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Wednesday 19 December 2007

Season Greetings

Merry Christmas 2007

Monday 24 September 2007

Miksi Yhdysvalloissa tulee turpaan?

(sorry folks this is in finnish)

Jukka Lukkari 24.9.2007 (Tekniikka&Talous)

Stora Enso ei ole ensimmäinen eikä varmaan viimeinenkään suomalaisyritys, jolle on käynyt heikosti Pohjois-Amerikan markkinoilla.

Kaikkien Ameriikan raitille hamuavien yritysten kellojen pitäisi alkaa kilkattaa jo siitä tiedosta, että jopa Nokialla on maassa suuria vaikeuksia.

Yhdysvaltojen petollisuus bisneksenteon kannalta perustuu siihen, että markkina näyttää helpolta. Yli 300 miljoonaa keskimäärin vaurasta asukasta ja näennäisen yhtenäinen markkina-alue takaavat periaatteessa hyvät mahdollisuudet.

Mutta vain periaatteessa.

Tyytyväisin viime vuosien Amerikka-operaatioonsa voineekin olla UPM. Sillä kävi hyvä onni, kun se luuli jo ostaneensa Yhdysvalloista metsäyhtiö Championin, mutta yllättäen kauppa ei ollutkaan selvä vaan Champion päätyi kilpailija International Paperille.

Tätä onnenpotkua UPM on moneen kertaan kiittänyt seuratessaan Stora Enson taivallusta.

Näyttävimmät epäonnistumiset Yhdysvalloissa on kirjattu metsäteollisuudessa, mutta aivan yhtä vaikeaksi on menestyminen osoittautunut muillakin aloilla.

Asiaa on toki tutkittukin. Kompastelun syyksi on todettu ero perusajattelussa: Suomessa ja muualla Euroopassa ajattelu lähtee tuotannosta, Yhdysvalloissa markkinoinnista.

Kun tähän liitetään amerikkalainen konservatiivisuus uusia ajatuksia kohtaan ja keitosta suurustetaan jättipalkkioita kahmivilla juristiarmeijoilla, ei ihme, että maailmanvalloituksessa kannattaa katseet kääntää mieluummin Aasiaan.

Tuesday 5 June 2007

Wanna establish Web 2.0 company fast and cheap ?

Mr. Guy Kawasaki, use google to check him out, has some nice advice to entrepreneurs how to establish a new Web 2.0 company. I agree completely with him how easy it is today to make things happen. Check it out and enjoy !


By the Numbers: How I built a Web 2.0, User-Generated Content, Citizen Journalism, Long-Tail, Social Media Site for $12,107.09

Because of Truemors

Sunday 1 April 2007

Death of the cell phone charger

A Pennsylvania entrepreneur has developed
technology that gives you all the battery juice you need directly from
the air. Business 2.0 reports.

By Melanie Haiken, Business 2.0 Magazine

(Business 2.0 Magazine) — How much money
could you make from a technology that replaces electrical wires? A
startup called Powercast, along with the more than 100 companies that
have inked agreements with it, is about to start finding out. Powercast
and its first major partner, electronics giant Philips, are set to
launch their first device powered by electricity broadcast through the

It may sound futuristic, but Powercast’s platform uses
nothing more complex than a radio–and is cheap enough for just about
any company to incorporate into a product. A transmitter plugs into the
wall, and a dime-size receiver (the real innovation, costing about $5
to make) can be embedded into any low-voltage device. The receiver
turns radio waves into DC electricity, recharging the device’s battery
at a distance of up to 3 feet.

Picture your cell phone charging up the second you sit down at your
desk, and you start to get a sense of the opportunity. How big can it
get? “The sky’s the limit,” says John Shearer, Powercast’s founder and
CEO. He estimates shipping “many millions of units” by the end of 2008.

years, electricity experts said this kind of thing couldn’t be done.
“If you had asked me seven months ago if this was possible, I would
have said, ‘Are you dreaming? Have you been smoking something?’” says
Govi Rao, vice president and general manager of solid-state lighting at
Philips (Charts). “But to see it work is just amazing. It could revolutionize what we know about power.”

impressed was Rao after witnessing Powercast’s demo last summer that he
walked away jotting down a list of the industries to which the
technology could immediately be applied: lighting, peripherals, all
kinds of handheld electronics. Philips partnered with Powercast last
July, and their first joint product, a wirelessly powered LED light
stick, will hit the market this year. Computer peripherals, such as a
wireless keyboard and mouse, will follow in 2008.

power through the air isn’t a new idea. Researchers have experimented
with capturing the radiation in radio frequency at high power but had
difficulty capturing it at consumer-friendly low power. “You’d have
energy bouncing off the walls and arriving in a wide range of
voltages,” says Zoya Popovic, an electrical engineering professor at
the University of Colorado who works on wireless electricity projects
for the U.S. military.

That’s where Shearer came in. A former
physicist based in Pittsburgh, he and his team spent four years poring
over wireless electricity research in a lab hidden behind his family’s
coffee house. He figured much of the energy bouncing off walls could be
captured. All you had to do was build a receiver that could act like a
radio tuned to many frequencies at once.

