Methinks: This patent is timely relative to the recent patent reform bill that just became law. It certainly has some provisions that are an improvement over what was. But when it comes to software patents, I still have doubts about the process… and the value to industry. A patent is supposed to be an non-obvious invention. Recall a quote I mentioned in a post earlier this year, “the patent office would allow a patent on toast”. So is this use of a search engine non-obvious? On the plus side, the new law grants patent protection to the first filer as opposed to the first idea. That will start a race but at least the rules are clear.
After nine months of testing, a nifty tool called ifttt opened to the public last week. Don’t worry; I’ll save you the trouble. They tell me it’s pronounced “Ift.” Like “gift” with no G. Ifttt stands for “If this then that.” It’s a tool designed to “put the internet to work for you” by creating simple tasks using the Web’s great services using the format “if this then that.” It requires a simple yet fundamental kind of conditional thinking that can enable anyone to be programmer of sorts: “If I post a photo to Flickr, save it to my Dropbox.” You can make that happen with ifttt.
The Science behind Viral Marketing is a look at the key factors that drive growth in viral marketing. (Hint, the most important factor is not the one everyone expects.) It also looks at what is needed to get virality to work, and how to create and optimize viral marketing campaigns or viral products.
Methinks: Sound advice, I am sure I’ve heard that before. Oh yeah, from Jack Welch’s book Winning. In it he said instinct is important in business because you rarely have enough data. That gut instinct is your brain knowing it has seen this ‘pattern’ before. But it takes a lot of experiences to create useful patterns for the brain to recognize as similar to a new situation. Being a numbers guy, this observation ‘allowed’ me to respect hunches from the experienced.
“CSSTidy is an open source Cascading Style Sheets parser and optimiser written by Florian Schmitz. C++ and PHP versions are available. The name derives from HTML Tidy, since CSSTidy is supposed to be its counterpart for CSS.”—Wikipedia Says…
Methinks: Hogwash! I reject the basic premise of what and IT investment (or service expense) is. Any expenditure of cash or capital (cost) for a given purpose has a comparable value to an alternative - and that includes the cost of during nothing. The difference in cost or value gained is the return. This can be divided by the cost of the change. The ratio is return on investment. (regardless if it is a capital investment or cash expense)
Think of it this way, imagine if your organization had no IT whatsoever. How would functions be performed without any computer automation or communications. Could it even be done with only human effort? Now compare the cost of those functions with the system you are proposing. This may be dramatic but it illustrates that their is always and alternative to compare to.
I agree that components of a system, like more memory or cpu power, can be difficult to compare with the alternative. But perhaps the wrong question is being asked. The question could be what is the cost and value of the overall business function in the grand scheme of the organization. And then ask how those functions may be delivered with alternatives. Including SaaS with only rental costs. And of course, the relative cost of doing nothing.
“Software Project Management: the art and science of planning and leading software projects. It is a sub-discipline of project management in which software projects are planned, monitored and controlled.”—Wikipedia Says…
What Foresster calls the mobile app Internet: “an architecture of native apps on smart mobile devices linked to cloud-based services that provide a context-rich experience anytime, anywhere.”
Methinks: Some things seem self-evident, other need examples for people to get it. I have experienced these apps this last year in the form of Dropbox and Box.Net. While a simple concept, the power is demonstrated by seamless access to files across ALL of my devices. Cool