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DevOps is a hot topic. It seems that everyone is talking about it. Some have built business models around DevOps-related tools and themes. There are conferences and trade shows dedicated to DevOps-strategies and techniques. Some people have even made their careers around talking about ...
Cloud computing is emerging to solve numerous enterprise IT problems at organizations of all sizes, and Cloud Foundry has emerged as a leading Platform-­as-­a-­Service (PaaS) to develop and launch applications in their private enterprise clouds. Cloud Foundry is open­-source softwar...
We've been researching national IT dynamics for the past few years at the Tau Institute, covering more than 100 nations. We believe that aggressive adoption of IT on a national basis is the key to sustained economic and societal growth. We also realize that larger forces can derail ...
Manufacturing comprises 17 to 18% of the global economy, and is set to rack up about $13.5 trillion in revenues this year. China assumed leadership in the sector a few years ago and will account for about $2.5 trillion this year; manufacturing revenues in the US will approach $2 trilli...
Gordon Haff wrote an insightful column today about “skeuomorphic virtualizaton,” in other words the notion of thinking of virtual servers as having the same look and feel of the physical machines lying underneath. The upshot is that virtualization ends up just being a form of partioni...
And so time passes and we find ourselves nearing the end of 2014, and getting ready for the latest, greatest edition of Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. “Are you familiar with our hotel?” asked the nice young woman at the check-in counter last night.. Why yes, I remember it when it was fi...
I'll be hosting an SAP HANA Cloud webinar at 11am eastern time, Wednesday, October 29. You can sign up now. Featured speakers will be Allan Adler, Managing Partner, Channel Cloud Consulting, and Thorsten Leiduck, VP ISVs & Digital Commerce, SAP. Attendees will learn about • Clou...
I write and study often on the subject of digital transformation - the digital transformation of industries, markets, products, business models, etc. In brief, digital transformation is about the impact that collected and analyzed data can have when used to enhance business processes ...
This month, we released our latest MetraNet® 8.0 software. What makes this release particularly exciting is that it bridges the gap between the complex business models and customer and partner empowerment that is unique to MetraTech with the user experience typically found in consumer ...
Violence is the great disruptor, the great destroyer of people, nations, and hope. Some places on earth, say Somalia, are simply off-limits to outsiders and practically uninhabitable to those having to live there. Others, say Democratic Congo or Iraq, are perilous enough to defy ration...
Earlier, I wrote a bit about traffic and the IoT. It's a big topic. The traffic problems of the developed and developing worlds seem so large, complex, and intractable to significant change in any reasonable timeframe. Consider Mexico City. There are more than 20 million people in ...
I look at the IoT as having three great components: M2M, wearables, and grids. The components can also be seen (roughly) as enterprise, personal, and government/organizational.I'll examine each area in follow-up articles. I'll start with the third, as it applies to research I've been c...
Driving the freeways of Greater Los Angeles is often an experience in wave theory. Heavy traffic on one freeway can influence traffic on several others; slowdowns and stoppages ripple throughout much of the system during much of the day; and one can often feel trouble ahead well before...
I've been writing recently about the dimensions of Big Data in the IoT: urgency, importance, frequency, consequences, remedy, cost. You can find my stories on IoT Journal or at my personal website. The big item missing from this list is, of course, size. How big are individual messa...
I've done a little more thinking abou The Zettabyte Age, and the continuing, astonishing drop in storage costs. No reason to get distracted by dreamy scenarios of the future, but I think it's worth considering how quickly we've progressed in recent years and how quickly we should conti...
We are formally announcing the IoT Project Framework at @ThingsExpo Nov 4-6 in Santa Clara, CA. it will feature four overriding goals for the IoT in the year 2040: 1. To reduce poverty & disease 2. To eliminate violence as a way of settling disputes 3. To spur beneficial economic ...
I'm reading a McKinsey report from May 2013 that talks about 12 disruptive technologies, including cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT). I'll focus on the IoT here. The report estimates the IoT Internet to be worth between $2.7 and $6.2 trillion by the year 2025.(The world'...
Ukraine sits on the precipice of civil war. Beneath the ostensible storyline of protests against the government of Viktor Yanukovych and recent laws it's enacted lies what is likely an insuperable rift between the eastern and western regions of the country. The east, archetyped by ...
The IoT is coming, as inevitably as the earth circles the sun. It's just a matter of how many laps the planet will take before we have an IoT society characterized by smart things, buildings, grids, cities, and nations. One question to ponder is which of those nations are best equip...
