"Unfortunately, the best work in many companies often happens despite
our processes and structures, rather than because of them. Individuals
and teams today are ready to collaborate, multitask and cocreate—and
yet, every week, businesses waste 5.3 hours per employee because of
inefficient processes. A full two-thirds of employees believe there are
colleagues who can help them do their jobs better, but they don't know
how to find them—and 42% of people say they are forced to make
decisions with the wrong information at least once a week. It's no
wonder that 91% of CEOs surveyed say they need to restructure the way
their organizations work.
To work smarter, we'll need smarter organizations—enhancing and
benefiting from their people's expertise, enterprise and creativity,
rather than inhibiting them. Transforming the collaborative
infrastructure and processes of our places of work will enable people
to take advantage of the full scope of an instrumented, interconnected
and intelligent planet. And the good news is that many organizations
around the world are showing the way"
On productivity confidence index as of March 2009: http://www.i4cp.com/pci: "53% of surveyors believe that productivity will increase. Hospital, healthcare and insurance industries
came in with a high PCI score of 43.5, while government lagged all
sectors with a score of -25.
More flexible, more freelance, collaborative, far less secure work world
40% of USA workforce predicted to be independent contractors by 2019, up from 26% today
28% of the workforce will telecommute full or part time, up from 12% in 2000 (per Gartner)
Run by a generation with new values
Gen X leading Gen Y
Women will increasingly be at the controls
83% of all consumer purchase decisions are done by women
10 Jobs predicted to grow the most in numbers by 2016: 1. Retail salespersons 2. office workers 3. registered nurses 4. food prep. and services workers 5. customer services reps 6. janitors and cleaners (not maids/housekeepers) 7. post secondary teachers 8. nursing aides, orderlies and attendants 9. personal and homecare aids 10. home health aides
10 jobs predicted to have the fastest growth rates by 2016: 1. home health aides 2 personal and homecare aides 3. computer software engineers 4. medical assistants 5. hetwork systems and data communication analysts 6. personal finance advisers 7. substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 8. veterinary technologists and technicians 9. vets 10 makeup artists, theatrical and performance
There are several interesting ways by which you can integrate social tools into your business process, and yes transform them.
The social tools itself introduce "social processes" such as
jam using ideation tools,
prioritize and learn using serious games and knowledge exchanges,
share through blogs, activities, and traditional communication/collaboration tools
discover using personalized analytics driven context
co-create using semantic wiki, online editors, ...
amplify with voting/recommendations/scoring
and the like..
Then you have business processes that gets transformed:
functional areas such as sales, marketing, support/customer care, finance, accounting, HR, supply chain, etc
industry specific Line of Business areas such as healthcare coordination, or citizen campaigns, or mobile banking
What is it gonna take to provide your client/employees/partners to bring your brand to every experience, unlock creativity everywhere, eliminate guesswork and deploy however you want?
1. use social tools from where you spend most of your time online --- @ work or @ personal
- email clients like Notes, Exchange, etc. - intranet/extranet/internet portals / web sites - functional (CRM, ERP, SCM, HR, etc) or Line of Business Applications -- ie your systems of record
- mobile device
you integrate the social tools/capabilities into these environments
2. make the social platform your primary system of engagement/interaction: - surface relevant activities/tasks within that social platform based on context/next action - integrate the systems of record into this social platform
3. bring together the systems of engagement and record: - data in motion: make activity stream the common backplane
Does becoming a social business mean transformed business processes? better business outcomes? well
According to the recent Mckinsey study an average knowledge worker spends around 28 hours weekly using collaboration tools. Extending these with social tools can increase productivity upto 25%.
Erasing white spaces (see Gartner Social BPM) is a major enabler --- transforming culture and leadership in organizational silos where no one is responsible, have management blind spots, and accountability gaps
Transformation impact spans
Nurturing a smarter workforce with
Workforce optimization (ex. Sales, Marketing, Operations, Distribution, Business support)
Products and Services Innovation
Delighting customers with customer care and insights capabilities
So why should you go to IBM to help your organization transform to become a Social Business?