“I realized we wanted to grab that static and harness it,” Shearer says. “It’s all energy.”

the Powercast team set about creating and patenting that receiver. Its
tiny but hyperefficient receiving circuits can adjust to variations in
load and field strength while maintaining a constant DC voltage. Thanks
to the fact that it transmits only safe low wattages, the Powercast
system quickly won FCC approval–and $10 million from private investors.

says it has signed nondisclosure agreements to develop products with
more than 100 companies, including major manufacturers of cell phones,
MP3 players, automotive parts, temperature sensors, hearing aids, and
medical implants.

The last of those alone could be a
multibillion-dollar market: Pacemakers, defibrillators, and the like
require surgery to replace dead batteries. But with a built-in
Powercast receiver, those batteries could last a lifetime.

looking to cut that last cord,” says Alex Slawsby, a consultant at
Innosight who specializes in disruptive innovation. “Think of the
billion cell phones sold last year. If you could get Powercast into a
small percentage of the high-end models, those would be huge numbers.”

Powercast’s technology also work for larger devices? Perhaps, but not
quite yet. Laptop computers, for example, use more than 10 times the
wattage of Powercast transmissions.

But industry trends are on
Shearer’s side: Thanks to less energy-hungry LCD screens and
processors, PC power consumption is slowly diminishing. Within five
years, Shearer says, laptops will be down to single-digit
wattage–making his revenue potential even more electrifying.

10 Emerging Technologies 2007

This year, as every year,
we present the 10 technologies we find most exciting–and most likely
to alter industries, fields of research, and even the way we live.

By The Editors of MIT Technology Review

As always, Technology Review’s annual
list of emerging technologies to watch comprises projects in a broad
range of fields, including medicine, energy, and the Internet. Some,
such as optical antennas and meta­materials, are fundamental technologies that promise to transform multiple areas, from computing to biology. Our reports on peer-to-peer video, personalized medical monitors, and compressive sensingreveal
how well-­designed algorithms could save the Internet, simplify and
improve medical diagnoses, and revamp digital imaging systems in
cameras and medical scanners. Nanohealing and quantum-dot solar power demonstrate
the potential of ­nanotechnology to make a concrete difference in our
daily lives by changing the way we treat injuries and helping solar
energy deliver on its promises. Precise neuron control could help physicians fine-tune treatments for brain disorders such as depression and Parkinson’s disease. And single-cell analysis could
not only revolutionize our understanding of basic biological processes
but lead directly to predictive tests that could help doctors treat
cancers more effectively. Finally, by combining location sensors and
advanced visual algorithms with cell phones, mobile augmented reality technology could make it easier to just figure out where we are.

View the 10 Emerging Technologies in a special section.

Thursday 15 March 2007

419 Scam / Spam Now Even Thru Skype!

I’ve just received my very first 419 scam attempt through Skype chat. A person calling him/herself “Gilda Samuel Mill” sent me a chat message asking if we could chat on business. Naturally I am open to any customer contacting, but my personal alarm system went off immediately after I saw that the person is located in Ghana (well, at least he/she claimed so in his/hers profile). After just a few chat messages my suspicions were verified - he/she really was trying to pull the oldest scam in the book.

My advice, which also seemed to work this time, is that if you are contacted by an odd person through Skype (or other instant messaging system), just quickly ask what he/she wants and DO NOT engage into any deeper conversation before that. If he/she turns out to be a con man or a con woman, immediately stop answering and block that user from Skype.

I urge Skype and other VoIP service providers to really examine how to prevent this kind of action from spoiling the entire free Internet telephony. Let’s hope that this was just a one off, even though I’am not very optimistic about that. Unfortunately this could very well be a start of a trend towards ever increasing scam/spam on VoIP systems possibly finally rendering the entire system useless!

Here is a quotation of his/hers messages: (see also the screenshot above)

[11:38:38] Gilda Samuel Mill says:
[11:38:42] …
is a fund
[11:38:49] …
am a banker
[11:39:02] …
it was deposited in my branch
[11:39:19] …
international commercial bank Accra Ghana
[11:39:41] …
i want to invest the fund a % of the money
[11:39:58] …
i need a beneficiary to help me do this
[11:40:30] …
so that i can claim the money from my headquarter bank by the beneficiary
[11:40:53] …
bcos the fund deposited by an american in 2001
[11:40:58] …
in my branch
[11:41:16] …
are you interested in this?

What is a 419 scam?
The so-called “419″ scam (aka Advance Fee fraud, “Nigeria scam” or “West African” scam) is a type of fraud named after an article of the Nigerian penal code under which it is prosecuted. See more from: http://www.joewein.de/sw/419scam.htm


Tuesday 27 February 2007

10 company name types on TechCrunch: Pros and cons

By: www.thenameinspector.com

once in a while The Name Inspector likes to step back and look at the
big picture. This post illustrates ten name categories that account for
all the names in the TechCrunch company/product index. Well, almost all of them. The name 1 800 Free 411
would have required its own category, and that would have made eleven
categories instead of the magic ten. So let’s just ignore that name for

Though most of the TechCrunch names are “Web 2.0″ names, there’s
nothing particularly Web 2.0 about the categories. They all represent
linguistic naming strategies that can be used for companies or products
of any kind.

Of course, there are different ways to categorize names. You can use
phonetic properties like sonority or number of syllables. You can use
semantic criteria, such as whether they are metaphorical, metonymic, or
literally descriptive. The categories below are based on the
morphological structure of names: what kinds of meaningful pieces they
have and how the pieces fit together. They’re listed in descending
order of frequency. The number of names in each category is in

1. Real Words (34)

Names that are simply repurposed words. Such names can’t be
generically descriptive, because then they wouldn’t be protectible
trademarks, so they usually work through metaphor or metonymy (indirect

Pros: These names are short and come ready-made with rich, often multiple associations.

Cons: Expect to pay money–possibly a lot–to secure the URL. Trademarking can be tricky too.


Misspelled words

These are simply words that have been misspelled to make them more distinctive. This addresses the URL/trademark issue.

del.icio.us (delicious)
Digg (dig)
flickr (flicker)
Google (googol)
Goowy (gooey or GUI)
Snocap (snow cap)
SoonR (sooner)
Topix (topics)
Zooomr (zoomer)

Foreign words

Renkoo (Japanese renku, a type of poetry)
Rojo (Spanish ‘red’)
Vox (Latin ‘voice’)

2. Compounds (31)

Each of these names consists of two words put together, with the
first word receiving the main emphasis in pronunciation. (It doesn’t
matter if there’s a space between words). In most cases both words are
nouns. Names with verbs in the second position are Bubbleshare, Google Talk,and possibly Tailrank (share, talk, and rank can all be nouns, but they’re verbs under the most natural interpretation). Names with non-nouns in the first position are BlueDot, SocialText, JotSpot, Measure Map, and possibly Jumpcut, Rapleaf, and SearchFox. Again, the first words here can all be nouns, but they’re more naturally treated as two adjectives (blue and social) and a bunch of verbs.

Compounds are a simple way to create new words and are very common
in English (and other Germanic languages), so it’s not surprising to
find them high on the list.

Pros: The practically limitless number of possible
combinations makes it easy to create a unique name. Interesting
meanings can be created through the combination of words.

Cons: There are no huge drawbacks, which is one reason that compounds are popular, but they are longer than many other kinds of name.

Attention Trust
Google Talk
Measure Map
OPML Editor
Video Egg

3. Phrases (25)

These are names that follow normal rules for putting words together to make phrases (other than compounds).

Pros: They sound linguistically natural and have clear meanings because they follow regular rules.

Cons: Phrase names can be long, and they can also sound awkward when used as nouns if they are not already noun phrases (e.g. Have you tried iLike?)

37 Signals
Adaptive Path
Amie Street (could be a compound, but __ Street is such a common pattern)
Planet Web 2.0
TheVeniceProject (could be a compound, but the the makes it phrase-like).

Included in this category are names that consist of a company name
or prominent brand name followed by a generic noun. In these names, the
first word functions as a kind of modifier of the second.

AIM Pages
Google Reader
Google Video
Microsoft Expo
Yahoo Answers

Notice the Google Talk is not here–it’s on the compound list. That’s because Google Talk is pronounced with the emphasis on Google, which
means that the whole thing is treated as one word. As far as The Name
Inspector knows, all the names immediately above are pronounced with
some emphasis on each word, and the main emphasis on the second. Does
anyone disagree?

4. Blends (12)

Each of these names has two parts, at least one of which is a recognizable portion of a word rather than a whole word.

Pros: When they work, blends can be short and elegant and have all the advantages of compounds.

Cons: When they don’t work, blends can be awkward and/or have obscure meanings.

Maxthon (max + marathon)
Microsoft (microcomputer + software)
Netscape (net + landscape)
Newroo (new + kangaroo)
PubSub (publish + subscribe)
Rebtel (rebel + telephone)
Rollyo (roll + your own, or roll + your own)
Sharpcast (sharp + broadcast)
Skype (sky + peer-to-peer)
Technorati (technology + literati)
Wikipedia (wiki + encyclopedia)
Zillow (zillions + pillow, with overlap of -ill-)

5. Tweaked words (11)

Some names are just words that have been slightly changed in pronunciation and spelling–usually with a letter replaced or added.

Pros: As long as people recognize the word, you get all its rich meaning while still having a distinctive name.

Cons: People might not recognize the word, and some of these names can be a little cheesy and gimmicky.

Attensa (attention)
CNet (might stand for computer network, but who thinks of it that way?)
Zoho (Soho)
Zune (tune)
Zvents (events)

6. Affixed words (10)

These are all novel forms consisting of a real word and a real prefix or suffix. Notice how common the -ster suffix is.

Pros: These names can be distinctive and meaningful while remaining relatively short.

Cons: Sometimes these names sound contrived. The
meanings added by affixes are limited in variety and usually abstract
(which means not very vivid).

Performancing (performance isn’t a verb, so doesn’t normally take -ing ending)
PostSecret (post can also be a noun or a verb, making this a compound)

7. Made up or obscure origin (8)

These are short names that are either made up or whose origins are so obscure that they might as well be made up.

Pros: Made-up names can be short, cute, and very distinctive (and therefore easy to trademark).

Cons: Made-up names don’t provide much ready-made
meaning to work with (all the meaning has to come from sound
symbolism). Good ones are hard to think of, and when they’re short the
URLs are likely to be taken.

Zimbra (taken from a Talking Heads song based on a nonsense Dada poem)

8. Puns (8)

These names are words or phrases that have been modified slightly to
evoke an appropriate second meaning. They’re similar to blends, but
they involve a coincidental similarity between part of the main word
and the second evoked word.

Pros: Pun names can be fun and memorable.

Cons: Nothing sounds dumber than a bad pun.

Automattic (automatic, mat –> matt, the guy who runs the company)
Consumating (consummating, consumm –> consum(e))
Farecast (forecast, fore –> fare)
LicketyShip (lickety split, split –> ship, the verb)
Memeorandum (memorandum, mem –> meme)
Meetro (metro, met –> meet)
Meevee (teevee/TV, tee –> me(e), the pronoun)
Writely (rightly, right –> write)

9. People’s names (real or fictitious) (5)

Some names are either pitched or recognizable as people’s names. If
the audience for a name doesn’t see the connection, the name is just
like a made-up one.

Pros: These names are short and give personality to a company (or product or service).

Cons: Aside from personality, these names don’t
provide meaning to work with. As with made-up names, good, short ones
might not be available as URLs.

Bix (e.g. Bix Beiderbeck)
Jajah (F. Jajah Watamba seems to be their fictitious spokesperson)
Kiko (a name in Japanese and other languages)
Ning (a Chinese name)
Riya (the name of a founder’s daughter)

10. Initials and Acronyms (3)

These are names made up of the first letter of each word in a much
longer phrase name. Sometimes the letters are pronounced individually,
in which case we can just think of them as initials, and sometimes the
combination of letters is pronounced as a word, in which case it’s an

Pros: These names provide short mnemonics for long, descriptive phrases.

Cons: Zzzzzz. Also, sometimes initials are short when written but long when spoken. For example, the initials www have nine syllables when spoken, while the phrase world wide web has three.

AOL (America Online)
FIM (Fox Interactive Media)
Guba (Gigantic Usenet Binaries Archive)

The Name Inspector hopes that these name categories will be useful
to people struggling with their own naming problems. They might suggest
naming strategies or spur name ideas that wouldn’t otherwise come up.
Good luck in your naming endeavors!

Thursday 22 February 2007

Google goes after Microsoft with software suite

Updated 2/22/2007 3:52 AM ET

Google (GOOG) is getting serious about taking on Microsoft (MSFT).

it introduces Google Apps Premium Edition, a software suite for
companies that provides e-mail, instant messaging, calendar, word
processing and spreadsheets. The cost is $50 per worker per year vs.
about $500-$600 for Microsoft Office.

“The price point is unbelievable,” says Erica Driver, an analyst at market tracker Forrester Research.

Murphy, an analyst at AMR Research, calls Google’s enterprise product
“the biggest threat to Microsoft” since the 1990s, when Microsoft duked
it out with Lotus Notes. But now 68% of large companies use Office,
compared with 27% for Lotus, he says.

Two versions of Google Apps Premium (www.google.com/a)
are available. There’s a free, ad-supported version with 2 gigabytes of
e-mail storage, or the premium $50 version, with 10 GB.

corporate e-mail accounts have 100-megabyte limits, says Dave Girouard,
general manager of Google Enterprise. He says the suite is targeted to
companies that currently don’t use Office.

Companies can customize the Gmail accounts to reflect their workers and firms (worker@firm.com).

says companies will have to weigh cost benefits vs. privacy concerns.
With Google Apps, the files will be stored on Google servers, as
opposed to internally.

“It’s a big concern and will be one of the sticklers that hold back larger companies from trying it,” she says.

Microsoft didn’t directly address Google’s new software but called its own new version of Office a “dramatic step forward.”

Thursday 8 February 2007

Google Steps Into Microsoft’s Office

Business Week Online

FEBRUARY 12, 2007


Google Steps Into Microsoft’s Office
Google Apps, which lets companies offload their e-mail systems, is beefing up

Greg Brandeau is itching to dump the decade-old, homegrown e-mail system he manages at Pixar Animation Studios Inc. (DIS
). And the senior vice-president for technology at the Walt Disney Co. (DIS
) unit is sure about one thing: The replacement won’t be Microsoft Corp.’s (MSFT
) Exchange and Outlook duo, whose e-mail, calendar, and other programs
dominate corporate computing. Brandeau says it’s difficult to manage
the software because Pixar uses a variety of computers. His likely
choice may surprise you: Google.

After months of dancing around with Web versions of e-mail, group calendars, and the like, Google Inc. (GOOG
) is finally about to take a big leap onto Microsoft’s turf. Since last
August, the search leader has offered a test version of an online
office productivity software suite, called Google Apps for Your Domain,
that lets companies offload e-mail systems to Google while keeping
their own e-mail addresses. Soon, it’s expected to add word-processing
and spreadsheet services to the suite, which includes an online
calendar, chat service, and Web page builder. In coming weeks, Google
Apps will turn into a real business as Google begins charging
corporations a subscription fee amounting to a few dollars per person
per month. “We’re dying to use something like this,” says Brandeau.
He’s “on the cusp” of signing a contract with Google.

