Archive for September, 2005

Improved lessigian powerpoint style

Monday, September 19th, 2005

I found an excellent presentation by Dick Hardt from Sxip Identity entitled “Identity 2.0″. It follows the lessigian powerpoint style but is even quicker (almost every word has a a slide), uses more images, animation (mainly character based) and has white background instead of black. When he says something negative, he flashes the word on black background, which is a nice trick to emphasize a point.

I wonder how he is able to sync his speech with his presentation with that speed. He must have some word lists somewhere or he has just memorized the presentation very well. Great performance.

Securing RSS feeds

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

Reactivity, Inc. has announced that they have technology to make RSS feeds inside an enteprise secure enough to be used for confidential business information transactions. So far RSS has been hyped only as a news/blog reading protocol, but increasingly RSS is gaining interest in the enterprise. Implementing security in the framework will help RSS to be integrated in the inner communication infrastructure of an organization.

Reactivity solution is properietary and most likely expensive. I bet an open-source alternative will appear soon.

We have made RSS secure in our open-source Dicole platform for internal communication between creative groups of people, but this is not an independant solution for the RSS problem, because the implementation is highly tool spesific. Anyway, our solution is one of the first to enable blogs to be used securely inside an enterprise.

I expect an open-source or otherwise free version for secure lower level RSS work to appear very soon. People at Feedburner, make it happen?

Last major paradigm shift in the computer industry

Monday, September 5th, 2005

A post by The NOSE, History of the Computer Industry in One Slide has a very good illustration of the transition from vertical to horizontal in computer industry. This is something that is happening now in businesses affected by new technology. They move from managing the whole supply chain to focus on their core competence and orchestrate the rest in a networked fashion.

CNN vs Education vs Businesses

Monday, September 5th, 2005

My friend Alan Levine is on the run, a good article about comparing the excellent description of the CNN news gathering method with the way of education. Regarding learning objects, we are still in the stone age compared to what CNN is doing with their own “learning objects” already today.

Of course CNN operates in a business environment with larger budgets than what education institutions could ever dream about, but in the other hand, these tools are already available. You may create a cheap (in finnish I could say “karvalakki”) version of the same thing with Open Source components. Throw in some additional programming and support services and your organization will benefit from the surrounding digital spectrum.

Alan’s comparison is reality for many traditional businesses as well. Limited budget or lack of ROI lingo are not available excuses for companies that still operate in even less digitalized world than what educational organizations do. There is a lot for all of us to learn from the CNN model.

Imagine your CEO to edit and feed some live information from a conference he is attending back to the “lab” for packaging and distribution to digital workspaces for all people in the organization to play with. Imagine a salesman communicating new customer requirements in real-time and getting the customized product ready for shipping the next day because he did and the infrastructure supported such a reactive business process.

Before thinking about buying expertise and content from the outside, an organization should look at their own way of creating value out of the information flow they already possess. If flow of knowledge and information is improved, operational sensitivity and efficiency will be much better in the big picture.

New Orleans the Achilles Heel of US economy

Saturday, September 3rd, 2005

An interesting article by STRATFOR points to a bigger picture that the mass media doesn’t. The devastation of New Orleans and its effect on global economy is not only an issue about oil, but more about the whole agriculture of the Mississippi region. The region had built the US economy in the first place and it’s the place where all the rivers – and therefore – all goods flow. Without people operating a port in the mouth of the Mississippi river and absence of a system to support those people, the result will be a disturbing impact not only on the US economy, but on the global economy as well.