DCIA

Sep 22

9/22 Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

Photo of CEO Marty LaffertyNext week, the Cloud Computing Association (CCA) and the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) will present the CLOUD DEVELOPERS SUMMIT & EXPO 2014 (CDSE:2014) at the Hilton Austin in Austin, TX.

We have a very exciting agenda planned for you over two days of conference sessions, workshops, and special seminars starting Wednesday morning October 1st.

On the business strategy track, first we’ll celebrate the debut of Tim Hayden’s new book "The Mobile Commerce Revolution" and then take a broad look at the state of cloud adoption focusing on the public sector with opening keynotes from Amazon Web Services and Google. A leading global cloud attorney from Edwards Wildman Palmer will join us for the panel discussion that follows.

Meanwhile our first workshops, from Microsoft and IBM, will feature “Getting Started with Azure” and “DevOps Services in the Cloud” and then, after a networking break, we’ll hear more from Microsoft and IBM in conference keynotes on enabling DevOps and Mobile Cloud Architectures.

These will be followed by a fascinating case study from Sense Corp. on the role of OutSystems in the College Bound cloud initiative. And again and throughout the conference we’ll follow the keynotes in each program block with an in-depth panel discussion.

Next Google and Dell will present workshops on “GIS & GPS in DriveTexas” and “Managing Hybrid Cloud Environments.”

Back on the conference track, Dell and Rackspace will address the “Current State of Private Cloud” followed by Aspera on “Cloud Object Stores.”

Rackspace will lead the concurrent workshop followed by SAP on “Ariba — the World’s Largest Sourcing Network.”

As something new in Austin, we’re offering a flexible meal plan where you can visit the Exhibit Hall for the Conference Luncheon Buffet at your convenience anytime between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM.

After lunch on Wednesday, we’ll pick-up with a program block focused on Media & Entertainment from Front Porch Digital, Mediafly, and RealEyes Media.

Or if you prefer, workshops from SoftServe on DevOps and Microsoft on Azure.

Next we’ll zero in on Mobile Cloud with Adjacent Technologies, JW Secure, and NetSuite.

Meanwhile, workshops will feature “IBM Bluemix: Mobile Apps in the Cloud” and “FedRAMP Accreditation” by Paragon.

After a mid-afternoon networking and refreshment break, we’ll continue with conference sessions on Big Data from SoftServe, Talend, and Oracle, and workshops on “Digital Transformation” from Dell and “Healthcare Exchange” from DigiCert.

And this will be followed by our most popular session — the Networking Cocktail Reception — thanks to Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors IBM, SoftServe, Rackspace, Edwards Wildman, Paragon, Iron Mountain, and OutSystems.

Thursday October 2nd will open with a series of cutting-edge sessions focusing on “Predictive Analytics” from QRhythm, “Virtual Desktops, Video Surveillance, and Biometrics” from VDI Space, and “Application Continuity” from Iron Mountain. Early morning workshops will cover “Real-Time Data Solutions with SAP’s HANA” and “Contained Excitement using Docker” from Rackspace.

Next we’ll have a fascinating case study about the 2014 World Cup “Staying Ahead of the Game” from SAP and a workshop “Hangout with Google.”

Our Healthcare program block will follow, with keynotes from OnRamp, Kinetic Concepts, and MyDirectives.

After a mid-morning networking and refreshments break, we’ll have workshops on “Building Managed Cloud Environments for the Public Sector” from IBM, “Critical Regulatory Issues” from Edwards Wildman, and “The Coming Internet of Things” from Flux7.

Our Conference Closing Session will cover “Mining the Cloud” and “Data Security” by SERC and Paragon, followed by some much needed “Reality Therapy” from Xvand.

CDSE will cover Mobile Cloud, DevOps, and Big Data, the most powerful trends in the cloud computing industry today, and the three economic sectors that continue to lead migration to the cloud: Government & Military, Healthcare & Life Sciences, and Media & Entertainment.

Please click here to register. Share wisely, and take care.

Sep 14

9/15 Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

 

Photo of CEO Marty LaffertyThank you to the more than eighty organizations that joined the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) in signing-on to US Congressional letters that the Digital Due Process (DDP) coalition sent to Senate and House of Representatives leaders this week.

