Arizona State University and the National Geospatial-intelligence Agency to Address National Security Risks of Climate Change


Tempe, Arizona (PRWEB) June 18, 2014

Arizona State University (ASU) was selected for a competitive five-year award of $ 20 million by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to launch a research partnership, effective June 1, 2014, to explore approaches for anticipating and mitigating national security risks associated with climate change.

Known as the Foresight Initiative, the cooperative agreement venture will explore how the effects of climate change on resources, such as water, food, and energy, could contribute to political unrest and instability and gain insights to sustainability and resilience strategies for mitigating the effects.

This initiative will play a key role in collaborative research efforts to accelerate the evolution of Activity-Based Intelligence addressing system level activities, dynamics, and interdependent network effects in the context of global climate risks to water security. This multi-year research partnership leverages ASU expertise and thought leadership in visual analytics, complex modeling, and transdisciplinary decision making evolving from years of internal and external investments at ASU.

NGAs investment and partnership with ASU is a game-changing relationship, said Michael Crow, ASU president. This innovative research initiative will develop solutions and be a catalyst for the critical and creative thinking needed to address the complex challenges that come with climate change.

Leveraging computing and system modeling initiatives at ASU and partner organizations, the Foresight Initiative will apply ubiquitous cloud computing and storage technologies, advances in natural user interfaces, and machine learning to address unique geospatial data handling and visual analytic challenges driven by the volume and character of future persistent data flows. The resulting capabilities will allow analysts and decision makers to dynamically interact with diverse data sets in a real-time modeling and simulation environment. This will help them assess the effectiveness of plans, policies, and decisions; discover second- and third-order causal relationships; and understand spatial and temporal patterns that reveal non-obvious underlying interconnections and dependencies.

I am very proud to announce our partnership with ASU, a world class research university, said NGA Director, Letitia Long. Our partnership is a prime example of the intelligence community working smartly with academia to address strategic global issues and to create capabilities that benefit everyone.

Key areas at ASU that will be integral to this work include the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Public Programs, Decision Theater Network, and Decision Center for a Desert City.

For example, ASUs Decision Theater provides advanced modeling and simulation that allows diverse groups of stakeholders to visualize large amounts of data, policy parameters, and environmental uncertainties on panoramic HD displays. Scientists, analysts, and decision makers can easily interact in real-time to tweak the rules and data sets to account for new insights and deeper understanding of relationships, providing a range of outcomes based on the changes. This allows for more effective decision making among people from different backgrounds.

This is a tremendous partnership and opportunity for a real, tangible impact in addressing strategic security and humanitarian needs, said Nadya Bliss, principal investigator of the Foresight Initiative and assistant vice president, research strategy with ASUs Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development. It is also pioneering how the academic and government research communities can leverage each others strengths to seek solutions to these global-scale issues while advancing fundamental transdisciplinary research. ASU is the perfect place for this initiative because of the culture of use-inspired research and exceptional quality faculty working across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

About Arizona State University:

Arizona State University is the largest public research university in the United States under a single administration, with total student enrollment of more than 70,000 in metropolitan Phoenix, the nations sixth-largest city. ASU is creating a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real-world application, blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 120 nations.







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Market Demand for E-Sourcing; Reverse Auctions & Spend Analysis Fuels Growth for ProcurePort; ProcurePort Provides State of the Art Cloud Hosed Reverse Auction Software

Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) August 28, 2013

ProcurePort, a leading provider of OnDemand e-Sourcing Software including Reverse Auction Software and services, is embracing 2013 as a banner year thanks to the growing acceptance of e-sourcing as a way to dramatically cut purchasing costs and streamline procurement. According to the Institute for Supply Management and Forrester Research, 85 percent of companies recently surveyed said they have made progress toward adopting the Internet for purchasing. Additionally, 46 percent said they use company-wide procurement tools. Utilizing e-sourcing, ProcurePort customers have saved from 8 percent to 32 percent on the goods, materials and services they purchase from global suppliers and increased process efficiency.

