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Audi Selects IBM to Migrate SAP Infrastructure to Cloud

Audi Selects IBM to Migrate SAP Infrastructure to Cloud | flexsource | Scoop.it

From April 2011 > IBM announced that Audi selected IBM to build a cloud environment for Audi's SAP infrastructure to deliver higher performance, fast and flexible provisioning of SAP applications and capacities, lower infrastructure costs


In April 2010, Audi signed a contract with IBM to rebuild their existing SAP infrastructure, including consolidation and virtualization of the server hardware, process standardization, opportunities for performance-related billing and a much higher operational flexibility. Audi's new SAP Infrastructure solution is based on a new generation of high-performance IBM POWER 7 Servers and IBM database technology (DB2).
"Along with a very high level of reliability and failure safety, the new SAP Infrastructure solution, which we will migrate into a private cloud, substantially lowering energy consumption," said Audi's Lorenz Schoberl, head of IT Infrastructure Services. "The DB2 solution's built-in data compression capability will enable us to save time and reduce costs of storage and archiving."
"We were able to demonstrate that our combination of POWER servers and DB2 will decrease the total cost of ownership over the next four years -- from a business and technology point of view," said Gunter Frohlich, IBM Client Manager for Audi.
The new infrastructure is fully operational and will be managed by IBM in a private cloud environment hosted in Audi's data center.

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5 Things You Need to Know about Software-as-a-Service Contracts

5 Things You Need to Know about Software-as-a-Service Contracts | flexsource | Scoop.it
  1. Think service. Vendors may "try to squeeze SaaS terms and conditions into a software contract," says Azzarello Group consultant Nick Goss. A CIO needs to address how this relationship is different. Both established vendors and startups have latched onto SaaS as an easy route to market because it simplifies distribution of code, says Goss. But beware of those who may be "more focused on accruing customers than assuring reliable levels of service," he warns.
  2. Get guarantees. Harrison Lewis, CIO at the grocery chain Haggen, negotiates application-specific protections. When Haggen signed with a SaaS human resources and payroll vendor, Lewis made the vendor guarantee to support the application for at least 10 years or pay a penalty. He also required software escrow, in case the vendor went out of business. "I'm looking to mitigate the risk, so what I put into the contract are the worst-case scenarios," Lewis says.
  3. Understand what you are giving up. Lewis notes he no longer has the option of sticking with an older version of the application. "Under SaaS, when the vendor goes to version 10, guess what? Here we go!" he says. So rather than controlling the schedule, he insists on getting adequate notice to address issues such as training.
  4. Watch out for rogue deployments. One CIO Goss knows was embarrassed to find out his firm had adopted a SaaS application for a serious business function without his knowledge. "He only found out about it because someone commented that it wasn't performing very well," Goss says. At Haggen, the CFO wouldn't let such a contract be signed without Lewis's consent. "If it has any smell of technology, he brings it to me," he says.
  5. Resistance is futile. SaaS can be a good match for many business goals, so "a CIO trying to stand against this is going to be perceived as showing a remarkable lack of business judgment," Goss says. "You might as well work out a way for it to happen that makes it safe so it's not going to come back and bite you." By becoming an advocate for SaaS where it's appropriate, you can play a bigger role in selecting the right services and negotiating contracts to make them manageable.
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Research Shows That the Smarter People Are, the More Susceptible They Are to Cognitive Bias

Research Shows That the Smarter People Are, the More Susceptible They Are to Cognitive Bias | flexsource | Scoop.it
Here’s a simple arithmetic question: A bat and ball cost a dollar and ten cents. The bat costs a dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?


self-awareness was not particularly useful: as the scientists note, “people who were aware of their own biases were not better able to overcome them.” This finding wouldn’t surprise Kahneman, who admits in “Thinking, Fast and Slow” that his decades of groundbreaking research have failed to significantly improve his own mental performance. “My intuitive thinking is just as prone to overconfidence, extreme predictions, and the planning fallacy”—a tendency to underestimate how long it will take to complete a task—“as it was before I made a study of these issues,” he writes.

