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
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.
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)
I'm going to cry tonight, long and hard. I'll do so as I remember and mourn
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
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)
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
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)