The innovation dream in Europe #eyif

The innovation dream in Europe: being able to achieve things that have not been done anywhere else in the world. Potential for quantum computing is going to change computing. I would say spintronics but who am I hey! Over qualified people not finding a job up to their talent. Root of the issue? Europe is currently losing ground against competition. There is an emergency here. Innovation affects all of us. To address this: First innovation is not research. Entrepreneurship is not innovation. Innovation is connected to both but is on it's own. Shared risk. Since putting more money down the tubes isn't going to help. Society that supports individuals wanting to take risks. But how? By improving access to innovation. Today: to fuzzy. By providing facilities By enhancing our participation. By removing barriers. We aren't there yet!!,! Think - Do - Change loop. The eyif process looks like a funnel. From idea to help to reality. So, the digital innovation platform is there to help.

Judith Merkies talk at #eyif

Some soundbites and opinion... Things are never going to be like they were before. No more life long shelter, no more people looking for you. We have accept that we are going to another society. We have accept that there is a duty to play our part as a society and influences on a daily based through social innovation. We are never going to be back to the old ways. You have to innovate in order to participate. Even as a consumer. Prosumer anyone? Eyif could well be a movement supporting this in our European space. SECURITY IS IN YOUR OWN TALENT!!!!! YEEEEEESSSS!!!! +10000000!!!!! SME is not equal to "startup". Geez yeah, I hope so. Knowledge is quite denser at a startup. If only one takeaway: security lies in our own talent. Cool! Merge Einstein and Jobs and keeps that in Europe. Interesting pun on jobs. And I am not really wanting such a cross over. Psychologically speaking, we may end up in dire straits!

Why I am bugging people around with requirements

Albert Einstein summed it up really well: "The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill." Transpose this to information systems. You can get coders, you can get sysadmins. But what you really, really, badly need is people who can frame problems and scope them properly to avoid being sunk under the scope creep and scope seep. Also, you want people who can raise issues and seek resolution and not "yes men" that will code whatever they are asked to. We don't need gears, we need the ghost in the machine. That's also why I do love that old IBM mantra: "Think!"

Philippe Back Interviews Bernd Lohmeyer on User Centered Approaches and Usability

I had the good fortune to interview Bernd Lohmeyer. Bernd is big on usability and specifiying winning solutions that customers love to use. For the record, he was somewhat running the show when it comes to the StarOffice productivity suite. He was program manager.   Listen to the podcast episode:  

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QSOS, a FOSS qualification method

As you know, I am using a lot of Open Source software. Be it Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware, Mantis, ProjectPier, Ubuntu, Squeak, Tcl, Perl, LAMP, WordPress, OpenX, R, Octace, Maxima, Gimp, Scribus, Inkscape, OpenOffice.... there are lots of areas where Open Source provides tremendous leverage and ability to customize that is unmatched by commercial offerings once you've been through the learning curve and strategic decision. (Check my Oloh badge in the sidebar for more). I've nothing against commercial software. On the contrary, some is really superb and beats the pants of FOSS (in this area, I do use Explorer2, Nusphere PHPEd, GotoMeeting, GotoMyPC, FinalCut Express on Mac, Diskeeper, Sparx Enterprise Architect to name a few). I may run above EUR 10K of proprietary software licences on my laptop - All dutifully paid for). But FOSS quality varies. And now, there is QSOS.
QSOS is a method, designed to qualify, select and compare free and open source software in an objective, traceable and argued way. It publicly available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.
  Here is an overview:   The assessment goes on like this:

  The funny bit is that Atos Origin is involved in this. Atos Origin being one of my customers makes this even more interesting. The world is a small place! Too bad, Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware isn't listed. Well, soon enough it will be!