I recently led a panel discussion for SYS-CON.TV on the topic of “Cloud Computing 2.0,” a term I decided to employ just a few minutes before we started recording. A few years ago, any right-minded person would wince at the use of “2.0” to describe anything, as it had long become a m...
My colleague Peter Rogers shares how his team is developing strategies for merging creative forces with real-world projects and delivering rapid beta products. This is a big challenge as many of you know! Enjoy! I begin with the following question: What happens when Creativity meets T...
The Internet has been buzzing over the recent news of a federal proposal that creates the equivalent of “slow” and “fast” lanes online. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on Thursday, May 15, 3-2 in favor of a new proposal that enables the creation of Internet fast lanes...
Data ownership and privacy are two big issues that we all need to be thinking about these days. Mobile, telematics and IoT technologies have reached the point that it is very easy and cost effective to track the location of just about anything. What personal information are you willin...
Twitter is fun for me, if for no other reason than I “meet” many wildly interesting people through it. I've developed deep professional relationships through initial contacts on Twitter. But like many of you, I'm sure, I also have numerous Twitter friends whom I've never met, and so...
What do you look for when you choose a Web hosting provider? These days, it seems difficult to compare the differences between each service, whether you’re talking about supported languages, databases or bandwidth. You might be tempted to pick the cheapest provider and plan in hopes of...
There is a common phrase, often attributed as a Chinese proverb/curse, “May you live in interesting times.” For those following the cloud technology space, we are definitely living in interesting times. In their latest magic quadrant report on IaaS, Gartner describes the market as stil...
Like many organisations across the globe today iomart is celebrating the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web. To mark this anniversary we asked our staff to share their memories of the early days of the World Wide Web and we’ll come to their recollections in a moment. But one member of...
For sometime now I have been pondering how the use of additional sensors on smartphones might be useful. Today many smartphones contain the following sensors: Proximity sensor Motion sensor/accelerometer Ambient light sensor Moisture sensor Gyroscopic sensor Magnetometer
For a number of years, analysts at Forrester, Gartner, and other research firms have heralded the growing importance of the product development services (PDS) market in helping companies accelerate time-to-market and product innovation. Forrester analysts John McCarthy and Charles Gree...
COMCAST’s recent $45 billion acquisition of Time-Warner Cable was big news in the Cable TV world, but it should be big news in the area of cloud computing and network diversity. Instead of looking at COMCAST as a cable TV provider, it is time that we should be looking at it as another...
The way we use technology in today's businesses is always changing. Here are five quick takes on tech trends that used to be hot but are now not, along with an even hotter list of upcoming technologies and tech trends will shape Information Technology (IT) in 2014. What’s out: Mobile,...
With the Sochi Winter Olympics opening, it seems a good time to take a look at how Russia does in our research. There is some good news, although the country could certainly do much better. No serious discussion of Russia today is possible without mention of country President Vladim...
"None of us really understands what's going on with all these numbers." Thus said David Stockman, the then-wunderkind budget director for newly elected President Ronald Reagan in 1981. Stockman was widely ridiculed for such a rare burst of candor from a government official. He was ...
Note: This is a play written from tweets. I've combined them occasionally for flow, and polished the random rough edge caused by the 140-character Twitter limit. Dramatis Personae Roger Strukhoff (me, aka @taudir). Executive Director, Tau Institute and Conference Chair of the upcom...
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations – known as ASEAN – comprises 10 nations with a combined population of 600 million people and total GDP of $3.5 trillion. The population is about twice that of the US, with a total economy twice that of India. ASEAN is headquartered in J...
South Sudan is the world's newest nation, created after a violent struggle, and one that now appears primed for more violence. Once again, the baser instincts of us human beings may trump our nobler nature. More than 2 milliion people died in South Sudan's fight for independence, an...
The pace of cloud growth and adoption remains inextricably linked to the pace of cloud education. Whether it’s due to security concerns being allayed or cloud definition confusion being reduced, the small- and medium-business space seems ripe for education-based growth. Add in the cont...
Taking the alignment of the CMO and CIO beyond strategy into IT Cost Optimization. Without operational excellence and cost optimization—specifically technology asset optimization, whether IT assets or marketing technology assets—cost pressures could limit funding for innovation. With...
It appears that the siege at Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya is over. So it seems safe to write about it and what it means. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, “wretched violence has once again intruded in a big way into all the world's efforts to improve economies and the lives of p...
One of my colleagues and advisors is from France, and currently working in the Sophia Antipolis tech enclave in the southeast of the country. He wonders why I never mention France in my stories about the global leaders in our rankings. This is a valid question, and one that I know p...


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