The DDP letters advocate reform of the seriously outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to protect data stored in the cloud.

Very significant progress has been made in recent months to garner support for HR 1852: The Email Privacy Act (EPA) in the House, and its companion in the Senate, S 607: Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act (ECPAAA), and we are now pressing for passage during this session of Congress.

The House letter reads as follows:

"We write to urge you to bring to the floor H.R. 1852, the bipartisan Yoder- ­Polis bill updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).

Updating ECPA would respond to the deeply held concerns of Americans about their privacy.

H.R. 1852 would make it clear that the warrant standard of the U.S. Constitution applies to private digital information just as it applies to physical property.

The Yoder- ­Polis bill would aid American companies seeking to innovate and compete globally.

It would eliminate outdated discrepancies between the legal process for government access to data stored locally in one’s home or office and the process for the same data stored with third parties in the Internet ‘cloud.’

Consumers and businesses large and small are increasingly taking advantage of the efficiencies offered by web-based services.

American companies have been leaders in this field.

Yet ECPA, written in 1986, says that data stored in the cloud should be afforded less protection than data stored locally.

Removing uncertainty about the standards for government access to data stored online will encourage consumers and companies, including those outside the U.S., to utilize these services.

H.R. 1852 would not impede law enforcement.

The U.S. Department of Justice already follows the warrant-for-content rule of H.R. 1852.

The only resistance to reform comes from civil regulatory agencies that want an exception allowing them to obtain the content of customer documents and communications directly from third party service providers.

That would expand government power; government regulators currently cannot compel service providers to disclose their customers’ communications.

It would prejudice the innovative services that we want to support, creating one procedure for data stored locally and a different one for data stored in the cloud.

For these reasons, we oppose a carve-out for regulatory agencies or other rules that would treat private data differently depending on the type of technology used to store it.

H.R. 1852 is co-sponsored by over 260 Members, including a majority of the majority.

We urge you to bring it to the floor.

We believe it would pass overwhelmingly, proving to Americans and the rest of the world that the U.S. legal system values privacy in the digital age.

Sincerely,

Adobe, ACT | The App Association, American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), American Library Association (ALA), Americans for Tax Reform, AOL, Apple, A Small Orange, Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Automattic, Autonet Mobile, Blacklight, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School, BSA | The Software Alliance, Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights (FPHR), Cheval Capital, CloudTech1, Code Guard, Coughlin Associates, Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), The Constitution Project, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, Data Foundry, Digital Liberty, Direct Marketing Association (DMA), Disconnect, Discovery Institute, Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA), Dropbox, DuckDuckGo, Endurance International Group (EIG), Evernote, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Engine Advocacy, Facebook, Foursquare, FreedomWorks, Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), Gandi, Golden Frog, Google, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), The Internet Association, Intuit, Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition), Kwaai Oak, Less Government, LinkedIn, Media Science International (MSI), Microsoft, NetChoice, New America’s Open Technology Institute, Newspaper Association of America (NAA), Oracle, Peer1 Hosting, Personal, Rackspace, Records Preservation and Access Committee, R Street Institute, reddit, ScreenPlay, Servint, Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), Symantec, Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), Tech Assets, TechFreedom, TechNet, Tucows, Tumblr, Twitter, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Yahoo! Inc.”

The Senate letter was presented to DCINFO readers here.

With HR 1852 and S 607, American lawmakers have the rare opportunity to update digital communications privacy for the 21st century by providing the same amount of privacy to data stored in the cloud as to information stored on premises.

This Wednesday September 17th is Constitution Day.

What a great opportunity to let your elected officials know that there is no better time to pass ECPA reform and affirm Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights online.

By passing these measures, Congress can show it takes its constituents’ privacy seriously — and that it can enact meaningful reform, which will level the playing field for the protection of electronic communications.

Share wisely, and take care.

Sep 08

9/8 Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

 

Photo of CEO Marty LaffertyFederal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler believes current options for Americans to access the Internet are insufficient.

As part of the first of a series of speeches on the broadband market, in Washington, DC on Thursday, Chairman Wheeler said that for higher Internet speeds, “there is simply no competitive choice for most Americans.”

