Social Business transformation
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  working productivity hbr smart harvard collaboration 2,173 Visits
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...
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  collaboration podcast cfo cost tco cio roi smarter 2,142 Visits
Just wrapped this up couple of weeks back...
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  net psytechnics unified nec voice nortel con avaya sametime planetronics siemens ucc polycom mitel lucent telephony dialogic 2,132 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.
So how about accessing your social network thru the cloud? Check out the IBM announcement today with LotusLive Engage:
Click to cloud and get: profile andcontact management, online meetings, file sharing, instantmessaging, andlightweight project management capabilities.
These capabilitiesaretightly integrated to provide one of the richest communicationandcollaboration experiences available in the market today.
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
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  lotuslive email hong cloud outblaze messaging kong 1,995 Visits
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"
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  ascendant social collaboration commerce connections 1,991 Visits
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."
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  accenture hp eds infosys business process outsourcing idc 1,947 Visits
Check out this IDC report. IBM #1 in Business Process Outsourcing. Ranked #1 in all the 4 categories:
Respondent segments spanned: F&A, Customer Care, HR, and procurement
Who else made it into the report, behind IBM?
Accenture, HP-EDS, ADP, Unisys, Infosys, ...
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"
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  verde csc virtual canonical services linux desktop 1,847 Visits
CSC announced their virtual desktop services based on Citrix today...
Well, IBM has been offering Virtual Infrastructure access services as part of End User Services for few years now...
And we announced the open virtual client solution based on VERDE from Virtual Bridges and Canonical Ubuntu with Lotus portfolio of products in Dec 2008.
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  infrastructure collaboration service innovation dynamic smarter 1,829 Visits
Do you want to embrace change? need help thinking out of the box?
To focus on value, exploit opportunities, and act with speed?
Jamming is one way to get this going.. We have done quite a few, within organizations, across businesses, and communities, and countries...
I have organized a few like these:
Here is one way to do it - check out the dynamic infrastructure related jams here
You can always do your own.. Just get started with LotusLive
Netbooks are on a roll...
AT&T announced a $50 plan with integrated wireless network cards: http://shopping.yahoo.com/articles/yshoppingarticles/221/att-to-offer-50-netbooks/
ASUS has been selling a $350 linux computer: http://shopping.yahoo.com/p:ASUS%20Eee%20PC%204G%20Laptop%20Computer:1995318985;_ylt=AphDuU.7FZUfzsL6979kKfyP98Uu
IBM and MIT recently conducted an analysis of social networks inside IBM to figure out productivity metrics associated with social capital in general and interaction between an employee and their manager in particularOut of several thousand consultants inside IBM, those withstrong virtual links to a manager produced an average of $588 ofrevenue per month over the norm.
The research also found that the average email contact was worth $948 in revenue.
Researchers usedmathematical formulas to analyze the email traffic, address books, andbuddy lists of 2,600 IBM consultants over the course of the year.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
Germany fined Microsoft $11.9M for pressing a retailer to sell Microsoft Office for a certain price: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=printArticleBasic&taxonomyName=Windows&articleId=9131265&taxonomyId=125
"Microsoft said in a statement that it doesn't agree with theBundeskartellamt's decision, but it chose to pay the fine rather thanenter a long legal dispute."[Read More]