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The stack is the hack, Jack. That's my takeaway from several events I attended over the past few weeks in Silicon Valley and Southeast Asia. I listened to and participated in discussions about everything from large datacenter management (think Facebook Open Compute) to enterprise-level cyberfraud (at a seminar in Manila attended by the US State Dept. and Philippine National Police) to the world of entrepreneurial startups, app deployment, and mobility (in a series of meetups and talks in both the US and Asia.) I also attended the announcement of a very high-level report from the Asian Cloud Computing Association, Internet Society of Asia-Pacific, and TRPC Research on the topic of "Re-Thinking the Digital Economy," in which a presentation by a member of the Philippine Cabinet on bringing free WiFi to the masses was just one topic. This report will be discussed in sev... (more)

Vietnam Shines In Our IT Research

There's something extraordinary going on in Vietnam, and I'm not sure everyone sees it. The country blazes from the dry pages of our research printouts, its incandescence obscuring its neighbors and making our office fire alarms nervous. Among the 105 nations we now survey, Vietnam will finish in or near the Top 20 in the world in our overall ranking, when we announce our latest results next month. It will be near the top in Asia. Our overall ranking integrates several socioeconomic and technological factors, Additionally, Vietnam will rank near the top of the world in our pure ... (more)

Salesforce Redefines Cloud 2 Redefinition with Dimdim Buy

Well, as Mr. White said in Pulp Fiction, "let's not start celebrating just yet" (or something to that effect.). He was referring to rehabbing a car; I'm referring to redefining an industry. Specifically, I'm thinking of Salesforce.com and its use of the term "Cloud 2." It threw that around last week in reference to its Heroku acquisition and the potential to redefine how Cloud apps are written and perform. Alas, Salesforce is now throwing the term around in a much more glib, and perhaps inaccurate way. It latest use of Cloud 2 comes with its acquisition of Dimdim (for $31 milli... (more)

Broadcom Offers $20 IoT Developer Kit (Internet of Things)

The IoT has the potential to transform the world, bringing new functions and efficiency to big problems such as disease, poverty, traffic, and government transparence. It also makes for a nice Christmas gift for "kids in science fair projects." This latter point was made by Broadcom and Brian Bedrosian, the company's senior director for wireless connectivity. Specifically, the company has introduced its Wiced Sense Kit at a price of US$20. The kit-suitable for adult use, of course, as well--allows IoT developers and the millions of "makers" in the thriving Maker Movement to bu... (more)

An Exclusive DevOps Interview with Qubell

Qubell CTO: "IT Should Be Fluid, Service-Oriented, JIT" Qubell is staking out its territory in DevOps, with a collection of components, connectors and starter kits that are "self-deployable composite applications and blueprints that showcase a complete technical solution to a common business problem," in the words of the company. Starter kits include the Java Pet Clinic, a sample Spring application; the Oracle ATG Sandbox, described as the fastest way to develop ATG/Endeca applications; Behavioral Analytics, a Hadoop-based ecommerce recommendation engine; and Broadleaf eCommerce,... (more)