"Three-quarters of American homes have no competitive choice for the essential infrastructure of 21st century economics and democracy."

The DCIA could not be more supportive of the Chairman’s call for faster and better broadband, and for all Americans to have more competitive broadband choices.

About 75 percent of the country does have at least two companies competing to provide web download speeds up to 4 megabits per second (Mbps), which is the FCC’s current definition of “broadband.”

But that speed is no longer adequate when a single HD video delivered to an end-user requires at least 5 Mbps of capacity.

The FCC has said that the standard for broadband should be updated to 10 Mbps, which Wheeler acknowledged still “doesn’t fully capture the increasing demand” for high-speed Internet, especially when multiple devices use the same connection.

For download speeds of 25 Mbps, more than half the country has just one company to choose from, and one-fifth of the US has no option at all for that speed.

Depending on geography and the service tier desired, Wheeler said that for anywhere from 37 to 75 percent of US homes, there is no choice of provider.

All consumers should have access to robust broadband and to a competitive choice of providers.

The DCIA will continue to work with the FCC and other policymakers on constructive actions that will incentivize the infrastructure investment and ongoing innovation needed to make that vision a reality.

New technologies, fiber build-outs, the reallocation of additional unlicensed spectrum for commercial mobile broadband use, and other steps to improve the efficiency of wired and wireless broadband networks need to be taken.

Does this justify reclassifying broadband as a communications service, which would give the FCC much greater authority to regulate broadband services?

With broadband reclassified under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, theoretically the FCC could take measures to encourage more and more effective competition.

But there is no way to demonstrate that such a reclassification would actually lead to needed private sector improvements and modernization rather than the opposite.

Instead, the DCIA suggests revisiting the principles Chairman Wheeler has expounded for some time now and identifying practical, common-sense, business approaches to best achieve each of them:

Where competition exists, the Commission will protect it; where greater competition can exist, the Commission will encourage it; where meaningful competition is not available, the Commission will work to create it; and where competition cannot be expected to exist, the Commission must shoulder the responsibility of promoting the deployment of broadband for the sake of consumers and innovators.

If history can be trusted to serve as a guide, a light regulatory touch will encourage more investment from more companies and a higher degree of technological advancement in every one of these areas. Share wisely, and take care.

Aug 31

9/1 Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

Photo of CEO Marty LaffertyThe Digital Due Process (DDP) coalition, in which the DCIA is a participant, for more than two years has advocated reform of the seriously outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to protect data stored in the cloud.

Very significant progress has been made in recent months to garner support for HR 1852: The Email Privacy Act (EPA) in the US House of Representatives, and its companion in the US Senate, S 607: Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act (ECPAAA).

American lawmakers can show they take their constituents’ privacy seriously — and that they can enact meaningful reform, which will level the playing field for the protection of electronic communications — by passing these bills.

These measures will require government agents to obtain warrants from a judge in order to force service providers to disclose private data they store in the cloud for their customers.

DCIA Member companies and leading private sector organizations are invited to sign-on to the following letter that DDP will present to Congressional leaders this week.

If you’d like to sign-on, please email me here.

We’ll add your company or entity’s name to the signatories, and send you a final copy for your records.

The Senate version is shown below — the House version will reference that there are now 260 co-sponsors, a majority of Members:

"We write to urge you to bring to the floor S. 607, the bipartisan Leahy-Lee bill updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).

Updating ECPA would respond to the deeply held concerns of Americans about their privacy. S. 607 would make it clear that the warrant standard of the U.S. Constitution applies to private digital information just as it applies to physical property.

The Leahy-Lee bill would aid American companies seeking to innovate and compete globally. It would eliminate outdated discrepancies between the legal process for government access to data stored locally in one’s home or office and the process for the same data stored with third parties in the Internet ‘cloud.’

Consumers and businesses large and small are increasingly taking advantage of the efficiencies offered by web-based services. American companies have been leaders in this field. Yet ECPA, written in 1986, says that data stored in the cloud should be afforded less protection than data stored locally. Removing uncertainty about the standards for government access to data stored online will encourage consumers and companies, including those outside the U.S., to utilize these services.

