March 8, 2014 05:51 PM EST
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 takeo... (more)
March 4, 2014 10:20 AM EST
As Conference Chair of the upcoming @ThingsExpo in New York June 10-12, 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 potent... (more)
February 19, 2014 05:05 PM EST
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 ... (more)
February 14, 2014 06:30 PM EST
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 ... (more)
February 13, 2014 09:01 AM EST
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... (more)
February 12, 2014 12:01 PM EST
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... (more)
February 12, 2014 10:59 AM EST
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 eve... (more)
February 11, 2014 10:46 AM EST
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.
February 10, 2014 09:43 AM EST
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 ... (more)
February 8, 2014 11:31 AM EST
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 Vl... (more)
January 24, 2014 12:56 PM EST
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 ... (more)
January 22, 2014 09:18 PM EST
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 hav... (more)
January 20, 2014 09:58 AM EST
"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 w... (more)
January 15, 2014 06:54 PM EST
Note: This is a play written from real tweets by real people. They appear in
the order they were posted on my timeline during a tweetversation the other
day. I've combined them occasionally for flow, and polished the random rough
edge caused by the 140-character Twitter limit.
January 15, 2014 12:59 PM EST
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.(T... (more)
January 15, 2014 12:06 PM EST
"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,... (more)
January 12, 2014 10:22 AM EST
I'll be serving as the Conference Chair at the Internet of Things Expo
(@ThingsExpo), part of the 15th International Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, CA
"Things" can generally be thought of as sensors. The number of sensors
sloshing their real-time data through the tubes... (more)
January 7, 2014 04:24 PM EST
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 (pictured first) ha... (more)
January 7, 2014 11:21 AM EST
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 mo... (more)
December 28, 2013 02:14 PM EST
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations - known as ASEAN - comprises 10
nations with a combined population of 600 million people and total GDP of
The population is about twice that of the US, with a total economy twice that
ASEAN is headquartered in ... (more)