This is about making organizations as smart as our people....http://www.ibm.com/ibm/ideasfromibm/us/smartplanet/topics/businessproductivity/20090504/index1.shtml
"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.
Great article in the Time magazine (May 25,2009) on the future of work...http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1898024_1898023,00.html
- 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
10 Jobs predicted to grow the most in numbers by 2016:
- 28% of the workforce will telecommute full or part time, up from 12% in 2000 (per Gartner)
- Run by a generation with new values
- Women will increasingly be at the controls
- 83% of all consumer purchase decisions are done by women
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 aides10 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
10 makeup artists, theatrical and performance
1. Activity Streams drives Systems Integration across People and Internet of things
2. Expertise on demand re-defines how work gets done
3. Every Employee becomes a brand advocate
4. Social serious gaming dominates user engagement
5. Your customer will manage your reputation
6. Workers determine performance and incentives
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
- data at rest: apply traditional database joins
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
- IBM Research center for Social Business is driving new waves of innovation http://research.ibm.com/social
- IBM is a Social Business #IBMSocialBiz #IBMsocbiz
Today’s customers expect more. They expect you to know them as
individuals, to anticipate their needs and to surprise them with
interesting new products and services. Yet the traditional approaches
to innovation and customer intimacy are hopelessly archaic in today’s
Learn how social business and an end-to-end approach
to commerce can change the way you interact with your customers,
building their loyalty and your brand.
- Understand how to leverage both a Social
Business and Smarter Commerce to create exceptional experiences for your
clients and enable the employees who engage them.
- Hear how leading organizations are building loyalty in their brand is ways never seen before.
- Discover that the ways in which people
interact, relationships form, decisions are made, work is accomplished
and goods are purchased.
- Listen to clients detailing how a new breed of
customer is dictating a new set of terms in the dynamic between buyers
- Interact with a panel of peers, thought leaders and IBM subject matter experts.
Great video on social selling in action with SugarCRM and IBM Connections -- rfp response scenario... check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3CnYJImchc
Join IBM and InformationWeek at this live event with portions being
broadcast live from New York City on 9/13, 1PM est as we explore the changing face of
business at an exclusive leadership summit. Learn from market-leading
organizations who are already seeing the benefits of being social
today... and discover how to enable more employees to be innovators and
more customers to be advocates.
Good discussion in Technewsworld on adoption of Linux based Netbooks (32%), the predicted surge in 2010 with ARM based Netbooks which will run ONLY Linux...http://www.technewsworld.com/story/68922.htmlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnzvtfGnGtI
'Death of the Desktop'
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."
Windows 7 sparklers?
Oh well... Check it out. No surprises but good facts on why you want to consider alternatives to Windows 7...http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/software/os/0,1000001098,39828572-1,00.htm
And security holes?
"UAC was neutered too much by Microsoft," argued Chester Wisniewski, a
senior security advisory with Sophos, talking about Windows' Users
Account Control (UAC), the security feature Microsoft debuted with
Vista.http://www.infoworld.com/d/windows/windows-7-more-vulnerable-malware-vista-says-researcher-891?source=IFWNLE_nlt_daily_2009-11-04How about Office 2010?
Infoworld says: Clunky, Slow!! and obviously expensive...http://www.infoworld.com/d/windows/why-i-hate-microsoft-office-2010-586?source=IFWNLE_nlt_daily_2009-11-17
So why not IBM Client for Smart Work
A point of view from Novell CMO:
- Google Chrome OS would be available in 2010
- Microsoft Windows 7
- iPhone: 5.2 million units sold in the third quarter alone.
finally, in the face of economic pressures and shrinking IT budgets,
reports show that Linux adoption is on the rise, especially on netbooks
and mobile devices.
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...
See details here: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/28400.wss
"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
Interesting analysis by Applicable in UK, modelled for 500-4000 users:
Cost of adding advanced collaboration capabilities: compare between IBM and Microsoft:
- IBM Solutions are up to 37% cheaper based on Infrastructure costs and subsequent user support costs.
- When licensing costs are introduced, particularly those of Microsoft Office – this saving is more pronounced.http://www.applicable.com/news/Pages/TCOWhitePapersComparingIBMandMicrosoftDeploymentCosts.aspx
You got to sign up for this jam folks: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/solutions/smartwork/virtual/?S_CMP=social
- Government - How can technology help government encourage broader participation and facilitate business growth?
- Healthcare - What new possibilities to make health services more affordable, accessible, and personalized are taking shape as people, data, and processes become more connected?
- How can collaboration help business process management evolve to drive optimization for all parties involved?
- How do we maximize the talents of the @generation while transferring knowledge and optimizing our ways of working across generations?
- What does the future of teamwork look like as teams become more global, virtual, dynamic, and comfortable with technology than ever before?
- What will work look like in 2020? What ideas can we apply in surprising ways?
