DSCXN Participates at Cloud Matters

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mar 13

Datastream's President, Eric Hoffman, was pleased to be invited to the Canadian Cloud Council's national conference located in Banff, Alberta comprised of C-Suite executives.   As Datastream continues to expand its product offerings in the cloud, critical partnerships have emerged with our Canadian neighbors and we look forward to bringing effective and secure solutions to businesses in both countries.

The presentations and discussions amongst those in attendance were thought-provoking and we look forward to opportunities with the Canadian Cloud Council over the upcoming year.

The Canadian Cloud Council is a vendor-neutral association providing an educational forum for Canada's cloud computing thought leaders, policy makers and industry advocates.

While defining innovative and repeatable methods of enterprise cloud transformation, the Canadian Cloud Council accelerates the speed of Canadian cloud adoption and positions Canada as a global leader in the field. 

The Canadian Cloud Council’s third and most important national conference (CLOUD MATTERS) will pull the proverbial curtain back and ask a question that many people may have stopped asking, lost in the cloudy weather of complex technology, privacy and security concerns, data protectionism, and the almost comically endless stream of “things” delivered as-a-service. Why does the cloud really matter?

Is the cloud really about virtualization 2.0, dynamic scalability, accelerated IT deployment and high system availability or is it about business social transformation, innovation enablement, economic development, exponential intelligence and social revolution? Do any of these things matter if the cloud does not drive significant cost savings for the corporation deploying it?

“Cloud Matters” will ask CIO’s, CEO’s, CFO`s, CMO’s and cloud policy makers to define the cloud value proposition and why it is so important to their business, our citizens, this country’s position in the global economy and our children’s future on Planet Earth. What are the real risks of moving to the cloud - but more importantly, what are the real risks of not moving to the cloud? Why, how and when .... can we encourage government, investors and enterprises to invest in and proliferate a collaborative, thriving and globally enabled cloud ecosystem?

PetNET Platform Continues with DSCXN

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sep 16

PETNet is a secure reporting/notification system, accessible by state and federal government officials with regulatory authority and responsibility over pet food. PETNet allows the exchange of information about pet-food related incidents, such as illness associated with the consumption of adulterated pet food or pet food product defects, between FDA, the States, and other Federal Government agencies charged with protecting animal and public health.

PETNet has elected to renew development with Datastream Connexion and the National Center for Food Protection and Defense.   By leveraging our CoreSHIELD and FormX platforms, we are able to provide innovative reporting and data capture capabilities for the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA.

National Animal Health Laboratory Network Renews Efforts

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sep 15

When a large-scale animal-disease outbreak occurs, tracking its progress and performing diagnostic tests on thousands of diagnostic samples is a big challenge. To get the job done, it is very important that all the parties involved-Federal agencies and laboratories managed by State governments and universities-communicate and collaborate effectively. The National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) now forms part of a nationwide strategy to coordinate the work of all organizations providing animal disease surveillance and testing services.

NAHLN has elected to continue growing its network on the CoreSHIELD and LabDIR technology platform developed by Datastream Connexion and the National Center for Food Protection and Defense.  The Network has been a terrific partner expanding capabilities within the system by providing the technical leadership team at DSCXN critical insight and direction.  Over the next year we will be implementing innovative features to expand NAHLN's monitoring and response capabilities.


University Programs Site Relaunched

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Sunday, July 01, 2012

Jul 01

In coordination with the National Center for Food Protection and Defense at the University of Minnesota, Datastream Connexion is pleased to announce version 2 of the web infrastructure for University Programs at the Department of Homeland Security.

Built to allow many editors from multiple Homeland Security Center of Excellence update and contribute to their contact areas, the website offers the latest news and activities from these Centers from around the country.

Behind the scenes, the CoreSHIELD portal infrastructure and technology service was implemented to the recent 7.10 release to offer the latest in features to both University Programs and the Centers of Excellence.   Exceeding the standards already set nationally by CoreSHIELD in the areas of collaboration, the UP Portal now offers custom branding to insure each Center has a feature-rich collaboration environment that looks and feels like a natural extension of their existing technology.

More information about University Programs can be found here, and you can visit the public site by clicking here!

Game ON! Gets Podcast On

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Thursday, June 14, 2012

Jun 14

Datastream has long been the technical team behind Rod Simons' Game ON! TV show on Fox Twin Cities locally every Sunday.   We have developed the web properties, created the social media strategy, and managed the streaming and long term video and audio options for the show through iTunes and YouTube for our passionate fans.

