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Lean Management

Getting in operational shape - becoming Lean - has been a primary goal of most manufacturing companies over the last few years. Why is Lean so popular?

Because it delivers what manufacturing companies truly need in today's highly competitive world:
shorter lead times,
improved quality,
reduced cost,
increased profit,
improved productivity and
enhanced customer service.

Customer Orientation and Sales

KK-Net helps organizations transform their business strategies to center on the customer.

Being a good closer is considered an important skill for salespeople. Companies need a proven, tactical sales methodology that enables companies to predictably generate more revenue without increasing sales costs.

The best salespeople often get orders without having to close. A large part of successful closing is knowing when buyers have what is needed to make decisions.

Let's talk about how to successfully create a competitive advantage and drive revenue through superior customer experience.

Reliability, Planning, Scheduling

Removing Barriers to Reliability by N. Eric Matthews, P.E. Production Manager, Allen Steam Station, Duke Energy, and Arne Skaalure, Project Manager, RMG

Effective planning and scheduling
are foundational elements
for successful work management

Well-defined and implemented planning and scheduling processes ensure that a plant’s most important work will be done safely, efficiently and at the right time.

Helge: I've not been writing about reliability for a long time. What about Sisu Enterprise? I need to talk with them.

Work exceeding Estimated vs. Actual Hours targets is flagged, categorized and documented by technicians in the CMMS. These exceptions are reviewed weekly at a Barrier Meeting and assigned to plant personnel responsible for removing identified barriers.

Barriers such as:
incomplete planning, incorrect parts, poor communication or coordination, s cope creep, etc., result in unsafe situations, a frustrated workforce, plus a 10 - 20% productivity loss. With a clear focu…

Search Engine Marketing, Social Media Production, Social Networking Experts, Paid Search

Search Engine Marketing, Social Media Production, Social Networking Experts, Paid Search: "Making Your Mark with a Flexible Plan"

Let me present: giovanni gallucci, Search & Social Media Evangelist
giovanni galluccipprovides strategy for new developments in social media, search, and technology for clients and functions as a strategic representative to top internet personalities and forward-thinking companies looking to break new ground in social media.
Helge: How do I know about him? Twitter is the answer. There are about six billion people and their stories on this global warming earth. I just know and network with a tiny part of them. The Finnish Nokia does a much better job. A billion and more are using their mobile phones.
giovanni is a founding partner of Dallas-based online marketing firm DexterityMedia, is on the faculty of xTrain.comproviding training on podcastng and social media, created the social media website directory, socialtrackr.com, produces inspired vide…

Huddle uses new apps and Facebook to take on Basecamp

Huddle uses new apps and Facebook to take on Basecamp: "UK-based Huddle, an Enterprise 2.0 startup which is now clearly positioning itself square-on against Basecamp, launches a well-featured Facebook application at the DEMO 08 conference this week. The Facebook integration will make your boss think you are working even when you’re on Facebook - as it allows full access to all Huddle’s tools [update: the app launches Wednesday] .

And the new Huddle Desktop application will let you drag and drop new documents between the desktop and Huddle’s service. Also included is OpenSAM Integration where you create, view and edit documents in Word, PowerPoint and Excel within Huddle through embedded Web Office tools from iNetWord, EditGrid and Preezo."

Huddle uses new apps and Facebook to take on Basecamp

Huddle uses new apps and Facebook to take on Basecamp: "UK-based Huddle, an Enterprise 2.0 startup which is now clearly positioning itself square-on against Basecamp, launches a well-featured Facebook application at the DEMO 08 conference this week. The Facebook integration will make your boss think you are working even when you’re on Facebook - as it allows full access to all Huddle’s tools [update: the app launches Wednesday] . And the new Huddle Desktop application will let you drag and drop new documents between the desktop and Huddle’s service. Also included is OpenSAM Integration where you create, view and edit documents in Word, PowerPoint and Excel within Huddle through embedded Web Office tools from iNetWord, EditGrid and Preezo."

Innovation Nation » Biography

Innovation Nation » Biography: "Biography September 19th, 2007 | From Uncategorized: Dubbed “Mr. Creativity” and “a serial innovator” by The Economist, Dr. John Kao describes his job as “instigator of new things.”

He is considered a leading authority on the subjects of innovation, organizational transformation, and digital media. He is author of the best-selling Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity, a BusinessWeek best-seller that has been published in a dozen languages, and Innovation Nation, which will be published in October, 2007.

By training, Dr. Kao has a BA from Yale College, an MD from Yale Medical School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He taught at HBS from 1982-96, where he specialized in innovation and entrepreneurship. He has also held faculty appointments at the MIT Media Lab, Yale College, and the US Naval Postgraduate School."






