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The uniqueness of my perspective comes from over 30 years of experience I have had in the ICT sector and my U.S. government policy perspective — having worked the past 13 years as a Technologist at the U.S. Government Accountability Office or GAO, where we review IT systems and solutions at U.S. government agencies. These government IT solutions are now beginning to take advantage of the convergence that’s the focus of this conference. So I hope that perspective would be helpful to you as you think of future directions for IT.
When we talk about “digital convergence,” we are referring to what Nicholas Negroponte of MIT’s Media Lab called the transformation of "atoms to bits," the conversion of everything from voice, video, TV, etc. into digital information flow across platforms on the Internet or any IP—Internet Protocol—network. The network includes IT systems of varying sizes and functions from network devices to back-end servers that store and process the digital information.
Nowadays we see the results of this convergence in our daily lives — particularly in smartphones or other smart devices that you can use to browse the web, make phone calls, take pictures, shoot video, provide a Wi-Fi hotspot for other devices to connect to the Internet, and much more — these are the technologies that are moving all of us towards ubiquitous computing and connectivity, where information processing is integrated into everyday objects and activities.
Let’s start by taking stock of what facilitated and continues to drive this convergence.
To understand what facilitated this convergence, we have to look at some recent history. The idea is to learn from history and shape the future for continued innovations in IT convergence.
Let’s begin in the 1990s, when Sun Microsystems trademarked the phrase: "The Network Is the Computer." That’s as good a point in time as any, to think of as the beginning of the convergence.
And with the Internet we had the ability to connect TCP/IP networks to one another. Best of all the TCP/IP networks were architected using a “layered model,” based on the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model that dates back to the late 1970s.
Notice the boxes in the drawing — the different models depend on that box showing what the cloud computing vendor offers versus what the user (business) provides.
Defense Department’s Rapid Access Computing Environment or RACE program (2008) provides “platform as a service” to support defense department’s systems development efforts within a private cloud.
Bottom line: we have made progress, but we’re not there yet - - witness the broadband penetration chart for the top few countries…
So the journey continues…
Added July 2013: Cloud computing trends