Friday, May 05, 2006

Nearly Dean Hubbard

Columbia Business School Spring 2006 Follies spoof on The Police's "Every Breath You Take" featuring imitation Dean Glenn Hubbard and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. The interpretation is that Dean Hubbard hasn't taken the appointment of Chairman Bernanke over himself as well as one could hope.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Open sourcerers - At The Whiteboard - ZDNet

The momentum in open source support for Government environments is grtowing, and the hybrid development environment is one reason. This little video from zdnet editor Dan Farber is a quick 3 minute overview.

Open sourcerers - At The Whiteboard - ZDNet: "A new breed of software developers is taking advantage of the open-source community and development process, building hybrid applications and creating differentiation on top of open-source standards.

Host: Dan Farber, editor in chief, ZDNet
Length: 00:03:13"

Monday, April 03, 2006

Linux News: Implementation : Governments Go Online -- Without Windows

More help for e-Government developers through a new portal site.

Linux News: Implementation : Governments Go Online -- Without Windows: "Electronic governance promises to cut corruption and improve transparency, and open source Latest News about open source software offers a way to break South Asia's technological dependence on industrialized countries, experts say.

Open source software such as Linux is non-proprietary, less complex, more efficient and freely available to anyone -- unlike Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Latest News about Microsoft Windows operating system, says Mike Reed, director of the United Nations University International Institute for Software Technology (UNU-IIST), based in Macau, China.
Market Domination

'Linux is now the fastest-growing software and powers eight of the 10 fastest supercomputers in the world,' Reed said.

Open source software like Linux is embedded in many types of electronic devices, like mobile phones and cameras. Open source is also starting to cut into the near complete domination of the personal computer market by the Windows operating system, he said."

To assist these e-governance attempts and to help other countries get started, the UNU has established an interactive information clearinghouse on the Internet Get Linux or Windows Managed Hosting Services with Industry Leading Fanatical Support. that it calls

In addition to having instructional how-to materials online, the portal will make available software and research papers, as well as contact information for others who have or are setting up e-governance in their own countries.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Australian Liberal (Conservative) Administration ex-staffers

The cheeky and indomitable website has created an interesting list of where many of the staffers from the current administration have gone.
Crikey Website - Where 200 ex Howard staffers are now
There does seem to be an interesting list of lobbyists in the collection.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Making Central Services work

Support functions don't have to be an overhead on Business Divisions. Using ABM to cost and assess the value of central support services: "The new CEO introduced Activity Based Management (ABM) with aim of building a cost model and, from that, a pricing model. But this was not to be an academic exercise in costing, the CEO also expected solid improvements in central services' effectiveness."

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Understanding Information Infrastructure

I've just stumbled across a guide for Information Architecture. This issue is becoming a major one across Business and Government sectors. Getting all the separate networks to communicate at even a basic level is a major problem for Government so I've provided links to a couple of useful resources.

Understanding Information Infrastructure
provides a good introduction to the issues using meaningful examples.

Roger Clarke would argue that this is nothing new and that he has been writing about it since 1995. His views are to be found at Roger Clarke's annotated Information Infrastructure Bibliography.

The US National Health Information Infrastructure home page has the most recent date of any event (at the time of writing - March 2006) as September 2004. This reflects the difficulties encountered in Australia with Health networks. The National Health Broadband Aggregation project has provided challenges at the basic II level.

The MIT Intelligent Information Infrastructure Project completed in 1997.

And for those that want information to be free, there is the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure.