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Cloud, The Tau Index, & The World's IT Leaders
My Mission - Aggregate, Integrate, Innovate
By: Roger Strukhoff
Jun. 24, 2011 08:53 AM
Several months ago I wrote about the Tau Index, a measure I created to find the countries who are the most aggressive in deploying IT. My idea was to aggregate certain measurements to level the playing field - it's easy enough to find the countries with the world's largest IT budgets, but tougher to find which are being the most aggressive with respect to the size of their population and economy.
Bangladesh emerged at the top of the heap, followed by several countries in Asia, Northern Africa, and Eastern Europe. This was no surprise, for it is these regions that are the most dynamic economically today, while the world's major powers continue to tread water.
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How should I track Cloud Computing? My idea is to assign a value of between 1 and 4 to perhaps 20 specific aspects of the Cloud, multiply those values by the percentage of people who use them, then season an overall Cloud Computing Factor into the original recipe. For example, the use of gmail and similar Cloudmail would have a value of 1. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. would carry a value of 2, Salesforce and VMWare a value of 3, AWS a value of 4.
The idea is that a high percentage of SaaS or IaaS in a country would carry more weight than simply having a lot of people on Yahoo Mail or Twitter.
That's the rough outline. I have all the details in at least three places in my office.
Please tweet me or email me with your input. In particular, I'm surveying people to determine the optimal weighting of all the Cloud Computing factors, and also to determine how heavily to weigh Cloud Computing overall.
The world is looking into the mirror at a very scary economic picture today. Can we cut through all the partisan-based fingerpointing and realize that increasing productivity has always been the key to economic growth. To me, there is nothing more potentially productive to the global economy than Cloud Computing.
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