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Clear Your Clouded Mind
February 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm #122061
Did you miss it?
Did you miss the tremendous training we hosted last Thursday with our partner Microsoft?
Don’t worry. We’ve got a summary of Part 1 below AND we’re hosting Part 2 THIS THURSDAY (2/3):
We’ve titled the training “Harnessing the Power of the Cloud” and it focuses on the benefits of cloud computing as well as an inside look at how to apply cloud strategy to government organizations.
In the weeks before the training session, Govloop members were asked two polling questions on Govloop.com.
Poll 1: How Much do You Know About Cloud?
The results showed a mixture of cloud knowledge:
- 38% knew a moderate amount
- 24% knew a little
- 18% knew nothing, but wanted to learn more
- 20% knew quite a bit
Poll 2: Is Your Agency Considering Moving One or More Services to the Cloud?”
- 54% said yes
- 30% said no
- 16% said they didn’t know
Part One was awesome. The session’s rockstar panel included:
- Steve Ressler, President and Founder of Govloop
- Anil Karmel, Solutions Architect for Network and Infrastructure Engineering Production Systems
- Dustin Haisler: Former CIO of Manor Texas and Director, Government Innovation: Spigit
- Scott Derby: Office 365 Specialist-Microsoft
Quite the panel! Karmel was asked to give a simple definition of the cloud for those who really don’t know about it. Karmel related cloud computing to electricity grids, saying:
“We don’t know specifically where we get our electricity. We know it’s available and we consume it. You access a pool of resources when you need them.”
Each panel member gave their input and described how they have seen the cloud impacting technology as well as government, focusing examples of government implementation of the cloud, such as:
- The Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) “Infrastructure on Demand”
- The implementation of the cloud in Manor, Texas and the shift from infrastructure focus to innovation focus
- Various case studies of the cloud in both state and local government
In addition to expert presentations, an interactive Q&A gave listeners the chance to ask any questions they had
regarding the cloud. Some of the questions were:
- What do HR federal agencies need to know about the cloud?
- Would cloud computing be a good place to host a database for a mobile application?
- How comfortable are you with how cloud adoption is going in the DOD
What are your questions about cloud computing? Perhaps we can pose some of them to the panel in Part 2.
For those of you that joined us, thank you! For those of you who missed it, you can find the full version of the live stream as well as the slide archive in the Microsoft Productivity for Government Group. You might also want to check out the Twitter activity around the series’ – hash tag #gltrain.
Again, join Microsoft and Govloop for Part 2 of the training series this Thursday, February 3rd!
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