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Mexico could do much better in its national commitment to ICT, according to our research at the Tau Institute. Possessing one of the world's major economies, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto was recently at the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia, where a comprehensive strategy plan was presented to all delegates. The plan discussed job growth and several areas of reform. It did not directly address ICT, other than a mention of fledgling telco reform. Believing as we do that economic and societal development over the long-term are a function of a commitment to a strong ICT environment, we encourage leaders in all sectors and strata of Mexican society to redouble their efforts in this area. Yet that sentiment may seem irretrievably glib given the difficulties facing Mexico, which must be viewed through the lens of the country's difficult history and relationship ... (more)

Brazil Commits to Tech Ed at G20 Summit

Each of the G20 member countries outlined a Comprehensive Growth Strategy at the recent G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia. One of the more aggressive plans comes from Brazil, which has pledged to train 12 million young people in technical areas by 2018. The program is called Pronatec, and is administered by the Ministries of Labor and Education jointly with local councils. The program has actually been in effect since 2011, already reaching 8 million students, according to the report. It targets an additional 4 million students over the next four years. Its cost was listed as mo... (more)

Interview: Docker and Containerization | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Who doesn't like a clever turn of phrase? Docker CEO Ben Golub (pictured below) provided several from the recent Red Hat Summit in answering our questions about virtualization, Big Data, and DevOps. With Cloud Expo now approaching, I see a lot of the big issues that will be raised there being raised here. Ben, take it away... Roger: Could you explain for our audience the significance of containerization, and how it differs from virtualization? Ben: Traditional virtualization was created over a decade ago, when applications were long-lived, monolithic, and deployed to a single serv... (more)

Big Data's Many Dimensions (IoT)

It occurred to me, as I'm sure it's occurred to most of you, that driving a car is a classic example of the IoT in action. In this case, my brain is the CPU, and all of my car's gauges are the things.  I was making a routine 30-minute drive to raid a local vegetable stand. As I processed all the information coming in, I realized there were several dimensions to it. The same principle is at work with IoT projects, no matter what their scale. One of the classic charts/concepts widely used in information management is determining urgency vs. importance. Urgent & important things are r... (more)

CEO of @SmartThings: Samsung Fully Supports Our Vision | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Samsung promises to be one of the 800-pound gorillas of the IoT, if its success in recent years with Android devices and other consumer electronics is any guide. Showing its willingness to be a big IoT player, the company recently acquired SmartThings, a recent startup that's developed an open smarthome appliation that currently supports 1,000 devices and 8,000 apps. SmartThings will now work under the auspices of Samsung's Open Innovation Center (OIC). See Also: Samsung OIC Exec Jacobo Lenzi Touts "Open" Dialog SmartThings Founder and CEO Alex Hawkinson (pictured above) said tha... (more)