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).
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
Larger nations tend to face larger challenges, just because they have more
people. Combine a large population with a relatively undeveloped
infrastructure and ... (more)
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
Trillions of dollars will be required to solve any of the big problems f... (more)
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 and SAP announced a major strategic agreement that integrates Big Blue's
datacenter capabilities with Big Hasso's ongoing HANA cloud-based database
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)
"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)