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/frontal-cortex/2012/06/daniel-kahneman-bias-studies.html#ixzz1xvwDtNs7

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The Cost Gap And Reshoring Of Chinese Manufacturin - AMD – Aerospace Manufacturing and Design

The Cost Gap And Reshoring Of Chinese Manufacturin - AMD – Aerospace Manufacturing and Design | flexsource | Scoop.it
The tide has begun to turn on the flow of manufacturing jobs from the U.S. to China and other low-cost countries, according to a new study from The Hackett Group Inc.
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Making crowdsourcing work. My best practices - Going Social Now

I've been advising several clients on crowdsourcing initiatives recently. Some have been product development efforts, others for marketing campaigns and one even about solving a global crisis. It has been interesting as crowdsourcing stitches together so many facets of social influence marketing. And I believe that in today's world no product or marketing campaign should be launched without some form of crowdsourcing having driven it. With that in mind, I've developed a list of crowdsourcing best practices. Tell me what you think and feel free to add your own to the list. It would only be appropriate.

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Model factories | Operations Practice | McKinsey & Company

Model factories | Operations Practice | McKinsey & Company | flexsource | Scoop.it

The McKinsey Capability Center in Atlanta is the latest of more than ten model factories McKinsey has opened since 2007 and the first in the Americas. Executives, managers, and shop floor employees work with McKinsey experts to learn, refresh, or deepen their understanding of lean-manufacturing techniques and, more important, to learn how to drive lasting change. Experiential learning—wielding pneumatic wrenches, planning production, or processing incoming customer orders—helps the lessons learned to stick. On average, recall rates are seven times higher after three months than after traditional training courses.

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Spring cleaning tips for home workers « BT Viewpoint

Spring cleaning tips for home workers « BT Viewpoint | flexsource | Scoop.it

It’s spring and time for a good tidy up and some order to my home working environment. I need to stress this is an unnatural act for me. If you’ve ever seen me make pizzas you’ll know that I’m a world class messy worker. Covered with dough, flour, passata, mozzarella, olive oil and basil my kitchen looks more like a serious crime scene than a place for producing fine cuisine.
However I do believe in the productivity and psychological benefits of a well organised tidy work space. Order, defined as a condition in which everything has a proper place with reference to other things and its purpose, is without doubt a precursor to getting things done with minimal stress and effort.
Here are my top tips to getting your home work space organised and reducing the potential for unintended home working faux pas.

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Computer gamers develop problem-solving algorithm that beats scientists’ best efforts | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine

Computer gamers develop problem-solving algorithm that beats scientists’ best efforts | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine | flexsource | Scoop.it

A group of computer gamers are making habit of outshining scientists at their own game. Most of them have no scientific background, but they have a track record of cracking tough scientific puzzles, including at least one that went unsolved for over a decade. They are the Foldit players, and for their latest trick, they’ve shown that they can not only solve hard problems, but also create problem-solving tools that outperform the best in the business.
Foldit is an online multiplayer game, created by Seth Cooper and Zoran Popovic at the University of Washington. It’s designed to tap the collecting problem-solving skills of thousands of people, by reframing scientific problems in a way that even a complete novice can tackle.
In the game, players work together to decipher the structures of proteins. These molecules are feats of biological origami; they consist of long chains of amino acids that scrunch up into complicated three-dimensional shapes. Scientists need to resolve these shapes to understand how the proteins work, and the usual methods involve bouncing X-rays off purified crystals (which is difficult) or using predictive software (which is imperfect). Cooper and Popovic went down a third route: they got gamers to play their way to a solution.
Their game converts the complicated business of protein structures into simple language and mechanics. While scientists might “rotate alpha-helices” and “fix degrees of freedom”, Foldit players use intuitive controls to “tweak”, “wiggle” and “shake” their colourful, on-screen shapes. The system seems simple, but the players have used it to outperform Rosetta, the state-of-the-art programme for solving protein structures (and the one that Foldit itself spawned from). They even helped to figure out the structure of a protein that gone unsolved for over a decade – it took them three weeks.

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New iPad Sparks Drive for 'Novelty-Seeking' Among Consumers | Moneyland | TIME.com

New iPad Sparks Drive for 'Novelty-Seeking' Among Consumers | Moneyland | TIME.com | flexsource | Scoop.it
Why is it that some consumers are constantly driven to possess the newest and hottest gadgets? The lure of the new applies to consumers with a particular personality style.
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The rise and rise of the cognitive elite - The Economist

The rise and rise of the cognitive elite - The Economist | flexsource | Scoop.it

WHEN the financial crisis struck, says a prominent banker, the women he knows stopped wearing jewellery. “It wasn’t just that they were self-conscious about the ostentation. It was because it didn’t look good to them any more.”