- What opportunities will emerge as we harness newly possible input and output from mobile people beyond the traditional boundaries of our organizations?
More about Smart Work here: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/solutions/smartwork/
Check out this quote:
"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
For those who havent seen the news on this outage: http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE58170H20090902
"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."
Ready for some statistics?
- A typical organization loses 5.3 hours per employee per week due to inefficient processes impacting how they work.
- Nearly two hours each day are spent looking for the right expertise and information to do our jobs.
- Two-thirds of people believe there are colleagues who can help them do their jobs better...but they don't know how to find them.
Join us for the IBM Smart Work Videocast and Global Jam: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMSApzRTjMs&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fw3.ibm.com%2Fnews%2Fw3news%2Ftop_stories%2F2009%2F08%2Fstgswg_smart_work_launch.html&feature=player_embedded
You can drive a bus through some of Windows 7 holes, says Andrew Gracia - the eWeek Signalling IT blogger http://blogs.eweek.com/signaling_it/content001/windows/you_can_drive_a_bus_through_some_windows_7_holes.html
"Honestly, it's hard to take Microsoft seriously about the security of
its products when you can drive a bus through some of their holes"
Many of you might have seen this statistics:
By 2011, IBM expects the number of mobile phone users to hit ONE Billion.
IBM will be investing $100M over the next 5 years in mobile computing efforts - emerging market mobility, mobile enterprise enablement, enterprise to end-user mobile experience, etc.. (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/IBM-to-Invest-100-Million-in-prnews-15546580.html?.v=1
"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...
Symphony 1.3 is readyhttp://finance.yahoo.com/news/IBM-Unleashes-New-Symphony-prnews-1726643700.html?x=0&.v=1
- 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
- Provides animation
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."
With more than 70% of people predicted to live in cities by 2050, the debate is on around how cities can get smarter
: http://www.ibm.com/ibm/ideasfromibm/us/smartplanet/index.shtml#ibm-video?&re=sp5 http://www.ibm.com/ibm/ideasfromibm/us/smartplanet/topics/cities/20090309/index.shtml?&re=spf
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...http://teamkita.ning.com/profiles/blogs/is-kerala-ready-for-embracing
Oh oh.. Must Read
"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.
- Even if
applications designed for XP or Vista run on Windows 7, that's no
guarantee that the software vendor will support them on Windows 7.
This Zdnet blog points out several alternatives. But the best one for many would be to just move out to Linux and Mac...http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=4665&tag=nl.e550
Go liberate (http://www.ibm.com/software/info/liberate
), and then figure out alternative migration and virtualization strategies (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient
Check out this announcement: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Companies-Choosing-Lotus-prnews-15442873.html?.v=1
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
Eclipse.org 2009 Community Survey results are available here: http://www.eclipse.org/org/press-release/Eclipse_Survey_2009_final.pdf
. A good summary is available in Computerworld: http://www.computerworlduk.com/community/blogs/index.cfm?entryid=2222&blogid=14
- 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.
As you can imagine, one of the key drivers for collaboration is to learn just in time and over a period of time...
Saba and IBM announced Saba as the learning accelerator for IBM WebSphere Portal.
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.
The Bathwick Group has declared IBM the leader for building innovation into large-scale outsourcing contracts in Europe.http://finance.yahoo.com/news/IBM-Named-Innovation-Leader-prnews-15169817.html?.v=1
"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.
Peter Coy in the May 11th 2009 Business week issue wrote this article "help wanted" describing the 3Million jobs currently (as of beginning of March 2009) out there in USA that folks are having a difficult time filling up: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_19/b4130040117561.htm?campaign_id=rss_daily
This 3Million number maps to bureau of labor statistics JOLTS report, conference board, etc.
The openings are in accounting, health care, government, and education...
Challenges described include lack of right skills, people not being able to relocate due to the housing challenge...
So what if the government and entrepreneurs start leveraging smarter collaboration capabilities to
(a) train people on new skills?
(b) go mobile, work from home/remote?
Three articles of interest:
1. Redhats: City of Vienna, Austria has selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux as its server platform of choice. (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2062154,00.asp)
2. Redmondians: Apparently some see a pattern exemplified by the Microsoft - Novell alliance:
- Microsoft agreed to pay Novell $536M in Nov 2006
- Microsoft agreed to invest $150M in Apple in Aug 1997
- Microsoft paid AOL $750M in May 2003 - including other things: royalty free 7yr license of Microsoft browsing technology
- Microsoft paid Sun $1.95B in April 2004...
The question to ask is: What interoperability capability came out of such a level of collaboration with Microsoft? See what InfoWorld has to say: http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/11/21/48OPreality_1.html
3. So what is the meaning of the Microsoft-Novell deal? Looks like Novell and Microsoft disagree... seems like more Microsoft FUD for sure: http://news.com.com/Microsoft%2C+Novell+spar+over+Linux+agreement/2100-7344_3-6137444.html
Check out this cool demo of deploying Web Experience suites on IBM PureSystems:
Sandy on becoming a social business...
