Posts Tagged ‘Business’

Mashups

Open Mashup Alliance (OMA)

The Open Mashup Alliance is a consortium “that promotes the adoption of mashup solutions in the enterprise through the evolution of enterprise mashup standards like EMML.” Through the support of open source code and the use of EMML, the OMA hopes to eliminate vendor lock-in and make the development of enterprise mashups more lucrative and viable. I think that without the standardization of EMML and the move toward open source code under a Creative Common License propelled and supported by the OMA, the usage of enterprise mashups will not reach its expected increase of tenfold by 2015. The future of computing for business is going to include mashups and just like web standards set by the W3C, hopefully the OMA will be able to influence companies to join the proposed mashup standards. Companies like HP, Intel and Adobe have already signed to support the OMA, but many more companies are going to have to join before standardization becomes a reality. And as we all know, there will always be the hold outs that want to keep their developments proprietary, but I don’t think that mindset is really going to work for companies in the world going forward.

Business Intelligence and Mashups

In this article, Lorraine Lawson brings up the issue with mashups and business. Many businesses have invested in Business Intelligence mashups and are not happy with the results. The issue seems to be the user not the technology. In a quote from IDC analyst, Dan Vessett, “The core issue here is not one of BI failing. Technology is almost never the issue. It’s the ability for IT to create and/or align the right technology for the needs of the business users.” I agree. This comes back to something we discussed in class, the need to know your client’s users and know them very well. What information do they want and what is the best solution to get the user the required information? Lawson also brings up the idea of delighting you users by going above and beyond. I agree with this philosophy 100%, probably from my many years of working for Disney where we were taught to exceed guest expectations. This is one reason the Disney Parks stand out from other theme parks, the exceeding of guest expectations. I think we need to take this philosophy into the design industry with us, whether we are designing mashups, web sites, or apps for the iPhone. Ultimately when we exceed the user’s expectations, we will most assuredly exceed our client’s expectations.

Enterprise Mashups

This article brought up to me the potential for conflict between the non-developer who goes off and makes a mashup and the IT department. While the non-developer is quickly solving a business need, without taking up valuable resources of the company and by-passing the bureaucracy of getting a project prioritized and funded, they could be attempting to access data that needs to be secure. The IT department needs to have some governance over the mashup to insure security of the data and also to insure legacy. There will need to be some sort of documentation of what was created so if that employee leaves the company, other people can improve or revise the existing mashup as new information and technology is created. I could also see the potential , depending on the corporate culture for a particular company, for the IT department to feel threatened by the non-developer’s creation of a mashup and for there to be “turf wars” in the world of corporate politics

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Podcasting and Vodcasting

Podcasting versus Radio

In this blog by Tim “Gonzo” Gordon, he brings up the differences in radio versus podcasts. This blog pointed out the trend of radio stations to be very homogenized by the virtue off being owned by large corporations, and therefore they do not have any personality. I hadn’t really noticed this, but now that I think about it, it is true. The style of radio that I listened to when I was a teen is really a thing of the past. I have also noticed that the three stations I predominately listen to now are locally owned and the deejays are actually personable. Podcasts on the other hand do have personality and allows the listener to find a topic they actually want to listen to. Radio is like Web 1.0 – a totally push medium. You take what they dish out. But podcasts, while not interactive, do allow the listener the freedom of choice, and there is quite the variety of topics out there for choosing. Also, I can see the advantage of podcasts over radio in situations, like flying, where you cannot get a radio station.
I do think that as more people become comfortable with iPods and MP3 players (and of course the iPhone) that podcasts are going to make serious inroads into the listening audience for radio. It already has for talk radio. Most major programs have podcast archives of their shows. I don’t think radio will ever go away totally, but I do think the advent of the podcast is going to have a big impact on radio. Gordon seems to think that it will cause stations to have deejays with more personality. I think it is going to change the radio industry more than that. In what ways, I’m not sure, but I do think that the radio industry will look completely different 5 to 10 years from now. Will we even recognize it?

Podcasts and Business

In this article, the author, Matt Jostal writes about the importance of business using podcasts (and I would imagine eventually vodcasts) in reaching existing customers and potential customers. As Jostal points out, the influx of email that a person gets everyday relegates a company’s attempts at e-mail communication to spam. It is very often ignored and deleted. I liked his point about the fact that most people are actively looking for a podcast which means that they are already interested in your company or product. It is a much more effective way of marketing when your potential client is already “warm.” Also people are more likely to sit through several minutes of listening or viewing as opposed to reading a long page of copy – therefore the retention is also going to be higher.
I also liked the point about the demographics of those with iPods and MP3 players and that a company could very easily target that younger group of potential customers. BUT, I think that the demographics are quickly going to change in the next few years as older generations finally embrace the technology. Businesses will have to monitor the demographics closely and modify their message to reflect the change.
I think this is the next step in effective advertising. We are going to see more and more pod and vodcasts that are able to get a company’s message or information across to a more targeted audience. This is going to open up the market for the production of good quality pod and vodcasts tremendously and those wishing to get into advertising should take heed of this trend.

Podcasting and Politics

In this article, Kate Lundy, a Senator in Australia, shares her first impressions of the impact vodcasting can have on her communications with her constituents. In an experiment run in August, it showed that the time spent at Senator Lundy’s website increased by 45% after adopting vodcasting as a form of communications. It also appears to have driven more activity on her blogs, Twitter and other channels of feedback from her constituents.
I believe this is due to the fact that video helps people “see” more of the political process and get a better feel for who their representatives really are. As constituents feel more “tied in” they will tend to voice their opinions more readily and also hopefully get more involved at their local levels. I think we are only beginning to scratch the surface right now with the impact that technology can have on an electorate. Here in our country the Tea Party movement has been largely driven by immerging technologies like pod and vodcasting as well as other Web 2.0 innovations.

MixCloud

What is MixCloud. Well they claim they are going to be the YouTube of radio. I agree with this blogger – I don’t think so. The site is worth checking out though. I dug around a little bit. It combines social media and podcasts to create a site for people to post both professional and amateur mixes of mostly music. There are a few talk podcasts but the ones I found were about 2-3 years old. I did not spend a lot of time on MixCloud, but you might want to give it a spin.