Showing posts from December, 2007

Ominpresence: A Sign Of The Times

A Sign Of The Times: "Omnipresence was another big theme in 2007 with Twitter brining always on, always available communication to the masses. Whether this is merely the beginning of a broader trend, or something that will pass in 2008 is still to be seen. Certainly I’m not sure if I want to see lot of people live twittering births, like we saw from Robert Scoble this year, but perhaps overall we’re all the richer for the networking Twitter delivers."

Helge: I'm twittering but there are those who do it on a continuous basis. I still see a value in traditional blogging.

Henly Shelton Sales Process Engineering

Helge: Added the new information about Henly here. I'll write more later. We used to work together at the end of 70's and beginning of 80's.

Todd Youngblood and Sales Process Engineering: "Henly Shelton Managing Partner

Henly Shelton is obsessed with customer care tied to sales productivity. His 30-year career in Executive Management, Sales, Marketing and Consulting has focused on selling value not hype. He began his career with US Filter where his sales work gained him the attention of a Finnish company looking to establish an office in the US. He started as area manager and he exceeded his quota in each of those years. He was rapidly promoted to Vice President of sales then to the position of President for North American operations. Henly’s focus on solution selling and customer care has been the key to his success.

In 1989, Henly successfully established and operated an intelligent sensor company that developed technology for the pulp and paper market. Henly met th…

Strategy in making

The main elements of strategic architecture are mission, strategic business areas, analyses, goals, competitive strategies, action programmes, long-term financial planning and securing the strategies coming through.
This is a description of that journey. We are looking at the content, history, development, methods and implementation of strategic management. This is an evolutionary process. New information is added on a daily basis.I know, the strategy has been right. The vision is clear. Tactical implementation is however the key to strategical success.

KK-Net Dreaming About a White Christmas

We think about you during Christmas in terms of bioenergy, biorefineries, craft and design, digital communication and storytelling, walking hand in hand to find innovations in health care, microbiology, food and water safety, hoping that this world learns to handle global warming, energy crisis, the housing loans melt down, large and small problems around the world.

Social networking and social media have been big Web 2.0 issues during year 2007. Mobility is a growing trend and we can be proud about our national icon Nokia, still going strong. Facebook, iPhone and the Google Jaiku marriage were interesting geek news 2007.

We hope to make small, big and break-through innovations with you during 2008, to make this world just a little bit better for all of us in the future. Some of the problems might be too big for all united, but we can make a contribution. Success comes through consistent effort.

Finland used to live from forestry and wood based industries. We think, this will continue, …

Merry Christmas

Le Web 3

geraldinelemeur Leweb3 video starts to be online :
This is a meeting in France that started four years and it was a clean and cut blogging meeting. This time December 11, 2007 Le Web 3 attracted 900 people and there are 200 journalists in the audience.

Labor Shortage

How Retailers Cope
with Labor, Overseas Suppliers,
and other Forces Beyond Their Control Every industry is dealing with labor shortages. At least that’s a problem where they can gain some control by applying automation. The world of retail requires a bit more creativity to deal with things outside their control—mainly, seasonality and an unpredictable overseas supply chain.Helge: This world is complex. We've companies closing factories and moving abroad, to China, India, Asia, Africa and South-America. On the other hand is the speech about labor shortage.
This webcast will present how retailers are applying materials handling technologies and closing gaps in their information supply chains to improve inventory management and make better use of available labor.
Helge: Have to check it out...
Modern’s editors will present highlights and analysis from their recent survey of retailers, then John Seidl of Kurt Salmon Associates will offer his thoughts on what professionals in all industries…

Estonia: Cyber Superpower

Estonia: Cyber Superpower: "Estonia: Cyber Superpower. This Baltic country is getting a reputation for being security savvy. Just ask the hackers by Mike Collier

During a November visit to the United States, Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip comapared his country's success in combating a massive cyber attack earlier this year to Bruce Willis in the recent fourth Die Hard film.

In the movie, the macho character almost single-handedly takes out a criminal organization that attacks the United States by hacking into its online security systems.

