Årets tekniktrender

Posted in Aktuellt, Leadership / Ledarskap on februari 24th, 2011 by admin

Med tanke på hur mycket den nya tekniken kommer att påverka morgondagens marknads- och konkurrenssituation är det av stor betydelse att följa teknikutvecklingen. Här kommer lite information från Barcelonamässan om de senaste tekniktrenderna:

I år kommer det att säljas mer än 400 miljoner datorer i världen. Men det är inte längre datorer som vi är vana vid. Till kategorin datorer räknas numera även pekplattorna och smart phones. Mer än 50% av datorförsäljningen under 2011 uppskattas vara icke traditionella datorer (stationära och laptops). Just detta är den hetaste trenden för 2011.

För tionde året i rad har revisions- och konsultföretaget Deloitte listat de hetaste tekniktrenderna och här är årets lista:

1. Fler än hälften av alla datorer som säljs i år är inte traditionella PC:ar.

2. WiFi i butikerna kommer att öka.

3. Internet blir ännu viktigare som kommunikationsverktyg för myndigheter.

4. Läsplattor får en ökad användning för företag.

5. Digital inspelning blir en möjlighet för reklambranschen, inte ett hot som många tidigare trott.

 

Källa: DI, 4 februari 2011

Market conditions are changing faster than ever before

Posted in Aktuellt on februari 23rd, 2011 by admin

Over the last decade, Chinese companies Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. have made big waves in the telecommunications-equipment market, capturing market share from Western incumbents. Now, the companies have se Huawei and ZTE are trying to crack into the business, offering sophisticated yet low-priced devices under their own brands. Many of those devices will run Google Inc.’s Android software, a free operating system that has rapidly gained share in the wireless market.

At the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona this week, Wan Biao,. chief executive of Huawei Device, said the company will release as many as 20 new smartphones this year, up from 10 last year.

“We will devote our efforts to the smartphone solutions over the next two to three years,” said Mr. Biao.

ZTE is also moving up market. The company has traditionally focused on selling lower-cost feature phones in emerging markets, but this year ZTE will expand its portfolio and for the first time offer smartphones as well as tablet computers in North America.

Lixin Cheng, chief executive of ZTE’s U.S. business, said the company will more than double its device portfolio in the North American market this year. Last year, ZTE released 14 devices in North America, including 11 handset models for the U.S. market.

In a break from its past, Mr. Cheng said ZTE would also try to build its brand in North America, where it is a virtually unknown player that rarely puts its name on handsets.

Discount pricing is also part of its strategy. While top smartphones typically cost U.S. subscribers $200 with a two-year contract, ZTE said it will offer a number of smartphones this year that will be available to customers for far less than $200 with a contract.

The aggressive push into the lucrative market is the latest sign of ZTE’s growing role in the handset market. In late January, research firm IDC ranked ZTE as the No. 4 global phone supplier in terms of units, edging past Apple Inc. and trailing only Nokia Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc.

It was the first quarter that ZTE had cracked IDC’s top-five list. In the quarter, ZTE claimed 4.2% of the world-wide mobile-phone market, up from 2.8% in the year-earlier quarter.

Although ZTE has made greater strides than Huawei in the overall mobile-phone market, both companies have a steep hill to climb when it comes to smartphones.

Huawei claimed just 0.2% of the global smartphone market as of the end of the third quarter, according to IDC. ZTE claimed 1.1%.

Source: Wall Street Journal, 19 February 2011
Read more here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703373404576148643274283576.html?KEYWORDS=zte

SMS-drick i baren

Posted in Aktuellt, Digitalisering / Internet on februari 22nd, 2011 by admin

Här i Bangkok finns det ingen under 35 år med färre än två mobiltelefoner. Här, om någonstans, torde den här nya affärsidén sitta bra. Läs och bedöm själv:

Slut på kontanter när barhänget är som bäst? Ett Uppsalaföretag lanserar en ny modell för att betala för drickandet på krogen — nämligen via sms. Notan kommer påfeb 11 Vertigo telefonräkningen, skriver Uppsalatidningen 18 minuter.