For now, Microsoft has little to
fear. Many large corporations are wary of having an e-mail system run
outside their own walls, where they can’t be sure it’s secure from
hackers and spies. And even Google concedes its services don’t have all
the bells and whistles of Microsoft’s products, such as centralized
e-mail backups that help them comply with regulatory rules. “We’re not
looking to make it us vs. them,” swears Dave Girouard, vice-president
in charge of Google’s enterprise group. “We’re giving people choices.”
Still, his 300-person group’s very existence—plus Microsoft’s stated
aim to extend its Office franchise to the Web—suggests that before long
these two titans of tech will be battling over many of the same
corporate customers.

Google’s game is clearly different from
Microsoft’s. Its new thrust represents a dawning era in corporate
computing: software delivered as a service over the Internet, so it’s
accessible anywhere there is a Web browser handy. This time consumers
are leading the way as they flock to Web-based applications such as
e-mail, chat, and phone services like eBay Inc.’s (EBAY
) Skype Technologies (EBAY
). Says Kyle McNabb, an analyst at market watcher Forrester Research Inc. (FORR
): “Employees may ask, Why can’t I get the services that I have at home?’”

As traditional corporate software has grown complex and expensive to
maintain, Web services are getting more capable and reliable every
year. “For the first time, consumer-grade applications are good enough
that they can be used by enterprises,” says Douglas Merrill, a Google
vice-president for engineering.

It’s testament to Google’s popularity that even though Google Apps is
still in trial mode, hundreds of thousands of users at thousands of
organizations are already using it. That includes a few big ones.
Arizona State University plans to switch most of its 65,000 students to
Gmail, Google Calendar, and a customized “start page” this month.

But enterprise software, even if it’s delivered online, is an entirely
different business from that lucrative little search box. Corporate
users, accustomed to feature-rich applications from the likes of
Microsoft and IBM (IBM
), are more demanding than consumers. Google got a taste last October
when it switched over most of its own employees, who mainly had used
Microsoft Outlook e-mail and Oracle Corp.’s (ORCL
) calendar program, to Gmail and Google Calendar. Some features on the
old systems that Googlers considered crucial—such as a way to schedule
all those company-paid massages—weren’t available on the new system. In
all, employees shot back more than 1,000 requests for new features in
the first two weeks after the changeover.

More traditional companies, with a desire for more control, will be
tougher to crack. “Google Apps may hit a wall with Exxon (XOM
) or Bank of America (BAC
),” says Peter Rip, general partner with Crosslink Capital and an investor in corporate Web software firms.

Also, competitors aren’t standing still—least of all Microsoft. It
recently debuted Office Live, which offers Web-based e-mail, calendar,
and other services in packages ranging from free to $39.95 a month for
a single business. Some 250,000 small businesses use it, compared with
tens of thousands using Google Apps, by Google’s estimate. Chris
Capossela, corporate vice-president for Office marketing, says
Microsoft has years of experience catering to businesses, unlike Google
and other consumer-oriented services.

Dozens of startups, some of which Google has already bought, also have
piled into the nascent market for online office-productivity software.
Zimbra Inc. boasts more than 6 million e-mail boxes at 1,300 paying
customers. But even those outfits acknowledge that Google’s entry
changes the game. Zimbra Chief Executive Satish Dharmaraj says, in the
measured tones of a man who one day might find himself sitting at a
Googleplex negotiating table: “They have the brains, the chops, and the
cash to pull it off.”

By Robert D. Hof

Sunday 4 February 2007


Informa Telecoms & Media predicts that the mobile web will
herald dramatic growth in revenues in the mobile content and services

Despite falling average revenues per user (ARPU)
for mobile operators, the mobile content and services market will
continue to grow dramatically as services and applications reach
maturity and new services begin to gain traction, according to Informa
Telecoms & Media. The latest edition of Informa’s “Mobile Content
and Services” report reveals that the introduction of a whole host of
new players into the value chain presents new opportunities for growth
in the mobile content and services market, whilst simultaneously posing
a threat to mobile operators who face losing control of the billing
relationship with their customers.

The mobile web heralds a new age

handset and network technology has now evolved to a point where true
mobile web access is possible. Informa anticipates that by 2011, just
under half of all mobile subscribers worldwide will use mobile
browsing, a trend it sees developing with new operator offerings such
as T-Mobile’s ‘Web n Walk’ service and 3’s ‘X-Series’ services. Despite
this, messaging, headed by SMS will continue to dominate the overall
revenues for the market, generating over half the total revenue in 2011
(from 67% in 2006).

“Advanced mobile content and services have
been slow to take off, but this should not be confused with the
deepening relationship that we have with our mobile phones. We may not
be buying as many games, full-track downloads or multimedia messages as
operators would like, but we are spending a huge amount of time sending
and reading text messages and organising our lives using the phone’s
address book, clock, alarm and calendar functions,” commented Daniel
Winterbottom, Senior Analyst with Informa Telecoms & Media and
author of the report. “Over time, users will warm to other data
services as well. The mobile web is a prime example: WAP failed to take
off when it was first launched, but five years on, more and more users
have become comfortable with accessing news or other information on
their mobile phones.”

