Social Business transformation
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This Wall Street Journal article says it all, almost all:
Big week for Smartbook vendors... running Android, Ubuntu, etc.. at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show
Lower price, higher profit margin for vendors...
NO Windows, NO Office,
YES Linux, YES Lotus Symphony, ...
Why almost all?
What they missed is that about 32% of Netbooks are also shipping with Linux...
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Bill from Wall Street Journal writes about the IBM Client for Smart Work for African countries:
International Business Machines Corp. will try to sell a new package of low-priced computer desktop applications to companies and governments in Africa, challenging Microsoft Corp. and other rivals in the region.
The African market for information technology is relatively small, but unlike Europe and the U.S., it is growing even in the recession. Market researcher IDC predicts it will rise 2.3% this year to $22.1 billion.
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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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"IBM's Lotus unit will introduce a set of social networking services Monday that functions like a MySpace for office workers and which analysts say marks a renewed challenge to Microsoft Corp.
Peter O'Kelly, a collaboration software expert with Burton Group, said: "This is going to rekindle the competition between Microsoft and IBM, I think IBM is playing offense here... O'Kelly said IBM's Web software could cause many corporate buyers who stopped considering Lotus Notes a decade ago to reconsider their reliance on Microsoft's rival software suite."
Connections combines five components: member profiles, activities, blogs, communities and "dogear" - IBM's word for how users identify and share Web bookmarks with colleagues. Connections uses the popular Web navigation technique of "tagging" to help users track popular discussion topics and figure out who may have expertise on any subject. The software provides a way for individuals to quickly set-up ad hoc groups to collaborate on projects, storing relevant documents, e-mails and Web sites together. Each user can publish blogs to share ideas with colleagues.
"What Web 2.0 has demonstrated is that self-defining communities often do a better job of locating relevant information," IBM software chief Steve Mills said. "This helps with the rapid identification of expertise and experts."
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Other announcements include Lotus Quicker - a new web 2.0 collaborative content platform, Lotus Sametime 7.5.1 featuring expanded unified communications, and Lotus Notes and Domino 8 beta program.
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