I lördags var det premiär för företaget Sms Drink på en lokal krog. Varken kommunens tillståndsenhet eller Skatteverket sägs ha några synpunkter på systemet, men skuldrådgivare varnar för att en barrunda med sms kan bli en skuldfälla.

Källa: DN, 22 februari 2011

Condo launches set to slow in 2011

Posted in Aktuellt, Thailand / Asia on februari 22nd, 2011 by admin

Every time I have visited bangkok over the past year I have asked the same question: Isn`t the real estate business becoming a huge  bubble?

Oversupply, higher land costs to blame
Launches of condominium projects this year are expected to slow down due to high supply carrying over from last year and more pressure from higher land and construction costs.

Thongma Vijitpongpun, president and chief executive of the country’s largest developer, Pruksa Real Estate Plc (PS), said new condominium supply this year would decline by 10-15% but the overall housing market would be about the same as last year, which saw the release of 101,738 units worth 270.8 billion baht. The number and value of units increased by 58% and 42% respectively.

New condominium projects this year will have to compete with remaining units from projects launched in recent years and resale units offered by speculators or investors. The fall in the condominium market will be compensated by low-rise units.

Land costs for condominium development are higher, while prices of construction materials are increasing. As a result, presales of new condominium projects will be about 50%.

Source: bangkok Post, 22 February 2011
Link: http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/economics/222851/condo-launches-set-to-slow-in-2011

A mobile network free of charge?

Posted in Aktuellt, Allmänt on februari 21st, 2011 by admin

CHINESE TELECOM VENDOR Huawei is looking to strike a deal with Transport for London to install a £50 million mobile network in the London Underground.

The phone network will be a £50 million ‘gift’, according to a report in the Sunday Times. Vodafone and O2 were mentioned as mobile networks that would pick up the billfeb11 London underground for the installation work, while the Financial Times said Thales was also going to get involved, with the whole bill likely to cost more than £100 million.

The idea for a mobile network in the London Underground has been bandied about for many years, but the cost and difficulties in building it have always been too much of a hurdle. But London Mayor Boris Johnson made it a priority, fuelled by a desperation to make a good impression on the world in time for London Olympics 2012.

It might seem rather generous of Huawei, but it could be a good way for the company make a breakthrough into the UK market. The Chinese also have a sense of humour. “May you live in interesting times” is a famous Chinese curse, so remember that when you have people on either side of you talking loudly into their smartphones during a packed rush hour.

Source: The Inquirer
Link: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2027583/huawei-offers-gbp50m-london-tube-mobile-network-gift

News from Thailand

Posted in Aktuellt, Thailand / Asia on februari 20th, 2011 by admin

This year Thailand is expected to host some 400.000 swedish tourists! And this highly appreciated here. Everyone you talk to is concerned about the weakening Thai brand amongst tourist world wide.

This was to be read in Bangkok Post a couple aff days ago:

Thailand’s tourism industry is worried about ongoing political protests hurting occupancy rates, says the Thailand Hotels Association (THA).
“Tourism operators expect a full recovery of arrivals this year, but we hope dissenting parties consider the national interest and give the battered tourism sector a break,” said Prakit Chinamourphong, THA’s president.

“Our products and services are much better than many key rivals in the region, but it doesn’t matter if we keep fighting with one another,” he noted.

THA forecasts the average occupancy rate in 2011 will be around 70%, up from 50-55% last year, with the average room rate expected to increase by 3-5%. That would be Feb11 Thai beachesthe first time the rate increases in three years.
According to research by Horwath Intl, the tourism and leisure consulting firm, in 2010 the occupancy rate in Bangkok stood at 53%, the lowest in the region, with a room rate of US$93, the second-lowest in the region. The region’s highest occupancy rate was 83% for Singapore where the average room rate was $198. Occupancy in Kuala Lumpur was 68% with a room rate of US$111. It forecasts the occupancy rate in Bangkok will improve this year but the room rate should remain the same. Mr Prakit said exchange rates are unlikely to deter foreign tourists.

