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As I wrote yesterday, I'll be returning to the United States late this week, after spending most of my time over the past three years in Asia. From my base in the Philippines, I've covered cloud computing and related developments throughout Southeast Asia and China, with the occasional...
I'll be returning to the United States late this week, after spending most of my time over the past three years in Asia. From my base in the Philippines, I've covered cloud computing and related developments throughout Southeast Asia and China, with the occasional opportunity to cover ...
Which of these things do you like best – motorcycles, race cars, or big ol' jet airliners? This question is relevant when you're considering new markets or sources, an acquisition or subsidiary office, or an investment. Information about population size and wealth can be accessed i...
The research I've been conducting and writing about for the past several months provides a relative, “pound-for-pound” look at the IT expenditures of 80+ nations of the world. This image is popular among the people I meet in the Philippines, the home of pound-for-pound champion boxer/c...
It looks like the SOPA bill, known formally as HR 3261 is dead now that President Obama has come out against it. As I write this, support among its sponsors, and of its twin PIPA (aka Senate 968), is on the wane. The day-long blackout by certain sites, and the publicity surrounding it,...
“Oh, that way madness lies; let me shun that.” The quote is from Shakespeare's King Lear, and it applies to the new addictions spawned by the Web and social media; Facebook is the most prominent example. The addictive, "always on" nature of Facebook etc. may ultimately fail them,...
Big Data is undergoing a Big Redefinition, as the issue comes front and center in discussions about IT and Cloud Computing in 2012. We can be sure that vendors will become experts in defining Big Data in terms that match precisely whatever they offer. Less sure is whether and how I...
My father would tell me that during his time in the U.S. Navy, “we weren't encouraged to ask why we had to do something.” Creating and enforcing a strict command-and-control policy is critical in getting a military organization to function. Too often, this mindset permeates compani...
One of “those” debates broke out this week when word came of Vint Cerf's statement that Internet access is not a human right. His full quote can be accessed on the Internet easily enough, at least in places where free and open access is still a privilege. The quote enabled a lot of...
I was sitting next to about 50 gallons of gasoline, stored in uniform plastic containers that each held about five gallons. Many people on the boat were not smoking. We were aboard a ferry from the Port of Tacloban to the far island reaches of Samar Province, in the Eastern Visayas ...
“Cloud computing is expected to mature and become a mainstream technology for businesses in Asia-Pacific by 2015,” according to a new forecast from Frost & Sullivan. Meanwhile, Joe McKendrick writes in Forbes that “'cloud' will begin to fade as a differentiating term — because it w...
There is “a window of opportunity for Australia to be the the global leader in the creation and adoption of cloud computing innovation,” according to a recent report from the federal government's IT Industry Innovation Council. Australia is rich in natural resources and one of the l...
As the Big Data cascade starts to drown out other topics in 2012, it seems there will be an especial focus on WANs. Indeed, “DC2DC” (Datacenter-to-Datacenter) connectivity has been recognized for many years as a potential bottleneck and headache. With Big Data driving “Big Traffic” ...
'Twas the rev before Christmas, when all through the aisle, Not a cable was stirring, not even a dial. The servers were mounted in the cabinets with care, In hopes that St. Linus soon would be there. The geeks were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of disk arrays ...
Look around and be amazed, everything is being re-invented. From the tablet computer to the thermostat, from cars to enterprise software, from incubators to light-bulbs. We are living in an amazing time. Opportunities abound to capitalize on the biggest industrial change since elect...

It’s like unicorns…and rainbows! #mobile

Mark my words, the term “mobile” is the noun (or is it a ve...