IBM Global Business Services with deep industry expertise is ranked # 1 by IDC for providing consulting services. Key Social Business consulting services span Envision, Enable, Adopt, and Optimize services that allows organization to reach, engage, discover and act
IBM is the Software market leader in Social Network, Enterprise Content Management, Analytics, Portals, Business Intelligence, Security, and Cloud based collaboration --- says Gartner, Forrester, IDC, etc.
IBM's expert integrated systems with with web experience and smarter workforce patterns on PureSystems is a game changer
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On desktops, "people still feel they need lots of local power and storage, even though their CPUs idle and they never back up their stuff," blogger
Robert Pogson told LinuxInsider.
However, "experience with netbooks will kill off the desktop within
a few years," Pogson predicted. "It makes little sense unless you need
all those drives, noise, heat, space and burning money. Those who
really need power will use a thin client connected to a server cluster."
Looking ahead, "expect GNU/Linux
to do just as well on notebooks as it did on netbooks," he added. "2009
was the year of GNU/Linux on the desktop as far as I am concerned. 2010
could well mark the death of the desktop and overweight notebooks."
US Bank, is getting their 58,000 users upgrade to the latest Lotus Notes Domino 8.5. Moreover, this bank, who had more than 5000 siloed Sharepoint sites, is adopting Lotus Quickr and Lotus Connections software in addition to Lotus Sametime that is already in use. Working smarter together...
"Our industry has undergone unprecedented changes over the last year,
and that serves as great example of why it's so important for U.S.
Bank's employees to be able to use technology to communicate and
collaborate efficiently," said Mark Dickelman, senior vice president,
innovation, research and development for U.S. Bank. "Keeping up with
economic developments and policy changes and the need to quickly
communicate while innovating for growth would be nearly impossible with
traditional methods, and that's why Lotus collaboration software will
continue to be incredibly useful to us, especially as we continue to
solidify our company's position as a leader in the financial services
Makes lots of sense, given the recent TCO math (see my previous blog entries) that shows a reduction in TCO by more than 37% if you adopt IBM Lotus collaboration software rather than Microsoft sharepoint, and office communications server.
"I’d like to personally invite you to join me tomorrow for a global discussion on how to create a smarter, more productive work environment. Forward-thinking IBM customers, expert thought leaders from around the world, and top IBM executives will be sharing ideas and setting direction for future investment. I would appreciate your adding your voice to the conversation. Please take a moment right now to register here https://www.collaborationjam.com/minijam2/jam/registration/index.do?jamId=1746
"The critical issue for Google is to segment commercial Gmail traffic from consumer traffic. Google must prove that consumer and commercial services are largely independent of each other, and that the commercial services will sustain at least a 99.9 percent uptime, which is the standard for most commercial e-mail SaaS (software-as-a-service) services." Matthew Cain, Gartner, InfoWorld, "Update: Gmail Suffers Widespread Outage," September 01, 2009
"Google Inc's efforts to persuade businesses to buy its email services
suffered a setback this week after a highly publicized outage shut down
accounts of millions of corporate customers for almost two hours."
"For the 83 percent of the world that does not have easy access to
the Web via PCs, IBM is helping mobile phone users become more
productive. In these locations, there is a dearth of skills, such as
technological and language literacy; a lack of infrastructure, such as
reliable electrical power; as well as limited availability of
IBM Research has established a pilot program in
southern India that allows people, including farmers, repairmen, small
business owners, and consumers, to post, retrieve or exchange timely
information via voice on cellphones. Content -- such as weather and
ocean conditions, grain prices, advertisements, bus schedules, news,
class schedules, product catalogues, health information and available
services appointments -- is created and updated by entrepreneurs and
So what does this mean to collaborating smarter? Well for starters, anytime anywhere access and interaction with people, information sources, content...
This could translate
into millions of dollars in savings at many large companies that are
looking for financial relief in the current economy.
Can import Microsoft Office 2007 files into Symphony
Offers DataPilot Table improvements that make it
easy to drill down and analyze data
Enhances mail merge and
envelope printing for organizations that need simple, efficient ways to
communicate with their customers
to add sizzle to presentations and interoperate with Microsoft
users to drag-and-drop plug-ins, extending its use to other business
applications. For example, a new learning plug-in can be installed on
the right sidebar to help people learn new Symphony capabilities in
fixed costs in challenging times is important to Cluttons, a
partnership of chartered surveyors, founded in 1765. Through a network
of offices in the U.K., Europe, Middle East, South Africa and the
Caribbean, Cluttons offer a very wide range of professional property
management, agency and consultancy services across the commercial and
residential sectors, for both investors and occupiers. In recent years,
Cluttons delivered Microsoft Windows desktop, including Microsoft
Office, IBM Lotus Notes and business applications to its users via a
virtualized environment based on Citrix. Now it plans to switch from
Office to Symphony, used with Lotus Notes 8.5.
Cluttons IT Director, stated, "The opportunity to use fully supported
office productivity tools as part of the deployment of Lotus Notes 8.5
was too good an opportunity to be missed. We plan to use the cost
saving to further invest in Lotus productivity tool sets."
John Lewis Partnership
Symphony customer, The John Lewis Partnership (JLP), owns the leading
U.K. retail businesses Waitrose, John Lewis and Greenbee. All 69,000 of
its permanent staff are partners who own 27 John Lewis department
stores, 210 Waitrose supermarkets (www.waitrose.com), an online and catalogue business, johnlewis.com (www.johnlewis.com), a direct services company, Greenbee (www.greenbee.com), a production unit and a farm with nearly £6.9 billion in revenue in 2008.
was determined to control costs within a competitive retail environment
to deliver first-class service and products to John Lewis customers. It
plans to deploy Symphony to approximately 8,000 employees. Providing
Microsoft Office to all staff in John Lewis Department Stores was
evaluated, but determined to be cost-prohibitive."
Equally important becomes the question: how can we make Villages smarter so that maybe more people can be living in the villages. Here is a discussion I have started on this targeting a little state Kerala in India and how we can lead change...
"Under Microsoft's planned enterprise licensing rules, businesses that
buy PCs before April 23, 2010, with Windows 7 preinstalled can
downgrade them to Windows XP, then later upgrade them to Windows 7 when
they're ready to migrate their users. But PCs bought on or after April
23 can only be downgraded to Vista -- which is of no help for XP-based
organizations, Silver notes -- and could cause major headaches and add
more costs to the Windows 7 migration effort." http://www.infoworld.com/d/windows/microsofts-looming-windows-7-licensing-disaster-xp-users-639
"Both Forrester Research and Gartner advise clients to wait 12 to 18
months after Windows 7 ships before adopting the new OS, so they can
test compatibility of their hardware and software, as well as ensure
their vendors' Windows 7 support meets their needs. But Microsoft's
six-month downgrade restriction for XP means that the businesses that
chose not to install Vista have to rush the migration process. Or they
can spend extra money and enroll in Microsoft's Software Assurance
program, which then lets them install any OS version at the price of
the extra yearly fee (about $90) per PC."
IT needs to work through several other issues when figuring out its Windows 7 migration strategy, Silver points out.
Microsoft has yet to make public the details of its
Technology Guarantee program or even say if there will be one that
covers business purchases. The Technology Guarantee program gives free
upgrades to Windows 7 on PCs purchased after a certain date. That's
crucial for businesses that plan to adopt Windows 7 soon, so they can
time their hardware purchases to avoid paying for a Windows 7 upgrade
shortly after buying a PC shipping with Vista.
applications designed for XP or Vista run on Windows 7, that's no
guarantee that the software vendor will support them on Windows 7.
by guidance from Microsoft to abandon evaluation of currently-shipping
products, Microsoft customers are choosing IBM Lotus software, driven
by the higher return on investment and easier deployment of Lotus
software, and lower TCO. Customers include: The Coca-Cola Company, HSBC, ABB,
BASF, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fidelity Investments, Hyundai, Liberty
Mutual, Linde Group, Mass Mutual, Nationwide, State Bank of India, and
30 percent of new Lotus Sametime
unified communications customers are Microsoft Outlook and Exchange
More than four million downloads of
a record 20,000customers
attended Lotus events this year, an increase of 39 percent worldwide
State Bank of India has agreed to
the largest installation of Notes and Domino 8 e-mail and collaboration
software in an emerging market to date, and the largest Lotus deal in
recent history. The software, installation and maintenance package,
which will enable the bank to communicate more effectively on-line,
will eventually be used by 300,000 bank employees, more than three
times the number who currently have access to e-mail. It will allow
them to better exchange information through Web 2.0-enabled instant
messaging, file and folder sharing, bulletin boards and discussion
Developers appear to be shifting away from Microsoft Windows to Linux and Mac OSX for their development operating system. 26.9% of respondents cite Linux was as primary desktop operating system, representing a 7 percentage point increase from 2007. Though Windows is still the dominant development OS at 64%, it has decreased 10 percentage points from 2007. The most popular Linux variant of choice among developers is Ubuntu, which accounts for over half of Linux respondents. Mac OSX has increase to 6.9% from 3.5% in 2007.
Linux is taking an increase share of the deployment operating system environment. 42.7% of the respondents selected Linux as their deployment environment; an increase from 37% in 2007. Ubuntu (12%) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (10.2%) are the leading Linux distros.
This is well supported by the IBM Workforce & Talent Solutions (WTS) offering that integrates
services from Human Capital Management practice with a wide range of
tools, technologies and IBM Research projects, including Saba's
learning and people management applications. WTS is the first holistic
offering in the talent management marketplace that addresses the
science of people management throughout the entire employee lifecycle.
"Innovation in outsourcing is particularly crucial in this very tough
economic climate as it can help the IT function to run more
cost-effectively and more efficiently,"
IBM can build innovation
projects into existing outsourcing contracts by allowing clients to
work with leading IBM researchers and become part of the think tank,
dispatch innovation experts to meet with clients a few times a year or
dedicate scientists on a full-time basis.
corporate world is unsure just how well it can trust Microsoft's
Windows 7. Windows Vista was a nightmare that most companies didn't
adopt. Internet Explorer is in the news, thanks to a security breach.
And Windows Mobile
is still the also-ran in the market..."
security woes are troublesome. Not only is Windows not nearly as secure
as users would like, but Internet Explorer is causing trouble for users
as well. "
quick glance around many of the markets where Microsoft operates
reveals a staggering issue: the competition is innovating far more
rapidly than Microsoft. "
strategies have focused mainly on the short term. The future of
software is, at least by most accounts, centered on the Web. And yet,
as the most important software company in the industry, Microsoft is
lagging behind the Web software innovators. That's a major blunder"
This the second part of the news http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/29205.wss
1. Canonical announced offering support for Lotus Symphony, one of the core components of IBM Client for Smart Work, through Channel Partners 2. ZSL announced ICSW based PowerCube DaaS in India, USA, Africa 3. Virtual Bridges announced market momentum, and venture funding from Austin Ventures 4. IBM opened IBM Open Company Center in Waltham Innovation Center in MA...
We announced IBM Cient for Smart Work in India today at Lotusphere... This is all around ECOSYSTEM build out... 1. Simmtronics, top 5 memory manufacturer in the world announced global agreement that ships ICSW on their Simmbooks in India, USA, and many other countries worldwide.. 2. In partnership with Canonical (primarily) and with Red Hat on a selective basis 3. Academic Initiative center of excellences with 3 engineering colleges in the state of kerala 4. ZSL announced Powercube DaaS in India, Africa, USA 5. Zyxware, IBM and Canonical business partner piloting ICSW in Technopark in Kerala http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/29205.wss
As of October 2009, about 9% of 1,414 business technology professionals
surveyed by InformationWeek Analytics said that their organizations
made extensive use of netbooks and 19% predicted they would make
extensive use of them by 2011. About 33 million netbooks were shipped
worldwide in 2009.
