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Autumn Harvest

By: bogeyman September 16, 2018, 11:43 am

It is the time of the year, harvest ready for the collection. I'm interested in especially one sort, Apple.

What we can expect from this years harvest? I would say the first warning! What we actually got? New, more expensive phones with more inches in their display, more pixels in their cameras and more capacity in their batteries. We also got cheaper phones, with reduced features. Bloody creative.

Apple’s profile has always been a forerunner, in all of the possible ways, technology, business logic etc. Does this year's crop sound like forerunner. No, it sounds like the first warning of the lost creativity. Did they bury it with Steve Jobs?

When Steven Jobs was CEO Apple was known of the fact that every press conference they organised there came something big and new. Like iPod and iTunes. Like iPad. Like iPhone. Today more battery, more memory and more pixels. Next step is to introduce more cameras in one phone like the competitors. Are the cameras going to be mobile phone's razor edge? Razor company's introduces roughly every other year one new razor edge to their product.

Apple also introduced cheaper mobiles. A little lighter features, less memory, not so good camera and less memory. New colours. A warning number 1 given, which is: no new features, just improvements and budget models. At stage I would think about twice before investing in Apple.

In US they handle patents a bit different way than we do. We think that it is only for protecting your IPRs. In US, its doing that as well but it is also negotiation tool and merchandise. Patents are used to also just fill your bank account if your real business is in a bad condition. Or if your competitors are doing better, try to cash their success. The second warning is that if Apple starts to be active in the court room with patent disputes, case is closed, sooner or later.

If you see warning 1, situation can be corrected. After warning 2, very seldom. Obviously there are also some funny threats where the factories should be located. Anyway, we will see...

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eWaring to the eBooks

By: bogeyman July 22, 2018, 11:52 am

There is an obvious business case. Good stories are excellent background when driving a car, doing routine tasks etc. There have been eBooks for ages but now there is a media, which will fulfil all of the user requirements, streaming. There is a possibility to build nice win-win case, but there is a nice possibility to screw up the whole case. It is all about the the money and the greediness level in the value chain. This is the case currently with the music business, More information can be found from my blog Copyrights dated on the 3rd of January 2015.

Everything starts from the media and its cost. Books made a big jump from printed version to the streaming. Yes, there were c-cassettes, CDs etc. but they were not very practical. The very basic rule is that I you gain cost advantage with new technological or other methods the benefit has to be distributed to the value chain. Music industry did this mistake twice, introduced cheaper c-cassette: prices went up. Introduced cheaper CD: prices went up. What this caused? Piracy. This is the 1st warning flag.

When seeing today's technological possibilities an obvious question will raise: where do you need publishers? To the marketing they say. Bollocks I say. Maybe the only useful resource what author can get from the publishing company is their editors. Everything else is available in net. This is a warning flag number 2.

The 3rd one is how the sales price is divided inside the value chain. Everyone should get what they have earned, more or less based on investments into the chain. The divisioning of the money has to be fair. Remember also that the author is the key to the business, without him/her there are no business.

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Wanted!

By: bogeyman June 13, 2018, 2:46 pm

Our customer, a major BS corporation in the world is recruiting an
Executive Director Manager

Requirements:
- can write 140 character stories of everything
- hopefully stories are linked to the corporation (not a must)
Benefits:
- too big salary and pension
- casual Friday

Corporation is employing over 100.000 people around the world and it is a market leader in its business area which cannot be explained by 140 characters.

If you are interested in, send a tweet using hashtag #fuckingmanager and we might contact you.

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Sexy business, the price of the money

By: bogeyman May 1, 2018, 12:29 pm

It is an adjective, not a noun which means that under eighteen can read this blog. Including standard stock analyst who are doing reports of the public companies without any understanding what those companies are really doing.

From time to time companies needs funding. There can be several reasons for that, like new investments for new products, company expansion or even cash flow problems. To get funding is much easier for bigger companies than SMEs and this is a serious problem. The reason is that in Finland there are little less than 300000 private companies of which 93% are employing less than 10 people. This means 25% of Finnish work force working in private sector.

