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SC CC STC Goals and Scope
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9/3/12 8:00 PM
Please provide your input on defining the CS CC STC Goals and Scope.

We started the discussions during our August 28 meeting -- the corresponding slides are attached.
Attachments: CS CC STC 082812 meeting -- Goals and Scope.pptx (6,996.4k)
RE: SC CC STC Goals and Scope
scope goals
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8/31/12 4:17 PM as a reply to Irena Bojanova.
Here's my input -- mostly questions to elicit the group's ideas.

Goals and scope in the pptx slide 5 are:

John Walz — Add as objective: “Become the thought leader on CC as measured by Xplore content and downloads”
CW: In order to determine value of this, wouldn't we have to know what audiences other "thought leaders" have drawn?[/color]

Irena — suggestion for more focused goals and scope:

The goals of CS CC STC are to:
Become the premier CC community
CW: Amongst which audience? Researchers, providers, consumers or ???? So far, Education and BOK activities are focusing on enterprise and IT execs. Is this the best focus?
Determine, strategize, and grow CS CC assets
CW: What types of assets, for whom? Education (online courses, webinars, info packs with what kind of content for what audience???); Standards (predefined format, lengthy process--should we branch out to Best Practices?); Testbed (same as or in addition to the IEEE testbed effort?); Conferences (published proceedings); etc.
Recruit experts, authors, reporters — (OR do this “to accomplish the rest”) CW:<-- Yes, this is part of what we need to do to accomplish the rest. IF we detrmineour traget audience(s), we can focus our recruitment efforts.
Disseminate knowledge on CC
CW: What kind of knowledge, for whom? I assume we do this through the assets we create ...
Provide technical guidance on CC
CW: What kind of guidance, for whom? This could be a service (like paid consulting) or via collecting and disseminating Best Practices, as well as standards and education
Increase number of CS members — (question was raised if this should be included)
CW: This should be the goal of most of our CS endeavors, but does not be made explicit. Rather, we can assume that our target audience(s) will increase, and measure it.

The scope of CS CC STC work covers:
CC service/deployment/architecture models, interoperability,  and security
CW: I think we've decided to adopt NIST models?
Coordination of CC activities across the CS Boards; at/in CC Conferences, Education, Publishing, and Standards
Creation of overall infrastructure: CC BoK, newsletter, Web Portal, and testbed
Collaboration with TCs, partnering societies, and IEEE CCI.
Chuck Walrad
RE: SC CC STC Goals and Scope
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9/2/12 5:56 AM as a reply to Charlene Walrad.
I'd like to add two questions.

1. How to collaborate with industry fora, such as DMTF and CSA? They have their own conferences, cloud education materials/tools for engineers, and some alliance with academic communities.
2. How to reach open source communities such as OpenStack, social networks, FB, LinkedIn, and recent active communities such as “meetup”? I mean how to reach active young cloud programmers (“hackers”) and architects, who are/will be Cloud technology leaders.
Atsuhiro Goto
RE: SC CC STC Goals and Scope
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9/4/12 2:40 PM as a reply to Atsuhiro Goto.
Good thoughts! I think that we should pick a few strong ones -- perhaps resources that we can leverage and translate into common threads for our audience(s)
RE: SC CC STC Goals and Scope - one idea
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9/5/12 2:00 PM as a reply to Irena Bojanova.
The CS CCI will provide IT and Enterprise management with accurate, neutral information that will demystify IT's top cloud-related concerns, such as ensuring adequate security, framing service level agreements, impacts on staffing, and enabling rapid scaling (up and down).
Chuck Walrad
RE: SC CC STC Goals and Scope
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9/7/12 8:13 AM as a reply to Irena Bojanova.
From email sent Sept 6 so that it's captured here as well - some goals from the preliminary charter that could be considered as well

1. establish an online presence (Instant Community?) to engage interested
   CS members (and other professionals -- a great chance to make wider connections)
   This also requires having at least one volunteer take on a moderator role, with
   time allocated to 'keep things fresh'.
  
2. identify a focal point (new or existing) event to attract interested professionals
   (there may be reasons for more than one of these)
  
3. identify a 'publications' focal point; which may be a virtual publication drawing
   on content already published, and emerging for existing publications.
  
