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Ray DePena

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Innovation Journal on Ulitzer Another storm?  Didn’t we just have one in the financial and credit markets you say? Well, yes, and no.  Yes, we did have a storm, though it wasn’t one of innovation, unless we count the complex and innovative derivative instruments created by Wall St. in which banks, investment firms, and insurance companies participated, creating global instability, and resulting in the largest economic crisis since WWII. One can clearly see the power of innovation, whether positive or negative, the lever of innovation at work has tremendous potential for global impact.  As we enter an ever accelerating period of innovation in science and technology, we are beginning to see its impact. In recent news we note the government jumping into the cloud computing pool GSA Outlines U.S. Government’s Cloud Computing Requirements and today, another telling art... (more)

What Matters is Asia and the Elements of Innovation -McKinsey

I focus on technological innovation because it drives innovation throughout the global economy, changing what we make, what we use, and what we do. Centers of technological innovation become centers of innovation across a broad economic spectrum for two reasons: innovation in technology is inseparable from the innovations that flow from it, and the regearing of a society for innovation of any kind has effects on law, capital, and business culture that spill across boundaries. To become a world-class center of technological innovation, a society must have three basic elements: •... (more)

Einstein, Sharks and Clouds

Cloud Expo on Ulitzer What can these things possibly have in common?  In a word – relativity. I’m reminded of the old joke, two guys are swimming in the ocean when they notice a shark and one guy takes off swimming towards the boat, while the other says, “What are you doing?  We can’t swim faster than a shark”, the other replies, “I don’t need to swim faster than a shark, just faster than you.” Lately there has been a barrage of articles with regards to cloud security, and some very public demonstrations of outages with Facebook and Twitter.  Its been a field day for many who op... (more)

Your Roadmap to the Clouds – II

Innovation in Business and Technology on Ulitzer In part I of this series, we began our journey towards next generation enterprise transformation.  In part II, we will discuss some of the initiatives to abstract the enterprise, and create a virtual enterprise presence in the cloud. Last time, we spoke of undertaking initiatives, but what kind of initiatives?  Executive level, leadership initiatives, such as the ones below led by the CEO, Chief Innovation Officer, and CIO/CTO. You don’t have a Chief Innovation Officer? If Innovation is going to be the centerpiece of your strategy,... (more)

Cloud Expo East - First Impressions

As many of you are aware, Monday, April 19th, marked the first day of the Cloud Computing Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Prior to the opening keynote address by Richard Sarwal and Hasan Rizvi both with Oracle, I ran into Fuat Kircaali, founder and chairman of SYS-CON Media, Cloud Expo, Inc. and Ulitzer, Inc., and had the opportunity to meet him before the event began. As I sat waiting for the keynote to begin, I spoke briefly with Eirikur Sveinn Hrafnsson, founder and CEO of the soon to be launched Greenqloud based in Iceland, the world's first Green Cloud powe... (more)