Saturday, January 30, 2010
Here are some highlights.
World Economic Forum
Friday, January 29, 2010
Cloud computing 101: "How Cloud Computing Works"
Wikipedia definition: Cloud computing
Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. These services are broadly divided into three categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (According to InfoWorld: What cloud computing really means
PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service ( SaaS). The name cloud computing was inspired by the cloud symbol that's often used to represent the Internet in flow charts and diagrams.
2010 Tipping Point for SMB Use of Cloud Computing:
Tip No. 5: SMBs use the cloud to avoid infrastructure problems faced by offering their services in different countries around the globe. The cloud will act as an equalizer in this manner and allow SMBs large and small to compete internationally.In line with above, cloud computing has changed how companies market, sell, provision and deploy new services on a global basis.
As cloud computing goes global, you have to ask yourself: whose laws matter?
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Thursday, January 28, 2010
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
More broadly, our research has implications for what kind of work is “offshore-able.” We believe that if Western companies focused more on fostering collaboration between workers separated by geography and culture, and less on forcing offshore workers to perform tasks in very specific ways, the range of work they could source offshore would be significantly expanded. Companies struggling to fill talent gaps in semiconductor-chip design, drug discovery, engineering and other intellectually complex areas could draw on high-quality and growing talent bases in countries like India and China.Read the entire article here.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
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Separately, Happy Australia Day!
Monday, January 25, 2010
This article offers some good tips by business owners and experts in the trenches on how to immerse yourself in a country's culture to better understand the people, respect their ways and be sensitive about never offending.
Expanding Abroad? Avoid Cultural Gaffes
You might also check out our 8 Global Marketing Gaffes.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Why did you make this decision? It surprised many people and many companies.Read the entire interview here.
Google is a different kind of company than many others. The issue of operating in China was always complex for us. We were asked to accept a system of censorship that we were very uncomfortable with. But we had come to the conclusion that operating in China was better for everyone—us, the Chinese people—than staying out of the country. We have decided that we cannot participate in censorship anymore.
You might also check out Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.'s commentary in the WSJ (1/22/10): China, Google and the Cloud Wars (very interesting)
Refer to our blog post 1/19/10: Message to China: Stop Carving Up Cyberspace with Boundaries
Friday, January 22, 2010
Think about how many small businesses that might be if you polled the planet!
Half of Small Businesses Don't Have a Website
The actual study can be found here.
What are SMB owners losing by NOT having a Web site?
Customers.What are you waiting for?
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
KnowEm was developed to assist everyone - from individuals to Fortune 500 companies - in discovering where their names, brands, or trademarked terms are available (or stolen) on Social Media networks. KnowEm will not only help you secure your name across the vast social media landscape but we can also show you how to contact each site in order to have the name released and returned to you.Check it out. Let us know if it's useful to you or not. Don't see too much global here.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
It goes to show you the price companies are willing to pay to boost and capture a market.
Read all about it here.
To expand your reach, what's your global acquisition target in 2010?
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
This is a very critical juncture in the history of international business but it's not the first time a company has walked away from China. Levi Strauss & Co., 17 years ago did too, and returned. Funny thing, Levi's brand is currently made in China and they just opened their 501st retail store in Beijing last November. What happened in between? Take a look at this.
But this predicament is different -- far more public thanks to the Internet (go Google!) -- and will most likely bring foreign-policy implications. It will be interesting to see what happens when Google shuts off the valve in China on censoring search results and how fast China's government blocks or shuts down Google.cn, if at all.
In the course of determining what really happened, we will unveil more evidence of weird things going on.
Needless to say I admire and respect Google's bold move here (tough place to be but I always like to see people/companies take a public stand, exhibit backbone and show a strong sense of world good) and it's in line with this fine commentary, appropriately entitled, "Google Gets on the Right Side of History," written by Rebecca MacKinnon, a fellow with the Open Society Institute.
My feeling is you can't be part pregnant; and when you are Google, you most certainly can't be part-search engine in China.
We'll keep you posted.
Monday, January 18, 2010
To offer your own help with a donation of any size, go here for guidance (straight from the United States Whitehouse Blog):
The President has been receiving updates on the urgent situation in Haiti late into last night and throughout the day, and top members of his team have been convening to formulate the government response.
You can also help immediately by donating to the Red Cross to assist the relief effort. Contribute online to the Red Cross, or donate $10 to be charged to your cell phone bill by texting "HAITI" to "90999." Find more ways to help through the Center for International Disaster Information.