Belt-Tightening In Corporate IT Spending Will be Good For Web 2.0

Belt-Tightening In Corporate IT Spending Will be Good For Web 2.0: "
January 25 2008Belt-Tightening In Corporate IT Spending Will be Good For Web 2.0Erick Schonfeld29 comments »
The outlook for corporate IT spending is gloomy, with growth expected to slow from 7 percent last year to 4 percent this year. The $500 billion that U.S. corporations spend every year on hardware and software accounts for about half of all capital outlays.

Helge: That's a big junk of money.

While a belt-tightening might not be good for the IBMs, Dells, and Oracles of the world, Web 2.0 companies should do fine—even thrive. All of those Enterprise 2.0 startups out there, or even Amazon trying to sell Web-based computing infrastructure, are actually at an advantage. Customers are more likely to try cheap cloud computing when they can no longer afford the alternatives.

Now is the time to win new converts. The pay-as-you-go pricing of Web-hosted software might have greater appeal to IT managers on a restricted…

U.S. Policies Evoke Scorn at Davos - New York Times

U.S. Policies Evoke Scorn at Davos - New York Times: "For George Soros, the financier who made a fortune betting against the British pound, the slump now goes beyond subprime loans. It signals a reordering of the postwar economy and the end of dollar dominance.

“The current crisis is not only the bust that follows the housing boom,” Mr. Soros declared. “It’s basically the end of a 60-year period of continuing credit expansion based on the dollar as the reserve currency.”

Suggestions of a new economic order abounded here: India’s commerce and industry minister, Kamal Nath, said that China had overtaken the United States as his country’s largest trading partner, buttressing his view that India could come through an American recession unscathed.

The head of the National Bank of Kuwait, Ibrahim S. Dabdoub, said Americans who opposed sovereign wealth funds, like the one run by the Kuwaiti government, need to come to terms with the new reality."

Recession-Proof Jobs in 2008

Recession-Proof Jobs in 2008: "However, many employment sectors are expected to remain strong despite a possible recession, and job-seekers may have more success if they focus on recession-proof professions.

The Bright Spots

John Challenger, CEO of outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas, told Yahoo! HotJobs that careers in the following fields may offer a good chance of weathering a storm this year.

Education. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has historically shown teaching to be relatively recession-proof. But demographics are important: High-growth areas like the Sun Belt offer much better prospects than the Rust Belt.
Energy. 'This is a major issue for the global economy, and jobs related to oil and gas, alternative energy and even nuclear are likely to see strong growth,' Challenger said.
Health care. Almost half the 30 fastest growing occupations are concentrated in health services -- including medical assistants, physical therapists, physician assistants, ho…

Davos Conversation » The bears are loose

Davos Conversation » The bears are loose: "The bears are loose (Crossposted from BBC News - World Economic Forum 2008 ) 'Boy, do we have a lot to talk about,' were the opening words of Michael Elliott, editor of Time International and chair of the session on the state of the global economy. So what did we hear?

To sum it up in a few words: the bears are loose. In financial market speak, bears are economic pessimists. And this morning, nearly every speaker was deeply concerned about the state of the global economy. We won't see a global recession, everybody agreed, but if the panellists were right, then the United States and - to a lesser extent - Europe are in for a really rough ride.

The world's poor, meanwhile, will have to brace themselves for sharply rising food prices. Good news for farmers, not so good news for the rest of the developing world. Hold on to your seats."

WidSets Janne Saarikko

WidSets: "With WidSets, you can now update your friends over the mobile - without having to send an SMS! Twitter makes it easy to stay connected with friends by asking one question: What are you doing? Answer in less than 140 characters and the update is instantly sent out to all your 'followers.'

WidSets brings your favorite web content to your mobile for free. WidSets uses mini-applications called widgets that you can customize and share with your friends."

Debates | Facebook

Debates | Facebook: "Be at the center of the discussion | Facebook’s vast and interconnected community presents a fantastic opportunity to engage in meaningful debates on the social and political challenges that define our era.

Debates on Facebook is a user-generated discussion utility that allows you to spark and share debates that transcend geographic boundaries and political affiliations.

Our mission is to give a voice and a figurative megaphone to this politically underestimated online community and to bring more meaning to your experience on Facebook.

Debates on Facebook seeks to accelerate the process of debate and expand the diversity of perspectives brought to bear on as wide a range of social and political issues as possible.

Who’s behind this?

Debates on Facebook was built by the creators of Rethos.com, a social media platform that brings together individuals, non-profit organizations and socially responsible businesses in the common goal of driving social change.

