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Gartner Highlights Five Issues Enterprises Should Examine With Upcoming Launch of Windows 7 October 15, 2009

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The move to Microsoft’s latest operating system (OS), Windows 7, is all but inevitable for most organizations, and Gartner, Inc. has highlighted five key issues enterprises should examine as this new OS hits the market.[…]

Gartner analysts said that while it’s nearly inevitable for enterprises to move to Windows 7, this does not mean that the PC industry will see a significant boost in PC sales immediately.[…]

Five issues that enterprises should examine before they move to Windows 7 include:

Plan to be Off Windows XP by Year-End 2012 — Microsoft will support Windows XP with security fixes into April of 2014, but past experience has shown that independent software vendors (ISVs) will stop testing much earlier. “New releases of critical business software will require Windows 7 long before Microsoft support for Windows XP ends,” said Steve Kleynhans, research vice president at Gartner. “Organizations that get all of their users off Windows XP by the end of 2012 will avoid significant potential problems.”

Start Working on Migration Projects Now — The typical organization requires 12 to 18 months waiting, testing, and planning before it can start deploying a new client OS. There is a lot of work to be done in preparation, and delays in getting started will only result in added costs later.

Don’t Wait for Windows 7 SP1 to Begin Testing and Deployment — Many organizations say they plan to wait until SP1 ships to begin testing and deploying a new client OS. Gartner analysts suggest starting work now (especially if companies have skipped Windows Vista), but are planning to switch to SP1 before their actual rollout.

Don’t Skip Windows 7 — Gartner categorizes Windows 7 as a “polishing” release on top of the architectural change that the Windows Vista “plumbing” release delivered. Gartner analysts said polishing releases should never be skipped. “While organizations that skipped Windows 2000 and waited for XP had some problems spanning the gap, organizations that adopted Windows 2000 and tried to skip Windows XP, waiting for Vista, had a much harder time,” Mr. Silver said.

Budget Carefully — Migration Costs to Vary Significantly Gartner’s model shows that migration costs could be $1,035 to $1,930 per user to move from Windows XP to Windows 7, and $339 to $510 per user to move from Windows Vista to Windows 7 depending on an organization’s approach.

Gartner’s Windows 7 Special Report includes Gartner’s latest research around Windows 7, examining such issues as when to move to Windows 7 and how much it will cost. The section also includes a link to the Gartner Webinar focused on Windows 7, as well as a video with additional Gartner commentary. This site is on Gartner’s Website at www.gartner.com/windows7.

via Gartner Highlights Five Issues Enterprises Should Examine With Upcoming Launch of Windows 7.

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Geeks Try Google Wave, Have Mixed Feelings October 5, 2009

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Google Wave is one of the most-hyped new product launches in recent memory, but now that thousands of lucky people are getting to try it out – early reactions are mixed. If the hard-core geeks aren’t sure if they like it, that could spell serious trouble for mainstream adoption.

Robert Scoble, Steve Rubel and Louis Gray are three tech blogger geeks that love to use new tools and all got to test Google’s new real-time communication platform Wave today. It’s possible that when the rush is over the Wave experience will seem less overwhelming, but the kinds of initial reactions these three had aren’t good. […]

Scoble: “Google’s Wave will crash hard onto the beach of overhype.”

Ruble: “It is way cool. It is real time – where the world is going. But, for now, it does create more problems than it solves. Let’s see if Wave 2.0 fixes that.”

Gray: “Its nature offers an opportunity to further eliminate distance and improve information exchanges.”

via Geeks Try Google Wave, Have Mixed Feelings

Future-proofing your company’s vision August 20, 2009

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Great article about “defining a company vision”. Why I think so much about it currently 😉 Read the article from Sean OMalley on Future-proofing your company’s vision | VentureBeat.

You’ve heard time and time again that vision matters. But ‘vision’ is a loaded word. Everyone thinks they know what it means, but everyone’s definition varies slightly.vision

In fact, I rarely use the word but instead ask the question: ‘What do you hope the future will hold for your company and customers?’ What’s so remarkable about this question is that it asks an entrepreneur to take a perspective on what the world will look like several years down the road. It also drives every decision thereafter.

Most startups have a hard time defining a vision because they’ve seen visions from larger companies that seem so abstract. For example, here is a vision statement from a Fortune 500 company that I’ll leave unnamed, “Powered by Innovation, Guided by Integrity, We Help Our Customers Achieve Their Most Challenging Goals.” Generic visions like this don’t inspire or drive action and inevitably get tucked away in an employee’s desk.

Successful visions bring a unique perspective and are delivered with enough clarity and conviction to ensure they stick.

Without clarity of vision, your company is on a journey with the destination unknown. I experienced the effect of unclear visions when I worked for Yahoo! in early 2000.

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Lessons Learned & Retrospektive August 13, 2009

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retrospektive_webFor every projectmanager it should be obvious to make at least at the end of his project/sprint/iteration a lessons learned/retrospective session.

