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Transformation Infrastructure

By pwsadmin | September 26, 2020

Hybrid IT enables a composable infrastructure which describes a framework whose physical compute, storage, and network fabric resources are treated as services. Resources are logically pooled so that administrators need to physically configure hardware to support a specific software application, which describes the function of a composable architecture. This type of transformative infrastructure is foundational…

Essential Characteristics of Cloud Computing as Digital Transformation

By pwsadmin | September 25, 2020

A survey of 2,000 executives conducted by Cognizant in 2016 identified the top five ways digital transformations generate value:      Accelerating speed to market      Strengthening competitive positioning      Boosting revenue growth      Raising employee productivity      Expanding the ability to acquire, engage, and retain customers   Digital transformation is also a cultural change. Cloud Computing as Digital Transformation Since cloud…

Embrace Transformation

By pwsadmin | September 22, 2020

From a business perspective, differentiating business processes and quality customer service are central to overall success. Business leaders must therefore clearly identify and measure how information technology contributes to the value of every key business process. They must also know how to most cost effectively use IT when the task is merely the management of…

Computer Vision Advances Zero-Defect Manufacturing

By pwsadmin | July 25, 2020

by Kevin L. Jackson Electronics manufacturers operate in a challenging environment. It’s hard enough to keep up with the ever-accelerating rate of change in the industry. Now customers want increasingly specialized product variations in less time and of higher quality. Meeting this demand for increased product variation can seriously impact the bottom line. Such variability increases…

Real-Time Analytics Power the Roadway of the Future

By pwsadmin | July 25, 2020

By Kevin L. Jackson The complexities of citywide traffic are pushing the limits of existing transportation management systems. Outdated infrastructure is based on proprietary, single-purpose subsystems, making it costly to acquire, operate, and maintain. And current roadways are simply not prepared for the future of autonomous vehicles. Enter the SPaT Challenge, an initiative encouraging cities and…

Thriving on the Edge: Developing CSP Edge Computing Strategy

By pwsadmin | March 6, 2020

Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are facing significant business model challenges. Referred to generally as edge computing, the possibilities introduced by the blending of 5G networks and distributed cloud computing technologies are redefining how CSPs operate, partner, and drive revenue. A new Ericsson Digital whitepaper entitled, “Edge computing and deployment strategies for communication service providers,” addresses these challenges…

SourceConnecte! Marketplace With A Mission

By pwsadmin | March 6, 2020

Earlier this year, GC GlobalNet launched a new breed of B2B e-commerce sites. Curated by Kevin L. Jackson, SourceConnecte (with an “e”) went live with three strategic goals in mind: Efficiently leverage modern social media technologies to facilitate value-based interactions between enterprise buyers and vetted suppliers; Establish a protected interactive environment capable of supporting high-value B2B e-commerce negotiations…

Potential vs. Reality: Is Edge Computing Real?

By pwsadmin | January 19, 2020

Edge computing provides compute, storage, and networking resources close to devices generating traffic. Its benefits are based on an ability to provide new services capable of meeting stringent operational requirements by minimizing both data latency and the need for bandwidth. Based on Google trend data, searches for the term has also grown substantially over the…

Enabling Digital Transformation

By pwsadmin | December 22, 2019

Digital transformation integrates technology into all areas of an organization’s business or mission. Its fundamental purpose is to create and deliver innovative and industry-changing products and services to a global customer base. This outcome requires the seamless two-way flow of data and information between internal business processes and external processes that interact with customers, business…

The ThinkShield Story Part 1: The Challenge

By G C Network | October 24, 2019

The cybersecurity challenge seems to be growing daily. Threats are becoming more sophisticated, and attacks are becoming more destructive while the corporate world’s response seems to resemble a deer in headlights. Recent examples of this dangerous state of affairs include[1]: A data breach of a US Customs and Border Protection surveillance contractor that led to…


Carmen Krueger, SAP NS2 SVP & GM

While SAP is globally renowned as a provider of enterprise management software, the name is hardly ever associated with the spooky world of intelligence. That is one reason why I jumped at the opportunity to talk with SAP executives responsible for the company’s work in that clandestine marketplace.

