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11 Mar 2015 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 1,694 views | Categories: Cisco, Cloud Computing, Data Center, Microsoft
Cisco and Microsoft Extend New Integrated Cloud Platform Relationship

Cisco recently announced an important continuation of its cloud and data center joint partnership with Microsoft to make it easier for cloud providers to go to market. Cisco and Microsoft have extended their 2014 agreement to give providers a new integrated platform designed to accelerate service delivery and streamline the journey to Intercloud.

18 Feb 2015 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 2,603 views | Categories: Conference, IBM
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing at IBM InterConnect

From my blog post title, you rock ‘n’ roll fans might have guessed I’m psyched about hearing Aerosmith play during IBM InterConnect next week at MGM Grand’s Garden Arena. But that’s not the only cool thing going on at InterConnect. The organizers of IBM’s self-proclaimed premier cloud and mobile conference that’s taking the place of – or more like is the result of melding three popular IBM conferences, namely Impact, Innovate and Pulse – have pulled out all the stops to keep their IBMers engaged next week.

5 Feb 2015 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 1,322 views | Categories: Conference, Government
Striking the Right Balance at AFCEA WEST 2015

The theme of this year’s AFCEA WEST 2015 conference, “Lower Budgets and Higher Demands: How Do the Sea Services Strike the Right Balance?,” should come as no surprise to anyone even remotely involved with or aware of the goings-on of the nation’s armed forces and federal government.

28 Jan 2015 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 1,793 views | Categories: Hacking & Cybercrime, Security
Data Privacy Day: Why to Care and What to Do

On January 27, 2014, when the United States Congress adopted S. Res. 337, a nonbinding resolution expressing support for the designation of a “National Data Privacy Day” to be observed on January 28, there wasn’t a lot of time to get the word out, even though the event had been around awhile.

10 Dec 2014 | John Mark Ivey | One Comment | 2,609 views | Categories: Professional Development
How to Survive the Island of Misfit Toys at Work

One of my all-time favorite scenes of all the special TV shows that air this time of year is when Rudolph enters the Island of Misfit Toys. I’ve always been drawn to misfits, and that has carried over into the workplace.

6 Nov 2014 | John Mark Ivey | One Comment | 2,760 views | Categories: AWS, Conference
Diving Deep into AWS at re:Invent 2014

Next week is my first AWS re:Invent conference. We began delivering Amazon Web Services (AWS) curriculum about a year ago, so it will be nice to meet the experts who created it and the users who find it so essential to their jobs. Although I’ve been promoting our AWS classes via social media for 12 months, I am no expert.

23 Oct 2014 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 3,441 views | Categories: Big Data, Business Analysis, Conference, IBM
No Doubt, IBM Insight Will Be Exciting Underneath It All

Please forgive me if I’m a little extra excited about IBM Insight next week. Last year when I attended IBM Information on Demand (IOD) 2013, the predecessor to this year’s re-christened IBM Insight, IBM had just named us a Global Training Provider after the company decided to turn the reigns of its training over to outside companies. IBM IOD was the first IBM conference I attended after that announcement. I soon found IBMers are very social media savvy. I thought only Cisco Live! and VMworld attendees were that active. I had found my people!

19 Sep 2014 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 3,845 views | Categories: Cisco, FIREWALL, Security
Cisco Unveils the Next Generation Firewall

Last year when Cisco Systems acquired Sourcefire Inc., the Maryland-based cybersecurity solutions firm, the company’s goal obviously was to strengthen its security offerings. This week Cisco announced its new threat-focused, next-generation firewall (NGFW). Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services in combination with Sourcefire’s advanced malware protection for integrated threat defense helps Cisco showcase its dedication to cybersecurity.

4 Sep 2014 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 5,371 views | Categories: Conference, Government
Headed Down to Georgia for TechNet Augusta 2014

Next week I’ll be attending my second TechNet Augusta conference, sponsored by AFCEA, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. Last year, TechNet Augusta attracted some of the U.S. armed forces’ top brass. This year is no different.

20 Aug 2014 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 5,780 views | Categories: Conference, VMware
Top 10 Must-See Sessions at VMworld 2014

After missing last year, I am headed back to VMworld in San Francisco. By the looks of the schedule builder bursting with a whopping 375 sessions, not counting repeat sessions, in only 19 timeslots spread over four days, it’s going to be a busy week.