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  • Blog Post: Mobile Ecosystem–The Connection of three Worlds

    Hi… I just did a panel discussion and had a nice idea I want to share right away. The question was: What business models do you see in existance or coming in the near future within the mobile ecosystem? While my co-panelists started answer, I thought that this is a question nobody can really answer....
  • Blog Post: Kosten für Information im Internet – Transaktionskosten

    Hi… interessanter Gedankengang: Warum gibt es große Firmen? Ronald Coase (Nobelpreis-Gewinner) meint, dass immer da, wo die Transaktionskosten für eine Leistung intern niederiger sind als extern, breitet eine Firma sich aus. Sie baut Wissen und Personal auf, um Dinge intern erledigen zu können. Transaktionskosten...
  • Blog Post: Jetzt mit Cloud Computing beschäftigen? Ja, wenn Mr Li recht hat

    Hi… bei der Lektüre einer meiner Lieblingszeitschriften (IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management) bin ich über einen Artikel von Xiaotong Li gestolpert “Preemptive Learning, Competency Traps, and Information Technology Adoption: A Real Options Analysis” (Vol. 56/ No. 4 / S.650ff) In diesem Artikel...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing und Vertrauen

    Hi… ich war gerade auf einer Web 2.0 Konferenz und ich muss beichten. So wie man das im Web 2.0 macht…also blogge ich. Ich war nämlich böse, habe einen bösen Witz gerissen. Auf dem Panel standen neben mir die Kollegen von Google und IBM. Es ging in einer Frage um Vertrauen und Cloud Computing, was die...
  • Blog Post: Book on Cloud Computing

    Hi… since I was asked a lot about quite recently, here is a link to Holger Sirtl’s book on the cloud and Windows Azure in special: “Cloud Computing mit der Windows Azure Platform” by Holger Sirtl, MS Press, ISBN 978-3-86645-533-7 for €39,90 http://www.amazon.de/Computing-Windows-Platform-Softwareentwicklung...
  • Blog Post: New Role of Marketing and Operation Research

    Hi… this time I’d like to combine several thoughts and observations I made recently. It is all about the new marketing and operation research. In a way, it leads to two ways of innovation necessary to escape the Innovator’s Dilemma. Keep in mind that I reflect on the IT industry. But let’s start at the...
  • Blog Post: Random Thoughts on Leadership - 2

    Hi… Lemma 1: A person can only accept somebody else to lead if the person invest a certain amount of trust this person or institution. Conclusion 1 of Lemma 1: If a leader trusts the persons in the team, the leader accepts to be led by those persons. Conclusion 2 of Conclusion 1: Micromanagers are by...
  • Blog Post: Random Thoughts on Leadership

    Hi… one of my audio books is all about leadership, another book I just read is on Design Thinking. So – as a reminder to myself – here are some random thoughts on leadership: What do leaders do? They produce certainty in ambiguity. This is for me the major thing. As soon as there is no more ambiguity...
  • Blog Post: The two kinds of Developers

    Hi… have you ever thought about the two fundamental types of developers?? OK, let me introduce my model to you: Product Group versus Laboratory Let us start with Lab guys first: The laboratory developer: * Short winded, things need to show quick results * No care about architecture * No care about security...
  • Blog Post: Television 2.0

    Hi… have you seen this http://www.techflash.com/microsoft/Microsoft_melds_game_show_with_video_game_in_bid_for_more_ads_53936297.html ?? This might be the biggest thing since the invention of TV some days ago. In the recent past TV suffered from its uni-directional style. TV makers tried to come up with...
  • Blog Post: Freeware versus Open Source

    Hi… Gestern war Damir Tomicic bei Microsoft in Unterschleißheim und hat dabei auch bei uns in N1.26 vorbeigesehen. Wir haben wieder – wie immer – ein wenig philosophiert und diskutiert. Dabei hat Damir in einem Nebensatz eine Aussage gemacht, die mich ein wneig beschäftigt hat. Irgendwie hat sie das...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing as a Supply Chain

    Hi… remember the “IT doesn’t matter” article of 2003 (see http://www.nicholasgcarr.com/articles/matter.html )?? That time it shocked the whole IT world. The real fear behind that was the guts feeling: it might be true somehow. Well, it is true somehow. But only for parts of the IT. There are some basic...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing and Open Source