Similarly, in April and May, Estonia's information technology (IT) infrastructure was subjected to a massive barrage of spam, viruses, and 'botnet attacks,' which rely on thousands of hijacked personal computers.

The cyber-attack came just after a series of riots sparked by the relocation of a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn. Investigations showed that the attack ori"

NewsFactor Network | Google Knol: 'Brilliant Web Marketing Strategy'

NewsFactor Network | Google Knol: 'Brilliant Web Marketing Strategy': "Google is developing an online publishing system that many are saying could rival Wikipedia. Google's system will display content penned by folks who have knowledge about various subjects.

Google is calling the project 'knol,' which the company says stands for a unit of knowledge. Currently in the invitation-only beta stage, knol will allow people to develop Web pages oriented on a broad range of topics.

'There are millions of people who possess useful knowledge that they would love to share, and there are billions of people who can benefit from it. We believe that many do not share that knowledge today simply because it is not easy enough to do that,' wrote Udi Manber, Google's vice president of engineering, on the official Google blog."

Merida Mexico

Merida Mexico: "Merida is a beautiful city in the heart of the Yucatan with fantastic examples of Spanish colonial architecture dating back to the 16 and 1700's. The sheer age of this city gives it an old world flavor, but the fact that so many of these structures were built to last has enabled a level of preservation that makes you feel you have stepped back in time.

For many, the beauty of Merida Mexico is found in the history which is represented in so much of the areas past being present in the here and now. One foot in the past and one foot in the present, ever mindful of one while living in the other. The best example of this is streets that have been there for hundreds of years and we are reminded of their age as we are stuck in the gridlock of traffic jams. The city seems to stand still in the past and present in more ways than one :)

With a population of a million people, it often feels like the city is expanding and stretching towards Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Mayapan, Kab…

Merida Yucatan Mexico :

Merida Yucatan Mexico : "Merida is the capital city of the state of Yucatan. Known as 'White City' because of the large use of white limestone and white paint this traditional city depicts much of the splendor of Colonial Mexico.

This is by no means to say that Merida still exists in a time warp and the contrary could be said. There is old and new exhibited in everything from fashion to architecture.

Helge: Olli wrote today that he is in Merida.

The Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Montejo founded present day Merida in 1542. An insight into the horrendous pain and suffering of the people who were brutalized by the conquering conquistadors exists in magnificent paintings that are on display in the Governor's Palace located in downtown Merida.

Helge: They will return to Toluca.

Left in seclusion for many years because of the difficulty of traveling to Merida the people of this region have cultivated a distinct contemporary society that is unique in Mexico…

How to Change the World: The Zen of Business Plans

How to Change the World: The Zen of Business Plans: "Put in the right stuff. Here's what a business plan should address:
Executive Summary (1)
Problem (1)
Solution (1)
Business Model (1)
Underlying Magic (1)
Marketing and Sales (1)
Competition (1)
Team (1)
Projections (1)
Status and Timeline (1), and
Conclusion (1)
Essentially, this is the same list of topics as a PowerPoint pitch. Those numbers in parenthesis are the ideal lengths for each section; note that they add up to eleven.

As you'll see in a few paragraphs, the ideal length of a business plan is twenty pages, so I've given you nine pages extra as a fudge factor."

Daily Reckoning about The Housing Market

Dear Daily Reckoning Reader,If you think that the current downswing in the housing market only affects those poor homeowners who are being strangled by their resetting ARMs... Think again. In just four short years, your house is likely to be worth about HALF of what it is now.But, as you’ll discover in the report below, there are three easy ways to hedge against this subprime meltdown. And we’re prepared to tell you what they are...absolutely free. Sincerely,Kate Incontrera,
Managing Editor, The Daily Reckoning
Most catastrophes have a ripple effect.Maybe you remember, for instance, when the Savings & Loan crisis came to a head in 1989. Over 1,000 small banks made big, bad loans that nearly put them out of business forever. Dubya's daddy, George Bush Sr., engineered a $125 billion bailout. Wall Street seized up like a Plymouth in January... the U.S. deficits soared... and the U.S. economy slipped into a two-year recession. Or how about when the Dotcom
Bomb finally fell o…

