Cloud Expo New York Speaker Profile: James Weir – UShareSoft

With Cloud Expo 2012 New York (10th Cloud Expo) now just seven weeks away, what better time to introduce you in greater detail to the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical and strategy sessions at the conference…

We have technical and strategy sessions for you every day from June 11 through June 14 dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing and Big Data, but what of those who are presenting? Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said about the Cloud that is transforming the world of Enterprise IT, side by side with the exploding use of enterprise Big Data – processed in the Cloud – to drive value for businesses…?

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PerspecSys Delivers Cloud Data Protection @ Inland Empire Health Plan

“PerspecSys enables Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and other healthcare customers to confidently deploy leading SaaS applications like Oracle CRM On Demand, while eliminating the security and compliance barriers that previously got in their way,” noted David Canellos, CEO of PerspecSys, the leader in cloud data protection solutions for the enterprise, as PerspecSys recently announced an agreement to provide its Cloud Data Protection gateway, including the PRS server and Oracle CRM On Demand adapter, to IEHP

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Cloud Expo New York Speaker Profile: John Keagy – GoGrid

With Cloud Expo 2012 New York (10th Cloud Expo) now only seven weeks away, what better time to introduce you in greater detail to the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical and strategy sessions at the conference…

We have technical and strategy sessions for you every day from June 11 through June 14 dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing and Big Data, but what of those who are presenting? Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said about the Cloud that is transforming the world of Enterprise IT, side by side with the exploding use of enterprise Big Data – processed in the Cloud – to drive value for businesses…?

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A Pragmatic Journey to the Cloud at Cloud Expo New York

As enterprise adoption of cloud computing accelerates, organizations must have a strategy and roadmap for moving to the cloud. Faced with different options including building a private cloud, subscribing to public clouds, or leveraging a hybrid cloud, organizations need a rational and pragmatic approach.
In his Focus Lunch Keynote at the 10th International Cloud Expo, Rex Wang, Vice President of Product Marketing at Oracle, will explore the emerging trends in cloud computing and offers best practices for how organizations can successfully navigate a journey to the cloud.

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Cloud Expo New York: Borderless Applications in the Cloud

As virtualization adoption progresses beyond server consolidation, this is also transforming how enterprise applications are deployed and managed in an agile environment. The traditional method of business-critical application deployment where administrators have to contend with an array of unrelated tools, custom scripts to deploy and manage applications, OS and VM instances into a fast changing cloud computing environment can no longer scale effectively to achieve response time and desired efficiency.
Oracle VM and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder allow applications, associated components, deployment metadata, management policies and best practices to be encapsulated into ready-to-run VMs for rapid, repeatable deployment and ease of management.

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Adopting Cloud Apps? Addressing Data Security Challenges at Cloud Expo NY

The benefits of cloud computing are well documented: faster time to value, lower total cost of ownership, and greater scalability. So, what’s holding up adoption? Concerns include data security, data privacy, loss of governance, regulatory compliance, and data sovereignty. How should organizations address these challenges to leverage the proven benefits of cloud computing?
In his session at the 10th International Cloud Expo, Varun Badhwar, VP, Product Strategy at CipherCloud, will shed some light on these complex issues, discuss how migrating to the cloud impacts regulatory and compliance requirements, cover case studies on how global institutions have securely adopted the cloud, and examine emerging best practices on retaining control over sensitive data in the cloud.

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Lumesse Adds New Usability, Integration Features to Lumesse Learning Gateway

Lumesse today announced the latest version of its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) learning management system, Lumesse Learning Gateway 5.7, with a wide range of new capabilities that include enhanced reporting, additional languages, improved navigation and full integration with Lumesse ETWeb talent management.

The integration (announced earlier this month) with Lumesse ETWeb, delivered using the new Lumesse ETWeb Exchange service-oriented architecture, offers users fast and easy access to learning from a wide range of e-learning vendors anywhere in the world. Personalized, relevant learning content can be selected and delivered directly from the cloud within the familiar, web-based user experience of Lumesse ETWeb.

“Lumesse Learning Gateway takes the pain out of managing learning,” said Lumesse CEO Matthew Parker. “This release helps both learners and learning managers to find and manage the training they need. Learners can identify and start training that is directly relevant to their career goals and their company objectives through a familiar talent management environment. Training managers can control the process, workflow and reporting of learning with less effort and greater oversight. Organizations get better trained, more motivated people with lower costs and less administrative overhead.”

Lumesse Learning Gateway is a powerful and affordable cloud-based learning management system that delivers and manages sophisticated blended learning programmes that can include mobile and social learning, tests and assessments, personalized e-learning, and instructor-led training. Lumesse Learning Gateway is delivered as a SaaS solution configurable to exact needs to encourage high completion rates, and scalable for any number of learners and any amount of learning.

