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Ukraine sits on the precipice of civil war. Beneath the ostensible storyline of protests against the government of Viktor Yanukovych and recent laws it's enacted lies what is likely an insuperable rift between the eastern and western regions of the country. The east, archetyped by Sovietized industrial places such as Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk, leans toward Russia. This is Yanokovych country. Russia's supreme leader Vladimir Putin lurks in the background of any discussion here. The west, personified by the tech-savvy city of Lviv, feels close to is Western European neighbors and the United States. This is the realm of Viktor Yusschenko, the former president known for being poisoned, disfigured, and almost killed by his political opponents. It's also the side that the intellectual heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko has chosen. Kiev, the nation's capital and ... (more)

Putin Hurts Russian Tech Leadership, Badly

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 rece... (more)

IoT Manufacturing "Bigger" Opportunity

I had a fun conversation with Mark Van Rijmenam (@VanRijmenam) (pictured below) a couple of weeks ago about cloud computing, Big Data, and the IoT. Mark runs BigData-Startups.com in Den Haag, Netherlands. We were mutually amused that he had chosen the name Think Bigger for his new book just as I had chosen that name for a recent IoT piece. His book is now out, and can be found on Amazon. Mark sees as I do, an enormous opportunity for manufacturers with Big Data and IoT. He lives in a region of Europe known as the Randstad, encompassing 7 million people within 3,200 square miles ... (more)

Octoblu Execs: "Any Device, Any Protocol, Single IoT Platform"

With Octoblu emerging from stealth mode, it seemed like a good idea to talk to a couple of key people there. We were able to do just that with company co-founders Geir Ramleth and Chris Matthieu. Geir Ramleth serves as CEO. He was named to CIO Magazine's Hall of Fame in 2008, and served as SVP/CIO of the Bechtel Group for more than a decade during his career. Chris Matthieu serves as CTO and has a global reputation as an innovator in emerging technologies. Chris also serves as our Tech Chair at @ThingsExpo. Octoblu will utilize Meshblu (formerly code named SkyNetIM), an open sour... (more)

Open Source Storage Chairman: "Goal is to be the Market Leader"

Open Source Storage recently announced that Oracle veteran Mark Iwanowski (pictured below) was joining the company as its new chairman. What better time to find out what's going on there? We had a few questions for him... Cloud Computing Journal: What are your key objectives as the new Chairman? Mark Iwanowski: As Chairman of Open Source Storage, I'll help the company achieve success by bringing my business background and understanding of open source together with the innovations of CEO Eren Niazi and his executive management team. One of our objectives is to continue building the ... (more)