A new name and a (slightly) new direction. Telco talk will add Business Process Management within the Telco OSS/BSS arena to the potential subjects we'll cover here. The old Industry Business Partner Technical Strategy Enablement (IBPTSE) team's role remains an important part of IBM's Telecom strategy, so I will probably still cover partner capabilities and content here. I know the blog is pretty much about telco, but I reserve the right to comment on other industries as well :-) I plan to talk about resources that are available to IBM Business Partners, some of the latest issues we are seeing in Telecom, some discussion of IBM software technology and some thoughts on IBM's Smarter Planet initiatives.
I am sitting here in Singapore and reading today's Straits Times, keeping up with the affairs in the region and around the world where on page 3 (the most important page in a newspaper after the front page) is an article about the leaked/lost next generation iPhone that Gizmodo reportedly paid US$5000 dollars for (other online reports that I've read have suggested other amounts such as US$350. I'm not sure who is right). The article occupied almost half of page 3.. for the next gen iPhone... that seems excessive to me for a non-specialist publication, but I guess it is reflective of the general hype that exists around Apple products. The previous hype was around the next gen MacBooks with faster processors and prior to that the iPad. I've read articles suggesting that the iPad will revolutionise newspapers and home computing and telcos. I'm not so sure. While I think a lot of iPad will be sold worldwide (once it is released outside of the USA), but I also think a lot of those devices will get a lot of use through a honeymoon period and then sit idle until they are eventually disposed of. I am so sick of the hype around all these Apple products. There are some things that Apple do really well (UI and Design) and some they do really poorly (Business use support, locking in users). I respect them, but I do not like them.
It reminds me of a great parody that The Onion did a while ago:
Ok, this is my first attempt at writing a blog post on the full web interface via Skyfire (a proxied browser for mobile devices similar to Opera Mini). I am using my Nokia e71. The big advantage of doing it this way is access to all the rich text options and images that are already uploaded to myDW. Let's test that by inserting an image... On second thoughts, that didn't work too well. I tried to insert an image, but to do that, you have to move the cursor from the text insertion mode so that I can click on the insert image button and Skyfire got a bit confused at that point... Oh well, just text then. That after all was all I would get with the mobile interface if it were available. The mobile interface is definitely faster though...
I'm off to Impact 2010 in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks time, then a couple of week after that, I am off to TeleManagement World at Nice, France - that's two conferences in three weeks - now that I've tested posting from my phone (without the Connections mobile interface) and I've proved the concept, I have a model that will allow me to post form the conference floors.
Guilty of not posting what I should have over the past few weeks. First a quickie - IBM's nominations in the TeleManagement Forum excellence awards for this year have dropped down to two, that is to say, IBM has made the finalist lists for two categories:
Business Innovation award
Industry Leadership award
While it's a shame we didn't make the cut for the Solution Excellence award (I am not sure which solution was nominated) I am still proud that we've made the finalist cut for two categories. If you are a TMF member - please go and vote at http://www.tmforum.org/ExcellenceAwards2010/Finalists/8647/Home.html#1 (you choose who you want to vote for, you can probably guess who I voted for! )
I have been working on a post about our newly announced Industry Framework for the Media & Entertainment Industry - you should expect that post to come along soon! (oh and don't forget to vote in the TMF awards!)