SAP National Security Services, Inc.™ (SAP NS2™) is an independent U.S. subsidiary of the company and offers a full suite of SAP enterprise applications, analytics, database, cyber security, cloud, and mobility software solutions. These offerings, however, are endowed with specialized levels of security and support needed to meet the unique mission requirements of US National Security Agencies and critical national infrastructure customers. SAP NS2 also provides secure consulting and support services from experts that hold current credentials in the national security space. Carmen Krueger, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Cloud Operations, focuses on the critical security requirements of national security clients that adopt and deploy SAP technologies.  Joining her in our discussion was Hunter Downey, NS2 Cloud Solutions Director.
Hunter Downey, NS2 Cloud Solution Director
Kevin: Carmen, Hunter, thank you both for spending the time to talk with me.  Just to set a level playing field for my readers, what is SAP?
Carmen: SAP is a global enterprise software company that offers a full suite of world-class enterprise applications, analytics, database, cyber security, cloud, and mobility software solutions. Corporately our goal is to make a material impact on making the world better.
Kevin: Why is cloud computing so important to public sector organizations?
Carmen: Cloud computing is critical because it combines convenience with speed and delivers the innovation needed for addressing the public sector’s current inability to leverage leading edge technologies. It enables resource pooling that drives efficiencies, cost savings and improved resource allocations. The various cloud computing service and deployment models also provide flexibility to organizations while allowing them to remain within their specific mission limits and requirements.
Hunter: With cloud computing organizations are able to extract physical resources and give them to agencies as needed.  These resources can grow and contract over time, adapting to the users. IT infrastructure is now morphing into a platform that give agencies an ability to focus dollars towards more strategic needs.
Kevin: How are public sector policies when it comes to cloud computing?
Carmen: The cloud computing adoption process has matured significantly. DoD’s new policy has set in motion a re-interpretation of current policies that actually favor cloud. There are, however, still some open questions on the policy, change management and organizational risk management processes. The new policy has put a “set of guardrails” around the cloud computing decision making process. Although procedural backlogs remain, things are moving forward and enablers are now in place.
Kevin: How should agencies approach the adoption of cloud computing?
Carmen: In adopting cloud, decision makers must clearly understand the goals of the organization and see cloud computing as an enabler and strategic underpinning of specific business outcomes. Cloud computing enables collaboration between functional owners, information technology leads and the information assurance organization. All too often functional owners run ahead of other organizational stakeholders.  This leads to organizational misalignment and adoption missteps. It is also vitally important to get the organizations “cloud jargon” in line. The mixing of marketing terms and technical descriptions often leads to serious misunderstandings during the cloud computing adoption process.
Kevin: SAP provides ERP software which is typically considered a difficult application to move to the cloud. Why is this? Has this changed?
Carmen: ERP applications are not more or less difficult to move to the cloud than other applications. ERP is, however, mission critical so organizations normally assign higher levels of risk to such a transition. These risks are not typically associated with technical barriers but are mostly organizational change management issues.
Hunter: The value in transitioning ERP to the cloud is often much more substantial because it gives the organization news ways of accessing and using information. It is also often easier to try out new capabilities.
Kevin: SAP’s cloud portfolio has really expanded over the past couple of years. Are you leading your customers to the cloud or following them there?
Hunter: We are side-by-side with our customers as they move to the cloud. We are not being presumptive in any way but work closely with hem in defining technical requirements and strategies.
Kevin: What are the nuances in the selection of an appropriate cloud deployment model?
Carmen: A community cloud, like IC ITE (Intelligence Community Information Technology Environment) is always a viable option for national security organizations. Private cloud environment are also a popular choice. Over the next two years SAP’s ability to offer NIST, FedRAMP and Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) compliant environments will expand. Today we currently have a secure HANA cloud offering in place as a PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service). It complies with all export and FedRAMP requirements. A Human Resource Management (HRM) SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) offering that meets all DoD requirements is also being built.
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Kevin: What is HANA and how does it relate to cloud computing?
Hunter: HANA is an in-memory, column-oriented, relational database management system. Its architecture is designed to handle both high transaction rates and complex query processing on the same platform. This approach has completely transformed the database industry by combining database, data processing, and application platform capabilities in a single in-memory platform. The platform also provides libraries for predictive, planning, text processing, spatial, and business analytics.
HANA has been adopted to support many national security use cases. It is being used as a platform for data analytics, situational awareness, digital documents and geospatial analysis. Since the database is stored in RAM (Random Access Memory) it provides the easiest known method for accessing and using information. When you combine HANA and the cloud in a national security focused PaaS, there is no need for agencies to procure and incorporate any new hardware.
Kevin: What’s next for agencies after they’ve adopted a cloud infrastructure?
Carmen: Decision makers should make the adoption of cloud computing risk free. They should also look across all their different programs in order to identify where cloud can deliver strategic value to the enterprise. Also highlight your successes in cloud. Cloud computing shortens the timeline between understanding an information gap and addressing these gaps. It does this by eliminating programmatic silos that prevent the free flow of information. Embrace this new approach and don’t be so prescriptive when addressing information shortfalls. Learn how to listen to the data and how to learn from it.

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