San Murugesan


San Murugesan

San Murugesan

Editor in Chief (2014-15), IEEE IT Professional

Director, BRITE Professional Resources
Adjunct Professor, University of Western Sydney
Sydney, Australia
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DVP term expires: December 2015

San Murugesan is Editor in Chief of IEEE IT Professional; Director of BRITE Professional Services, Sydney; and adjunct professor at University of Western Sydney, Australia. He is a corporate trainer, a consultant and an author.  He is a former Senior Research Fellow of the US National Research Council, at NASA Ames Research Center, California, USA.

He has developed and delivered multilevel certification and training programs in cloud computing and green IT and gave several invited seminar and keynotes on a range of topics in professional meetings and conferences around the world. In a career spanning over four decades in industry and academia, Dr Murugesan lead successfully several innovative IT projects, provided leadership in research and development, and offered consultancy to business. His expertise and interests span a range areas and includes cloud computing, green IT, IT for Emerging Regions, Web 3.0 and 2.0, smart systems and mobile computing applications.

Dr Murugesan is co-editor of the new book, Harnessing Green IT: Principles and Practices (John Wiley, 2012; Indian Edition, 2013), and editor of Understanding and Implementing Green IT (IEEE Computer Society, 2011) and Handbook of Research on Web 2.0, 3.0, and X.0: Technologies, Business, and Social Applications (Information Science Reference, 2009).  He is co-editor of the upcoming Encyclopedia of Cloud Computing (Wiley, 2014). He has edited several special issues of international journals on a range of topics including Cloud Computing, Green IT, Mobile computing, Future of Web Applications, and IT for Emerging Markets. He edits and contributes to "Cloud Cover" department in Computer. He serves in various review and advisory committees and editorial boards.

Professor Murugesan served in various senior positions including Director of Research and Head of Computing Department at Southern Cross University and the University of Western Sydney, both in Australia, Director and Professor of Graduate Management Program at Multimedia University in Malaysia, and Deputy Division Head and Project Engineer at the Indian Space Research Organization, Bangalore, India.  He has held visiting positions at the City University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong and Concordia University in Canada. He holds Doctorate (PhD), Master in Technology and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees.

Dr. Murugesan is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, a Fellow of IETE and a Senior Member of IEEE Computer Society.

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Internet of Everything (IoE): Technologies, Applications and Challenges

The evolution and growth of the Internet is phenomenal and is an ongoing process: it has grown to link billions of people through computers and mobile devices. It is now being used to connect various objects such as cars, sensors, controllers, TVs, machinery, transport containers and electrical appliances, and people and computers creating the Internet of Everything (IoE) -- also called the Internet of Things (IoT), the Internet of Anything (IoA) and Web of Things. By the year 2020, 50 to 100 billion things are expected to be connected to the Internet facilitating human-to-human, human-to-thing and thing-to-thing (also called M2M) communication. The IoE facilitates deployment many new applications and services, and has the potential to change the world, just as the Internet did -- maybe even more so. Time is ripe to look at how we can leverage and benefit from it. We can optimistically look forward to an IoE-assisted world that is both connected and smarter.  In this presentation, following a brief introduction to the IoE and its variants, I will present a snapshot of applications of IoE in different areas and how IoE is poised to transform business, industry and society, creating a smarter world in unimaginable ways. I'll also discuss the technologies that support IoE and opportunities and challenges that IoE presents to IT professionals, academics and researchers and why they should be interested in it.

Green IT
Green IT is a topic of growing relevance and significance driven by increasing recognition of the harmful effects of climate change, environmental impact of IT, new stringent environmental legislations, concerns about electronic waste disposal practices that damage our environment, and corporate image concerns that are pushing businesses and individuals to go green. We're called upon to make our IT systems and work practices greener (environmentally friendly) and to harness the power of green IT in new ways to build a greener, better planet. You can make a difference by embracing green IT in several areas – enterprise, professional and personal activities. Green IT is an economic, business, environmental and societal imperative.

Be it driven by energy or cost optimization to support a corporations competitiveness or by the need to comply with regulations or customer requirements, the greening of IT and greening by IT has become  necessities — not options, and the demand for Green IT products, solutions, and services is bound to grow significantly.  And it will create new career opportunities for IT professionals, executives, and others with special skills in allied areas. However, there's a disparity in the level of green IT understanding across companies, IT professionals, and IT users. Many don't know how or where to begin or are unwilling to implement green IT.

This seminar - and/or short course or training program - will help participants gain an informed understanding of Green IT and how they can adopt it in many different ways tailored to their needs and business activities. It will examine what Green IT is, and explore how IT can be made greener, and the ways in which IT can help improve environmental sustainability in other sectors. It will offer actionable guidelines on harnessing green IT and discuss key regulations, carbon energy accounting and how to create a green IT strategy.


