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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 This article originally appeared in NOW Magazine, which retains all rights. Follow the author at www.twitter.com/strukhoff or www.nowmagazineblog.blogspot.com   Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 This reporter ran into counter-cultural techies early in his career, during his mid-80s stint as managing editor of UNIX Review. Trade shows were glorious fun in those days, with entrepreneurs in roller skates, companies with names like mt xinu (read it backwards) and the Canta Afforda Computer Lab, and a young Bill Joy cutting a hip figure in his black leather jacket and trademark genius-speak. It is from these roots that today’s forest of open-source advocates, idealists, and companies grew.   Discussions about open source revolve around the perception that open ... (more)

Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng Wreak Economic, Political Havoc in Philippines

The images were beamed to a worldwide audience: a big typhoon had hit the Philippines, several hundred people drowned, and floods covered much of the nation's capital, Manila. "Ketsama" (or "Ondoy" as it was known locally) had dumped a month's worth of rain in about 12 hours. In a country that is hit by about 20 typhoons each year, this one caused the most destruction seen in decades. In addition to tremendous loss of life and property, the storm and its aftermath have caused, and continue to cause, a very serious loss of credibility to the presidential administration of Gloria ... (more)

Dell Chases Cloud Computing with SaaS, Managed Services Play

You might say Dell and Managed Services are real compatible. In any case, there's an emerging story about how the Austin giant has made a slight, semantic change in its managed services division, renaming the former ProManage Managed Services to the much more elegant and simple Dell Managed Services. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! There are several discussion threads about Dell and managed services in the storage blogosphere--which is, believe it or not, one of the most impassioned (and funniest) little worlds in the world--as well as among... (more)

Zhang Tao of China's CCID Discusses SOA, Cloud Computing

I traveled to China in December 2008 to conduct interviews with several technology executives in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. My first interview was in Beijing with CCID Consulting vice president Zhang Tao. CCID Consulting provides customers with public policy establishment, industry competitiveness upgrade, development strategy and planning, marketing strategy and research, HR management, IT programming and management. It is the first Chinese consulting firm listed in the Growth Enterprise Market of the Stock Exchange (GEM) of Hong Kong (stock code: HK08235). Headquartered... (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 - 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 Dat... (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... (more)