Port-of-Spain -- Nov. 20, 2010 -- The Caribbean region has an unprecedented
opportunity to become a net producer of technology services and solutions, not
just a technology consumer.
This is one of the main points of
emphasis from Internet Strategist, Bevil Wooding, who presented on Cloud
Computing at the 2nd Trinidad and Tobago Business and Innovation ICT
Symposium. Cloud Computing is the term used to describe the increasingly
popular trend whereby computing resources and services are owned and operated
by remote third-party providers. In
simple terms, it can be thought of as renting hardware and software services
via the Internet.
However, Wooding highlighted the
fact that ‘the cloud’ essentially means servers and infrastructure that
physically exists in external jurisdictions, primarily in North America and
Europe. He encouraged the audience to
strongly consider the policy, privacy, security and technical issues and risks.
“Leaders in Government and
Business must be aware of the inherent complications and risks that attend
Cloud Computing. At the same time, we must recognize the tremendous opportunity
the technology offers to create a ‘Caribbean Cloud’ that better serves our
development goals and better fits our policy and compliance frameworks,” said Wooding,
who is Caribbean Outreach Manager for international non-profit, Packet Clearing
He was part of a three-person
panel together with Ric Telford, Vice President, IBM Cloud Services; and Alvaro
Celis, General Manager, Multi Country Americas at Microsoft. The panel, which
was moderated by Simon Aqui, CEO of IBM Trinidad and Tobago, was one of the
plenary sessions on the final day of the ICT Symposium.
Addressing an audience that
included academics, technology experts and top level business executives from
the public and private sectors of various countries throughout the Caribbean,
the Panel discussed the type of academic research, economic activity,
technical considerations and legal framework required to enable the kind of
technological development that would make it possible to have more high-quality
technology services made available to the local market.
The ICT Symposium, hosted by the
Trinidad and Tobago Government’s Ministry of Public Administration, in
partnership with the National Information and Communications Technology Company
Limited (iGovTT) and the e-Business Roundtable, was part of the country’s
ongoing mission to bring awareness to the role of Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) and Innovation in developing existing businesses and
encouraging the birth of new enterprises and opportunities.
The three-day conference
programme, which took place at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain from November
14th to 16th, delivered high-profile local and international
speakers, including feature presentations by Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief of
Wired magazine, and Dr Soumitra Dutta, a Professor of Business and Technology
and faculty director of elab@INSEAD.
About Packet Clearing House
Clearing House is a not-for-profit research institute with offices in San
Francisco, London, Port-of-Spain and Kathmandu. PCH provides services to the
public without cost or restriction wherever possible. PCH staff is drawn from
the ranks of senior engineers and executives of Internet and telecommunications
networking companies in many countries. Their decades of real-world experience
in diverse regions of the world inform the organization's work, perspective,
and ability to bridge disparate communities of interest. PCH conductions
workshops and develops and supports a variety of tools and services for the
ISP, policymaking, and research communities.
About the ICT Symposium
second Trinidad and Tobago ICT Business and Innovation Symposium 2010 is a
meeting of minds that aims to bring awareness to the role of Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) and Innovation in the transformation of Trinidad
and Tobago into a knowledge-based economy. Themed ‘ICT Innovation : Staying
Ahead’, the conference is hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Public
Administration, the e-Business Roundtable, the National Information and Communications
Technology Company Limited (iGovTT), and sponsored by First Citizens, TSTT,
IBM, Microsoft, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Illuminat, Fulitsu, Crimson
Logic, CANTO, WInfosoft Esprit, World Wide Net, Flow, eTeck, InfoTech, the
Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean
Telecommunications Union and Teleios Systems Limited.