Tuesday, May 30, 2006
The World is Flat
Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion,
or it will be killed.
Every morning a lion wakes up.
It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle,
or it will starve to death.
It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle.
When the sun comes up, you better start running.
This African proverb provides the tone for The World is Flat, a Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. Author Thomas Friedman will receive the award for Webby Person of the Year at the 10th annual Webby Awards on June 12.
Business executives across the country have kept this book atop the BusinessWeek Best-Seller List for more than a year. These leaders are making decisions about the future of work in America, the future of your work -- your job. Can you afford not to add this book to your personal reading list?
Friedman chronicles The Ten Forces That Flattened the World. Starting with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 these ten forces reached a tipping point around the turn of the century. About that time you and I began competing, unknowingly, with 150 million educated, Web-enabled workers outside the United States. These workers want your job and are willing to take a lot less money to do it.
Friedman details how you and I can stay relevant and remain competitive in a flattened world. The goal is to become an Untouchable -- a person whose job can not be outsourced. Untouchables come in four categories:
- workers who are "special"
- workers who are "specialized"
- workers who are "anchored"
- workers who are "really adaptable"
The bottom line is that "while technology advances make last year's work a commodity, reskilling, continual professional education and client intimacy to develop new relationships keeps him or her ahead of the commodity curve and away from a potential offshore."
The World is Flat, start running!
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
The Globe 100
A complete list of 27 stories is available at the Boston Globe. Registration is required, but is free.
If you are looking for a job, consider the 50 Fastest Growth Companies. You can also consider the Top 10 Technology Companies ranked by revenue. They are as follows:
- EMC Corporation
- Analog Devices
- Avid Technology
- Parametric Technology Corp.
- Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates
- MKS Instruments
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Webby Awards -- 2006
The 10th Annual Webby Awards received a record 5,500 entries from over 40 countries around the world. In addition, more than 300,000 votes were cast by people around the world to identify the People's Voice Awards.
Organizers also announced recipients of this year's Webby Special Achievement awards, including the following:
- Artist of the Year > Gorillaz
- Breakout of the Year > MySpace.com
- Entrepreneur of the Year > Marc Cuban
- Lifetime Achievement > Dr. Robert Kahn
- Person of the Year > Thomas Friedman
The 2006 Webby Awards winners are as follows:
- Activism > Youthink!
- Art > MoMA: Contemporary Voices
- Associations > Cotton Inc - Team Cotton
- Automotive > Mercedes-AMG
- Banking / Bill Paying > Bank of America
- Beauty & Cosmetics > Redken Haircolor
- Best Copy/Writing > NewYorker.com
- Best Home/Welcome Page > Remember Segregation
- Best Navigation/Structure > Flickr
- Best Practices > Flickr
- Best Use of Animation or Motion Graphics > Bebop Jeans
- Best Use of Video or Moving Image > Freedom of the Seas
- Best Visual Design - Aesthetic > Big Ideas Come From Big Pencils
- Best Visual Design - Function > Google Earth
- Blog - Business > 5 Blogs Before Lunch
- Blog - Culture/Personal > we make money not art
- Blog - Political > The Huffington Post
- Broadband > Google Earth
- Celebrity/Fan > NPG Music Club
- Charitable Organization Nonprofit > Katrina Help Center
- Community > BBC Cumbria website/Digital Lives
- Consumer Electronics > The Official PSP (PlayStation Portable) Website
- Corporate Communications > The Observatory
- Cultural Institutions > Monticello Explorer
- Education > Can I have a word?
- Employment > Monster Career Advice
- Events > New Zealand International Arts Festival 2006
- Family/Parenting > GoCityKids
- Fashion > Style.com
- Financial Services > PayPal, Inc.
- Food & Beverage > Epicurious.com
- Games > Stackopolis
- Games-Related > Gamasutra
- Government > 72hours.org
- Guides/Ratings/Reviews > UCS HybridCenter
- Health > The InVision Guide to a Healthy Heart
- Humor > The Onion
- Insurance > Now What?
- IT Hardware/Software > Dell Small/Medium Business
- Law > Justice Learning
- Lifestyle > Epicurious.com
- Magazine > National Geographic Magazine Online
- Movie & Film > 2006 Sundance Film Festival
- Music > Fabchannel.com - Concerts Online
- Netart > PostSecret
- News > BBC News
- Newspaper > Guardian Unlimited
- Personal Website > stevensebring.com
- Pharmaceuticals > Change of HAART
- Podcasts > Yahoo! Podcasts
- Politics > OpenSecrets
- Professional Services > mediaBOOM
- Radio > NPR.org
- Real Estate > Building Green: From Principle to Practice
- Religion & Spirituality > NPR: This I Believe
- Restaurant > Big Time Restaurant Group
- Retail > Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer
- School > School of Visual Arts Web site
- Science > The Genographic Project
- Services > Google Maps
- Social Networking > JDate
- Sports > ESPN.com
- Student > 4178° - Chicago Architecture
- Telecommunications > Orange 'Talking Point'
- Television > Creating the Scene
- Tourism > www.newzealand.com/travel
- Travel > Expedia.com
- Weird > Snopes.com
- Youth > Above the Influence
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Boston Market -- May
Trend #2: The most recent Monster Employment Index for Boston (pdf) reached its highest level since it was launched 12 months ago.
Trend #3: The Yoh Index of Technology Wages ended the first quarter of 2006 at the highest level since its inception.
Trend #4: Microsoft will invest an additional $2 billion in a variety of technologies designed to transform its way of doing business on the Web.
So how do technology professionals capitalize on these powerful trends? By making a commitment to learning Microsoft's Web-based technologies. SQL is the generic database language that cements these technologies together.
BostonWorks.com lists the following opportunities:
Monster.com lists the following opportunities:
The best training value this month is to download the following FREE software:
Then, make an investment in one of three new Dummies books:
- SQL Server 2005 Express for Dummies
- Visual Web Developer 2005 Express for Dummies
- ASP.NET 2.0 Everyday Apps For Dummies