|Friday, July 23, 2004|
Always On World
Rajesh Jain talks of how access devices, access infrastructure and real-time applications present a platform for an Always-On world, in his column, TECH TALK: Tech Trends: 8. Always-On World. An excerpt follows (bold is mine) :
"Two years ago, it would have been hard to imagine that Indians would be buying cellphones at the rate of nearly 2 million a month. Similarly, today, it is hard to imagine a broadband India ñ but that is exactly what we are about to see. The next couple years will see Indian consumers and enterprises enveloped in ubiquitous, high-speed connectivity from multiple sources ñ wireless, DSL, cable and satellite. Complement this with WiFi-enabled laptops and smartphones, and the always-on world is at hand. This will necessitate a change in the not just employees work, but also the interactions between enterprises and customers............
..............The world of always-on in a natural manifestation of the convergence of various industries ñ computing, telecom and consumer electronics. It is a world which telecom- and computing-poor countries like India can leapfrog to, with the right vision and will. Just like South Korea has done. "
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Personal Blogs and Organizations
Read Stuart's account of how his blog won over his job, at his post titled My Blog Rules. Where the thrust is not on his story, but on insights with respect to benefits a company can get by hiring a blogger, and warning signals and 'rules' that you might wish to consider when being employed by a company.
From his post :
"After spending the last 10 days with my head applied to strategy in the Arizona desert for DiamondWare, I found that each day was another day where not blogging irked me. In the end my blog rules and both parties are going our separate ways. I found myself in a situation which was effectively taking my blog and voice away from me. That was never my intent, and my interest remains with building innovative new products at the intersection of social software, collaboration, VoIP and mobility......
....... If you were blogging and see yourself in a situation where the environments takes you away from it then consider what it means. Less accelerated learning, reduced access to external experts, and reduced profile. Blogs also test companies. Do they want to be closed rather than open? Will they run scared rather than lead? Etc. ......
.........I'd add there are enormous benefits for the organization that has the guts to acquire a free thinking dedicated blogger.
Warnings to other Bloggers:
Robert Scoble and Microsoft - one example, perhaps one of the most prolific of bloggers today - and his blog is at his personal url. There are many others in this community who have retained their personal blogs after having joined organisations - Ton, Martin Roell, Lilia (not sure which came first the job or the blog in your case:)) or the case of Seb who needs funding from his organisation for sharing his research notes and insights through his blog (as i go to his blog to link his name to his url at this post - i find this neat quote staring me in the face - "In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."- Al Rogers).
Would be great to hear how they handle their personal blogs, what 'rules', what learnings.
Meanwhile, am happy my blog buddy is back :). Missed the stories, insights and vision Stuart !
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Scott Allen is one of the first persons i met online (through Ryze and Ecademy) and we continue to enjoy the dialogues we frequently have. I have followed his evolution into quite an expert in this area.
More recently, we were tallking about his Virtual Handshakes classes for persons using blogs and social networking sites in building business. He's thoughtfully set up a scholarship programme especially for Indians, with a special fee structure, keeping the unfavourable dollar-rupee equation in mind :).
Interested ? Check it out :
Scholarship program for Virtual Handshakes class starting July 27
If you are intrigued by social networking sites and social software such as blogs, but still unsure exactly how to use them to effectively build business relationships and grow your business, this class is for you. This unique in-depth, hands-on 6-week course will teach you the skills and practices to align your online networking activities with your business objectives for maximum results with minimum effort. The class is taught by Scott Allen, one of the world's top experts on the topic, and co-author of "The Five Keys to Building Business Relationships Online" and the forthcoming "The Virtual Handshake", due out from American Management Association next spring. He also teaches classes in partnership with LinkedIn and Ryze and is the co-author of the Online Business Networks Blog.
For more information about the class, see the registration page
The price of the class is normally $197 US. Scott is making a limited number of seats available to Indian residents on a scholarship basis -- not free, but based on what you can afford. To apply for a scholarship, contact Scott here (click the link) and include the following information in the body of the message:
The class starts Tuesday night, July 27. Scott will notify all applicants by Tuesday morning as to whether or not they were accepted.
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