As part of the WWW2005 Conference, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced a broad initiative for bringing a better web experience to handheld users. Called the Mobile Web Initiative (MWI),

... recognizes the mobile device as a first class participant of the Web,"
-- Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director

The MWI appears to be focused mostly on mobile phone users, and is an attempt to bring together the various elements of accessing data from a mobile device from content providers to wireless carriers, including software, hardware and infrastructure vendors. Two areas will initially be addressed: best practices and mobile device descriptions.

This could have a very positive impact on anyone leading the TeleInterActive Lifestyle™ and it will be interesting to see how this initiative develops over the next few years.

Open Source BI

We [Clarise and I] met with Bernard Golden, The CEO of Navica, again. One of the topics of conversation brought together our work in Business Intelligence and Open Source. Bernard's background includes Informix and our's includes Oracle :) [No rivalry though] All three of us have worked on large system integration projects requiring strict data modeling and centered around the RDBMS, ETL, EAI, OLTP and OLAP tools selected to best meet the business needs. Clarise and I have worked with Jetstream [ETL & EAI], Mondrian with JPivot [OLAP].

One of the most important aspects of a BI project is the implementing the business process and best practices for the users. Determining what that really means is key to the success of such projects. Do the current business processes implement best practices for that industry, giving the organization a competitive edge, but needing better implementation from IT? Are the best practices implemented in a COTS BI suite better than the organization's current business processes? This is at the heart of most "build versus buy" decisions.

And this is one advantage that open source packages may have over buying a proprietary solution that implements the vendor's version of BI best practices for a given industry or vertical. Open Source can be more cost effectively customized to implement those processes and practices that your organization views as giving a competitive advantage.

By the way, Bernard gave us a copy of his book, Succeeding with Open SourceBook Cover Image for Succedding with Open Source.

No Aloe Vera Here

Recently, our main corporate site for InterActive Systems & Consulting, Inc. (iasc.COM) has been getting numerous requests from India for Aloe Vera information. I think they want the International Aloe Science Council (iasc.ORG). The difference being the top level domain, of course, in addition to having a very different business focus. And now, one of those requestors for information filled out our contact form with enough information that we know WHY they are coming to our site.

this is reference to your advertisement on Andhra Jyothi on 9th May (INDIA ) , we would lik to know more details about product, we have some stock of alovera, please send us brief details,

we look forward to see your positive reposonse

I wasn't able to find the cited advertisement on the Andhra Jyothi site, but then I don't read the language. So I don't know if the link from the site is wrong, or if the visitors are typing it in wrong, though there is nothing in the web stats to indicate that Andhra Jyothi is a direct referrer.

Both IASC enterprises have owned their respective domains for over a decade. This used to happen quite a bit in the early days of the Internet, and we had a good relationship with the administrators over at iasc.ORG. I think we need to renew that relationship now. :D

Coffee with Bernard

We (Clarise and Joseph) met with Bernard Golden, the CEO of Navica.

Bernard Golden CEO Navica

Bernard spoke at a recent Leadership Forum on Opportunities in Open Source, where we first met him. He read my blog article about the forum, and invited us to meet with him, to continue the discussion over coffee at the Uptown Cafe in San Carlos, CA. Bernard is the creator of the Open Source Maturity Model, which is used to determine the desirability and risk associated with using a specific open source product. Our discussion was an extension of the Leadership Forum, and lasted over two-and-an-half hours. We probably could have turned a tape of our discussion into five wiki(Podcasting,podcasts). &#59;) What follows is a very brief summary of what we discussed.

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Can You Hear Me Now

From the San Francisco Chronicle on sfgate.com "Verizon CEO sounds off on Wi-Fi, customer gripes Seidenberg also explains phone company's reasons for wanting to buy MCI"

Seidenberg, for instance, said people often complain about mobile phone service because they have unrealistic expectations about a wireless service working everywhere. Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon and Vodafone, is the state's largest mobile phone provider.

"Why in the world would you think your (cell) phone would work in your house?" he said. "The customer has come to expect so much. They want it to work in the elevator; they want it to work in the basement."

Seidenberg said it's not Verizon's responsibility to correct the misconception by giving out statistics on how often Verizon's service works inside homes or by distributing more detailed coverage maps, showing all the possible dead zones. He pointed out that there are five major wireless networks, none of which works perfectly everywhere.

Wow. There is so much material in this great article by Todd Wallack, Chronicle Staff Writer, Saturday, April 16, 2005, from municiple WiFi to political machinations. I want to focus on those unreasonable expectations that I've quoted above.

Hmm. One of our board members took on the role of CEO with a company that has offices here in the Silicon Valley and in India. His most memorable experience from his first trip to India was the consistent and ubiquitous cell phone coverage.

My neighbor, who uses Sprint, must leave his house, and go outside to one and only one, street corner to get a signal. I use Cingular [actually CellularOne that was eaten by ATT Wireless now Cingular] and my signal in my house ranges from "No Network" to three bars. My partner, also now on Cingular, has no signal when she visits here. My parents, on Verizon, live downstairs and they range from one to three bars. Isn't it enjoyable to sit in a chair and watch the signal meter on your phone bounce around from naught to full WHILE YOU ARE PERFECTLY STILL?

There really needs to be a better way to determine, other than the two week trial period, if the phone you want from the provider you want will work where you want consistently. Actually, we're working on a way, but we can't talk about it yet. After all, how can you live the TeleInterActive Lifestyle without a signal? This article was just too good to pass up though.

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The TeleInterActive Lifestyle is about the business processes, life choices, management challenges and technical issues facing organizations and individuals as individuals and organizations adopt the Internet of Things, Mixed Reality, wireless networks of all levels, mobile devices, long-distance collaboration, social networks, digital transformation, and adjust to growing urbanization.

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