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Just as no year is complete for me without a viewing of Blazing Saddles, no Red Hat Summit is complete without a talk with someone from MongoDB. We therefore posed a few questions for Paul Cross, Vice President of Solutions Architecture at MongoDB, and here's what he had to say. ...
Twitter is fun for me, if for no other reason than I “meet” many wildly interesting people through it. I've developed deep professional relationships through initial contacts on Twitter. But like many of you, I'm sure, I also have numerous Twitter friends whom I've never met, and so...
No discussion of the Red Hat Summit 2014 would be complete without some discussion of Apache Hadoop. The happy elephant has now been pushing data for close to a decade, its distributed file system (HDFS) setting the tone for support of modern-day, highly distributed and very large data...
Continuing a series of brief interviews with some of the technology execs at this year's Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, we turn our attention now to Sandro Mazziotta, Senior Director of Product Management, eNovance. This company is based in Paris with a North American office in Mo...
The upcoming HIT-PH Conference in Metro Manila on May 22-23 focuses on the rapid advance of Information Technology in this sector. “The Philippine healthcare industry is entering the digital age,” according to the conference organizers, Exist Healthcare IT and Goldcrest Communications...
Among the things I wasn't able to do this week was attend the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco. Bummer. But I was able to conduct a lot of interviews from my office in Illinois. I cover the emergent Big Three – Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things – all of which are part of...
Do you want to go to the place with the most kinetic ICT growth? Visit Ethiopia. Would you prefer to address the nations with dynamic ICT growth who face the largest overall challenges? Then go to Bangladesh. Or India. Or the Ivory Coast. Or would you simply like to go to a place...
All good things in IT eventually must be corralled by, you know, the IT department. The IoT will be no exception. In fact, given that the IoT will be driven primarily by sensors means by definition that IoT strategies won't be flying under the radar the way the original PC revoluti...
In the IoT No One Can Hear You Scream The IT department is a favored punching bag in any enterprise. This applies to that young kid who takes care of the computers for a small business and to that entire building over there with a couple hundred people for a large company. IT is...
I had a fun conversation with Mark Van Rijmenam (@VanRijmenam) 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 ch...
m thrilled to see that old friend Winston Damarillo, the man who, among other things, sold Gluecode to IBM in 2005, is Summit Chair of an exciting new event called OCEAN (Open Collaboration with East Asia New Champions), to be held May 23-25 in Cebu, Philippines. The event is being la...
No self-respecting technology trend would be caught in public without a consortium or two, and now Internet of Things has added a new one, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). Founded by AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, and Intel, the IIC describes itself as “an open membership group focuse...
“What era do we live in?” A good friend of mine asked me this simple question many years ago. “Post-modern” was not an acceptable answer. She deemed the “Nouveaux Fin de Siecle” too clever by half. “The Information Age” was hackneyed, and had already been in use for a couple of decades...
“Only 1% of the world has moved to the cloud,” according to Google's top techie Urs Hölzle, who was speaking at the company's recent Google Cloud Platform Live event in San Francisco. Hölzle is a Google Fellow and carries the title of Senior VP, Technical Infrastructure. He announc...
I'm reading a McKinsey report from May 2013 that talks about 12 disruptive technologies, including cloud computing and the Internet of Things (Iot). I'll focus on the IoT here. The report estimates the (Iot) Internet to be worth between $2.7 and $6.2 trillion by the year 2025.(The w...
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 takeove...
I've been reading more amazing projections of where the Internet of Things (IoT) is headed. Projections of billions of devices and trillions of dollars in value are being thrown around. The IoT has the potential to increase the size of the Worldwide Web's infrastructure by a magnitude ...
Mark Hurd of Oracle recently noted that there are already 9 billion devices, aka things, hooked into today's Worldwide Web. This is a number also being thrown around by Cisco as part of its Internet of Everything focus. Estimates from many of the usual suspects in the IT industry s...
Is the pendulum swinging back toward local datacenters running private cloud? Certainly some decisions I'm getting involved in indicate it is in my little part of the world. But first let me ask, did the pendulum ever really swing toward public cloud? A survey conducted in Sept 2013...