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60% of Work Teams Fail—Top 10 Reasons Why

60% of Work Teams Fail—Top 10 Reasons Why | flexsource | Scoop.it
About 60 percent of the time, work teams fail to accomplish their goals, according to Dr. Eunice Parisi-Carew, a Founding Associate at The Ken Blanchard Companies. To make matters worse, the experience will create lingering hard feelings among team members,

In a new article for Human Resource Executive Online, Parisi-Carew identifies the top ten reasons why this occurs. See if any of these common missteps are holding back the teams in your organization.

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The Modern History of the Resume [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Modern History of the Resume [INFOGRAPHIC] | flexsource | Scoop.it
While the look and feel of the resume has been quite constant for most of modern history, the resume has recently been turned on its head to including infographic, video and social media options.
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Furniture Re-use Network

Furniture Re-use Network | flexsource | Scoop.it

The FRN is the national body which supports, assists and develops charitable re-use organisations across the UK. We do this to reduce poverty by helping households in need access furniture, white goods and other household items at affordable prices. In addition, we support re-use organisations in providing training and work placement opportunities for people who are socially excluded.

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Phonehtet Aung's curator insight, January 18, 2014 5:14 AM

A lot of organisations are helping people to move out of poverty and reduce poverty by providing healthcare, education or just helping households that need funitures by selling them at afforadable prices which would allow the poor people to spend more money to spend on education or healthcare. They help poeple by providing trainning and work opportunities for people so that they would be able to get jobs and have a stable income.

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Why Do We Work? It’s Not What You Think | Mass Ingenuity

Why Do We Work? It’s Not What You Think | Mass Ingenuity | flexsource | Scoop.it

We work because that is what humans have always done. Stories of children from wealthy families who never have to work struggle to find meaning in life and often instead find it in drugs, alcohol, sex, and selfishness.

All of us, especially leaders, easily forget the meaning that work has to others. It’s much easier to understand the meaning it has to us personally. We rather easily know if we find our work satisfying and if it holds meaning.

Sadly, in most workplaces, people are not afforded the latitude and respect humans need and deserve. Too often people are simply seen as tools to get something done. Too often we use old ways of thinking about people to shove them into some narrow little slot that seriously limits their value.

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Metrics Are More Motivating Than Bonuses

Metrics Are More Motivating Than Bonuses | flexsource | Scoop.it
A founder and CEO explains why he thinks a well run metrics program beats cash bonuses for motivating employees.


"It is counter-intuitive, but I'm personally not a big fan of bonuses," Justin Moore, co-founder and CEO of business-continuity and disaster-recovery company Axcient, explained to Inc.com. "The problem is this: say we agree to three things in January that are really important for you to accomplish this year and I'm going to tie your bonus to. You are going to do that to the exception of all else, but what happens if mid-year priorities change?"

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"increasingly stringent environmental laws forcing companies to comply with certain codes."

"increasingly stringent environmental laws forcing companies to comply with certain codes." | flexsource | Scoop.it
With more and more eco-friendly regulations on the horizon, environmental consulting is a rapidly growing industry. Here's all you need to know to get in on the action.
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Re-imagination: the $36 Trillion addressable market | Rainmakers

Re-imagination: the $36 Trillion addressable market | Rainmakers | flexsource | Scoop.it
We are big fans of Mary Meeker, venture capitalist and former Wall Street securities analyst who is now a partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Her annual Internet Trends analysis was presented at D10 today.
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For Freelancers, Landing A Workspace Gets Harder : NPR

For Freelancers, Landing A Workspace Gets Harder : NPR | flexsource | Scoop.it
Many freelance workers opt to work in co-working spaces, where they rent cubicles and other office resources by the day or the month. more companies are adopting a selective approach known as "curated co-working." One such company, New York City's Grind, requires an application — and you have to be accepted to get started.

That means some would-be co-workers will find they don't make the cut.

"If you write two words and two sentences [on your application], you're probably not going to hear from me," says Benjamin Dyett, a Grind co-founder and the company's chief gatekeeper. "But if you write two pages about why you want to work at Grind, I will bring you in for an interview."

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Women 2.0 » Female Founders to Watch

Women 2.0 » Female Founders to Watch | flexsource | Scoop.it
Lessons learned from female founders and women entrepreneurs...

Female Founders To Follow: Women In Gaming From Yetizen

Published on: April 6, 2012 – 10:51 am

Meet the women founders working in and on Yetizen, the SF-based social gaming startup accelerator.

