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How can government organizations offer public data sets cost effectively yet create tremendous impact in the private sector? That is the question that will be asked and answered by Omer Trajman, Director of Cloud and Virtualization for Vertica, in a breakout session that he will be giving next month at SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo (GovITExpo), which will take place on October 6, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The session will be entitled "Accessing Public Data via the Cloud" and Trajman be discussing how, for example, private clouds such as Amazon's Web Services (AWS) are now used to host st public data sets free of charge and available on demand. "Along with elastic compute services, AWS users can create private copies to combine with their own data for analysis. From census data used to identify target areas f... (more)

Government IT "Readers' Choice Awards" Nominations Close Sept 4

SYS-CON Media announced today that nominations will close on September 4 for its first annual Government IT Readers' Choice Awards. These awards recognize excellence in the software, solutions, or services provided by the industry's top vendors. Voting will begin September 7, 2009, and end September 18, 2009. Winners will be announced by October 6, 2009. To nominate your favorite products and services today, visit this site. "The i-Technology professionals who constitute the dedicated readers of's many sites relevant to Government IT are personally, professionally, a... (more)

Obituary for John T. Rettaliata

John T. Rettaliata, president of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) for 21 years and member of Dwight D. Eisenhower's National Aeronautics and Space Council, the predecessor to NASA, died on Saturday at the age of 97. Rettaliata became president of IIT in 1952 at the age of 40 -- the youngest IIT president to date and, at the time, the youngest chief executive of a scientific school in the United States. During his twenty-one-year tenure, he initiated an ambitious fundraising effort that secured a $20 million annual budget, saw the main campus built, added the Chicago-Kent... (more)

DoD's Mark Krzysko to Speak at 1st Annual GovIT Expo

February 29, 2008 marked the start of change in the Department of Defense's management of its Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP) portfolio. On that day, authoritative Earned Value Management and Unit Cost information was available, on demand, to support DoD Secretariat decision making on 12 MDAPs totaling $103B. Today, the capability provides broader cost, schedule, and performance information for 37 MDAPs totaling $1.2T. "This effort combines Departmental and data governance with SOA to improve the timeliness and authoritativeness of critical program oversight data, whic... (more)

President & CEO of AgilePath to Speak at 1st Annual Government IT Expo

What are the linkages of SOA to Cloud, and what is best way to accelerate from SOA into Cloud? These questions will be answered by Eric Marks - founder, president, and CEO of AgilePath Corporation - in a breakout session to be given at SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo (GovITExpo), which will take place on October 6, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Marks's session is entitled "SOA and Cloud: Achieving the Agility Double Play" and you can attend both his session and the entire event free by use of the guest code VIPguest here [case... (more)