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by Seema Jethani and Lori MacVittie Very few organizations have the insight that comes from longevity and are able to bring that experience to bear in new and emerging markets. IBM is one of them. That means when IBM makes a statement with respect to the (near and far) future of computing, it’s almost always more than prognostication, it’s pragmatism based on real experience. In that regard, IBM has consistently moved forward with cloud computing using measured strides across its portfolio of products and services, recognizing that the technology evolution often outpaces readies for adoption, if not interest. Its long history with organizations large and small ensures that IBM understands the challenges of adopting new technology, not just from a technical perspective but from a business perspective as well. In a recent interview with CloudNOW, Lauren States, Vic... (more)

Who's Mentoring the Mentors?

Every few years the industry, as if waking from a fugue, notices that the number of women in technical fields is lower than the number of men. A mad rush of studies and subsequent articles analyzing the situation is almost universally followed by a call to arms: we need to do better at mentoring girls and young women to get them interested in technology. And yet the fact that we rush to this conclusion every few years points to a failure in this strategy. After all, if a focus on earlier education was addressing the issue, we wouldn’t need to re-focus on education and encouragement every few years. The latest calls for mentoring the next-generation have come in just the past two months, lead by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her initiative, TechWomen. “Being a woman in the field of technology is not always easy,” Clinton said at the State Department during... (more)

HP Start-Up Gets New VP & Cloud Evangelist

"I came to HP cloud services because of the approach HP is taking with the cloud and how this opportunity was really a culmination of everything I've been doing in the industry," noted Margaret Dawson, former VP of Marketing at Symform, about her recent move to HP Cloud Services as VP of Product Marketing & HP Cloud Evangelist. Dawson has been working in her new position since Feb 11. HP Cloud Services, a start-up business within Hewlett Packard, will be delivering public cloud infrastructure, platform services, and cloud solutions for developers, ISVs, partners, service providers, and enterprises. Products include HP Cloud Compute and HP Cloud Object Storage, which are built on HP's hardware and software, with elements of HP Converged Infrastructure and an integration of OpenStack technology. The fact that HP is using the OpenStack technology and participating in ... (more)

Tapping in Women Tech Talent: Our Opportunity!

By Monique Morrow - On March 27 2013 I had the opportunity to participate at Cisco’s Women in Technology Forum with the theme, “Think Big, Play Big!” The event was particularly poignant as it was held under the publicity from Sheryl Sandberg’s provocative book and movement   “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” Our CEO John Chambers kicked the Forum off with a welcome video.  There were 41 Cisco execs at this venue and what can I say, an excellent start! Moving forward, I am excited that Cisco will be active globally in the celebration of Girls in ICT Day on April 25 2013. Further, I will have an opportunity to represent Cisco at the afternoon session, European Parliamentary hearing on Women in ICT. A lunchtime discussion panel at Cloud Expo (November 2011) featured prominent members of CloudNOW, a non-profit consortium of the leading women in cloud The topi... (more)

ProfNet Experts Available on State of the Union, Disaster Response, More

NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area. If you are interested in interviewing any of the experts, please contact them via the contact information at the end of the listing. To receive these updates by email, send a note to profnet@profnet.com with the industries you cover, and we'll add you to the appropriate edition.  If you are in need of additional experts, you can also submit a query to the hundreds of thousands of experts in our network. You can filter your request by institution type and geographic location to get the most targeted responses. The best part? It's free! Just fill out the query form to get started. If you have any questions or need assistance with any aspect of ProfNet, please drop us a note at profnet@profnet.com. EXPERT ALERTS Disaste... (more)

The Anita Borg Institute Announces Industry, Academia, and Government Leaders to Keynote 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/02/14 -- The Anita Borg Institute (ABI), a non-profit organization focused on advancing women in computing, today announced three celebrated technology leaders who will keynote this year's Grace Hopper Celebration. They are Shafi Goldwasser, Professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT and 2012 ACM Turing Award recipient; Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft; and Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director of DARPA. ABI also announced that registration is open for the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, to be held October 8-10 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Click here to register www.gracehopper.org. The Grace Hopper Celebration is the largest gathering of women in computing in the world, and is the "go-to" conference for women technologists at all levels. It is expected to attract approxim... (more)

