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The Cloud is gray and ominous, not white and fluffy?

The Next 9/11: The Risk of a Supply Chain Cyber War -- In the early days of software-as-a-service, security was arguably the top concern many companies had about deploying a SaaS application. While security remains important today, it is no longer a roadblock to implementation, as SaaS has evolved from early-adopter stage to broad adoption, and as solution providers have invested in security (e.g., SAS 70 Type II certification). Google (and presumably Microsoft, too) getting the stamp of approval from the federal government is an important milestone for cloud computing and SaaS. In the WSJ article, Parker Harris, executive vice president of technology at Salesforce.com, which is also seeking GSA approval, agrees: Google's certification "is validation for cloud computing for the government, and that helps the entire industry."

More trouble in China.

Floods wash barrels of chemicals into China river -- Rescue teams in north-east China are working to retrieve 3,000 barrels of chemicals washed into a major river, state media say. Four thousands of the barrels were empty, the agency said. The remaining 3,000 contained flammable chemicals, it said. Water supplies in the city of 4.5 million people were briefly suspended and panic-buying reported as residents stocked up on bottled water.

Steve Kelman tells us what he thinks about government procurement.

How procurement can help tackle the federal deficit -- We will never reduce the deficit significantly through contracting savings -- or, frankly, even make a major dent -- unless significant programs funded through contracts are canceled. Contracting folks in government, like other civil servants, have a responsibility to do their part to deal with this national problem. Luckily, the call for contracting to get better deals also resonates with the frugal culture of the profession. While in government, I often took surveys of contracting folks to ask how many of them used cents-off coupons when they shopped. Typically, 90 percent did.

Sheena Moore

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