IASTED Conference | Telehealth | April 16 – 18, 2008 | Baltimore, Maryland, USA

IASTED Conference | Telehealth | April 16 – 18, 2008 | Baltimore, Maryland, USA: "The Fourth IASTED International Conference on Telehealth ~Telehealth 2008~ Telemedicine: from Science to Service April 16 – 18, 2008 Baltimore, Maryland, USA ***Deadlines Extended***

Sponsor The International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED) * Technical Committee on Telecommunications Conference Chair Dr. Ron Merrell – Virginia Commonwealth University, USA Keynote Speaker Dr. Richard Bakalar – IBM - Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry, USA Location Crete Creative Commons License, Attribution Picture

Above: Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association Banner Credits: Baltimore Skyline Baltimore is a thriving modern city that is steeped in rich cultural history. The Baltimore Basilica was the first cathedral built in the United States, with stunning architecture that impresses visitors to this day.

Art lovers have no shortage of options, be it a visit to …

Sure, see the Great Wall. But don't miss the great mall. |

Sure, see the Great Wall. But don't miss the great mall. | "Sure, see the Great Wall. But don't miss the great mall. By Josh Chin | Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor YIWU, CHINA – Two tiny Buddhist nuns drag an oversized plastic bag through a massive indoor market.

Shoppers part as the pair shuffle down a corridor lined with a riotous parade of unnecessary items: knockoff Barbie dolls, NBA bobbleheads, figurines of scantily clad cartoon girls. What did they buy? 'Souvenirs,' they say impatiently - and disappear into the climate-controlled labyrinth.

China International Trade City is the largest wholesale 'small goods' market on the planet, and the consensus starting point for anyone hoping to take advantage of the famed 'China price' on display at the market's 19,000 booths (I've the figure 50,000). Once famous for being the place where half the world's socks are made, Yiwu now bears a new distinction: China…

World Bioenergy Conference & Exhibition

World Bioenergy Conference & Exhibition: "Dear colleague, Once again Sweden and the city of Jönköping will be the international bioenergy focal point hosting the 3rd edition of World Bioenergy 27-29 May 2008.

This major global bioenergy get-together is based on the unique 'Taking you from Know-How to Show-How' concept, combining conference sessions, field excursions and tradeshow into one comprehensive event.

Held in 2006 the 2nd edition of World Bioenergy gathered 1168 conference delegates from 60 countries from all over the world. Some 4200 persons visited the exhibition, and 64 study visits were performed at a wide range of bioenergy sites.

The purpose of the event is to promote the commercial implementation of bioenergy technologies and solutions. By attending World Bioenergy delegates not only expand their own Know-How horizons but also their Know-Who networks."

NewsFactor Network | Nokia Details Mobile Strategy Shift

NewsFactor Network | Nokia Details Mobile Strategy Shift: "Nokia executives told investors this week that the company's increased focus on Internet-based services and software would provide the world's No. 1 cell-phone maker with the extra edge it will need to continue to grow its commanding share of the handset market in 2008 and beyond.

'We are at the dawn of a new era in mobile communications driven by the rapid convergence of the Internet and mobility Relevant Products/Services, and Nokia is setting the pace of change,' said CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. 'We estimate that in 2010, the total Internet services market will be approximately 100 billion euros,' Kallasvuo added."

Helge: Internet Service Market!

About blogs in plain English

Lee and Sachi LeFever have done the Blogs in Plain English.

Michele Martin from The Bamboo Project Blog thinks, "The only thing I think is missing is a discussion of blogs as a learning tool."

"There's still a sense of blogging as a broadcast medium with some commenting and conversation thrown in." Michele Writes.

This video represents the more mainstream thinking/definition of a blog and that it's a lot harder to talk about blogs as learning tools in three minutes.

This could make a nice intro to a workshop on blogging. You might also want to forward it to the people who ask "What's a blog?"

Helge: I did like the video. It gives a quick intro to what blogging is all about.