S. 607 would not impede law enforcement. The U.S. Department of Justice already follows the warrant-for-content rule of S. 607. The only resistance to reform comes from civil regulatory agencies that want an exception allowing them to obtain the content of customer documents and communications directly from third party service providers.

That would expand government power; government regulators currently cannot compel service providers to disclose their customers’ communications. It would prejudice the innovative services that we want to support, creating one procedure for data stored locally and a different one for data stored in the cloud. For these reasons, we oppose a carve-out for regulatory agencies or other rules that would treat private data differently depending on the type of technology used to store it.

S. 607 was approved by the Judiciary Committee last year. (H.R. 1852 is co-sponsored by over 260 Members, including a majority of the majority.) We urge you to bring it to the floor. We believe it would pass overwhelmingly, proving to Americans and the rest of the world that the U.S. legal system values privacy in the digital age.”

With HR 1852 and S 607, Congress has the rare opportunity to update digital communications privacy for the 21st century by providing the same amount of privacy to online as offline communications, as guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.

Feel free to contact me with questions. Share wisely, and take care.

Aug 25

8/25 Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

 

Photo of CEO Marty LaffertyThe Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) and Cloud Computing Association (CCA) are very pleased to welcome IBM to our all new co-hosted CLOUD DEVELOPERS SUMMIT & EXPO 2014 (CDSE:2014), featuring industry leaders Amazon, Dell, Google, Microsoft, NetSuite, Oracle, Rackspace, and SAP, among many other cloud-computing innovators.

Delegate registration at early-bird rates ends September 6th for CDSE:2014, which will take place in Austin, TX on October 1st and 2nd.

Business strategy and technical sessions covering the latest trends — Mobile Cloud, DevOps, and Big Data — as well as general interest cloud service topics will be featured along with a special focus on three economic sectors experiencing the most cloud adoption: Media & Entertainment, Government & Military, and Healthcare & Life Sciences.

IBM is a CDSE:2014 Gold Sponsor.

IBM’s keynote address, “Mobile Cloud Architectures,” by Sal Vella, Vice President, Rational Product Development and Customer Support, IBM Software Group, will highlight how government and healthcare entities, and businesses from banks to retailers, are using cloud-based mobile development and delivery environments to very quickly develop in the cloud, deliver on mobile, and test using innovative mobile and cloud capabilities.

Most industries are also demonstrating a strong preference for hybrid-cloud environments by blending the use of on-premises and off-premises environments. Real client examples will be featured.

Sal Vella oversees worldwide development and support of the extensive IBM Rational Product Portfolio.

In previous positions, he was the Vice President for IBM Software Group Architecture and Technology based in Somers, NY, responsible for the IBM Software Group Technical Architecture including architectural standards, support of industry standards, and setting standards and guidelines for IBM’s large software development organization.

Sal Vella was also IBM Vice President, Development, Distributed Data Servers and Data Warehousing, and IBM Director of Enterprise Content, responsible for managing IBM’s worldwide development of its Content Management software portfolio; and has also been responsible for the development of Storage Software and development of the DB2 Universal Database product set.

IBM will also present two workshops: “DevOps Services in the Cloud: From Idea to Production in Minutes” and “IBM Bluemix: Build, Deploy and Test a Mobile App in the Cloud.”

Sandhya Kapoor, Senior Software Engineer, IBM Ecosystem Development, Strategic Initiatives, will lead the DevOps Workshop.

Do you want to build, deploy, and optimize mobile and cloud applications quickly? Attend this session to experience a rapid development environment with integrated services for DevOps — you just need minutes, not weeks, to be up and running with a fully integrated environment offering all the services and tools you need.

If you need a secure, private environment to collaborate across your team and your external consultants (as others are doing today), this is the place for you: Get your hands on an end-to-end solution with the services you need to deliver your innovative ideas quickly. Mobile testing and feedback is included!

Sandhya Kapoor has been working in the Austin, TX Lab since 1989, contributing to IBM’s major software projects including Bluemix, IBM’s Cloud-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Offering, Distributed Computing Environment (DCE), WebSphere Application Server, Stack products using WebSphere Application Server, Business Process Manager and Pure Application Systems.

Check-out Sandhya Kapoor’s blog here and follow her on twitter @sandhya_ibm.

