To ease the strain population growth places infrastructures and governments, IBM is combining business analytics with cloud computing and smart grid technologies to help urban systems operate more efficiently.
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2007 marked the first time in history that the majority of the world's population lived in cities, when the planet's headcount of urban dwellers surpassed 3.3 billion. By 2050, city dwellers are expected to make up 70 percent of the Earth's total population - 6.4 billion. The growth means local authorities will need to work even more closely with private industry to develop smart solutions that can manage demands on urban infrastructure and resources.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.