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CeBit 2010: Amazon Dismisses Private Clouds May 24, 2010

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Article in today’s ARN Magazine cites Amazon vice-president and CTO, Werner Vogels, at his Keynote at CeBit in Sydney this morning dismissing Private Cloud Advocates.

Werner used an analogy of companies installing personal electricity generators when a public utility was available, also stating that much of this hype (read FUD) around Private Clouds was led by Hardware Vendors that stand to lose significantly in this space.

Read the ARN Article here:

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/347576/cebit_2010_amazon_dismisses_private_clouds/?eid=-4152

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

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NBN Report has been released by Conroy May 6, 2010

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Senator Conroy’s office has released the McKinsey/KPMG report on the NBN Rollout, and in the main it looks like good news.

Here are the key findings as summarised by the Dept of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

Key findings and recommendations from the Implementation Study include:

  • The NBN will deliver world class broadband infrastructure to all Australians;
  • The $43 billion total capital cost of the NBN is a conservative estimate and there are opportunities to significantly reduce the build cost;
  • The peak investment required by Government is estimated at $26 billion by the end of year 7, of which $18.3 billion will be required over the next four years;
  • Government should retain full ownership of the NBN until the roll out is complete to ensure that its policy objectives are met – including its competition objectives;
  • The fibre component of the NBN should be extended from 90 to 93 per cent and cover the 1.3 million new premises expected to be built by 2017-18;
  • Entry level wholesale prices on the fibre should be set at around $30-35 per month for basic broadband 20Mbps plus voice service, to drive affordable retail prices and better value for money for consumers compared to what is available today;
  • Fibre to the premise is widely accepted as the optimal future proof technology with wireless broadband a complementary rather than a substitute technology;
  • Next generation wireless and satellite services will deliver peak speeds of at least 12 Mbps (and much higher for many wireless users). Satellite services will deliver average data rates which are more than 20 times higher than most users of these technologies experience today and much higher than average DSL usage today;
  • NBN Co can build a strong and financially viable business case with the Study estimating it will be earnings positive by year six and able to pay significant distributions on its equity following completion of the rollout; and
  • The Government can expect a return on its equity investment sufficient to fully cover its cost of funds.

The complete report is available for download here:

http://www.dbcde.gov.au/broadband/national_broadband_network/nbn_implementation_study

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

Global Crowd Sourcing… Watch this Trend! March 25, 2010

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I’m in the process of establishing an International Charity, and in the setup stages where brand & IP protection are on the agenda, I was looking at sourcing a Logo for the organisation and in my travels came across www.logomyway.com

In essence, marshaling the Global skills in Logo design, but with very low expectations on price.

I hosted a Logo Design competition for US$225 and attracted 85 Entries, most of which were very professional. Have a look at the Portfolio on the site…


Considering that I have seen large Corporates spend north of $10,000 just for a Logo, and there are quite a few Corporates already engaging this way as you can see from the list of existing competitions on the site, I expect this will be a very popular way to look at off-shoring the skills required for this type of work.

While this has been done for Software Coding for a while now, it is interesting to see that Australia is becoming quite a hub for the technologies used to make this happen.

While Googling for “Global Crowd Sourcing”, I noticed an article on PRLog.com that suggests there are at least 3 Global Crowd Sourcing Platforms that have been built in this country.

If my “customer experience” of using this type of service is anything to go by, and I might add, I’ve used a similar service for Professional Translation Services, all be it without the multi-designer/bidding paradigm, then this will be very popular for the small to mid-sized businesses and non-profits etc.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
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The Future of the Media – Google Speaks March 24, 2010

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Eric Schmidt (Google’s CEO) was the Keynote at the Media Summit in Abu Dhabi this week.

If you read between the lines, you can see his powerful interest in the advent this year of Tablets like the (unmentioned by name) iPad and how the media will be targeting these devices.

If I’m not mistaken, you might see a potential veiled early announcement of an Android based Google Tablet as well.

Here’s the video:

Nice inclusion of the live machine transcribed subtitling (in Beta) and the translating!

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

Apple Launches the iPad January 28, 2010

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Steve Jobs presented the new Apple iPad to the World this morning in the Yerba Buena Centre, San Francisco.

A statement on the apple.com website stated that “the iPad is not just a new product, it is a new category of product”.

Dubbed a slate device, with multitouch, the iPad is revolutionary compared to existing tablet computers.

