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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 - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "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)

Ulitzer Aid Campaign for the Typhoon Ondoy Victims

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali Yesterday morning I checked the Ulitzer home page on my iPhone on my way to the office and I realized two of the top three stories were about "Typhoon Ondoy" in Philippines. Thirty-six hours later we still have three stories filed from Manila on Ulitzer's home page. Top Ulitzer stories on Ulitzer from around the 25 distinct subject categories it covers are processed every 60 minutes and displayed by an algorithm which we believe is more sophisticated than, say, Google News algorithms. Early this year, seasoned news man Roger Strukhoff, whose family owned and published their town newspaper in Wisconsin, launched the Ulitzer topic Philippines Online Journal. Strukhoff logged close to three million Ulitzer page views with his articles. Inday Vinas is a struggling young writer who grew up in a very poor area of the Philippines. She sta... (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)

PCGAUX Aids Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) Victims in the Philippines

The Philippines on Ulitzer There's been an outpouring of concern and aid from many people in the US and elsewhere to help victims of the flooding caused by Typhoon Ondoy in the Philippines. One place to send aid--an organization that's not as well-known as it should be--is the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary. http://www.pcgaux.org/ The Auxiliary is not part of the Philippine government. Rather, it is a group of seaworthy, dedicated volunteers who assist the Philippine Coast Guard in many areas: search and rescue, public education, environmental protection, and several other civic-minded functions. I spent several years with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and got to know many people around the world who volunteer for similar organizations in their countries. One of the great people I met along the way is Commodore Harold Wolf of the Philippine auxiliary. I've just been... (more)

CCT CEO Jonathan Rosenberg Drives Revenue Through CRM in the Philippines

Cyber City Teleservices (www.cctll.com) is the most venerable of the CRM call-center firms in the Philippines. Dating back to 1999, it was co-founded by longtime industry executive Jonathan Rosenberg, who spent two decades in the US in the direct response industry. "The first thing I want to be clear about is that we don't view ourselves as a solution for companies to reduce costs," he told me in a recent interview at CCT's headquarters in the Clark Special Economic Zone, a couple hours north of Manila in the state of Pampanga. "The most important issue for business executives is driving topline revenue, and we help our clients do that." I met Jonathan during an event called Convergence 2009, part of a convention at Clark that was sponsored by the Philippine government. The event attracted local business leaders and foreign executives, as well as students eager to ... (more)

MDeC CEO Badlisham Ghazali Helps Drive Innovation, Malaysia's Knowledge-Based Economy

Datuk Badlisham Ghazali is the CEO of  Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).  (“Datuk” is an honorific term in Malaysian society that can be used as a rough approximation of “Sir” in the UK.) MdeC is responsible for the country’s MSC, or Multimedia Super Corridor, as it was known when it was conceived in 1996. The MSC covers an area of about 175,000 acres, stretching approximately 30 miles from the famed Petronas Towers in the center of Kuala Lumpur, through a planned “Silicon Valley” region that encompasses the district of Sepang (and the palnned cities of Cyberjaya and Putrajaya), to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. A comprehensive story about the MSC would require at least one book. For now, we just decided to focus on getting some initial thoughts from Mr. Ghazali. With a renewed, recent focus on the potential of Southeast Asia as a major ... (more)

Philippines: BPAP Chief Oscar Sanez Leads Global Sourcing Marathon

Oscar Sanez runs marathons, which seems appropriate given that he plays a key role in the Philippines long haul to establish itself as a world leader in the global sourcing industry. Currently the President and CEO of BPAP--the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (www.bpap.org)--Oscar brought his youthful energy and appearance to a recent interview with a tired old American journalist who was nearing the end of a two-month tour of Southeast Asia. We met for coffee in Makati City's Greenbelt area, a showcase neighborhood for a country that often struggles with an image of natural and political disaster. I had just heard Oscar speak at a meeting attended by Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that was focused on the convergence of information technology--or "information and communications technology" (ICT)--as its referred in the Philippines ... (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 Seen to Boost Asian Data Centers

It's the Year of the Tiger throughout Asia, even in the overwhelmingly Christian and Muslim Philippines. Nothing like a good icon to give people an excuse to party. The year may be propitious in bringing back some growl to a region once famed for its "Asian Tiger" economies, if the growth of Cloud Computing continues to have a positive affect throughout the region. One specific growth area is that of data centers, or server farms. I worried a week or so ago that it was simply too hot to afford the air-conditioning required in most of this region to make server farms a valid business proposition, ie, one that is not propped up by government subsidy year after year. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Then again, roads, trains, airlines, and even one of the world's two major airline manufacturers are propped up by governments, given what... (more)

Cloud Computing Server Farms? In Doha?

Doha, Qatar is known in the business world as having served as the location as the launching point of current WTO negotiations. The "Doha Round of Talks" began in November 2001, and continue. The country remains a serious place about business. Although its oil revenues have triggered an impressive construction boom, it has not gone over the top with megaprojects as in neighboring Dubai; the emirate of Qatar has a stated commitment to build an information-savvy society. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Cloud Computing was therefore a topic at hand at a recent conference in Doha. One of the key presenters was MEEZA (the Arabic word for "advantage"), a government-funded joint venture that provides managed data services, delivers SaaS, and has developed a large data center called M-Vault 1 that is located at the Qatar Software Technolog... (more)

IBM Drives Cloud Computing Development in Vietnam

Cloud Computing is a global phenomenon. Unlike many IT breakthroughs of the past--such as personal computers, the World Wide Web, and SOA--which saw their initial growth in the developed markets of North America and Western Europe, Cloud Computing is seemingly billowing up simultaneously throughout the world. One of the most dynamic markets in the developing world is found in Vietnam, where IBM has established a major presence with its global Cloud Labs and HIPODS (High Performance on Demand Solutions) initiatives. We were able to get ahold of Dr. Tran Viet Huan, CTO of IBM Vietnam, to answer a few questions about Cloud Computing and IBM in his country. This is how it went. 1. When was the IBM Cloud Lab in Vietnam created? How large is it, in terms of number of systems, square meters, and number of employees? The IBM Cloud Lab in Vietnam--originally called the Cloud Compu... (more)