Sunday, February 17, 2008

Schulzeitverkürzung: Ein pädagogisches Desaster | ZEIT online

Die Bundesrepublik ist nicht reich an Beispielen für Reformen, die kassiert wurden, weil sie nichts verbesserten. Aber wenn jemals in einer politischen Einzelfrage eine Umkehr, ein Einsehen bei den politisch Verantwortlichen nötig (und möglich!) war, dann jetzt – manchmal ist der einzige Weg nach vorn ein Schritt zurück.
Schulzeitverkürzung: Ein pädagogisches Desaster | ZEIT online

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

BPM in a Large-Scale Packaged Application Context

BPM in a Large-Scale Packaged Application Context
Did the first public Demo of Galaxy at a non-SAP event. Went quite well. At least I enjoyed showing it on stage.
I am still struggling with this city, though.

Now I am actually stuck in Vegas for an extra day. Oh well!

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Friday, February 08, 2008

Turbo-Abitur: Gymnasiasten ächzen unter der Stundenlast - SchulSPIEGEL - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten

Turbo-Abitur: Gymnasiasten ächzen unter der Stundenlast - SchulSPIEGEL - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten: "'Jetzt müssen die Lehrpläne entrümpelt werden. Die Zahl der Unterrichtsstunden muss ein wenig verringert werden".

Wohl wahr. Es wird Zeit, dass sich da endlich mal etwas tut. Oder muss erst eine weitere Pisa-Hysterie-Welle kommen, um entsprechenden Problemdruck bei den Entscheidungsträgern zu entfalten?

Monday, February 04, 2008

A Giant Bid That Shows How Tired the Giant Is - New York Times

Having failed to challenge Google where it matters most — in online advertising — it has been reduced to bulking up by buying Google’s nearest but still distant competitor. In many ways, the company has become exactly what Bill Gates used to fear the most — sluggish, bureaucratic, slow to respond to new forms of competition — just as I.B.M. was when Microsoft convinced that era’s tech behemoth to use Microsoft’s operating system in its new personal computer.
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Here we are nearly 27 years later, and Microsoft’s core product is still its operating system, now called Windows — that and its suite of applications, called Office, that run on Windows. They generate billions of dollars annually for the company. The most recent version of Windows, released almost exactly a year ago, has already been installed in 100 million computers. Yet in technology, 27 years is a lifetime, and there is a powerful sense that while it has spent enormous effort over the years protecting its monopoly, the world has passed it by. In particular, the technology world now centers on the Internet, where Google reigns supreme, and Microsoft has never succeeded in making serious inroads.
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Besides, the old strategies that once worked so well for Microsoft — strategies that worked when the world still revolved around Windows — have no place in this new world. I

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Today, Microsoft lacks both the weaponry and the nimbleness to compete with Google. Its operating system monopoly gives it no advantages in this battle. People can use Microsoft’s operating system and browser to get to the Internet — and to Google — or they can use Apple’s. It truly doesn’t matter. Meanwhile, with every new Internet fad, like the current frenzy over social networking, Microsoft is invariably caught flat-footed and has to race to just get a foot in the game. But that’s always the way it is when companies get big — and it is why real innovation always comes from small companies that don’t have a predetermined mind-set, or monopoly profits to protect."

A Giant Bid That Shows How Tired the Giant Is - New York Times

It is amazing that despite all the talks about big goals, about "finding the next billion $ market opportunity for Microsoft" - I experienced strong tendency to keep change out ... and not that much willingness to explore new ways doing business in order to reach new targets.

As impressive as Microsoft's position in operating systems and office applications is, it seems like this success also provides a trap for the company that just doesn't seem to find an effective way driving a substantial enough level of market innovations in adjacent or new markets.

I am wondering how this bid plays out. Plus: if this merger really happens - will it play out as a turning point for Microsoft that doesn't just add new people, customers and lines of code to their business - but also new ways of driving innovation?

Trip to Half Moon Bay

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While in the area, we had a great trip to the Half Moon Bay today.
Thanks, Martina and Amir!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Yahoo-Übernahme: Warum Fusionen floppen - drei Lektionen für Microsoft - Wirtschaft - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten

Yahoo-Übernahme: Warum Fusionen floppen - drei Lektionen für Microsoft - Wirtschaft - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten: "Viele der richtig guten Köpfe von Yahoo sind nämlich bereits zu Google und anderen Konkurrenten geflüchtet."

Cicero - Magazin für politische Kultur

Cicero - Magazin für politische Kultur:
"Was die Angelegenheit so heikel macht: Es sind die Besten und Jüngsten, die genug haben und gehen. Im Gegensatz zu den Auswanderungswellen des 19. Jahrhunderts verlassen nicht etwa Analphabeten, Bauern und verzweifelte Arbeiter das Land. Wir erleben keine Elendsflucht, sondern einen Exodus des gebildeten Mittelstands. Das Durchschnittsalter unserer Auswanderer beträgt 32 Jahre, es sind junge Ärzte und Ingenieure, Wissenschaftler und Facharbeiter, Handwerker, Techniker und ehrgeizige Dienstleister. Nach Angaben der OECD verliert derzeit kein anderer Staat so viele Akademiker."

Das ist wirklich beunruhigend!