Monthly Archives: March 2009

Social Media BootCamp – Session #3

Joel Comm, author of Twitter Power has been publishing a series of social media sessions, covering facebook, linkedIn, youTube and of course Twitter.  Joel has partnered with industry gurus in each respective segment, including: Mari Smith, Lewis Howes, Perry Belcher and Carrie Wilkerson.

Joel recently published their 3rd session, by Perry Belcher who discusses thePower of Video to drive massive traffic to your website.  You can view the webast here: http://twitterpower.com/social-media-bootcamp-session-three-youtube/ – check it out!

A few noteworthy gadgets..

Just when i think i have about everything i need, i stumble upon something else that would seemingly to make my life easier.  Here are a few noteworthy items I’ve come across lately..

  • Mophie Juice Pack Air – protective case and external battery for iPhone 3G.

Read Engadget review here or visit retail site here.

  • Live Scribe Pulse – record audio and links it to your notes!

Visit website here.

  • PowerMonkey – Explorer – portable solar panel charger.

Visit website here, or buy on Amazon here.

Twouble with Twitter

Gartner Says Today’s CEO Priorities Will Become CIO Priorities in 6 to 18 Months.

STAMFORD, Conn., March 19, 2009 —

With CEOs facing unprecedented challenges ahead as businesses struggle with the realities of dealing with the economic downturn, Gartner, Inc. has identified the seven greatest concerns for CEOs in 2009.

“The tumultuous events of the past 12 months have shocked the world. CEOs are confronting reduced revenues and profits and need to restructure their businesses accordingly,” said Mark Raskino, vice president and Gartner fellow. “As a consequence, CIOs should plan for extraordinary requests in 2009 for work and changes.”

“Today’s CEO concerns provide an advanced look at what will become CIO priorities in six to 18 months,” said Jorge Lopez, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “We’ve identified these conclusions based on more than a dozen sources of CEO insights, our own analysis of business and economic trends, and changes in the IT landscape.”

CEO Issue One: Restructuring
Restructuring is impacting companies in a number of ways from organizational restructuring in the form of layoffs, financial restructuring through deleveraging of financial structure, corporate restructuring via entity consolidation, and finally industry restructuring through the failure and survival of different players and business models.

As the restructuring plan unfolds, CIOs must be prepared to clear the table of current plans and start again, deliver significant cost reduction, deliver significant headcount reduction, cancel some major projects no longer aligned with survival and ensure that all outsourcing partners are viable. At the same time, they will need to deal with unexpected acquisitions and divestitures, manage higher risk taking on projects, work with lower procedural obstacles and stronger CIO powers, and build contingency plans for significant suppliers.

CEO Issue Two: Can’t Write Off Fast Enough
The urgent issue of the CEO is to pare the corporate efforts down to those that are central to the company’s short-term survival while not killing off its future. CIOs should expect to support peaks of public-relations activity in response to press interest in the condition of the company, as well as travel at short notice to perform due diligence on potential acquisitions. Both talent raids and layoffs will place more pressure on the human resources department and its systems, as will sourcing based on financial reengineering, both of which will add to the IT workload. Above all, CIOs should be aware that restructuring may not be readily apparent, but when it is ready, it will proceed quickly, and a “SWAT team” should be identified to react and respond swiftly.

CEO Issue Three: Loss of Business and Governmental Trust
The institutions that were once counted on to safeguard the economy seem to have failed, and the lack of transparency in the economic system has been exposed. There has been a subsequent loss of trust, as well, amid fears that other unknowns are awaiting. Trust is an intangible element in business but is crucial to transact business. IT can help improve transparency in the way business is done through reputation management, e-discovery and business intelligence. Gartner also expects a strengthening of “data driven” management culture as the risks of moving forward with insufficient data become far less acceptable.

CEO Issue Four: Globalization Instability
Until recently, the onward advance of globalization has been unquestionable. However, the disparity of growth between developed and emerging nations is driving tensions as policy differences become more apparent. At the same time, rapid and large changes in strategies for growth, risk and currency are in need of reappraisal as long-term assumptions about fuel prices and supply logistics change. The keyword for the IT agenda in the face of this high level of uncertainty and risk is flexibility. CIOs need to ensure that their IT operations are ready for the challenges and shifts that are sure to emerge.

CEO Issue Five: New Major Regulation Coming
With the current recession and the crisis of business confidence, CEOs should expect new governmental oversight of their business dealings. Although it is too early to tell where major regulation will be headed, there are some actions that CIOs need to take to ensure they are not caught behind the curve in their industry. These include staying deeply connected to the ebbs and flows of industry regulation and paying attention to tax policy as taxes are another form of regulatory control.

CEO Issue Six: Government as the New Emerging Market
The recession has shifted the growth dynamics of the global economy away from private industry to government. For example, the U.S. Congress recently passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which commits $787 billion to the U.S. economy. This has implications for business and IT, not only in major shifts in key industries, but also in how IT is managed. CIOs should expect their organizations, which may never have sold products or services to a government agency, to retune processes for the sensitivities of government with detailed procedures to avoid fraud and unfairness in bidding for contracts.

CEO Issue Seven: Green Is Not Going Away
While Gartner does not expect green to necessarily be “top of mind” in 2009, it will still have a place at the table as long as CEOs believe it is a useful part of reducing the break-even point of the business. IT vendors and CIOs need to review policies and practices to reflect changing views and to focus on improving environmental sustainability. IT operations probably represent the biggest environmental impact for enterprises that have low total environmental impact, so the CIO may well take the lead on this issue.

