Last week I was in San Francisco flashing a press pass at Oracle’s OpenWorld 2010 conference, and reporting back for ENN.ie.
It was my first visit to such a huge technology event (44,000 attending from 116 countries) and it was interesting enough to see how it was put together. All went swimmingly and I got to see all the keynotes, speak with some Oracle customers / partners and do a bit of sightseeing in between seminars.
Some general things I noticed included blaring rock music welcoming keynote speakers onstage, Oracle signs on city pavements with arrows pointing towards the conference centre, continuous coffee consumption being only moderately successful in impairing jet-lag, iPads everywhere, free buffet breakfasts and lunches for international journos and bloggers, local down and outs lodging in bus shelters advertising tech companies and that Larry Ellison wants Oracle to be like Apple not Microsoft.
Here’s the links to the three reports on ENN:
This month’s When Saturday Comes magazine regular ‘Season in Brief’ feature is a look at 1934-35 when Real Betis won their first and only La Liga championship. I wrote it.
Betis, managed by Dubliner Patrick O’Connell, were the first team not from Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao to win the Spanish title. It went right down to the wire:
“Betis went into the final round of games just one point ahead of Real Madrid, but cantered to a 5-0 victory away to Racing Santander. Madrid protested that O’Connell, previously Santander’s manager and involved in a betting scandal as a Manchester United player in 1915, had bribed his old friends to throw the game. Betis responded by accusing Madrid themselves of offering the Racing players a ‘win bonus’. The result stood and Betis took their first and only La Liga triumph to date.”
To read the full article you’ll have to buy this month’s magazine, which comes with a 2010-2011 season guide and wallchart, along with some top writing from Jon Spurling on footballers’ holidaying habits, Paul Joyce on match fixing and Harry Pearson on schoolyard football etiquette. It’s available for £3.50 or euro equivalent from all good newsagents in the UK and Ireland, you can buy a copy online from wsc.co.uk, or there’s the iphone app.
A decent number of new desktop and web-based applications and tools which help people manage their email traffic more efficiently have been launched recently.
An article I wrote for the September edition of Enterprise Ireland’s ebusinesslive.ie looked at five of these tools – Xobni, X1, Gist, Meshin and Liase – explaining what they do and why they might be useful. Key quote:
“Used well, these tools mean staff are not buried under a deluge of unmanageable email, but instead can quickly and professionally build and maintain the critical relationships that drive real business results.”
The piece – entitled Manage your Email – is online here on the ebusinesslive.ie website. Also in the newsletter this week – protecting online stores against fraud and leveraging localisation in social media. Enjoy.
July’s Computers in Business Magazine with the Sunday Business Post contained a special feature I put together called ’20:20 Vision: a special eight-page section on future-proofing your company’s investments in telecommunications, hardware and software’.
It featured comment and input from the likes of Vodafone, eircom, BT, IBM, HP, salesforce.com and Microsoft, offering advice to companies keen to get the best value from their IT investments. It also covered different technology and business trends and developments such as cloud computing, unified communications, virtualization, software as a service, IP telephony and all the other good stuff. Comprehensive, I think, is the word.
Anyway, it’s available to download now as a pdf from the www.computersinbusiness.com website.