The worldwide thin client market may grow to 7 million units in 2012, from 2.9 million in 2007, according to IDC. Gartner (IT) expects that by 2014, 15% of traditional professional desktop PCs will be replaced by so-called virtual desktops,
which also leave most computing and storage tasks to a centrally
located computer, rather than maintain them at the employee's
"For every dollar I spent buying a PC, I spent 50¢ to the dollar every
year maintaining it," Kapoor says. "There's a lot of technical
expertise that's required to do that maintenance." iQor has eliminated
its help desk and, before long, expects to cut its IT staff to about a
quarter its previous size.
Short and sweet top 10 list of issues with Windows 7:
To net it out... 1. Too much of a learning curve 2. Upgrade challenged from XP (forget it), from Vista (recent study had 30% of responders having issues) 3. Security 4. Bloatware 5. Not value for Enterprise 6. Starter edition a non starter 7. search needs to get better 8. little online integration
"The company will be allowed to provide technical support
to Word customers, but it will be barred from instructing users on how
to use the custom XML editor or from marketing copies of Word that
allegedly violate the patent."
The concept of using text messaging to improve stock management of
life-saving medicines was developed by pharmaceutical company Novartis
and a team of international students taking part in IBM's internship
program, Extreme Blue.
After visits to clinics, hospitals and dispensaries across Tanzania,
IBM, Novartis and Vodafone initiated a five-month pilot of the SMS for
Life solution, covering 135 villages and over a million people in
different geographic locations across Tanzania.
"The Darpa Network Challenge, which took place on Saturday,
offered a cash prize for the first group to successfully locate 10
large red weather balloons hidden at a string of secret locations
across the US.
Open source development process: Quoting Eric Raymond: "The pattern is simple and compelling. Where we have open-source
software, we have peer review and high reliability. Where we don't,
reliability suffers terribly." "Microsoft Windows machines are subject to frequent lockups,
generally require rebooting more than once a week, and need periodic
re-installation from scratch to eliminate problems such as registry
creep and DLL conflicts." Linux systems, on the other hand, "are so stable that many only go offline when brought down for hardware fixes and upgrades."
" Windows and Microsoft Update only do a handful of Microsoft
applications. With Linux, the OS updater application handles software
from other companies too. Huge plus for Linux. Huge."
Reliability: "The biggest and most unwelcome surprise in the survey was that Windows
Server 2003 downtime increased by 25% to nearly 9 hours of per server,
per year downtime compared to the results it achieved in Yankee Group's
2006 Global Server Reliability Survey." - Yankee group 2007-8 survey results.
Linux is superior to Windows in the areas of licensing, flexibility,
command-line control, peer support and community, centralized
application installation, security, cost of ownership, and
interoperability - Jack Wallen 2008 TechRepublic
"Microsoft has issued a security advisory to acknowledge a crippling
denial-of-service flaw affecting its newest operating systems — Windows
7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
In the absence of a patch, Microsoft recommends that affected users
block TCP ports 139 and 445 at the firewall. Windows users should also
block all SMB communications to and from the Internet to help prevent
Interesting survey results in Italy (translated): Open Office: over 50% of companies use it
Written by Redazione MG News
"The more that the pain could fasting" said the Count Ugolino in his Divine Comedy.
"More than the doubts, could cut the budget" - they say the computer
more and more decisively the Veneto are adopting open source Open Office suite.
In fact, according to a survey conducted on the premises of the Club Bit of Unindustria Treviso, now more than 50% of companies adopted a package of office productivity that goes into direct competition with Microsoft Office.
The main reason is obviously that you save the cost of licenses, which mean for companies with 100 or more employees tens of thousands per year.
It 'also true that by now have mostly been allayed the
concerns relating to Open Office and that the problems were mainly
technical assistance.Many companies are now able to care about the package.Anyway, companies can also easily make do with the strength of supporting documentation, and specific groups online.
Among other significant results of the survey: 63% in the company adopts open source operating systems, the most notable of which is definitely Linux.
