February 28, 2020

The Kirwan Blueprint bill, HB 1300, appears to be headed for a House vote next week. A series of amendments, culled from stakeholder input accumulating over the last weeks, appeared in the House’s joint Education Subcommittees on Thursday. A full “reprint” of the bill is expected in the next few days, with two committees likely to vote early next week. Changes to both the policy and funding elements are expected, as well as a vigorous floor debate about objectives and affordability.

Stay tuned to Conduit Street for a full analysis of proposed changes as they are revealed.

Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally, Michael Sanderson, and Alex Butler discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including the "bag ban" bill; a proposal that would require Maryland to establish a bottle deposit program; and interesting tidbits from the latest Goucher College Poll.

Listen to any Conduit Street Podcast Episode: www.mdcounties.org/Podcast
Counties In Action
Exec. Glassman Discusses Kirwan Education Plan w/Clarence Mitchell & WBAL Radio
Councilmember Jawando honors Brigadier General Charles McGee, Oldest Living Tuskegee Airman
Council Recognizes National Heart Month w/Donations Toward AEDs for County

Corporate Partner Corner

MACo's Platinum Corporate Partner World Wide Technology (WWT), shares the facts about cloud computing and the benefits.

From WWT :

Misconception #1: Cost savings are the biggest advantage of the cloud

A cloud presence can provide some cost savings, but it’s by no means guaranteed; and, it’s far from the biggest advantage. Instead, the real advantages of cloud computing are increased business agility, faster time to market, and a richer customer experience.

Misconception #2: One size fits all

Cloud computing is not based off of a general “cloud” reference architecture – your cloud presence should be a unique reflection of your stated business and investment goals.

Clouds come in all shapes and sizes: on-prem, third-party hosted, hybrid and multicloud , which may encompass elements of all these approaches. The result is a constantly evolving array of technologies, services and capabilities from which to choose. And because every business requires its own cloud approach, it’s important to focus on defining your business needs first.

Misconception #3: The cloud is a standalone solution

Some organizations perceive the cloud myopically as this separate entity with a specific set of workloads and functions – business continuity, test development, customer-facing Internet solutions, and so forth. But by managing the cloud in that restrictive fashion, you miss out on the greater potential of integrating the public cloud and on-prem systems for a true hybrid scenario that provides agility, prevents vendor lock-in, and lets you grow as an organization.

Misconception #4: The cloud is not secure

This is perhaps the biggest misunderstanding. In fact, public cloud environments today are compliant across every security and privacy framework . Cloud providers now have some of the most talented security personnel available focused on pushing the leading edge of monitoring and advanced threat protection, 24/7/365.

Misconception #5: The cloud’s too complex – lose control and you’re stuck

While it’s true that cloud technologies might appear to be highly complex, with countless options for what shape your cloud presence can take, that’s actually a good thing: it means you have lots of choices for creating a customized solution that is unique to your organization.

For more information on Cloud Strategies and WWT 's other services, visit their website .

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