E-Sourcing is quickly gaining momentum among mid-market organizations as firms like ProcurePort target them with easy-to-use, on-demand sourcing services that provide substantial cost savings with minimal investment. According to Purchasing magazines recent Benchmark Survey on E-sourcing Strategy, the use of these services rose by 24 percent in the past year. In comparison, the use of non-hosted solutions that require integration into a companys IT infrastructure rose by a mere two percent. The survey also indicated that this market is poised for continued growth as respondents stated that they plan to use e-sourcing for various spend categories.

An article in Industry Week further supports these trends. It notes that cloud hosted e-sourcing models that offer usage-based pricing are gaining popularity because they deliver deep functionality without expensive or time-consuming integration / implementation cycles. ProcurePorts mid-market clients that benefit from this online procurement model operate in a wide range of industries such as manufacturing, energy, government, construction, agriculture, education, electronics, telecom, healthcare, retail and technology. ProcurePorts unique combination of affordable, Web-based SAAS solutions for reverse auctions, spend analysis and e-RFI combined with expert customer support has positioned the company to emerge as a leader in helping organizations enhance their strategic sourcing initiatives.

In todays competitive marketplace, every companys survival depends on tightly managing resources and operating efficiently. ProcurePort provides a viable answer to this challenge, explains Jack Smith, ProcurePort Director. Our procurement specialists can provide reverse auction services and spend analysis services facilitating online negotiations and analyzing resultsor customers can choose to manage the entire process themselves through our self-service SAAS solution that provides reverse auction software and spend analysis software. Regardless of which service model customers choose, ProcurePort specialists can provide expert training to ensure that each implementation is a success.

E-sourcing Trends

Because ProcurePorts Web-based E-Sourcing solutions do not require expensive and time-consuming setup or integration, many of ProcurePorts customers realize a return on their investment immediately after their first sourcing event. This on-demand model is much more affordable than other alternatives and allows mid-sized businesses to benefit from the same online procurement technology that was previously only available to large corporations, explains Smith. The rapid return on investment delivered through e-sourcing technology is one of the major reasons ProcurePort predicts that the strategic sourcing market will grow significantly over the next decade.

Founded in 2001, the company has expanded its service set from discrete online auction tools to complete on-demand sourcing solutions including providing sourcing and spend analysis services. In 2008, ProcurePort added a new facet to its service line by introducing its online marketplace solution that can be customized to launch e-marketplaces in vertical specific B to B and B to C markets. Since the companys formation, its operations have expanded from a single staff member to 84 technology and procurement professionals.

As ProcurePort plans for 2014, conservative projections position the company to triple its 2013 revenue and customer base. The companys primary focus in the next 24 months will be to continue providing the middle market with the most affordable, comprehensive and easy-to-use e-sourcing solutions available. Along with its global sourcing initiatives, the company will also focus on developing custom procurement applications to meet specific industry requirements. Early in 2014, ProcurePort will unveil a new version of its e-Sourcing suite that will include an upgraded user interface along with Contract Management and Source to Pay modules.

About ProcurePort

ProcurePort is a leader in providing on-demand e-sourcing solutions (Reverse auction software / Spend analysis software) and services (Reverse auction services / Spend analysis services) for the middle market as well as global 1000 organizations. Operating in a wide range of industries from manufacturing to government, ProcurePorts clients benefit from both the technology and purchasing expertise that can help them significantly reduce costs and increase procurement efficiency. ProcurePorts comprehensive software solutions use a hosted, Web-based interface to facilitate online negotiations without time-consuming or expensive technology integration. The companys clients enjoy full access to sourcing, collaboration and analytical tools from any computer with an Internet connection. ProcurePorts affordability enables mid-market companies to compete with larger organizations and reach new levels of success in spend management. For more information, visit http://www.ProcurePort.com or call 1.866.643.8153 (toll-free in North America).

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NOTE TO MEDIA: To schedule an interview with a ProcurePort representative to discuss trends in e-sourcing, online procurement, e-marketplaces, reverse auctions or forward auctions, contact Jack Smith: jack(dot)smith(at)procureport(dot)com.







Golden State Web Solutions Becomes an Authorized IceWarp Hosted Services Provider


San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 12, 2013

Golden State Web Solutions, Inc. (GSWS) announced today that they have been approved by IceWarp, a Global provider of comprehensive messaging solutions, as one of their Authorized Cloud Hosting Service Providers. GSWS will represent IceWarp and deliver the cloud version of their products to end-clients.

