May 24, 2013 06:58 AM EDT
I've written before about an ongoing software development project with which
I've been recently involved. Its complexities continue to challenge a
development team with architects, programmers, and project managers in
Chicago, Silicon Valley, and the Philippines.
But we're able ... (more)
April 1, 2013 12:01 AM EDT
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has revealed her latest surprise, announcing that the
company "is now committed to great journalism."
"With almost 150 million unique visitors per month, our company is the most
dominant media presence in the world," she said. "It's time for us to commit
March 29, 2013 11:39 PM EDT
I like to organize part of my life around Cloud Expo, coming up again in New
York June 10-13. One new tradition is to published our updated Tau Index
results at the event. We will be doing this in New York again this year.
We published our original Tau Index results in conjunction... (more)
March 26, 2013 08:59 AM EDT
The recent meteor blast over the skies of Russia served a reminder that
humanity lives in a constant state of mortal peril. Surely, we can be
serious, even as we make fatuous references to movies like "Airplane" along
Despite our solar system's occasional warnings of po... (more)
March 11, 2013 06:06 AM EDT
I received inquiries this week about our research in two separate but similar
places: Panama and Jordan.
How are they similar? Both have relatively small populations but central
locations in major regions of the world, and both seem to be poised to emerge
as leaders in their reg... (more)
March 3, 2013 05:34 PM EST
The roles of information technology in economic and societal development are
clear. Better use of IT (or ICT as it's called in much of the world)
increases productivity, which increases economic growth. This holds true
whether in manufacturing, along supply chains, throughout res... (more)
February 25, 2013 06:45 AM EST
As I continue to meander through the early stages of our software-development
project, I've encountered a large measure of scope creep. Scope jog or scope
sprint might be a more accurate term. What started as a modest, internal
workflow project has been intertwined with a more am... (more)
February 23, 2013 03:49 PM EST
The bloviations of a wacko CEO in the US against French workers provided some
comic fodder this week. Making fun of the French is a bit of a national sport
in the US, and the expected barbed retorts have come back from France this
More seriously, the "dirigiste" approach t... (more)
February 17, 2013 11:17 PM EST
Who are the world's ICT leaders? What separates them from the pack? Where are
the emerging ICT stars? Why are they important? How can you go "beyond the
BRICs" in your analysis?
These are questions we've been working to answer over the past two years,
with original research that... (more)
January 23, 2013 11:30 AM EST
I'm developing software - yikes. I first came to this industry in the 1980s
as a non-geek music major, and was forced to learn how to run a Unix-based
box from Callan Data Systems that I fondly called The Antichrist.
All these years later, I'm still a non-geek, albeit one who has ... (more)
January 14, 2013 11:56 AM EST
"Despite the lock-in...it's really not about the money but about the features
and the product offering." So states a blogpost I just read from a company
that is dissatisfied with one major cloud vendor and is moving to another.
Yet cloud vendor lock-in -- what I like to call Vendo... (more)
January 6, 2013 05:51 PM EST
"Jones, we need an RDBMS strategy implemented immediately!! Oh, and, what's
Thus read the caption to a New Yorker cartoon many years ago, in which a CEO
was berating a subordinate.
The same cartoon could run today, with the words "Cloud Computing," "Big
Data," or "SD... (more)
December 30, 2012 06:09 PM EST
The days are growing longer as I sit in a second-floor office in northern
Illinois, but barely. A rare clear, but very cold day is ending shortly after
4pm as a bright orange sun sets in the southwest outside my frosted window.
The year ends tomorrow. So may Congressional negotiat... (more)
December 28, 2012 03:24 PM EST
No, I don't see black helicopters in the sky. And I don't believe in global
conspiracies - I think we humans are far too inept at operating anything
complex over the long haul - and at keeping secrets - to somehow build vast,
global ruling structures.
But I remain highly concern... (more)
December 20, 2012 10:34 AM EST
As the last productive week of the year nears its end, time to think about
what was important this year and what will be important next year. The first
winter storm of the season is blowing into my northern Illinois location as I
contemplate things, reminding me that I should hav... (more)
December 14, 2012 01:49 PM EST
I've been in London this week, meeting with several people and organizations
about cloud computing and its potential to drive the global economy by
bringing efficiencies to IT - in short, about its potential to be "green."
The topic of green quickly devolved into an asinine politi... (more)
December 10, 2012 05:53 PM EST
I'm headed to London this week, to talk to people about the future of cloud
computing. Although innovation and progress today spread more uniformly
throughout the world more quickly than in the past, there are still some
severe discrepancies in technology adoption.
For example, ... (more)
December 4, 2012 12:41 AM EST
I listened to remarks on CSPAN from the very controversial Avigdor Lieberman,
Israel's current Foreign Minister, during his recent appearance at a forum in
He said he believed that if people focused on economic development in the
Palestinian Territories enough to... (more)
November 29, 2012 03:41 PM EST
I switched over to the Opera browser the other day on my main work computer.
The Oslo-based Opera Software has only been able to grab about 2% of the
browser market, but at least this number has remained fairly steady for
almost a decade. It may gain momentum in the mobile space ... (more)
November 28, 2012 08:45 PM EST
Eucalyptus was originally known as one of the key open-source contenders in
the battle for private cloud computing customers. Later, it became known as
the company that broke with the pack to become compatible with AWS public
cloud services, thus becoming a player in the world of... (more)