What has the IBM Power 7 launch got to do with Smarter Collaboration?
Primarily on TCO, Total Cost of Ownership...
For example, Lotus Domino on POWER7 consumes 4.9 times less processing resource per task than Microsoft Exchange on Nehalem. So what? Well Lotus Domino can support more users at 40% less cost!
WebSphere Application Server on POWER7 can give around 4x the transaction throughput of .Net on same number of Nehalem cores.
Imagine the productivity and cost benefits to 100s of millions of Lotus collaboration software users...
Imagine the boost to 10s of millions of Domino applications in use...
Talk about influencer marketing...
Can the Linux community follow Linus Torvald's endorsement of Google Nexus One smartphone and move masses out of iPhone?
Check out this eWeek article: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/10-Reasons-Why-the-Linux-Community-Could-Influence-iPhone-Sales-124461/
This could get interesting if the Linux community increases adoption of Apple's user interface design principles...
Interesting analysis on why America needs to innovate, quickly : http://www.minyanville.com/articles/economy-innovatation-jobs-unemployment-graduates-PhDs-students-xerox-microsoft-bell+labs-ibm/index/a/26717/from/yahoo
"The future of America is presently in peril, not just because of the
shadowy ways of the "banksters," but because of a sputtering innovation
engine that's had the fuel choked off"...
And this article in New York Times by Dick Brass who was a Microsoft VP around 2004: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/04/opinion/04brass.html
on Microsoft's creative distruction:
"But the much more important question is why Microsoft, America’s most
famous and prosperous technology company, no longer brings us the future"...
"No one in his right mind should wish Microsoft failure. And yet it is failing, even as it reports record earnings."
"Microsoft has become a clumsy, uncompetitive innovator. Its products
are lampooned, often unfairly but sometimes with good reason."
"Microsoft is no longer considered the cool or cutting-edge place to
work. There has been a steady exit of its best and brightest."
Watched Avatar in Imax. What a treat. The whole family enjoyed every bit of it...
Interesting to see this article on "is this concept really possible": http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/02/03/avatar.technology.science/index.html?hpt=C2
. Personally I dont think its gonna take centuries to realize this vision. Probably a decade. I bet :-)
This is quite an interesting list -- top 10 security/quality issues Microsoft should address asap -- per eWeekhttp://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/10-Security-Quality-Issues-Microsoft-Must-Address-Quickly-714807/1/"The
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
What is the difference between IBM Cloud and Microsoft/HP Cloud?
- innovations around proven market leading IBM software and hardware capabilities
- Microsoft customers are moving to IBM Cloud - example Panasonic adopting LotusLive
- They recently agreed to agree with a claim of $250M in the next 3 years
- Microsoft customers are moving to IBM Cloud
Stay tuned for more news on this...
Check this out...
380,000 Panasonic users will start using IBM Lotus web mail, cloud software.. Their US users are switching from Microsoft to IBM Lotus.http://www.reuters.com/article/idCNN1220082920100114?rpc=44
Good writeup on customers trending towards desktop alternatives..http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jan2010/tc2010014_392808.htm?campaign_id=yhoo
Excerpts from this article:
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)
5. Not value for Enterprise
6. Starter edition a non starter
7. search needs to get better
8. little online integrationhttp://www.eweek.com/c/a/Windows/10-Issues-Microsoft-Still-Hasnt-Addressed-In-Windows-7-251003/
This Wall Street Journal article says it all, almost all: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704234304574626541267909328.html?mod=WSJ_newsreel_technology
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...
Stop selling Microsoft Word by Jan 11th 2010.
Pay $290M to i4i
Says U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to Microsoft today, Dec 22nd 2009! http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/corporate/microsoft_loses_i4i_appeal_faces_unappealing_options.html
"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."
Customers do have a choice. Switch to Lotus Symphony, adopt IBM Client for Smart Work.. http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient
Great writeup on the latest Dell mini 10 netbook on Ubuntu:http://blogs.computerworld.com/15289/dell_introduces_best_ubuntu_netbook_ever
"Microsoft has restricted Windows 7 Starter to make sure it's no competition for the more full-featured versions of Windows 7. "
Here is an ASUS Eee PC on LInux: http://www.amazon.com/8-9-Inch-Netbook-Mobile-Processor-Battery/dp/B001AJNA02
Simmbook on Ubuntu: http://simmtronics.com/simmbook.php
And interesting predictions on Netbooks on Linux here: http://www.netbooknews.com/1586/netbook-market-trend-predictions-2010/
Check out this great application of technology to address real issues in developing countries - this one in Tanzania, Africa:http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Saving-Lives-with-SMS-for-prnews-1152825160.html?x=0&.v=1
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...http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/dec/07/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?http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=4938&tag=nl.e550
"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.