Thursday, June 12, 2008

the Knowledge Management solution of the present is not Outlook or..

The current Mozilla mascot for the Mozilla Suite and Mozilla FoundationImage via Wikipediasolutions like Sharepoint, Lotus Notes or the likes.. its the web-browser.. its the endless list of web service enabled internet sites that allow everybody to blog, share, twitter, text, etc. etc. etc.

My Mozilla is not the same that I downloaded.. expanded dramatically with extensions, greasemonkey scripts and stylish codes, it has become my become one of my main working and information processing interfaces.. Here I manage my friendfeed, my twitter postings, my 4 blogs, moderate discussion groups and keep up to date on the happenings on the Internet.

I will post a list of my currently used extensions shortly.

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Knowledge Drain in Africa ?

Blank map of AfricaImage via WikipediaJust some obvious thoughts.. Africa is huge (11,608,000 sq miles to be exact.. see more here). Its got huge economic problems.. Tell me, why would an educated scientist stay there ? Yes, in the long-run and on a larger scale, the economic and scientific power of Africa can be enormous, but it has yet to find its 'killer application' for the world market (what replication and continious improvement is in Japan, manufacturing power in China, innovation and engineering power in Europe).. what could it be for Africa ?

Africa Facing Brain Drain
The United Nations is increasingly worried about Africa's brain drain and has warned that it could have dire consequences for the continent. The continuous stream of its professionals to Europe and the Americas is affecting Africa's development and prosperity. "In 25 years, Africa will be empty of brains," warns Dr. Lalla Ben Barka of the UN Economic Commission for Africa. The exodus of highly trained individuals from developing African countries to industrialized nations is not a new phenomenon. However, the magnitude of the growing problem demands urgent action as the consequences of brain drain threaten to stunt the overall development of the continent. According to the International Organization for Migration, Africa has already lost one-third of its human capital and is continuing to lose its skilled personnel at an increasing rate. It is reported that there are now more African scientists in the United States than on the whole of the African continent. Africa's share of global scientific output has fallen from 0.5 percent in the mid-1980s to 0.3 percent in the mid-1990s.

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What happened to AskMe

Hmmm.. what happened to AskMe ? Is that a good thing ? What is a Japanese company planning to do with an American Knowledge Management leader ? Hmm Hmm Hmm..

AskMe Acquired By Tokyo-Based REALCOM
AskMe Corporation has announced that it has been acquired by REALCOM Inc., a leading provider of content and knowledge management services and solutions. Based in Japan, REALCOM is listed and publicly traded on the Tokyo Mothers stock exchange. Under the terms of the agreement, AskMe will remain based in Seattle, Washington, USA, as a subsidiary of REALCOM Inc.. According to REALCOM's founder and chief executive officer Tadashi Tanimoto, "AskMe and REALCOM have had a common heritage. Bringing our companies together is a great opportunity to advance our vision to form a global market leader in Knowledge Management and Enterprise 2.0 technologies." Both companies have begun executing integrating operations, technologies and development teams to ensure a smooth transition and immediate value for customers, partners and investors. AskMe will soon integrate their product roadmap along with increased product investments to build upon the success of the AskMe Enterprise 'Azo' release to innovate further in the Enterprise 2.0 marketplace.

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