Posts Tagged ‘LinkedIn’

IBM SolutionsConnect: Garage Track 1 – Accelerate Speed of Innovation

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Businesses compete today in an increasingly digital marketplace, with stakeholders that expect innovative, personalised and efficient interactions with modern digital businesses via interconnected digital technologies.

Brent Michael Nulf shares how enterprises can accelerate their speed of innovation through the adoption of APIs and Microservices.

Following the two keynote presentations at the one-day thought leadership conference by IBM in Singapore, there were two concurrent one-and-a-half-hour Garage Tracks, one on accelerating the speed of innovation and the second on insights-driven IT. I followed the former to find out more about how to extend infrastructure investments to drive innovation. This is the first presentation in this Track.

Following the two keynote presentations at the one-day thought leadership conference by IBM in Singapore, there were two concurrent one-and-a-half-hour Garage Tracks, one on accelerating the speed of innovation and the second on insights-driven IT. I followed the former to find out more about how to extend infrastructure investments to drive innovation. This is the first presentation in this Track.

Brent Michael Nulf – who is a Business Unit Executive for MobileFirst Platform & Cloud, Asia Pacific, IBM Corporation – cited Starbucks, Peugeot and CitiBank as examples of companies that had reaped huge returns by disrupting through digitisation of their businesses.

The world’s most successful digital enterprises – such as Google, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, eBay, Salesforce.com – are leveraging an API-base architecture to enable innovation and power growth.

Valuable business assets are exposed as APIs that are consumed by App Developers to develop innovative apps that result in a delightful experience for customers.

However, within enterprises, a fine balance needs to be struck between the demands by the lines of business for fast speed and agility in the digital ecosystem, against the slower pace of the IT departments for integration and scaling of the core enterprise to ensure stability.

The answer to this “Multi-Speed” conundrum is Microservices, which involves the implementation of the SOA architecture to create small autonomous services that work well together.

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Nikon launches 6 new cameras in Singapore

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Nikon spearheaded its Autumn 2012 collection of cameras with 6 new cameras, 1 lens and 1 waterproof casing. Among these cameras are the super compact S01 and the Android-equipped S800c.

All will be available in September. Prices TBA.

Update (4 September, 2012):

The COOLPIX L610 is now available in Singapore at S$339.

Nikon launched 6 new cameras and accessories in Singapore to spearhead its Autumn 2012 collection.

Nikon launched 6 new cameras and accessories in Singapore to spearhead its Autumn 2012 collection.

Most camera launches roll out more of the same, with slight improvements in features or specifications.

The Nikon P7700 is the new flagship of the COOLPIX lineup. 12.2MP, 7.1x Zoom, f/2.0-4.0 lens.

The Nikon P7700 is the new flagship of the COOLPIX lineup. 12.2MP, 7.1x Zoom, f/2.0-4.0 lens.

So its most refreshing to see Nikon trying to innovate by launching cameras that genuinely push the boundaries.

My favourite among the slew of cameras launched in Singapore today is the S01.

You’ve got to see it to believe it and you’ve got to handle it to appreciate it.

The S01 is smaller than a credit card!

It’s thicker than the card of course, but it’s like one of those charms people dangle from their keychains, although I wouldn’t want the camera slamming against the dashboard as I drive.

And people with big hands might not appreciate the compactness as much.

The Nikon COOLPIX S01 is smaller than a credit card. 10.1MP, 3x Zoom, 77 x 51.2 x 17.2mm

The Nikon COOLPIX S01 is smaller than a credit card. 10.1MP, 3x Zoom, 77 x 51.2 x 17.2mm

It’s a bold step for Nikon to take – pushing the limits of camera miniaturisation.

Nikon COOLPIX L610 has 16MP and 14x Zoom.

Nikon COOLPIX L610 has 16MP and 14x Zoom.

I’m sure smartphone makers would be very keen to adopt some of the technologies developed to make their smartphone cameras perform even better.

Already, these camera phones are encroaching into the market share of compact cameras with the only difference being image quality, which is made up for by the convenience of having the smartphone camera being available and handy at all times.

I won’t be surprised if some of Nikon’s sub-contractors are already talking to smartphone makers on possible collaborations.

The Nikon COOLPIX S800c runs Android 2.3 and has Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Nikon COOLPIX S800c runs Android 2.3 and has Wi-Fi connectivity.

On the same front, Nikon is hitting back at the smartphone camera sector with the S800c – a compact camera with an Android OS (2.3) and Wi-Fi connectivity.

So you can use photo-editing apps (such as Photoshop, Instagram and PicsArt) from the Google Play store to edit photos taken with the camera, and share it online on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

You can also use any of the other 500,000 apps on the Google Play for gaming or other purposes.

The Nikon COOLPIX S6400 has 16MP and 12x Zoom

The Nikon COOLPIX S6400 has 16MP and 12x Zoom

What the S800c doesn’t have yet is 3G connectivity, to give it 3G data connectivity in case there’s no Wi-Fi connectivity.

Who knows, you might even see a Nikon camera-phone (in that order) in the future!

The other products launched today are more run-of-the-mill cameras and accessories.

These include three new compacts from the COOLPIX family: COOLPIX P7700, L610, and S6400.

The Nikon 1 J1 MIL camera has been upgraded to the J2, with new Creative Modes, a new 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5/5.6 lens, and an Underwater Case.