Leigh Williamson, IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM Mobile Software Development Strategy, CTO Team, Rational Software, will lead the Mobile Apps Workshop.

Do you need a way to have users just shake their mobile device to provide detailed In-app Bug Reporting — without time consuming manual entry on status and the issue? How about Over-the-Air Distribution to get your latest app version in the hands of testers fast?

What about Automated Crash Reporting and User Feedback and Sentiment? You need all of this and more. Attend this session to see how you can instantly gain these capabilities through the cloud. Plus, you’ll learn how you can build and deploy an App in minutes in the IBM Bluemix environment.

Leigh Williamson has been working in the Austin, TX lab since 1988, contributing to IBM’s major software projects including OS/2, DB2, AIX, Java, WebSphere Application Server, and the IBM Rational portfolio of solutions.

Check-out Leigh Williamson’s blog here and follow him on twitter @leighawilli.

IBM’s participation exemplifies the two major offerings of CDSE:2014:

During the business conference at CDSE:2014, thirty-six highly focused strategic and technical keynotes, breakout panels, and Q&A sessions will thoroughly explore cloud computing solutions, and ample opportunities will be provided for one-on-one networking with the major players in this space.

At eighteen co-located CDSE:2014 instructional workshops and special seminars facilitated by industry leading speakers and world-class technical trainers, attendees will, see, hear, learn and master critical skills in sessions devoted to the unique challenges and opportunities for developers, programmers, and solutions architects.

All aspects of cloud computing will be represented: storage, networking, applications, integration, and aggregation.

To learn more about conducting an instructional workshop, exhibiting, or sponsoring CDSE:2014, contact Don Buford, Executive Director, or Hank Woji, VP Business Development, at the CCA.

If you’d like to speak at this major industry event, please contact me at the DCIA.

Register now. Share wisely, and take care.

Aug 18

8/18 Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

Photo of CEO Marty LaffertyIn July, the DCIA was among a record number of organizations and individuals to submit public comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in its 2014 Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) on how the Commission should ensure that the Internet remains open.

In fact, the FCC’s website was so inundated with comments in support of Net Neutrality that it crashed multiple times, leading the FCC to extend its submission period several times.

We remarked at the time that reviewing the million or more submissions qualified this exercise as a cloud computing big data project.

This week, to further develop its understanding of the issues and examine the actions it may take, the Commission announced that it will host a series of staff-led Open Internet Roundtable Discussions at its headquarters.

The roundtables will be free and open to the public, and will also be streamed live here.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will preside over the roundtables. Democrat Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel as well as Republican Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly will be there to discuss the issues.

These discussions will focus on public policy considerations and how they should be addressed to protect and promote Internet openness in both the fixed and mobile markets; the technological considerations involved in protecting the open Internet; how the competitive landscape and the economics of providing broadband and online services affects Internet openness; how the Commission can effectively enforce the current and proposed open Internet requirements; and the various legal theories underlying possible Commission actions in this area.

Here’s the schedule for the roundtables and the designated FCC bureau staff member to contact for more information, including requests to participate in these discussions:

Policy Approaches to Ensure an Open Internet — Tuesday September 16th morning — Kristine Fargotstein, Wireline Competition Bureau, 202-418-2774.

Mobile Broadband and the Open Internet — Tuesday September 16th afternoon — Dan Ball, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Spectrum and Competition Policy Division, 202-418-1577.

Effective Enforcement of Open Internet Requirements — Friday September 19th morning — Stephen Ruckman, 202-418-8192.

Technological Aspects of an Open Internet — Friday September 19th afternoon — Henning Schulzrinne.

Economics of Broadband: Market Successes and Market Failures — Thursday October 2nd — Tim Brennan.

Internet Openness and the Law Tuesday October 7th — Stephanie Weiner.

The decisions of the FCC and lawmakers regarding Net Neutrality are extremely important to the advancement of the cloud computing industry.

Columbia University Law Professor Tim Wu, credited with coining the term, said, “Network Neutrality is best defined as a network design principle.”

"The idea is that a maximally useful public information network aspires to treat all content, sites, and platforms equally."

"This allows the network to carry every form of information and support every kind of application."

