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RESEARCH: Cloud Computing Is Helping Smaller, Newer Firms Compete. Is digital technology a democratizing force, allowing smaller, newer companies to compete against giant ones? Or does it provide even greater advantage to incumbents? Some of the latest research suggests that technology can in fact provide an advantage to small and new firms. Find out how. Read more
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ENTERPRISE: State Of Enterprise Cloud Computing, 2018. 77% of enterprises have at least one application or a portion of their enterprise computing infrastructure in the cloud. More technology-dependent industries including manufacturing, high-tech, and telecom are being led by executive management to become 100% cloud. These and many other fascinating insights are from the 2018 IDG Cloud Computing Study published earlier this month by IDG. Read more
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CNCF: Cloud Native Computing Foundation to Fully Operate Kubernetes – with Help of Google Cloud Grant. Google Cloud is cutting the umbilical cord further when it comes to Kubernetes. The company is helping fund the move to transfer ownership and management of the technology’s resources to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) with the help of a $9 million grant. The move will see the CNCF, as well as Kubernetes community members, taking responsibility for all day-to-day project operations. This will include testing and builds, as well as maintenance and operations for Kubernetes’ distribution. Read more
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DOD: A Closer Look at DOD’s Cloudy JEDI Contract. On July 26, the Department of Defense released the final request for proposals for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud computing contract. Darth Vader has not yet weighed in on the JEDI proposal, but Yoda would call the protracted process leading up to the RFP itself a lesson in how to do not procurement in the federal government. Read more
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NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems August 2018 https://www.slideshare.net/BMDS3416/tech-update-summary-from-blue-mountain-data-systems-august-2018.

IT SECURITY SUPPORT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is actively involved in implementing FISMA and NIST standards with Federal Civilian Agencies. Due to our extensive experience in this area, Blue Mountain has developed processes and organizational techniques to help ensure security deliverables are completed on time, and performed in the most efficient manner possible. We ensure that NIST-800-53 control requirements are treated consistently during definition, analysis, implementation, auditing, and reporting phases of a system. Find out more about Blue Mountain Data Systems IT Security Support Services. Call us at 703-502-3416.

BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.

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Cloud Computing – Daily Tech Update – Sept 28, 2018