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The Top 100 Most Innovative Infrastructure Projects in the World

What are the top infrastructure projects in the world? Why were they chosen? What projects are hot in North America? How is cloud computing changing the way business in conducted?

by / March 9, 2013

What are the top infrastructure projects in the world? Why were they chosen? What projects are hot in North America? How is cloud computing changing the way business in conducted?

These were just a few of the questions that are answered in the annual study performed by KPMG which outlines the Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition.  

This information was actually released in July 2012, and a new version is coming out this summer. I recommend taking an hour and exploring this interactive website which offers world maps, project descriptions, a media newsroom, panel judges and much more. This resource outlines a wealth of helpful information on best practices in infrastructure around the world.

For example, here are a few interesting articles and facts that are featured:

-          China, Brazil and Singapore Lead Consumption of Digital Media and the Willingness to Pay for It

-          Cloud Services Providers Confident Despite Questions Around Cost Savings, Control, and Security

-          Six Key Steps for Higher Education Institutions Expanding Globally

-          The ‘war for talent’ has gone digital – is HR ready?

Business Activity in the Cloud

Zooming in a bit further and looking at technology infrastructure, the KPMG study examines the business implications of cloud computing. I like this excerpt:

“… Organizations are starting to shift more and more core business functions onto cloud platforms and we are seeing a growing recognition that cloud adoption is significantly more complex than originally anticipated, particularly in terms of data management, system integration and the management of multiple cloud providers.

Findings from our recent cloud research, The Cloud Takes Shape, suggest that business process redesign must occur in tandem with cloud adoption if organizations hope to achieve the full potential of their cloud investments….”

  One more thing on this recent global KPMG survey regarding cloud computing. The report outlines these takeaways:

      Setting expectations - Cost reduction is a given, but transformation is critical.


   Tackling the practicalities - Overcoming the implementation challenge.

   Taking a sober look at security - Comfort increases but challenges remain. [Note: the risk numbers from the executive survey on cloud computing are still seem very high on a scale from 1-5. Most areas still list security concerns above 4 out of 5 which is high.]


Aiming for the blue sky  - Managing legal and regulatory concerns.

From liability to opportunity  - The role of tax in the cloud.

In conclusion, I know that this report offers the views from one company – KPMG. No doubt, there are many other industry viewpoints that can help. (I am open to comments from others and/or examples that can help government technology professionals.) Still, I find this information to be very helpful and worth reading. The global perspective offers different insights than other material that I have reviewed. For the record, KPMG offered no incentive for me writing this blog or highlighting its contents.

Any thoughts on these global infrastructure trends? How is the cloud is transforming your government business areas?

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Dan Lohrmann Chief Security Officer & Chief Strategist at Security Mentor Inc.

Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, keynote speaker and author.

During his distinguished career, he has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities, receiving numerous national awards including: CSO of the Year, Public Official of the Year and Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.
Lohrmann led Michigan government’s cybersecurity and technology infrastructure teams from May 2002 to August 2014, including enterprisewide Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles in Michigan.

He currently serves as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Chief Strategist for Security Mentor Inc. He is leading the development and implementation of Security Mentor’s industry-leading cyber training, consulting and workshops for end users, managers and executives in the public and private sectors. He has advised senior leaders at the White House, National Governors Association (NGA), National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), federal, state and local government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and nonprofit institutions.

He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, beginning his career with the National Security Agency. He worked for three years in England as a senior network engineer for Lockheed Martin (formerly Loral Aerospace) and for four years as a technical director for ManTech International in a US/UK military facility.

Lohrmann is the author of two books: Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web and BYOD for You: The Guide to Bring Your Own Device to Work. He has been a keynote speaker at global security and technology conferences from South Africa to Dubai and from Washington, D.C., to Moscow.

He holds a master's degree in computer science (CS) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a bachelor's degree in CS from Valparaiso University in Indiana.

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