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CloudExpo Europe 2010: Not Your Father's Prague

Prague also proved to be an excellent place for business

When my good friend Jeremy Geelan invited me to speak at CloudExpo Europe in Prague, Czech Republic my imagination went into overdrive.  Being a child of the 60's and a retired US military officer, my memories of a dark time flooded my mind.  I imagined a throwback world, full of retired spies in old trench coats, trying to catch up to the 21st century. I am now, quite frankly, embarrassed by those prejudiced and dated thoughts. Prague is not only a wonderful and beautiful city, but served as an outstanding host  for CloudExpo Europe 2010. Jeremy, please invite me again!!



On a more capitalist note, Prague also proved to be an excellent place for business. Europe seems to be serious about understanding cloud computing and the attendees proved to be a skeptical bunch. In my session, International Collaboration on Cloud Computing, the questions centered on why the United States government was being so aggressive in its adoption of cloud computing. After doing a short demo of Data.gov and Flyontime.com, however, skepticism quickly gave way to excitement about the possibilities.

Two thumbs up for Prague and CloudExpo Europe 2010 !!

 


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Kevin Jackson, founder of the GovCloud Network, is an independent technology and business consultant specializing in mission critical solutions. He has served in various senior management positions including VP & GM Cloud Services NJVC, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and VP Program Management Office at JP Morgan Chase. His formal education includes MSEE (Computer Engineering), MA National Security & Strategic Studies and a BS Aerospace Engineering. Jackson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1979 and retired from the US Navy earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Airborne Logistics and Airborne Command and Control. He also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide. Kevin is the founder and author of “Cloud Musings”, a widely followed blog that focuses on the use of cloud computing by the Federal government. He is also the editor and founder of “Government Cloud Computing” electronic magazine, published at Ulitzer.com. To set up an appointment CLICK HERE