Social Business transformation
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Join us on Sept 16th to listen to Mr George Abraham, CTO of United Nations Pension Fund, New York on freeing up IT budget and investing for growth: http://www.zslinc.com/Marketing/FreeupITbudgets/Free-up-IT-budgets.html
You can drive a bus through some of Windows 7 holes, says Andrew Gracia - the eWeek Signalling IT blogger
"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"
"Today a jury found that Microsoft infringed on Uniloc patents for product activation"
"The jury applied the $388 million back to Oct. 1, 2003, around the timeof the case's filing. Microsoft can ask the court to dismiss theverdict, and there is option to appeal. But none of that escapes theirony of Microsoft being found guilty of stealing, so to speak,technology meant to prevent people from stealing its software"
Microsoft is still referring to a year and a half-old vendor-funded report from the consulting arm of an analyst group that is no longer in business!
Check out this "TCO study": http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/evaluation/compare/METAEx2k3vNotes.mspx
So we still have our analysis posted at http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/lotus/offering1.nsf/wdocs/tcostudy until the FUD is put to rest!
Oh by the way did you know:
This report was done by not the analysts but by META consultants as part of a Microsoft paid engagement.. There is no mention of how they computed the TCO!
META was since been acquired.
Comparing apples to oranges is flawed: Exchange 2003 vs Notes/Domino R5, 6, and 6.5 customers (R5 shipped in 1999). Since the study we have shipped N/D 7. Meanwhile, we await Exchange "12"!
So folks: Be aware of facts. Bust this FUD.[Read More]
Healthcare costs in USA are expected to skyrocket to 20.3% of GDP by 2018.
Partnering with American Academy of Family Physicians, IBM announced the results of a study: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/27607.wss that points Patient Centered Medical Home as the answer.
"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 care."
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...
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More proof points on working smarter using Microsoft alternatives...
Freeform Dynamics reported based on input from 1275 survey responders worldwide that (a) cost reduction and security are major drivers, (b) ubuntu scored high, (c) after IT the low hanging fruit were General professional users (relatively light and predictable use of e-mail, office tools, etc) andTransaction workers (mostly using enterprise applications in a routine prescriptive manner) http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/27562.wss
Key statistics in the report (ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/linux/pdfs/Freeform_Dynamics-Desktop_Linux.pdf) here:
Meanwhile IBM also announced Gruppo Amodori moving from Microsoft Exchange/Offce/Windows to the IBM Open Collaboration Client Solution on RedHat (http://www.lotusonredhat.com; http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient) -- http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/27561.wss
"Our strategy is to focus on Linux first and foremost, taking a practical and pragmatic approach," said Gianluca Giovannetti, CIO and Director of Organization, Gruppo Amadori. "For us, the Linux environment is the right choice for very focused applications and is more cost effective than Microsoft."
You may have seen this data from OECD (organization for economic co-operation and development):
Koreans workers burn around 2266 hours on the average in 2007.
Polish were second with 1953 hours
Japan: 1808 hours
USA: 1798 hours
France: 1457 hours
Germany: 1353 hours
More data here: http://stats.oecd.org/wbos/index.aspx?r=97791
So what about productivity? Not really in the same order for sure :-)
per some of the Wikepedia entries ...
So Working smarter would mean then that I am able to spend less time at work and maybe try to get closer to the 8-8-8 balance of work-sleep-social kind of equation the industrial revolution brought to us? There is enough data out there on the sleep part that we all need 7-8 hours of sleep every day :-)
Could it be then that the remaining 8+8 gets a new twist in terms of how you leverage social media?
Check out this article in Computerweekly:
Microsoft officially informed the world about dropping WinFS right here: http://blogs.msdn.com/winfs/archive/2006/06/23/644706.aspx
So what is WinFS?
