Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-08-16

  • Where Have All The Jobs Gone? (Part II)
    Will there be any jobs left for me in five years? Should I move to Bangalore? Are the Indian shops any good? How should I adapt? One of my previous employers suffered wave after wave of layoffs. I personally know many IT professionals who have switched careers: a PeopleSoft engineer became a police officer, a project manager became an insurance agent. Should I plan on a career change? I’ve always wanted to be a beekeeper.
  • Official video of the BMW Oracle presentation
    Firstly on the issue of the 33rd America’s Cup venue, Ellison voiced his concern about the proximity to Iran, less than 100 miles away, fearing for the safety of the team’s crew. He also mentions electricity supply which could also be a potential problem. In fact Ras al-Khaimah is suffering from chronic power shortages as development outpaces supply, resulting in frequent outages. Secondly, concerning the fact Alinghi can change the sailing rules of the match up to the last minute Ellison thinks that they shouldn’t be able to do so and his team is “certainly going to go to court to make sure they can’t change the rules up to the last possible minute”.
  • The 35 Best iPhone Apps Of The Year (So Far)
    [Which iPhone Apps to get? There’s no app for that-DBM] We are just past of a year since the App Store launched and there are more than 60,000 applications released for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
  • Go cloud, young man
    What they don’t understand (or refuse to accept) is that the Web has reached a point of maturity where it has now become an effective platform for automating most forms of administrative and professional work.
  • The “Cloud Pioneers”: Dan Druker
    The key to the cloud is not about technical architecture, it’s about understanding how you can solve business problems in ways that were impractical or impossible without it.
  • They don’t get it
    then I’m estimating that around 70-80% of what a professional usually does evaporates. Think about it: * Audit has pretty much disappeared for all but the largest businesses who mostly see the Big Four as their natural haven. * The maturity of business systems available to owner managed businesses is such that even if they’re working with on premise applications, the chances are that what they produce is good enough for day to day business decision making purposes. However, the velocity at which business is now moving puts in question whether even those mature applications will be enough to meet the pace of modern business need. * The days of the ’show box’ business person have been superseded by a growing number of saas apps that have been built with those types of business in mind. As Duane Jackson said to me the other day: “People buy Kashflow because of its ease of use.” When Freeagent Central was under early development, CEO Ed Molyneux said to me: “We’re doing this for ourselves
  • Why It’s Smart To Be Optimistic
    Recessions can be fertile times for invention. “Bad news is good news to the prepared,” says Hilary U. Eledu, a divisional head of the Nigerian investment bank BGL. Unemployed people like Mary Pruitt suddenly have time on their hands. Resources such as office space and lab time can be had more cheaply. And shaken-up companies are looking for better ways to solve their problems. Indeed, history is replete with companies and products that were invented or launched in bad times, from Tide detergent to the Xerox machine to Microsoft. Here’s an impressive stat: From February 2007 through February 2009, despite the recession and bankruptcies, California witnessed an 11% increase in the number of corporations, limited partnerships, and limited liability companies registered in the state.
  • The Future Of Work – It’s Data, Baby
    So, if you’re looking to sharpen up your data analysis skills, where do you start? 1. The recently published book “Beautiful Data” brings together essays some of the world’s most cutting-edge data practitioners — such as Stamen Design — on subjects as diverse as DNA analysis, crime maps and crowdsourcing. 2. Ben Fry’s PhD thesis “Computational Information Design,” which outlines the need for a new field based on multiple disciplines. 3. The post “Three Sexy Skills Of Data Geeks,” which explains statistics, data munging and visualization — or studying, suffering and storytelling, as the author jokingly suggests. 4. Blogs such as Dataspora and Flowing Data.
  • The Three Sexy Skills of Data Geeks
    I believe that the folks to whom Hal Varian is referring are not statisticians in the narrow sense, but rather people who possess skills in three key, yet independent areas: statistics, data munging, and data visualization. (In parentheses next to each, I’ve put the salient character trait needed to acquire it).
  • Joyent Launches Virtual Appliance for MySQL — Sets New Speed Benchmark for Database in the Cloud
    Joyent and Sun’s database group have teamed up to create Virtual Appliance templates for MySQL. Joyent’s Virtual Appliance for MySQL is configured to maximize the open source database’s performance on Joyent’s powerful, secure and stable virtualization technology. Performance benchmarks (www.joyent.com/mysql) demonstrate that Joyent’s Virtual Appliance for MySQL can deliver 3 times the number of Transactions per Second than comparable deployments of XEN-based clouds, such as Amazon’s EC2.
  • To Microsoft, Basic Research Is Good Insurance
    The Microsoft skeptics point out that all its research spending did not help Microsoft get a leg up in vital new markets where rivals, new and familiar, have taken the lead: Google in search, and Apple in media players and smartphone technology. Rick Rashid, senior vice president and director of Microsoft’s R.& D. labs, said he thought such criticism was both selective and wide of the mark. In a recent conversation, he explained why large corporations like Microsoft, with wide-ranging ambitions in varied markets, must invest in basic research, which is focused on scientific frontiers, not products. That emphasis on basic research is not something one hears much these days from corporate research executives.

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