4. Facilitate the new imitative process funding for establishing an IEEE effort in
   this area (parallel to that of SmartGrid)
  
5. Work with Marketing and Sales (IEEE standing Committee, as well as public visibility
   campaign); the (to be) IEEE CMO; and related Computer Society staff to establish
   visibility for IEEE and Computer Society leadership in this area.
  
6. Identify a 'speakers bureau' of experts we can draw upon, and where we may find these
   most useful (NPR, news publications, keynote speakers, panels, etc.)
   And which ones are closely tied to IEEE activities. (Observation: helping identify
   articulate experts has value even if they don't always put in the IEEE attributions
   we might like; but it is also good to have some that will raise the flag appropriately.)
  
7. Support the emerging standards activities in terms of visibility.
   (similar consideration should be given to other emergent activities ... our efforts
   should be seen as complementary and supportive of other initiatives within IEEE.)
Jennifer Schopf
RE: SC CC STC Goals and Scope
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9/7/12 8:14 AM as a reply to Irena Bojanova.
From email Sept 6, life sciences group goals to consider in terms of a possible parallel group to this one

To stimulate development and dissemination of new meaningful and useful results at the intersection of Life Sciences and Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Computer Science
To attract researchers of diverse background to present and discuss their new work in IEEE forums
To increase interest of well defined “isolated” communities in cooperation across disciplinary borders
To establish IEEE as a productive player and leader in developing the pertinent disciplines
Jennifer Schopf
First Summary -- SC CC STC Goals and Scope
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9/9/12 5:18 PM as a reply to Irena Bojanova.
The following is an attempt to summarize what was discussed so far. I would like to strongly encourage you to add/edit/comment on this list.

Goals (high level, specific & explicit to distinguish CS CC STC from other communities/organizations; long term, not strictly measurable generic actions):

Main Goal: Become a premier community for CC consumers. Provide IT and Enterprise management with accurate, vendor-neutral information that will demystify IT's top cloud-related concerns (e.g. ensuring adequate security, framing service level agreements, impacts on staffing, and enabling rapid scaling – up and down).
(1) Develop and/or disseminate CC knowledge.
(2) Facilitate CC information exchange.
(3) Enable efficient access to CC information.
(4) Provide CC technical guidance.
Note: In order to accomplish these we will recruit volunteer authors, practitioners, researchers, etc.; and will coordinate CC activities across CS Boards (EAB, PUB, SA, TAB, PA, MGA), CS TCs, and and IEEE CCI.

Objectives (mid to short term measurable specific actions) for years 2012-2013:

Related to Main Goal:
o Establish an online presence to engage CS members and other interested professionals (e.g. Working Area; social networks – FB, LinkitIn, meetup; open source communities - OpenStack).
Note: Measure increase in target audience.

Related to Goal #1:
o Initiate the development of Courses and Webinars.
o Initiate the development of a BoK.
o Initiate creation of a simple testbed with free CC resources for education purposes.

Related to Goal #2:
o Identify focal conferences, workshops, forums (new or existing) to attract members (e.g., CLOUD, CloudCom) to collaborate with and to attract members.
- Organize panels, presentations, contests (e.g. best author), etc. to supplement events activities.
o Identify focal publications (e.g. the new Transactions on CC and CC Magazine) to collaborate with and to attract members.
- Organize contests (e.g. best 10 articles on Xplore) to supplement publications activities.
o Initiate collaboration with industry fora ( e.g. DMTF, CSA).

Related to Goal #3:
o Initiate contributions to IEEE CCI Web Portal.
o Initiate the development of an efficient search engine.
o Initiate proper tagging of CS CC publications.
o Initiate development of CC Newsletter.