The available private funders are entrepreneurs pocket, banks, crowd funding and some others. Obviously there are limits on the entrepreneurs pockets and the banks are very very conservative. They don't take any risks, usually they require warranties which are really over priced. Banks are complaining the the EU regulation of their financial solidity. I have some doubts of this argument. However this is changing our financial markets. New tools have been introduced, like crowd funding which is very interesting possibility. Everything new is not always good, there has come also players which main goal seems to be clean the company which needs funding. Yes, they get the money but the price can go skyhigh.

Public funding is mainly concentrated around Business Finland / Team Finland. Now we are coming to sexy part. They have defined focus areas where they are concentrating. For example: their sexy areas are clean tech, health technology all of the export business just to mention few. If your application contains one or more of the defined sexy areas, a plastic bag of money is available.

There is always a but. Where is the hole in the offering? "Boring", non-sexy, must-do business has very much difficulties get get proper funding. For example, barber shop has market potential to expand from five seats to ten seats. Owner don't have enough money in his/hers pocket. Most likely small investment with small risk. Even with good warranties the bank loan is not guaranteed. Business Finland? No way Hosé. The issue here is that if we forgot old stuff, we will break our basic infrastructure which is a base to develop something new.

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Once upon a time there were three lads named

By: bogeyman March 31, 2018, 5:10 pm

Ericsson. Motorola and Nokia and they had a strong common vision, they wanted to have GSM networks up and running. Europe (ETSI) was writing the standard but unfortunately it had holes. But the lads had so strong vision that they agreed how to handle those and the 1st GSM call was made in Finland 1991. And the rest is history, especially where it has lead our world.

Lets forget the networks and concentrate to the mobile phones. Ericsson's last excellent phone was Ericsson Dialog landline (see the attached picture). It survived of the thunder storm and maybe even the nukes. But they didn't have any star in mobile world. So they transferred the manufacturing to the Joint Venture done with Sony and later on they sold their share to Sony. In theory, it was excellent movement. Sony had good reputation in consumer electronics markets. But no, it just didn't work. Nice, technically good phones but no sex.

Motorola wasn't ever strong with mobiles. A little bit glumsy models with some technical problems. They had one star which caused headache to Nokia. They had clamshell phone which almost killed Nokia mobiles because they were very late with their clamshell. Generally Motorola phones looked boring and they were not technically very good so they began to loose their market share. Google has been pushing itself to the mobile market and they have succeeded very well. They bought the ruins of Motorola mobile and one wonders why. Very often these type of deals have more money than brains involved.

How about Nokia? The northern star from Finland. Model 2110 was their start to the glory. They developed new things to the mobile which we were not even able to imagine, like camera. Their 1st hiccup was the clamshell phone of which they were able to recover. The real killer was touchscreen. Rumours are telling that they had a prototype before Apple but the management rejected it. Nokia planned to used Microsoft's Windows in their mobile and eventually they sold their mobile business to Microsoft. Good for them, not so good for Microsoft. Again, more money than brains were involved.

The root cause for Nokia's problems was not the touchscreen, it was the fact that Mobile business has changed and Nokia had been so arrogant that they didn't follow the marḱet requirements and believed that they knew better than the markets. The mobile markets has changed to ecosystem markets which basically means that the mobile O/S developers are relying to the 3rd party developers which will create value to mobiles by developing cheap, sometimes even free applications (apps).

Currently we have two real mobile ecosystems, Apple and Google. Apple very closed and controlled and available only for iOS (Apple) users. The other one, Google is available for everyone. It is so open that even Google has difficulties to manage it, there are so many O/S versions/variations that they have difficulties to manage the situation and that generates problems for mobile manufacturers. Google might kill version which is still in use and that is not so good thing.

Microsoft screwed up their ecosystem policy and they are dead meat. Forget Windows in the mobile.

From the consumer point of view, we are in duopoly (limping one) situation which isn't totally clean because of Apple's iOS-only policy. This means that there are no real competition in the mobile markets. This is an issue which no-one hasn't raised. If somebody publishes a new mobile, the headlines in the media are XXX published a new mobile with monster camera. Who cares of the camera? Consumers are interested In the front side camera and what kind of selfies one can get and the apps which has nothing to do with the mobile manufacturer.

