"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 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)
'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)
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)
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
From Talk to Action
But as I read about a job opening with AS... (more)