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...
Social Business transformation
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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."
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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
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Just wrapped this up couple of weeks back...
Here are 22 collaboration vignettes in youtube
People sharing their experiences in how they Connect, Collaborate, Innovate, and Optimize using IBM Smarter Collaboration capabilities..
Cisco has been investing more in Collaboration - human network effect. More examples here: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/netsol/ns870/index.html
The scenarios are debatable. Collaboration is NOT just about webex, tele presence, mobility, and Unified communications...
Lots of good use cases on how you can use IBM Smarter Collaboration solutions TODAY...
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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...
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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)."
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"
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Check out these Smarter Collaboration videos in Youtube:
and together we can work smarter
and tired of feeding the machine :-) ?
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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Obviously figuring out TCO when you look for desktop alternatives is important. I did a quick search on what is out there. Check these out:
1. RedHat TCO calculator: considers savings from not renewing/signing Microsoft Enterprise Agreements, Moving from Windows to Linux desktops, servers, etc.
2. Omni has a Novell desktop TCO calculator: http://www.omni-ts.com/linux-desktop/tco-calculator.html
3. Virtualization (including desktop, but looks like windows based) TCO calculator: http://www.alinean.com/P_TCOcalculator.asp
4. Small Business solutions: http://www.bilal.ca/how-to-save-money-with-lotus-foundations/
5. ROI around Messaging and collaboration: http://www.permessa.com/roi_calculator
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Check out this report from eweek on Palmisano's top 15 moves.
Move # 8 is all around the IBM Open Collaboration Client Solution (OCCS -- http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient) including virtual linux desktops using Virtual Bridges and Canonical - the Microsoft desktop alternative, and Symphony (http://symphony.lotus.com)
Why should CIOs and CFOs care?
1. Opportunity to free up your IT budget
2. Opportunity to get ROI in less than a year
3. Opportunity to lower TCO
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Lotusphere 2009 was quite exciting. I am back again here due to requests from customers and partners who wanted to keep a pulse on competitive insights. So what is new? what is hot?
Cost reduction strategies is hot. Remember? Liberate, Migrate, Virtualize...
Desktop Virtualization is hot. Particularly if you virtualize your Linux desktops. Yes Linux. Check out this solution IBM announced with Virtual Bridges and Canonical in Dec 2008.
Then of course, how can you collaborate smarter? What does it mean to People, their workspace, and the business processes and relevant information sources?