The big question is that is mobile eco-system market closed, can anyone enter to there. Apple and Google are the dominant players there. Microsoft has been more or less kicked out. Who can enter there. Jolla? Product (Sailfish) is based on Nokia trial. Technically good enough but is their ecosystem big and good enough and how thick is their wallet? I don't believe their success, maybe niché. There have been talks about Ubuntu (Canonical's Linux distribution version). Ecosystem might be big enough but no money. Who else could be the chosen one? Third player is required if we want to have real market economy in this this area too.

I took a small risk in the timing of this blog. Finnish national broadcaster YLE will on the 2nd of April show a document of Nokia Mobile Phones and we'll see do they shoot down my conclusions.

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The Nation, Which Gets Upset About Things

By: bogeyman March 24, 2018, 11:19 am

In the beginning there was a novel called The Man Who Gets Upset About Things (author is Tuomas Kyrö). Then it changed to nation, The country is called Finland, the happiest nation in the world, BS I say. But some definition are required.

Moped is (originally) a 2 wheel vehicle which engine is less than 50 cc and the maximum speed is less than 50 km/h. It makes noise and pollutes like lawn mower. You have to be only 15 years old to drive one so it is a dream of every (almost) teenager. If they are not annoying you driving around the block they are tuning the moped to get more horse power and speed out from the engine. Polices are checking all of the time are the machines legal. What a good usage of our busy Police forces.

The second target group for the mopeds is men over 65. Basically when their hearing is so bad that they can't listen to the radio and/or their sight is so bad that they can't read the papers or watch telly, family buys him a moped.
In Finish there is a saying "moped run out of the hands". Literally it means of accident but the more artistic view is that the issue and phenomenas some has created goes to stupid level, totally out of the correct scale.

One of them is #meetoo. Basically there we are talking about correct issue, or actually issue which shouldn't exist. Now there are people talking right things with right words but there are also people collecting brownie points. And then comes Aunties wearing hat decorated with flowers (later on Aunties). There is a famous painting in our national museum Ateneum, painted by Akseli Gallen-Kallela who was a one of our famous artists from Nationalism-period. The painting is an illustration from our national epic Kalevala describing Vänämöinen (old guy) trying to reach Aino (young naked woman). According to Aunties, clear #meetoo situation (although the hash tag hasn't been invented at that time), painting should be removed from the museum. Why not burn it? Like someone did with books during 30's. Bloody hell, please control your moped.

Solution: Send couple of Aunties to Syria and the average happiness of both countries will raise.

Other similar thing happened here in Finland in movie industry. There has been used questionable (or even worse) working methods when filming one big movie. We have new exclusive #metoo-type of issue in Finland. Hooray.
If we analyse the situation. Director of the film is a lousy manager. If his supervisors are aware what is happening their business, they should act. If the supervisors don't act from the command chain there should be a person who should say like the big (not great) guy would say "You are fired". We don't need public crucifixion for that. Now the guy is walked from media to the other looking like sheep on its way to the butcher and repeating I am sorry, I am sorry ... If we would crucify all of the bad managers our TV-programs would be quite boring (even more that today). But because he is celebrity, public crucifixion is required or at least yellow papers will get more sale.

Solution: Production company's organisation should solve the issue and we we have shit loads of laws for that and the last option is that vote with your feet.

Again two good examples of the fact that the world is big, but newspapers don’t have enough pages that there could be two news in it.

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The Circle of life

By: bogeyman March 2, 2018, 2:00 pm

The Circle of life is not necessary only a pathetic sheisse produced by Walt Disney. Especially if you change the circle to the cycle and the life to the business. We have the cycle of business which is a some kind of mega trend.

Fashion goes in cycles, sometimes you were 60's, 70's or even 80's clothes. I have no idea what decade is ongoing but God save us from 70's fashion. Economy will go up within roughly 10 years period. Which goes up must come down. So what for we need economists? Please let me know. There are always trends in the world which will come and go and come and go. For example, at the certain stage of the history when Nokia needed boxes to package their products did they buy boxes? Nope, they bought whole bloody box factory. After the that came the phase where you gave up everything which is not your core. No thinking is quite often that if you have to independent, totally different product area is a insurance for the company.

Shopping malls are not a new invention but they have had a big and long term influence to our economy and shopping behavior. Are they moving towards cycle business? That might cause big dead bodies around.

