Every flat-screen television and cable box has a little red (or green) light that indicates they’re ready to be turned on. It’s also an indication of electricity being wasted. In fact, some of these devices consume more electricity than the average household refrigerator.
“Consumerization of the enterprise” is a phrase that’s been bandied about for several years, reflecting the infiltration of consumer-level IT devices and applications in the workplace. Ordinary end users have either replaced or supplemented their IT resources with freeware, their own devices and applications, or Web-based applications.
In case you haven’t noticed, IBM is on a big socialization kick. It’s advocating the use of social tools in business to execute on everything from routine communications to customer service to business intelligence. Big Blue sees “social” as the next catalyst for business performance and success.
Cake and ice cream will be had by all at IBM as Big Blue celebrates its centennial birthday. It becomes one of the few companies in the world to reach the century mark, and has done so through the continual reinvention of itself through a mix of conservative business principles and progressive innovation.
If you ever seen a map of the Internet, you probably can’t distinguish it from a map of the universe. Such visualizations of the Internet are complex, interwoven webs of Class-A networks, domains and peering points. Discerning any meaningful information out this lattice is seemingly impossible for the untrained eye.
Everyone knows the old business saying that “the customer is always right.” Well, with the advancement of Web sites infused with business intelligence and socialization tools, the customer may tell businesses how to be better at interacting and servicing them.
If you need a distraction, head over to BestPOSSoftwareDeals.com, a new site by One Step Retail Solutions. The site is dominated by a spoof of the old Apple vs. PCs commercials, in which two women compare and contrast their respective platforms. The point they aptly get across is that it doesn’t matter whether a retailer is using a Mac or PC-based POS system, they both do essentially the same thing: take customers’ money at the time of purchase.
IBM reaffirmed its dedication to open source development by recommitting support to the development of OpenOffice.org, the alternative productivity suite to Microsoft’s Office and Google Apps. What IBM is really looking to cultivate is the further development of the Open Document Format, which it sees as a potential standard for collaboration across multiple platforms.