More adoption trends...
"The freelance marketplace Odesk (www.odesk.org) recently reported thatthe number of Linux-related jobs posted on its boards has increasedmore than 1400% since 2006": http://linux-foundation.org/weblogs/press/2009/03/01/linux-foundation-announces-training-program-to-meet-increasing-demand-for-linux-talent/
Berkley is offering Linux courses: http://www.unex.berkeley.edu/news/linuxcourses.html:
"For software programmers and developers worried about layoffs and jobsecurity in these tough economic times, the answer may be as clear asthe screen on your cell phone. That’s because manufacturers of smallconsumer equipment like cell phones and PDAs need programmers trainedin embedded Linux to hand-tune the product’s software code."
And then if you look at the hot jobs in 2009, there is a good intersection of roles that can benefit from such capabilities:
And as you may know, the Obama campaign used Ubuntu nation wide: http://boredandblogging.com/2008/10/21/obama-ubuntu/
Social Business transformation
Every CIO and CFO is looking at ways to reduce CAPEX and OPEX. Increasingly IT investments are requiring more rapid ROI, within the year...
There are quite a few factoids in the cyberspace. For example:
- Per NIST, in 2004, "40% of engineering time is spent locating and validatingengineering information. 30% of projectcosts are wasted due to poor communication between systems. Theindustry cost? US$15.8 billion annually.
2. Salary.com annual survey:
-"some of their actual work-related activities reduce their productivity, such as fixing someone else's work (54 percent), dealing with office politics (47 percent) and waiting for a co-worker to finish something that is needed (42 percent)."
3. Infocom study for Verizonbusiness:
37% of employee time is spent in meetings. In USA alone ~11Million meetings occur daily. 50% of that is a waste.
Here are some productivity/efficiency/behavior and technology (CAPEX) and associated OPEX elements to consider:
1. Figuring out whom to collaborate and with what
- Finding the "right" available expert/collaborator
- Role-Role and community/group interaction dynamics
- Finding the required content I need to use to collaborate
- security/trust/privacy, IP
- right version
- Access to the right applications
2. Where to collaborate
- Wiki, Blog, Forums, Community
- teamroom, Jam room
- team collaboration repository
- Portal, desktop, virtual desktop
- Line of Business Application
3. How to communicate between the collaborators
- switching between structured and ad-hoc processes
- lack of attention vs opportunity to multi-task
- sorry was on mute
- dead silence
- could you repeat that please
- meetings jail
4. Quality of Service
- flexibility and choice
- end-end management
5. How to deepen my relationships
- opportunities to connect
- work together on projects
- build trust
So how do we get this ROI to stick? within the year you make the investment?
There is the no brainer around Travel, long distance telephone cost reduction, productivity improvements and
then the opportunity to reduce software license costs, yes from Microsoft enterprise agreements -- Liberate; and then of course the Migrate (infrastructure simplification, office to symphony, windows to linux, collaboration stack, etc.) and virtualize steps I blogged before.
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The Yale Law School Open Standards research initiative and ODF alliance published recommendations to the Obama administration
Check out this effort from Yale Law School: http://www.law.yale.edu/documents/pdf/News_&_Events/Standards_RecommendationsREV.pdf
More commentary in Bob Sutor's blog: http://www.sutor.com/newsite/blog-open/
This is the time for CMOs to take a leadership role to
1. Reduce cost
2. Improve Pipeline and yield
3. Retain customers and reach new markets
Questions to ask
Congrats Vivek Kundra, Obama CIO: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Government-IT/Google-BlackBerry-Enthusiast-is-Obamas-CIO-Choice/
"VivekKundra will bring a depth of experience in the technology arena and acommitment to lowering the cost of government operations to thisposition," Obama said in a statement. "I have directed him to work toensure that we are using the spirit of American innovation and thepower of technology to improve performance and lower the cost ofgovernment operations."
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Check out this article:
Tells the cost reduction story around many of the elements I have blogged earlier -- Liberate, Migrate, Virtualize and the variety of costs you can reduce around software license, hardware costs, operational costs, travel/telephone costs, less time spent doing XYZ leading to better productivity, less errors, ...
Check this out.
Per this report from Computerworld (http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=IT+in+Government&articleId=9129043&taxonomyId=69&pageNumber=2). quoting Kundra: "We have the ability to run an open, transparent, participatory and collaborative government."
This is about perpetual collaboration: http://www-03.ibm.com/industries/government/us/detail/landing/G153005R79354P19.html?re=gihome67gov
And the key enabler is a series of Smarter Collaboration capabilities to optimize, connect, collaborate, and innovate..
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Well, we have been saying this for a while. And we have seen customer interest and adoption starting to trend in this direction for sure...
Check out this article by Galen Gruman in Infoworld: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=Linux+and+Unix&articleId=9128813&taxonomyId=122&pageNumber=1
"Essentially, desktop Linux makes sense as the desktop OS only for thoseemployees who do common work in Office and Web apps. But that's a lotof people."
"OpenOffice is a sound alternative to Microsoft Office, but I spent most of my time with the free IBM Lotus Symphony, which is a slightly better productivity suite than OpenOffice, in the InfoWorld Test Center's evaluation."
"many companies, government agencies, and educational institutions canchuck at least some of them. Those based on XP -- or Windows 2000,which still has a huge installed base in government agencies -- canlook to big savings on licensing, hardware, and training costs."
