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Google, Coursera team up to offer cloud training courses
Stephanie Condon, March 3, 2017
Google is collaborating with the online education company Coursera to train more workers for the growing cloud computing industry. Read more ...
Helping universities build what’s next with Google Cloud Platform
Bram Bout, Oct 25, 2016
Google investing in bringing Cloud Platform (GCP) to higher educations. Read more...
In-demand Cloud Computing Professionals Are Being Paid Top Dollar
IEEE expert discusses how to break into the lucrative field
By KATHY PRETZ 31 March 2016
Companies of all sizes are competing to hire the limited number of professionals trained in cloud computing, according to a recent article in The New York Times. Those with the right skills can earn up to US $1 million per year. Read more...
IEEE Tunisia section: Spring School on Cloud Computing, IoT, and Big Data
Tim Murphy, Forbes.com, 7 Aug, 2015
Universities and the Cloud
The global cloud market is rapidly growing and forecasted to reach $270 billion in spending by 2020, an increase of 32.8% from 2014 to 2015 alone. In the education sector, universities are now embracing cloud offerings and accepting these services as a key element in IT. Millennials, who will account for 75% of the workforce by 2025, are a primary reason why universities are adapting these services in order to prepare students for the global economy. Read more Forbes...
Lynn Ondrusek, Pocono Record, 20 June 2015
Classes in the cloud
For some students, sitting in a traditional classroom at a standard desk and listening to a standard lecture is not their style of learning.
For others, learning at home, sitting at the dinner table and going at their own pace could make a difference in their success as a student.
But for the districts in Monroe County, cyber charter schools were sucking money from local school budgets, before the districts started hosting their own cyber schools. Read more at Pocono Record.
Digital Book World, 14 May 2015
Amazon Launches Cloud Computing Education Program
Amazon Web Services introduces a program designed to help secondary and higher education students gain skills and training in cloud computing technology. Read more at Digital Book World...
Fortune, 14 April 2015
Docker, a cloud 'container' company, raises $95 million
Container cloud could be the next big thing in cloud computing. Read more at Fortune...
Education Week, 8 January 2014
Cloud Computing in K–12 Expands, Raising Data Privacy Concerns
The use of cloud-based technologies in K–12 schools is becoming increasingly complex and expansive, prompting a wide range of approaches for protecting private student data stored in the cloud and raising serious concerns about the security of such data.
Districts ranging from the 203,000-student Houston school system to the 3,000-student Tomah, Wisconsin schools have outlined clear policies and practices for storing data in the cloud. The two districts take very different approaches, however. Read more at Education Week...
Public Service, 21 May 2013
Cloud Computing Project Wins First-of-its-Kind Google Award
Dr. Lawrence Chung, associate professor of computer science at UT Dallas, could not predict with 100 percent certainty that his cloud computing project would be recipient of a-first-of-its-kind award from Google, but he kept his hopes high.
"Our research at UT Dallas is world-class," he said. "We do cutting-edge research."
Indeed, his SilverLining team of researchers and students from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science was one of seven worldwide recipients of the first-ever Google App Engine Research Award for innovative academic and scientific research expected to benefit society.
"We are proud of this achievement by Dr. Chung’s team," said Dr. Gopal Gupta, head of the Department of Computer Science and holder of the Erik Jonsson Chair. "Dr. Chung is a leading expert in software requirements engineering, and most able to determine if technologies such as cloud computing can meet the requirements being imposed on them."
Campus Technology, 19 February 2013
Storage, Conferencing Drive Campuses to the Cloud
By David Nagel
Cloud computing in colleges and universities is growing and is expected to consume up to a third of the IT budget within the next four years. What's driving the growth?
Higher Education and the Cloud
According to a study released last week by CDW Government, storage is the top application in higher education, with 31 percent of campuses turning to the cloud to house their data. Messaging and conferencing came in as the second-most-used application, at 29 percent. And "compute power" came in third at 25 percent.
