And then there was 3!

July 20, 2010

Ericsson, NSN or Nokia Siemens Networks, and Huawei battle it out in the ultra competetive telecommunications industry. The latest consolidation . . . NSN + Motorola.

Couple of weeks back i visited Jakarta, Indonesia. I cannot remember if i have noticed it before but a biometrics lane was there to receive arriving residents or perhaps registered aliens. It was a service from Saphire.saphire Singapore and Malaysia (if i remember it correctly – among asean country) have implemented this solution.  I quickly checked Saphire news feed and according the release it was implemented since Feb this year. I wonder whether this is part of the security measure of asean initiative?

Another 1st was the credit card facility in the Silver Bird taxi service. If it’s your first time landing in Jakarta and you forgot to arrange a hotel pickup – just take any taxi that has a ‘Bird’ brand on it. birdgroupI usually take the silver bird from the airport and blue bird when going around the city. It’s safe and the fare rate is consistent. Anyway, this time around i was quite happy to see that they are already offering credit card facility and so if you haven’t got the cash you know what to do. Which means official receipt comes with it.

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After filing for bankruptcy, Nortel is in the midst of selling off its business units. One familiar player is bidding for it’s wireless unit. Interestingly, Rudy – a contemporary way back in my BPI life was once connected with Nortel and Cisco and now is with Avaya. I’m actually wooing him over to join our organization but he’s just a little less than a year working with Avaya and it does not look good in your CV when your bouncing around. Anyway, two other colleagues are connected with Nortel, by being the client of which, of their voice application products. But with the recent developments of the once darling of the Northen Americas, both of their organization are starting to replace their install base with Avaya. And that’s where Rudy comes in. Apart from the forecasted BPO flow in the country he’s also doing sales call to organizations wanting to replace Nortel products.

Normally troubled companies, if not shutting down, are being bought by healthier competitor. Although their technologies may not be compatible, the survivors simply takes the market share and integrate or/and retire the previous’ product line.

And so whether Avaya will buy Nortel’s voice applications or not, their clients are vulnerable into folding the leading supplier/s to avoid any technical problems along the way.

Are you using Nortel?

Abet’s 24/7 view

February 10, 2009

24 x 7 operations has been a trend since the boom of the call center industry. But in the food and beverage industry, Kowloon (siopao and siomai) has been one of the pioneers of operating round the clock.  My friend Abet (and his wife Lei) acquired a franchise about 2 years ago. With the franchise business model and some operational tweaking, the couple was able to cope with the startup challenge.

The location of the store and it’s operation timeframe was one of their challenge, without either of their presence.  Although the usual phone call normally solves any in-store issue, the couple is finding it hard to manage what they can’t see.  Lei is a natural internet surfer, after a short discussion about using the available technologies — it’s quite obvious that the solution was installing an IP web camera.

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After more than a month in replacing their PLDT account with Globe’s bundled voice and DSL service,  I helped Abet configured their 24/7 view of their store.  We used the service of www.dyndns.org that provided the url for the web cam service. Globe’s router (aztech) needs to be configured to forward the http request to the ip based camera, an encore product which can be bought off-the-shelf.

The router comes with a dyndns client that is supposed to register the ip address to dyndns.org whenever it changes. So far the setup is reliable it’s been working for a week now. PLDT has it’s own service that they offer to SME’s. But with a little tech review it is as simple as setting up a printer to your PC.  The free dynamic DNS services offered by the likes of dyndns.org surely makes the internet a useful utility.

More information about the setup: www.blutopic.com

TMBlog Best of 2006

December 31, 2006

tmbloglist.jpgFour months into blogsphere the team has published into diverse categories in which Knowledge Management was the widely viewed and reviewed. Is this a trend? Are we (the enterprise, our readers) serious about KM? Interestingly blogging is a tool that falls into the same category.  Initially we wanted to share our learning’s from UP’s Technology Management Center and our professional endevours, with wordpress’ stats i believe that we have achived more than that. We also provided different channels for you to receive the posts. And for MTM aspirants a wiki for their compre review.