With a sluggish US economy and Eurozone concerns continuing to sap the confidence of corporations and investors, the search for opportunity other parts of the world continues to intensify. This is as true for IT managers tasked with finding sources as it is for executives seeking new m...
If you live in, or spend a lot of time in Silicon Valley, New York, or another innovative crucible of information technology (IT), you can get the impression that hot tech startups are the only great investment vehicles around. And to be sure, who wouldn't want to own a percentage of t...
One can see, when looking at these lists, that there is significant crossover among the three groups of countries in the Next Eleven, Frontier Markets, and Tau Index leaders. Bangladesh is a “triple play,” for example, appearing on all three lists. Still among the poorest nations o...
The countries in these tables are featured in my three-part series, "Life Beyond the US & Eurozone." Table 1. The Next Eleven 1. South Korea 2. Egypt 3. Indonesia 4. Iran 5. Mexico 6. Pakistan 7. Philippines 8. Turkey 9. Vietnam 10. Bangladesh 11. Nigeria Table 2. ...
Yesterday, I compared democratic India and the Philippines against communist China and Vietnam, respectively, in a look at some key economic factors and my own research. The commies were winning. I concluded by stating, “we can only hope that democracy is good in the long term, even...
“Any research on India should take into account the impact of diversity within the country, and its vibrant democracy,” writes Krishnan Subramanian (@krishnan), in response to my recent article about India lagging its fellow BRIC nations in economic development. “In my opinion, tha...
India has shown the most disappointing performance among the BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India, and China – in the 10-year period since the term was coined by Jim O'Neill of Goldman Sachs' London office. The opinion above is reportedly held by Mr. O'Neill himself, who did offe...
The newly launched Appirio cloudwashing award – known as “The Washies” and said by the company to be an annual event – is a bad idea, poorly executed. No reason to draw too much attention to it, nor to rant too stridently against it. But I would like to point out a few things: ...
As consumers, we all interact in the cloud. A big part of our lives has been virtualized for more than a decade. We bank in the cloud. We buy insurance in the cloud. We book hotels, flights and cars in the cloud. We are so used to logging on that we often don't realize the extent to wh...
Hadoop and NoSQL are entering more conversations about enterprise IT and Cloud Computing. Mongo is now more than a guy who “like candy” and is “only pawn in game of life.” The usual brilliant explosion of innovation is ongoing in this space, which is both a sympton and a driver of the ...
Malaysia seems to be moving steadily toward cloud computing, at least according to results of the latest Cloud Maturity Index study conducted by Forrester Research on behalf of WMware's Singapore office. Of the 158 Malaysian companies surveyed, 64% respondents said they have deployed ...
Not only are the volumes daunting, these integrations can be challenging to build and maintain. Extending your old integration methods won’t work. Take data integration for instance. There are multiple new requirements that must be addressed. Traditional direct database queries and...
I read a nice analysis of cloud computing by Joe McKendrick this week – it's at a sort-of-competing website, so I can't link to it – that said, in essence, IT is and will be driving the cloud, rather than the other way around. I agree. Cloud is the tail and IT is still the dog. No o...
With 9th Cloud Expo - Cloud Expo Silicon Valley - in full swing at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California, what's being said about the future landscape of cloud computing? In this round-up we asked a variety of members of the cloud computing ecosystem, from CIOs to independent...
Jeez, I saw the first 2012 Cloud Predictions article a few weeks ago, in October. Now as we approach Thanksgiving in the US, I'm seeing more. Not me. I'll be waiting until late December before I make my fearless predictions for next year. As it will be 2012, I'll probably have to ma...
Activity at last week's Cloud Expo in Santa Clara will ripple and reverberate for several months, no doubt until the next show convenes on June 11-14 in New York. The cloud-computing industry can now fairly be said to encompass all aspects of enterprise and personal IT, even as its de...
Steve Yegge, a Google engineer, recently posted a long rant on Google+ about how Amazon does everything wrong and Google does everything right. Probably the most traffic generated for Google+ since they launched, which is why he most likely still has a job. While it was painfully excru...
Going over my checklist and starting to pack my stuff for Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. This will be the biggest one yet, and should attract more than 10,000 people. I've been reporting from Asia since attending Cloud Expo in New York in 2009. A lot of growth, and a lot of changes sin...
I've written previously about some of the winners and highlights of the Startup Weekend Manila event at MINT College in Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Here's some more stuff. The event featured 70 teams who worked over the week-end to create and refine their pitches. So...
The frenetic 54-hour Startup Weekend Manila event in Taguig City, Philippines was book-ended Monday night by a Mobile Monday Manila (MoMoManila) meeting at the Calle Scirocco restaurant and nightclub in Makati City. Both locations are part of Metro Manila, the sprawling national ca...
An event calendar that mines social media sites. A “gas nanny.” Shoe-phoria. These were among 25 ideas presented at Startup Weekend Manila, a 54-hour event that just ended at MINT College in Taguig City, Metro Manila. The frenetic week-end saw more than 100 developers build out thei...
It's commonplace to lament the state of science education in the United States. Surely the country can, and must, do better in teaching the sciences to students from a young age and in encouraging them to pursue advanced degrees. I think it's equally important to do a better job in...
Torque can also be thought of in terms of an engine delivering power to a drive shaft, or as a lever applying, well, leverage. Use a big lever to crank (ie, torque) on something, and the results show a large multiplier force. Torque can also be thought of as the amount of force di...
It's been a year since I published my first Tau Index results here at Cloud Computing Journal. It has since been featured in Computerworld Philippines, as well as publications in Hong Kong, Canada, and Europe. I am now integrating more than 20 new parameters to the Index, to get an ...


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