Must read. Preston calls out on Ballmer's recent comments:
Ballmer told The New York Times
that IBM made a mistake when it quit the PC, hard disk, and networking
equipment businesses, because companies need to diversify if they want
to profit over the long term. Here's what he told the Times:
"I.B.M. is the company that is notable for going the
other direction. I.B.M.'s footprint is more narrow today than it was
when I started. I am not sure that has been to the long-term benefit of
I.B.M.'s strategy has worked out O.K. for its
investors over the last decade. Shares of I.B.M. are up about 30
percent since 1999, while shares of Microsoft have dropped about 30
percent over the same time span.
Meanwhile, most U.S. businesses skipped
upgrading to Windows Vista after it was introduced in 2007, and stuck
with Windows XP. To use Windows 7, most will need to buy new computers.
IBM this week launched a marketing blitz touting big savings to be had
by switching to Linux.
"Organizations are facing change either way they go," says Sheri McLeish, business software analyst at Forrester Research. "Linux and Symphony are more mature technologies today and can be a viable alternative."
Key messages: 1. low cost Microsoft desktop alternative - opportunity for business/governments to free up significant money in IT budget that can self fund mission critical initiatives 2. options include - Lotus Symphony and LotusLive iNotes/Connections on Ubuntu on Netbooks - Lotus Symphony, Lotus Notes/iNotes, Lotus Connections, Lotus Sametime, on Ubuntu / Red Hat on desktops/laptops - options to add Virtual linux desktops using VERDE from Virtual Bridges - use IBM BPM modeling tool and SOA services offered by IBM/Business Partners - IBM Global Technology Services End User Services, IBM/Canonical Business Partner services 3. Community in Lotus Greenhouse for IBM Academic Initiative faculty members
"The IBM Client for Smart Work offers university faculty,
administration and students a Linux-based unified communication,
collaboration and information exchange platform that potentially will
facilitate sought after campus synergies," said Jeffrey A. Lasky,
Professor and Chair, Department of Information Sciences and
Technologies, GCCIS, Rochester Institute of Technology.
"Canonical is proud to partner with IBM to help open up the American
corporate desktop through Ubuntu," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of
Ubuntu and CEO of Canonical. "IBM's smart client package running on
Ubuntu will allow U.S. organizations the financial freedom to
redistribute the costs of expensive software licenses into IT projects
that will innovate and drive critical growth."
"If a company is a 'Windows shop,' at some point it will need to
evaluate the significant costs of migrating its base to Microsoft's
next desktop," said Bob Picciano, General Manager, IBM Lotus Software.
"American businesses have asked for a compelling alternative that can
help them free up PC expenses to use for more strategic collaboration
and business transformation projects."
For example, the IBM Client for Smart Work can equip the members of
a company's marketing, sales and research departments with the means to
quickly and efficiently collaborate. Business process modeling (BPM)
can show workflows between sales and marketing, but very little between
sales and research or marketing and research. Based on expertise
residing in those functions and informal networks discovered through
modeling, a company could find powerful insights from research playing
an important role in sales and marketing efforts. It may turn out that
an expert in R&D might be a company's greatest resource for
marketing content, but this expertise has to be identified and shared
in order to provide the highest value to the organization. Through
online communities on LotusLive.com, this kind of insight can be tapped
as needed for the benefit of an entire organization.
can use the IBM BPM suite components such as WebSphere Dynamic Process
Edition as required. Business leaders and business analysts can
discover and explore business-relevant content to help them understand,
experience, and accelerate business process management using IBM BPM
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.
community appearance and move widgets around on the
community home page.
Add activities, blogs, wikis,
and file sharing services in addition to
bookmarks, feeds, and forum capabilities.
Discussion forum now displays threads in a more conversational format
with user photos.
A statistics feature indicates the most popular
discussion topics in a community and provides insight into which users
are the most active participants. Important discussion topics can be
highlighted with the capability to pin them at the top of the forum.
new Wiki service allows designated users to create, view, edit and
contribute to content that is uploaded to the intranet-style
collaborative Web site. Offers automatic versioning and a "show changes" view.
Micro-blogging: allows users to
post status updates on tasks they are working on.
