 percent of analytics projects will deliver insights based on structured and unstructured data.  Sounds rational/logical/realistic to me.  Sounds like the entire reason everyone in the federal space has been moving towards open source Apache Hadoop/CDH based solutions (including new interest in Impala) as a key part of their infrastructure.  And sounds like the reason end users are already clamoring for solutions like Savanna from Thetus. People want insights and they want it from all their data, not just an either or of structured or unstructured. Here is more from the Gartner 24 January 2013 release on the topic: By 2015, more than 30 percent of analytics projects will deliver insights based on structured and unstructured data. Business analytics have largely been focused on tools, technologies and approaches for accessing... (more)