"The principle suggests that information networks are often more valuable when they are lessspecialized — when they are a platform for multiple uses, present and future."

"A useful way to understand this principle is to look at other networks, like the electric grid, which are implicitly built on a neutrality theory."

"The general purpose and neutral nature of the electric grid is one of the things that make it extremely useful."

"The electric grid does not care if you plug in a toaster, an iron, or a computer."

"Consequently it has survived and supported giant waves of innovation in the appliance market."

"The electric grid worked for the radios of the 1930s works for the flat screen TVs of the 2000s."

"For that reason the electric grid is a model of a neutral, innovation-driving network."

Industry leaders Google, Apple, Netflix, and many others have announced their support for policies that protect the open Internet.

Numerous young Americans have asked the FCC to preserve Net Neutrality so that they can better compete in the workforce and have equal access to all information on the web, regardless of point of origin.

Others have referenced America’s commitment to a free-market economy and the basic structure of capitalism, which demands that all ventures have equal opportunity to compete, so that the best services can be made available to the public.

And most commenters have agreed that it is the FCC’s job to defend the Internet’s integrity. Share wisely, and take care.

Aug 10

8/11 Report from CEO Marty Lafferty

 

Photo of CEO Marty LaffertyThe Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) and Cloud Computing Association (CCA) are very pleased to welcome SAP to our all new co-hosted CLOUD DEVELOPERS SUMMIT & EXPO 2014 (CDSE:2014), featuring industry leaders Amazon, Google, IBM, and Microsoft among many other cloud computing players.

CDSE:2014, which will take place in Austin, TX on October 1st and 2nd, is now accepting delegate registrations at early-bird rates.

SAP’s keynote address, “Staying Ahead of the Game,” by Scott Campbell, Senior Principal for Media, Sports & Entertainment at SAP America, will highlight the rapid innovation SAP provided to help the German soccer team gain a distinct advantage in the 2014 World Cup.

Scott Campbell brings over 25 years of operational and business leadership experience to SAP’s Industry Value Engineering Practice in North America, which helps customers get the most from investments in SAP’s platform by bringing benchmarking, best practices, and creative new approaches to innovation — such as using design-thinking and other solutions-oriented techniques.

Today, you can manage your entire business — customer relations, finance, human resources, procurement and much more — in the cloud with the most comprehensive cloud computing portfolio available on the market.

35 million business users already use the SAP Cloud, seamlessly integrating with their on-premise solutions and maximizing business agility.

Scott Campbell’s keynote will outline — in a very practical way — how your company can leverage the cloud to stay ahead of the game.

SAP will also present two workshops, “Ariba — Join the World’s Largest Sourcing Network” and “Developing Real-Time Data Solutions Using the SAP HANA Cloud Platform.”

Mark Willner will provide the hands-on tutorial of Ariba.

As Principal Technical Solutions Consultant at Ariba, an SAP Company specializing in Source-to-Pay Applications, Mark Willner engages with prospective customers to demonstrate the integration of Ariba products to their ERPs (SAP, Oracle, etc.) or other back-end solutions and explain the architecture of Ariba’s cloud solutions.

Find out how to join over one million suppliers that have registered and actively trade their products and services on the Ariba Network.

The workshop will also highlight integration scenarios between Ariba cloud solutions and customer ERP systems; featuring Ariba PO/Invoice Automation, Procure-to-Pay Solutions, and Upstream Procurement Solutions (sourcing, contracts, and supplier management).

This workshop will give developers an overview of what technologies can be leveraged to build these types of integrations and the software requirements necessary to build-out these solutions.

Account Executive for Big Data Solutions at SAP, Robby Richardson will conduct the SAP Workshop on real-time data solutions using the SAP HANA cloud platform.

As the in-memory Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering from SAP, HANA enables customers and developers to build, extend, and run applications in the cloud.

This workshop will provide an overview of the solutions and a selection of examples from the 1,500 developers and start-ups that are running their solutions on the world’s fastest real-time data platform.

SAP’s participation exemplifies the two major offerings of CDSE:2014:

During the business conference at CDSE:2014, highly focused strategic and technical keynotes, breakout panels, and Q&A sessions will thoroughly explore cloud computing solutions, and ample opportunities will be provided for one-on-one networking with the major players in this space.

