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The world's five greatest national IT development challenges are presented by Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Cote D'Ivoire, and Tanzania. India takes sixth place in the world and second place in Asia, followed in Asia by Pakistan, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Iran Ukraine tops the list in Europe, followed by Russia, Italy, Poland, and Serbia. The greatest challenges in the Americas are offered by Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Honduras, and Ecuador (Brazil is sixth here). Our Process These findings are a function of our ongoing research at the Tau Institute. To identify the greatest challenges, we integrate our overall rankings into our rankings of current levels of technology change, then adjust for population size. Larger nations tend to face larger challenges, just because they have more people. Combine a large population with a relatively undeveloped infrastructure and ... (more)

Sony Hack Shows Need for 'Internet of Things' Security | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

There are boggling challenges on the planet, each of them affecting all of us, one way or another. Food. Clean water. Vaccinations. Health care in general. Then those second-level concerns which are also catalysts for the big problems: transportation, communications, finance. There are about 7.2 billion people on the Earth-around a modest 7 gigapeople in computer terms. (This should give one an idea of how big all those magnitudes beyond a gigabyte-terabytes, petabytes, exabytes, and zettabytes--really are.) Trillions of dollars will be required to solve any of the big problems f... (more)

Nigeria Presents Colossal IT Challenge & Opportunity

Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, at more than US$500 billion, and ranks 23rd in the world. A recent re-evaluation of Nigeria's true economic size doubled the previous estimate, and brought it well ahead of South Africa, which is a member (unlike Nigeria) of the G20 club for political as well as economic reasons. Nigeria's economy can be said to be quite diverse from one point of view, but heavily dependent on oil and gas at the same time. Oil and natural gas account for about 15% of Nigera's overall economy, but traditionally represent more than 90% of the country's ex... (more)

IBM, SAP Mix HANA and Cloud By @IoT2040 | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

IBM and SAP announced a major strategic agreement that integrates Big Blue's datacenter capabilities with Big Hasso's ongoing HANA cloud-based database initiative. IBM is investing $1.2 billion to build 15 new datacesnters as part of its SoftLayer acquisition and expansion, and will also use its existing IBM Cloud servers to support the new agreement with SAP. The announcement was made jointly in Armonk, NY and Walldorf, Germany. IBM is described by SAP as a "premier strategic provider" of cloud infrastructure services in the agreement, and the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud will now ... (more)

OIC Alliance Joins Internet of Things Battle

"Everyone loves standards so much, they each want one of their own." This bit of wisdom is one of the oldest chestnuts in the tech business. The Internet of Things will not change it. In that context we saw the creation of the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), with Intel, Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Samsung, and Wind River as members. The OIC joins the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), the IPSO Alliance, the HomePlug Alliance, the AllSeen Alliance, and IEEE's efforts to create order out of chaos within the IoT. The OIC's founding statement says it "will seek to define connectiv... (more)