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The former CTO of AT&T is well-known throughout the technology world for his bold and futurist ideas. His strategies and implementations during his time at AT&T undoubtedly changed the way the company operate, and by doing this, strategically transformed the future of the network. As the keynote speaker at the summit, his technical presentation focused on the future trends in services and applications that will be implemented over the next decade.   Eslambolchi's insight into his futuristic world of communication sparked the tone for the rest of the week amongst the industry figureheads. A brutally honest debate lead by Courtney Munroe from IDC, touched on the concept of the ‘consumer', their needs and what they are willing to pay for. Heated discussions and opposing views occurred between Neil Cox, Qwest, Ibrahim Gedeon from Telus, Christian Jorg from The Island De... (more)

The Smart Money is on Smart Grids

Smart Grids on Ulitzer In Asia, the utilities industry is growing at an incredible rate. Investments globally in the sector have lead to more available jobs, predicting the return to pre-recession levels of employment by Q1 2010. However, with such substantial growth comes opportunities which have to be managed correctly to sustain long-term development. With the world’s investors looking at Asia to see how such a developing region can deal with governmental pressures on Green Technology, a meeting of the leading names in Asian and Pacific Utilities firms have agreed to meet at t... (more)

Vodafone CIO Speaks Up for Process Reform

Chief Information Officer on Ulitzer Change isn't new, but the pace of change in the next ten years in Europe is going to be breathtaking. Following 18 months full of dramatic re-alignment we're seeing normality return, but it's a new normal. The balance of power is shifting away from Europe and the West; emerging markets are becoming leading markets. For growth to really take hold there must be room to improve. Technology that was hype is now fast becoming business as usual. Business models are changing, and companies are relying more than ever on the expertise and resources of ... (more)

IT Spending to Reach $3.4 Trillion

The world of CIOs has been in disarray, an investment ban into IT solutions across sectors seems to have been lifted and where to spend the money is key to all industry verticals. It is forecasted worldwide IT spending to reach $3.4 trillion in 2010, representing a 5.3% increase from IT spending of $3.2 trillion in 2009. The research firm also points to hardware as a key driver to IT spending. For instance, worldwide computing hardware spending is forecasted to reach $353 billion in 2010, a 5.7% increase from 2009. CIO's and heads of IT functions have been fighting a battle to re... (more)

4G or Not 4G, Apple Saying No

Despite rumors to the contrary, iPhone users won’t be able to get use a 4G network at any point in the next 14 months. This flies in the face of earlier reports that Apple would be aligning with Verizon to enable Apple to utilise the 4G network. "At some point our business interests are going to align," Verizon Communications Inc. President Lowell McAdam said, referring to Apple. "I fully expect it, but I don't have anything to say [yet]." With users expecting a shift transfer as early as January 2011, the news will come as a slight shock, although maybe not that much of a shock:... (more)