The mobile entertainment space will also
see significant innovation and development. Several technologies, such
as mobile music, have been available for a number of years but the
increased availability of high-speed data networks (such as 3G and
HSDPA) is giving further appeal to these services. Mobile music will be
a major contributor to the revenues achieved in the mobile
entertainment market in the next 5 years, although its overall share of
the market will fall from 40% in 2006 to 36% in 2011 as new forms of
entertainment such as mobile TV and video services begin to gain
consumer interest. Games, gambling, personalisation and adult content
will all see significant growth, as the overall mobile entertainment
market grows from US$18.84 billion in 2006 to US$38.12 billion in 2011.

Evolving services

The report investigates a number of other areas which will see growth in the next five years:

User-Generated Content,
the big story of the Internet in 2006, will continue to extend to the
mobile space as new applications begin to extend communities to users
on the move, and provide further means for mobile users to contribute
content whilst on the move. Informa forecasts that the user-generated
and communities will be worth US$13.17 billion by 2011.

M-Commerce faces
a number of challenges and has already hit a few stumbling blocks.
Whilst payments for digital content ‘on-portal’ continue to function,
the growth in off-portal content and the migration to the mobile web
will open up the market to other players. Google and eBay are both
vying hungrily for this space. Using the mobile as a vector for
physical payments, however, has proven more complex and whilst the
technology, in terms of Near Field Communications chips embedded in
handsets, is readily available, it has been a struggle to prove demand
outside of the Far East. Informa estimates that the worldwide market
for m-commerce was US$359 million in 2006, coming mostly from the
Asia-Pacific region.

Mobile TV will continue to be the
focus of much excitement from mobile operators as broadcast services
using a range of different technologies are rolled out across Europe.
It remains to be seen if consumers will be as excited about the
services, and how operators will manage the issues of advertising and
pricing which will be critical to the success of the service.

Operator strategies

shape of the mobile content market is defining the evolution of the
mobile operator as a business entity. The report investigates alternate
approaches that are being taken by different operators, from those
remaining ‘pure play’ mobile, diversifying into new vertical markets or
business applications, to those converging into a one stop
communications house. It gauges how these strategies will pan out and
where each strategy is likely to take hold in different regions.

arrival of the mobile web on the mobile handset over in 2007 and beyond
will see users embracing the same content they take for granted on
their PCs. Operators need to ensure they are firmly locked into this
value chain or risk missing out on what will be an enormous market by
2011,” concluded Winterbottom.

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Friday 26 January 2007

Our Customer is Recruiting

Arnora’s customer company Baudia Ltd is recruiting new personnel to their Otaniemi Office in Espoo, Finland.

There are open positions for System Specialist, Project Manager and IT Support Person. More details are available in Finnish language from Arnora’s as well as Baudia’s web-sites. Click here. JN

Tuesday 9 January 2007

And now something completely different :-)

Today’s work is very intensive most of the time. At least my brain needs times when you just forget working and lift your feet off the ground. I can get my feet off the ground in two ways. Either jogging ;-) or watching movies.

Movies have been close to my heart since my ears where wet from behind and when watching movies I usually plunge deep into the scene and forget about everything else. It is a way to get some different kind of experience and to be someone else for a while (analyze it as you like :-) ) and yes I know that I am too old to do it…

There is a movie that I have been waiting to see during this year. I saw the trailer last month and been watching it over and over again because it is one of the most visual trailers that I have seen for a while. Very eager to see this one when it is out !

Go judge the trailer by yourself. http://300themovie.warnerbros.com/

Plot Summary:
Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel. In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC an alliance
of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army in the mountain pass of Thermopylae. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history.

Saturday 23 December 2006

Season’s Greetings from Arnora

Wednesday 20 December 2006

SMBs to spend more on hosted software

By Aaron Tan, ZDNet Asia


URL: http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/software/0,39044164,61976571,00.htm

Small and midsize businesses (SMB) are on track to spend more on hosted software in 2007, a new study reveals.

According to a new study by research company AMI-Partners, SMBs worldwide are expected to spend US$2.44 billion in on-demand CRM (customer relationship management) and ERP (enterprise resource planning) next year, up some 17 percent over 2006.

The strongest demand for CRM software will come from Britain,
France, the U.S. and Germany. Together, these countries are set to
increase their hosted CRM spending to US$674 million in 2007, up 23
percent year-on-year.

AMI analyst Spencer Richardson said in a statement that hosted
software already accounts for 4 percent of the total global software
spending by SMBs, and is expected to increase in the coming years.

“Hosted/SaaS (software-as-a-service) CRM and ERP are gaining
market share over packaged software, as more SMBs opt for these hosted
services for mission-critical applications,” Richardson noted.

Globally, AMI noted that Canada, France and Sweden may become
the next largest buyers of hosted software, with a compound annual
growth rate of 15 percent over the next five years. The U.S. is also
likely to maintain its dominant market share of global on-demand
software market.

“SMBs in the U.S. spent more than US$1 billion on their hosted
CRM and ERP software in 2006, accounting for 52 percent of the overall
US$2 billion global investment in hosted software,” Richardson said.

