Social Business transformation
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT 1,035 Visits
Microsoft announced this $500M People Ready marketing campaign yesterday (http://www.microsoft.com/business/peopleready/default.mspx)
Microsoft needs to extract significant revenue from their existing customers. Typically this is done through offering more value, but to some customers lately their promise of value seems either far too expensive or not nearly enough - in either case customers are pursuing alternatives or simply not migrating. You will remember the famous "Customer is a Dinosaur" advertisement in Businessweek: - this is both insulting and evident how important it is to Microsoft that their customers pay, and pay and pay.
How much? Well $500M to let customers know that Microsoft software can be used by People! Blame it on Microsoft Enterprise Agreements?
Could it be that Microsoft is trying to become a consulting company? The People Ready website looks very much a consultants page! Could this be a leading indicator of Vista and Office 2007? Franchise protection? Or is this a good example of being product driven vs market driven? Maybe all of the above!
IBM surveyed 765 CEOs, worldwide from 21 industries, in 2006 and shared their insights on Innovation and other business priorities with our customers. See http://www-1.ibm.com/services/us/bcs/html/bcs_ceostudy2006.html?re=wmys for more details
IBM published the Global Innovation Outlook (GIO) - what our customers and thought leaders forsee (http://domino.research.ibm.com/comm/www_innovate.nsf/images/gio/$FILE/GIO_2005_at-a-glance.pdf) - See Irving's blog: http://irvingwb.typepad.com/blog/2006/03/the_global_inno.html
IBM has been delivering solutions to business problems that allows role based execution of business processes for several years!
More recently we have been sharing how IBM has helped companies do special things: http://www-306.ibm.com/e-business/ondemand/us/innovation/index.shtml?sa_campaign=message/1_1/all/makesyouspecial
On Services vs Software - Full of contradictions!
Look at these statements in CNN: http://www.crn.com/sections/breakingnews/breakingnews.jhtml;jsessionid=NQY3ZCVFPUV3AQSNDBESKHA?articleId=183700192
Services firm Resolute displayed SharePoint solutions customized for financial services and aimed at Wall Street firms. Regional general manager Christopher Paradise said the event gave him a chance to connect with top executives from Resolute's target customer base. "Steve [Ballmer] is the draw," he said. "He always brings out the crowd."
Ballmer said Big Blue's vision is to drive business improvement by sending in armies of its consultants, whereas Microsoft's answer is software. "I think there's still a fairly prevalent view that IBM is a technology company as opposed to a services and consulting company," Ballmer said. "That may not be the case."
Where are we heading?
Our customers have been telling us: "we need flexibility and choice, innovations for innovators".
Continuing the "one size fits all computing model" is a vestige of the past! You can't put that genie back in the bottle.
Linux isn't going away. Neither is Java, PHP, AJAX, XForms, ODF, Websphere, Workplace and other technologies based on open standards.
Advantage IBM Workplace (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/workplace/products/product5.nsf/wdocs/workplaceoverview)[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  bennett zealand notes exchange michael linux domino client mark open microsoft desktop new sampson 1 Comment 2,313 Visits
According to Michael Sampson's blog (http://www.michaelsampson.net/2007/07/mark-bennett-on.html ) a Lotus Notes 5 customer in New Zealand is planning a roll-out of Notes 8."All of the Domino Servers run on Linux, and they are considering the roll-out of some Linux desktops. In terms of Notes 8, Mark says, "What exactly do our people need beyond Notes 8, the inbuilt productivity editors, and a browser?" In other words, Notes 8 paves the way for a move away from both a Windows desktop and Microsoft Office."
See also the IBM web page discussing the IBM open client solution on Linux: http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient[Read More]
IMPACT event diamond sponsor Miracle Software says:
"The top value that we see for our clients “in this market” is protecting existing IT investments, reducing costs through reuse, accelerating time to market ..."
more here: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/smb?entry=ibm_vp_sandy_carter_talks1
From Office Sharepoint Portal Server 2003 to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007: is a portal? is not a portal?
Check this out! http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/feb06/02-15OfficeMoreOptionsPR.mspx
New: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.
Yes, this used to be called Sharepoint Portal Server
So what is going on?
Microsoft is changing Portal frameworks (http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/09/WebParts/). So it's possible that customers may have to rebuild all of their Sharepoint Web Parts to take advantage of the new features.
Did you know that Sharepoint Portal Server 2003 cannot run on .Net 2.0 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/907763)
So it's not possible for it to work with the new portal framework included in Net 2.0.
Guess what then? Sharepoint Portal Server 2003 users cannot move to Visual Studio 2005 and .Net 2.0
Here are some reasons why at least one customer has shied away from Sharepoint Portal Server 2003:
- Supports only one language per server or cluster
- Limited development tools for remote deployment
- Active Directory/ADAM (Active Directory Application Mode, LDAP service) does not work together
- Limited out of the box web parts, Poor integration with Domino applications, Limiting Peoplesoft integration
-beyond use as an Office 2003 document sharing server, most everything else for customer portal services would have to be coded, designed and installed or integrated in SharePoint Server... building a server farm for scalability, using Windows load balancing (NLB) for basic data caching, designing roles in Active Directory, doubling performance with SQL Server, adding process management with BizTalk, presence with LCS, and coding or adding capabilities for data abstraction, membership management, localization, mobile transcoding, fuzzy or parametric search, discovery, automated portlet services, portal application integration assembly tools, virtualization, analytics, hot failover, business logic caching...
So, many customers end up federating Sharepoint Server 2003 under WebSphere Portal.[Read More]
FUD from Avanade (a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture) targeting IBM Australia customers on Lotus Domino to move to Microsoft Exchange and other products!!!
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  australia avanade fud exchange support microsoft domino 1 Comment 2,094 Visits
'If you are a organisation who has invested heavily on the IBM Lotus Notes/Domino platform, you may currently have a few concerns. What is the future of your Communications and Collaboration platform now that IBM have announced the withdrawal of support for Release 5 and the impending withdrawal of Release 6 support?"
IBM customer support data shows that 90% of our customers are currently using 6.5.x and/or 7.0.x. Extended support contracts are available past the support date.
So the IBM vision and strategy, and product roadmap is clear. There are no forced upgrades. Each release is planned to further improve the TCO, and augment capabilities based on customer requirements.
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  market fud idc morningstar communication collaboration press unified microsoft 1,449 Visits
Think paying bloggers to editWikipedia entries or handing out free laptops to bloggers is on the cutting edge of marketing communications? How about inventing IT industry analyst market share figures for a market segment that hasn't even been measured? Case in point: A reader of Microsoft's Sunday, Jan. 21 press release paragraphs could conclude that Microsoft already dominates the Unified Communications integrated collaborative market segment with 52% share, according to IDC, a reputable IT research firm. Trouble is, IDC has not yet determined vendor market share for this segment, nor has estimated the size of the "integrated collaborative" market. To top it off, IDC hasn't even established a taxonomy for the "integrated collaborative" market segment! (Microsoft even mixed in Social Software capabilities into the same paragraph, just to sound trendy, I guess.)
See Microsoft's original press release, that issued on Sunday Jan 21st 2007 at midnight, at http://news.morningstar.com/news/ViewNews.asp?article=/PR/20070122SFM051_univ.xml&pgid=qtqnPress5
So did Microsoft fix their "error?" Rather than distributing a new version of its press release over PR Newswire (which distributed the original press release) to correct these innaccuracies. Microsoft simply updated a copy of the press release posted on its press room web site, with the words, "Editors’ update, Jan. 24, 2007 – This press release has been edited since original publication." -- without any explanation about what was wrong. See: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/jan07/01-21LotusDominoTransitionPR.mspx
Of course, journalist don't check press releases on vendor press sites to see if they've changed. Then again, Microsoft could again be blazing a new trail in marketing communications ; )[Read More]
Check these out...
See this article for more details: http://www.linux-magazine.com/online/news/we_re_linux_video_competition_winners_announced
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  net psytechnics unified nec voice nortel con avaya sametime planetronics siemens ucc polycom mitel lucent telephony dialogic 1,573 Visits
No more missed connections...
Check out IBM Lotus Sametime Unified Telephony announcement at Voicecon today (available in July 2009):
Participants in the Sametime Unified Telephony Validation Programinclude, IP PBX service providers Alcatel Lucent, Avaya, Cisco, NEC,Nortel, Mitel and Siemens, media gateway vendors Dialogic and NET, andenhanced voice quality providers GN Netcom, Plantronics, Polycom andPsytechnics.
IBM announces the availability of a new service designed specificallyto enable clients to readily reap the benefits of Sametime UnifiedTelephony. IBM Converged Communications Services for Sametime UnifiedTelephony builds on IBM's extensive experience in IP telephony andpartnership with telephony vendors across the industry and wasdeveloped working closely with the Sametime Unified Telephonydevelopment teams and beta customers.
