ComputerScope (them of the free monthly magazine that somehow I’ve never been able to subscribe to) have a nice directory of Irish Web links.
The useful people that they link to include:
(Irish) Information Systems Security Organisation
Institute of Project Management of Ireland
Institute of Business Analysis and Consulting
Computerscope (for Business) are part of the same stable as PC Live (consumer) and Smart Company (Small Business).
As if to prove what a subversive medium blogging is, famed Irish blogger Bernie Goldbach is celebrating his millionth visitor to his site.
I’m not sure of the cost to revenue ratio is for traditional newspapers online, but I’m sure that Bernie is doing very well by most measures (thanks to Google Adwords).
In the 60’s, the Auto industry used to say ‘safety doesn’t sell’ – the thinking was that buyers were more interested in new features like whitewall tyres or the latest radio. That begun to change with Ralph Naders Unsafe at any speed and manufacturers became liable for their safety defects. Now any car that doesn’t do well in the Safety rankings won’t do well in the salesroom.
When it comes to Security, are your business applications still stuck in the 60’s? Until recently it was thought that ‘Security doesn’t sell’. That has begun to change as buyers become aware of the possible threats that are out there. One such initive aimed at end users is Make It Secure (it’s run by the Irish Government, so excuse the photo’s). Once users are aware of the risks they are going to demand that providers of software solutions , do much much better.
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from The Irish Times dating back to 1859
Bill Gates has told Microsoft to prepare for a ‘sea change’ in the way it does business as it moves from ‘Software as product’ to ‘Software as a Service’, delivered over the web.
As if to hammer home the point, Google have launched a new service , Google Base, allowing you to host almost any (searchable) content online.
It’s good to see the return of innovation.
Developer.ie have blogged about the new Google Analytics tool.
Google Analytics answer the question of ‘why do people come to my site’ and ‘where do they come from’ and ‘what do they do when they get here?’
Previously , your options were (a) Spend a lot of money on an analytic tools (b) use the tools (if any) that come with your webhost. Google has know made this technology available for free, with reports like the one below.
More information at: www.google.com/analytics
Another Irish Blogger (Damien Mulley) writes about his recent experience in moving Blogs – he seems to have a similarly difficult time as I did.
Reminds me of an Ad one of the ‘Big 4’ consultants used to have – the one about a ‘sticky website’. It’s ironic that the ultimate in Sticky websites (both in terms of hard-to-move and keep-people-coming-back) ends being created by the users themselves.