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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Nice Movie on Cloud Computing

Nice movie on Cloud Computing which changes our live as long as we believe the network is reliable, that our information is secure in the cloud and that clouds will not die suddenly...




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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bicycle in 2008 with Google Spreadsheets

Last year I maintained my biking statistics using Google Spreadsheet.

I did 2073Km on my bikes.

You can have a look at the spreadsheet over here:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=p9riAm1SxAj1w49PTSsktfw


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Twitter and url-ok.com

In TweetDeck you can shorten a long URL with services like bit.ly, digg, is.gd, tinyurl... Christian Godefroid recently sent me an email where he promoted url-ok.com and I have to say it's indeed a good idea. Just a few minutes after you have twitted something you can see the impact by the number of clicks.

Very cool...

BPM grows 5% at IBM (Q1 2009)

IBM just announced its 2009 Q1 results. What we can see is that IBM's revenue has decreased (example : 6 % for Software Group) but thanks to IBM's ability to control costs, the margins more or less stay (-1%).

What's nice is that my favorite topic, BPM, is going up :

For the WebSphere family of software products, which facilitate customers’ ability to manage a wide variety of business processes using open standards to interconnect applications, data and operating systems, revenues increased 5 percent year over year.

Pétrole et Finances, sans aucun liens...

Voici deux articles sans relations apparentes que j'ai lus récemment.

L'un sur la crise financière - Le Bêtisier de la crise - ou on nous rappelle que

Septembre 2008. Jean-Paul Servais, le président de la Commission bancaire belge, déclare que les banques belges n'ont "aucun problème de solvabilité, ni de liquidité". Et le ministre Reynders va jusqu'à comparer le risque de faillite d'une banque belge à "celui que le ciel nous tombe sur la tête". Moins d'une semaine après, ce dernier passait quelques nuits blanches à négocier le sauvetage des mastodontes bancaires Fortis et Dexia.

Le deuxième sur le Pétrole, sur contreinfo.info:
Il reste 20 ans de pétrole, estime le responsable de Total Allemagne
Cela me fait penser a mon premier test de slideshare. J'avais imaginé un petit texte un peu dans le style...


Web2.0 Bubble ?

In Dec, 2007 I was already wondering : Is there a Web 2.0 Bubble ?

Now I see some other people talking about a possible burst of this bubble by the crisis (In French): La crise fera-t'elle exploser la bulle 2.0 ?

Would I pay for Yahoo Mail ? Yes, I already do.
Would I pay for Gmail ? Maybe
Would I pay for Facebook ? No
Would I pay for Twitter ? Probably No
Would I pay for Friendfeed ? No
Would I pay for Linked In : Yes
(I don't do them all...)

Will I continue my web1.0 website: yes !

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Esslinger's Interview : Passion, Courage, Innovation and Design

I found the following interview of Hartmut Esslinger by Guy Kawazaki about Design really great. I like Kawazaki's questions. They lead to good answers. Here are some some elements of Esslinger's answers I recognize in my daily work.

Passion and Courage

"Excellent products require more then just a good designer or a good design agency—they require humanistic and cultural vision, courage and discipline in execution"

I had already noted this in one of my books on Strategy: "Passion and courage distinguish those who lead from those who manage" (The Art and Discipline of Strategic Leadership - Mike Freedman).

And indeed, I have experienced that when I want to design an ambitious system, I need the support of a visionnary executive. My problem is : I always design ambitious systems. So most of the time people don't understand (no vision) or don't follow (no courage), which often creates me some frustration.


Innovation

"The professional task of innovation includes to balance technological advancements with social relevance and sustainability".
At IBM we call it "innvovation that matters" and it's one of our 3 IBM values. So called "Innovation funnel" techniques can be also applied. It was the subject of my MBA Thesis applied to Software AG Belgium's Go-To-Market Strategy.


Who is a designer ?

“Design” isn’t a clear-cut talent profession, but one of coordination and catalyst between human needs, science and technology, business and economy, as well as sociology and ecology. The artistic talent required is more of an enabler at the end of rational and emotional analysis as well as strategic conceptualization

It makes me think about the definition of an Architect by Vitruvius and the numerous "Soft Skills" IBM Certified Architects need to demonstrate.

Personal Conclusions...

When I think about Passion, Innovation & Design I realize I'm probably indeed a good candidate for "Designer", or "Architect" (there is a difference between Architecture and Design but it's another story). Those elements are very close to my heart.

My only "problem" is that design only doesn't satisfy me completely. I would like to see the impact of Ambitious Designs on the bottom line, this will eventually lead me on the path of Entrepreneurship and Business Development.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I ve given 2 bikes to an association - J'ai donné 2 vélos à une associtaion

(En Français à la fin)


In November last year, I was looking for an association which could give a second life to 2 bicycles I don't use anymore. Via O2Bikers I found such an association :

L'atelier vélo de VOOT.


So today I gave them 2 bikes : a GT Timberline (1993, I think)



and a Specialized Stumpjumper Comp (1996)



Let's hope Voot will allow them a few more rides.

En Français:

En Novembre l'année passée je cherchais une association qui pourrait donner une seconde vie à deux vélos que je n'utilisait plus. Via O2Bikers, J'ai trouvé une telle association : Les ateliers vélos de la rue Voot. Je leur ai donné les deux vélos ci-dessus. Espérons que mes deux vélos aient une belle deuxième vie !


La vague eBook arrive !? Reportage LCI

Voyez ici un reportage de LCI sur l'éventuelle arrivée des eBooks sur le marché grand public.


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Se livrer sur Internet, une bonne idée ?

En lisant cet article (Nos vies sur Internet, à perpète) que j'ai trouvé via un Twit de FrenchWeb, je me demandais si j'ai déjà été écarté par certaines personnes à cause de ce que j'ai blogué.

C'est bien possible car depuis mon MBA je suis souvent très critique vis-à-vis du top management - voir par exemple, mon article sur la creative class. La crise financière conforte mes opinions, d'ailleurs.

Faut-il arrêter de dire ce qu'on a envie au cas où ce qu'on blogge ne va pas plaire ? Faut-il avoir peur du qu'en dira t'on ?

Je ne pense pas; Au contraire, je préfère m'associer avec des gens qui me connaissent vraiment et qui m'acceptent comme je suis. Comme disait un de mes amis surfeur à l'université:

"I prefer to die on my feets than to live on my knees"