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Saudi Arabia is investing $100 bn in renewable energies

Ariel Schwartz at Fast Company reports that “[…] Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, may not be panicking quite yet about its ever-declining oil supply–but the country is certainly concerned. Consider: in February, a Wikileaks document revealed that Saudi Arabia might be overstating its oil reserves by 300 billion barrels, and the country recently asked for a slice of the UN’s $100 billion climate change fund to help diversify to other energy sources (a galling request from such a wealthy country so dependent on other people not diversifying to other energy sources). And now the kingdom has announced that it plans to spend $100 billion on solar, nuclear, and other renewable energy sources. They haven’t announced over what time period they will spend it, but that’s a lot of cash. Private investments in Chinese renewable energy projects equalled$54.4 billion last year, which was the highest of any country.[…]” (full article here).

I think that despite concerns on oil ending up, moving to renewable energies is a wise move. Is not the problem of having easy access to oil, but rather to think of the future of the planet and ensure an effort to reduce emissions.

On the “simple” economic side, in the more or less near future, oil will be less available, increasing costs. Going renewable ensures Saudi Arabia a future predominant position in energy also when oil will end.

This post as a comment also here.


Aiim social roadmap white paper

Aiim (site here), for over 60 years, AIIM has been the leading non-profit organization focused on helping users to understand the challenges associated with managing documents, content, records, and business processes.

Now among other interesting articles, Aiim proposed a”[…] roadmap [that] is a tool to help organizations effectively develop social business processes and to help identify and address potential issues before they become real problems. […] The social business roadmap consists of eight primary steps. Each step is briefly described here and is addressed in substantially more detail over the course of the document. Links to the eight steps take you to our wiki, where we discuss the “what’s next”, case studies, and your additional thoughts and feedback. […]

Main steps are

 

  • Emergence. In this step the organization is not using social technologies in any formal or organized way. Instead, individuals or small groups within the organization are experimenting with social technologies to determine whether there is business value to them.
  • Strategy. Once the organization begins to develop experience with social technologies and has identified potential business value from their use, it is important to create a framework that identifies how it expects to use these technologies, and the goals and objectives for their use.
  • Development. With the strategy in place, the organization can make informed decisions about what tools to implement, how to implement them, where to implement them, and how they will potentially scale more broadly within the organization.
  • Monitoring. Initially the organization should spend time monitoring and listening to the conversations taking place in and around a particular tool to get a sense of the nature of the tool, the content of the conversations, the target audiences, and who the leading participants are. This is perhaps more visible in externally focused processes but is important for internal ones as well.
  • Participation. Once the organization has done some listening it will be able to participate more meaningfully and should begin doing so according to what it has learned about the target market and the nature of the conversations on the various tools.
  • Engagement. The goal is for participation to move to engagement – from speaking at or to customers to engaging with them. This means creating processes to respond to issues, both internally and externally, and ensuring that communications are clear, accurate, and authentic.
  • Governance. This step describes the process for developing an effective governance framework for social business processes. Some of the steps are specific to certain tools or capabilities, while others are more broadly applicable, such as an acceptable usage policy.
  • Optimization. Once social business processes are in place, they should be actively managed and reviewed to ensure that the organization is realizing the expected benefits. This includes but is not limited to monitoring the tools in real time, identifying and measuring specific metrics, and training users on new or evolving tools and processes.
  • […]” (full article here, direct download link for white paper here)

    In a complex contest like the one of “going social” I think that a rationalization effort is really important also to avoid smaller organizations getting lost into fuzzy and fancy words.

     

     


    Daily Mumble: meritocracy for all

    I often find how difficult is for people really capable to emerge if they have not some prerequisites (university degree in some university, find the “good train” to follow an a merging leader, do a good corridor management,…).

    Is very sad, because this determines even more often a management where relational skills are more important than operational skills.

    But this brings value to a company only if those skills are applied to bring benefit to the company and not to make the management survive.

     


    Olivetti launches OliPad

    Christopher Trout at Engadget reports an original post by Riccardo saying that “[…] This week, Olivetti announced the release of the OliPad, staking its claim to a slice of the slab pie, and repositioning itself on the enterprise PC market. Heralded (at least by Olivetti) as Italy’s first tablet, the OliPad sports a 10-inch screen, 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity, NVIDIA Tegra 2, Android 2.2.2, and a 1024 x 600 display. It also features USB and HDMI ports and a 1.3 megapixel camera, but perhaps most telling is the simultaneous launch of the Application Warehouse, “a virtual storehouse of configurable and customizable software applications designed by Olivetti specifically for business and government. […]” (full story here)

    I’m Italian and proud of this. Despite the name, well abused (like was e-everything in 90s, i-everything in this years, now the claim is for pad-evereything), I love the fact that a company like Olivetti is getting back in serious business with something that is also appealing on a visual POV.