At the co-located CDSE:2014 instructional workshops and special seminars facilitated by industry leading speakers and world-class technical trainers, attendees will, see, hear, learn and master critical skills in sessions devoted to the unique challenges and opportunities for developers, programmers, and solutions architects.

All aspects of cloud computing will be represented: storage, networking, applications, integration, and aggregation.

Examples of other sessions that show the depth and breadth of CDSE:2014 include “Mobile Cloud Architectures” by IBM’s Sal Vella, “Tackling Big Data with Hadoop & Open Source” by Talend’s Cedric Carbone, “Reducing IaaS Costs with Predictive Analytics” by QRhythm’s Sergey Sherpluk, “Media & Entertainment Cloud Object Stores” by Aspera’s Mike Flathers, “HIPAA in the Healthcare Cloud” by OnRamp’s Chad Kissinger, and “Cloud Mining for Government Agencies” by TechLabs’ Stephen Leibholz.

To learn more about conducting an instructional workshop, exhibiting, or sponsoring CDSE:2014, contact Don Buford, Executive Director, or Hank Woji, VP Business Development, at the CCA.

If you’d like to speak at this major industry event, please contact me at the DCIA. .

Share wisely, and take care.

Aug 04

8/4 Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

The Digital Due Process (DDP) coalition, in which the DCIA is a member, for more than two years has advocated reform of the seriously outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to protect data stored in the cloud.

Very significant progress has been made since late June when we marked the milestone of achieving a majority of the US House of Representatives to support HR 1852: The Email Privacy Act (EPA).

The EPA will require government agents to obtain warrants from a judge in order to force service providers to disclose private data they store in the cloud for their customers.

In fact, it’s now conceivable that — with your help — we can surpass a two-thirds majority of co-sponsors for this measure (two-hundred ninety).

The bill was originally sponsored by Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-KS), Tom Graves (R-GA), and Jared Polis (D-CO) and would create a bright-line, warrant-for-content rule for electronic communications.

Since our last report on this, the following Republican Members of Congress have signed-on as co-sponsors to EPA: Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Tom Cole (R-OK), Doug Collins (R-GA), David Jolly (R-FL), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Vance McAllister (R-LA), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Michael Turner (R-OH), and Todd Young (R-IN).

Meanwhile, our lead co-sponsors have also added these Democrats: Judy Chu (D-CA), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), Ed Pastor (D-AZ), and Kurt Schrader (D-OR).

There continue to be proportionally more Republicans than Democrats, and we also need Members of the House Judiciary Committee to sign-on and encouragement of Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to pass the bill out of Committee.

Now is the time for the full House to move swiftly to pass this common-sense reform that has huge bipartisan support.

Please make time on your schedule today to call, fax, or email your Congressional representative — targeting Democrats and Judiciary Committee Members in particular — and urge action.

The lone holdout on ECPA reform remains the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which wants new powers to obtain data directly from service providers.

The SEC’s position is made untenable by the support for ECPA reform by criminal justice agencies, which should have greater powers than civil authorities.

At a recent House hearing, FBI Director James Comey said that amending ECPA to require a warrant “won’t have any effect on our practice.”

He went on to note specifically that concerns about the outdated nature of ECPA “make sense to me.”

Effective law enforcement will not be hampered by a warrant requirement.

The SEC does not have the power to force its way into private offices to seize paper records from filing cabinets; it should not have the power to force its way into digital filing cabinets.

Members of Congress can show they take their constituents’ privacy seriously — and that they can enact meaningful reform — by passing this bill.

As the SIIA has proclaimed, “At a time when there is little agreement in Washington, this stands out as a bipartisan priority to level the playing field for protection of electronic communications.”

The Yoder-Graves-Polis bill gives Congress the rare opportunity to update digital communications privacy for the 21st century by providing the same amount of privacy to online as offline communications, as guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.

Twenty-eight years is long enough to wait given the changes in digital technologies since the eighties, before the the World Wide Web was even invented.

If the House votes on the bill, it will pass, so now’s the time. Share wisely and take care.

