Social Business transformation
Saving lives with SMS for life in African countries -- IBM, Vodaphone, Novartis, Roll Back Malaria partnership
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Check out this great application of technology to address real issues in developing countries - this one in Tanzania, Africa:
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.
Congrats MIT team for winning the DARPA challenge...
"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.Competitors were asked to use the internet and social networking sites to discover the whereabouts of the balloons" ...
Way to go..
Michael Neubarth wrote on Linux vs Windows here: http://www.ciozone.com/index.php?option=com_myblog&show=Is-Linux-Better-Than-Windows-.html&Itemid=713
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
Not sure why Microsoft took time to acknowledge this?
"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 attacks."
Interesting survey results in Italy (translated):
Open Office: over 50% of companies use it
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.'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.http://blogs.computerworld.com/14838/ballmer_ibm_should_ignore_profits_get_back_into_the_hardware_business
Check out this USA Today print article:
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."
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IBM announced IBM Client for Smart Work in USA.
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.
Companies 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 BlueWorks.
InformationWeek: Our research shows that only 16% of IT pros have plans to deploy Windows 7 in the first 12 months, and about 50% had no plans or don't know of their companies' plans.
Windows 7 can bring new efficiencies says Ballmer!
Meanwhile a survey by Scriptlogic http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Windows/Microsoft-Windows-7-Will-Be-Skipped-By-Six-in-10-Companies-Says-Survey-464818/ says that 6 our of 10 companies will skip Windows 7 "migration" or the so called "upgrade"..
Check it out:
IBM WebSphere Portal is ahead of Microsoft SharePoint and Oracle in the Gartner magic quadrant for 2009 portals
Dont want to call this a pattern, but looks like Google is going thru some challenges...
Yet another outage.
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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