Emerging Technologies You Need to Know
My friend in the Duke University IT shop sent me a link to www.thehdweb.com. I have resisted
the idea that I'll watch television programs on my PC via Slingbox or Apple TV as I spend too much
time at my computer already. However, if the experience would be as I see on this site, I might be
interested. Not for watching CSI or American Idol, but to read newspapers on-line (I'm still a
hold-it-in-your-hand reader) or to pursue other sorts of education from my desk.
And did you realize that our country ranks #15 in the world in broadband penetration, a drop of 11
spots between 2001 and 2006?! Our ratio is 20 households per 100 (just below Japan and 50%
less than Denmark or South Korea). The average South Korean apartment building has 15x the
connection speed as a typical American household, for example.
Imagine the commercial capabilities when most US household enjoy inexpensive, broadband access.
Meanwhile, we're a long way from the benefits of www.thehdweb.com. In a globalized and highly
competitive marketplace, we need to accelerate the pace of broadband availability. cperrien
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A recent article on CRN on Seven Business and Tech Trends for '07 stress the importance of capturing core knowledge and empowering business analysts to do their job better.
This article lists the following trends for 2007:
Manager, Emerging Technologies Development, IBM Software Group
Wikis are popping up everywhere. The are even making the news, with well publicized stories about people changing articles on . Wikis provide a great way for people to collaborate on Web content and form a community around a goal. But, are wikis right for the enterprise? Are people trying them in the business setting? The answer to both of those questions is "yes."
Wikis are in the early stages of adoption within the enterprise, and many companies are only in the pilot phase of deployment. But others are already using wikis to support critical business operations. Their application falls mainly into the following categories.
Communities of interest or project teams benefit from collecting and sharing knowledge about the subject of common interest. Wikis are used in businesses to allow such communities and teams to support themselves by building up bases of knowledge that can be used and augmented over time. The joint ownership and shared authorship of the content helps keep the information timely and up-to-date.
Project management accounts for a significant proportion of enterprise wiki usage. Project control documents, plans, status, sub-team reports, "how-to" documentation and specifications are collaboratively created and maintained in the wiki. The wiki can augment and sometimes replace more formal project management tools.
Working Document Repository
Many types of documents are authored by teams of contributors. The document creation is usually centered on a single editor and often involves iterations of team comments and revisions. Usually, the editor distributes new versions via e-mail and the reviewers send marked up versions back (or share them with the other reviewers) via e-mail, making it difficult for reviewers to know what the latest version is and forcing the editor to reconcile conflicting comments. Using a wiki to collaboratively create such documents eliminating much of the e-mail and allows to the team to make changes or post comments directly to the shared view of the document.
A good example of an enterprise that uses wikis for all three of these purposes is IBM. Within IBM any employee can create a wiki instance via a central wiki deployment infrastructure by a couple clicks of the mouse. Main-line product development groups, discipline-base communities of interest, topical study teams, and other communities use wikis in the ways described above. Some groups use wikis in pilot projects, while many have wikis serving in support of critical processes.
This seems like the time for businesses to explore how wikis could help their employees be more efficient and effective. In later posts, I'll offer other ideas on how wikis can be use and how the wiki concept can be evolved.
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As I prepare for a week of Financial Sector customer roundtables to discuss Web 2.0, I think about both Prosper.com for peer-to-peer lending and Wesabe.com for financial management. Community affiliation across the Internet will provide some competition to national and regional banks, even if they can continue to keep WalMart out of the banking business (NY Times Sat. March 17, section B1). Here is the Prosper link. I'll follow-up with Wesabe.
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There are a collection of folks here from MIT who are involved in a project called "Future Boston",which is tasked with building tools to facilitate the upcomingchallanges facing the city. In particular the MIT Department of UrbanStudies and Planning and Boston.com are sponsoring contests to see who can build the best mashups in the following areas:
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Part 1. I try to side step the furor about the 2008 Presidential campaign until at least 2008. I noted the recent Democratic debate hosted by CNN where questions were posed in YouTube format. To my amusement and amazement, one candidate discussed a question on global warming posed by an animated snowman, the now famous Billiam. I watch this 18 second video (Mr. Kucinich's reply is available on YouTube as well) and do not know whether the politics has completely gone mad or if I am witnessing a key moment in the democratic process. I am sure of a couple of things: this video is funny and that Harry Truman never envisioned such an event.
Read more about Biliam and his Minnesota (where else?!) creators in the July 31, 2007 front page of the Wall Street Journal.
Part 2. Several articles this week about streaming video on the Internet to the extent that BET (Black Educational Television) is taking some programs off the broadcast network and showing them only on the Internet. We'll see more of this from the likes of ReelTime, Joost, Limelight Networks, Brightcove, and Netflix.
As one who has access to 100 channels of cable and nearly nothing to watch of interest to me, I welcome more choice. For the corporation, the explosion of video access at lower cost offers great opportunity for enterprise training and education. New York Times August 6, 2007 page C1 for more.