That aligns fairly closely with cloud practices across other sectors, where storage, conference, and collaboration were consistently in the top 2, according to the report, entitled "2013 State of the Cloud Report: Silver Linings & Surprises." Other top services and applications in education, healthcare, business, and government included messaging, business process applications, and compute power.
Talkin' Cloud, 11 December 2012
Microsoft Office 365 Partner Wins University Cloud Migration
Microsoft Office 365 partner, called CloudBearing, wins cloud and SaaS migration deal with University of California, Merced, Talkin' Cloud reports.
Joe Panettieri | Talkin' Cloud
CloudBearing, a Microsoft Office 365 partner, has won a cloud migration project with the University of California, Merced. The migration, involving 8.500 staff, faculty and students, is expected to be completed in Spring 2013, Talkin' Cloud has learned. The Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) cloud win is noteworthy for a number of reasons. Chief among them: CloudBearing is led by CEO Nicholas Vossburg, an MSP industry veteran who jumped on the cloud bandwagon long before many other channel partners.
In a related move, CloudBearing recently hired Gabe Loshbaugh, a former member of the Microsoft Office 365 for education team, to head its efforts in that vertical market.
ComputerWeekly.com, 20 November 2012
Cloud computing IT outsourcing contracts triple
By Karl Flinders
The number of global IT services deals with a cloud computing element have tripled since 2010, according to research from IT outsourcing consultancy Information Services Group (ISG).
ISG used its TPI index to analyse IT outsourcing deals and found this year will see 300 IT contracts awarded which feature cloud computing services. This compares with 110 in 2010 and 220 in 2011.
Stanton Jones, emerging technology analyst at ISG, said the move to standardised platform-based services which are difficult to customise is a step-change for the IT services sector.
“Cloud services, especially shared platforms, are a new terrain for providers and clients alike, as they are highly standardised and can’t be easily customised — the antithesis of traditional outsourcing,” said Jones.
He added that the greatest potential for growth and momentum is in software-as-a-service (SaaS) – especially for human resources (HR), customer relationship management CRM) and collaboration.
Jones said infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) will lag behind SaaS in enterprise-wide adoption.
ISG said in earlier research that service providers reported that cloud computing is now a feature of at least 25% of their pipeline opportunities.
University of Colorado Boulder, 11 October 2012
Krechmer earns prize for paper on cloud computing
Ken Krechmer, an instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder, has won first prize in the global IEC-IEEE Challenge, presented by the International Electrotechnical Commission and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, for a paper on cloud computing standardization.
His paper addresses how cloud computing promises to dramatically simplify the development and deployment of new economic, social and environmental applications. Such applications represent very large commercial opportunities. Standardization of the cloud computing building blocks and interfaces is vital to establishing multinational markets and to balance the vendor’s desire for commercial gain with the public’s desire for open interfaces. Commercial gain and open interfaces need not be opposing goals and Krechmer’s paper develops how the standards for these building blocks and interfaces may be designed to maximize both goals.
The recognition comes with a $20,000 award
The Institute Online, 28 September 2012
Cloud Computing: Where the Jobs Are
Microsoft teams up with IEEE to fill nearly 1500 positions
By Kathy Pretz
With hiring still sluggish in many countries, the one bright spot may be in the cloud. Cloud computing could potentially create at least 14 million new jobs worldwide by 2015. That’s according to new research conducted by IDC and sponsored by Microsoft. Cloud computing services are becoming increasingly popular and affordable ways for companies to host their software applications and data off-site on servers “in the cloud.” The Institute ran a special report about the topic in June.
Microsoft is certainly one of the top job generators, having among the most comprehensive cloud computing product lines, including Windows Azure, Office 365, Microsoft Exchange Online, and Windows Intune, to name just a few. To help fill the nearly 1500 openings it has worldwide, Microsoft’s Server & Tools Business (STB) Division partnered with the IEEE Job Site to host a Virtual Career Fair from 1 to 21 October.
To find out more about the fair and what skills Microsoft is looking for, I interviewed Sandeep Sood, STB’s talent sourcing manager. Microsoft’s mission, according to Sood, is to “cloud optimize every business.”
