Sunday, November 25, 2007

9 top new buildings soon to be built

I saw the design for this building and wow. As you scroll through the remaining 8 building either in development of just the planning / approval stages it shows that some architectural designers can still create stunning work.

Deputy Dog has blogged about this set of designs here.

He says

... the quest for the next standout design and you have a
near-future filled with mile-high skyscrapers and buildings that no longer look like buildings

The designs almost pieces of art as well as architecture are to be built in the following cities:
  • Chicago, USA (Aqua)
  • Chicago, USA (Spire)
  • Beijing, China (CCTV)
  • Dubai (Regatta) - my favourite see above
  • India (Antillia)
  • Russia (Russia Tower)
  • Penang, Malaysia (Penang Global City Centre) - this city is amazing SciFi design
  • Russia (Gazprom HQ)
  • Dubai (Burj Dubai) - this will be the tallest building in the world byan extra 300metres

There is also a forum about all things skyscrapers here. That great thing about this site is it covers discussions on a local aswell as global level. One of the most talked about buildings in Sydney, Australia is the Lumiere.

This building was designed by the award winning Foster architects also responsible for the Hong Kong airport - Chep Lap Kok and the London Swiss Re HQ.

This was London’s first ecological tall building and an instantly recognisable addition to the city’s skyline, is "technically, architecturally, socially and spatially". Generated by a radial plan, its energy-conscious enclosure resolves walls and roof into a continuous triangulated skin, allowing column-free floor space, light and views.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Promoting Your RSS Feeds Through Syndication

Promoting Your RSS Feeds Through Syndication

RSS feeds are a great way to keep captive audiences updated and informed of the changes you make to your website. They’re also a great way to attract new visitors because they’re simple, effective, and inexpensive to set up!

Thousands of “in the know” website owners and webmasters are using Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds right now to summarize content updates the moment those updates are made. They send these feeds to various syndication services which in turn make these feeds available to their subscribers.

Who reads RSS Feeds?

Anyone can subscribe to a syndication service like My Yahoo! but generally subscribers are people with a specific interest who have neither the time nor the inclination to visit multiple websites day in and day out looking for new content.

Subscribers don’t receive every feed sent to these syndication services. They could if they wanted to but most include in their RSS readers only the types of feeds in which they’re interested. Subscribers access their feeds either from the subscription web site or the subscriber’s email or mobile device.

Using an RSS reader, subscribers are able to quickly browse through RSS feed headlines. When an intriguing headline is encountered, they simply click to read the full text.

RSS feeds as communication tools

While it seems the subscriber reaps all the benefits of RSS feeds, as a webmaster or site owner you benefit, too. Promoting RSS feeds through syndication is an excellent communication tool that has none of the hassles associated with maintaining a newsletter.

By choosing which feeds to receive, individuals automatically “opt-in.” In other words, they’re giving you their permission to contact them, eliminating the potential for spam complaints. You no longer have to worry about enforcing a privacy policy or the ages of your site visitors, either.

Plus you’re in total control. If you want those receiving your feeds to visit your site, create feeds that include just a title and a link. If you want to keep them in your news loop, go ahead and include more content. Make it enticing and you’ll increase your chances of driving more traffic to your site.

No matter which RSS feed tactic you choose, you win. When you promote RSS feeds (like this RSS feed) through syndication, you keep your website’s name in front of countless interested faces and you give your regulars reason to keep coming back to your site!

Note: Let me know if you need help with an RSS feed for your website. This can then be submitted to a number of leading RSS syndicators.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Business Intelligence - Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)

Every where you look now Enterprise performance management (EPM) has a new definition or product. I consider Enterprise Performance Mangement to be a strategic approach to improving business performance. Gartner has defined EPM as
the methodologies, metrics, processes, and systems used to monitor and manage the business performance of an enterprise.

EPM in represents the strategic deployment of business intelligence solutions.

Whether you need help with a number of major BI players including Oracle and Business Objects have a tool set that can help with:

  • CRM Analytics

  • Financial Analytics

  • Industry Analytics

  • Supply Chain Analytics

  • Workforce Analytics

Using a methodology to implement EPM significantly improves the chances for sucess. It gives companies a top down framework by which to align planning and execution, strategy and tactics, and business unit and enterprise objectives. Some of these are six sigma, balanced scorecard, activity-based costing, total quality management, economic value-add, and integrated strategic measurement. The balanced scorecard is the most widely adopted performance management methodology. Methodologies on their own cannot deliver a full solution to an enterprise's CPM needs. Many pure methodology implementations fail to deliver the anticipated benefits because they are not integrated with the fundamental CPM processes.

Key Performance Indicators and Metrics
Metrics and Key performance Indicators (KPI’s) are critical in prioritization what has to be measured. The methodology used helps in determining the metrics to be used by the organization. It is frequently said that one cannot manage what cannot be measured. Identifying the key metrics and determining how they are to be measured helps the organizations to monitor performance across the board without getting deluged by a surfeit of data; a scenario plaguing most companies today.

Dashboards and scorecards
Business has today evolved from the age when Business Intelligence would take days or weeks to provide key organizational data requested by the senior managers. Up to the minute data, coupled with alerts and drill down facilities to locate the reasons for disruptions has empowered managers today. These solutions are integrated with the existing enterprise wide solutions thus augmenting the systems already in place.