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A New and Improved Moore's Law

Researchers have, for the first time, shown that the energy efficiency of computers doubles roughly every 18 months.

The conclusion, backed up by six decades of data, mirrors Moore's law, the observation from Intel founder Gordon Moore that computer processing power doubles about every 18 months. But the power-consumption trend might have even greater relevance than Moore's law as battery-powered devices—phones, tablets, and sensors—proliferate.

"The idea is that at a fixed computing load, the amount of battery you need will fall by a factor of two every year and a half," says Jonathan Koomey, consulting professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University and lead author of the study. More mobile computing and sensing applications become possible, Koomey says, as energy efficiency continues its steady improvement.

The research, conducted in collaboration with Intel and Microsoft, examined peak power consumption of electronic computing devices since the construction of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) in 1956. The first general purpose computer, the ENIAC was used to calculate artillery firing tables for the U.S. Army, and it could perform a few hundred calculations per second. It used vacuum tubes rather than transistors, took up 1,800 square feet, and consumed 150 kilowatts of power.

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CIO Is The New CEO

CIO Is The New CEO | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Mark P. McDonald, Group VP & Head Research, Gartner Executive Programs, gives an overview of the changing role of the CIO in the enterprise and shares some best practices evolving in APAC.
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First Things Before First Things...Tom Peters

I was initially trained as an engineer. (And have an MBA as well.) That essentially means that I am a slave to linear, logical analysis. Hence my presentations start at the start and I carefully build a logical structure for all that follows.
Fair enough. Except I frequently find that critical things I want to say get left out or buried. Hence, about a year ago I threw off my logical halter and decided to say what I thought was important, come what may, at the top of my remarks.
Consideration of business strategy, approaches to product development, and the like, are of the utmost importance to enterprise success. Yet there are other factors—perhaps mundane at first glance—that are the true differentiators between mediocrity and excellence. I'll touch upon four, which I call "First Things Before First Things." Most will agree that each one is important. But my goal is to induce you to convert them into strategic obsessions.

Front-line managers. If the regimental commander lost most of his 2nd lieutenants and 1st lieutenants and captains and majors, it would be a tragedy. If he lost his sergeants it would be a catastrophe. The Army is fully aware that success on the battlefield is dependent to an extraordinary degree on its sergeants. Does industry "get it"?
Research by the likes of Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman, reported in First, Break All the Rules,

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10 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Building Your Business Using Social Media : Performancing

10 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Building Your Business Using Social Media : Performancing | digitalNow | Scoop.it
10 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Building Your Business Using Social Media (performancing) http://t.co/yo874MC...
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The Case for Starting a Design Revolution

Requirements are the devil. No enterprise design initiative wastes more time, more effort, more money — while squandering goodwill — than the quest for requirements. I've lost track of the number of software development teams and innovation groups I've worked with who invested weeks eliciting, gathering, and prioritizing customer requirements — then carefully built and demo-ed a prototype — only to hear, "Well, I know that's what we asked for but, now that we've seen it, it's not what we really want."

This design pathology repeats itself virtually every day around the world by otherwise diligent and sincere innovators. The reason for this dysfunction is painfully simple. "Requirements" are the wrong unit of analysis for crafting innovative design. More often than not, requirements are little more than textual abstractions that simultaneously misconstrue and mismanage customer needs. They confuse and conceal as much as they reveal. The words translate poorly into real-world action. The results can destructively disappoint. Relying on requirements to guide world-class design is like using BMI to select world-class basketball talent; there's just enough correlation to be truly dangerous. It's got to stop

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The Case for Humanizing Business | Social Media Blog for Business | Michael Brito

Brilliant!The Case for Humanizing Business http://ht.ly/6oAwe The most important implication of social media: learning how to be human...
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Students vs. Prisoners infographic

Nice, clean, simple infographic design. Students vs. Prisoners by the law firm Buckfire & Buckfire in Michigan visually communicates one message really well: In Michigan, the average spending per prisoner is close to three times that spent per student.

Potentially a controversal budget topic in Michigan, I appreaciate that they clearly listed the link to the data source. A couple things I would change about this design:

Visualize the total spending dollars that are currently listed at the the bottom in text
I like the use of a chalkboard style font, but it’s not used consistently throughout the design
For the benefits listed in the middle, I think it would be more interesting to show how much each one contributed to the total spending per prisoner
Thanks to Larry for sending me the link!