“Germany was second with US$179 million, or about 9 percent of
the global hosted spend. Japan, Britain and France round up the top
five with a combined investment of US$318 million in 2006,” he added.

CRM has also seen the highest growth in the past year among
hosted software products. Outside the U.S, spending in on-demand CRM
rose 22 percent, from US$182 million in 2005, to US$235 million this

Blueprint Global Services,
a Singapore-based IT services company, signed up with SaaS provider
NetSuite after having difficulties locating customer data in its
previous patchwork system of Excel spreadsheets and Peachtree
accounting software.

According to Bhavesh Shah, NetSuite’s on-demand software,
which melds financials and CRM into a single hosted package, has
allowed Blueprint to have real-time overview of his business. “We’re
able to get information in one place, rather than from disparate
systems,” he told ZDNet Asia in a phone interview.

“The overall experience has been good,” Shah noted. “As an
SMB, buying software as a service also allows your cash flow to be
better managed.”

Shah, however, lamented about the high support costs for his
on-demand software. He noted that many markets in the Asia tend to be
price-sensitive, and SaaS vendors need to take that into consideration if they want to be successful in Asia.

He also pointed out other challenges for the on-demand software market in Asia, such as the low broadband penetration in some developing markets, and data security concerns among larger Asian companies.

Monday 11 December 2006

What is the Biggest Challenge of an ICT Company?

We have opened a new poll at www.Arnora.com to find out what really are today’s biggest business challenges at the ICT companies. We appreciate your opinion and welcome every reader to cast their vote. And naturally everybody has also a chance to see how the votes are dividing.

To see the results or cast your vote, please go to www.Arnora.com and choose “Services”.


Friday 1 December 2006

Gallup Launches Worldwide Corruption Index

101 countries ranked according to perceptions of corruption in business, government

by Steve Crabtree and Nicole Naurath

NJ — Endemic corruption is one of the greatest impediments to
stability and growth for many poor countries that might otherwise be
looking to current international trends — the spread of information
technology, debt forgiveness for developing nations, economic
globalization — with great hope. The uncertainty posed by
institutional corruption makes tapping into those trends difficult,
curtailing much-needed foreign investment and aid opportunities.But
far more costly is the effect corruption has on the residents in these
countries: It diminishes their faith in the country’s leadership.
It reduces their incentive to work hard, making entrepreneurial efforts
and civic engagement less likely. Perhaps most fundamentally, it robs
them of the sense that they can control their own destinies.With
the launch of the Gallup World Poll, respondents in more than 100
nations around the globe are being asked for their opinions in a
variety of areas — but perhaps none is more important than their
likelihood to feel corruption is common in their countries. The 2006
Gallup Corruption Index is calculated from the responses in 101
countries to two simple questions:

  • Is corruption widespread throughout the government in your country?
  • Is corruption widespread within businesses located in your country?

The resulting scores range from 12 in Finland, which is something of a
model society in terms of the trust its residents place in their basic
institutions, to 94 in the former Soviet republic of Lithuania.

The countries included in the 2006 Index are ranked from the lowest score,
indicating the population least likely to perceive corruption as
widespread, to the highest.

Rank Country

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South Africa




South Korea


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El Salvador





Costa Rica












Sri Lanka














Czech Republic




Sierra Leone























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Index Scores Related to Leadership Approval, Satisfaction With Freedom

Comparing confidence and optimism levels in countries that rank high on the list with those that rank close to the bottom reveals striking differences. Among the top 10 countries on the list, a majority of residents, 55%, say they have confidence in the country’s leadership; among the bottom 10 countries the figure is about one-third (32%). Across the top 10 countries, 84% of residents say people in their countries are able to
get ahead by working hard; in the bottom 10 countries, that number drops to 58%.

There is also a strong connection between Index scores and respondents’ sense of their personal freedom. Ninety-two percent of residents in the top 10 countries say they are satisfied with their freedom to choose what to do with their lives, compared with just 65% of those in the bottom 10 countries on the list.

Gallup Index Correlates Strongly With Other Corruption Measures

To test the validity of the Gallup Corruption Index, the scores were
correlated with two widely referenced sources on corruption in business
and government:

  • Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, which compiles surveys with country experts and business leaders
  • results from three survey questions addressing corruption in the
    World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index, which includes
    responses from approximately 11,000 executives in 125 countries

In each case, strong correlations (r = .70 or higher) were found. Eight of
the top 10 countries in the Gallup Corruption Index also appear in the
top 10 of Transparency International’s 2006 Index.

Gallup’s Index, however, is set apart by its consistency. Gallup supervises all
the data collection using identical methodological standards. In every
country, samples are designed to be representative of the entire
population, rather than just urban residents or other subpopulations.
Thus, the Gallup Corruption Index represents the true likelihood of
residents countrywide to perceive widespread corruption.

Survey Methods

Results are based on interviews with randomly selected national samples of
approximately 1,000 adults who are permanent residents in the 101
nations surveyed in 2005 and 2006. For results based on these samples,
one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum error attributable to
sampling and other random effects is ±3 percentage points. In addition
to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in
conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of
public opinion polls.