Related to Goal #4:
o Support CS standards activities in terms of visibility.
o Initiate collection of Best Practices from existing and under development CC standards.
o Initiate development of a Framework and a Roadmap and vendor-neutral Guidelines for cloud adoption.
o Initiate development of Guidelines and Suggestions on government policies and regulations related to CC.
o Initiate development of Common Threads based on resources from industry fora ( e.g. DMTF, CSA).
RE: First Summary -- SC CC STC Goals and Scope
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9/9/12 3:45 PM as a reply to Irena Bojanova.
Here are my comments and changes in bold:

Goals (high level, specific & explicit to distinguish CS CC STC from other communities/organizations; long term, not strictly measurable generic actions):

Main Goal: Become a premier community for CC consumers. Provide IT and Enterprise management with accurate, vendor-neutral information that will demystify IT's top cloud-related concerns (e.g. ensuring adequate security, framing service level agreements, impacts on staffing, and enabling rapid scaling – up and down).
(1) Develop and/or disseminate CC knowledge - IEEExplore courses and articles
(2) Facilitate CC information exchange - sponsor CC symposia, conferences, workshops
(3) Enable efficient access to CC information - provide free access to non-IEEE members of a subset of the knowledge
(4) Provide CC technical guidance - provide a consultants' clearing house and a mechanism to vet consultants, possibly CSDP/CSDA holders
NOTE: Have we gone out and presented these Cloud initiatives to our Industry Advisory Board?

Objectives (mid to short term measurable specific actions) for years 2012-2013:

Related to Main Goal:
o Establish an online presence to engage CS members and other interested professionals - interesting but this requires an open IEEE access point or a strongly moderated LinkedIn group. Unfortunately there are currently 2080 LinkedIn Groups with something to do with "Cloud Computing" - http://www.linkedin.com/search-fe/group_search?pplSearchOrigin=GLHD&keywords=%22cloud+computing%22
Note: I think that outside of an IEEE, we are late to the game for Social Nets like LinkedIn.


Related to Goal #1:
o Initiate the development of Courses and Webinars - in the works
o Initiate the development a BoK - Why? Why do we need a separate Body of Knowledge for the Cloud? Standards yes, but a BoK? I'm very skeptical.
o Initiate creation of a simple testbed with free CC resources for education purposes - I think this goes under #4
o We have identified a set of articles that could become the first Essential Set for Cloud but there has been no feedback to date. This is an easy set of IP to develop. The list is attached in a spreadsheet.


Related to Goal #2:
o Identify focal conferences, workshops, forums (new or existing) to attract members (e.g., CLOUD, CloudCom) to collaborate with and to attract members - there are at least 5 Cloud Conferences internationally every month. They are being run by for profit organizations. I don't think our budget has room for surveying the conference market.
- Organize panels, presentations, contests (e.g. best author), etc. to supplement events activities.
o Identify focal publications (e.g. the new Transactions on CC and CC Magazine) to collaborate with and to attract members.
- Organize contests (e.g. best 10 articles on Xplore) to supplement publications activities.
o Initiate collaboration with industry fora ( e.g. DMTF, CSA).

Related to Goal #3:
o Initiate contributions to IEEE CCI Web Portal.
o Initiate the development of an efficient search engine.
o Initiate proper tagging of CS CC publications.
o Initiate development of CC Newsletter.

Related to Goal #4:
o Support CS standards activities in terms of visibility.
o Initiate collection of Best Practices from existing and under development CC standards.
o Initiate development of a Framework and a Roadmap and vendor-neutral Guidelines for cloud adoption.
o Initiate development of Guidelines and Suggestions on government policies and regulations related to CC.
o Initiate development of Common Threads based on resources from industry fora ( e.g. DMTF, CSA).
o Initiate creation of a simple testbed with free CC resources for technical guidance purposes.
Attachments: cloudComputingEssentialSetCandidates(v00).xlsx (20.8k)
RE: First Summary -- SC CC STC Goals and Scope
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9/9/12 7:57 PM as a reply to Don Shafer.
Thank you, Don. This is very helpful.

On the BoK question, yes we have to discuss -- please also John's post here: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/cloudcomputing/BK-Discussions/-/message_boards/message/5882804 .

Team, let's see more input here. The sooner we come up with nice lists of Goals and Objectives, the better. emoticon
RE: First Summary -- SC CC STC Goals and Scope
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9/10/12 7:56 PM as a reply to Irena Bojanova.
These are all great points and an excellent breakdown of next steps per goal. I wonder if we need to prioritize what would be a first step, and build upon others later. I state this mainly because if we want to realistically look at what can be done (and makes sense) with our resources, we need to start small.