We’ve been an authorized reseller, support provider and customer of IceWarp’s product for about 8 years, so we are well aware of everything the software offers, said Dave Tuckman, GSWS’s founder and Director of Business Development. This is a great opportunity. We couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities this makes available for everyone and how we can continue to provide the best service and support our clients.

GSWS is a complete Internet Presence Developer. In addition to its design and development solutions, GSWS offers a full suite of Internet related services, including Website/Web Application Design & Development, Website Hosting, Search Engine Optimization, Email Services, Spam/Virus Filtering/Protection, FTP Hosting, Network and Server Management, Data Backup/Replication/Synchronization and Internet Security Consulting.

We a thrilled to bring our partnership to a new level, said Chris Knott, CEO and President of IceWarp, Inc. IceWarp was initially developed as a solution for Internet Service Providers, and our technology is a perfect match for a cloud delivery model. Alliance with such well-established player in the field opens up new revenue opportunities for us and our partner.

Already recognized as a leading messaging solutions provider and a viable Microsoft Exchange alternative, IceWarp is deployed in more than 20,000 organizations and supports over 50 million users worldwide. The company differentiates itself from others in the messaging category by delivering all mail server, mobile synchronization, SMS, chat, voice and video capabilities in one integrated, extremely secure and easy-to-deploy solution. Its customers include such market leaders as Marriott International, Inc., Verizon Communications, Inc., Inmarsat, AVTOTOR, Russian Space Agency, as well as small to midsized firms.

ABOUT GOLDEN STATE WEB SOLUTIONS

Golden State Web Solutions (GSWS) began in 1994 as a simple website design/development company. Through the years, GSWS has matured into a world-class provider of Internet Programming/Development and Cloud Hosting services.

They currently provide service to over 250 clients, spanning more than 50 industries and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau here in San Diego, CA.

For more information, please visit http://www.GSWS.com or call toll-free: 1.866.999.GSWS (4797).

ABOUT ICEWARP

IceWarp is a Global provider of comprehensive messaging solutions for every business class, size and niche. Building upon a decade of enterprise e-mail platforms experience, IceWarp offers organizations an all-in-one highly secure solution that enables their mobile workforce to communicate through any platform, be it e-mail, mobile synchronization, chat, SMS, voice or video. The highly scalable product can easily be used by organizations of all sizes, from SMBs to large corporations, delivering ease of deployment, exceptional reliability and scalability. IceWarps solutions are available in over 40 countries through a comprehensive network of distributors.

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State of Cloud Computing Security in the UAE

London (PRWEB) November 14, 2013

IT Spending Habits and Future Outlook of Cloud Customers in the UAE

This study provides an overview of the cloud security market in the UAE. Besides the cloud security market, it also assesses the cloud market in general. The study looks at the main challenges, drivers and restraints for this market. It estimates market size and growth rate and provides overviews of key market participants. The key strength of the study is the end-user survey conducted to portray the market stance and the demand for cloud security and overall cloud services.

Key Takeaways

The cloud security market is expected to experience sluggish growth during the early stage of cloud computing which is within the next two years. However, in the next few years, once cloud computing gains traction in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the cloud security market is expected to experience higher uptake than the cloud market and grow from $ Xmillion in 2012 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of Xpercent from 2012 to 2019.

The Telecommunications Regulation Authority (TRA) is yet to issue regulations and official standards on cloud computing. The public cloud model to host the data abroad does not appeal to sensitive industries. There are two main regulatory implicationsone is data movement outside the UAE border restrictions and the other, the unfavorable Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act (USA PATRIOT) act, which allows US intelligence to check the data stored on company servers registered in the US.

The general perception in the UAE is that private clouds are more secure than public or hybrid clouds, but local businesses that subscribe to public clouds strongly believe that public clouds are more secure.

Email, Web, and email security solutions were commonly the most popular workloads deployed in the cloud environment, while sensitive workloads such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and human resource management (HRM) were kept out of the cloud. However, customer relationship management (CRM) solutions were widely deployed among the survey respondents that had already adopted the cloud.

Companies that decided to adopt the cloud model have experienced an increase in their IT budget. Therefore, companies that wish to move to the cloud should expect an increase in cost. However, nearly a quarter of the companies believe that return on investment (ROI) will be achieved in the first X months, while X percent believe it will be achieved in 1X months.