Since its b…

A New, Global Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly Calories - New York Times

A New, Global Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly Calories - New York Times: "This is the other oil shock. From India to Indiana, shortages and soaring prices for palm oil, soybean oil and many other types of vegetable oils are the latest, most striking example of a developing global problem: costly food.

The food price index of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, based on export prices for 60 internationally traded foodstuffs, climbed 37 percent last year. That was on top of a 14 percent increase in 2006, and the trend has accelerated this winter.

In some poor countries, desperation is taking hold. Just in the last week, protests have erupted in Pakistan over wheat shortages, and in Indonesia over soybean shortages. Egypt has banned rice exports to keep food at home, and China has put price controls on cooking oil, grain, meat, milk and eggs.

According to the F.A.O., food riots have erupted in recent months in Guinea, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Senegal…

Managing the Global Workforce

Managing the Global Workforce: "The war for talent never ends. Middle managers in China? Good luck finding them, let alone keeping them. Assembly line workers in Central Europe? They're well-educated and hard-working: Trouble is, every company wants them. The cubicle warriors of Bangalore? They get the job done—if they stick around.

For corporations, managing this widely scattered, talented, restive, multicultural workforce has never been harder. This Special Report, written to coincide with the 2008 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, brings readers to the front lines of the struggle.

It delves into IBM's (IBM) effort to rein- vent the way it gets tasks done around the world, follows a Nokia (NOK) manager as he recruits a workforce from scratch in Transylvania, meets a restless generation of IT workers in India, and hears from the corporate road warriors who never, ever stop traveling.

These and other stories make a simple but powerful point: The old way of managing…

Open Enterprise 2.0 Conference 2008

Registration Open for Enterprise 2.0 Conference 2008Enterprise 2.0 is about breaking down organizational and technology barriers and adopting new ways to communicate and share information. Forward-looking businesses are taking bold steps towards these goals and are seeing unprecedented benefits from their early adoption. In June, the Enterprise 2.0 Conference returns to Boston to give you the tools you need to reap the benefits for yourself.Registration is now open for the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, the leading event that addresses the hot button topics facing the people driving their company's evolution to 2.0 tools and technologies, including:Social NetworkingBuilding a 2.0 Business CultureEnterprise Blogging Conferencing Applications Integrated Collaboration PlatformsSoftware as a Service (SaaS)Wikis and Team Collaboration Applications Online Office Productivity Suites (Office 2.0) Social Search and Search 2.0Web Syndication and Feeds Enterprise Software Mash-ups Presence Infor…

Mashable! - The Social Networking Blog

Mashable! - The Social Networking Blog: "In an effort to take advantage of the promised potential for successful professional social networking this year, Salesforce is adding a DaaS platform, a new pricing model to its Platform-as-a-Service tool, Force.com. You may recall that Force.com’s platform is a tool that businesses can use for internal use (think in-house social networking for employees, teams, etc.), and as an interface for a company’s online interaction with its clients.

New Customers

So with hopes to appeal to a larger client base, Salesforce has included a pay-per-login option that adds a $5/login, with up to 5 logins per month. The $50/month/user is still available as an option, but even the new payment option seems a bit steep to me. And with several other facilities looking to move in this space, including KickApps, Cisco and more recently LongJump, Salesforce is looking to reel in some new customers with a promotional price for the rest of the year. This promo will…

Google Revamps iPhone Push

Google Revamps iPhone Push: "Google today made another mobile announcement, but it's related to Apple's iPhone, rather than the much-hyped Open Handset Alliance (OHA) it sponsors.

The company introduced improvements to the suite of Web applications it offers for the device -- Search, Gmail, Calendar and Reader. Google began offering the suite only last month.

As indicated by its latest iPhone efforts, Google still has ambitions to support mobile platforms beyond those it's leading.

With the OHA, Google aims to create an open development platform for mobile devices, so applications can run without the complicated pre-qualification process developers have to go through today with most carriers.

The first handsets by OHA partners and powered by Google's Android software aren't expected till later this year.

Until then, the company seems content to support other vendors' mobile platforms, such as the Apple iPhone, of which it was an early supporter."

The Wall Street Journal Edges Towards Free

The Wall Street Journal Edges Towards Free: "In a concession to increased competition from the blogosphere and other newspapers throwing in the towel on paid-subscription walls for online content, the Wall Street Journal is making its opinion pages and commentary free. Does that mean the rest of the paper will soon be free online as well? It is certainly in keeping with new owner Rupert Murdoch’s previous public statements to that effect.