“Our competition in Asean is performing well because they are perceived as peaceful and safe,” he said. “Our room rates and food prices are cheaper but our occupancy rate is the lowest.”

Surapol Sritrakul, president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA), said it expects international tourist arrivals through ATTA to increase by 10% to 2.22 million this year. It wants the government to seriously promote Japan because it is a high-quality market.
“Japanese tour operators expect Japanese tourists will return to Thailand in the second half of this year if politics is stable. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) should start promotions to attract this market,” he said.

Japanese tourist arrivals through ATTA last year dropped by 20.7% to 143,437.

TAT and the private sector should diversify to new markets such as Indonesia, South America, and Iraq and Israel, he said. In 2010, the association reported growth in tourist arrivals through ATTA from Russia (up 104% to 265,616), Korea (up 46% to 143,511), and Iraq (up 43% to 72,375). Scandinavian tourist arrivals decreased by 5.3% to 17,436.

Source: Bangkok Post

Chock för kroppen!

Posted in Aktuellt on februari 20th, 2011 by admin

Har just anlänt till Bangkok. Vilken temperaturchock för kroppen! Från minus 22C i Sumpan igår till 30 grader här på morgonen. Snacka om omställning!

Kan också inte låta bli att förundras över att man lyckas (varje gång!) få fram bagaget på mindre än 20 minuter på Bangkoks jättelika flygplats och det alltid tar minst 30 minuter på Arlanda …

Larm om överutnyttjade naturresurser

Posted in Aktuellt, Allmänt on februari 20th, 2011 by admin

Varannat år gör Världsnaturfonden, WWF, en uppskattning av hur mänskligheten använder naturresurserna på jorden.

Rapporten “Living Planet Report 2010” visar att vi använder 50 procent mer naturresurser i dag än vad jorden tål. Precis som i tidigare rapporter konstaterar organisationen att vi skulle behöva två jordklot 2030 om vi fortsätter att använda naturresurserna i samma utsträckning som i dag.

feb11 RainforrestVärldsnaturfonden rankar också vilka länder som gör störst ekologiska fotavtryck, det vill säga vilka länder som påverkar planeten mest.

Per person gör Förenande Arabemiraten, Qatar, Danmark, Belgien, USA, Estland, Kanada, Australien, Kuwait och Irland störst avtryck.

4,5 jordklot skulle behövas för att försörja den globala befolkningen om alla hade samma resursutnyttjande som Förenade Arabemiraten och USA, konstaterar Världsnaturfondens naturvårdchef Peter Westman.

Sverige hamnar på 13:e plats på listan. Bland länderna som påverkar planeten minst är Bangladesh och Malawi.

– Vi efterlyser ett starkt ledarskap både på global och lokal nivå och beslusfattare som är beredda att ställa om samhället mot hållbarhet. Två glasklara budskap för oss i den rika världen är att vi måste bort från fossilberoendet och äta mer vegetarisk mat, säger Peter Westman i en skriftlig kommentar.

Förlusten av biologisk mångfald är värst i fattigare länder. På norra halvklotet är situationen bättre, där rikare länder har råd att satsa på miljö- och naturvård. Importen av varor från fattigare länder bidrar också till situationen på norra halvklotet, men rapportförfattarna påminner om att rikare länder istället “exporterar” sitt resursutnyttjande.

Koldioxidutsläppen har ökat 11 gånger sedan 1960-talet och 13 OECD-länder står för 40 procent av det globala fotavtrycket, samtidigt som dubbelt så många invånare finns i BRIC-länderna, Brasilien, Ryssland, Indien och Kina.

Rapporten görs i samarbete med Zoological Society of London och Global Footprint Network.

Have a good weekend!

