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Software SIG: Beware of Cloud Computing Myths, continued  

Patrick Henry Library, Vienna; FDA Silver Spring; MITRE Bedford MA; MITRE Eatontow; MITRE Aberdeen,
Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180
FDA, Bld 66, room G512, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
Various, Maryland

Feb 23, 2010    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Beware of Cloud Computing Myths

by: Shahid N. Shah

Tuesday February 23, 2010

The cloud is being discussed everywhere today – and it’s a great offering that almost every government agency and commercial firm is at least thinking about. However, there are lots of myths and untruths about cloud computing that need to be dispelled so that executives and technical team members alike can make proper decisions. The cloud is not going to take over the world and there’s no such thing as “ubiquitous computing” yet. Shahid, an expert in networking and cloud technologies, will discuss what clouds are and aren’t and dispel some of myths and discuss real security and performance issues of the cloud. As an architect for OMB, he is also familiar with the government’s general direction on cloud computing and will share some information on what’s already available in the public domain.  This presentation is an expansion of his presentation in September 2009.  There was such substantial discussion following that presentation that this follow-on was deemed warranted.


Shahid N. Shah is the CEO of Netspective Communications, a software consultancy whose actionable advice and disciplined approach delivers custom software for in-house, outsourced, or offshore solutions. For the past 15 years Shahid has held the positions of CTO, VP of Technology, Chief Software Architect, or Enterprise Architect at large enterprises. His technology expertise includes service-oriented and event-drive architectures, Java/JEE, .NET, and agile development and his healthcare focus starts with an emphasis on e-health, EMRs, data integration, and legacy modernization.

Shahid is an expert at discovering practical technology solutions to real-world business initiatives, especially in the government, healthcare and financial services industries. His expertise includes standards development, enterprise architecture analysis and design, interoperability planning, legacy modernization, and related work. He’s worked at NIH on standards, Executive Office of the President (White House) and OMB on helping define the needs for standards, and at various commercial healthcare firms like Cardinal Health and COMSYS. In addition to working with C-Suite executives he continues to help engineering teams with architecture and development advice.

He is an influential thought leader and a winner of Federal Computer Week's coveted "Fed 100" award given to IT experts that have made a big impact in the government and runs three successful blogs. At http://shahid.shah.org he writes about architecture issues, at http://www.healthcareguy.com he provides valuable insights on how to apply technology in health care, at http://www.federalarchitect.com he advises senior federal technologists, and at http://www.hitsphere.com he gives a glimpse of the health-care IT blogosphere as an aggregator.


See the February 2010 Software SIG Announcement for details and driving directions.

6:30 PM – Networking and Pizza(*)

7:00 - 8:00 PM – Program

(*) There is no cost to attend at McLean and Silver Spring.


Shahid is flexible regarding where he will originate his  presentation.  At this point the presentation is planned to originate at the FDA facility, with video tele-conferencing (VTC) between the below locations.  Send E-mail to ankrums@mitre.org to vote for FDA in Silver Spring or MITRE in McLean.

MITRE, room 1N100

7515 Colshire Drive

McLean, VA 22102

host: Scott Ankrum

cell: 240-731-7581

FDA, Bld 66, room G512

10903 New Hampshire Ave

Silver Spring, MD 20993
host: James Simpson

cell: 240-429-3912


MITRE, room 1002

260 Industrial Way West

Eatontown, NJ 07724

host: Richard Eng

cell: 703-201-9112

MITRE, room 1M306

202 Burlington Rd (Rt. 62)

Bedford, MA 01730

host: Tim Rice

cell: 978-758-2704


If you can host another location via VTC, please contact Scott Ankrum (below)

Note:  If connecting with Skype, please provide your Skype ID in the telephone field when registering.


Registration Website: http://www.asq509.org/ht/d/DoSurvey/i/26913


You must register by noon on Monday, February 22.


If you cannot attend at any location, select telephone dial-in when you register.


To RSVP for FDA (Silver Spring), please indicate citizenship.  If not a US citizen, please provide your title, employer, and address.  Allow two business days for registration before the meeting.