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The true value of social networking at work

"Get back to work!" It's the battle cry of the hard-nosed, get-it-done, productivity-focused manager. It was also the battle cry of my colleague J. Peter Bruzzese in a recent post, "If you must have in-house social tools, go with SharePoint," where he questioned the wisdom of encouraging employees to electronically socially network, when really they should be focusing on the work at hand instead.

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TechCrunch | The Complete Guide To Freemium Business Models

TechCrunch | The Complete Guide To Freemium Business Models | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The idea of offering your product or a version of it for free has been a source of much debate.

Pricing is always tricky. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs don't give it enough thought.
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Passionate people = a profitable company

Keeping employees happy isn't easy, but the payoff is huge. Consultant Ann Rhoades has a few tips on how to make it happen.
Interview by Beth Kowitt, writer-reporter

 

Having an attractive corporate culture will do more than just land you on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list. It's also a competitive asset. A 2009 study by Gallup found that companies in the top decile for employee engagement boosted earnings per share at nearly four times the rate of companies with lower scores. But growing an environment that attracts and keeps employees is tough, especially because the return on investment is not always clear. Companies must build their values directly into their business plan, says Ann Rhoades, the former chief people officer at JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines. She now runs consultancy People Ink and works with the likes of Juniper Networks and Chase's retail banking division. Here are her tips on creating a strong culture in your company.

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What Next for Online Travel? - By Marco Saio

In a year characterised by game-changing start-ups, disruptive trends, mergers & acquisitions and leaps in both travel technology and consumer behaviour, keeping abreast of current affairs in the online travel industry is becoming ever more arduous.

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8 Common Mistakes of Internet Marketers

8 Common Mistakes of Internet Marketers | digitalNow | Scoop.it
1. Failure to prepare properly. Many Internet marketers are simply lazy and will not make the effort to prepare properly.
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Amazon.com: The Baker's Dozen (Peace In The Storm Publishing Presents) (9780981963112): S.D. Denny: Books

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Social Media Policy – Five Essential Questions | Social Media Today

Social Media Policy – Five Essential Questions | Social Media Today | digitalNow | Scoop.it
As a communication channel, the digital ‘tidal wave’ of employees using social sites has opened numerous concerns for business owners.
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Evaluating SaaS: Gartner’s recommended steps

SaaS does not solve all the challenges associated with the delivery of traditional software, but it can be hugely advantageous provided the problem is not too complex. It provides a solution that is quicker to implement and configure than previous software would allow.
However, many of the bad practices that occur in traditional software are now working their way into SaaS. A good example is shelfware, a result of businesses purchasing too many SaaS subscriptions. “Shelfware as a service is the concept of paying for a software subscription that is not being accessed by an end user,” said Mr. Cearley, vice president and fellow at Gartner. The study conducted by the market research firm reveals that this is more common in larger organisations, but can still occur in companies of any size.
So, in order to minimize the risks of this happening, Gartner analysts have offered their advice on best practices for SaaS at the Gartner SOA & Application Development and Integration Summit 2010. They highlighted four important steps to take when evaluating SaaS:
1. Determine the value
While it limits infrastructure overheads, lowers short- to medium-term total cost of ownership and improves levels of ROI, SaaS is perhaps less financially and technically viablein the long-term, and for applications requiring a high degree of integration.
2. Develop governance of SaaS applications
The next step is to create an SaaS governance model which meets the internal and external needs of the organization. This should take the form of a policy document and all applications should be fully integrated into it.
3. Evaluation of vendors
Organizations need to evaluate vendors based not only on business performance, but also on financial, legal and technical aspects – in other words, within the context of specific application needs. It is not enough to simply consider a single dimension; a much more comprehensive overview of the effects of SaaS deployment can be achieved by considering a vendor’s full package. But the question that remains to be asked is: do all organisations have the means, or even the desire, to evaluate SaaS on such a level?
4. Put an Integration Road Map in place
Integration with on-premises applications and other SaaS solutions presents the biggest technical difficulty. It is therefore very important that the application stays constantly connected to the information system with which it is integrated, and evolves alongside it. For example, good mapping will ensure a smooth changeover in the instance where a major organizational change, such as a merger or acquisition, takes place.
At We Are Cloud, we are committed to being as transparent as possible in order to facilitate the evaluation process, so that organizations can be confident that Bime is the right solution for them. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about Bime; we would be more than happy to answer them!

