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September 29, 2003

IBM examines how Inventor's Invent

IBM examines how Inventor's Invent :

They also called for meeting-free days so they could have fewer distractions, and open office hours, like college professors, so colleagues would bounce ideas off each other.

During Innovation Days, some people suggested days without e-mail. That would encourage more of the direct collaboration of years past, when researchers would walk down the hall and sketch out ideas on a colleague's white board, said Samer Takriti, a senior manager in mathematics.

In Haifa, Israel, IBM researchers suggested that everyone be encouraged to occasionally break lunchtime routines and sit randomly in the cafeteria, so people from different departments would eat together and discuss their projects, said Gal Ashour, technical assistant to IBM's Haifa lab director.

September 29, 2003 in Emerging Technologies | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

New kind of business process driven innovations

Shahi Agassi (SAP) on innovations ahead -

What kind of innovation?
A lot of people talked about the improvements in supply chain--cutting four of five days out of a 16-day process. But you look at innovation in product definition and product design, and you may actually cut three to six months out of a 12-month cycle. The impact on a company is significantly bigger.

Where do you look to see that?
You look at innovation in mergers and acquisitions and post-merger integration, and if you have a better engine to integrate other companies, you may be the integrator versus being integrated into somebody else. These are new areas where we did things in the past on paper or spreadsheets and PowerPoints. We're moving now into a well-defined process that allows me to do it in a predictable and sustainable way across my businesses, across the world--from the design to the launch of a product, from recruiting people to a postmortem on projects, from premerger deal rooms to a postmerger reorganization. There are all these processes that we've never done before.

September 29, 2003 in Economics of IT | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

costs of computer disposal

Costs of computer disposal

Disposing of outdated computing equipment is a costly proposition for companies--even if they manage to sell off some gear, a new study says.

Released Monday by research company Gartner, the study says although the sale of obsolete hardware can fetch owners from 3 percent to 5 percent of the equipment's original price, that doesn't factor in the $85 to $136 it can cost to get rid of an old PC

September 29, 2003 in Economics of IT | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Serendipity generator

Wharton professors have patented a process of mining database to identify crossover application of technology innovations:

To overcome those problems, MacMillan, along with Steven Kimbrough, Wharton professor of operations and information management, and John Ranieri, vice president of the bio-based materials business at DuPont, have developed a patented process that will help companies analyze databases of information about technologies and suggest new markets where they might be commercialized.

"We have a serendipity generator," MacMillan notes. "Serendipity happens every now and then, but this process reiterates the connection."

Why is serendipity such a rare commodity? "The fundamental problem is that technologists know nothing about markets, and markets know nothing about the technologies," MacMillan says. "It is like a black hole. It is very hard to see behind your experience space

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Emerging mobile sector companies

Demo mobile exhibitors. Gives lot of idea about the direction in which mobile computing is going

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September 28, 2003

Need for NDA

Very concise summary of need and futility of NDA

I agree with most of the points in this article. There is more benefit in getting more people involved in your business idea.

September 28, 2003 in Entrepreneurship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

HBR case study on blogging

HBR came out with the interesting case study on how blogging at the grassroot employee level is changing how outsiders view companies. Glove Girl is a blogger who publishes good, bad and ugly of the company in a mixed up personal-professional log. Hard to beat the "reach-out" potential of blogging.

Main question is - should Glove Girl go or she should be rewarded for this. Interestingly EMC HR manager thinks she is giving away confidential information. Whereas Wienberger thinks she is reaching out to customers in a way not possible with other means.

September 28, 2003 in Emerging Technologies | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

September 27, 2003

Computational Political Economy

Computational Political Economy is a gentle introduction to the field of computational modeling. At root, computational work springs from a desire to conduct formal, replicable investigations of political phenomena with clearly defined assumptions and hypotheses. It differs from more traditional formal investigations (e.g., non-cooperative game theory) due to a belief that assumptions such as complete information and unlimited computational power are unjustifiable in light of experimental and physiological research into human decision-making.

September 27, 2003 in Emerging Technologies | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Count on Mr Feynman

Its hard to beat his sense of humour:

There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.
Richard Feynman

September 27, 2003 in Dismal science | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

September 26, 2003

Debate continues

Working to push the Google ranking for this article..

September 26, 2003 in Economics of IT | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack