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Sunday, April 18, 2010

SNCF: Un petit merci à une catégorie de personnel qui ne fait pas grève

Je tiens à remercier une certaine catégorie de personnel à la SNCF qui n'a pas fait grève ce week end.
Certes mon train a été annulé, et j'ai du gâcher un après midi avec ma famille, certes le 3635 a 0,34 cts la minute n'en sait pas plus que sur infoligne, certes je suis monté dans un TGV sans être sur d'avoir une place, certes plus de la moitié des bornes étaient en panne dans ma gare de départ.
Mais bon, au résultat, un TGV a moitié vide, un TGV à l'heure, et un voyage sans soucis.
Quand on écoute les statistiques à la télé ça ne semble pas si mal. Le pire concerne les transports en région (TER et les TGV).
Face à une situation exceptionnelle (aucun avion dans le ciel) on aurait pu imaginer que la SNCF et le service public français des transports allaient briller au firmament. On s'attendait à l'union parfaite face aux problèmes vécus par des milliers de personnes. Que nenni.
Un énorme gaspillage d'argent et une énorme perte d'image pour la SNCF.
Reste néanmoins que de nombreux employés de la SNCF ont fait honneur au rail français et au service public. A tous ceux la je veux dire merci.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mary Meeker April 2010 Internet Trends

Check out this SlideShare Presentation. Incredible how things move quickly in the mobile and smartphone world. I recommend also to look at their previous market analysis in 2009.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Liquid data best example: doyoubuzz.com

doyoubuzz.com is theperfect example of service that should have been invented sooner. You already have an account in Linkedin or Viadeo then, in few clicks, you can build your own Web Resume and then spend hours in playing with colors and layout.
What's interesting here is that data is automatically moved from one service to the other. That's for me the perfect example of liquid data. But this is a proprietary interface (as far as I know).

Microsoft is working on a new protocol called Open Data Protocol (OData). "The Open Data Protocol (OData) is a Web protocol for querying and updating data that provides a way to unlock your data and free it from silos that exist in applications today. OData does this by applying and building upon Web technologies such as HTTP, Atom Publishing Protocol (AtomPub) and JSON to provide access to information from a variety of applications, services, and stores." OData is being used to expose and access information from a variety of sources including, but not limited to, relational databases, file systems, content management systems and traditional Web sites. So that could be a good opportunity for implementing liquid data across cloud services.

Another approach is to use the Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS), a proposed standard for improving interoperability between Enterprise Content Management systems. It proposes a data model plus a set of generic services and several protocol bindings for these services, including: SOAP and Representational State Transfer (REST)/(Atom). Using CMIS you can implement an unique client application that can manipulate contents with all the repositories that support this new standard. Apache Chemistry is an effort to provide aOpen Source CMIS implementation API and xCMIS is an open source, server side Java CMIS implementation created by exoplatform team (now building GateIn) that is able to expose the content in existing content repositories according to the protocols defined in the CMIS spec.

My main issue is now, as usual, to be able to get an end to end vision of my information flow moving from nodes to nodes. For example, imagine that you use you HR tool to describe a new job position. This information could then be "pushed" to multiple job boards. Candidates could then answer with a URL instead of sending a word document. This URL will be used to gather the data, integrate them in the HR recruitment tool and eventually could be sent in parallel to a eReputation service that will compute your profile. Based on your age, gender and location, it can also propose the average salary for your position.

Frightening or Cool? Not sure yet.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Iteraplan Open Source EAM tool - new version 2.6

Dear reader,

ITERAPLAN informed me that "since my latest blog post, iteraplan has progressed with a new interface and many improvements in the graphical reporting, offering now SVG, Visio, PDF and JPG."
A preview of the iteraplan Open Source EAM tool is available online as a live demo.

One member of the team also wrote a book that could be used to help building your EA strategy. This books was recently translated in english: "Strategic IT Management: A Toolkit for Enterprise Architecture Management", Hanschke Inge, 1st Edition., 2010, XI, 342 p. 260 illus., 130 in color., Hardcover, ISBN: 978-3-642-05033-6.

AVAYA Phone - how to make your working life a nightmare

My company decided to move to VoIP great! The problem is that the Avaya phone they bought us are simply impossible to use. We moved from a simple powerful phone to a huge, complex and not user friendly phone.
I never saw in my life such loss of productivity from a simple change.
The impact is enormous, lots of employees are using their cell phone now...
You want an example, to get to your voice mail, you need:
- to call AD3 (sic !)
- to dial your phone extension followed by #
- to dial you password followed by #
- to press 2 to listen messages
- to press 0 to listen to the first message

To suppress a message, you need to do: *D. but it took me time to understand that the "D" is not on the keyboard, but on the "3" button (also showing DEF)
This phone is so un-user friendly that you wonder if they did not make it on purpose.
And I do not even compare it to an iphone.
Please call me on my cell or send me an email. Don't force me to use this prehistoric phone.