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I wonder how many people, as I did, found themselves thrown into confusion by the death last week of Jean Ichbiah (pictured), inventor of Ada.  Learning that the inventor of a computer programming language is already old enough to have lived 66 years (Ichbiah was 66 when he succumbed to brain cancer) is a little like learning that your 11-year-old daughter has grown up and left home or that the first car you ever bought no longer is legal because it runs on gasoline in an age where all automobiles must run on water. How can something as novel, as new, as a computing language possibly already be so old-fangled that an early practitioner like Ichbiah can already no longer be with us? The thought was so disquieting that it took me immediately back to the last time I wrote about Ichbiah, and indeed about Ada Lovelace for whom his language was named. It was in the context ... (more)

Cloud Expo, Inc. Names Carmen Gonzalez CEO

SYS-CON announced today that "Cloud Expo, Inc." has spun out of SYS-CON Events, Inc. as a startup events management company which produces and presents Cloud Expo (TM) events worldwide. Cloud Expo, Inc. launched Cloud Expo (TM) events in 2007, and currently producing Cloud Expo East, Cloud Expo West, Cloud Expo Europe, Cloud Expo Tokyo, Cloud Expo Prague, Cloud Expo Hong Kong, and Cloud Expo Sao Paolo. All Cloud Expo marks and trademarks are registered trademarks of Cloud Expo, Inc. worldwide. Carmen Gonzalez was named CEO of Cloud Expo, Inc. Carmen served as the co-founder, president, and chief operating officer of SYS-CON Media since 1994. In this capacity, Carmen was in charge of SYS-CON's sales and marketing functions. Under her leadership, the company was named by Inc 500 among the fastest-growing 500 privately held companies in North America three years in a... (more)

PR News on Ulitzer Launched for Public Relations Executives

PR News on Ulitzer topic was launched today for public relations executives with more than 37,000 original news stories, blog entries and articles. Ulitzer content is grouped in 25 distinct subjects from "Aerospace and Defense" to "Travel and Hospitality." Each subject group offers an unlimited number of topics, and each topic may contain thousands of peer-reviewed feature stories, bylined articles, blog posts, news, reviews, commentary, and unique editorial content authored by top experts in their fields. Ulitzer is designed to replace Wikipedia with Its three-dimensional live content offerings and dynamic topic structure. "Facebook established itself as the new and improved tool for Myspace users and Ulitzer will establish itself as the new, much improved, dynamic, and  three dimensional version of Wikipedia with live content," said Fuat Kircaali, founder of Ulitzer... (more)

Is the PR Business Extinct? Yes

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali The short answer is yes. In our estimation, roughly 70% of today's PR firms with their traditional public relations and communications business structures will not survive the fast-approaching social media avalanche. The remaining 30% that need to reinvent their position real fast in their newly morphed industry will prosper, compared to where they were and what they were doing before. For publicly traded companies, current rules dictate that information can be made public by a press release or by a telephone conference call but not simply on a website. Ninety percent of today's PR firms are still in business simply because of this single rule. For the first time three years ago, in 2006, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz asked the SEC to change this rule. Well, the new White House is already posting the President's weekly address... (more)

Should Our Business Tweet in the Cloud?

New Media on Ulitzer The jury’s still out for most businesses on whether or not significant effort is made in “tweeting” information via Twitter.com – but the evidence is IN regarding whether or not to simply sign up and prepare to do so. Your company’s online popularity, reputation and ultimately success is derived from two core things – what you say, and what others say about you. Let’s address these communication elements as “attributed source information” (ASI). “Attributed” from the perspective that there is in fact a known source (though it may be an anonymous ID), “source” from the perspective that it’s the very first sincere representation of the communication or concept actually published online, and “information” in that it’s not just some data or graphic fragments, it’s actually a message or concept with enough context to drive interest. If it’s non-attr... (more)

