Monday, March 20, 2006

Die Zeit - Leben : Der Preis des Gl�cks

Die Zeit - Leben : Der Preis des Glücks: "Junge Frauen bekommen überall zu hören: Kriegt Kinder, und zwar schnell! über die Folgen werden sie getäuscht. Ein paar unbequeme Wahrheiten."
Gut geschrieben. Allen, die über die wirklichen Ursachen unseres Kinderschwunds nachdenken, als 'reality dose' zur Lektüre empfohlen.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Microsoft labor woes another issue for the software giant - Mar. 14, 2006

Microsoft labor woes another issue for the software giant - Mar. 14, 2006: "Some workers have complained that the review process has become tainted, rewarding workers based on office politics rather than performance."
How about that?

Friday, March 10, 2006

If you are in the mood ...

A.Word.A.Day -- weltschmerz: "'I hate being told to have a good time! I'll feel the weltschmerz if I want to.' "

Thursday, March 09, 2006

News: IT Industry News -, Washington Alliance of Technology Workers

News: IT Industry News -, Washington Alliance of Technology Workers: "What is causing considerably more ire than pay levels, however, is a performance review ranking system that uses a bell-curve model to decide who gets high scores and who takes the low ones. "

Very informative read on what in my view is becoming increasingly a systematic problem for Microsoft's future success. I am glad that I don't have to worry about this any more!

Monday, March 06, 2006

BPMS, new role & modeling tools

I agree with Barry about the emerging business role of a "process professional". I also find the next paragraph in the BPTrends column noteworthy about the need to first really understand your processes well before working on their automation. Sounds like the old 'garbage in - garbage out' phenomenon:

What is certain is that any automation solution, be it BPMS, SOA
or ERP, only works well if it is used in support of an optimized,
efficient business process. If you install ERP or SOA before you
improve your process you simply make them one more part of
the problem you face. Thus, it is not surprising that many
organizations are embracing the analysis and redesign aspects
of BPM without rushing into BPMS solutions. Companies are
using business modeling tools and process redesign
methodologies to improve and consolidate business processes
before undertaking the automation of those processes.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Xinhua - English

Xinhua - English: "A new vediotape is raising new questions about Bush's handling of hurricane Katrina last summer."
Can this get any worse?