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Related Links: Wanted: 19 More of the Top Software People in the World Sung and Unsung i-Technology Heroes Who's Missing from SYS-CON's i-Technology Top Twenty?" Our search for the Twenty Top Software People in the World is nearing completion. In the SYS-CON tradition of empowering readers, we are leaving the final "cut" to you, so here are the top 40 nominations in alphabetical order. Our aim this time round is to whittle this 40 down to our final twenty, not (yet) to arrange those twenty in any order of preference. All you need to do to vote is to go to the Further Details page of any nominee you'd like to see end up in the top half of the poll when we close voting on Christmas Eve, December 24, and cast your vote or votes. To access the Further Details of each nominee just click on their name. Happy voting!   In alphabetical order the nominees are:   Tim Berner... (more)

Citrix CTO Hails Citrix-Microsoft Alliance As Increasing Virtualization Choice

"Until 2008, VMware was the only choice, their hypervisor cost thousands of dollars, and they had the market to themselves," says Citrix CTO Simon Crosby in this Exclusive Q&A in the run-up to the 3rd International Virtualization Conference & Expo next month in New York. "In 2008, Citrix and Microsoft bring customers an open architecture, a price/performance and feature set that is difficult to beat, and a powerful channel that can deliver customers a real choice for their virtual infrastructure for the first time," he adds. "Importantly," Crosby continues, "our products will all also add value to VMware virtualized infrastructure, to fully support customers that have purchased VMware enterprise licenses." Read the rest of the Exclusive Q&A with Citrix CTO Simon Crosby here In the wide-ranging interview with SYS-CON's Jeremy Geelan, Crosby was asked why he thought IT ha... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

CIA was Headed to an Enterprise Cloud All Along: Jill Tummler Singer

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer "I believe commercial solutions - whether its Google’s cloud or Amazon’s web services - may be perfect for many companies. But some corporations and government agencies are not going to be comfortable outsourcing their information and services to the Internet-based cloud," said Jill Tummler Singer, Deputy CIO of the Central Intelligence Agency, on Tuesday, at SYS-CON's 1st Annual GovIT Expo, in the event's opening keynote. "For agencies like mine," Singer (pictured below) continued,  "and for many corporations, keeping such precious gems in our own possession is a foregone conclusion." Jill Tummler Singer keynoting at 1st Annual GovIT Conference & Expo, Oct. 6 The answer, for the CIA at least, is what Singer calls Enterprise Cloud Computing. Enterprise Cloud Computing as defined by Singer is behind the firewall and contained within a business... (more)

Cloud Expo Europe 2009 in Prague: Themes & Topics

The overall conference theme of Cloud Expo Europe [3rd International Cloud Expo] which will take place, May 18-19, 2009, in Prague, Czech Republic is "Deploying Cloud Computing in the Enterprise." Here we present a round-up of Themes & Topics that will be covered in the rich array of breakout sessions, General Sessions, and Power Panel dicussions at the 2-day event. Our organizing principle for the Prague event is that through our intensive schedule of keynotes, general and breakout sessions, attending delegates will be assured of leaving with abundant resources, ideas and examples they can apply immediately to leveraging the Cloud, helping them to maximize performance, minimize cost and improve the scalability of their Enterprise IT endeavors. The event is co-located with SYS-CON's Virtualization Conference Europe 2009. Register Today for a Golden Pass and Attend Both... (more)

Oracle Executive to Keynote on Rich Enterprise Applications at AJAX World

SYS-CON Events today announced that Oracle's Ashish Mohindroo (pictured) will deliver the Opening Keynote at the 7th International AJAX World Conference & Expo (ajaxworld.com), being held June 22-23 in New York City. In his session, "Breaking the Collaboration Barrier with Rich Enterprise Applications," Mohindroo - who launched and continues to lead the global Go-To-Market Initiatives for Oracle's SOA, Complex Event Processing (CEP), Business Process Management (BPM), Master Data Management (MDM), and Developer Tools product offerings and is a major driver behind Oracle's recognized leadership in SOA - will speak about REA and collaboration including Oracle's vision on how you can rapidly create collaboration tools, mashup existing applications, inject Portal capabilities into plain web apps, and build scalable Enterprise 2.0-style applications that render rich user ... (more)

