Emerging Technologies You Need to Know
Matching: sport X
Returned from London on Saturday, an unintended World is Flat tour. Saw Roger Federer at Wimbledon;
learned how Osmosoft uses the Twitter web tool to constantly connect the members of its Open
Source innovation team; and observed Belgium banks joining others in Chapter 3 of Web 2.0.
Chapter 1 began for me in mid-2005 when our team spoke about the 10 Emerging Technologies
You Should Care About: podcasting, google maps, video over IP etc. Most considered this George Jetson-like
speech to be an entertaining two hours out of the office. Chapter 2 was written when News Corp.,
owner of MySpace and Fox News (and now bidding on 2 satellite networks in Europe), made its ultimately
successful bid for Dow Jones in the Spring of 07 encouraging managers to conclude that ‘maybe Facebook
is not just for kids?!’. Chapter 3 describes the variety of Web 2.0 projects that are being tested in a wide
range of companies, e.g.video on YouTube or wikis for project collaboration or rudimentary social networking -
all in an effort to improve the customer experience. These enterprises acknowledge that something potentially
game-changing occurs and ask how their initial projects compare to what others are doing. They're moving
beyond the starting line in the pursuit of associated variety and depth.
One my favorite Community Building examples is IKEA. I learned last week that IKEA now sponsors a series
of customer workshops in both Europe and the USA where customers meet to discuss business matters:
leadership, sales and financial management. A professional, social network stemming from furniture purchases.
Soon we’ll have version 2 of the iPhone. For fun on any mobile device, have a look (did I tell you that I
just returned from England?!) at 1-800-Goog411 or Chacha.com. Ask either one a specific question and
receive a specific answer, Goog by voice and Chacha via text. These are carefully crafted efforts to control search
on the mobile device so that related advertising may be controlled. These services are easy, entertaining and fun
to use so be mindful of how they can influence your own customer relationships.
The brilliance of Roger Federer is his variety, his graceful movement and his courage to succeed. He trusts the
breadth of his talents and is not content to continue only with what is working for the moment. This is how
he stays ahead: purposeful movement in search of an opportune moment to challenge himself. You could almost
consider this a formula for constant innovation.
Best for the July 4th holiday.
Internet Strategist, IBM jStart Business Development Manager
I observe that the main difference between our generation of managers and those raised on
the Internet is that we grew up in a world where Knowledge is Power. Getting ahead often
meant knowing the most. They grow up in a world where Everyone Knows and where the
Sharing of Knowledge is Power. For our organizations to succeed in this transition, we
must be coaches more than managers so that our employees can be players more than
spectators. This behavior is different than we're used to and will require commitment,
character and courage - hallmarks of leadership.
Leadership, like innovation, assumes many forms and representations:
IBM's announced this morning that our VP for Innovation & Technology, Nick Donofrio,
will retire in October. We dreaded this notice. Every time he addressed us, his candid,
simply insightful and passionate remarks informed every employee of an IBM that was and
strives to be in this uncertain and exciting time. After forty-four years with the company
(he and System 360 joined in 1964) he won't be replaced - 'cause we can't.
I hope that you had the chance to read the description of the women's softball game
in Ellensburg, Washington last month between Central Washington and Western Oregon.
Sara Tucholsky of WO hit a home run to put her team into the lead. Rounding first base,
she twisted her knee, falling to the ground unable to continue around to home plate. The
game's rules prevent teammates from assisting one of their own players around the bases.
No problem. Two players from the opposing Central Washington team carried Sara to
second base, to third base, and to home plate so that her hit would count.
On Saturday, the USS North Carolina, SSN -777, was commissioned into naval service
in Wilmington, North Carolina. This nuclear-powered submarine is about 350' long with a
crew of about 140 and can be required to patrol underwater for up to 60 consecutive days.
If you're ever doubtful of the caliber of our young Americans or want to observe the
power of purpose, please take a tour of one of these impressive boats.
Now you know a little bit of what I know, please put it to use. Nick would appreciate it.
Internet Strategist, IBM jStart Business Development Manager
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.
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Now that that NCAA College Basketball Tournament is underway, I thought I'd share a demo showing how a NCAA College Basketball fan could create his or her own "mashup" situational application to help decide what restaurant to go to after the basketball game. This demo utilizes the Lotus Mashups environment to combine data from StrikeIron's Men's College Basketball Web Service with data from Yahoo! Maps Service, Yahoo! Local Service, and AccuWeather. By combining these data sources into a mashup application, a fan of a college basketball team easily find restaurants and weather at the basketball arena site. By accessing other information such as local hotels and bars, this Lotus Mashups application can be modified to fit the specific interests of the user.
IBM Emerging Technologies
JohnFeller 110000RUW6 Tags:  google telcos mobiledevices yahoo advertising microsoft sport iphone 3,329 Views
Tomorrow is Mardi Gras in my hometown of New Orleans. On this day convention defers to imagination.
And plenty of conventional wisdom has stepped aside already this year: in sports, the seemingly unstoppablemastery of Roger Federer and that of the Patriots ended in startling fashion; in the presidential campaign, Obama seems to have surged into a dead-heat with Hillary; and John McCain, counted-out in October, is now the odds-on favorite for his party's nomination.
So what is the wisdom of Microsoft's bid for Yahoo and how might we benefit from this gamble asthey try to prevent Google from doing to them what they did to AOL (America on Line).
AOL's model was to capture the customer in the AOL-only experience. No need to ever leave the world of AOL, whether you wanted to or not. Monthly fee revenue model.
Yahoo trumped this model by providing a portal where Yahoo aggregated content developed by others around the Internet. 'No need to leave, we'll bring it to you.' Banner ad & pop-up revenue model.
Google trumped Yahoo by using their search engine to take visitors all over the Internet where Google would keep track of their searches and visits to deliver related advertising. Advertisers, not visitors, pay Google.
Let's imagine what this merger might imply for our organizations aside from the reminder of the recent,sour history of such mega-merger attempts: e.g. HP & Compaq, AOL & Time Warner, Chrysler & Daimler.
The Internet's emerging technologies and uses are evolving rapidly to being about:
Innovation not Integration by connecting like-minded people regardless of location or employer. This is a design point for our systems and services.
Information not Application by connecting those who need to know with the content that they require.
Mobility and Advertising on the mobile device. Remember AOL and its garden wall approach? This is what the iPhone is doing to the garden walls of the Telecom companies. Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft spent $10b here in 2007.
As Tuesday's Rex parade circles Canal Street, the costumed crowd will shout the conventional "throw me something, mister!" Let's imagine what other opportunities are in store for them.
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