"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
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.
"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)
Interesting article on Intel investing big time on Linux with Moblin: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/25/technology/business-computing/25soft.html?_r=1 "Moblin fires up and reaches the Internet in about seven seconds, then
displays a novel type of start-up screen. People will find their
appointments listed on one side of the screen, along with their
favorite programs. But the bulk of the screen is taken up by cartoonish
icons that show things like social networking updates from friends,
photos and recently used documents."
the path is from netbooks and atom to smartphones...
"More than 6,500 IBM clients use IBM's Web 2.0-enhanced WebSphere Portal
software. IBM has seen an especially large jump in new portal business
from healthcare clients worldwide including Catholic Healthcare West, Children's Medical Center of Dallas, Healthways, MedStar Health, Memorial Health, and Trillium Health Centre.
IBM WebSphere Portal is also used by four of the top five US healthcare
insurance companies, Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations in 33 states,
more than 30 major hospitals, clinics, and delivery networks worldwide,
and more than 12 on-line healthcare provider sites servicing more than
20,000 users each...
It is also the Portal of choice by the top 10 global banks, nine of the top 10 U.S. banks, seven of the
top 10 European banks, and eight of the top 10 Asia Pacific banks.
IBM WebSphere Portal is used by every G8 country governments, 10 of the 16 Middle
East countries, 22 U.S. states, and 40 U.S. Federal agencies."
This confirms the market buzz around the fact that only around 7% of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) customers have moved with any success to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS). And for all of those how havent, so around 93%, per recent announcement from Microsoft, they shouldnt upgrade to 2007 but wait till 2010 comes...
Meawhile old BEA Portal customers are looking for alternatives...
Guess what: Windows,
Office, Publisher licenses acquired through other channels—including
Microsoft Volume Licensing, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs),
and Full-Packaged Product (FPP)—do not permit renting, leasing, or loaning the software to a third party...
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
71% of respondents indicated cost reduction as their primary driver for adoption.
35% stated the ease of securing the desktop was another primary driver
cited the lowering of overheads associated with maintenance and support
in general were factors contributing to the benefit of desktop Linux
Those with experience of
Linux desktop rollouts are 50% more likely to regard non-technical
users such as general professional users and transaction workers as
primary targets for Linux
58% of those with prior experience of a Linux desktop rollout see general professional users as primary targets
52% of those with prior experience of a Linux desktop rollout see transaction workers as primary targets.
32% of those with prior experience of a Linux desktop rollout see power users as primary targets.
of respondents said usability was the main consideration when
evaluating or selecting a desktop Linux distribution for use in a
Virtual Bridges announced VERDE 2.0 available with desktop management infrastructure with disconnected use that can harness the local processing power. They already support virtual windows and linux desktops using the VDI connection broker and associated destop management/clustering. They also expanded their partner network by adding 16 additional resellers/systems integrators worldwide (http://vbridges.com/wp/?page_id=181; http://www.pr-inside.com/virtual-bridges-grows-worldwide-partner-r1270660.htm). They span Germany, France, England, Italy, South Africa, Japan, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States. One of them, Midas network is offering Desktop as a Service offering from Austin, Texas, USA.
"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."
No 32-bit trial version is currently available, as there was for Exchange 2007.
Exchange 2010 runs only on Windows Server 2008, meaning a potential dual-upgrade scenario.
continuous replication (LCR) is gone, leading many to feel that
Exchange 2010 is aimed only at enterprises, while Microsoft expects
small-to-midsized businesses (SMBs) to move to its hosted Exchange services.
"At TechEd, keynote presenter Bill Veghte, senior vice president for the Windows business, said companies testing Vista should stop and move to testing Windows 7. The same advice was repeated for users who have not yet moved to Exchange 2007; they were told to skip it and wait for 2010."
I like the guidance. So dear customer. Don't upgrade now. Keep paying every year on the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. And when 2010 comes, hopefully in 2010, then spend lot more money again, and hopefully upgrade... Yet another reason for Customers to NOT renew Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and consider Microsoft alternatives.