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Different Strokes For Different Open Innovation Folks

To summarize the three key findings regarding attitudes towards Open Innovation: A vast majority of the executives interviewed (approval rates ranging from 66 to 86 per cent) believe that:

the way firms are innovating will be totally different from the past,
innovation is about partnerships more than the success of an organization alone and that
innovation will be driven by SMEs and a combination of players,
but there are some significant country-specific variations to be found. To be more precise, the country-specific drill-down is as follows:

Three out of four executives believe that the way firms are innovating in the 21st century will be totally different than the way they have innovated in the past. Almost every Indian executive (94%) agreed to this thesis. The lowest support for this statement was found in Sweden (still a remarkable 54%) and Germany (60%).
86% of the executives interviewed think that 21st century innovation is about partnerships between several players more than the success of an organization alone. The highest approval rate was found in Saudi-Arabia and Germany (92% and 90%), the lowest one in Israel (76%).
Only 19% of the executives believe that innovation in the next 10 years will be driven by large companies. On an international scale, two out of three executives assume that innovation will be driven by SMEs or a combination of different players. Large-company driven innovation is mainly seen in countries that have a state-directed development strategy such as China or Saudi-Arabia / UAE. Speaking about Open Innovation, meaning innovation driven by SMEs or a combination of players, the most bullish countries are Germany (81% of interviewees) and Australia (80%). This assessment is to a large extent based on the assumption that more than ever before, SMEs and individuals can be as innovative as large companies. On average, three out of four executives support this statement with a maximum of 94% in Brazil and a minimum of 53% in japan / South Korea.

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How Social Media Affects Content Relevance in Search

How Social Media Affects Content Relevance in Search | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Tweets, likes and +1's are sending signals to search engines that content is relevant and valuable. SEO pros take note.
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How mobile work is changing the face of business

The emerging “sharing economy” consists of businesses dedicated to changing the very way in which we live. Tools to improve efficiency, lower cost, and encourage collaborative consumption now serve as the driving force of these companies, creating a whole new kind of economy.

Arguably, the most significant progress thus far has been made in the workplace.

The work environment is undergoing significant change. We used to be a nation of office workers. We committed our lives to single companies, and went to work in the same location every day.

Things have changed. We’re now a group of 1 billion mobile workers, and growing. Mobile workers are catalyzing major changes in how we do business.

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The Digital Revolution and Higher Education

As online college courses have become increasingly prevalent, the general public and college presidents offer different assessments of their educational value, according to a new Pew Research Center report. Just three-in-ten American adults (29%) say a course taken online provides an equal educational value to one taken in a classroom. By contrast, about half of college presidents (51%) say online courses provide the same value.

More than three-quarters of college presidents (77%) report that their institutions now offer online courses, and college presidents predict substantial growth in online learning: 15% say most of their current undergraduate students have taken a class online, 50% predict that ten years from now most of their students will take classes online.

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19 Mind-Blowing Mobile Commerce Features

When planning your mobile commerce project, it’s key to figure out what you want it to do. The following is a round-up of unique mobile commerce website and application functionality to get your creative juices flowing:

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Mobile affairs: What is the buying power of the mobile device [infographic] - Holy Kaw!

RT @GuyKawasaki: Mobile affairs: What is the buying power of the mobile device [infographic] http://t.co/BCRsN24...
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How Social Platforms Are Powering Mobile Commerce | Social Media Today

How Social Platforms Are Powering Mobile Commerce | Social Media Today | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The world is increasing becoming mobile. The technology creators of today are creating goods for the SoLoMo consumer – the one who is social, location and mobile savvy.
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The Challenge of Organizational Learning

Disseminating insights and know-how across any organization is critical to improving performance, but nonprofits struggle to implement organizational learning and make it a priority. A recent study found three common barriers to knowledge sharing across nonprofits and their networks, as well as ways and means to overcome them.

 

Reinventing the wheel—this well-worn phrase describes one of the oldest of human follies: undertaking a project or activity without tapping into the knowledge that already exists within a culture or community. Individuals are blessed with a brain that, some of the time, remembers what we’ve already learned—or at least that we’ve learned something. But what about organizations?

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Two Great Innovation Quotes « Innovation Leadership Network

Two Great Innovation Quotes « Innovation Leadership Network | digitalNow | Scoop.it
First up, from John Maynard Keynes in The General Theory of Employment, Interest & Money: The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping… (RT @Digitaltonto: Two Great Innovation Quotes
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Social Innovation Will Be More Important Than Technological Innovation

Social Innovation Will Be More Important Than Technological Innovation | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Technology can't fix all our problems.(Social Innovation Will be More Important Than Technological Innovation http://t.co/di7JMWf...)...
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