A web of large-scale business and trade connections is making it difficult to
imagine a successful strategy and tactics to counter Vladimir Putin's Crimean
land grab. Putin himself seems to be unconcerned with nuance and
complication, as he bulldozes onward
Russia's abrupt takeover of the region seems to have been cynically planned
to occur just as Putin was basking in the afterglow of demonstrating his
power in running a terror-free Olympic games.
Commentators worldwide are slinging wild comparisons of Putin's actions with
historical events. But it seems to me that the most recent, and perhaps most
relevant, comparison is Russia's actions in the country of Georgia a few
years ago, where it went to war to enable ethnically Russian regions to
achieve breakaway status.
Abkhazia and South Ossetia may sound to Western ears as if they're out of an
old Bullwinkle cartoon... (more)
I'll be serving as the Conference Chair at the Internet of Things Expo
(@ThingsExpo), part of the 15th International Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, CA
"Things" can generally be thought of as sensors. The number of sensors
sloshing their real-time data through the tubes of the Internet is estimated
to be in the trillions soon enough. Thanks to the gift of scientific notation
we're able to abstract these gargantuan data flows into the simple matter of
measuring bytes to the 15th and 18th power.
Processing, analyzing, and making good use of this data will require an
We've been integrating statistics and deriving rankings from them for a
couple of years now. Our process is to look at national ICT infrastructures
on a relative - rather than absolute - basis, to provide a fair way to
examine which countries are doing the mos with what they have.
Thus, South Korea tops our rankings, despite its position as the 15th-largest
overall economy in the world. Relatively speaking, South Korea is the champ.
Perhaps more surprisingly, you'll find tiny Estonia and New Zealand getting
the silver and bronze in our rankings. The US is nowhere to be found among ... (more)
Our initial look at Georgia is a stunning one. Integrating all of our
technology and socio-economic factors, but given its relatively very high
bandwidth, and more important, what appears to be a tremendous percentage of
access to its people, Georgia appears as if it will rank in our global Top 5.
I'm captivated. I'll write more on the topic as our process plays out and we
can announce something formally.
Content may always be king, but bandwidth is the Supreme Leader of the
Internet. Bandwidth and access to it is the most heavily weighted of the
numerous factors we int... (more)
With the Sochi Winter Olympics opening, it seems a good time to take a look
at how Russia does in our research. There is some good news, although the
country could certainly do much better.
No serious discussion of Russia today is possible without mention of country
President Vladimir Putin. Indeed, this strongman is clearly on a personal
mission to go into the history books alongside Peter the Great and Lenin as
his country's most influential leaders.
Putin's influence is such that he's considered to be the most powerful person
in the world by Time magazine, among other sources.... (more)