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"The Australian economy is facing a major transformation, moving from growth led by investment in resources projects to broader-based drivers of activity in non-resources sectors." These words are taken from the Comprehensive Growth Strategy report presented by the Australian government at the recent G20 meeting in Brisbane. I wonder how seriously the government really takes them. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was widely criticized by his countrymen for a pedestrian, locally focused welcoming speech he gave as the host of the most powerful leaders in the world. Did he really emphasize a small, stalled health initiative of his that would tax individuals at $7 per year? Where was the sweeping vision? The strategy presented by Mr. Abbott's government in Brisbane is full of similar pedestrian, if much more macroeconomic, talk. It aims to hit all the correct but... (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)

PaaS Can Light Up the World

'Tis the season of light. With Diwali recently concluded, we've now entered the days of the Hannukah Festival, the Advent Season, the Nativity Fast, and in the Philippines, the onset of Simbang Gabi ("Night Mass"), a series of evening services as Christmas approaches. The Yule log is also burning metaphorically if not literally throughout much of the Western world. All center on the presence of light. As we enter the new year, fireworks will be obstreperously on display throughout the world, with the global light show extending into the Chinese New Year (literally, "Spring Festi... (more)

What I Learned at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley

The 15th International Cloud Expo and 2nd ThingsExpo finished up last week at the Santa Clara Convention Center. There were many exhibitors, many attendees, and many great sessions. Discussions were lively throughout, continuing after hours after each of the three days of the show. Here's what I learned: Hybrid cloud and multi-cloud are a reality. This may seem obvious to anyone in the industry, and it was confirmed throughout each day last week. Cloud is not going to be a ubiquitous utility anytime soon, as might have been thought a few years ago. The market for private cloud - ... (more)

ASEAN Diversity and the 'Internet of Things' (IoT)

I'll be heading to Southeast Asia immediately following our upcoming @CloudExpo @ThingsExpo in Santa Clara. I'll rekindle some previous business relationships I had when I lived in the region in 2009-2012. I'll also investigate new ways to bring the messages of socio-economic growth through Cloud Computing, Big Data/Analytics, and the Internet of Things. Our team focus for the next two months is on producing the best event ever in Santa Clara. We're well on the way. (It's easy to keep up with the latest developments.) From Talk to Action But as I read about a job opening with AS... (more)