Thursday, November 12, 2009

Learning 2.0 ....end of the "Manual"

I was at the Pearcey Awards last night for IT entrepreneurs. Mike Canon-Brooks, the co-founder of Atlassian was on the panel and mentioned that he was amazed at how much the "youngsters" in his company could absorb over the net ... actually Mike looks like a "youngster" to me himself :) What I took from his comments was that they had become accustomed to learning from "net manuals" meaning discussion lists, FAQs, forums etc.. I had also noticed this with my own generation Y children ... I never saw them reading a manual.

Now in my day we always started with the manual ... that gave us the basics and then we looked at the more informal sources for the real hard or tricky stuff. I'm currently working my way through the learning curve on the Confluence Wiki and its multitude of macros and plug-ins. There is no manual! Searching through the forums is a somewhat unatural act for me when I'm just trying to learn the basics. Is this just a baby boomer thing? Brought up on learning 1.0!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Visual Markets Report - counting down....

Past the copy-editing phase, now on to print preparation. Will make a great Xmas present :)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Re-launch of & Launch of Visual Markets

We don’t normally do mail outs like this, but with our re-launch of the Web site being such a significant event for us, we wanted to share it with you all. It is now 3 years since we launched and it has continuously grown in popularity over that time. We have made freely available some 40 papers, presentations and videos, something we intend to continue.

The most significant change is the incorporation of Web 2.0 functionality through our “Friends of Optimice” feature. We aim to now not only be a publishing site, but to also help our readers connect with each other. By answering a simple survey you can see how your profile fits with other readers on a dynamically changing social network map. If you want to make yourself available for contact with fellow readers simply join our “Friend of Optimice” LinkedIn group

We haven’t forgotten the publishing side. We have two new white papers:

“The Tyranny of Top Down: Learning to Manage Sideways” which provides evidence through case studies as to how limiting top down management can be and offers 10 tips for managing sideways.

“Departments @ War” uses organisational network analysis to identify trust (and mistrust) networks across organisations and shows how value networks can be used to help build trust.

Finally, we are launching our new Visual Markets market research service with a major report which overviews the methods and provides a detailed analysis of the Australasian IT&T market. The report will be available for purchase in November but you can get free chapters from the pre-release here.

We look forward to meeting you in Friends of Optimice!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Visual Markets Report in Production Phase

We have finally got our Visual Markets report to the production phase. Some 100+ pages of new analytical market research results of the Australasian IT&T market, providing new insights through the use a network analysis approach to market research. We hope to have it available for purchase by November, but you can get a pre-release extract from here

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Countdown to Visual Markets Report

We've engaged the copy editor and looking to launch end of October. Watch this space

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Australian IT&T Market 2006-2009

I haven't posted here for a while but I am close to competing a major report on Industry Mapping of the Australian IT&T Market Place. Watch So here's a preview....