Social Business transformation
Interesting article from Nancy Koehn, Harvard Business School in WSJ on how companies have weathered the storm before...
Heinz in 1875 - build trustworthy business relationships, kept employees with delayed wages, collect AR - accounts receivables.. And create and feed new markets - from horseraddish and pickles to ketchup!
Proctor & Gamble in 1930s - Market, market... "We are going to market the hell out of our products, and we're going to do it on radio," ... soap operas
IBM in 1932 - invested $1B in R&D when everyone else were cutting back..
"Everybody else in this game is slicing R&D. Watson is actuallyemploying more people, building more machines and still telling thefactory that even if he can't sell them, to keep adding to inventory" until 1935 with the social securities act the data processing market opened up..
and about leadership: "We have to be thinking -- as many are already -- about the opportunities that lie nestled within the turbulence all around"
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Good discussion with Ascendant, a leading IBM business partner, as they get ready for IMPACT
"We are working heavily in the health care space, both payors and providers. Additionally, we are currently engaged with several Blue Cross Blue Shields across the country to optimize their member portals and create more agile, online business processes. We have created and combined a unique set of capabilities for our customers. By combining user experience architecture, requirements engineering, and business value measurement with an SOA execution, we are helping health care payors align key business metrics to the user’s experience and then ensure end-to-end execution of the solution. The technical solution often encompasses many parts of the IBM platform, including WebSphere Portal, Process Server, Lotus Connection, DataPower, Rational Team Concert and Build Forge.
We are also helping customers across a variety of industries adopt and execute social computing strategies. We are currently working on many corporate communication and collaboration strategies and are creating “internal Facebook-like” solutions, extending online communities to partner communities. Working with a variety of large brands to improve their online shopping experience, we are stressing the importance of “social commerce” applications and strategies in the shopping experience."
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
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Is working smarter mean being more productive? more effective?
Obviously two very loaded words. Been used thru out the history of IT and Business...
Here is a 2006 HBR article by Stever Robbins that gets into some of this:
"Working smart is risky. If you work smart, you'll have more free time.That means more leisure, shorter work hours, or . . . more work. If youuse the free time to take on more commitments, you're just as busy asbefore, but now you are so tightly scheduled that a slip in one projectcan cascade to many more projects. Happiness happens when productivityenables a higher-quality life, not frantic overachievement"
"To work faster, you'll have to get into the zone"
"Key to entering the zone is eliminating distraction"
"Your biggest distractions will come from you, though. You'll multitask"
"Another way to work smarter is by distinguishing busy from productive"
"The 80/20 rule says that 80 percent of your results come from just 20 percent of your efforts"
"Working faster, identifying your 80/20 opportunities, and usingopportunities for parallelism all take thought and planning before youreap the rewards"
And then you collaborate, collaborate, collaborate...
You may have seen this data from OECD (organization for economic co-operation and development):
Koreans workers burn around 2266 hours on the average in 2007.
Polish were second with 1953 hours
Japan: 1808 hours
USA: 1798 hours
France: 1457 hours
Germany: 1353 hours
More data here: http://stats.oecd.org/wbos/index.aspx?r=97791
So what about productivity? Not really in the same order for sure :-)
per some of the Wikepedia entries ...
So Working smarter would mean then that I am able to spend less time at work and maybe try to get closer to the 8-8-8 balance of work-sleep-social kind of equation the industrial revolution brought to us? There is enough data out there on the sleep part that we all need 7-8 hours of sleep every day :-)
Could it be then that the remaining 8+8 gets a new twist in terms of how you leverage social media?
Congrats to Aneesh Chopra, CTO of US Government:
Here are some reports on WHY Aneesh:
Check out this IBM announcement:
"First IBM cloud computing laboratory in Hong Kong. The new facilitywill provide a global hub for Web-based messaging services to supportIBM's emerging LotusLive (www.lotuslive.com/) cloud service portfolio"
"Strategically located near emerging growth markets, IBM intends toincrease its investment in this center to take advantage of the globalopportunity for online web 2.0 collaboration. The new facility bringsthe number of IBM's worldwide Cloud Labs to 10"
"With more than 10 years of experience delivering messaging solutions,Outblaze was one of the first companies to offer a fully- hosted,multilingual e-mail service. Today Outblaze offers services in 22languages and has more than 40 million users under management"
Great report on Smarter Railroads:
"The smarter railroad requires an intelligence that is networked,communicating and aware across the rail ecosystem. It requiresinformation to be shared across the enterprise and between manydifferent stakeholders including the railway, shipper, car owner,travel agent, municipalities, inter-modal carriers and customers, localand global."
"Imagine if: If passengers could manage their entire door-to-door journey on their mobile devices, receiving continually updated suggestions for more convenient route based on their own travel history and preferences"...
"Customer interactions with rail companies will change. With the recent emergence of Web 2.0 applications and the proliferation of mobile and smart devices, customers are becoming more informed and want more control of their travel,
shopping and interaction with railroads. In the future, it will matter less which company gets them from point A to point B; they will care more about how quick, cost effective or easy it was to plan and manage the journey. Similarly, suppliers will want to book their own freight and have it moved directly from manufacturing
to stores, regardless of carrier. They will self select their transit options by cost, efficiency and impact to the environment as required by their customers."
Great story of several customers in Singapore adoption IBM technologies for Smarter Collaboration:
"After running a proof of concept in 2007 of possible systems, theschool decided to build its portal with IBM WebSphere and Quickrproducts. It tied six different backend systems, including a studentadministration system running on PeopleSoft software, Blackboard forits course management system and Microsoft Windows Live for e-mail, hesaid.
The school is currently running a pilot trial of 3,000students, and is in the midst of procuring new servers for the finalroll out, which would affect some 13,000 students come February 2010"
"Singapore-based Donut Empire is also jumping on the Web 2.0 bandwagon. The local chain launched a blog site two weeks ago, after a planning period of six months with its Web design company and IBM, according to its co-founder.
Donut Empire also hopes the use of Web 2.0 tools would help itaddress its business objectives such as communicating with itsemployees and franchisees, as well as quicken the response time totheir questions, said Chiew"