Among the improvements in Lumesse Learning Gateway 5.7 are:

A new scalable reporting framework generates attractive reports –
from a standard, categorized library — that are easy to understand
and use.
Added language support for learners: Chinese and Japanese for a total
of 22 supported learner languages; and French and Italian for a total
of seven supported administrator languages.
A redesigned administrative portal offers simpler, more intuitive
navigation of the powerful learning management capabilities in Lumesse
Learning Gateway.

In addition, tight integration with Lumesse ETWeb talent management allows a learner-centric, consumerized user experience with single sign-on and a common look-and-feel that increases user adoption by making access and navigation simple and intuitive for all users. Users can quickly find best-match learning activities that support career development and objectives, start e-learning from within the talent management system, and easily identify recommended and mandatory training – supporting increased completion ratios. Direct access to development history and development plans from a Talent Profile give a clear overview of training taken and required, while integrated reporting measures and analyzes progress and completion against planned and mandatory learning, as well as cost breakdowns. Configurable workflows allow managers easy approval of learning activities.

Lumesse Learning Gateway 5.7 is available immediately.


SUMMUS Software Launches New Release of Cloud-based IT Management Solution

SUMMUS Software, a provider of cost-effective, comprehensive, cloud-based IT operations management solutions, today announced the latest release of Summus IT Management Suite powered by Summit Platform 4.0, an integrated suite of applications for IT service management, IT asset management, and availability management. This latest release delivers the IT contextual dashboard, together with robust enhancements to incident, service level agreement (SLA), change, configuration management database (CMDB), knowledge, event, release, availability and project management.

SUMMUS Software’s new release of Summus IT Management Suite and Summit Platform are designed to support the growing and maturing IT service management, IT asset management and IT availability management requirements of small and midsized businesses (SMB) and managed service providers (MSP). By supporting IT organization’s on-going efforts to optimize their costs, resources and processes, this release ensures customers can better maximize IT management efficiencies.

“Summus IT Management Suite is helping IT organizations to achieve greater cost and operational efficiencies using the power of Summit Platform,” said Wai Wong, president and CEO of SUMMUS Software. “This latest release represents the industry’s most comprehensive cloud-based IT management solution with built-in IT intelligence. SUMMUS is helping customers to better optimize their IT operations, and establish a more productive relationship between IT and business.”

The new release of Summus IT Management Suite is powered by the latest version of SUMMUS Software’s unified and integrated IT operations management platform, Summit Platform 4.0. Based on extensive work with customers, key IT industry experts and standards organizations, this release delivers features representing key IT management technology advances in the areas of Incident Management, SLA Management, Knowledge Management, Change Management, CMDB, Availability Management, Event Management, Release Management and Project Management.

Key features of the new release of Summus IT Management Suite include:

Summus Service Management

Incident Management: Fine-grained per-incident cost management, and
simplified end-user request management via templates
SLA Management: Fine-grained control and monitoring of customer SLAs,
vendor SLAs and operations level agreements (OLA)
Knowledge Management: Enhanced knowledge relevance and effectiveness
management
Change Management: Enhanced reliability and availability with powerful
change control and configuration
CMDB: Increased high availability with version control management,
faster and easier implementation and simplified integration with other
IT management systems via open Web Services APIs
Release Management: Comprehensive management of release costs,
versions, builds, and workflows

Summus Availability Management

Server & Network Monitoring: Flexible and fine-grained monitoring,
reporting and alerts based on multiple thresholds, and utilization
trends
Event Management: Automatic, event correlation management

IT Intelligence

IT Contextual Dashboard: Holistic side-by-side, contextually
comparative view of the entire IT operations environment


appRenaissance Acquires Mobile UX/UI Innovator UXFLIP

appRenaissance, a provider of mobile applications, tools and infrastructure, announced today that it has acquired UXFLIP, an innovator in dynamic mobile interface capabilities. UXFLIP’s patent-pending dynamic UX/UI creation, deployment and management capabilities will be merged with the company’s mobile middleware platform, Unifeed™.

“We’re very excited to announce this acquisition today and to have founder Michael Raber join the appRenaissance team,” said Bob Moul, appRenaissance CEO. “The capabilities of UXFLIP are highly complementary to our middleware platform and Michael will be an awesome addition to the team.”

UXFLIP was a participant in the Fall 2011 accelerator program at DreamIt Ventures and recently won “best in show” at the Phorum tech conference in Philadelphia. UXFLIP allows users to dynamically build, deploy and manage the user interface and experience of mobile applications as a cloud-delivered service. A beta version of the offering will be available this summer.

“I am excited to be joining the team at appRenaissance and to help lead the development of next generation revolutionary mobile tools and infrastructure,” said Raber. “Bob was our advisor at DreamIt and immediately saw the value of what we were building. appRenaissance provides the perfect platform to continue to build out the vision we had when we launched UXFLIP.”