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The Wearable Tech Futures

Amid all the noise about the growing Internet of Things market comes the announcement that Nike is disbanding its FuelBand team....

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Why Pivot?

In business, a pivot is a strategy change (especially in Lean Startup processes). When you look at brick-and-mortar companies like RadioShack,...

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Thoughts on the Industry Right Now

All the forecasts: have any of them been accurate? Or is it just a way to sell reports? If it is,...

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Hosted PBX Sales Increasing

Blame some of it on the TDM-to-IP transition, but a lot of the reason that Hosted PBX sales are increasing is...

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Intel Buys Way into Tablets While $99 may be Microsoft Sweet Spot

Intel recently reported earnings and the takeaway is the company is going to focus more on Android and ramp up subsidies to...

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Why the Fax Isn't As Outdated As You Think

I wrote a blog about faxing a few months ago and got an overwhelming response. Got some comments via email and...

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Camera-Phone Opportunity Exists for Samsung

There exists an opportunity for a superior camera with 10x or greater zoom coupled with the traditional things we are used to...

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Save the Planet... Recycle That Fax Machine!

June 27, 2007

  I just received a bit of information that details some of the simpler ways that an enterprise can go green.   Decreasing paper consumption is obviously environmentally friendly. (Does anyone remember the paperless office dream?)   Another obvious eco-friendly move is to reduce wasteful use of electricity.   And planting flowers is another positive environmental touch, not to mention a decided improvement to the décor of most offices.   Well, one way to achieve all three goals is to take that old analog fax machine and turn it into a planter!   At least that’s what Steve Adams, vice president of marketing for MyFax, is suggesting.   According to a news release from Protus IP Solutions, the provider of the MyFax Internet fax solution:   Because Internet faxing is a digitally centric technology, it allows users to send and receive documents via e-mail. That means there are no fax machines or fax servers taking up valuable space, constantly using electricity and creating carbon dioxide. Instead, with an Internet fax service like MyFax, the computer where someone receives the email fax does not need to be on to accept the transmission; it only needs to be running when someone is actually working on the computer.   There are other environmental issues that make Internet faxing a socially responsible technology to adopt as well.

Survey: Green Is Good, But How Do I Get There?

June 26, 2007

As industry-wide recognition of the need to go green accelerates, companies are realizing that it’s one thing to get behind an environmentally friendly green initiative; it’s quite another challenge to actually do something about it.   A recent survey by the Green Technology Initiative (GTI), a UK-based organization that is in some ways similar to the U.S.-based Green Grid, found that the overwhelming majority of British businesses (95%) believe that reducing our carbon footprint is critical to an overall green strategy.   Ironically, about 70% of those surveyed have no target to reduce their own carbon footprint.   Dan Sutherland, founder of GTI, said: “What we are doing in IT today is not sustainable. Systems efficiency is the cheapest and easiest way of reducing the carbon footprint of the work you do and delivered properly it has the benefit of bringing down costs across the board. Whilst undoubtedly UK enterprises are willing to take action, many lack the incentive, knowledge and resources to make immediate changes.”   The survey also found that many expect industry and government to take the lead in reducing harmful emissions.   The Green Grid is a consortium of information technology companies and professionals seeking to improve energy efficiency in data centers around the globe.

Texas Instruments Developing Low-power, 'Green' Products

June 26, 2007

One way to develop a ‘green’ technology product is to focus on reducing demand for power. This aspect of ‘greenness’ apparently has been forefront in the minds of developers at Texas Instruments, which announced Tuesday an initiative to create Ultra Low Power (ULP, formerly known as Wibree) Bluetooth-compatible products.   The company is leveraging its expertise with ZigBee, lower-power RF and mobile connectivity technologies to create power un-hungry products.   This initiative comes in the heels of the recent merger of Wibree Forum and Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), which created ULP as an open technology for wireless connectively between mobile devices and human interface devices (HIDs) such as wireless keyboards, watches, toys and sports sensors.

Green Technology in the UK

June 25, 2007

Businesses across the globe are looking to take responsibility for their environmental impact and to reduce the rate at which they're allowing global warming to occur.   Along with this responsibility has been an increased need for businesses to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint—or the amount of Co2 emissions created through daily activities.   But findings from one study conducted by The Green Technology Initiative reveal that UK businesses, while they are all for 'going Green' and understand that IT systems do play an important role in the big picture, have not taken action of their own to reduce the carbon footprint, but instead look to the Government, suppliers and hardware manufacturers to help reduce the impact.   The study's findings also reveal businesses just now beginning to do such things as turn off systems when not in use. Not a BIG step, but at least one in the right direction.

