Web 2.0; Free Stuff; initial thoughts.

July 5, 2006

ARCast – Web 2.0 and the Edge with Mike Platt (Part 1)

Just listened to this and found it defined some really interesting ideas with regards to the buzzword ‘web 2.0’ but also the evolution of business models in tech.

Mike Platt keeps using the phrase ‘the vast majority’ when talking about the concept of:

you don’t have to worry about a heap of people using your software or service for free, becuase you even if you just charge a smaller number who do use and pay, you’ll make buckets of cash (because there’s such a large base of people on the Internet to use your service in the first place).

The above isn’t really a quote its more like my paraphrase of the argument. Anywayz I really clicked with this idea, but thought the phrase ‘vast minority’ might be more appropriate as it sums up the fact that (I would expect) the majority  of people won’t pay for a free/shareware service but that a minority on the web can still be ‘vast’ enough to happily support what your trying to produce/achieve.

Examples quoted were Google Maps; Flickr (photobucket equivelent etc).

This metaphor is similar to the idea of ‘offshoring’ software development work from the following perspective:

The idea is that the the economies of 3rd world labour are so great (ie they’re labor wages are so skewed), that even if we have to pay throught the nose to adapt the software back to our local culture it will still be worth it.

By the way please don’t think I have any problem with the globalisation of work to India or other countries, I realise the above statement makes loads of assumptions that might not be true. I was using it only for illustrative purposes :-).

I guess to bring the pattern back to the start point, eventually, companies in the web 2.0 space may have to charge everybody in order to recoup their costs in an increasingly competitive space (ie they are being asked to provide more and more for free because, everybody else is providing just a little bit less for free). However as the market for free stuff has been allowed to grow without satisfaction in the absence of web 2.0 (once again open for debate 😉 <lol> we have a ways to go b4 we get there.

That’s just my thoughts. I’m following the mantra that if you read/listen everyday you should write/speak/podcast everyday (otherwise where is the value add in listening/reading).


Confessions are a great start

June 27, 2006

Confessions of an HR Director » Blog Archive » confessions…

I confess that its great to hear business professionals vent their spleen, and move beyond the soft metaphors that usually fill out the glossy company brochures.

Once we start speaking about the true state of things, we might get to move onto finding solutions to the things that bug us, and celebrating the things that make our days shine bright.

Well done !!! (hopefully there is more to come).

Extra Extra !!! Users involved in using systems ;-)

June 26, 2006

Management Blog: Technology only as good as user expectations

It doesn’t matter how good technological innovation is, it will fail
financially if the user reaction is not taken into account.

Working in software development and business intelligence, I have frequently been tempted to add ‘user acceptability’ or ‘cultural impact’ to the list of software features that are being compared between two different packages.

Especially when the user is being asked to populate the software with information (which is required for the software to operate effectively (like it did in the brochure));

I’m tempted to ask

‘Hey what’s the users payoff’ !!!

i) Love of the company;

ii) Joy in seeing the success and meteoric rise to fame of the developers in question.

Or maybe something a little bit more ‘personally motivating’ like

i) Being able to do their job faster

ii) Being able to chat to their friends in marketing without having to create an excuse to deliver documents 😉

I know sometimes the ‘way things really are’ (read the way users will actually react) is often too hot to write down on a project specification. But if its not put down somewhere (seriously) why do we even bother.

Certainly tech solutions that provide their benefits without getting in the users way, or provide the actual user with some real benefit to their daily world, will have a better grab at success and should be encouraged by us all.

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June 16, 2006

Alex Barnett blog : Microformats Podcast

Microformats ???? Appear to be quite popular in the HR/Tech
industry. I, personally, have no idea what they’re rabbiting on about,
but I think (from the sounds of things) it would be a good idea if i
did 🙂

I’m currently listening to the linked podcast. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Welcome All

June 16, 2006

I am an employee of Lettuce Systems www.lettuce.com.au (just to get my bias out of the way early). We’re a software development company that’s chosen to focus on the issues being faced by Human Resource Managers in relation to technology and knowledge management (huge topic I know … tell me about it (nicely 😉 ).

You can totally tell I’ve been working in software for too long, because I alway feel compelled to match the brackets up when I make comments inside a set of brackets. I’m not sure if this is correct (or even required). But I feel sure that some sort of nerd-DNA drives me to do it so that’s what I do. 🙂

But it’s not all spark plugs and wires. Before I worked in tech I was a bookish management student at the University of Melbourne; so I like to think of myself as a bit of balancing agent between both domains.

I intend this blog to be a place where I gather the links to interesting things I find on the web with regards to human resource management and technology in Australia along with my own thoughts and opinions.

I won’t rabbit on (much 😉 longer this is just meant to be a bit of a book mark to override the classic ‘hello world’ start that most blogs start with. As this is my 2nd or third blog in the world I figured there was an onus on me to try and do a little bit better.