A new message board feature offers a place on a user's
profile page where colleagues can post messages and comment on status
New, Web-based file sharing library for
users to easily upload and securely share content such as presentations
New integrated mobile support for iPhone and
Nokia S60 devices allows access to the Lotus Connections Profiles,
Activities and Blog services
Lotus Software GM Bob Picciano has grown tired of the "hot wind" blowing out of Redmond carrying claims that Exchange is displacing Notes and is singling out CEO Steve Ballmer and COO Kevin Turner as the main culprits spreading
"ridiculous and fabricated" information
Picciano says customers are expanding their investment in Lotus
software and he cited as examples Accenture, BASF, Chrysler, Coca-Cola,
Colgate-Palmolive, Continental AG, Finishline, General Motors,
GlaxoSmithKline, Gruppo Amadori, KBC Bank, Nationwide, Novartis,
Phillips Electronics and PNC Bank.
AND this training of Linux vs Windows 7 for Best Buy employees (see my previous blog entry on this)..
"Inaccurate statements include the assertion that Linux vendors offer no authorized support, and that iPod
or video chat support is not available on Linux. One particularly
laughable statement is that Linux is not as secure as Windows 7." http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS3377584759.html
All of this, after acknowledging their worries of Linux - Canonical, Red Hat as well as Netbooks in their SEC filing...
Upgrade from Windows XP to 7 64bit? No. Think twice. Migrate from Windows XP to 7 64bit? Well that is the right thinking, but lots of issues... - Sure, you have to reinstall all applications, save data externally and then copy back after installing the OS But - Watch out for missing device drivers - Watch out for application incompatibility - Not just that it is not available/wont work in Windows 7 but it doesnt support 64bit hardware
Check this out: A new report by Directions on Microsoft analysts Paul DeGroot and Rob
Horwitz called "5 Reasons Why Microsoft Licensing Is Hard" claims that
Microsoft licensing isn't likely to get any easier any time soon..."
Microsoft doesn't think there's a problem," report co-writer DeGroot
said in an interview Wednesday. "The money keeps rolling in ...
Microsoft looks at the numbers and the reality is that most customers
don't have a choice."
And despite Microsoft's rosy view of things, he said that some
enterprise customers have chosen not to renew their contracts this year
because "the customer doesn't understand the value of what they bought
or how they bought it," DeGroot said."
"Microsoft has traditionally not embraced the concept of VDI. For the
longest time it was actually a technical violation of the Windows
desktop license agreement to use Windows for VDI. Then when Microsoft finally changed that policy, they did so by
creating a license called "VECD" (for Vista Enterprise Centralized
Desktop) which is a new license that's required in addition to your Vista Enterprise license. .. Oh yeah, VECD is only available if you have Software Assurance. .. Microsoft created a new license bundle called the "Microsoft Virtual
Desktop Infrastructure Suite," which, like most Microsoft products, is
available in multiple editions. This suite is not a new product, but
rather a hodge-podge bundle of most of the different things you'll need
to start using Microsoft's VDI platform. ... The problem is that the "suite" is just a sort of random collection of various products that aren't really related. ..." The Microsoft VDI Suite starts at $21 per user, per year.,
"We need 6.7 million just to replace losses from the current recession,
then an additional 10 million to keep up with population growth and to
spark demand over the next decade. In the 1990s the U.S. economy
created a net 22 million jobs, or 2.2 million a year. But from 2000 to
the end of 2007, the rate plunged to 900,000 a year. The pipeline is
dry because the U.S. business model is broken."
We really need them Now. So what is the best way to spend stimulus funds to transform R&D? Ask NIH - with $8.2B extramural funding, apparently they received more than 20,000 applications for the latest recovery act call for proposals.
Could researchers work smarter by collaborating more effectively across geographies and research organizations? Can clinicians connect with researchers as well as patient candidates more effectively to cut through the inefficiencies? We have the technology, We know how to address the cultural differences. Yes we can. Attend one of these events: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/events/smarter-collaboration/live/
Governments and research institutions are thinking out of the box to establish joint ventures --- public-private partnerships.
Would outsourced R&D be the right investment? Could get more researchers for sure.. Maybe pair commercial ventures here with outsourced R&D? How about funding retraining schools, like finishing schools?