This week, Datastream's own Eric Hoffman has joined a new Game ON! podcast with host Rod Simons, and longtime video guru Artie Kuh of 2SEVEN Productions.   The trio discusses sports themes of the week and is published midweek every week.  Taped live at SEVEN Steakhouse, Sushi, and Ultralounge in downtown Minneapolis, Episode 1 has just gone live.

DSCXN has created a podcast management and streaming workflow for the show, and you can listen to the first show at Game ON! TV's website, and soon in iTunes, the iPhone and Android apps (also developed and implemented by Datastream).

For the best in sports entertainment in the Twin Cities, its Game ON!

Datastream Joins the Cloud Standards Council

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Monday, April 16, 2012

Apr 16

Joining technology leaders like IBM, Symantec, Rackspace, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin, Datastream Connexion has become a member of the Cloud Standards Customer Council.

Security is consistently highlighted as one of the top inhibitors to the adoption of cloud computing and an area of great interest to customers. The new CSCC security working group will focus on developing high priority use cases for cloud security that reflect the issues and pain points customers are experiencing in various cloud deployment models (private, public and hybrid). A wide range of security issues including identity management, authorization, auditing, availability, data protection and privacy will be considered.

We look forward to a strong working relationship with these organizations as we start to define best practices for the cloud.

Seapine and Datastream Combine for Best Agile Results

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Sunday, April 15, 2012

Apr 15

Choosing a vendor to help augment your development processes is a difficult one.

Seapine, the leader in ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) solutions has a terrific suite of products that covers our entire development cycle from initiation to release.   With an entire integrated suite, we have unprecedented visibility into all areas of our development while achieving federal compliance and best practices at the same time.

More importantly, Seapine's tool set flexibility allowed us to leverage all the requirements of compliance we need, and still go fully Agile!   It has been a terrific win-win scenario for us on multiple fronts.

To help launch our Agile practices, we reached out to Seapine's Agile Services group and participated in their training program.  Below, find a white paper discussing the critical success that resulted from participation in this program.

View Seapine's Datastream Connexion Success Story

Datastream Supports Local Non-Profit Foundation

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Friday, April 13, 2012

Apr 13

We are excited to work again with the Jon Francis Foundation. Their new site will be released in the near future; we will announce at that time. Until then, we are building out their Facebook area at: The foundation supports families in crisis while searching for lost loved ones in the wilderness and helps find missing persons. A truly great foundation born from personal tragedy for the Francis family. Please take a moment to like their page to learn more as we release information.

Attending GovSec 2012 in Washington, DC

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Sunday, April 01, 2012

Apr 01

Datastream Connexion President Eric Hoffman will be attending the 2012 GovSec and FoSEC security conferences in Washington DC, Apr 2-4, 2012. 

Continuing Datastream's commitment to security in the web applications we deliver, he will be attending a significant series of sessions around Cloud Security to better provide well rounded solutions for our customers from the Federal Government to small business.   Key sessions will include roundtables with the National Institute of Standards in Technology (NIST) (FISMA) Cloud Director, GSA's Cloud Director and FEDRAMP lead, as well as critical presentations from Gordon M. Snow, Assistant Director, FBI Cyber Division.

GovSec 2012 will provide valuable insights into key issues central to the protection of our nation, and Datastream is proud to be a part of these critical conferences.

Datastream President attends Security Leaders Summit, Dallas, TX

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Sunday, March 25, 2012

Mar 25

  Datastream President, Eric J. Hoffman, was recently invited to participate in "The Security Leaders Summit", an annual gathering of leading IT security leaders from around the country representing well-known large corporations and a handful of up-and-coming companies like Datastream Connexion.

The discussion revolved around advancing security within our organizations and with our clients.  Mr. Hoffman spent significant time in round table executive discussions reviewing various Cloud strategies and opportunities faced by the group.

In preparing our clients for the move to the cloud, there is no simple answer and Datastream approaches it on a case-by-case basis.   There are significant hurdles and security concerns that will not prevent businesses like yours from adopting the cloud, but these issues must be addressed to insure your business is not disabled if the worst happens.   Adopting the cloud for your infrastructure in general allows cost savings while still offering agility, flexibility, and scalability that could not be achieved by traditional approaches.  If you are considering the Cloud for your operations, contact us for more information about the realities of placing your operations in the Cloud.

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