But the resistance within the Journal to completely opening up is still strong. Even as part of this announcement, the editors caution, “It’s as close as we’ll get to conceding there is such a thing as a free lunch.” You can read that to mean, don’t expect the rest of the paper to go free anytime soon. And a couple days ago, Henry Blodget made a strong case for why the Journal’s Website might end up keeping its paid wall: it makes money now ($75 million), it keeps print subscribers paying, and it generates higher online ad rates by attracting a m…

Utilium: The better way to create and share course packs with students

Utilium: The better way to create and share course packs with students: "Utilium is a powerful tool that enables university faculty to efficiently develop and deliver course materials in formats that fit the learning styles of today’s students – at a fraction of the cost of traditional textbooks and course packs.

Utilium provides instant access to a global collection of learning materials from the most trusted sources, such as leading universities, business and academic journals, news sites and think tanks. The course builder tool makes it easy to create engaging, customized course packs that can be updated in real-time.

With Utilium, faculty spend less time searching for and organizing course materials, leaving more time to focus on other activities, such as meaningful student interaction, research, and service."

International CES Straight Talk: Flickr: International CES / Twitter: CES2008

International CES Straight Talk: Flickr: International CES / Twitter: CES2008: "Media is growing to new outlets, and the International CES recognizes that. That's why we've put together this blog, Straight Talk, and we're also working with other media/social applications available on the Internet. Along with our YouTube channel cesonthetube, we're created Flickr and Twitter accounts.

Helge: CES = Computer Electronics Show

Our (CES) official show photographers have taken some great images of the show floor, keynotes, press conferences, and exhibit booths. You can see them all on our Flickr account: International CES.

CES is using Twitter for the first time this year too. Our username is CES2008, and you can follow us here: www.twitter.com/ces2008. We'll be providing updates throughout the show, and will continue to do so afterwards. Special shout-out to Veronica Belmont - thanks for your help with this!

We also have widgets on the right side of Straight Talk for ou…

Meraki Frees the Net in San Francisco

Meraki Frees the ‘Net in San Francisco: "January 4, 2008

Meraki announced today that it will provide free, broadband wireless access to the entire city of San Francisco. If all goes as planned, by the time the cold, summer fogs roll in, nearly all of the three-quarters of a million San Franciscans (and the hundreds of thousands who visit the City by the Bay each year) will be able to use their Wi-Fi-enabled devices to get free, high-speed Internet access anywhere within the seven-square miles of the city’s limits.

Helge: Wi-Fi is playing a bigger role in US...

Meraki is a Mountain View, California-based startup that began as an experiment at MIT, incorporated in April 2006 and, shortly thereafter, moved its operations from Massachusetts to California. The company takes its name from a Greek word that means “doing something with creativity, love, or soul,” and has made a commitment to “to bring affordable Internet access to the next billion people.”



Pew Research Center: Digital Footprints: Online Identity Management and Search in the Age of Transparency

Helge: Digital Footprints by Mary Madden, Senior Research Specialist; Susannah Fox, Associate Director; Aaron Smith, Research Specialist; and Jessica Vitak, Research Associate, Pew Internet & American Life Project December 16, 2007.

Pew Research Center: Digital Footprints: Online Identity Management and Search in the Age of Transparency: "The vast array of data points that make up 'personal information' in the age of online media are nearly impossible to quantify or neatly define.

Name, address, and phone number are just the basics in a world where voluntarily posting self-authored content such as text, photos, and video has become a cornerstone of engagement in the era of the participatory Web.

The more content we contribute voluntarily to the public or semi-public corners of the Web, the more we are not only findable, but also knowable.

Helge: I decided long ago to become visible on the net. The beginning of 2007 was the beginning of a channel re-organization. This proc…

Improve Your Blog with Networking

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Improve Your Blog with Networking: "In Answer to My question - ‘What did You Do On Your Blog in 2007 that Improved it the most’ - David Peralty from xfep.com answered: The answer to your question boils down to one word: networking.

Helge: I need to think about how to improve. A year ago, I considered myself an amateur. Things have changed during 2007, but I've some miles to go before I feel being a professional. I write in three languages: Finnish, English and Swedish. That's a challenge.
Who is behind Problogger?My name is Darren Rowse and I’m a full time Blogger making a living from this new and dynamic medium from blogs like Digital Photography School.Back in 2002 I stumbled upon an article about ‘Blogging’. I didn’t know it at the time but that moment changed my life. Since then I've become a full time blogger and have blogged on over 20 blogs and co-founded the b5media blog network.Read more at my about page
With everything else I have done in my blogging, networkin…