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Cloud Expo 2016 New York at the Javits Center New York was characterized by increased attendance and a new focus on operations. These were both encouraging signs for all involved in Cloud Computing and all that it touches. As Conference Chair, I work with the Cloud Expo team to structure three keynotes, numerous general sessions, and more than 150 breakout sessions along 10 tracks. Our job is to balance the state of enterprise IT today with the trends that will be commonplace tomorrow. Mobile Computing, Big Data and Analytics, the Internet of Things, Platforms and Microservices and Containers, DevOps, and WebRTC are all part and parcel of Cloud Computing today. But First... We started this year's conference on a solemn note, with a video tribute to former Conference Chair and SYS-CON Media Editorial Director Jeremy Geelan, who recently lost a truly heroic, seven-y... (more)

In Remembrance of Jeremy Geelan By @IoT2040 @CloudExpo

I'm going to cry tonight, long and hard. I'll do so as I remember and mourn Jeremy Geelan. I knew Jeremy for almost 20 years, from the time he showed up one day at Cloud Expo's headquarters in Bergen County, New Jersey, and went to work. The show wasn't called Cloud Expo then, of course - it was still known as Java Edge, a pioneering event that grabbed developers, architects, and enterprise IT users alike for twice-yearly confabs. Jeremy didn't have a job there, or even a job offer. He was simply a fan of the technology and the show. So when his wife, a Danish diplomat, was rel... (more)

CCT Group Expands Contact-Center and BPO Reach with Major US Acquisition

Jonathan Rosenberg, CEO of CCT Group Limited (CCTG) reports that the company has made a significant acquisition, that of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida-based Interactive Response Technologies, Inc. (IRT). IRT provides contact-center and BPO services, with a workforce of 2,700 in Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma. Its acquisition almost triples the size of CCTG, which is a leading contact-center and BPO investment portfolio company. I interviewed Jonathan late in 2009, after meeting him at a conference in the Clark technology area north of Manila. Remarking on this new development, he said the... (more)

Cloud Computing is Today's RDBMS

I saw a cartoon years ago about technology in a print magazine--remember those? It might have been The New Yorker, or maybe it was NASCAR Illustrated or Guns & Ammo; I can't remember. The cartoon showed The Executive from Central Casting behind his desk, balding, glasses, thin tie and lips, sharp beak, barking into his intercom, "Miss Jones (or Smith or Stein), we need an RDBMS strategy! Find out what an RDBMS is immediately!" Yes, it's true, I saw the term "RDBMS" in a nationally distributed, non tech magazine. Such is the nature of what we now call memes. Whether a cultural m... (more)

HP Sort-Of Touts Cloud Computing for Health Care

Noting that the healthcare industry is one of the most risk-averse areas in the known universe when it comes to IT, HP is nevertheless promoting its FlexFabric switching architecture to the industry, as a way to reduce costs through server consolidation. The ever-cautious nature of healthcare management is a product of a focus on minimizing mistakes (to avoid lawsuits and regulatory fines) and frankly, built-in profit margins. But as, finally, finally, after more than two decades of effort ever more data and images are being stored online, the amount of data is getting too big t... (more)