InnovationLog: A Few Articles Worth Reading

I post some of these links as Tweets. However, a blog gives you a bit more space to explain why these posts/articles are worth a read.

The first is an article from Harvard Business Review about innovations at Microsoft Research India.

Technology for Emerging Markets seeks to address the socio-economic needs and aspirations of people in emerging-market countries like India, where the majority of the population still lacks affordable access to computing technologies. TEM’s work is closely aligned with Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Group, which I have written about in the past.

The second article comes from one of my favorite sources – Stanford Social Innovation Review. I am not sure why it appeared in my inbox today.

In developing this policy environment, the federal government needs to play a defined and limited role, without creating a new bureaucracy that runs counter to the culture of social innovation and entrepreneurship. It should remain flexible in its approach, using both policy tools that can adapt to changing circumstances and new evidence about what works.

LinkLog: Cloud Computing

Here are alerts from TopicMinder on Cloud Computing

  1. How I’m Moving My Data Center into The Cloud
  2. IBM to offer cloud computing services for enterprises
  3. Who’s Getting ROI from Cloud Computing Now
  4. What Gartner Didn’t Say About Client Virtualization
  5. Is your head in the clouds?
  6. Windows Azure: Why Microsoft Better Get it Right
  7. How to Explain Cloud Computing to Your CFO
  8. Ray Ozzie’s dream of connectivity
  9. Microsoft Azure Services Platform: Opening Up Cloud Computing
  10. Q&A: Nicholas Carr on ‘The Big Switch’ to Cloud Computing
  11. Windows clouds are rolling in
  12. Capacity planning and the cloud
  13. Comparing clusters, grids and clouds
  14. Microsoft Further Embraces Cloud Computing With Online SharePoint, Exchange
  15. Business.com Announces Open Source CloudBase at 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo
  16. Cloud Computing Will See Developers Soar to New Heights
  17. Salesforce to offer cloud computing in India
  18. Cloud Computing Survey: IT Leaders See Big Promise, Have Big Security Questions
  19. The Clouds Can Do Mathematics

Resources: Technology Podcasts and Videos

I am always on the lookout for good podcasts to listen to. Here is an opportunity to listen to thought leaders in the tech industry.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Interviews with Innovators by Jon Udel from ITConversations Network. ITConversations also hosts some interesting podcasts on Social Innovation and other interesting topics.

Talking with Talis is one of my more recent discoveries. In their own words, it is:

conversations with thought-leaders at the interface between Web 2.0, Libraries, and the Semantic Web…

Inside Silicon Valley from PodTech News is another one of my favorites. I became aware of PodTech when Robert Scoble moved there from Microsoft.

ScobleShow is another one of my favorite ones. Since Scoble is no longer at PodTech, I wonder whether this series will continue.

Channel 10 is a great source that covers products and innovations at Microsoft.  I have watched some really grate videos and podcasts there.

Google Engineering Edu and other Google tech talk videos is one of the best sources of technology information. Google often invites thought leaders, developers, language designers to their campus. They make these videos available free.

A talk a day is my motto. A technology or Science podcast or an audiobook is a great companion when I take my walks or sweat it out on my treadmill.

The Best of 2007 and Predictions/Trends 2008

I think it is the time of the year when people come up with the Best of <Current Year-1> and the Trends/Predictions <Current Year>. I like reading those. I gather them for a few weeks (as they arrive in my email and blog readers) and keep updating this blog entry.

Seventy Best Lifehacks of 2007

(lifehacks is one my favorite blogs). This provide Happy reading into several days of the new year.

  • Networking and Communication,
  • Writing and Studying
  • Productivity, Creativity and Motivation
  • Leadership, Work and Money
  • Body and Mind
  • Software and Technology
  • Family, Home and Life
  • Success

PC World – The 25 most Innovative Products of 2007

Includes iPhone, Microsoft popfly and Facebook API.

Google Zeitgeist 2007

In compiling the 2007 Year-End Zeitgeist, we studied the aggregation of billions of search queries people conducted on Google. We should note that no individual searcher’s information was made available to us. Except where noted, all of these search terms are most popular for Google.com in the U.S.

Fastest raising – iphone, badoo, facebook, dailymotion, webkinz …

ExtremeTech’s 10 best technology trends of 2007

Gaming, storage, displays and more.

SD Times – Best Blogs of 2007

Businesses and individuals use blogs to disseminate information and share their perspectives. Whether it’s a conscious decision or not, people are frequently turning to blogs for information as part of their personal media mix.

US Tech Trends for 2008

Mobile video conferencing, virtual currencies, Semantic Web, location based mobile services and interactive TV.

Predictions for Google Next Year

Includes Knols, YouTube, Android.

12 Predictions for Enterprise Web 2.0 in 2008

Winners in Tech

From Bill Gates on Innovation:

Bill does make the good argument that the winners in tech are rarely the ones who come up with the new idea, but rather the ones who bring it to market properly.

Apple didn’t invent the MP3 player, it just brought it mainstream. Microsoft didn’t invent the graphical OS, it just brought forward the first one compatible with everyone’s old software. YouTube didn’t invent internet video, it was just the first one to package it with an easy embeddable player and a great community. The winners aren’t the ones who do something first, but the ones who did it right for the market and the users.

We can go on with these examples. Google did not invent the Search Engine. They just did a better job of ranking results, scaling the service, providing great response and finally innovating on a business model to make tons of money. These are innovations too. Different kind of innovations than technical innovations.

The full transcript (an entertaining and informative read) is here.