Sametime Unified Telephony helps people make smarter and fasterdecisions by putting them in contact with the right people, at theright time, on the right device. Sametime Unified Telephony makesmissed connections a thing of the past, allowing people to see who ison the phone before they make a call. Incoming calls can beautomatically sent to the device best suited to the situation based onpresence, location and personal preferences. People can also turn apersonal computer into a virtual telephone allowing them to talk with acolleague through VoIP directly from their desktop, which can result insignificant savings, especially when traveling.
The advanced click-to-call features in Sametime Unified Telephonyallow people to click on a person's name to start a voice conversation,IM chat session or video conference. People can also drag and dropnames from their IM client to add colleagues to a conference call. Inaddition, with one click a person can transfer a call from their officetelephone to a mobile device without interrupting the call.
As customers accelerate towards Netbooks, there are choices available:
Check this out: http://blogs.computerworld.com/netbook_2009_the_four_big_changes
1. <$200 ARM based Netbook on Linux
"Linux has been running on ARM processors for years. What's changed is that both ARM and Linux desktop distributors like Xandros and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, are working on releasing full Linux desktops for ARM-powered MID (Mobile Internet devices) and netbooks.
The upshot of these efforts is that by the same time Windows 7 HomePremium will be available on $400 Intel Atom-based netbooks, Ubuntu 9.04 and Xandros Linux desktops will be shipping on sub $200 ARM-based netbooks"2. $400+ Atom based Netbook on Linux or Windows
The Linux ones are $50-%75 less expensive that Windows...
3. Google Android Linux Netbooks
Really excited about this Omron move with IBM...
Omron corporation is an early adopter of fuzzy controllers and related soft computing technologies that provide computational intelligence...
Smart machines that understands human thoughts and behavior...
I am sure Lotfi Zadeh, father of fuzzy logic and our soft computing/computational intelligence think tank will be excited about this...
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  computational collaboration algorithms chaos cost computing soft intelligence networks evolutionary algorithm systems fuzzy optimize neural genetic 1,699 Visits
As a computational intelligence / soft computing geek, I always get excited when these technologies are applied to real life problems.
Having spent decades in solving control, prediction, evaluation, and decision support problems in aerospace, geology, educational psychology, construction, economics and the like, it was good to see this work in using genetic algorithms to partner collaboration cost structures: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a782759954~db=all~jumptype=rssoptimize collaboration
"The paper elaborately analyses various collaboration patterns betweendistributed partners with the corresponding evaluation metrics forcollaboration time and cost."
There are others like Affinova who have been using GAs to optimize solutions to marketing challenges...
Dont want to call this a pattern, but looks like Google is going thru some challenges...
Yet another outage.
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  exchange apps migrate brown bug university gape microsoft outlook google 2,387 Visits
"As a result of a bug in a Google Apps e-mail migration tool, some students at Brown University found other students' e-mail in their in-box over the weekend as Google was moving their e-mail from Exchange to Gmail, Google confirmed on Friday." reports CNet: http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10356803-245.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1009_3-0-20
Is GAPE enterprise ready? Looks like many are moving out of Microsoft Exchange...
Forbes reviews Vista and says (http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2007/02/05/8399126/index.htm?source=yahoo_quote )
"One big hurdle is that you'll need serious hardware to take advantage of the best features." ...
"Even if you have a Vista-ready computer, upgrading to Vista is vexing. For starters, new PCs labeled "Vista ready" may not be capable of running the premium versions, which are, of course, the versions you'll want. " ...
"And then there's the issue of drivers, the software that Windows PCs need to work smoothly with printers, scanners and other peripherals. I wasted a full day tracking down and troubleshooting updates just so I could print a letter." ...
"For most organizations it's going to take 12 to 18 months of testing," says Michael Silver, senior software analyst for technology consultants Gartner Group. "Testing applications, waiting for software vendors to come up with new [Vista-specific] versions - by that time the machines in the office are going to be another 18 months older. Why spend the money to upgrade if you're only going to have it for another six months to a year?" ...
"some users will see Vista simply as Windows XP with lipstick and Botox. The Home Basic version, in particular, even does without the lipstick." ...
"It could lose customers to a new generation of browser-based applications that don't rely on any particular operating system."[Read More]
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