Exclusive Q&A with Rich Marcello - Unisys President, Systems & Technology

Unisys announced in September a four-part cloud computing strategy that will enable clients to move their enterprise application workloads securely to tailored cloud environments and give them confidence in maintaining the integrity of their critical information. In this Exclusive Q&A with Cloud Computing Journal in the run-up to SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (November 2-4, 2009) - Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan speaks with Rich Marcello - Unisys President, Systems & Technology - about the Unisys Secure Cloud and sets the scene for the upcoming Unisys Cloud-in-a-box. Cloud Computing Journal: Starting at 35,000 feet, what overall relationships does Unisys see between cloud computing and the increasingly real-time needs of today's enterprise? Rich Marcello: I believe that  cloud computing will revolutionize the way enterprises... (more)

Industry Experts Discuss the State of Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer "With cloud computing, price to deploy applications goes through the floor while flexibility to scale those applications goes through the ceiling!" says WaveMaker CEO Chris Keene, in this lively round-up of CEO and CTO opinions to get a sense of The State of Cloud Computing compiled and published by Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo is taking place this week at the Santa Clara Convention Center (November 2-4, 2009). Keene's take on what's driving Cloud Computing enterprise-wise is just one of several high-profile contributions. Those contributing to Geelan's impromptu survey include: RightScale CEO Michael Crandell; the Chairman & CEO of WaveMaker, Chris Keene; the CTO of GigaSpaces, Nati Shalom; Lew Cirne, Founder & CEO of New Relic; Mitchell Kertzman of Hummer Winblad Venture Partne... (more)

Cloud Expo Speaker Profile: Sheng Liang - Citrix

With Cloud Expo Silicon Valley (9th Cloud Expo) starting today Monday November 7 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, let's introduce you in greater detail to the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical program at the conference... We have technical and strategy sessions for you dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing, 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? CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Sheng Liang TWITTER: @shengliang COMPANY: Citrix Systems 9TH CLOUD EXPO SESSION TITLE: Build Your Own Highly Scalable Cloud with CloudStack SESSION DESCRIPTION: http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com/node/2018194 BRIEF BIOGRAPHY: Sheng Liang is CTO Cloud Platforms Group, Citrix Systems. Formerly CEO of Clou... (more)

"It's More Than Just an IDE," Says CTO As Borland Becomes Strategic Developer Member of Eclipse

Eclipse Keynote on SYS-CON.TV BEA Joins Eclipse; "Huge Milestone for the Entire Java Community," Says Exec Sybase Joins Eclipse Foundation's Board of Directors CA Strengthens Its Commitment to Open Source Paradigm, Joins Eclipse SYS-CON Radio interviews the Eclipse Foundation Exclusive Q & A with Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director, Eclipse Foundation Mike Milinkovich's SYS-CON profile Borland, which has been a member since the inception of Eclipse, yesterday joined the Eclipse Foundation as a Strategic Developer Member. Raaj Shinde, vice president of product strategy and Architecture at Borland will take a seat on the Eclipse Board of Directors. "Since joining the organization as a founding member," said Pat Kerpan, Borland's CTO, "we've seen Eclipse evolve into something that is much more than just an integrated development environment." "Borland's extensive exper... (more)

As IBM Jumps On Board, There's Just No Stopping AJAX Now

"We've seen the Web moving from a publishing paradigm to an e-business paradigm to an AJAX paradigm." That is the considered verdict of IBM Software Group's CTO of Emerging Internet Technologies, David Boloker. And he's right: AJAX is here, it's growing, and it's (potentially) the biggest thing to hit the i-Technology world since Java. For those who dislike talk of "paradigm shifts" and suchlike, on principle, let's examine why this particular shift is more than just marketeering, for once. For a start, it's not new...only the name is. Which means that the AJAX approach - for it is more an approach than it is a technolog in itself - is in fact already tried and true. Secondly, its naming last year - by Jesse James Garrett (pictured), of Adaptive Path - has caught on not because the i-Technology world needed another acronym - it surely doesn't - but because it is the... (more)