With 2007 just ahead of us, we aim to give you more insights and services. In behalf of TeaMBlog, we wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Ones you might have missed;

Obsolete Professions? Passé Practices?
If you can manage financial wealth through the internet, if you can shop cashless in the malls, if you can buy a stick of Marlboro from manang and use your cellphone to pay her through G-cash, then why fake 10-peso coins and get caught? Or why aspire to become a bank employee for life?
If ERP systems can accurately generate accounting […]

Be a good neighbour!
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) takes on several definitions but fundamentally, it refers to business decision-making that is based on ethical values, compliance with legal standards, and solicitude for human dignity, communities, the environment, and other stakeholders of business (Source: Jose Mario B Maximiano, CSR Integration into Core Business: among Selected Firms in the Philippines). CSR […]

What is Technology Management?
Well, since our blog name is TM definition, I would like to define technlogy management as I have learned it from the 1/4 of a decade I spent learning it.
Whenever a friend would ask me what is TM, I usually reply with a nonchalant answer: “similar to MBA but focusing more on how to use […]

PC for $100, Monitor Not Included! Gawang pinoy – by Raffy Mananghaya
I’m not sure if you have read about the notebook that was developed from MIT Lab for $100. It was not designed to be commercialized rather to aid the less fortunate communities in giving affordable access to technology and information. More specifically for the countries in the African continent.
Here comes a PC for $100, about […]

To go ‘open source’ or not
The filing of House Bill 5769, the Free Open Source Software (FOSS) Act of 2006, sponsored by Bayan Muna Representative Teodoro Casiño fueled once again the raging debate on the use of proprietary software versus open source systems. The Bill follows the experience of countries like Brazil, China, Vietnam, and Malaysia which have legislated FOSS […]

Ent-rice-preneurship
I have this wild idea of putting up a central supply of cooked rice in every major food-courts in the metro. Aside from the regular P12-per-cup-sized plain rice, here I could initially offer customers different varieties:
1. Pusô or hanging rice (cooked rice wrapped in heart-shaped coconut leaves) – Bisdaks certainly crave for this.[..]

Responsible TM
So what the heck is it? Beats me… but I guess common sense will tell you that other than focusing on management and technology per se, there is surprisingly an element of TM that relates to the environment and community.
It is actually quite sad that learnings in TM have been focused more on the […]

Developing Creativity Part 3
As mentioned in the previous posts, creativity can be developed and there is a process that governs this. Mentioned earlier, there are four phases to this – knowledge accumulation, incubation, “eureka” and the implementation/monitoring part. On a personal note, knowledge accumulation (KA) is the most important of the four, thereby, the focus of this third […]

The Internet. What’s in it for you?
Who hasn’t heard of the internet? Ask me that ten years ago and I would probably be among those who would look at you with a blank face. Its transformation from obsurity into commercial applications has drastically changed the way people communicate, and in no small measure, the way we live.
I started to use the […]

I’m not sure if you have read about the notebook that was developed from MIT Lab for $100. It was not designed to be commercialized rather to aid the less fortunate communities in giving affordable access to technology and information. More specifically for the countries in the African continent.

Here comes a PC for $100, about Php 5,000.00 (depending on what conversion rate you are using). It’s designed and built by no other than Prof. Raffy Mananghaya, from University of the Philippines Los Banos, who happens to be our professor in Financial Analysis for Technology Managers. I’ve heard about as many flavors of Linux out there, but this is the first time I’ve heard of PuppyLinux. Which of course by the name itself will serve miniature hardware specifications (the article contains the complete specifications). In short, “thin” clients that only runs specific applications it was designed for, more specifically web applications. With the advent of applications created to be a service rather than a product, this proposition may revive Sun’s Network Computer where the applications resides in the network somewhere else and the user just need a client to connect to that service. Which does not require computing power, just as the revved-up power computers nowadays.

Keep it up, Mr. Mananghaya! How much is the monitor, by the way? 

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