Families of Americans living in Haiti are encouraged to contact the State Department at 888-407-4747.Haiti Earthquake Relief (video)
Clinton Bush Haiti Fund
Facts on Haiti (including update on the earthquake)
Embassy of Haiti in Washington D.C.
Embassy of the United States Port Au Prince Haiti
Saturday, January 16, 2010
My latest post for American Express OPEN Forum:
2010: The Year of Spontaneous InNoVaTiOn
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Posted by: Laurel J. Delaney, The Global Small Business Blog
Friday, January 15, 2010
IT spending is expected to grow 6.6 percent in 2010 to $568 billion, according to Forrester's latest research report. Global tech spending, which dropped 8.9 percent in 2009, will rise to more than $1.6 trillion in 2010.
Read more here and here.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010
Some Firms Hesitate to Take Export Plunge
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Don't Bet Against China
It's running in line with our predictions No. 4 and 5 here. Elison and I have been in touch via email. I hope to interview him soon on this topic at The Global Small Business Blog.
Also make note of prediction No. 4 in our report talking about China "borrowing our ideas ..." Looks like Google has a short fuse on this. Read more here.
Fascinating. Another interesting piece here.
Read more here. After reading the article you might ask, "What is a Snuggie (pictured)?" Even I wondered. I think it's this.
What's your global domination campaign in 2010?
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Read every word here:
Note: Our "10 Predictions, Forecasts and Trends That Will Shape Our Global Small Business World In 2010" is scheduled to be published first over at Small Business Trends (www.smallbiztrends.com) -- hopefully today (1/12). We'll let you know when it's posted. As a refresher, here's 2009.
Monday, January 11, 2010
For ideas, read, "44 Ways to Kick-Start Your New Year" published in SUCCESS Magazine.
Tell us what you have planned or what you are already doing to soar through 2010.
Note: Tuesday, (1/12), we hope to release our annual "Predictions, Forecasts and Trends That Will Shape Our Global Small Business World In 2010." Watch for it. As a refresher, here's 2009.
Photo: Shakenstir, U.K. 2009, What a year!
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Photo credit: Laurel J. Delaney, Pratt Beach, Rogers Park, Illinois, U.S.A., The Global Small Business Blog
Friday, January 08, 2010
- The Tablet
- Realtime Search
- Chrome OS
- Mobile Video
- Augmented Reality
- Mobile Transactions
- Social CRM
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Thursday, January 07, 2010
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
The project has been rescued from near financial disaster. My concern for Dubai is that the country will eventually experience the same financial bubble or burst we just went through in the United States.
Enjoy it while you can. Read more here.
Dubai's Mark of Dependence (WSJ)
Everything You Don't Know About the Burj Dubai, er, Khalifa
The Burj Dubai-Burj Khalifa name change: Better change those T-shirts and caps in the gift shop--and a whole lot more
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Monday, January 04, 2010
The best books on globalization this year offer insights into three directional trends that are changing the topology of global trade and influence: the deepening of regional ties across emerging markets; the continuing rise of powerful new global players; and, finally, the intractability of risk factors inherent in emerging markets and regional networks, and how best to analyze them.Get ready to feed your global mindset and chart your business course. The five featured are:
1. The New Silk Road: How a Rising Arab World Is Turning Away from the West and Rediscovering China
2. Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation
3. India’s Global Powerhouses: How They Are Taking On the World
4. The Fat Tail: The Power of Political Knowledge for Strategic Investing
5. Riches among the Ruins: Adventures in the Dark Corners of the Global Economy (pictured above)
strategy+business's review conclusion:
An unmistakable conclusion that we share with all the books featured in this essay is the assertion that the U.S. has lost its status as the preeminent driver of globalization. Thus, we predict that two trends will typify the next phase of globalization: First, stronger regionalism in terms of deepening economic integration in areas such as East Asia, Latin America, and the Arab world will be driven by local powers such as China, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia. Second, the global playing field for firms, capital, and strategies will become much more level as Western companies lose the automatic edge they once held in trust and credibility. (See “Capturing the Asian Opportunity,” by Andrew Cainey, Suvojoy Sengupta, and Steven Veldhoen, s+b, Winter 2009.) Companies in emerging and frontier markets may not become global leaders in their own right, but they will surely be powerful players in their own domains and beyond.Care to share other enlightening books you read on globalization in 2009? We'll highlight them here on The Global Small Business Blog.
Saturday, January 02, 2010
Looking forward to it!
Photo credit: Laurel J. Delaney, Pratt Beach, Rogers Park, Illinois, The Global Small Business Blog