Global Net Superiority: Intelligent Infrastructure Defined
"In order to move forward in applying and maximizing new technologies,
everyone involved in real estate, infrastructure, technology, and regional
economic development needs to get on the same page in defining basic concepts
like infrastructure." - James Carlini
Today, more organizations are looking at new technologies and applications
for their operations. There is a convergence of industries that were thought
to be independent which are now interdependent. What is missing is the
ability to find common ground in definitions of infrastructure and other
From the US Army Corps of Engineers' "Infrastructure and the Operational Art"
The word infrastructure has many definitions, each tailored to the particular
perspective of the author. Each is correct for the needs of the author, but
Establishing an Institute for Intelligent Infrastructure
Infrastructure has provided the path to increase commerce and trade for over
5,000 years. It has created trade routes by overcoming natural obstacles
ranging from spanning rivers and gorges, to providing access by land (roads
and railroads), sea (docks and ports) and air (airports) to places which we
want to do business with.
Today, trade routes have become electronic. Broadband connectivity has
created a new layer of infrastructure within the "Platform for Commerce."
Many educational institutions lag behind offering solutio... (more)
When it comes to procurement, any technology or service should be evaluated
with a good set of criteria. Executive decisions should not be weighted
solely on a single selection criterion such as price. This applies to any
cloud computing service as well.
The twelve criteria listed below (see Chart 1) forces executives to take a
broader review of the many elements of the total cloud computing service, and
not just price. Each criteria starts with an R, F, or P which makes it easy
to remember the total framework for the Yardstick for Technology Procurement
Chart 1: Yardsti... (more)
If cloud computing is going to spread to more mission-critical type
applications, it needs to get more accurate when it comes to
transaction-based applications. Trying to keep everything in a structured
framework is going to require a more rigorous network infrastructure that
includes timing down to milliseconds, if not nanoseconds.
One way to accomplish this is to use the IEEE 1588 protocol or "Precision
Time Protocol" (PTP), which provides timing. In an earlier article entitled,
"Cloud Transaction Synchronicity," I discussed the need for this type of
capability if financial or... (more)
Major retailers like Sears, Wal-Mart, Lowe's, Best Buy, Shell and others
announced last week their focus on developing MCX, Merchant Customer
Exchange, to enhance their sales and cover the growing demand for
capabilities to buy things from the smartphone.
This is a great milestone in the area of wireless because it adds credibility
to all those preaching that mobile wireless will create a huge paradigm shift
as to how the average consumer will be purchasing goods and services in the
future. When you get retailers that represent over $1 trillion in sales today
talking about devel... (more)