But how to make it effective? Stefan Hagen gave in his projectmanagement-blog (Projektmanagement Blog (only German)) a great hint to the following resource (Wiki): AGILE RETROSPECTIVE RESOURCE WIKI.

The page contains different methods (retrospective plans) to make it effective. Good stuff to think about!

via Lessons Learned & Retrospektive « PROJEKTMANAGEMENT BLOG.

Slideshare: How Netflix Fosters A Culture Of Success August 10, 2009

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Take your time and look at this slideset. Great ideas! I would like it in my company, which I currently work!

What makes a company successful with their employees, partners, and customers? Culture is perhaps the biggest driver. I spent time reading these slides (you should invest 10 minutes) to understand what makes Netflix so unique. Out of these drivers, which ones does your company actually live?

It was interesting that working harder isn’t valued as much as working smarter. I once worked at a company where they would hire 3 mediocre people to accomplish the job of 2 people and pay those three less than the average as they were easily replaceable (it didn’t work out for them). A top salary was the most important, as the employees could then apply it towards whatever benefits they preferred.

Here’s a link to their Google Finance chart, their stock continues to rise during the recession. Love to hear your reactions

via Slideshare: How Netflix Fosters A Culture Of Success « Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing.

Startup 101: Introducing Our Serialized “How to Build a Startup” Book July 19, 2009

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ReadWriteStart is writting an interesting series about startups:

“Startup 101” is a serialized book about the thrills and spills of starting a Web technology venture. It will be a regular feature in our new channel ReadWriteStart, dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs. Startup 101 is for first-time entrepreneurs who want to go through the whole startup life cycle – including raising money, building a valuable business, and making a lot of money by selling the venture or taking it public.[…]

This series is designed for Web technology startups. But if you are building a clean tech, bio tech, outsourcing, hardware, or other type of technology venture, we hope some of Startup 101 will be useful to you, too.[…]

The chapters/posts we have planned are as follows. In line with the iterative/agile model of the Web, we reserve the right to change the order and to add, delete, and alter chapters as we progress on this journey.

  1. 10 things to be clear about before you start
  2. Are you really an entrepreneur?
  3. How first-time entrepreneurs can work well with investors
  4. Creating your vision, mission, strategy, and plan
  5. Finding the right wave to ride (secular trends)
  6. Working booms and busts to your advantage (cyclical trends)
  7. Building your team pre-financing
  8. Building an advisory board
  9. Finding a URL and company name
  10. Company registration choices
  11. The Capital-Raising Ladder
  12. How to pitch to a VC or angel
  13. How not to get screwed by VCs
  14. Understand the scale vs. profitability trade-off
  15. Build an insanely great Web service
  16. Learn to negotiate and close
  17. How to be an effective executive
  18. How to hire an A-Team
  19. How to fire non-performers
  20. How to hit your numbers
  21. How to build age-appropriate processes
  22. Steps in building a brand
  23. How to scale without losing your shirt
  24. Maintaining focus, health, and passion during the grind-it-out phase
  25. How to build an effective board
  26. Planning your exit
  27. When and how founders should hire a professional CEO
  28. Read some great books for inspiration
  29. Negotiating your exit
  30. Congratulations! What’s next?

via Startup 101: Introducing Our Serialized “How to Build a Startup” Book – ReadWriteStart.

Yammer Completely Reworks Its Desktop Client July 17, 2009

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It’s been less than a year since Yammer made its debut at TechCrunch50 (and took the top prize), but the Twitter-for-businesses has already become absolutely essential to keeping TechCrunch going on all cylinders. And we’re not the only ones — Yammer is used by over 40,000 companies, and given the uproar caused when the service went down briefly last week, it’s clear that we’re not the only ones who rely on it heavily. […]

The new client retain’s Yammer’s key features, updating with new posts from your colleagues as they come in. But it’s much sleeker, sporting an interface that reminds me of Tweetie, the slick Twitter client for Mac. The app now features integrated search, the ability to jump between Yammer accounts on the fly, improved notifications, spell-check, and support for viewing different threads in multiple windows. In short, if you use Yammer, you’re going to want to grab this ASAP.

via Yammer Completely Reworks Its Desktop Client. I Can Feel My Productivity Increasing Already.

What is Yammer?

Yammer is a simple way for employees to connect and share by posting messages. As employee participation grows, Yammer becomes a corporate social network, discussion board, and knowledge base all rolled into one easy-to-use interface.

Connect

Company Social Network

Each employee has a Yammer profile displaying their photo, title, expertise, background and what they are working on. Only employees with a valid company email address can participate in your private company network.

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Discussion Board

Use Yammer to post status updates, ask questions, shares news, links, opinions, and information within your private company network.

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Knowledge Base

Search for any topic to see who’s talking about it and what’s been said. Great for getting new employees up to speed.

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Groups

Form groups within your company network to enable collaboration with the people in your departments, teams or projects.

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Employees stay connected wherever they are through Yammer’s free desktop, BlackBerry, iPhone, IM, email or SMS clients.

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Yammer is only accessible by employees with a valid company email address. Companies can add security restrictions by claiming their network. Learn more about privacy and security.