Cloud Computing From The Ground Up

IMA Conference

posted Jun 25, 2013, 9:49 PM by John David Felt   [ updated Jun 25, 2013, 9:50 PM ]

I presented, along with Mike Forman (Netsuite VP Finance and Controller) at IMA (Institute of Management Accountants) conference today. Below is a breakdown of the presentation. 

Session Code: GRT1
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Session Description: 
Finance organizations face the demand for improved financial governance and increased transparency and reliability of data. The cloud is maturing rapidly as a mainstream choice for companies of all sizes for financial applications deployment, allowing better business flexibility, faster deployment, and sustainable costs of ownership. Mike Forman, VP Finance & Corporate Controller at NetSuite shared details and insights into how cloud ERP has transformed the way he manages reporting, audit and compliance cost effectively to support growth. 

Session Level: Basic
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge & Applications
Learning Objectives: After this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Identify how to improve controls and efficiently manage complexity of compliance with a cloud-based finance solution.
2. Evaluate the benefits of streamlined reporting, real time data, and faster financial close. 
3. Analyze and rationalize potential concerns over data security, integrity, and availability with a cloud-based finance solution.
4. Compare the experiences of two other executives and their decision process to employ cloud ERP financials.

Preach On David Linthicum

posted Mar 8, 2013, 9:56 AM by John David Felt   [ updated Mar 9, 2013, 12:05 PM ]

Preach On David Linthicum

In the GigaOm post Lawyers are Moving to the Cloud…Sort Of Linthicum writes:

The problem I have with this is the same problem we have with small healthcare providers.  Why is confidential information safe on equipment that is typically not well protected inside an office with old locks, versus storing that information on remote servers that have many security policies and mechanisms in place?

While data that exists on a local device that you can see may give you a warm, fuzzy feeling, the reality is that data can much more easily walk out the door to your office than it can if it’s stored on a public cloud service.  If lawyers are, indeed, dealing with risk, perhaps they just need to understand the technical case law here before they render a verdict that cloud computing is less secure.


Host Webpages on Google Drive

posted Feb 8, 2013, 12:22 AM by John David Felt   [ updated Feb 8, 2013, 12:23 AM by John David Felt ]

Host Webpages on Google Drive

Neat trick, and it works. Check it out here.


Advocacy Center Voting Hotline

posted Nov 6, 2012, 4:49 AM by John David Felt   [ updated Nov 6, 2012, 4:56 AM ]

Advocacy Center Voting Hotline

The Advocacy Center will be staffing a voting hotline today to assist Louisiana voters with disabilities as they go out and vote. Trained Advocacy Center staff are available to answer questions and assist with disability-related complaints until the polls close at 8 p.m. tonight. Call 1-800-960-7705 or for help.


Cool People I Know & The Cool Things They've Been Doing

posted Aug 20, 2012, 10:11 PM by John David Felt   [ updated Aug 21, 2012, 9:04 AM ]

Cool People I Know & The Cool Things They've Been Doing

It's been a long time since I've had time to attend to my social media accounts (buried in work,) but I finally did some catching up today.

It's always amazing checking back in to Twitter or Google+ and discovering the cool projects that people I know have been working on. Since I last checked into Twitter/G+, two friends have published new mobile applications and a group of friends made a film.

Sol:Sun Clock

Alec Vance (+Alec Vance on G+ and @juggleware on twitter) has put out Sol: Sun Clock. It's a really nifty app that keeps track of sunrise/sunset ,solstice, equinox, and more based on your location. You can also add alarms based on that information. It's a great concept and very well implemented. I just purchased it from the app store and have already set some alarms and detoured to wikipedia to learn the difference between nautical twilight and civil twilight as well as to learn what the golden hour is. Fun and educational. Pick it up at the app store

Alec's also part of the 48Hour film crew (see below) and the band Chef Menteur who just recently released East of the Sun & West of the Moon a double album on vinyl (how cool is that!). 


I met Peter Bodenheimer (+Peter Bodenheimer on G+ & @pbodenheimer on twitter) at a kickball game (Go Tonics!) and then ran into him again at last years BarCamp New Orleans. Peter's a really friendly and interesting guy- a serial entrepreneur (co-founder of LaunchPad Ignition, partner at Flat Stack) and all around go-getter. Now he's released a cool mobile application BarNotes. It's a social application for discovering new cocktails. Really nicely done and free. I will be adding my recipe for champagne cocktails shortly...

You can learn more about it at the BarNotes site or pick it up at the app store.

48Hour Film Festival

My sister in law Margaret is one of the coolest people I have ever met. She and a bunch of friends have been participating in the 48 Hour Film festival for the last two years. I went to the Prytania theater last Thursday and saw their recent entry Where's Keith. It was awesome as was their entry last year The Four Winds.

Pretty impressive stuff. With all of the above productivity going on around me I though the least I could do it to put up a blog post ;-)
·-·-· Interviews Me About Our Experiences Moving To Netsuite After Katrina

posted Aug 20, 2012, 7:24 PM by John David Felt   [ updated Aug 20, 2012, 7:24 PM ] Interviews Me About Our Experiences Moving To Netsuite After Katrina

The good folks at did an interview/story with me detailing the Advocacy Centers experiences moving our accounting systems to Netsuite n the cloud after Katrina. 

Check it out.

Google Gets Serious About It's Business Cloud

posted Jul 24, 2012, 9:45 PM by John David Felt   [ updated Aug 20, 2012, 7:27 PM ]

Google Gets Serious About It's Business Cloud

Google is launching a new channel partner program to go along with it's new IAAS offerings. I've been waiting for them to start getting serious in these areas and it looks like thye are. This could get interesting. P

Most of the links are just announcements. Some time will have to pass before some real analysis is done.

From Google






It's Official: Google Drive Has Landed

posted Apr 24, 2012, 9:58 AM by John David Felt   [ updated Apr 24, 2012, 9:59 AM ]

Google Drive in Google Apps Control Panel

posted Apr 24, 2012, 9:40 AM by John David Felt   [ updated Apr 24, 2012, 9:42 AM ]

We use Google Apps at the office. Logging into the administrators control panel today I noticed the following.

The link to Google Docs has been renamed to "Drive and Docs".

This will be interesting as we use Dropbox for file backup and sharing. The pundits would have you believe that Dropbox should be very worried. I'm not so sure, but it's hard to say since nothing formal has been announced yet. More on this to come.


Google Sites Update:Insert custom HTML, CSS, and Javascript

posted Mar 14, 2012, 5:30 PM by John David Felt   [ updated Mar 16, 2012, 12:08 AM ]

Google Sites Update: Insert custom HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

We use Google Sites on our intranet and for many "one off" websites. It's functional, and fast and reasonably featured when combined with widgets but this addition will bring a lot of possibilities to the table.

Unfortunately it's going to be a long time before I get a chance to play with it.

Insert custom HTML, CSS, and Javascript


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