May 2011

G-Cloud Open Data Platform

Grazed from Cloud Computing Best Practices.  Author: Neil McEvoy.

A key challenge in IT is dealing with all the different ‘camps’ of different makes and types of technologies.

In Government this is particularly challenging right now, because simultaneously Government agencies are meant to embrace, adopt and master a variety of new technologies, including Web 2.0 social media, Cloud Computing, Open standards, Open software and Open Data.

The Costs of Bad Security

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: David Talbot.

Keeping up: The Enterprise Strategy Group, a consulting firm, asked 308 IT professionals in large companies what factors motivated their decisions to improve data security. Regulatory compliance topped the list
Credit: Credit: ESG Research Report, Protecting Confidential Data Revisited, April 2009

Do cloud developers need to go back to school?

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

I spent this weekend writing up some opinions from a bunch of academics and recruitment specialists on the subject of whether cloud computing focused developers have enough skills to cut the new (cloudy) mustard.

It seems that opinions are mostly in line with a consensus which agrees that we have a skills issue to address. New languages and new software methodologies are at work inside the cloud paradigm and not every programmer has the skills base to cope.

The jump to cloud (and the news skills it will require) has even been likened to the new skills shift that programmers have had to embrace to cope with the new world of mobile apps.

Cloud market: future mass market, oligopoly or monopoly?

Grazed from Cloud Pro.  Author: Graham Jarvis.

NY CIO: In the future, states will share systems

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: Paul McCloskey.

A New York state commission is expected to release recommendations next June on how to streamline the state’s hodgepodge of  programs and processes, which, like many states’, are behind the technology curve, duplicative and draining taxpayer dollars. 

The report, by the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) commission appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January, will look across state services and agencies and propose steps to manage the state's IT investment, estimated to be as high as $2 billion.