Some significant research has gone into the underlying technologies to maximise battery life and display brilliance.

It will be interesting to see what developers now do with the SDK and all the legacy iPhone capabilities to really make this new product shine.

Steve Jobs announces the iPad

 

At US$499 (16GB), $599 (32GB), & $899 (64GB), the new device is expected to ship in 60 days Worldwide.

Have a look at the video on the new apple.com/ipad site:

Apple presents the iPad

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
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2010: CIO Focus – Cloud, Web2.0/Social, Virtualisation, Mobility January 20, 2010

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CIO Magazine published an article that has been summarizing the persistent view, and Tech Media interest over the last few weeks as all the pundits do the usual “What are we going to see as the primary focus for the new year in technology” pieces.

In summary, the research by Gartner that has been cited in the article emphasizes the focus on efficiencies that can be gained by leveraging lighter weight solutions like Cloud and Virtualisation, as well as embracing the wave of Web2.0/Social mediums and the greater networking/mobility needs.

Of particular interest is the degree of change of focus towards these technologies (in particular Cloud & Web2.0) as is evidenced in the following snippet…

“CIOs put virtualization as a top priority for 2010, up from the third position in 2009. Yet Cloud Computing  technologies shot up from the 16th slot to the No. 2 priority for CIOs. Web 2.0 technologies moved from 15th position to No. 3, and networking, voice and data communications hopped two spots from sixth position in 2009 to fourth in 2010.”

I’m seeing a stronger and stronger outlook for Cloud and Web2.0/Social technologies over this next year. Another likely disruptive technology on the horizon will be the mix of Google’s initiatives on it’s Nexus One smartphone and the release of Google Voice. While it is early days for the phone, and its maturity will be a work in progress, the powerful combination of the two will be something to watch.

Read the full Article here.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

2010: The Changing Face of the Internet – Globalisation December 29, 2009

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One of the interesting trends to watch unfold in 2010 is the release of the US centric controlling interests in ICANN with the late 2009 Management changes and the acceptance of non-latin characters for internet addresses.

When you think about it, this has the potential (and inevitable) eventuality of strongly changing the character of the predominantly english content of the web over time, and the knock-on effects that brings… How do you enter the website address for an arabic website in farsi? or a doublebyte website address for a japanese site in kanji?

How will an english speaking user even find such a site? (watch the power of Google Translate come to the fore)

Have a look at this article in today’s Australian by Mahesh Sharma…

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/innovations-to-spread-as-us-cedes-internet-control/story-e6frg8zx-1225814235591

He has an interesting outlook on the effects this may bring about, including the World shift of innovation, commercialisation and educational excellence as the US cedes control of this space.

With the emerging giants in China and India, this may very well take an interesting turn…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

Social Media… Is it just a fad? October 28, 2009

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Have a look at this very interesting and thought provoking presentation on Social Media.

The evidence is mounting!

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
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Lotus IdeaJam – Hearts and Minds August 24, 2009

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It was great to see that one (actually 3) of the stand-out ideas in the recent Lotus IdeaJam was centred around winning the hearts and minds of tertiary students.

This has been one of my hobby-horses for a number of years, and really is a bit of a no-brainer. Tomorrow’s business people are today’s students, and providing them with the collaborative technologies and capabilities early in their life will establish appropriate and emerging practices that they will carry into their business lives.

Let’s hope something meaningful is taken up from the IdeaJam around this very important issue, and that our Universities will reap the reward sooner rather than later.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
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“Collaboration Now” Program on CNBC August 5, 2009

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Just discovered a wonderful program on CNBC called “Collaboration Now“.

It has an obvious Business/Finance bent, but that’s just the people that we need on board to see the value of collaboration technologies and processes.

They have a great lineup of guests as follows:

Dr. Peter Diamandis
Chairman & CEO, X Prize and Co-Founder, Space Adventures

Anousheh Ansari
First Woman Private Space Exporer

Brian Mulroney
Former Canadian Prime Minister

Evan Rosen
Author of “The Culture of Collaboration”

Miles Everson
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Paul Otellini
CEO, Intel

Don Proctor
Senior VP, Voice Technology, Cisco

Johan Hoegstedt

VP, Strategic Planning and Development, AstraZeneca

Dr. Ranjay Gulati
Harvard Business School

You can see the first episode here:

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com