    Hi…   i just had an interesting morning at IDC. They presented a study around cloud computing and just as IBM, T-Systems and RedHat, Microsoft was part of the game. During the session there was this idea that ??? cloud computing = Open Source ??? at least the RedHat evangelist put it that way. His...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing versus Hosts

    Hi… I found an article – actually I have seen lots of those in the past few weeks – which compares hosts to what cloud computing is about today. Mostly the conclusion is “see, we already had that all and we should never have left host computing in the first place”. Well, this is true and wrong at the...
  • Blog Post: Green IT… well, this is certainly green and IT…

    Hi… it is CeBIT ( www.cebit.de ) time again. Well, times are rough, budgets tight. Last but not least we all want to be more environment friendly than we have been in the past. Yes, here we go. Uwe Baumann, Product Manager Visual Studio Express here in Germany, had a great idea. Several meetings later...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate the 20th anniversary... not your first!!

    Hi... my father is a civil engineer and I will always remember when he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his own shop quite a while ago. He started his speech with the words "We did not celebrate our first year because we did not know if we would make the second. Now - twenty years later - I think...
  • Blog Post: Make your own help videos…

    Hi… since I was asked at a barcamp some time ago I kept an eye on a project called Community Clip within Microsoft. Now you can find the tool and the clips here http://communityclips.officelabs.com/default.aspx With the tool it is easy to record from within office your favourite best practice and share...
  • Blog Post: Slides of Hasso-Plattner-Institute Talk

    Hi… I just did a talk of Server computing (as a replacement of my manager) and you can find the slides here: www.cu-0xff.de/downloads/Hpi_public.pptx The slides are a mixture of German and English… CU 0xff
  • Blog Post: Evangelism explained

    Hi... my title is "Manager Evangelism & Marketing Operations" and I am asked frequently what the reason is behind using this word: Evangelists!? Well, sometimes it is better to let others speak: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technology_evangelist For me the idea behind Evangelism is that evangelism...
  • Blog Post: Everybody can be Part of the Media Selling Industry

    Hi... this paper might contain some explosives: ftp://ftp.research.microsoft.com/pub/tr/TR-2007-167.pdf The basic idea is "The platform aims to enable selling digital content by any- one, anywhere, and anytime"... ??? The system works by having two trusted devices (players) which can exchange media content...
  • Blog Post: Beyond Search - Sematic Computing...

    Hi... Microsoft Research and Microsoft adCenter recently announced the 20 winners in an Award called "Beyond Search – Semantic Computing and Internet Economics Awards" . The award had rewards around a million US$. (not that bad). http://research.microsoft.com/ur/us/fundingopps/RFPs/beyondSearchAwards...
  • Blog Post: Buying Companies... how to choose...

    Hi... ever thought on buying a company to extend your capabilities?? Well, this is what larger corps like Microsoft, Cisco, IBM or others do all the time. I found a nice article on how Microsoft decides which on to acquire: http://www.news.com/beyond-binary/8301-13860_3-9824046-56.html CU 0xff
  • Blog Post: A long Way to JPEG or Microsoft 2.0

    Hi... Do you know HD-Photo aka Windows Media Photo?? Anyway, it will change its name again to JPEG XR. Wow, JPEG?? Yes, JPEG. I like this story because it shows the "new Microsoft", a Microsoft which is unknown (and almost unbelievable) to some guys out there. So, let's assume we would gather a group...
  • Blog Post: Google owns Search... not Everywhere

    Hi... I just learned that there is a small country where Google does not own search. Remarkable that small country is China ;-) http://www.baidu.cn/ is the market leader in China. We can discuss if this is only a "China copies everything" bla-bla but in the end there must be more value for Chinese people...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server Introduction - The Hardcore Way...

    Hi... if you ever wanted to get an introduction to Team Foundation Server within 3 hours (and I mean THREE hours) there is an offering here in Germany. I just saw the agenda and I know the speakers and - Baby - this will be tough but worth every minute I am very sure. Check out www.aitag.com/tfsseminar...
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