"WinFS is the code name of a Windows storage subsystem, being developed by Microsoft for use on its future Windows (c) Operating System. WinFS is a relational database located on NTFS and representing itself to the operating system as a file storage subsystem. The codename WinFS stands for Windows Future Storage.
WinFS intends to link the worlds of traditional relational databases, objects, XML, and file systems of unstructured documents with the concept of metadata over files. Instead of representing a file solely by directory path and filename, WinFS represents individual domain objects - e.g. images, e-mails, address book entries, and any kind of regular file - with indexed and searchable context and keyword information.
The underlying system is based on Microsoft SQL Server (c) database engine. WinFS provides access to data through both traditional file-based APIs, and new object-based approaches that take advantage of the new features. Applications that are not written to take advantage of WinFS can access the contents of a WinFS Store through a regular UNC path."
There will no longer be a WinFS Beta2, WinFS!
Microsoft still maintains that many of WinFS functionality will show up in other Microsoft products - like Katmai SQL Server!
I am not going to hold my breath on this one![Read More]
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Check this out!
eWeeks labs tested the post RC1 Build 5728 Vista with Java based client application. "Aero Glass has reverted to the sans-translucence, sans-3D effects, plain old Aero interface" according to Jason Brooks in Microsoft-watch.
This might be pointing to some best practices for desktop transformation...
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Windows 7 sparklers?
Oh well... Check it out. No surprises but good facts on why you want to consider alternatives to Windows 7...
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.
How about Office 2010?
Infoworld says: Clunky, Slow!! and obviously expensive...
So why not IBM Client for Smart Work? http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient
"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.,
and more here: http://vbridges.com/wp/?page_id=61
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Does becoming a social business mean transformed business processes? better business outcomes? well
So why should you go to IBM to help your organization transform to become a Social Business?
Why did MLB switch out of Microsoft Silverlight - to stream games to its 500,000 subscribers?
"First, baseball wanted Microsoft to make it possible for users todownload Silverlight without having to possess administrative rights.When people are at work, it's often the company that possesses thoserights and employees would need authorization to download the player.That frustrated plenty of MLB.com subscribers, according to the sources."
"The other major issue was that baseball considered Silverlight toounstable. There were some high-profile glitches, including last year'sopening day, which saw many MLB.com subscribers struggling to log inand others who were unable to watch games. The malfunctions lastedseveral days."
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"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
This is an interesting read from Darryl: Microsoft concerned about the Cloud Manifesto, calling foul and requesting for open standards...
Martin, Ramji, etc have their points, maybe there is a change in the air
but if so we want to see it way beyond the cloud, i guess
beyond the bits and pieces around php, eclipse, ....
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Check this out!
According to Aaron Tan, ZDNet Asia, "Gartner estimates that only half of Microsoft's customers with more than 1,000 desktops worldwide have purchased SA for Microsoft Office or the Windows platform, and only 65 percent of this clientele are renewing the maintenance program."
While Ed Bott argues that a price increase doesnt make sense, especially given the impact on customers with Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and Software Assurance as explained below - they may end up paying double!,
"If the goal is to increase adoption, a [Vista Enterprise] price increase doesn’t seem like the smart way to do it, especially given the bad feelings that a lot of enterprise customers are going to feel having purchased three-year SA licenses for Windows and Office in September 2003 with the assumption that they were buying upgrade rights to Longhorn and Office 12. Oops." inhttp://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=104
a recent interview with Microsoft executives - see Joe Wilcox analysis: http://www.microsoftmonitor.com/archives/016739.html - does point to potential price increase!
"By the way, Kevin confirmed that Microsoft would charge more for Windows Vista Ultimate, and presumably Windows Vista Enterprise, than current Windows XP pricing. He described the increase "modest." Maybe, but it's also the first Windows price increase in more than a decade."
So, this also means that customers whose Microsoft Enterprise Agreement is expiring after Vista/MS Office shipping date, have yet another reason NOT to renew their Microsoft Enterprise Agreement![Read More]
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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...