Yahoo GO Mobile 2.0 in Italiano!

20 06 2007

Ho letto al blog di CNET che Yahoo e quasi pronta per presentare la nuova versione dil suo sito per celulare in lingua italiana.

La parte più importante dell’applicazione è il menù girevole, che serve per navigare intuitivamente tra le varie funzioni di Yahoo! Go: canali personalizzati per le mail, informazioni e mappe, notizie, eventi sportivi, finanza, spettacolo, meteo, foto Flickr™ e ricerche.

Il gran giorno sarà venerdi, e anche è pensato di presentarlo in versione beta per i paesi: Canada, Francia, Germania, India, Indonesia,  Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Spagna, United Kingdom, Thailand e il Vietnam.

 Potete vedere le funzionalità sul suo sito.


McCartney e la industria musicale

12 06 2007

Ho leto a questo articolo in Slashdot che parla d’una interessante notizia: Paul McCartney finisce il suo contrato con EMI e il suo nuovo album sarà a disposizione per scaricare sul internet tramite la discografica “Starbucks’ Hear Music label”

Sono interessanti i comenti che fa:

‘I was bored with the old record company’s jaded view,’ McCartney says… ‘They’re very confused, and they will admit it themselves: that this is a new world, and they’re a little bit at a loss as to what to do. So they’ve got millions of dollars and X budget… for them to come up with boring ways — because they’ve been at it for so long — to what they call “market” it. And I find that all a bit disturbing.‘”

In prattica e dire che il mercato della musica è cambiato, ma le megaaziende come EMI solo utilitzano il suo badget alla defensiva, invece di creare forme innovative di publicare musica.

Secondo me, una brava decisione per parte di McCartney!

Board pass al celulare

11 06 2007

A Spagna, Spanair e Vodafone hano creato un nuovo sistema perche gli utenti di questa linea aerea possano sfrutare della comodità di prenotare biglieti tramite cellulare, e anche fare il check-in mostrando il codice che si riceve al cellulare.

Sembra una buona e comoda soluzione, e conferma che ogni volta di piu il cellulare sta diventando un centro di operazioni per pagare, estendendo il concetto di ‘gadget per fare chiamatte”

Qui potete guardare un video demostrativo, in spagnolo

Ten forces that flatten the world

16 05 2007

Last days I’ve been busy reading Thomas L. Friedman book “The world is flat” (does it sound familiar? ;D). There are some things I like from it, and I would like to share with you what he calls: “the ten forces that flatten the world”

1- 11/9/89: The falling of Berlin wall started to create the idea of worldwide market, opening opportunities to countries such India, Brazil or China

2- 8/9/95:The day Netscape went public. As he says: “Unless you knew how manually drive around the Internet to find things, it was not all exciting”, according to his opinion it changed thanks to Netscape. I agree with it but also think that Yahoo! had to be considered as a milestone. A powerful idea is that .com burst let a great worldwide network of fiber optics that open the path for Outsourcing thanks to cheap-to-free communications

3- Work Flow Software: That’s a part I really like, talks about the adoption of Process Management, and how to break in peaces this process and spread it in excellence centres. Thanks to adoption of software and protocols standards, is easy to world worldwide, and small business can take advantage of it with software platforms such as

4- Uploading: The way Internet process of uploading is “giving the voice to people” based on phenomenons as blogging, wikipedia and so

5- Outsourcing:How India and China have became key players offering engineers to the world using cheap cable communications. I like the theory in which he argues that thanks to Y2K where a lot of engineers were needed to fix lots of computers worldwide, India started to became a player.

6- Offshoring: As outsourcing grows, the phenomenon of fully outsource a department has started. I like the way he explains the global tension that it created:

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every morning a lion wakes up.
It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle.
When the sun comes up, you better start running.”

7- Supply-Chaining:Uses Wall-Mart as examples how effective supply chains have become for a “global optimization” and how technologies such as RFID will change the way some things are now done and thought.

8- Insourcing: How companies are using their excellence as basis for magnifying their portfolio, uses UPS as example.

9- In-forming:As I wrote in my first post and second, how Internet has become a great information power, where more and more things are visible thanks to search engines. I think this idea is worth a science fiction book! 😀

10- The Steroids: How personal devices are boosting the use of IT. Here I would like to add the link of this article from MIT about how BlackBerry is impacting on the way managers work

I strongly recommend to read this book, specially the part I’ve talked about, it gives a good point of view in state-of-art of the multinationals culture of globalisation and horizontalyzing processes.