The Nikon 1 J1 MIL camera has been upgraded to the J2, with new Creative Modes, a new 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5/5.6 lens, and an Underwater Case.

For its mirrorless interchangeable lens line, Nikon has launched the Nikon 1 J2, 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm F/3.5-5.6 lens, and the Nikon 1 water proof case.

I’ll be posting more details of each camera so you can check the tech specs in those articles.

Arruda suggests 9 activities to advance your career

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Personal branding expert William Arruda advocates that by spending just 9 minutes a day, you’ll be able to maintain a healthy and successful career. Here are 9 activities you can do during those 9 minutes.

William Arruda, personal branding expert

William Arruda, personal branding expert

Arruda suggests the following activities that professionals can do 9 minutes a day in order to maintain a healthy and successful career.

  1. Build your network – building and maintaining relationships are a major component of a successful career.
  2. Maintain relationships by recommending and congratulating others in their careers – everyone enjoys being recognised and LinkedIn provides an easy way to do this.
  3. Request recommendations from your network as credibility is critical.
  4. Document achievements and wins on your LinkedIn profile to stay current and relevant.
  5. Update your status every day and make sure your profile and photo is current.
  6. Expand on your thought leadership – lead a forum or LinkedIn group; publish an article; start a blog; speak publicly or recommend books on the Amazon LinkedIn app.
  7. Use the power of video and create a video bio of yourself for your LinkedIn profile.
  8. Source staff – one of a manager’s hardest jobs. If you build your brand community, you’ll create fans who want to work for you.
  9. Research – Make an effort to get to know more about your clients or partners and competitors. LinkedIn is a great place to start.

LinkedIn Research: 9 minutes a day for a healthy, successful career

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

LinkedIn research reveals the majority of the Singaporean workforce over-estimate the time required per day to further their career.

Expert reveals that 9 minutes a day is all it takes to maintain a healthy, successful career.

Infographic of LinkedIn research conducted by IPSOS Mori and Catalyst

Infographic of LinkedIn research conducted by IPSOS Mori and Catalyst

Over 81% of Singaporean professionals believe that the ideal amount of time spent daily on progressing your career should be in excess of 30 minutes, according to the research.

“Fitting 9 minutes of career management into your daily schedule is all it takes without adding stress or pressure,” says Arruda, who partnered with LinkedIn to identify the optimum amount of time to spend daily on what he has termed ‘continuous career management’.The research was undertaken by IPSOS Mori and Catalyst and involved 3,200 working professionals worldwide, including 400 in Singapore.

World leading personal branding expert William Arruda instead presents a far more appealing and realistic time commitment.

He advocates that by spending just 9 minutes a day you’ll be able to maintain a healthy and successful career. Here are 9 activities that he suggests you can do during those 9 minutes.

“9 minutes is the optimum amount of time recommended, because it also gives you complete focus, and educators to psychologists agree that the ability to focus one’s attention on a task is crucial for the achievement of one’s goals,” Arruda elaborated.The public perception of 3.5+hrs per week is a stark contrast to Arruda’s recommendation of 45 minutes per week.

Other results reveal that – given an hour – 95% believe it’s more useful to spend time keeping in with the boss (making them tea) than spending time building their network or finessing their CV.

Here are some other results from the research:

  • Given an hour – 95% believe it’s more useful to spend time keeping in with the boss (making them tea) than spending time building their network or finessing their CV.
  • Men perceived as better networkers than women. 42% of the population think that men are better than women at networking, versus only 9% believing women were better.
  • Nine in 10 professionals agree that having a professional network of connections is crucial during economic uncertainty.

IPSOS MORI is part of the IPSOS Group, a leading market research company in the UK and Ireland.

Professionals deemed to be the most effective networkers:

46% Marketing
17% Sales
15% Bankers & Stockbrokers
1-2% Nurse, Teachers, Legal and Retail

In Singapore and Australia, the research was conducted by Australian research firm Catalyst Consultancy & Research.

The research asked 3,200 working professionals globally about their daily work habits, with markets being the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Singapore and Australia.

Profile: William Arruda – personal branding expert

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Dubbed the Personal Branding Guru by Entrepreneur magazine, William Arruda is credited with turning the concept of personal branding into a global industry.

William Arruda, personal branding expert

William Arruda, personal branding expert

William Arruda is the founder and President of Reach, a global leading personal branding consultancy with representatives in 30 countries.

“Relationships require care and so building and maintaining them is a major component of successful career management. These days, we live in a highly connected and technology driven world, so building your online network on LinkedIn, is a critical career management skill,” says Arruda.One of the most sought-after speakers on career management and executive success, Arruda has delivered hundreds of keynotes to audiences of five to five thousand throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.

His corporate clients include Adobe, BP, British Telecom, IBM, L’Oreal, JPMorgan, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley and Starwood Hotels. His private clients include some of the world’s most influential leaders.

As a thought-leader, Arruda is a spokesperson on personal branding and social media.

He has appeared on BBC TV, the Discovery Channel and Fox News Live and he has been featured in many publications, including Forbes, Strategies (France), Time Magazine, Veja (Brazil), the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

William is the author of the bestselling book, Career Distinction, and the upcoming book, Ditch. Dare. Do! He has lived in Boston, London and Paris and now calls New York City home.