Earlier in month, I spent the better part of 2 days with 10 to 12 CIOs and VPs of Communication discussing Web 2.0 as it might apply to their enterprises. I was surprised by their collective sense of this topic which I summarize as:
- most attendees began the Roundtable feeling that they would find other enterprises to be way ahead of their own adoption of blogs, wikis, syndication, community building. Mild disappointed that the others were no further ahead than they as though they sought reasons to get on the Web 2.0 bandwagon.- somewhat surprising to me, IBM acknowledged to be ahead of the web 2.0 corporate pack with keen interest in how IBM deploys wiki technology and Jams. Jams are massive on-line discussons or focused brain-storming sessions across employee and partner communities.- repeated statements of concern about security and privacy. Most legitimate and some masking a fear of losing control.- no consensus on who should spearhead Web 2.0 adoption. Suggestions ranged from CEO to HR. - Curious to me was the comment that the value of Web 2.0 in the Business to Consumer (B2C) space is obvious because marketing matters there; Web 2.0 justification in the Business to Business (B2B) space is not so obvious because B2B "is all about commerce." So, I thought, what is commerce without customers? Simply, constant cost-reduction? The more that I think about it, Web 2.0 is all about communities of markets. Everyone in the value chain should being thinking about customer satisfaction, even if it costs a little more.- met author of confusedofcalcutta.com. Recommend that you visit this site. cperrien
Today's New York Times Section c2 article about marketing / advertising on the cell phones. Certainly not a interest-item of my own yet several related statistics intrigued me: 76% of cell phone owners in US, Britain, France, Spain, Germany, Italy have phones with web access; about 1 billion phones will be sold worldwide this year; and there are more cell phones on the planet than PCs.
Conventional thinking is that the cell phone is the 3rd screen behind the TV and the PC. Maybe not says Bob Greenberg of R/GA, a digital advertising agency, "... I think about it as the first one. It's with me all the time."
Once again, I think about the impending release of Apple's iPhone with a Unix-based OS, terrific web browsing capability, easy access to Googlemaps using the GPS capability of all phones. Location awareness plus useful, meaning easy to view, Web browsing might be a platform for customer acceptance of mobile advertising.
There will be more to the iPhone than calling home. It's what I had hoped for from my Newton ($750 in 1995!).
10/23/2007 Wall Street Journal Section B9 overviews a trend towards bringing the experience of a virtual world (VW), such as Second Life,
to an individual web side such as Coke.com or Cisco.com. Throughout the year, customers have been skeptical of the value of
such a widely varied experience as Second Life. They did accept the premise that VWs might be interesting as a marketing channel or
a method for building customer communities if the experience of their own (controlled) web site could be enhanced with a virtual or
I imagine that all of our web sites will someday offer a 3 dimensional experience where we enter a banking site and visit a seminar on college
financing or speak with other banking members about their related financial goals. Kudos to Second Life for showing the way and now
its offspring are going to continue to broaden and to improve the value of virtual worlds.
BTW, I marvelled at the other kinds of VW sites: http://www.webkinz.com, http://www.clubpenguin.com, http://www.gaiaonline.com,
are referred to in the WSJ article. cperrien
We're still reeling from UNC's Final 4 collapse vs Kansas. And then Memphis appeared
to earn the championship trophy awaiting only the sinking of a mere free-throw in the final
10 seconds. At every level of basketball, destiny is quite often determined by the process
of such an uncontested 15' shot, the clock stopped, no active defense and no rush to execute?!
Monday's New York Times offered an intriguing benchmark of Tiger Woods's professional
success. Surprisingly, it's not his booming drives. He laps the competition by his effectiveness
in making 15 foot putts under pressure.
In this teeter-tottering economic climate, here's how I'm working on my own 15-footers:
1. JP Rangaswami, author of the popular blog, confusedofcalcutta. If one types 'JP' into Google,
his blog is the 5th hit. I enjoy especially his podcast on the Web 2.0 tools of knowledge workers,
who are the primary value of today's Enterprise 2.0 companies. These tools are: Syndication,
Search, Fulfillment, Conversation (in the form of storable traditions). BTW, he is the CIO for a
large telecom company.
2. I attended Edward Tufte's travelling seminar, the Presentation of Analytical Information.
One of his more popular books is The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. In the endless
race for more and better IT tools, his is a refreshing and clever reminder of the value of content -
when properly presently. His clever riff on the failings of Powerpoint had each of the 350
attendees nodding in agreement. His sole criticism of the iPhone design is that if the icons
require descriptions (phone icon with word 'Phone' beneath), get rid of the needless icon!
3. David Pogue is the technology critic for the New York Times. His column is Circuits.
I enjoy his topical and always well-substantiated comments. A recent article, Are You Taking
Advantage of Web 2.0? re-calibrated my thinking on 'what it's going to take and why it's worth it'
to invest in these enticing and not yet proven Internet capabilities.