Posted in Aktuellt, Nonsens, sport, skämt m.m. on februari 19th, 2011 by admin

Feb11 Old lafys face

A doctor on his morning walk, noticed the old lady pictured above,
sitting on her front step smoking a cigar, so he walked up to her and said,
“I couldn’t help but notice how happy you look! What is your secret?”
“I smoke ten cigars a day,” she said. “Before I go to bed, I smoke a nice big joint.
“Apart from that, I drink a whole bottle of Jack Daniels every week, and eat only junk food.”
“On weekends, I pop pills, get laid, and don’t exercise at all.”

“That is absolutely amazing! How old are you?”

“Forty-eight,” she replied.

Ledarskap: How to be direct without beeing a jerk

Posted in Aktuellt, Leadership / Ledarskap on februari 19th, 2011 by admin

At a time when people can least afford to lose their jobs, it seems as if there are more ways than ever to screw up at work. Political correctness, thin-skinned coworkers, and fear of litigation have made it difficult to be direct or candid with people without crossing some sort of line.

To make matters worse, the line’s a moving target. Words, phrases, and attitudes that were fine yesterday are taboo today. In short, the straight and narrow path of good workplace behavior appears to be getting straighter and narrower all the time.

And yet, directness is prized in the business world. So learning to be candid and straightforward while having folks come away from the exchange feeling like you were just that – no more, no less – is a key management skill and a critical success factor that will serve you well throughout your career.

Make no mistake; this is by no means straightforward. It takes skill to be direct while being tactful. To hit right between the eyes without people feeling as if you’ve invaded their space or overstepped your bounds. To be crisp and expedient without being short or rude.

Here are a few relatively common workplace scenarios to demonstrate how to be direct, but with finesse:

A coworker’s behavior is driving you nuts, kissing up to the boss, for example.

Don’t say: “Hey John, how can you breathe with your head that far up the boss’s behind?”

Do say: “Hey John, I’m not sure if you’re aware of this, so I just wanted to give you a heads up. People are starting to talk about the way you interact with the boss so you might want to tone it down a bit.”

An employee’s work is consistently sub-par.

Don’t say: “Geez Frank, you make more mistakes than everyone else combined. What are you, an idiot or something?”

Do say: “Frank, I know you’re trying hard and I appreciate that. But I wanted to give you some direct feedback and see what I can do to help you improve the quality of your work so it’s on par with the rest of the team.”

Your boss is micromanaging you.

Don’t say: “I’ve had lots of managers and they’ve always been happy with my performance. I don’t get why you’re all over me on every little thing. What’s it going to take to satisfy you?”

Do say: “I’ve noticed that you’ve been managing me closely lately and I wanted to chat about it to see how I can do a better job of giving you what you need and instilling confidence in my ability.”

A peer is stepping on your toes.

Don’t say: “Look Jennifer, I’m in charge of product PR, not you. I think we’ll get along much better if you stay out of my way and let me run things my way.”

Do say: “Jennifer, you seem to be very much vested in how product PR goes down. I’d like to know what you think of my team’s efforts and how we can work together more effectively.”

Although each situation is different, there are some common threads:

  • Clearly and neutrally position your message so it’s clear but isn’t as likely to evoke a defensive response or cause the other person to put up barriers. On the contrary, if you do it right, you invite the other person to engage in a positive way.
  • Don’t assume the other person is aware of how their behavior appears or affects you and others. Instead, start from the position that they’re not aware and you’re there to help them. By opening up a dialog, you may even learn that your own behavior played a role you weren’t aware of.
  • Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and approach them as if you’re a team with common goals, which probably is the case on some level. Stay away from what bugs you and focus on the bigger picture since you’re most likely to agree on that.
  • Be professional. Just because it’s a contentious situation that makes you feel uncomfortable, that doesn’t mean you can’t – and shouldn’t – be considerate. You’ll get better results that way.

Bottom line: The examples may have been a bit over the top but I did that to get your attention and make a point. You may think you’re being more subtle than in the examples, but instead, you’re just being more subtle about how you insult, degrade, and demotivate people. The effect is the same. The point is don’t be subtle; be direct. Just do it in a way that will achieve positive results, as a good manager should.

Source: Business Insider, February 2011
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-be-direct-without-being-a-jerk-2011-2#ixzz1ENhhsToZ