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Check out these Smarter Collaboration videos in Youtube:
and together we can work smarter
and tired of feeding the machine :-) ?
This eweek article http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Virtualization/Survey-Virtualization-Takes-Off-Cloud-Computing-on-the-Rise/
reveals the findings of a Forrester survey: In addition to the obvious around server virtualization and interest in the Cloud, here is a perspective on desktop virtualization:
"Alternatives to traditional PC technologies: Firms are feeling real painover the costs of maintaining PCs. Seventy percent of enterprises and 74percent of SMBs said they hope to lower PC costs with alternative technologiessuch as various forms of desktop or client virtualization."
Well, check out ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/software/lotus/lotusweb/openclient/OVC_VERDE_Ubuntu_1103.pdf
IBM was named 2009 CRN channel champion for quite a few categories including Collaboration Software: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/IBM-Named-2009-CRN-Channel-iw-14608383.html
" The CRN Channel Championsstudymeasures overall Solution Provider perceptions of vendorproducts andservices. The survey is the largest and broadest-based technologyintegrator market study in the industry"
Web 2.0 ROI.
What are some of the KPIs?
1. Reduce cost of sale? faster sales cycle; increase yield
2. Reduce cost of lead generation? Less expensive marketing mix...
3. Reduce marketing collateral development costs and time?
4. Get answers faster
5. Reduce reinventions ... use the combo of bookmarks and search
6. Reduce errors
7. Speed up discovery process
8. improved quality of role-role interaction
9. Make faster decisions
10. transparent policy making lead to improved efficiencies
11. cost savings from shutting down low yielding projects
Aaron has an interesting session in April: http://www.web2expo.com/webexsf2009/public/schedule/detail/5771
And you got to read the IBM Enterprise Tagging Services ROI math: http://jisi.dreamblog.jp/blog/1739.html
"IBM’s ETS cost $700k to develop and deploy across theworldwide intranet as a sidebar to a number of key web properties:traditional search engine results, top content pages, and webapplications"
"The ETS team instituted a survey to ask users how thistool helped them. What they found was amazing when you look at it incontext: the average person saved 12 seconds, across the 286000+searches performed through ETS each week. This sums up to 955 hourssaved each week across the company. In terms of cost savings, itamounts to a rough estimate of $4.6 million a year, in terms ofproductivity gain. The reusability of this page widget also resulted in$2.4 million in cost avoidance (reimplementing this for each site)."
Are you sharepoint challenged?
There is a surge in sharepoint challenged projects and people...
See this posting from Mike Gotta: http://mikeg.typepad.com/perceptions/2009/03/circling-around-to-enterprise-20-again.html
"Are there issues with SharePoint? Yes, absolutely. The user experienceis not great. The functionality I expect in discussion forum islacking, or requires customization. The blogging capability is perhapsthe poorest of any enterprise product out there. The wiki is really nota wiki. The implementation of RSS rather than Atom was a stunningmistake. There's no tag/bookmark capability and the social networkingcapability is mediocre. SharePoint requires customization - feworganizations succeed at an enterprise-level with SharePoint withoutsignificant investments to customize the platform."
What about you?
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Recently eweek's Joe Wilcox blogged about Microsoft's 10 unlucky and lucky breaks. Here are some interesting facts from these articles:
1. "Enterprise Vista
2. "Microsoft records Software Assurance sales as unearned revenue, whichis realized on an ongoing basis. During the average quarter, about 25percent to 35 percent of Microsoft revenue comes from unearned revenue.Microsoft recognized $6.3 billion in unearned revenue during fiscal2009 second quarter; total revenue was more than $16 billion."
And of course recently Microsoft announced price discounts for MS EA... like around 25%. Go figure? Also find out what happens to software ownership if you dont renew?
Concerns about Microsoft SharePoint keeps adding up.
Interesting points in this article written by Thomas Vander Wal: http://www.socialcomputingmagazine.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=755
"Onecommon element from all of the discussions is the frustration nearlyall of these organization have with their experience with MicrosoftSharePoint 2007. The comments are based on those spending one month toa year with the tool"
Multiple Micro-silos: "There ismuch frustration and anger being shared as people try to resolve how toshare information between groups and easily merge and openly shareinformation once it has been vetted. These groups consistently talkabout going directly to their Microsoft support & SharePointExperts with these problems only to be told it is doable, but far fromeasy and may break some other things."
Information Locked: "Not onlyis the information difficult to get at by people desiring tocollaborate outside the group or across groups, but it is not easilyunlocked so that it can benefit from found in search."
Marginalized roadmap: "Where dopeople turn that have gone down the SharePoint route? Well most startby adding solid functionality they had thought SharePoint was going toprovide or wished it had."
Lack of social software features: "Not onlyis the Lockheed Martin example of building on top of SharePoint anexample of expense of that platform, but the recent AIIM surveysurfaces high cost of development as a rather common understanding"
Replacing SharePoint: "I know oftwo extremely large organizations that are removing SharePoint fromtheir organization this year (once these organizations are public withthis I can be). The reasoning is cost and under performing as a socialplatform and what is does well is easily replaced with other solutionsas well."
We are also hearing that probably only 7% of the customers who have deployed Windows SharePoint Services have made any progress to adopt Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.