Big Blue Goes Green

June 25, 2007

IBM is adding 80,000 square feet of green datacenter space to its existing Boulder Colorado facility. The plan calls for state-of-the-art technology that will help IBM reduce energy expenditures.   The new data center will serve as a proof of concept of IBM’s Project Big Green, which was announced in May. At the time IBM pledged to utilize new energy efficient products and services as part of their plan to reduce data center power consumption. The company redirected $1 billion per year across its businesses, with the goal of increasing the level of energy efficiency in IT. One impressive aspect of the initiative is the deployment of a global “green team” of more than 850 energy efficiency architects from across IBM.     According to the announcement heralding the Boulder data center:   IBM plans to install high density computing systems utilizing virtualization technology, along with its Cool Blue portfolio of energy efficient power and cooling technologies.

Green Furniture

June 22, 2007

As the latest buzz for green technologies and awareness of environmental responsibilities continues to increase across industries, it might be interesting to know that not everyone is just catching up with 'the green'.   There are companies who have provided, for some time, solutions that reduced their environmental impact.   One area we typically don’t hear too much about, and that fits in well with TMC, call center furniture, made an interesting area to explore regarding their green efforts.   I had spoken with call center furniture provider Interior Concepts (www.interiorconcepts.com) some time ago on their recycling efforts, and thought it only right to follow up now and see how they're fitting into today's increasingly 'Green' world.   I uncovered some interesting information as well as the fact that the company actually has an Environmental Policy in place to ensure their environmental responsibilities are carried out.   For instance, most of Interior Concepts fabrics carry a Green-e certification meaning that 100% of the energy used to make their products is matched by Green-e certified renewable energy certificates.   Also, the company utilizes products that are already made with recycled materials to reduce the amount of 'virgin' materials needed in manufacturing.   Read the full article HERE        

Google to be Carbon Neutral by Year's End

June 22, 2007

We’ve already discussed how Google and Intel have pledged their efforts to the green movement by launching the Climate Savers Computing Initiative.   Now comes word of Google promising to become carbon neutral by the end of the year.   The Google plan essentially has three parts:  
  • Reduce energy consumption by maximizing efficiency;
  • Invest in and use renewable energy sources; and
  • Purchase carbon offsets for any remaining emissions.
In a recent entry on the Official Google Blog, Urs Hoelzle, Senior Vice President, Operations told readers about the self-assessment the company undertook before setting off on the green initiative.   "To calculate our carbon footprint, we took into account emissions from purchased electricity, employee commuting, business travel, construction, and server manufacturing. In a partnership with the Environmental Resources Trust (ERT), we have independently verified this assessment, and will do so every year."   Something this blogger was not aware of, most likely because I live 3,000 miles away from the Google green scene, is how big a focus transportation plays in the Google plan.   Apparently every day Google provides shuttle service for over 1,500 commuting employees in the San Francisco area. Google also offers employees a financial incentive for purchasing environmentally friendly cars.   Lastly Urs Hoelzle writes about Google’s ambitious plan to create 50 megawatts of new renewable generation capacity by 2012. According to Hoelzle, that’s enough to power 50,000 typical U.S.

Go Green, Make Money

June 22, 2007

Greg Galitzine discusses an article in the Wall Street Journal about how going green can save you money. This is a great opportunity to let you know going green can also save you money and the tagline for TMC’s upcoming Green Technology World conference this September in Los Angeles, CA will in fact be “Save Money, Save the Environment.”   The URL for this event and the accompanying news portal will be www.greentechnologyworld.com.   Oh and by the way… Perhaps the tagline is a bit limiting. In any event it is great to be involved in a market where we can create a better world for our children and at the same time save money or make it. There are few market spaces where you can feel good about what you do while benefiting financially.   When you go green, your children will thank you twice.   Who will come to the Green Technology World conference?

WSJ on Green Investment Opportunity and Risk

June 22, 2007

“It’s not just tree huggers who think about global warming. There’s money to be made, and people want to know how to make it.”   So says Holly Isdale, managing director and head of wealth advisory at Lehman Brothers, in the June 21, 2007 edition of The Wall Street Journal in an article by Jilian Mincer.   The article discusses the opportunity for investors and how researchers at leading investment banks are generating reports on risk and opportunity within the green investment sector. These investment banks include the likes of Citigroup, Lehman Brothers, and UBS.   Some of the things that these firms are taking into account when reporting on potential investment targets are whether or not these companies are well positioned in the market by virtue of their technology (that helps the world go green) or their adoption of technology (taking advantage of a changing market).   The Journal article maintains that investing in green is risky business.   However, in spite of the risks several European-based investment funds are developing a successful track record, and the aforementioned US investment banks all offer some way to invest in the greening economy. For more on opportunities in the Green Technology market, bookmark TMC's Green Blog for future reference.

New Smog Standards

June 22, 2007

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