UBM TechWeb's Cloud Connect Brings Together Entire Cloud Ecosystem, Surpasses Registration Expectations & Defines Cloud Computing Market Trends

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cloud Connect, produced by UBM TechWeb, announces record breaking attendance numbers for Cloud Connect Santa Clara, welcoming over 3700 IT professionals, developers and service providers to the recent event in Santa Clara, establishing Cloud Connect as the most important, vendor neutral event for the entire cloud ecosystem. Building on the momentum of this event, the Call for Papers for the upcoming Cloud Connect events in Chicago and Bangalore, India are now open.  For more information, visit http://www.cloudconnectevent.com. "We're thrilled at the success of Cloud Connect Santa Clara and want to thank our influential cloud experts and enterprise customers for helping build a program that was incredibly relevant and timely for our Cloud Connect audience," said Steve Wylie, Cloud Connect GM. "We look forward to driving t... (more)

BCE reports Q4 and 2013 results, announces 2014 financial outlook

Common share dividend increased 6.0% to $2.47 per year BCE Q4 net earnings attributable to common shareholders of $495 million; Adjusted net earnings of $540 million, up 16.4%; Adjusted net earnings per share of $0.70, up 16.7% Strong 11.4% growth in free cash flow in Q4 to $674 million Double-digit Wireless and Media EBITDA growth of 10.4% and 33.7% respectively, drives 7.0% increase in total Bell EBITDA Bell Wireline EBITDA growth positive this quarter on stronger residential Wireline revenue growth and improving year-over-year Bell Business Markets financial performance Healthy Q4 Wireless postpaid net additions of 119,520; 2.1% higher Wireless blended ARPU reflects increased data usage driven by steady smartphone growth; consumer mobile roaming rates significantly reduced Bell Fibe TV momentum continues with net additions of 60,301, up 25.0% as service footprin... (more)

FirmTech Joins the Evolve IP CloudNOW™ Partner Program

WAYNE, Pa., Sept. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Evolve IP, The Cloud Services Company™, today announced that FirmTech has joined its CloudNOW partner program and is offering Evolve IP's award-winning virtual data centers/ servers, virtual desktops, and disaster recovery services to law offices in the Southern United States. Out of the gate, FirmTech was able to immediately identify business needs and implement solutions for several law firms. CloudNow, is Evolve IP's cutting-edge program enabling VARs, Systems Integrators, Independent Software Vendors and other IT Service Providers to offer cloud computing services without the upfront investment, time and risk of building and operating their own platforms and data centers. "We are very excited to have FirmTech join the CloudNow program and for their initial success," says Joe Corvaia, Vice President of Cloud Computing for ... (more)

Cara Beston and Becky Swain of PwC's Risk Assurance Practice Recognized with CloudNOW's Top 10 Women in Cloud Award

NEW YORK, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- WHAT:        PwC Risk Assurance Partner Cara Beston and Becky Swain, PwC Cloud Assurance Director, today received CloudNOW's "Top 10 Women in Cloud Award" for their exceptional contributions and thought leadership to the cloud community. CloudNOW, an executive consortium of the leading women in cloud computing, presented the award during UBM Tech's Cloud Connect in San Jose, California. In addition, Ms. Swain will be speaking at Cloud Connect on the new initiatives led by the Cloud Security Alliance, in collaboration with international standards development organizations, to establish new forms of assurance and reporting with the mission of helping to build out a disparately desired trusted cloud ecosystem. WHEN/ WHERE: Ms. Swain's presentation, "Establishing New Forms of Cloud Assurance and Trust Leveraging Emergent Inter... (more)

Peter Thiel Opens Application Period for 2014 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowships

The Thiel Foundation announced this weekend that it has begun accepting applications for a new class of 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellows. The announcement was made at HackMIT, a weekend-long collegiate hackathon held at MIT that attracted more than 1,000 undergraduate tech enthusiasts. “Standing here, I find hope in your inventiveness, hard work, and passion for technology, because you are proof that the most peaceful, effective way to change the world is by building wonderful things,” said Jonathan Cain, president of the Thiel Foundation, during his address. “Hackathons are a powerful expression of this idea, and show us that the best way to learn isn’t by sitting in a classroom, but by doing. If this excites you, I hope you’ll apply for a 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship so we can help you bring your most audacious ideas to life.” Thiel Fellowships include grants of $100,000... (more)