However, aroundX percent of the businesses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai have already adopted some form of cloud. Almost a quarter of those claim that they have been using cloud services for more than two years; software as a service (SaaS) is the most prevalent model in the UAE.

Respondents claimed that, in 2013, nearly X percent of the companies would have budgets allocated for cloud computing, which would increase their IT budgets fromX percent to X percent. However, X percent of the respondents claimed that their spend on IT security would remain the same.

Email, storage, and email and Web security are the workloads likely to have the highest deployment in the cloud environment, even though storage is perceived as the most vulnerable. Sensitive workloads such as EPR, office productivity suites, and HRM were identified as the least likely to be shifted to the cloud environment.

Companies that had already adopted cloud model were more positive about cloud solutions. Hence, the cloud market in the UAE has reached some level of maturity; in the next two years, cloud vendors are expected to witness an increase in orders to deploy more sensitive workloads into the cloud environment.

Nearly Xpercent of the respondents claimed that cloud security would be internal IT staff responsibility, while nearly a third stated that they would choose a third-party cloud vendor for protection; only X percent would entrust this duty to their current IT security software providers.

CEOs Perspective

1. The UAE cloud security market is in its infancy, with a growth rate of X percent in 2012.

2. The market is expected to earn a revenue of $ Xmillion in 2019.

3. The uptake of cloud computing in the UAE is expected to be the main driver for growth in the cloud security market.

4. The cloud security market is expected to prosper once large enterprises start tapping into the cloud market.

5. A number of cloud security contracts are expected to be signed as a continuity to previous partnerships between cloud vendors, local businesses, and cloud security vendors.

Aim and Objectives

The aim of this research is to provide a an overview of the state of the cloud security market in the UAE.

Objective 1

To analyze UAE market readiness for cloud computing uptake and identify the challenges in the country

Objective 2

To assess end-user perception of cloud computing and identify the main concerns associated with cloud in the UAE

Objective 3

To assess the cloud security market in the UAE and identify the threats hindering the uptake of cloud

Objective 4

To identify the key drivers and restraints in the cloud security market in the UAE

Objective 5

To understand IT budgeting associated with cloud expenses and predict their change for the forecast period

Key Questions This Study Will Answer

What is the state of cloud computing and the cloud security market in the UAE?

What are the cloud security service end users needs and demands in the UAE?

What percentage of IT budget was devoted to cloud computing in the UAE? How it will change in the next 3 years? What is the outlook for the cloud market?

Which companies are leading cloud service providers in the UAE? What type of companies dominate the UAE market?

What are the key drivers and restraints in adopting cloud security services?

Which workloads are likely to be deployed in the cloud environment in the short run, and which should be targeted in the long run?

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Research Aim and Objectives

3. Research Scope and Definition

4. Market Overview

5. Regulatory Framework

6. External Challenges: Drivers and Restraints

7. Cloud Security Market

8. Cloud Security End Users

9. Cloud Security Vendor Landscape

10. Respondent Profiles

11. Perception of Cloud Computing

12. Budgeting

13. Cloud Adoption Trends

14. Security

15. Threats in the Cloud Environment

16. Cloud Vendor Selection

17. Cloud Vendor Brand Awareness

18. Conclusions

19. Competitor Profiles of Selected Industry Participants

20. The Last Word

21. Appendix

List of Exhibits

Cloud Security Market: Market Engineering Measurements, UAE, 2012

Cloud Security Market: Key Market Drivers and Restraints, UAE, 20132019

Cloud Security Market: Market Engineering Measurements, UAE, 2012

Cloud Security as a Percent of Network Security Market: UAE, 2012 and 2019

Cloud Security Market: Revenue Forecast: UAE, 20102019

Cloud Security Market: Competitive Structure, UAE, 2012

Cloud Security Market: Percent Revenue by End User, UAE, 2012

Cloud Security Market: Vendor Landscape, UAE, 2012

Respondents by Number of Employees: UAE, 2012

Respondents by Vertical: UAE, 2012

Highest Impact on Decisions Related to Cloud Computing: UAE, 2012

Perception of Cloud Computing: UAE, 2012&#1

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