Ulitzer Names the World's 30 Most Influential Cloud Computing Bloggers

Cloud Expo on Ulitzer Ulitzer.com announced today "the World's 30 most influential Cloud bloggers," who collectively generated more than 24 million Ulitzer page views. Ulitzer's annual "most influential Cloud bloggers" list was announced at Cloud Expo 2009 West, which took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center, California. Cloud Expo 2009 West drew more delegates than all other Cloud-related events put together worldwide. "The world's 50 most influential Cloud bloggers 2010" list will be announced at the Cloud Expo 2010 East, which will take place April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center, in New York City, with more than 5,000 expected to attend. Detailed information on how to become a Ulitzer blogger can be obtained  here. Ulitzer New Media Power Panel at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, during Cloud Expo 2009 West. "Ulitzer New Media ... (more)

How To Design and Implement an Enterprise Open Source Security Architecture

Information security is a top priority for many companies. Protecting information from external threats such as hackers, viruses, and spam, as well as governmental regulation requirements (SOX, HIPAA, NISPOM, etc.), are driving IT purchases beyond ROI as C-level executives seek to assure shareholders (and themselves) that assets are secure within the company complex. Viewed as today's growth market, many software/hardware/service companies are creating offerings to mitigate perceived risk or actual liability. The security environment within some organizations may be somewhat lax - "safe" behind the routers, IDS, and firewalls. In this article, I'll discuss how to create a security architecture, including analysis, planning and prioritizing security needs, and I'll examine the following topics: Understanding security architecture Balancing threats, costs, and the val... (more)

Search Engine Optimization Firm Increases Depth Company-Wide

Oneupweb, a provider of search engine optimization (SEO) and marketing (SEM) solutions, has announced growth across many departments. Accordingly, Oneupweb plans to add square footage to its new headquarters. “The search marketing industry is growing rapidly, but we’re growing even faster,” says Lisa Wehr, Oneupweb CEO. “We have more business from our current clients. They are referring us to other companies. And we’re getting more new clients from our reputation for integrity and best practices.” “As a result,” Wehr adds, “we’ve not only added valuable people; we’re expanding our space as well.” The natural search engine optimization team announces the addition of three national project managers, who will work closely with clients to build organic search engine optimization and marketing campaigns.... (more)

Building a Secure Corporate Environment

This article is an excerpt from Larstan's The Black Book on Corporate Security. This new book is available in bookstores and the first chapter is available for free at www.theblackbooks.com. Printed with permission from Larstan Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2005. Your company needs a secure data infrastructure, but how, exactly, do you set one up from scratch? Here, a former FBI agent who now serves as an information security officer reveals the best methods for creating a system that takes control of your information. I'm a battle-hardened veteran of DMZ skirmishes. No, I'm not talking about the "demilitarized zone" imposed between North and South Korea following the Korean War in the early 1950s. Among information security officers such as myself, a DMZ is the euphemism for a computer host or small network inserted as a neutral buffer that separa... (more)

SYS-CON Announces "iTVcon Internet TV Conference & Expo 2007"

SYS-CON Events announced today that the first "iTVcon Internet TV Conference & Expo 2007" (www.itvcon.com) will take place June 25-26, 2007 in New York City. Calls for papers for the conference, sponsorship and exhibit opportunities were made available today at the conference website. Delegate registration information can also be obtained at the conference website, www.itvcon.com. A letter written by the conference chair Jeremy Geelan announcing the conference today states: "Welcome to the Future! Did you already purchase your .tv domain name? You can't afford not to add Internet TV to your Web site in 2007!" 2006 has been the year of streaming video and the birth of Internet TV, the long-awaited convergence of television and the Internet. Now that broadband is available to more than 100 million households worldwide, every corporate website and every media company ... (more)

Carnival Corporation Selects OpenPages SOX Express for Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance

WALTHAM, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/17/06 -- OpenPages, the leading provider of enterprise governance, risk and compliance management (GRCM) solutions, today announced that Carnival Corporation & plc has selected OpenPages Sarbanes-Oxley Express (SOX Express) for its Sarbanes-Oxley compliance initiatives. Carnival will deploy SOX Express to automate the company's ongoing test and review of its internal controls documentation in order to reduce the time and resource costs associated with Section 404 and 302 compliance. Carnival Corporation & plc is the largest cruise vacation group in the world, with a portfolio of 12 cruise brands in North America, Europe and Australia, comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Windstar Cruises, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Ocean Village, P&O Cruises, Swan Hellenic... (more)