Additional information is available in the Gartner report “CEO Concerns 2009: Dealing with the Downturn.” The report is available on Gartner’s Website at http://www.gartner.com/DisplayDocument?ref=g_search&id=905912&subref=simplesearch.

iPhone 3.0 Tethering How To

After recently upgrading my iPhone to OS 3.0 I was interested in evaluating all the new features, esp. A2DP and tethering.  Since my car is in the shop, A2DP is going to have to wait a couple more days which left me some time to tinker with tethering.  

At first impression, os 3.0 is pretty slick, small subtle changes throughout the UI, you can activate spotlight search by swiping your finger right (as opposed to left to see additional applications screens.)  Several applications have been updated making them even more usable, stocks, mail (auto-rotate calendar) and of course, copy/paste.  One thing i did notice, the keyboard didn’t auto-rotate when working with calendar, which I have sync’d to our office exchange server, so it seems not everything got the keyboard auto-rotate update, at least not in the initial beta drop.

On to tethering, since it was not obvious (to me) how to enable and activate tethering, i reverted to the web and quickly discovered the link below which includes full details on how to get it setup!  I’ve included a few pics below to show you how it looks.

http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/03/19/complete-how-to-tethering-an-iphone-with-30-firmware/ – how to activate iPhone 3 tethering, step by step.

Or, you can skip the config file updates and just download this file, ATT_US.ipcc, (assuming your carrier is AT&T ) – then connect your iPhone to iTunes, option-click on the “Check for Updates” button, and select the ATT_US.ipcc file you just downloaded. Next, restart your iPhone.  After reboot, you then should be able pair your iPhone over Bluetooth by going to Settings-General-Network-Internet Tethering on the iPhone, and pair your iPhone with you Mac as you would with a normal Bluetooth device.  Once paired, click your blueTooth icon (on your mac) choose your iphone|Connect to Network – now you can surf the web using your iPhone and 3G!

Billhighway is part of State’s Economic Development Plan

State Announces More Than 600 New Jobs

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm Tuesday (March 17, 2009) announced that the Michigan Economic Development Corp. is helping nine companies grow in Michigan and is backing two brownfield redevelopment projects.

Combined, the 11 projects are expected to create and retain 2,755 jobs and generate over $177.8 million in new investment in the state. “We are working the most aggressive economic plan in the nation to diversify and grow our economy and bring new jobs to Michigan,” Granholm said. “The scope of these projects, including four IT companies choosing to expand in Michigan, shows that our plan to diversify the state’s economy continues to produce results.
Billhighway is one of the eleven companies announced on Tuesday by the Governor; a excerpt of the press release is below:
Billhighway.com – The Web-based finance and accounting software provider that serves more than 1,450 organizations across North America, which has managed more than $1.6 billion in online transactions, plans to invest $5.7 million to expand operations in Troy to launch new programs. The project is expected to create 94 new jobs, including 43 directly by the company. The MEDC estimates that the increased economic activity created by the project will create an additional 51 indirect jobs. Based on the MEDC’s recommendation, the MEGA board today approved a state tax credit valued at $1.1 million over 10 years to encourage the company to expand in Michigan over competing sites in Texas, Kentucky and Washington, DC.  To support the project, Oakland County will provide an estimated $25,000 in job-training funds.

Additional coverage can be found here:

iPhone OS 3 Highlights

Apple today hosted a preview event for its upcoming iPhone OS 3.0, highlighting a few of over 1,000 new APIs for developers and over 100 new features for users. Here are some of the highlights:

  • In-App Purchasing: Allows developers to sell additional content from within applications. Highlighted uses include magazine subscriptions, eBooks, additional levels and items for games.
  • Peer-to-Peer Connectivity: Find other devices running the app via Bonjour over Wi-Fi of Bluetooth. Good for gaming, but also other applications for sharing data.
  • Third-Party Accessory Apps: Allowing accessory manufacturers to create applications to interface with their hardware accessories.
  • Push Notification: Rather than using background processes that hamper battery life, utilize third-party server to push badge, text, and audio alerts from applications.
  • Turn by Turn: Apple will allow developers to use CoreLocation for turn-by-turn GPS directions.
  • Cut, Copy and Paste: Available across all apps. Shake to undo or redo (finally).
  • Landscape keyboard: Available in all key applications, including Mail.
  • MMS: Picture messaging now available.
  • Voice Memos: Record notes, lectures, interviews, etc.
  • Spotlight Search: Available across all applications. Systemwide search available from main home screen by flicking to the left.
  • A2DP Bluetooth: Support for stereo bluetooth headsets (finally).

Tethering, another much-requested feature, was addressed in the Q&A section of the event. Apple is building the client side of tethering into OS 3.0, but cooperation from carriers is also required in order for it to be offered.

The new iPhone OS 3.0 is available to all registered iPhone developers today as a free beta. Full release to customers will be this summer. OS 3.0 will be free for all iPhone users and a $9.95 upgrade for all iPod touch users. Most features will be available for the first-generation iPhone, although hardware limitations will prevent some features, such as MMS and stereo Bluetooth, from being added to those devices. Meanwhile, Apple also revealed that Bluetooth support can be activated in the 2nd generation iPod Touches.

Apple has posted an iPhone OS 3.0 Preview page listing a few of the highlights. A video of today’s media event will also be posted to the page later today.