  1. San Murugesan and G.R Gangadharan, Harnessing Green IT: Principles and Practices,  John Wiley, October 2012.  Also available as Indian Edition, 2013.
  2. San Murugesan and G.R Gangadharan, Green IT: An Overview, chapter in Harnessing Green IT: Principles and Practices.
  3. San Murugesan, et. al.,, special issue on Fostering Green IT, IT Professional, Jan./Feb. 2013;
  4. San Murugesan and   Phillip A. Laplante (Editors),  Special Issue on Green IT, IEEE IT Professional, Jan 2011 (free download at
  5. San Murugesan, How Green is Your IT? Computing Now, April 2013.
  6. San Murugesan, On Harnessing Green IT and Cloud Computing, SETLabs Briefings, 2011.
  7. San Murugesan, Green IT: A Saviour for a Better Planet, SATION, June 2011.
  8. San Murugesan, Green IT: Helping to Create a Sustainable Planet, IEEE CS Computing Now, May 2011.

Cloud Computing and Its Applications
Understanding and Benefiting from Computing in the Clouds


Cloud computing is currently a most talked about topic in IT and business.  Cloud computing is a new, attractive model of IT service delivery and use that has begun transforming not only the IT sector but also enterprises of all sizes in all industry sectors. In fact, it has become a strategic priority for many. The cloud will change IT and business as nothing before it has, according to industry analysts and visionaries. Why is so much interest is focused on cloud computing? It presents several benefits and new opportunities: lower costs, availability of a wide range of applications and services, reduced time to market, scalability, flexibility, and pay-as-use pricing structures rather than an up-front huge capital expense. 

Cloud computing is a reality.  Many enterprises, particularly small and medium enterprises, have employed clouds and benefited from them. Individuals and organizations that better understand cloud computing's strengths, potentials and limitations, and adopt a holistic sound cloud strategy stands to gain in the new era of IT. It's time to examine and explore what clouds can do for us and enterprises of all sizes.

This seminar - and/or short course or training program - will help participants to understand several key aspects of cloud computing – technologies, service delivery models, applications that are better suited for cloud, cloud services currently available, and deployment considerations. It'll also help them comprehend how cloud computing can create a competitive advantage, understand the pitfalls, create their cloud strategy and plan for the future. It will also discusses challenges in adopting cloud computing and how those challenges could be addressed and emerging trends and research directions for further study.

What is Web 3.0, and Why You Should Bother About It Now

Web has been making steady progress and is entering into the third stage, Web 3.0. Web 3.0 will soon become reality, triggering an array of new powerful smart applications. Will Web 3.0 be a radical change in how we use the Internet? Is it the future or just another new buzzword? What radical innovations can we expect? How can you harness it to your advantage?

In this talk, I will present a multifaceted view of Web 3.0, a glimpse of the new possibilities opening up and potential impact on consumers and business, and discuss fertile areas of further study and development.

The New World, Smart Systems, and Agent Renaissance
A new world is emerging wherein various types of computing and communication devices – smart phones, tablet PCS, and netbook computers featured with broadband wireless Internet connection  – are ubiquitous and are embraced by different demographics of people in both developed countries and emerging economies for many new kinds of applications. Further, many of the objects and systems that we encounter are becoming smarter and interconnected leveraging Internet of Things (IOT). These new environments herald agent renaissance! 

In this talk, I will present a snapshot of the emerging new world and smart systems and discuss the role of intelligent software agents in these environments. I will also illustrate a few agents-based applications and examine key issues and challenges they present and highlight areas that require further research and development for fully embracing the potential of agents in the emerging new environment.

IT in Emerging Markets: Harnessing the Opportunities and Addressing the Challenges

Emerging markets—nations in the process of rapid growth and industrialization, including China, India, Brazil, Russia (the BRIC countries), South Africa, South Korea, the Philippines, and Mexico—have been attracting much attention in recent years, and for good reason. They represent two-thirds of the world's population, generate over 20 percent of the world's gross domestic product, and are restructuring themselves to foster further growth and socioeconomic development. Furthermore, they're increasingly using IT in areas such as education; healthcare; business, economic and human development; and government. New opportunities thus exist for the IT industry and emerging markets to embrace each other. However, these markets have different requirements than developed markets and pose some unique challenges.  

In this talk, I'll present a snapshot of provide novel IT applications that have recently been deployed in emerging markets and examine how IT can address the real-world problems emerging markets face and the related challenges that IT professionals and the IT industry encounter. I will also discuss what IT infrastructures and application frameworks are better suited for emerging markets and how IT hardware, software, and services can be offered at lower costs, as well as fertile areas for further study and development.