By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

There is no shortage of accelerators and incubators today. Best part is, many of these are extremely focused and specialized for the industry.

Try Rock Health founded by CEO Halle Tecco for startups in the health space, Enrique Allen’s The Designer Fund for designers starting startups, Blackbox.vc for European startuppers seeking an immersive Silicon Valley experience, Microsoft’s Kinect accelerator for the like, and the list goes on.

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Elance Surpasses $500 Million of Online Work

Elance Surpasses $500 Million of Online Work | flexsource | Scoop.it
As the internet platform used by businesses to gain instant access to 1.4 million independent workers online, we're excited to have surpassed more than $500 million of online work on our platform. Elance’s growth is accelerating as more businesses build contingent workforces in the cloud, and more professionals market and deliver their services online.

“This significant milestone is a reflection of the hard work, dedication and entrepreneurial spirit of the Elance community,” said Fabio Rosati, CEO of Elance. “For companies of all sizes and millions of independent professionals around the world, the rise of online work is becoming an indispensable employment strategy.”

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challenges of shifting towards a “metered pricing” model

From Enterprise to SaaS: the pain and the promise GigaOm recently published an interesting article on Oracle’s challenges of shifting towards a “metered pricing” model. From my perspective it raises a series of fundamental issues addressing how enterprises buy and consume software:

Is the classic enterprise software licensing model a dying vestige of a prior generation?
Can legacy enterprise software-driven firms make the cultural transition to a more flexible, SaaS-based approach?
Can publicly-traded firms constrained by quarterly earnings targets make the painful financial transition implied by this shift?
Oracle’s circumstance is merely a microcosm of the larger issue. As a business owner, would you rather:

Have multiple parties from which to choose with relatively low switching costs, thereby minimizing lock-in?
Only pay for the stuff you actually need instead of purchasing at all times for peak capacity?
Be able to ramp up and ramp down users and usage on an a la carte basis?

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Enabling Emerging Markets to Manufacture Their Own Ultra-efficient Transportation, WIKISPEED and Open Source Ecology Announce Partnership in Open-Hardware Movement

Enabling Emerging Markets to Manufacture Their Own Ultra-efficient Transportation, WIKISPEED and Open Source Ecology Announce Partnership in Open-Hardware Movement | flexsource | Scoop.it
Seattle, WA, and Maysville, MO, USA (March 7, 2012)

The open-hardware movement got a tremendous boost today when WIKISPEED, an innovative automotive company building modular, high-performance cars using agile design principles, and Open Source Ecology (OSE), a group committed to providing free plans and processes necessary for building the global economy, announced that they are teaming up to revolutionize transportation in the developing world.

Taking on traditional, proprietary manufacturing R & D, the two companies aim to create an open-source product-development methodology that would allow communities around the world to quickly develop their own machinery and processes to support themselves, removing a dependency on industrialized nations for costly solutions.

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Four Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Warren Buffett

Four Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Warren Buffett | flexsource | Scoop.it
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway 2011 annual shareholder letter was just published this week. For years, Buffett has provided a glimpse into his strategies for success through these letters. I look forward to reading the letter each year. Never fails, I learn from Buffett’s insights and am reminded of fundamental business concepts that never go out of style.

The other day I was with an entrepreneur, and I mentioned I had just read this year’s letter and found it full great insights. She asked me to summarize a few of the gems that are relevant to entrepreneurs. I’ve shared some here:

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Infographics - Create Yours Today! Two Examples Powered By Visual.ly &10 Additional Resources (Twitter Link)

Infographics - Create Yours Today!  Two Examples Powered By Visual.ly &10 Additional Resources (Twitter Link) | flexsource | Scoop.it
Infographics – Create Yours Today!Two Twitter Infographic Examples Powered By Visual.ly &10 Additional Resources (Twitter Link)...
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CFOs lack faith in CIOs and IT teams, survey shows

Increasingly, it's the chief financial officer (CFO) who has direct oversight of the IT department and IT-related spending, but it turns out the CFO has a low opinion of the CIO and the entire IT group.

That's according to a survey of 344 CFOs at North American companies involved in manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, energy, transportation and other fields. The survey, conducted by the professional organization Financial Executives International in tandem with Gartner, sought to find out what CFOs think about use of information technology in their companies and the people who provide it. They weren't that happy.

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