If we solidify this as a charter "Provide IT and Enterprise management with accurate, vendor-neutral information that will demystify IT's top cloud-related concerns", (which incidentally I like), then that sets our direction and could potentially focus the goals to #1 and #3.

For example, if we are targeting the practitioner, then to define "standards" is out of scope - Yes, some "cloud provider" vendors want to have a hand in creating standards, mainly so that they can make sure that their products provide interoperability. But "cloud consumers" just want the thing to work.

Similarly, organizing panels, presentations, etc. is a good focus for a mediator type role. But if we go back to what "IT and Enterprise management" wants, then the research focus becomes lower priority.

What does everyone think about picking 1 or 2 of the goals only to focus on?
RE: First Summary -- SC CC STC Goals and Scope
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9/11/12 7:27 AM as a reply to Irena Bojanova.
The discussions above identifies overall goals and identifies a range of objectives and tasks. They, among other things, could serve as a roard map. Much of them look fine. It would be great if we could accomplish all these; but we need to be realistic, given the constraints and resource limitations

We could structure it as follows: Refine, if required, overall goals of CCSTC (identifed). Then for each goals, identify two or three key objectives for realisation by 2013, and keep the remaining for the coming years. Prepare an actionable agenda for the rest of 2012 and 2013. Then, next year we can revisit our accomplishments, and the road ahead, and prepare an action agenda for the following year. This would enable us to progress by taking small steps, with long term objectives in mind.

We can identify a taskforce for specific activities with specific objectives and timeline, and assign a specific team, where required.

A brief comment on contest. We could have contest for specific projects, apps, etc. if we can get sponsors. However, no need for contest for best papers at IEEE Explore (now a days there are too many submissions on CC to IEEE EXplore; selecting 10 best among them would be a difficult task; the efforts wouldn't be worthwhile).
San Murugesan
RE: First Summary -- SC CC STC Goals and Scope
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9/11/12 10:57 AM as a reply to Irena Bojanova.
Irena,
Thanks for pulling this together -- it's clear that we are now coming together!

I especially like San's idea of establishing a road map, (which Wes also hinted at), so that we can identify short term deliverables but keep in mind long term directions (and periodically vet them for ongoing viability).

Here are some specific comments related to precious posts

For an open access web presence, we could consider something like we do with Jim Coplien's blog, if we could ID someone of significant stature in CC.

I think standards are of interest to IT as cloud consumers, especially in the areas of interop and security. We need to a better job in the CS of making folks aware of our standards - it's been a closed environment way too long.

Similarly, research into failure points could be of interest to the IT community and enterprise execs. Penn State has shown interest into developing research in IT, so that might be a starting point, since we can't fund research ourselves.

While I was orignally skeptical of a CCBOK, now that we've come around to a focus on enterprise IT and to the idea of a wiki-like BOK, I can see its potential, especially with a glossary --more than the list of terms in the NIST taxonomy. It could point to the IT BOK as appropriate, just as the ITBOK will point to other, more in-depth BOKs like the SW extension to the PMBOK, the BABOK, etc.

As for conferences, we could ID a couple of big IT-centric ones (San probably has some ideas) and look into some sort of collaboration with them to establish our presence. (We do have a history of "technical co-sponsorship" to follow.) Also, San mentioned the idea of getting sponsorships for contests -- that could apply to conferences, as well.
Chuck
Summary from 9/11/12 meeting
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9/11/12 3:26 PM as a reply to Irena Bojanova.
Please find the Spreadsheet from our 9/11/12 discussion.

Let's go from here focusing on:
- clarifying the objectives, where needed
- prioritizing the objectives
- creating a roadmap.
Attachments: Goals.xlsx (15.7k)
Please provide your comments before 9/16/12
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9/13/12 2:50 PM as a reply to Irena Bojanova.
Please provide your comments/editions to the attached document by 9/16/12:

- either directly in this Google Docs Spreadsheet

- or in response to this post.
Attachments: Goals - 091212.xlsx (12.9k)
RE: Please provide your comments before 9/16/12
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9/14/12 5:02 PM as a reply to Irena Bojanova.
Done.
Chuck Walrad