On changing the culture, On collaboration

Think with exciting partnership

The norwegian electric car manufactorer Think has been through several tough financial rounds, and according to some calculus one car should be sold at the price of 3 million. Recently they released news that they will start manufactoring Think City in USA.

Today they released news that they together with strategic partner AeroVironment earlier behind charging of GM’s EV1, will develop rapid charging stations to deliver 80 percent in 15 minutes. 15 minutes is just long enough time to eat a burger and sip a coke.

I think gas stations will become dining sites with charging stationshowever it will take many years before we get there. What do you think?

Photo: Think

On collaboration, On social media

Twitterfeed alternatives – I went for Proxifeed for now

Long time no blogs. I have been busy becomming a dad 🙂 A friend just asked me, three month after my sons birth, whether I was a dad yet. I guess so if that means being constantly in mixed mood, really wanting to spend time with my son and fiancé, being busy having guests or visiting grand parents, trying to do some workout now and then, having a hard time concentrating at work – all the time while smiling and thinking that you are happy after all.

To the topic.

I have been trying to get Twitterfeed to post my blog entries to Twitter for me but with too much variable luck to my taste (more people complain about Twitterfeed instability issues here, here and here). I therefore decided to replace the service and researched for alternatives.

I tried WP to Twitter but as it is not possible to add Plugins on wordpress.com I settled on Proxifeed. It is only in beta still, but looks very promising if they deliver what is said on the site. At least it delivered my last post from this blog to my twitter account immediately. Unfortunately is was old and I had to delete the tweet (ugh..) but hopefully this post will be posted automatic, as the first since the election.

The neat thing about proxifeed is that it automatically scans all other RSS-feeds (How do they know that..?) to find the most recent content / ads suitable for your account and posts it.

From proxifeed.com showing the concept

The not so neat thing is that it is only allowed to have one twitter-account per feed profile, but the feed profile may feed from multiple RSS-feeds with a common set of keywords. I added both my blogs as sources to the same profile with both norwegian and english keywords. I think it should work as far as I disable ads. I have disabled ads so far, just using it in the same manner as Twitterfeed would be, but I think it looks promising.

The best thing is definitely that it integrates the tracking module from the URL-shortner so you see how many actually clicks in a dashboard. Love it!

Do you guys have any expeirience using any of these tools?

On social media

Election time – Norwegian politics illustrated

Things are changing in Norway – or maybe not – it is election time and either the current government will be sitting or they will not. The Norwegian national assembly, Stortinget is to be elected on Sunday sept 13th and Monday sept 14th. It is currently relatively open which parties that are to establish a coalition (or sole) government after the election.

The current government led by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is a coalition between the Centre Party, the Norwegian Labour Party and the Socialist Left Party.

How does this relate to world politics? I have made it easy for you (and finally myself, as this has been confusing to me many times) below. PoliticalPartiesUsually, in Norway, we refer to the red wing (meaning left and centre left) and the blue wing (meaning right and centre right). I have found that this red and blue notation meant little or nothing to Americans, and when I put the logos of the Republican party and the Democratic party next to each other I can see why.

Are there legislations against having other colors than red and blue in party logos in the US? Just asking and hope you find my illustration useful. Any comments?

On changing the culture, On entrepreneurship, On tigers

Norwegians face death penalty

Referring to my post about the Norwegian pair in Congo, they got their death penalty today. They had to be convicted before international press noticed the news and now it seems to be everywhere. CNN, BBC and Al-Jazeera. Pretty well visited as well accordning to Norwegian papers. Good!

By the way I still miss aftenposten.no/english and think I may start a facebook-group to get it reopened some day. Or maybe start a new english service from Norway?

On social media

The power of blogging

Equals zero if nobody reads what you write. How to get readers? (1) Post frequently, (2) post relatively short, crisp and to the point and (3) include a picture (preferably of your boots, boobs (see my last post) or other body parts if you are female) is the top three advices.

Since my sencond last post was May 22nd (i refound some inspiration this week), I tend to write long and I often drop pictures (even though I try) there are no wonder I don’t have thousands of readers. Maybe I can do something about it this autumn?

Let me try to stick to my promise – being a Tiger on the changing world – the fact is I almost feel like the world has stopped changing this summer, but obviously that is not true, I just need to figure out what the hell happened. 

Something did not change though – Kongolesian military courts view on Norwegian “soldiers” killing in their country. Wonder if they get some money from our government, I hope they do not.

Something else that obviously does not change either is CNNs lack of coverage of Norwegian news, I searched CNN for Congo Norway and nothing. Norwegian Aftenposten (Finance crisis took away their English desk, leaving Norway without any English news service to my knowledge 😦 ) had a massive number of news items about the case. UK Guardian have picked it up also, see this article.

Facsimile from The Guardian

Facsimile from The Guardian

On enterprise SaaS, On outsourcing, On the IT Industry

Security certifications for cloud applications, will it help adoption?

I just read this, a tad old pre-finance-crisis, but still relevant and good article on “Gartner prediction misses today’s enterprise cloud action” when I realized it was automatically linked to my post “Enterprise cloud computing and security, the missing debate or solved” – it actually still gives me hits, nice!

The post refers to security certifications for cloud applications and it also provides a nice grouping of applications with a timeline of when the author expects the cloud to be ready to handle this type of apps.

  1. Low security sites such as marketing apps and batch computations on public data with public algorithms
  2. Massive compute jobs that use proprietary algorithms that are not super-sensitive and operate on public data.
  3. Super secret data and very sensitive algorithms

I certainly believe that certifications that document security and processes, and new good architectural solutions will bring us to a point where cloud-sourcing bullet three is considered ok sometime in the future, but it still comes down to the level of trust one is able to build.

If you are the owner of business critical data that is “super secret and sensitive” a certificate doesn’t help much when your competitor got hold of your customer base and attacked all your customers with their marketing machinery, but of course a certificate helps documenting and is good in the sales process.

Who knows, your data might be more secure in the cloud than in your basement server room, which is normally most certainly not certified and it will provide documentation to hide behind. To conclude, yes, I think it will help adoption.

Security officer, courtesy to erotikknett.no

Security officer, courtesy to erotikknett.no

Meanwhile, be aware of social hacking amongst your trusted security officers 😉

On changing the culture, On collaboration, On social media, On the CIO role

Did your boss get social media? Three bullet points to get him there

Recently there was a case in Norway (the first in our country that I know) where profiled Norwegian blogger Vampus tweeted “cleaned out my desk and ready for new challenges”. She was just internally reorganized in her company, and most certainly did not quit – at least not by communicating to her boss via Twitter.

The handling of the case by her management was an interesting one, where we should learn. I just posted at the Norwegian collaboration blog about what to learn if you are a manager or CEO, and here is the executive summary so to speak:

  1. Create good guidelines for your employees (and yourself) on what is allowed and not to write online. Ask employees already blogging what it should contain and use common sense.
  2. If in doubt when you read an online post from your employees, ask them what they meant by it, especially if something can be interpreted bad for your company, it may be ironic or “to the point”.
  3. Be aware of what one as a company want to acheive by having profiled bloggers employed and discuss expectations already when interviewing for employment. If already employed, make sure you give good guidelines as in bullet 1.