October 2007 Archives

 Martin Illsley provides an interesting perspective on technology innovation in an article in CNET: Accenture's king of blue-sky thinking | CNET News.com.  He discusses some of the highest profile innovations and thinks about their long term impact.

I am not an economist so I don't understand how inflation can be going up in the Eurozone at the same time the dollar is decreasing in value, and the exchange rate should make goods from Asia cheap.

In addition today's article, FT.com / World - Eurozone inflation hits two-year high, states that the 13 region economy is slowing and economic sentiment indicators declining.  If someone understands this dynamic, please let me know.

Since I have chosen Movable Type as my blogging platform, for better or worse, I am on a personal quest to master the code, so this post in Learning Movable Type, is extraordinarily helpful for understanding the logic of the side bars: Working with Movable Type 4.0 Templates: Sidebar | Templates | Learning Movable Type.  It is not easy for a lay person like me, but it is manageable.

W3Schools Online Web Tutorials

W3Schools

This is a link to a nice free "web school" for tutorials you need to understand web development, from basic HTML and XHTML to more advanced XML, SQL, Database, Multimedia and WAP.  It is a good reference for those of us that don't do this very often: W3Schools Online Web Tutorials

This article provides tips on how to write a standardized bibliography for academic papers.

The Microsoft Office Word Team's Blog : Final paper time

to-do-bar-scheduling.png This is an Outlook tip from Lifehacker, but its really good, so I wanted to post it.

Outlook Tip: Create Quick Appointments with Outlook 2007

Outlook users: Instantly turn your Outlook 2007 tasks into appointments by dragging and dropping tasks to your To-Do Bar calendar. Doing so creates a new appointment with most of the important information—including date—already filled out. You've been able to generate new appointments by dragging and dropping emails or tasks to the Outlook calendar for quite some time (an extremely handy shortcut if you weren't already aware of it), but the new To-Do Bar streamlines the process even more by allowing users to drag the appointment straight to a day. It's not much of a change from the norm, but we've never highlighted drag and drop appointment creation in Outlook, and for those of you hooked (or chained, as it may be) to Outlook, it's one of the program's most convenient features.

The Times Online published one of the better articles on allowing employees to use Web 2.0 tools for work related purposes.  The concern is that employers will have access to personal details about your life outside work that may in some way damage your relationship with your employer.  You click through to the article here: Let your employees use Facebook — it's less risky than you think.  From the author, Mark Watt's, perspective their is little potential harm and lots of opportunity to have better relationships at work and with colleagues that you could potentially do business with.  There also is little legal risk for employers.

 

As I have mentioned in this blog before, in the spirit of full disclosure, I am a partner in a firm called Bridge Consulting International. One of the training sessions that our firm runs for Allen & Overy, the Magic Circle law firm, was described in the Business Section of the Times Online today in an article entitled, Shake, rattle and role-play. The article describes a technique we use to build teamwork among the new graduates entering Allen & Overy:

"The percussion sessions are one of a range of innovative ideas used by law firms to induct new recruits �� whether graduates just starting their Legal Practice Course (LPC) or those starting their training contracts �� into their particular culture and ethos."

Email Dashboard

I am a big fan of ClearContext, a program that organizes you inbox for you . Deva Hazarika runs ClearContext and writes a blog called Email Dashboard.  In a recent post Deva reports on a post by Robert Scoble on the utility of email, and I agree. I use all the other modes of communication discussed, email, twitter, facebook, IM, but the most considered dialog is still conducted through email. Sometimes a conversation in a blog is quite rich, but still a telephone and email provide the most context.  The Web 2.0 tools have not demonstrated that they have the staying power of the earliest innovations on the web.

I read this article following  a link from Blognation: The Equity Kicker » Blog Archive » It is tough for big companies to innovate.

The article asserts that it is more difficult for big companies to innovate because, as they grow, they get further and further away from their customers.  Smaller companies, because their business is always on the line, understand their customers better, and work hard to engineer and deliver products or services that precisely meet customer needs. The example that they give is in a business like online auctions, customers should be brought into the innovation process, so that executives can see customer frustrations and opportunities for new service offerings.  Although Ebay is a pioneer in building communities, they may not use these communities creatively enough in building new products.

What do you think?

Recent Entries

Why learn to program
In the post “Why learning to code makes my brain hurt”, Mamie Rheingold explains why it is essential for all…
A focus on transaction cost explains a lot about the economics of the Internet
How a 1930's theory explains the economics of the internet: Ronald Coase discovered “transaction costs” in the 1930s and it…
Importance of Context in Metadata
Listen to this podcast on the importance of metadata in big data.   We need to be able to use metadata…
View Ralph Poole's profile on LinkedIn