BOG BLOG : 6 – 13 JULY 2012


Extreme reading . . .!


Morning Briefing: Olympic technology  /  Charlie Osborne

“The Morning Briefing” is SmartPlanet’s daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we’re reading about technology use for the Olympics.

Malcolm Gladwell explains why underdogs win an ‘Astonishing’ amount of the time / Aimee Groth

(Malcolm Gladwell ) . . .  sat down with the New Yorker’s Nicholas Thompson to talk about the book David and Goliath, which is about the “art and science of the underdog.”  The crux of Gladwell’s argument is that “underdogs win all the time, more than we continue to think,” he told Thompson. “Traits that we consider to be disadvantages aren’t disadvantages at all. … As a society, we depend on damaged people far more than we realize. … They’re capable of things the rest of us can’t do [because] they look at things in different ways.”

IT / Making the business case for virtualization  /  VMWare

A guide for business leadership on how to reduce costs, improve business continuity and increase IT efficiency. Why virtualize?  Virtualization does away with the inefficiency of the old “one server, one application” model, in which most servers are vastly underutilized. Virtualization enables one single server to function as multiple “virtual machines,” with each virtual machine able to operate in different environments, such as Windows, Linux or Apache. As a result, companies that have adopted virtualization have been able to consolidate multiple servers onto fewer physical devices, which helps reduce space, power and administrative requirements.

Big data, big opportunity Christophe Caquineau

Big data is an important topic as it is affecting businesses of all sizes and changing the way companies are analyzing information and making decisions. We see it as the intersection of the amount of data created from new sources, both structured operational data in the enterprise like CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems and unstructured information such as social feeds, and the velocity at which this information is created and consumed. It’s this intersection that also defines the big data challenge and opportunities.

Poverty rates, vulnerability . . .  /  David Smith

Poverty rates are on the rise in the Western world, as recession, rising fuel costs and austerity cuts to social welfare benefits, take their toll on the most vulnerable people. But rather than trying to alleviate the problem, most continue to perpetuate the cycle even further.

Global cities of the future   /   McKinsey

The top  25 cities ranked by  – (interactive)  –  440 emerging market cities are expected to contribute around half of global growth from 2010 – 2025

•  Global growth

•  Population

•  Per capita GDP

•  Children

•  Elderly

•  Regional growth

Is the web driving us mad /  Tony Dokoupil

Tweets, texts, emails, posts. New research says the Internet can make us lonely and depressed—and may even create more extreme forms of mental illness. Before he launched the most viral video in Internet history, Jason Russell was a half-hearted Web presence. His YouTube account was dead, and his Facebook and Twitter pages were a trickle of kid pictures and home-garden updates. The Web wasn’t made “to keep track of how much people like us,” he thought, and when his own tech habits made him feel like “a genius, an addict, or a megalomaniac,” he unplugged for days, believing, as the humorist Andy Borowitz put it in a tweet that Russell tagged as a favorite, “it’s important to turn off our computers and do things in the real world.”   Also watch the video

The world at work: Jobs, pay, and skills for 3.5 billion people  /  Richard Dobbs, Anu Madgavkar, Dominic Barton, Eric Labaye, James Manyika, Charles Roxburgh, Susan Lund, Siddarth Madhav

Excerpt  . . .

The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)  finds these trends gathering force and spreading to China and other developing economies, as the global labor force approaches 3.5 billion in 2030. Based on current trends in population, education, and labor demand, the report projects that by 2020 the global economy could face the following hurdles:

• 38 million to 40 million fewer workers with tertiary education (college or postgraduate degrees) than employers will need, or 13 percent of the demand for such workers

• 45 million too few workers with secondary education in developing economies, or 15 percent of the demand for such workers

• 90 million to 95 million more low-skill workers (those without college training in advanced economies or without even secondary education in developing economies) than employers will need, or 11 percent oversupply of such workers



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