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 g...
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. T...
I will be part of a tweetchat on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 4pm EST. The topic will be PaaS. The event is hosted by @IBMCloud, but there is no expectation to talk about IBM, its strategy, or its products. The company is taking the enlightened view that good conversation is good for everybody...
Note: The following is a shameless promotion for @ThingsExpo, an event for which I am serving as Conference Chair. I'm promoting because I think the Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest thing since the invention of fire – or at least, the best thing since canned beer. Seriously, ...
I want to build a cloud-driven datacenter. I want to build it alongside a newly installed fiber-optic network near my office on an old college campus in Northern Illinois. I'm advising a company that has ambitious plans to reach a large number of consumers by end of 2015 with a soc...
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 Vladim...
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 ...
I've been reading a few things over the past few days, from people who should know better, casting doubts on the legitimacy of the Internet of Things. Isn't this just more marketing hype, they ask? Isn't the Internet already all-encompassing by definition? And don't we already have...
"None of us really understands what's going on with all these numbers." Thus said David Stockman, the then-wunderkind budget director for newly elected President Ronald Reagan in 1981. Stockman was widely ridiculed for such a rare burst of candor from a government official. He was ...
Note: This is a play written from tweets. I've combined them occasionally for flow, and polished the random rough edge caused by the 140-character Twitter limit. Dramatis Personae Roger Strukhoff (me, aka @taudir). Executive Director, Tau Institute and Conference Chair of the upcom...
“Make me one with everything,” said the Buddhist to the hot-dog vendor, as the old joke goes. But I'll pass for now in making the Internet of Things (Iot) into the Net of Everything (Noe). Because even though there will be many billions of Things attached to the 'Net soon enough, it's ...
I'll be serving as the Conference Chair at the Internet of Things Expo (twitter @thingsexpo), part of the 15th International Cloud Computing Expo in Santa Clara, CA November 4-6. Things can generally be thought of as sensors. The number of sensors sloshing their real-time data throu...
As promised, newly minted VMware execs Bob Schultz and Sumit Dhawan responded to my inquiries about their new jobs. Both came over from Citrix, signalling a clear escalation in the battle for desktop virtualization supremacy between the two companies. Schultz has been named to a new...
VMware execs Bob Schultz and Sumit Dhawan were in leadership training in Boston during their first day at their new company. They promised to respond to my inquiries regarding their new positions as soon as possible. When they do, I'll report what they said. The news of their move c...
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations – known as ASEAN – comprises 10 nations with a combined population of 600 million people and total GDP of $3.5 trillion. The population is about twice that of the US, with a total economy twice that of India. ASEAN is headquartered in J...
South Sudan is the world's newest nation, created after a violent struggle, and one that now appears primed for more violence. Once again, the baser instincts of us human beings may trump our nobler nature. More than 2 milliion people died in South Sudan's fight for independence, an...
I flew into Tacloban airport for the first time in 2009. This provincial capital (pronounced “Tac-LO-ban”) of 200,00 people is hot, crowded, and gritty – as is its airport – and populated by the fierce Waraynon people. These are not the friendliest folks in the Philippines, and their l...
“WebRTC and the Codec War” is the topic of just one session at the upcoming 1st WebRTC Summit, and technology giant Cisco has now given even more oomph to this huge emerging IT trend. I'll be moderating the two-day Summit, which will be held November 6-7 during the 13th International ...
It appears that the siege at Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya is over. So it seems safe to write about it and what it means. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, “wretched violence has once again intruded in a big way into all the world's efforts to improve economies and the lives of p...
The 1st International WebRTC Summit is being produced by SYS-CON Media and WebRTC Journal on November 6-7, co-located with the 13th International Cloud Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley. Cloud Expo continues to ride the leading edge of global IT, offering the ...
One of my colleagues and advisors is from France, and currently working in the Sophia Antipolis tech enclave in the southeast of the country. He wonders why I never mention France in my stories about the global leaders in our rankings. This is a valid question, and one that I know p...