More than 3.3 billion Mobile subscriptions

According to specialist information provider Informa, there are now enough mobile phone subscriptions for half the world’s population.

More than 3.3 billion subscriptions now exist, and it has taken just 26 years to reach that figure.

Nokia's CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has said that a 40 % marketshare isn't the final milestone.

We can expect further growth. Nokia's marketshare in US is low, but the big numbers are however made in the areas with big popultations.
ChinaIndiaOther Asian countries

Katse tulevaisuuteen ja Venäjän suuntaan

This man is looking into the future. He is gazing towards the Russian border.

We're visiting the Stora Enso Kaukpaa mill and this direction we can see the Svetogorsk pulp and paper mill.

Why is he looking towards Russia? Why is Russia, Russia, Russia so important for a small country like Finland.

There is a reason. The Russian market, raw materials and 150 million potential clients have a big importance.

We need to learn the importance of Russia every decade, again and again. There is a love and hate relationship. We have been in war with the Russians several times. However, the reality is that it's the biggest market closest to Finland.

On the Road in Europe

We work with different models for mobile services.

The mega-trailer could be used to move a completer IBM TMBC PMEU ATP laboratory to a crisis managment location.

The evolution of the Mobile TMBC service model

I've been looking back on blogs and html-pages from 2005 and 2004. The mobile service unit figures in the pictures, but the content isn't there yet.

It took two more years to get the TMBC embedded.

The signs are clear. The idea of an innovative Road Service Concept was there. We even visited the relevant industrial sites.

Nevertheless, the solution wasn't in traditional video- and audio communication, even though they will be a part of the whole. We make invisible microbes visible with PMEU and the TMBC Mobile concept becomes an indispensable decision support tool.

Mobility has a core meaning in this service. One unit should support 10 to 15 operational units on annual basis. It would be too expensive to have all the tools and devices installed and applied at each individual site. The cost of personnel has also to be counted.

On the road mobile service clinic TMBC

Loviisa, Finland December 2, 2007 — Today, "IBM TMBC PMEU ATP Mobile Service and Industry Partners kick off the Mobile P&P Tour.

This will be a multiple-city, nationwide tour that showcases exciting developments in mobile microbiology and biotechnology services.


At the center of the tour is a rolling Mobile Service Unit packed with the latest TMBC and PMEU tools, wireless online communication, research and service personnel and wild card monitorin technologies, including a selection of diagnostic devices available for demonstrations. We aloso show poroducts that will be available in the near future.

The products and technologies on display in the Mobile TMBC Unit present a unified solution for customers who are ready to sign IBM TMBC Mobile Service Contracts .

The Mobile Tour will introduce customers to the advantages of TMBC connected to the Support Center with wireless networks. We give them the chance to experience currently available weak signals monitor…

Motorola CEO Edward J. Zander has to go

Helge: What new will happen with the changes at the top of Motorola?

Motorola Names Greg Brown Chief Executive Officer, Succeeding Edward J. Zander Who Remains Chairman

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – 30 November 2007 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Greg Brown, 47, as Chief Executive Officer of Motorola, effective January 1, 2008. Mr. Brown currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Brown will succeed Edward J. Zander as CEO, and Mr. Zander, 60, will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors until the annual meeting of stockholders in May 2008.

Helge: Zander will continue as Chairman of the Board of Directors until May 2008

On behalf of Motorola’s Board of Directors, Samuel C. Scott III, lead director, said, “I want to take this opportunity to thank Ed for his vision, expertise and tireless commitment to Motorola. We greatly appreciate his many contributions and wish him all the best in the years ahead. Today’s deci…

About the Coolest Gadgets to Your Door

Email I'm getting a lot is about frustration.

People would like to get more support.

Industry tries to make the usage easier.

Click here to continue! He tells a woman that was scratching the Mac screen with the mouse.

The message said, "Click here to continue."

The message says, "error type 11."

Fingers are remaining the same size and the gadgets have more features.

We want unnecessary power, features, add-ons, David Pogue, New York Times tells in a video from 2006.