Jul 27

7/28 Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

Photo of CEO Marty Lafferty

The Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) and Cloud Computing Association (CCA) are very pleased to welcome Microsoft to our all new co-hosted CLOUD DEVELOPERS SUMMIT & EXPO 2014 (CDSE:2014).

According to research firm IDC, by 2017, the cloud computing industry is expected to more than double from its 2013 level of $47.4 billion.

The cloud’s 23.5% compound annual growth rate is five times faster than that of the broader technology market.

The needs have never been greater for developers, programmers and architects to advance their knowledge, capabilities and skill-sets in order to profit from this revolutionary transformation in the business processes of the future.

Microsoft’s cloud platform Azure is helping to drive this growth with services that provide enhanced performance, scalability, and additional security, which conventional web hosts just can’t provide.

For web developers, this means access to hosted applications and data, along with cloud-based development services, enabling them to create web applications that have access to data and services like never before.

To help industry participants learn how to capture their share of this huge opportunity, the DCIA & CCA have partnered to present CDSE:2014 in Austin, TX on October 1st and 2nd.

Keynoting for Microsoft on the topic “Enabling DevOps for the Cloud” will be Haishi Bai, Microsoft’s Technology Evangelist for Azure.

Haishi is an active technical writer with two published books on cloud computing and a blog with 0.5 million views yearly.

He’s been working in the industry for 17 years, and has been accumulating software development skills since he was 12, when he wrote his first programs in BASIC.

After he joined Microsoft, Haishi’s focus has been promoting Azure adoption by speaking at events, creating samples, guidance, frameworks, and tools as well as engaging with customers at different project phases to guide their cloud computing projects.

Haishi’s keynote will highlight such areas as “focus on your application,” “learn and innovate,” and “continuous improvements.”

Microsoft will also offer two workshops at CDSE:2014, which will cover “Getting Started with Microsoft Azure” and “Big Data with Microsoft Azure.”

Joining Haishi in conducting these workshops will be Microsoft Research Connections’ Senior Research Program Manager, Wenming Ye.

After completing his graduate work at University of Colorado Boulder, Wenming joined SRI International, where he focused on design and development of innovative wireless, handheld, and web-based simulation tools and services.

He returned to Boulder as a developer on the commercialization team at Tech-X Corp, where he developed and productized large-scale HPC software.

Wenming is currently responsible for cloud-based big data and big compute projects at Microsoft Research Connections.

Microsoft’s participation and that of the other major cloud brands exemplify how this inaugural summit and expo is co-locating two related but distinct events with broader audience appeal than prior CCA & DCIA offerings.

First, it’s providing the kind of senior-level strategic business conference we’ve pioneered with the CLOUD COMPUTING EAST and CLOUD COMPUTING WEST conference series — and for which audiences will be of the same caliber as the decision-maker attendees for those.

And second, it adds an all new opportunity for cloud-solution providers and vendors to present hands-on instructional workshops and special seminars — and for which audiences will be more directly involved in developing, programming, and implementing cloud-computing solutions.

The schedule has been carefully organized so that workshop attendees do not have to miss out on the thematically related conference sessions that are most directly related to their areas of interest.

During the conference part of CDSE:2014, highly focused business strategy and technical keynotes, breakout panels, and seminars will thoroughly explore cloud computing solutions, and ample opportunities will be provided for one-on-one networking with the major players in this space.

At the co-located instructional workshops and special seminars facilitated by more than one-hundred industry leading speakers and world-class technical trainers, attendees will, see, hear, learn and master critical skills in sessions devoted to the unique challenges and opportunities for developers, programmers, and solutions architects.

All aspects of cloud computing will be represented: storage, networking, applications, integration, and aggregation.

Three tracks will cover mobile, logistics, and big data considerations that cut across nearly every enterprise vertical migrating business functions to the cloud.

Three tracks will zero-in on three economic sectors that are now experiencing the most explosive growth: media and entertainment, government and military, and healthcare and life sciences.

Register now for CDSE:2014 to take advantage of early-bird rates.

To learn more about conducting an instructional workshop, exhibiting, or sponsoring CDSE:2014, contact Don Buford, Executive Director, or Hank Woji, VP Business Development, at the CCA.

If you’d like to speak at this major industry event, please contact me at the DCIA. .

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