Spending the weekend with my son in Upstate and western New York. Been to Niagara Falls. Took him to Cooperstown to pay homage to Babe Ruth and so many others enshrined at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Drove by number of great schools in this state from Cornell to Syracuse to RIT. The piece de resistance - the reenactment of the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Carrillon at Fort Ticonderoga. Against overwhelming odds, the French,outnumbered 4 to 1, held the fort.
Lots of driving through this beautiful part of the country, but I am hoping he gets home and reads up on Wikipedia strange new words like Iroquois, Ithaca, Loonie and Rollie Fingers he has picked up on this trip.
headquartered near leading air transportation facilities is critical to
global companies like AT&T as the airline industry continues to
consolidate and reduce hubs and flights amid higher fuel prices and
industry economic pressures."
Personally, I think they could have stayed in San Antonio and made themselves a showcase for telepresence.
Telepresence is very good business for AT&T - they are one of the biggest beneficiary of the Cisco telepresence success story . To run the QoS, 15mbps, low jitter pipe they can charge customers tens of
thousands a month. And the ROI is still pretty good when companies look at reduced travel cost and related executive fatigue.
Airlines are competition - should be AT&T's new thinking, Instead this move just shows them stuck to an older model of doing business. I am sure there are tax incentives - typical in such corporate moves. But that likely pales compared to the telepresence revenue opportunity.
Opinion of US Passport Officer of his Canadian counterpart a few hundred feet
away. I shared with him my disappointment the Canadian would not baptize my
son's new passport with a stamp, as we walked across the Rainbow Bridge at
Niagara Falls. I even asked the Canadian if he would get in to trouble
if he sneaked a stamp in. Answer: Yes, we are not allowed to any more. But did
not stop him from making a wise crack about my long sleeve shirt on a warm,
The US officer on the way back said "I'll make it up to you" and stamped my
For years now, Canadian citizens have complained about irritating treatment
from US officials and vice versa. Good sibling rivalry at play.
But lost in that pettiness is the PR value of a 14 year old who would have proudly shown off the Canadian stamp for years to come.
Years after I took part in (and in my usual subtle way took over) their Analyst Panel, the HR
Technology Conference has become the world’s leading event for everyone
interested in that business and market. About 2,400 high-level HR practitioners
(a third VP or above), software and service vendor CEOs, and all the industry
analysts (including former colleague and now Gartner analyst, Jim Holincheck for nine years and fellow EI, Jason Corsello
for four) attend from a dozen different countries. They come for the excellent
no-sales-hype conference sessions, the largest show floor of 250 exhibitors, and
what is indisputably the annual town meeting of this industry.
I asked my old friend, conference co-chair Bill Kutik, to extend a special
discount to the 11th annual in Chicago, October 15-17, to readers of this blog.
He agreed, and here’s how you can get it: Download the brochure or check out
their program at www.HRTechnologyConference.com
. If you want to register, type VINN in the Promotion Code box in the online
form, and you’ll get $470 off the $1,545 regular registration rate. That
discount is larger than any publicly offered, in print or online, and gets
relatively bigger when the normal discount expires on August 1.
See you there...I will be on the lookout for disruptive HR vendors for this blog and HR innovations for the New Florence one.
No, no panel for me. Bill does not need any more hijacked panels...besides I would not want to be on some old-fashioned Analyst Panel, When Bill renames it the Social Influencer Hypervisor 2.0 Mashup Panel. I will seek out my rightful place on it :)
This continues a series of guest columns from practitioners and bloggers I
respect. The category - The Real Deal describes them well.
I first met David Axson in 1996 when he was pioneering concepts around
process benchmarking at The Hackett Group and have stayed in touch. He is noted
author and speaker in business management and technology. He is currently
working with a number of organizations on the translation of technology promise
into tangible results – which should keep him busy for many years. He was also a
former Head of Corporate Planning for Bank of America.
"Remember when just a few years ago it appeared that SAP stood for Solves All
Problems? Well now the focus is squarely on the power of business intelligence
to drive increased competitiveness, value creation and any other appropriate
buzzword you care to mention – and SAP’s right there with their acquisitions of
Business Objects, Outlooksoft and Cartesis to its portfolio. Can their cure for
cancer be far behind?
Don’t get me wrong, I fully appreciate the potential of business intelligence
tools and applications to dramatically contribute to an organization’s
success,but I also see numerous initiatives disappoint. Why the gap between
expectation and realization?
Having observed and participated in numerous “BI” initiatives over the last
twenty years I think the problem is easy to understand. Take a look at the
This is the David Axson view of all IT projects. It’s incredibly simplistic
and devoid of acronyms – not an OLAP or XML in sight; but it does encapsulate
the main elements of every BI program. First we collect data from somewhere;
then the structure it; before putting into an efficient and accessible storage
vehicle;the data can then be accessed in order to perform certain
transformations or analysis that can be automatic or user-defined; and finally
we use it to make decisions. Pretty simple really. However the disconnect comes
when one considers the relationship between cost/effort and value. In any BI
project, the first four steps consume 95% or more of the effort/cost. We spend
lots of time and money sourcing data, cleansing data, organizing data and
transforming data. However, when you adopt a value perspective close to 100% of
the value occurs in the fifth step when the resulting intelligence is actually
used to make a decision. Now in the average project plan and budget, consider
how much money or how many tasks are devoted to the first four steps versus the
fifth step. All too often the “training” line is minuscule and consists of
teaching users how to print and providing them with the number of the help desk
which is usually staffed by folks who know little or nothing about how to use
information to make better decisions. We deliver incredibly rich applications
with little or nig guidance on how to use them effectively. It’s the business
equivalent of giving your car keys to your sixteen year old and the only
guidance you offer is to, “Go have fun.”
Until we give at least equal weight to the use of information and the
associated skills, authority and confidence necessary to make better decisions
as we do to the “cool” technology we will continue to lament the disappointing
ROI on BI."
I happen to think Forrester is often less analyst, more cheerleader in several sectors it covers, but I had to admire Josh Bernoff's recruiting message on his blog.
Why just depend on your HR to find you candidates? And why not use the
opportunity to tell the world your product is doing well?
"I've been an analyst for 13 years and it's the most fun I've ever had in a job." "Forrester is an extremely collegial place." "Working here is a blast."
No job is perfect (I suspect between the excitement in the late 90s and the more recent excitement around social media, Josh would have been more subdued about his job) but when your boss-to-be is so positive, it sure helps.
She is the telecommunications/media commissioner in the EU and "having capped roaming fees on international mobile phone calls, plans a
new move to lower cellphone charges that could result in even greater
savings for European consumers." reports the International Herald Tribune
H-1 visas require specialized knowledge. She definitely qualifies - our regulators have not demonstrated the ability to influence our international roaming charges. Look at AT&T's roaming rates here - as high as $ 4.99 a minute from some countries. Plus $ 5 a month to get those "discounted rates". Plus taxes of say 15%.
No wonder the American businessman spends on average $693 in roaming charges on an international trip.