    This post as a comment also at Engadget


    Tablet wars

    The guys at geeks are sexy provide a useful comparison chart from Investintech providing comparison of the 4 most wanted tablets: iPad2, Motorola Xoom, Samsung sliding PC7 and Notion Ink Adam (full articles at http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2011/03/02/full-ipad2-specs-vs-competition-whos-best-infographic and at  http://www.investintech.com/ipad2/)

    Here is a scaled image linking to full one.


    Steve’s way

    At Arcamax (http://www.arcamax.com/businessnews/s-845606-464627?source=1930) report that Steve Jobs has been welcomed with a standing ovation at iPad 2 event.I don’t believe that Steve Jobs is someone so dedicated to work that he needs to be present just because is part of his work.Nor I think that Steve is so attached to money to be tehre just because otherwise his company will loose money.What he said is something like “we worked so much for this that I wanted to be here”. And this despite his health.Is something near to natural leadership and is made of a well blended mix between being attached to work, believe in what you do and of course, a little bit of “being at the crenter of spotlight”.I don’t like some things in Apple way, but this appearence is something other companies should be scared of, because of the embedded implications it has, ranging from motivation to money matters.
    This post as a comment also at http://www.arcamax.com/businessnews/s-845606-464627#posts


    Mobile traffic to increase 26x by 2015 but will infrastructures support it?

    Matthew Lasar at Ars technica (http://arstechnica.com/author/matthew-lasar/) reports some figures by Cisco Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast (source here).

    Here are the highlights:'[…]

    • There will be 788 million mobile-only Internet users by 2015.
    • Global mobile data traffic will increase by a factor of 26 by 2015.
    • World mobile data grew by a factor of 2.6 in 2010 from 2009.
    • Average smartphone usage doubled: 79 MB per month, up from 35 MB per month in 2009.
    • Android operating system data use is rapidly catching up to the iPhone.
    • In 2010 almost a third of smartphone traffic was offloaded onto fixed networks via dual-mode or Femtocells.
    • Millions of people around the world have cell phones but no electricity, and by 2015 a majority in the Middle East and Southeast Asia will live “off-grid, on-net.”

    […]” (full article at http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/03/world-mobile-data-traffic-to-explode-by-factor-of-26-by-2015.ars)

    I think that supporting such an expansion is also a challenge of network support, that, in most cases is running at nearly full capacity.

    I’m not confident that in 4 years we can build and reinforce networks more than was done in last 10 years.

    The other fact that is really worrying is that nearly 1/3 of world population will live “on net and off grid”. This is a radical shift, because moves mobile access to primary needs, and I think that accessing the net is important, but not vital nor for development, nor for surviving.

    This post as a comment also at http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/03/world-mobile-data-traffic-to-explode-by-factor-of-26-by-2015.ars?comments=1&p=21385440#comment-21385440

     


    Apple launching something big next week?

    Many rumors are going around saying that a major product launch can occur next week.

    Hypothesis are that the occasion is a revised Macbook pro line launch where will be presented a high speed connection based on Intel Light Peak.

    Let’s see what happens… 🙂


    Norton’s Cybercrime Index: good thing or scary threat?

    Austin Carr at Fast company (http://www.fastcompany.com/user/219225) reports that Symantec started a service called Norton’s Cybercrime Index (http://nortoncybercrimeindex.com/) aimed at advising users on threat level of cyber crime (full article at http://www.fastcompany.com/1729217/scare-tactics-nortons-cybercrime-index-tracks-internet-dangers-in-real-time-frightens-old-fo).

    I think that could be useful in some way, but I I’m not quite sure of the final objective of the service, because of course is a matter of commercials and marketing.

    I don’t think the average user could understand and interpret the level of threat he’s exposed by watching the site, but I’m sure that the below the average user will be scared by titles he cannot understand.

    So at the end I would have expected a different approach from Symantec, but let’s see how the service evolves.

    This post as a comment also at http://www.fastcompany.com/1729217/scare-tactics-nortons-cybercrime-index-tracks-internet-dangers-in-real-time-frightens-old-fo


    In defense of Steve Jobs right to be ill

    I see from many source that National Enquirer that someone has conducted an analysis on Steve Jobs health using photos taken folloing him outside cancer treatment centre.

    No guys! This is not freedom nor jornalism. It’s being stupid.

    Steve is a public person and he’s famous. But has the same right of each one of us of having privacy in this moments.

    But what is really awful is the fact that those who said that he has 6 weeks to live made this diagnosis through photos. I ask why those people (that BTW are doctors) are not removed from their associations: this is not something that has been made for saving lives or in emergency, they had the only urgency to become famous discussing with a news magazine.

    Again, this is not journalism nor freedom of speech.

    This is pure gratuitous stupidity, even if is the news is true.

     


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