Maybe organizations such as IEEE and ACM should champion such efforts in IT? Similar organizations in other domains...
Yes. Dell said that one third of Netbooks are shipping on Linux. Also, contrary to Microsoft COO's claims that Linux netbook returns were 4 to 5 time higher than Windows, Dell confirmed that the returns are the same as Windows!! http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS5214623279.html
1. Canonical (Ubuntu) and RedHat added to the Windows Client competitor list. 2. "Netbooks opened Microsoft to the possibility that some other OS could
get its grip on the desktop, however briefly," said Rob Helm, director
of research for Directions on Microsoft. "Now it's alert to that
possibility going forward."
3. Concerned about OEM partners, HP and Intel supporting Linux on their PCs..
"Head offices and individual desks are likely to disappear in favour of
hot desks, collaborative spaces and decor that adapts to a worker's
"By 2030," she said, "all these pieces of kit will be embedded throughout the environment and become completely transparent."... "A
fully integrated set of technologies will follow users wherever they
are," said Dr Puybaraud.
"The whole focus is on user empowerment. Walls could become screens showing diaries,
documents or video conferences. Homes and cars would measure mood and
tune surroundings to, for instance, soothe a worker if they were
A tiny smart mobile, with a folding screen and a powerful
pico-projector could be the gadget that co-ordinates the way
information is passed on, speculated the Johnson control report...
"Free" Open Source Portals: Myth, Hype, or Reality?
Go beyond software license fees when evaluating a portal solution
Event Date: 07/07/2009 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
These days “free” open source sounds appealing, but not every open
source alternative delivers the desired business results. Join
Forrester Research analyst Matt Brown to learn why it’s important to
think beyond license fees when evaluating a portal solution – and why
IBM customers choose market-leading IBM WebSphere Portal over open
source portal alternatives.
"The IT team originally tried building a new e-commerce system based on a Windows platform, but the solution did not meet Discount Tire’s performance, reliability and stability needs. Additionally, Discount Tire’s use of IBM Lotus Domino Server was a critical aspect of its daily ability to meet business demands. Previously running on Windows, the lack of reliability and consistent downtime of its Lotus software was critically impacting its day-to-day operations.
After extensive testing and load balancing, Discount Tire selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux for its critical systems. Since, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform has run Discount Tire’s entire e-commerce operation, as well as numerous internal applications, including its Lotus Domino application" Check out http://www.lotusonredhat.com
"The new community enables companies to gain real-time access to IBM
subject matter experts to support sales leads and client
implementations. Partners can also create personalized profiling tools
to develop online communities that make their skills visible to other
partners, connect with them on new technology innovations and joint
sales leads and develop and deliver new technologies online through
interactive forums before test-marketing or taking offerings directly
to clients" http://finance.yahoo.com/news/IBM-Launches-New-Social-prnews-15478032.html?.v=1
"Based on Lotus Connections, IBM's enterprise networking and
collaboration technology, PartnerWorld Communities enables members to
collaborate through a secure network that connects people around a
focused task or goal using blogs, forums, private teaming spaces for
solution design and market planning activities, social bookmarking and
RSS feeds for real-time access to key topics of interest"
A great example is partnering to go win Stimulus funding...
"The medical home -- an enhanced care model -- provides comprehensive
and timely care and payment reform, emphasizing the central role of
primary care. At the core of the medical home is preservation of the
patient’s personal, long-term relationship with a primary care
physician. Patients who have a personal physician will incur less
healthcare expenditures and lower mortality rates. Another key component of the medical home is the team approach (physician, nurse, nurse practitioner,
patient educator, pharmacist and other care givers) to
As you can see in this table below, a lot is about Smarter Collaboration, between patient and care providers as well as between care providers...
"Microsoft has failed to renew a key government-wide purchasing deal
for Windows, opening the door to greater use of open-source software. .. A government spokeswoman said
the government looks for value for money, fitness for purpose, and
strategic benefit in its negotiations. "We didn't feel we got the
appropriate levels of benefit from the negotiations," she told Computerworld." (http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/5FA015D542415324CC2575C100804A31)