Currently the trend seems to be that in the city centers there should be small shops from where you buy your stuff. Or everyone says that. The reality is different. For example, if you exclude all of the market halls I know one butcher shop in Helsinki. No fish mongers. Why is that? Market economy, people say other and acts different way. It is so easy to drive into shopping mall's warm parking place and go to one stop shopping into the super market. It is also very difficult to find place where are small shops available, Helsinki city center small area, Kallio and some parts of Töölö.

However, there are rumors coming over the big sea, malls are not so popular anymore. If look malls in the city center of Helsinki, there are some interesting observations one can make. Kluuvi, location good, no/bad profile, dead meat. Forum, clothes. Around the 3rd one there are some interesting phenomenas. It is a hub for local public traffic. Metro, buses and trams. Big change happened. New route to Espoo by metro opened which caused big changes also Espoo's traffic in Kamppi. The vehicle change requirements for local traffic to Espoo reduced and it can be seen by shops in Kamppi. Is Kamppi going to survive in a long run? Or is it going to die and give space for small shops around the city. This change in the public traffic just made us visible the sensitivity of the business case of the mall.

In the big world you do strange things in the big mall (the linked picture).

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Some views of the Megatrends

By: bogeyman January 1, 2018, 2:59 pm

What they are? How they affect on us?

Maybe one can define them as “something happened”. And we cannot affect to them, we just have to recognise then and act accordingly. Basically they are trends of consumer behaviour, how new technology change their behaviour and what new gadgets are introduced. It is also a continues wakeup call for businesses, you cannot sleep, you have to be woken up all of the time. A small nap can kill your business.

Big companies follows the Megatrends as small ones should too. For example Kone plc. Is saying that the aging of the people and the urbanisation are the major Megatrends affecting on them. Smaller businesses are good indicators what is happening. I am active in one Finnish association, Business Mentors of Finland and we help (mainly small) companies when they have problems/issues. For example, the end of Finnish recession was seen seen in our database already two yeas ago. What can be seen today? I have an idea.

One business is in a very challenging situation due to the changing world is the printed media. Digitalisation is their pain. It is also our pain. We do not get edited news, we get copies of tweets written by some public person. It looks like the standard editor is a robot which follows the group of selected public persons and shares their tweets on the papers account. If it is question of an investigative journalism, he or she might use Google search engine. What is the new paper in social media. They have a printed copy of they day and then they publish headers from the paper during the day.

The dilemma comes from the fact that internet have educated us for free content. To produce high quality news you need money. So you and me are the guilt ones for this problem!

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Uniper, a German version of Don Quijote and the windmills

By: bogeyman November 11, 2017, 10:40 am

A big Finnish energy company, Fortum made an offer to German energy company E.ON of its 100% owned company, Uniper. Fortum has a lots of cash in their pocket which are waiting for good investment targets. The first obvious question is that is Uniper the one? Fortum is investing heavily to the green energy and the big part of Uniper’s production is based on coal. The political risk there is the Russian gas which they are committed.

But if we forget those standard M&A issues and start to look at the behaviour of the management of Uniper. Then the story starts to be interesting. Before the offer documents were public, Uniper especially its CEO Klaus Schäfer announced that this is a hostile takeover, company (Uniper) is lousy etc. and they started a big campaign against Fortum. So he is spending owners money to the campaign, for example newspaper ads. Why owner lets this happen? CEO is saying that he thinks about the stakeholders (owners, employers, etc.) interests. I say bollocks (pardon my French).

Now I hear a quiet buzz is my ears. I used to work in a Finnish company which had operations around the world. When you were in the situation that you had to lay off people due to the production and financial reasons Germany was the most expensive place to do so. This makes me wonder what kind of golden handshake is in the contract for the CEO? My guess is that if he will be laid off, he is ready to enjoy big money in sunny place as a retired person. He saw a possibility. Trust me, after this no reasonable CEO post is reachable for him. E.ON leaves the mess to Fortum to clean. Own pocket is always the closest one

In Finland we have an old wisdom “Whose bread you are eating, his songs you are singing!” Maybe it should be translated to Germany.