“The cloud is the next generation of the Internet and it is expected to bring value to all,” Sood says. “Not only will it save money but also time and resources. It will transform the way IT is managed and how software is written.”
Microsoft’s STB division selected IEEE because it’s “a well-established organization with hundreds of thousands of technical members across the globe,” he says. “We think partnering with IEEE will provide us with a great online platform to bring in candidates who want a career in the cloud.”
CloudTweaks, 13 September 2012
Effective Ways Cloud Computing Can Contribute To Education Success
By Walter Bailey
Cloud computing and education sounds ambiguous on the face of it. Naturally, it’s because, very few individuals, publishers and users alike come from the education sector. In most cases, cloud computing is only associated with businesses and how they can leverage their efficiencies.
Just to introduce how the cloud deserves a place in our current education institution, it’s important to reiterate the education philosophy. Its essence is knowledge. It’s this knowledge which brings advancement, achievement and success. However, there are several things which make these parameters unattainable. In blunt language, this is failure. Small classrooms, lack or resources, short-handed staff, lack of adequate teachers…the list is endless. One way or the other, cloud computing can be utilized to improve education standards and activities. The end result will be to curb the above problems and instead, boost performance.
SearchCIO, 15 August 2012
A pulse check on enterprise cloud computing's net effect on IT jobs
Karen Goulart, Features Writer
Published: 15 Aug 2012
For CIO George Reed, having the right enterprise cloud computing skills in his data center is a matter of life and death. No, really.
Reed is the CIO of Seven Corners Inc., a privately held global travel insurance provider in Carmel, Ind. Each day any number of the company's 220,000 policy holders around the world could be calling on Seven Corners through its Web portals for help in a crisis. That's in addition to the 15,000 medical providers and eight insurance carriers who knock at the insurance provider's portal doors. All of them have to be able to securely access what they need, anytime from anywhere.
"Whether they're just buying travel insurance or filing a medical claim or they're a provider trying to get paid or someone in deep trouble, they need to be able to reach us immediately," Reed said.
Leveraging cloud computing was Reed's answer to providing instant service. Seven Corners also found that this shift to cloud for mission critical applications -- from building the cloud-based applications its many customers and partners use, to managing security, to processing chargeback to business users -- required a reordering of IT skills.
"It has completely changed the way we have to staff and manage all this stuff," Reed said. "My guys who used to be just desktop jockeys, they're not desktop jockeys anymore. We have a lot less guys running around carrying broken hardware and more guys looking at screens and analyzing what's going on."
What the cloud hasn't done, however, is radically reduce Reed's IT headcount, which has remained steady over the past two years at about 30. The stable IT employment upends a common assumption about the adoption of enterprise cloud computing. In its infancy, IT professionals expressed fears that the cloud would become another mode of outsourcing jobs to cut staff and save money. The reality is turning out to be more complex.
In its Third Annual Trends in Cloud Computing survey, CompTIA found "reductions in IT headcount" to be one of the least popular reasons for cloud solution adoption (ranked No. 10 of 11 reasons). What's more, the survey showed more than 32% of the 500 IT and business professionals surveyed had restructured IT organizations during a cloud transition. Half of those companies created new roles based on cloud computing.
IEEE Computer Society, 27 July 2012
Do You Have the Cloud Computing Skills You Need?
Enterprises are adding more cloud-computing experts to their IT departments, and the list of much-needed cloud-related skillsets is growing. According to a new CompTIA survey, three out of five companies are expanding their workforces to help them transition to cloud computing.
Vendors, consultants, and enterprises alike are looking for private cloud developers and administrators, departmental liaisons, integration specialists, cloud architects, and compliance specialists, CompTIA found in its third annual cloud computing survey. In addition, one-third of the companies surveyed are reorganizing their IT departments to prepare for the cloud.
Many initially feared that cloud computing would lead to job losses. But according to the CompTIA survey, that’s not currently the case. While 20 percent of the CompTIA survey respondents did reduce their IT headcount as a result of transitioning to cloud computing, nearly half created new cloud computing roles. Nearly one-third restructured their departments.