On CNN, a brief clip that noted that today marks 666 days since the Enron collapse. Interesting…
Archives for September 2003
The American Federation of Teachers had Jim do a session examining the future of labour unions, as well as workplace, political, demographic and social activism trends.
Notes the Chicago Tribune in an article about the global networked economy, on September 23, in what it refers to as hypercompetition”….. a global market in which an ever increasing portion of the developing world acquires the education and opportunity to provide skilled-labor, including professional services of almost every kind at a world class level…..”It is becoming clear that CPAs, management consultants, attorneys and health professionals who have traditionally been insulated from global market forces will be faced with competition as they have never seen before: bright, driven people capable of offering comparable-quality service at perhaps a tenth the cost of their developed world counterparts.” Years ago I was predicting that increasingly, the location of where work was performed would become irrelevant as the global networked economy took hold. Global outsourcing trends are now making this true — in spades.
What’s this have to do with frogs? Last week, I watched a number of them getting squished — they were focused on the birds that were flying in front of them, and didn’t notice the cars driving up behind them from the parking lot. Too focused on one perceived threat, they were missing the bigger picture all together……
Today I address the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. I’m offering up my “10 lessons learned from those who didn’t give up” — outlining how I think some businesses have managed to enhance their competitiveness, open new markets and develop new things, despite the failings of the technology economy over the last few years. I’ll publish the list later.
Update 2/10/03 : HP has fixed the problem — see my posting on this matter.
I received an e-mail from HP this am that gives me hope they might be able to fix the problem I and other users have reported. If so, this is good news. The thing is, its a good product if this particular issue is ignored, and if this is fixed, it makes a great product. Despite the challenges, I’ve scanned 1,000 photos already, and the quality is crisp and clear. Add that to the 9,000 digital photos from 1996, and the random slide show in the kitchen is working overtime
I’m preparing for my telecom talk this week — looking at the future of the industry. One of the most significant trends is the move to VoIP (voice over IP). Lots going on — and one of the most fascinating things is Vonage, a company that provides full telephone service through your DSL or cable-modem connection. They just passed the 50,000 customer milestone. I just got word this AM that they are going to set me up for a trial of their service.