Check out the IBM announcement on Smart Work at IMPACT..http://finance.yahoo.com/news/IBM-Approach-to-Working-prnews-15120135.html?.v=1
- Businesses waste 5.3 hours per employee due to inefficient processes.
- Two-thirds of employees believe there are colleagues who can help them do
their jobs better, but don't know how to find them.
- 42 percent
of people are forced to make decisions with the wrong information at least
once per week
- 91 percent of CEOs surveyed by IBM said they needed to
restructure the way their organizations work
And all recognize Collaboration as the way to address their challenges
for more info on IMPACT announcements
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?
Check out key points from Sam Palmisano's remarks at the Atlantic Council event where he received the Distinguished Business leader award for 2009: http://www.acus.org/event_blog/2009-leadership-awards-bush-kohl-petraeus-and-palmisano/palmisano-transcript
"If we don’t make our economic, technological and social systems truly
systems – and by that I mean they are reliable, transparent,
trustworthy and secure – then they will not be sustainable"
"In June, in Berlin, the same city that brought down the wall and
rebuilt itself into a key European hub, IBM will convene a “smart
cities” summit. We’ve invited hundreds of leaders from the world’s most
innovative cities to share ideas and learn how we can make our cities
"By 2050, 70 percent of people on Earth will live in cities. Which means
that cities… more than states, provinces or perhaps even nations… are
increasingly the central arena for success or failure"
"We have the potential – both technological and political – to make our
cities more productive, more efficient, safer, more vibrant and more
"The key, as I said, is leadership. If we are really going to drive
meaningful change, we need to get smarter about how we work together.
We will have to be far more collaborative. This is not just the
familiar “public and private sector” formula. It’s multi-directional,
multi-stakeholder, truly global. Think about it – none of the systems
I’ve mentioned is the responsibility of any one entity or decision
maker. They all involve business, government, communities, all of civil
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.
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.
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.
Network World reports from Microsoft TechEd: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/051409-microsoft-teched.html?page=2
"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.
If you have a microsoft enterprise agreement up for renewal, consider the following before you commit:
"an Enterprise Agreement (EA) renewal for an enterprise with the main
desktop suite on, say, 10,000 PCs could cost around $1,500,000 per year": says Forrester (see blog link below)...
1. Listen to this podcast on Cost reduction strategy for smarter collaboration: http://download.rbn.com/ibmpdc/pdc/open/podcasts/collaboration/smarter_collaboration.mp3
2. Read this Project Liberate white paper on how hundreds of customers have freed up Billions of Dollars by not renewing Microsoft Enterprise Agreements: ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/software/lotus/lotusweb/Project_LiberateforCIOsFinal.pdf
3. Check this out from Forrester: http://blogs.forrester.com/cio/2009/02/should-i-renew.html
"So should you renew your EA? As you can see, there are a lot of factors
to consider, so the answer is genuinely “it depends.” But consider
this: Somewhere between 25% and 35% of customers don’t renew"
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
More proof points on working smarter using Microsoft alternatives...
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
- 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
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
). 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.
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-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."
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...
So MIcrosoft introduced Rental Right SKUs.. Pay around $33+ per user...
Yet another reason to consider alternatives...
Per the marketshare report published by IT analyst Gartner, IBM has secured the #1 position in marketshare (based on revenue for 2008), for the 8th year in a row. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Report-IBM-Ranked-1-in-Web-prnews-15327063.html?.v=1
"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...
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...
Mattathias Schwartz writes about future of work in Readers Digest, June 2009: http://www.rd.com/your-america-inspiring-people-and-stories/quick-study-the-future-of-work/article134602.html
Some interesting statistics:
- 56% of Americans fail to take all their vacation days
- 40% of employees typically do not take a lunch break
- 50% of workforce checks business email on weekends; 46% on sick days; 34% while on vacation