efficiency portable computing devices and other products to fit
the needs of the technical communicator, business person, author, artist
professionals and colleagues that I compare notes with say that we are
now living in the new world. What that means exactly is still something
we are all figuring out. It seems as though many of the rules have changed,
yet the oldest tried and true methods of communication and enterprise
seem to be the ones we most rely on: word of mouth based on a reputation
for honesty and excellent service, maintaining frequent contact among
established partners and associates, continuously networking for new
leads, a leadership style based on collaboration, and readiness to refer
leads to colleagues.
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Are Optimistic About Profits; Stymied by Communications Problems: Survey
Conducted by Acuity Incorporated Shows How Regional Companies Are Dealing
with Economic Downturn
Despite all of the communications technologies available and in use
today, lack of communication across business groups is still a major
problem for companies in the Northwest. Despite all of the millions
of dollars and years of time invested in installing Enterprise Resource
Planning, Customer Relationship Management, and supply chain optimization
systems, companies aren't getting the expected benefits. And despite
the continuing bleak economic forecast, manufacturing companies in this
region are optimistic about both revenues and profits for this year
Figures Show Catastrophic Loss of Manufacturing Jobs Undermining Entire
The release of rising unemployment numbers for April revealed that a
3-month erosion of U.S. manufactuing employment has reached catastrophic
proportions and is now undermining the entire American economy, the
United Steelworkers of America (USWA) said in May. Citing a release
by the Bureau of Labor statistics (BLS), which revealed that a steep
increase in manufacturing job losses pushed the overall unemployment
rate to 7 percent in April, the union called for immediate, concrete
measures to reduce the now skyrocketing trade deficit and create targeted
incentives to increase investment in American manufacturing.
Importing Put Squeeze on Technology Jobs
The United States lost 560,000 jobs in the high-tech industry in 2001-02,
according to a 19 March report by the American Electronics Association
. While IEEE-USA commends AeA for its Tech Employment Update, the unanswered
question is where these jobs have gone. "In addition to the downturn
in the U.S. economy, we're worried about the eagerness of American businesses
to move high-tech jobs overseas," IEEE-USA President-Elect John
Steadman said. "Congress should take a close look at overseas outsourcing
to see what can be done to create and keep high-value, high-tech jobs
here in the U.S."
Gray Market Threatens Brand Integrity and Erodes Profits for Information
Silicon Valley, California
The Anti-Gray Market Alliance (AGMA) announced in February the information
technology industry is losing an estimated $5 billion in lost profits
annually, according to the findings of a recent KPMG survey. The staggering
results show billions of dollars in lost profits due to the sale of
gray market products -- branded products diverted from authorized distribution
channels or imported into another country without a manufacturer's consent.
Risk Managers Don't See Increased Risk from U.S. War with Iraq; Nearly
1 in 5 Say They Fear Their Business Continuity Plan is Ineffective
An overwhelming 84 percent of professional risk managers think risks
to their organizations' operations have not increased at all or have
increased only slightly since the start of the U.S. war with Iraq, according
to a survey by Allianz Global Risks. Specifically, 64 percent say risks
have increased "not at all" while 20 percent say risks have
risen "a little." Another 11 percent of 145 respondents, who
attended the annual Risk and Insurance Management Society Inc. conference
in Chicago in April, say risks have grown moderately while just 5 percent
say risks have grown significantly.
Ethics Professors Debate Effectiveness of Their Profession, in Wake
of Enron and Other Scandals
Santa Clara, California
Twenty-five years of business ethics teaching and research have had
little impact on business practice, according to some top U.S. professors.
Business ethicists meeting in Santa Clara University this month debated
whether Enron and other business scandals demonstrate a failure of their
profession. To the question, "Has business ethics teaching and
research had any discernible impact on business practice in the U.S.
and around the world?" R. Edward Freeman, Olsson Professor of Business
Administration at University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of
Business Administration, answered, "No, or perhaps hell no."
Freeman argued that "business ethics as a discipline has developed
outside the mainstream conversation of business."
Forum Focuses on NExt Generation Application and DSL Standards
The DSL Forum meetings in Lisbon had a focus on emerging technologies
and shared news of commercial deployments of further standardized DSL
services using ADSL2, ADSL2plus and SHDSL all coming on stream around
the world in 2003. Additionally, the global DSL Forum learned that more
than half of the world's broadband subscribers use DSL technology, as
London-based industry analyst firm, Point Topic announced 56.5% of the
world's broadband subscribers are connected through DSL, followed by
cable modems (38%) and Gigabit Ethernet (4.7%).
Are Flying Off the Library Shelves: Library Website Offers Self-Service
Checkout and Return of eBooks for Readers on PCs and PDAs
All day and night an automated service is sending out email notices
to patrons that their library eBook is now available for check-out.
With the click of a mouse, card holders of the CLEVNET online lending
library at http://dlc/clevnet.org can download digital versions of Prey,
Lovely Bones, Cliff's notes, or copies of hundreds of other popular
fiction, travel, business, study guides or other titles from leading
authors and publishers. The eBook titles are available in Adobe Acrobat
and Palm Reader formats that allow patrons to read eBooks using their
own PC, notebook, Tablet PC or PDA devices.
Programs Named Finalists for American Government Award
The Institute for Government Innovation at Harvard University's John
F. Kennedy School of Government announced that 15 groundbreaking initiatives
have made the shortlist for the sought-after Innovations in American
Government Award. Each of the 15 finalists receives a $10,000 grant
to support replication activities and is now eligible to win $100,000
in what is often referred to as "the Oscars" of government
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