Comments
yourfanat wrote: I am using another tool for Oracle developers - dbForge Studio for Oracle. This IDE has lots of usefull features, among them: oracle designer, code competion and formatter, query builder, debugger, profiler, erxport/import, reports and many others. The latest version supports Oracle 12C. More information here.
Cloud Expo on Google News
SYS-CON.TV
Cloud Expo & Virtualization 2009 East
PLATINUM SPONSORS:
IBM
Smarter Business Solutions Through Dynamic Infrastructure
IBM
Smarter Insights: How the CIO Becomes a Hero Again
Microsoft
Windows Azure
GOLD SPONSORS:
Appsense
Why VDI?
CA
Maximizing the Business Value of Virtualization in Enterprise and Cloud Computing Environments
ExactTarget
Messaging in the Cloud - Email, SMS and Voice
Freedom OSS
Stairway to the Cloud
Sun
Sun's Incubation Platform: Helping Startups Serve the Enterprise
POWER PANELS:
Cloud Computing & Enterprise IT: Cost & Operational Benefits
How and Why is a Flexible IT Infrastructure the Key To the Future?
Click For 2008 West
Event Webcasts
Great and Powerful Cloud Computing
Whether Using Simple Cellphones or PCs, Many Great Cloud Stories Throughout the Land

Much recent discussion about Cloud Computing has focused on the datacenter, given Oracle's major push at its recent annual trade show, the recent skirmish by HP and Dell to acquire storage manufacturer 3Par, and Cisco's new push to create "borderless networks" with the datacenter in the middle of all this.

But we shouldn't forget what we want Cloud Computing to do. In the past few days, I've seen three interrelated examples of doing something interesting with Cloud, all involving the use of simple PCs and cell phones at the user end. All are designed with improving local economies in mind:

Online Markets in Developing Countries
Julius Akinyemi's UWIN project, which I've written about before, is starting to take shape. Julius is Resident Entrepreneur at the MIT Media Lab, and a former CIO at Wells Fargo and PepsiCo. He aims to bring the "wealth of nations" to developing nations, by creating online markets that are accessed by cell phones. He recently made a presentation to a World Economic Forum workshop, and is in discussions with several key technology vendors to bring his vision to fruition, starting in Nigeria, but potentially in several other developing nations in Africa and Asia as well.

As Julius explains, "a key part of UWIN is an eRegistry that functions as a digital registration of people; their life events such as births, deaths, marriages, financial transactions, and assets-houses, land, livestock. It also registers the owners' trade or profession, and through asset securitization, mobilizes the currently dormant trillions of dollars in local assets in developing nations to generate capital that is tradable with the global economy."

"The eRegistry is part of what we call The Open Information Exchange platform, which extracts information from the eRegistry. When coupled with a proprietary algorithm, it matches up supply with demand of different needs from livestock farmers to buyers auction style, it will match virtual doctors to patients, products and services to buyers etc."

The solution we are offering is not being done anywhere in developing nations; creating and utilizing a comprehensive eRegistry mechanism would take best valuation processes from the Wall Street world to the developing-economy world."

UK Food Supply Chain
The problems of finding rational markets is not limited to developing nations, as a burgeoning project in the UK demonstrates. As recently reported in The Telegraph, it's well known that "for many growers and farmers (in the UK), the challenge is to work out what food will sell well where, and for many shops and distributors it's hard to find out who they should be buying from."

The Telegraph goes on to report, "according to Richard Walters, of supply chain experts Azurance, 'It is abundantly clear that consumers want more regional food. The evidence shows that buyers struggle to find producers. (But through the use of PCs,) sophisticated food trading hubs will enable buyers and sellers to locate each other and transact business on a sustainable commercial basis. This can only be good for the country and the environment.'"

"Many food producers are small businesses who lack the scalability to meet the demands of the supermarkets, but for their part, the supermarkets battle with the challenge of sourcing the volume of local produce to meet a growing consumer need," Walters added. But new "industry-specific trading hubs...allow producers to offer their produce for sale, organize the transport logistics involved and get paid. Matching supply to demand becomes comparatively simple."

Cellphone Cash
Meanwhile, back on the cellphone beat, The Economist, better later than never, named the M-Pesa cellphone-based African money transfer service as its 2010 Social and Economic Social Innovation Award winner. Managed by IBM on behalf of Vodafone, and hosted by Rackspace, this famous project was fully launched in 2007, and permits money transfers and bill payments for people whether they have a bank account or not.

A vast network of agents (supermarkets, gas stations, many other stores) act as agents for the program, enabling its widespread use; there are now 6.5 million subscribers, in contrast to 3 million bank accounts in this country. The program has also been launched in Tanzania and Afghanistan, and there are plans to expand it further.

Meanwhile, more quietly but as successfully, two major Philippine telcos, Globe and Smart, offer similar services. GCash and Smart Money allow bills to be paid, money to be transferred, remittances to be sent to and throughout the Philippines. Sources of cash can include bank accounts, cash, and credit cards.

These programs can function on the pre-paid model, in which there are no contracts but simply upfront cash (as little as 25 cents in the Philippines) to "load" phones to call, text, or send money. If a phone is out of load, it can still receive calls and messages. Wouldn't that be sweet to have in a "developed" nation, such as, oh I don't know, the United States?

All of these projects are delivered by The Great and Powerful Oz; pull back the curtain, and you'll find those datacenters, delivering on the promise of Cloud Computing in a way the original wizard could have hardly conjured.

About Roger Strukhoff
Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

In order to post a comment you need to be registered and logged in.

Register | Sign-in

Reader Feedback: Page 1 of 1

Latest Cloud Developer Stories
Enterprises are striving to become digital businesses for differentiated innovation and customer-centricity. Traditionally, they focused on digitizing processes and paper workflow. To be a disruptor and compete against new players, they need to gain insight into business data and...
DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to ...
In this presentation, you will learn first hand what works and what doesn't while architecting and deploying OpenStack. Some of the topics will include:- best practices for creating repeatable deployments of OpenStack- multi-site considerations- how to customize OpenStack to inte...
Most DevOps journeys involve several phases of maturity. Research shows that the inflection point where organizations begin to see maximum value is when they implement tight integration deploying their code to their infrastructure. Success at this level is the last barrier to at-...
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is ...
Subscribe to the World's Most Powerful Newsletters
Subscribe to Our Rss Feeds & Get Your SYS-CON News Live!
Click to Add our RSS Feeds to the Service of Your Choice:
Google Reader or Homepage Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe with Bloglines Subscribe in NewsGator Online
myFeedster Add to My AOL Subscribe in Rojo Add 'Hugg' to Newsburst from CNET News.com Kinja Digest View Additional SYS-CON Feeds
Publish Your Article! Please send it to editorial(at)sys-con.com!

Advertise on this site! Contact advertising(at)sys-con.com! 201 802-3021



SYS-CON Featured Whitepapers
ADS BY GOOGLE