Hi everyone. Before I jump into my thoughts on 52KB dial-up connections and globalization, I want to cover a few housekeeping items. For those of you who remember me and my blog, let me say "hank you for not abandoning me" and "I apologize". For those of you who don't know me, let me say thank you and welcome to my blog. Getting back to my apology, as some of you know from my May 2, 2009 blog, I'm really good at apologizing (I think it has something to do with my Catholic upbringing). So without further adieu let me say I apologize for breaking the cardinal rule of good blogging...that's right as you may have noticed I simply vanished and stopped blogging for quite a long time.... but the good news is I'm back...no excuses...I'm definitely back. In addition to breaking one cardinal rule, I think I've learned my own "uncoolest dude" rule of successful blogging....good blogging is truly a marathon, not a break neck sprint. Comparintg sprints and marathons, I now see that my early blogging career definitely started out on a crazy sprinter's flash as opposed to a steady Marathoner's pace. From late April through the end of June, I posted 32 blog updates, including one in Japanese and one in Brazilian Portuguese (after my now infamous false start with a Spanish translation that I claimed was Brazilian Portuguese). I was definitely out there running sprint after sprint trying to be the Usain Bolt of My developerWorks blogging, but now I'm stepping back and planning to blog with a much more steady delivery plan...my new goal is to become the "old "John Kelly of My developerWorks. John finished an amazing 58 Boston Marathons in his long steady successful career.....I think John would have been an amazing blogger.
OK...so here's what I've recently learned about globalization. I'm visiting my mom this week, helping her recover from pneumonia. I'm spending most of days and nights in her 800 sq ft condo where my only access to the outside world is a 52KB "dial up" line. I have to say the first night when I was here I felt a bit nostalgic when I heard that classic sound of connecting over a phone line. For those of you don't know what I'm talking about ...check this out
So I'm sitting here in my mom's living room thinking how many of our My dW global colleagues are trying to work smarter in a world without high speed internet. According to Strategy Analytics, less than 30 countries worldwide have a household broadband penetration of 50% or higher. You can find more on the Strategy Analytics report here.
Strategy Analytics: Global Household Broadband Penetration Rankings (2008)
So here's our globalization challenge as I see it now...in order to be successful in our drive to build a Smarter Planet, we are going to have to figure out how to build this Smarter Planet so our colleagues around the world can work smarter whether they're running at a "slower" marathoner's dial-up pace or they're flying through the day at a world record sprinter's lightening fast high speed connection.
Speaking of being a top sprinter on the smarter planet, I am in complete awe of the oh so cool Usain Bolt and the new world records he just set in the 100 meters (9.58 second) and 200 meters (19.19) at the Track & Field World Championships in Berlin. Usain is definitely one of the coolest (and fastest) dudes on the smarter planet.