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Top 3 Government Challenges with Cloud

As Cloud Computing gains more attention from government customers, it presents new challenges and demands a different set of skills to become successful. Having a clear understanding of the business’ challenges and the benefits that may be obtained from the cloud becomes even more important.

In my conversations with different government organizations about Cloud Computing, three distinct challenges keep coming up.

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#1: Reducing Costs. More than ever, agencies have the pressure to reduce costs at all levels.  Dealing with shrinking budgets and demands for newer services has forced agencies to carefully look for areas that may be optimized or simplified.  While many agencies struggle to keep the lights on, they are forced to look at alternate ways to provide services. Cloud services has become an attractive way to address those demands and provide new services to its citizens.

The pressure to reduce costs has also forced agencies with common needs to work together and find ways to collaborate and simplify operations.  This is different from the past, where agencies could not justify or were not interested in combining computing resources with other agencies.

#2: Agility and Scalability. At the same time they are forced to reduce costs, agencies are also forced to achieve new levels of agility and innovation.  The constant demand for new services and deployment of new technologies have forced agencies to consider services in the cloud in order to simplify and reduce their infrastructure footprint.  While agencies may be solely focused on reducing costs, cloud applications can not only reduce the costs, but also give agencies a new level of agility and scalability.

The cloud allows agencies to pool resources to serve multiple customers using a multi-tenant model.  These shared resources give agencies a sense of independence and elasticity, since resources may be dynamically assigned according to demand.

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Unleash the Power of Social Media, Increase Your Influence

December 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm PST

At Cisco Partner Velocity last week, the Channels blog caught up with David Nour--author of the book “Relationship Economics,” speaker, and Managing Partner of The Nour Group.

In his keynote at the event, Nour covered ways to “unleash the power of social media,” but not just by getting more followers, collecting more friends, and increasing page views on your blog. Turns out, social media success is all about building relationships and influence where ROI stands for “return on influence.”

Check out this interview with Nour to find out his favorite social media tools, ways to gain trust, and how to increase your influence.

What other tips did Nour offer during his keynote? Read on to find out… Read More »

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Cisco Security Tracks LinkedIn Spam Attack

September 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm PST

Starting this morning—Monday, September 27, at 10am GMT—cyber criminals sent spam email messages targeting users of the LinkedIn social media community. This is the largest such attack known to date.

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