Paperless society? NY Times writes about the ritual - clipping coupons from Sunday papers, and throwing 99% away - which persists in this electronic age. But as mobile commerce becomes mainstream, it should change. Maybe!
>> A 4-Gbyte Kingston Technology key chain
storage drive, used to install about 50 programs on
computers used in relief efforts, where those computers could not access
>> A disaster scene mash-up based on the open
source Sahana disaster management software which can be used to establish missing
person registries, coordinate relief efforts among groups, request
support, and keep track of victims in shelters. The combination of
Google Earth with Sahana creates a detailed visual image of a
>> RSS Simple Sharing Extensions, developed by
Microsoft. While RSS feeds are used
to publish and subscribe to information, SSE allows systems to be
cross-subscribed with one another, creating bidirectional RSS. A mesh network will be used to issue
emergency requests for help. With SSE, the requests can be accessed by
anyone else on the network, broadening a responder's pool of resources.
>> VSee ultralow-bandwidth, high-quality
videoconferencing software, created by Milton Chen, founder of VSee
Lab. used for videoconferencing links among locations, VSee also was part of a telemedicine demonstration.
"Look into the depths of your own soul and learn first to
know yourself, then you will understand why this illness was bound to come upon
you and perhaps you will thenceforth avoid falling ill." - Sigmund Freud
"As person abandons worn-out clothes and acquires new ones,
so when the body is worn out a new one is acquired by the Self, who lives
within." - Bhagwat Gita
Fascinating article in New Scientist (subscription required) on how advances in genome technology will tell you about your health - and secrets of your ancestry, perceptions and intelligence. What you do with that is still up to you. And shrinks and religions will continue to help.
Ismael, a fellow "Irregular", is hosting a Office 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, October 11-12 (note: moved up a day from previous announcement)
see all the exciting new SaaS productivity applications that are being
created at lightning speed. And come hang out with many of the
Irregulars. Dennis Howlett from Spain, Jason Wood from New York,
Charlie Wood from Austin and several others are flying in to join the
I am presenting at a session on Innovation at MR's Enterprise
conference at Pebble Beach in October. I will be be moderating two CIO
guests - John Dean of Steelcase and Dave Watson of Kaiser Permanente
who will be presenting on the CIO view of Tech innovation.
CIOs, like most executives, are under intense pressure to innovate
as global competition intensifies. But as I talk to John, Dave and
other CIOs it is becoming clear that their views on innovation are very
different from those of tech vendors and VCs. They do not want to be
"spoon fed" innovation - they want building blocks they can adapt to
their own vision of innovation. They bristle at the premium and large
spend expectations around vendor innovation.
I have pieced together 5 elements - what I am calling the MAGIC
framework - of what CIOs like John and Dave are using to define tech
innovation and deliver it within their enterprises
Mashups - in the CIO world, there is a clear recognition
there is no silver bullet. Mashup to them is about exploring every nook
and cranny of the Doblin
innovation framework - business model changes, channel optimization,
product improvement and more. Also, most CIOs are looking at wide array
of promising technologies from mobility to sensors to grids to web
services. They want basic building blocks in each area and then have
their teams do the mashup.
Vendor tip: Curb your enthusiasm. You may think your
technology solves world hunger (like many Web 2.0 companies do right
now), but few vendors can dream of or service the wide ranges of
innovations CIOs are looking at. Present your capabilities rationally
and knowing it individually is a small part of the CIO's innovation
Alpha technology - a quiet revolution is taking place in CIO
budgets. After years of vendor consolidation, the top 10 vendor share
of their wallets is now shrinking. CIOs realize they have to take more
risk to deliver innovation and are willing to give younger vendors and
technologies much more of a chance. Also, many CIOs are having to scratch out innovation budgets from "utility" spend with incumbent, large vendors. The confrontional re-negotiations are not encouraging CIOs to listem to innovation pitches from such vendors. Besides, having outsourced R&D to vendors, many CIOs are disappointed only 5 to 10% of that spend actually has gone over the last few years to vendor R&D and innovation.
Vendor tip: The number of patents you have is not that
important. Innovations in release 8 of a product are just as
unimpressive. Early, but usable, technology in the hands of the CIO
team is what counts.
Global inspiration - While globalization is affecting every
business executive, in the last couple of years I have seen CIOs travel
more and become more fascinated with global sourcing. Mobile
applications from Korea. Open Source from Scandinavia. BPO ideas from
India. Manufacturing innovation from China. CIOs are becoming global
faster than many of their executive peers. And global in another sense
- willing to look outside their own verticals. They do want learn about
web services at banks, telematics at distribution companies.
Vendor tip: Every buyer has historically told vendors to show
them relevant, industry specific citations and applications. They will
continue to, but you will be surprised how open they are to new ideas
Intensity- CIOs assign small "tiger teams" to innovation
projects. Short time frames. Stingy budgets. Constrained based
innovation. The old dream of huge Sabre like "competitive advantage"
projects is gone. It is about tactical, but significant, payback
Vendor tip: Think big, execute small and intense. Talk
quietly and carry a big stick. Necessity is the mother of invention.
Cliches I know- but each points to constraint based thinking and focus
on high payback areas. CIOs also want to hear how you have innovated
your own sector's business model. It could be through different
licensing, delivering software as a service. They want to understand
the risks, but they do not want "same old".
Collaboration with LOB - Many of their tech innovation ideas
coming from their non-tech executive peers. Business execs, helped by
reading materials (yes even airline ones) and peer sources, see several
technologies as facilitating innovation. Yes, many do believe the I in
CIO is Innovation. CIOs in turn see it as their job, not just to
ensure security and compliance, but to deliver applications to delight
business users, not to impress technologists. The bond between CIO and
LOB is being strengthened on the back of innovation projects.
Vendor tip: Would a business executive understand your pitch?
If not, leave out elegant architecture, methodology and other
materials. Focus on what the CIO needs to delight the LOB.
CIOs are under huge pressure to help their businesses innovate.
Their next generation of vendor partners will be brimming with ideas,
will be intense and will themselves be innovating their own business
models. The Chief Innovation Officer should expect no less from his/her
Hollywood cannot get enough of Captain Jack Sparrow and his merry band, but is itself scared of online piracy. Software companies salivate about the large Chinese market, but the joke in the industry is no one has managed to sell more than one copy there -)
But this paper by David Choi and Arturo Perez says online piracy actually leads to newer business models.
The authors say "online
piracy impacts industries through the following processes: (1) it pioneers the
use of new technologies; (2) it offers the business world market insight; (3)
it contributes to new market creation; and (4) it evolves into legitimate and
innovative business models."
NY Times writes about Motorola's Homesight monitoring product. It includes a video camera and wireless sensors that monitor movement, flooding, temperature changes and the opening of doors and windows. You can watch the video stream through a Web site or on a Java-enabled cellphone.
Security Specialists like ADT offer a broader range of services (like calling the cops for you, not just alerting you) but the Motorola product appears to be a nice entry level product.