The Gallup Corruption Index is calculated using the responses to two questions:

  • Is corruption widespread throughout the government in your country?
  • Is corruption widespread within businesses located in your country?

Scores are derived from the ratio of affirmative to negative responses (with
“don’t know” responses or refusals removed from the analysis).

Monday 30 October 2006

Unbearable Lightness of Internet Shopping

Many experts and researchers wonder why people are not adopting Internet shopping faster that they do. In my opinion the main reasons lay in the web-shops themselves and in the way they service their customers. For some mysterious reason many web stores are build in a way that you cannot be sure whether the company ships to your country or what the shipping costs are until you have typed in huge amounts of personal data or even your credit card number. Well, I guess it’s quite easy to figure out why this is done. When the customer has already put that much energy and personal effort to the purchase transaction he will most likely accept higher shipping costs and longer shipping times than he would if he had been able to see all the necessary information in beforehand. Is this acceptable way to do things – you be the judge!

Another problem with many web shops is the inadequate information about the items sold. If you go to the local supermarket you can pick the item into your hand and look, feel or even almost taste what it is made of and is it worth the penny. In some web stores you get a picture of an item, let’s say “Red Balloon”, and a line just below the picture states:”The actual product might differ from the photo”. What the heck! Is it a red balloon or a blue balloon! At least I want to know exactly what I am about to purchase. Well, luckily this is not the case in every web shop, nor is the exact photo needed when purchasing some products – like the DVD I just ordered yesterday from Amazon UK.

But even such a big web retailer like Amazon has really annoying features in their web shop! Here is my feedback email, which I sent to them right after my purchase:

Dear Sir/Madam,

Why did I have to enter a password to create an account to your service? All I wanted (and apparently was also able to) is to place an order on a DVD. I did not want to create any account, and most importantly I did not want you to store my personal information OR credit card information anywhere! Please remove all that info from your system after processing my order.

In case I would want to order again, I do have time to type in my address and credit card info.

To develop your service please add (at least) a notice that typing in the user account password is required. I first tried to place an order without the password, which then led to retyping of all other information on the error page!

So there it is! One more problem with the web shops. Things just do not go through quickly and smoothly. Let’s look for an identical situation from the real world. How many of you would like to make a frequent shopper agreement with a local book store during your vacation 5000 km away from your home? Especially when this would not give you any financial benefits, but instead the local vendor wants to keep your personal information and credit card info! Do I see hands raising?

The next is a bit besides the point, but not that much. After receiving my feedback, the Amazon duly responded me with the following email. I wonder if they had even read my email!

Dear Customer

Thank you for contacting Amazon.co.uk.

I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had difficulty resetting your password online. We’ll be happy to help you with your password, but we do need some additional information first. Please click the link at the bottom of this message and tell us:

- the last five digits and expiration date of a payment card on your account;

……message continues….

Have a nice day! JN

Tuesday 24 October 2006

10 start-up mistakes

Ron Garret wrote about top ten geek business myths in his blog http://rondam.blogspot.com/2006/10/top-ten-geek-business-myths.html

Myth #1: A brilliant idea will make you rich.
Myth #2: If you build it they will come.
Myth #3: Someone will steal your idea if you don’t protect it.
Myth #4: What you think matters.
Myth #5: Financial models are bogus.
Myth #6: What you know matters more than who you know.
Myth #7: A Ph.D. means something.
Myth #8: I need $5 million to start my business
Myth #9: The idea is the most important part of my business plan.
Myth #10: Having no competition is a good thing.
Special bonus myth (free with your paid subscription): After the IPO I’ll be happy.

He just hit the jackpot ! Unfortunately here in Finland those mistakes are still seen on many cases. There have been a lot of market research in Finland about the problems software companies are facing when they try to get their business up and running. Two biggest things still are sales and a clear business idea = communicating the idea to the customers and potential venture capitals.

Young companies should get experienced people to help them out with those problems. It doesn’t have to be expensive because there are other ways to compensate the work like options and small amount of ownerwhip and so on.

Friday 6 October 2006

September came and went away…

Ok, during September we had no time to write any stuff here.
During the last month lots of things happened. We finally got our network running and applications working. Now it is basically done and we can start doing real business.

We also had a couple of very good meetings together where our business plans and processes where enhanced to a next level. A lot of documentation and templates are now ready for use.

It is interesting how Skype and other similar connectivity applications make your work much faster and easier. You can do a lot of stuff remotely and still be connected to the right people. Still the need for meeting people face to face is there and it is good to meet once in a while in that way. It keeps people in a social mood. Next step is the video conferencing which we we start using as soon as we all have webcam’s.

Later !

Wednesday 23 August 2006

Why even the easy things are not easy?

When we are speaking about colours for web publishing, one should expects that things go forward quite smoothly. The designer send a proposition about the colours, which the company then accepts or rejects – or something in between of course. But no. There are numerous things that must be taken into account. One of the not so obvious ones is difference in the displays and their settings. Even green is not always green, but it can be crisp apple green or sophisticated olive green. And I am not now speaking about the definition of the chosen colour, but just merely about how it appears differently on separate screens. The printing colours and the press colours are once again another story… JN

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