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UCI Division of Continuing Education Offers Free Webinar on Cloud Computing

Event Date: March 24, 2010 / Expert Interviews Available

IRVINE, Calif. – March 15, 2010 – WHAT: With an estimated 20 million plus businesses already using some form of cloud service, if your business hasn’t already embraced this technology, it is likely the software solution you are currently utilizing will migrate into a cloud system very soon. In order to empower business leaders with the knowledge and experience required to navigate the company into a cloud computing arrangement with increased confidence, UC Irvine Extension is developing curriculum to educate how this technology can benefit businesses.

The free one-hour online webinar event will provide insights into how UC Irvine Extension’s new “Cloud Computing” course can provide an understanding of cloud computing models, techniques and architectures. The content will share how to better deploy applications to deliver everyday business functions such as data storage, computing resources and messaging.

WHY: According to a report by Forrester Research, Inc., there will be an expected 6.6 percent increase in U.S. IT spending in 2010. With this greater demand for IT needs, this course, along with others in UC Irvine Extension’s engineering, sciences and information technology program, will provide the skills needed to respond to transforming business needs.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST

WHO: Mustafa Seifi, M.S. holds a director of development position at Open Text Corp. and has been involved in software development and architecture since 1986. He has expertise is building high transaction and distributed applications using J2EE and Microsoft .NET technologies. Mustafa has helped develop the curriculum and has taught classes in the J2SE and J2EE certificates, and software design since 1996. Seifi will discuss how cloud computing can provide a way for companies to cost-effectively maintain and implement IT platforms and review the financial benefits or pitfalls of service solutions.

Moderating the webinar will be Dave Dimas, Ph.D., director of engineering sciences and information technology programs at UC Irvine Extension. Since 1985, Dimas has developed courses, taught as a lecturer and played an active role in the university’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Prior to joining UC Irvine Extension, Dimas worked at Santa Ana, Calif.-based MSC Software. While at the simulation solutions company, he served in a number of top-level management positions including director of training services, customer support, educational sales and product documentation. In addition, he worked for Costa Mesa-based PDA Engineering as director of support and training. Dimas will share with webinar participants what types of complementary courses are available through UC Irvine Extension.

INTERVIEWS / ATTENDANCE: To register for the free webinar and obtain the enrollment password, or for more information, visit For media interviews, contact Jesse Gutierrez at 949-486-8960 ext. 237.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit