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"Can we (or, more to the point, should we) try to "codify" the laws and regulations of the world into digital form, allowing computer networks and applications to self-regulate? What would the political fallout of such a system be?" Also sprach James Urquhart in his Wisdom of the Clouds blog. I'm really jealous that he came up with this great name for his blog, and I think he's hit on something that's very profound. Listen to Grandpa talk about the war, kids...back when I saw my first Internet map, I was at Uniforum 1984 in Santa Clara. Bang! addresses were in fashion, in those pre-@ days. The map was about four feet high and six feet wide, and had an incredible array of vectors, nodes, and clusters, spanning a Mercator projection of the world. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Much excitement ensued about how scientific work could be... (more)

Virtualization Pitfalls Within Cloud Computing: Discuss!

Gloom and doom are the oxygen of journalism and conference presentations. After all, if everything worked just perfectly, there wouldn't be much to discuss, would there? Thus, you can find no end of great discussion about all the challenges facing Virtualization and Cloud Computing in all its forms at the upcoming Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York April 19-21. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Three good examples are provided here from the virtualization tracks at the event: * "Top 10 Private Cloud Pitfalls" is a presentation from Surgient VP Brian Wilson. In it, he promises to "provide a practical framework to assess principle private cloud requirements and map those to design elements including infrastructure pooling, resource allocation, and service policies." Brian is responsible "for Surgient customer success," he says... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Software Development: The Potential for Outsourcing to the Philippines

Note: Ray Roxas-Chua is the Chairman of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), in the government of the Philippines. He is the youngest cabinet member in the administration of President Gloria Arroyo-Macapagal. I interviewed him in late 2008. The interview occurred before the Satyam scandal in India, which in my view threatens to disrupt all outsourcing growth in India, perhaps to the benefit of other countries, including the Philippines. Roger Strukhoff: Let’s start with some background information on the CICT. Ray Roxas-Chua: The CICT was formed in 2004, as a realization of the importance of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) to the development of the country. We are the lead agency responsible for the active development of ICT in the Philippines. In a nutshell, our mission is to leverage the benefits of ICT in all aspect... (more)

LiveNation CIO Talks SOA, Virtualization, and Rock'n'Roll

Joe Manna is CIO of Live Nation, based in Beverly Hills, CA. A native of southern California, he double majored in math and computer science at Cal State-Fullerton before starting his career in technology. He’s spent many years as a CTO, but now finds himself interacting more closely with the business as the CIO of a fast-growing company in a major consumer market. Our people called his people, and we were recently able to grab a few minutes of his time… This is the Company NOW Magazine: Let’s start by talking company branding a little bit. Joe Manna: Sure. Live Nation started as a roll-up of a number of regional promoters and venues by Clear Channel Communication, which originally called the company Clear Channel Entertainment. Then two years ago, Clear Channel Entertainment was spun out on its own to a publicly-traded company called Live Nation. Then last ye... (more)

New IBM Innovation Center to Fuel IT Growth in the Philippines

IBM News on Ulitzer IBM further expanded its reach into growing nations with the opening of the first IBM Innovation Center in the Philippines. The new center aims to help the local business and academic communities to build skills and develop new technologies that support demand for digital infrastructure projects in banking, energy, telecommunications, transportation, retail and government industries. The center, located at the UP-Ayala Techno Hub in Commonwealth, Quezon City in Metro Manila, will provide entrepreneurs, business partners, venture capitalists and academics across the nation with access to training workshops, consulting services, a broad technical infrastructure, and hands-on assistance to help bring new technologies to market. The new center supports IBM's efforts to invest in emerging markets around the world, helping to develop local ecosystems... (more)

From Inday: Happy New Year from the Philippines!

It is many weeks since the time I posted at my blog, kasi I was very lazy to write :-) I looked at my blogstats and I see that the number of visitors is reduced because I have not been writing. Yay, so it is time for more stories! Thanks to everyone who enjoys my blog and thanks to everyone who makes comments here. I did not have confidence to write one year ago, when I started this blog. But now I know I have the capacity to write stories that people enjoy. Maraming salamat! I have many stories to tell you. So my plan is to post these stories more often now that we are in the year 2010. I had a very nice Undas holiday (editor's note: November 1, similar to the Days of the Dead celebrations in Mexico).  I could not be back in province to visit my grandmother in the semetario for Undas. But I did make a nice meal for her and for my other relatives.  You can see in ... (more)

Global Sourcing in the Philippines: Makati and Beyond

(The following story originally appeared as a blog entry at I posted my interview with Oscar Sanez, President and CEO of BPAP, the Business Processing Association of the Philippines ( Oscar runs marathons, and have I ever mentioned I think it's hot over there? I hope they start these races at around 3am. He's taking the long-term view of business as well. A P&G exec for almost 30 years, located in all corners of the world, Oscar returned to the Philippines a few years back to apply the full force of his experience and personality to address the challenge of developing business in his native country. The Metro Manila municipality of Makati City (left), where BPAP is located and where I met Oscar for our interview, is one of the showcase areas of the Philippines and of the global outsourcing industry. Its skyline, greenbelt a... (more)

"Avoid Big Consulting" for Cloud Computing Initiatives

Virtualization Track at Cloud Expo My appreciation of David Linthicum's writing increased yet again when I found a piece on the Intertubes that he wrote about some Big Rules for cloud computing. One of his basic premises is to avoid the big consultant shops. To wit, he writes: "Most big consulting firms lead with well-polished presentations and, perhaps, some pretty smart people. However, when it comes time to do the real work, you're staring across the table at very inexperienced individuals whose knowledge of cloud computing is limited by the number of article printouts they could read on the plane flight out." My experience is that this is the approach these thieves, er, firms use in every project they've ever undertaken. I have now forgotten more screwed-up, vastly over-spent installations than most people remember about grand plans from grand consultants that... (more)

Cloud Computing and The Philippines

Cloud Expo in New York in April An economist in Manila thinks it possible to double the middle class in the Philippines to 45 million people within a decade or so. This number can be added to the tens of millions of others throughout Southeast Asia, and the hundreds of millions in China and India. The idea of IT as a service, provided as if it were electricity or water (with data integrity) seems to me to be very appealing to a part of the world that cannot and will not have the capex capacity required to leapfrog itself into the top ranks of the global economy. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! But with cloud, maybe so. Just as asking, "what can electricity do?" sounds like a silly question from the Ben Franklin area, asking "what can cloud computing do?" is not the real question. The real question is, "how fast can cloud services be ... (more)

Cloud Computing and Global Power Requirements

About three years ago, I wrote an April Fool's story about a very large server farm that was to be built in India, to be powered by three nuclear power plants. I, of course, thought my story was one of the funniest things ever, even if my opinion wasn't shared by all. Then today I had a conversation with a friend of mine, originally from India and now working in Singapore, who said that India is working to build 20 very large nuclear power plants by the year 2016. The plants would average 3,000MW apiece, an enormous amount that is about triple the capacity of the typical facility installed in the 60s and 70s during the first great nuclear power plant building boom. So my ridiculous story wasn't that far from reality, I guess. This installed power would be twice the power consumed by the country of India just a few years ago. I'm consumed by this idea of power generation... (more)