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Gimme your money, when you are alive. And dead too

By: bogeyman November 4, 2017, 10:47 am

When you walk in down town you meet a chugger on average in every 50 meters. They will take your name, address etc. and they will send you a bill so that you can support something, charity. Here in Finland we have uses to that Government supports these organisations but it is quite difficult to budget earth quake and volcano eruption, so then comes charity. These chuggers are quite annoying but on the other hand the purpose is good, at least should be. The big question is that how much of the money will go to the target? How open and transparent the organisations are? Not all are open. Just checked one, Amnesty International and 10 points to them. Figures were on their web pages, front page and big font. Other issue is that is the figure 22 percent for admin and fund raising costs good figure. Especially you have to be careful with 0600-telephone numbers. Big part of the money could go the operator

One trend for charity is sponsorship. I got familiar for it during my stay in Ireland. For example, someone is swimming one kilometre distance in River Shannon and collecting funds for something. I’ve some experience of this sponsoring here in Finland. My was around seven to nine years old and his school organised a charity walk/run and there were collecting funds for something, cannot remember what it was. Unfortunately he had broke his ankle and he was walking with cask and crutches. For example Helsinki city paid taxi to get him to school and back 700 meters distance. Due to these conditions, I gave him nice price for one kilometre. He is s a tough lad with big heart and he walked from seven to eight kilometres and it cost me a lot.

Getting back to the other part of the charity. I have old mother who is having problems with mister Parkinson and her life is not so good any more. The five last letters she have received were from charity organisations.

The latest deal what charity organisations are offering is that testament your money and everything for us. To make sure that the have milked everything, testament is needed. For me this is in a limit….

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Philip Kotler's 7 Ps, Place

By: bogeyman October 15, 2017, 10:39 am

As I have mentioned, many times that after the industrialisation there have been no major changes in the business world. the internet has created most of the new features. So still we can dig out the old schoolbooks.

I was asked some time as a business mentor to look for one shop and why its sale was not high enough. It was a franchising business selling for the companies but mainly for the consumers. There were at that time two other shops under the same franchising brand and they were doing ok. This company was nicely located, quite central position in Helsinki, big street around, for example the shop was on the one of the main routes to Espoo. Lots of offices and office hotels nearby. One big University of Applied Sciences next to it. So the place was perfect. Or was it?

I tried to find out the problem for this and I looked for everything. No solution until I compared to the other shops and ended up the old theory, the place. What was the difference between the places? Walking customers. Shop one: located to the one of the main railway stations in Helsinki, loads of walking customers. Shop number 2: located on the one of the main routes from Helsinki to the east and north. Within 50 meters 3 bus stops and 2 tram stops and loads of offices and schools. My shop: no public transportation and stops. All of them are on the next streets. You can see the shop when driving from Helsinki to Espoo but no parking places available. Solution, change the place.

What is the moral of the story? Old theories can still be valid. The obvious question is that why the Country Manager did not knew that? You are fired.

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Packages and the weapons of mass destruction

By: bogeyman September 7, 2017, 11:44 am

A dramatic headline? Unfortunately I usually feel like that. Have you bought a box of candies? Or a plastic bag of them? How about 1 litre ice cream? Cookies? Or tried you wash your dishes in the machine? The common problem to these items are how they’ve been packed. Nice cardboard box which has dotted line where it should be open. Plastic bag with grout joint for opening. Everything should work without tools.

Maybe the cardboard opens when the humidity conditions are optimal. Plastic bags might open properly if you have small and strong enough fingers. Why small, because the manufacturers tries to minimise the use of the packing material. Usually they opens, especially candy ones so that you collect your candies from the ground. Usually you need tools, hope not the weapons of mass destruction. Maybe scissors. Packages are also the place to save money. For example, I smoke cigarillos which name starts with C (naughty me). They have 20 and 10 cigarillos boxes. Nice metal ones easy to open. They have now introduced new package for the 10 cigarillos box, cardboard one wrapped to plastic cover so tight that it is impossible to open. Yes, there is a string which should open the plastic cover. The word should tells the whole story, the tools are required. And I hate thos cardboard boxes. How long we have had products already packed it the factory? As long as we have had non-working packages!

I am not a fan of Apple. My dislike is not based on rational thinking, it is based on feelings and values, Like the brand of Apple. There are a lots of stories about Apple and Steve Jobs, this one I have read from the book written by Walter Isaacson (yes, believe or not, I can read). Although I am not a fan, there are some interesting issues around Apple. It was very important to Apple that people would get wow-effect when opening the box of their product. They are making special effort on that. The wow-effect does not mean that wow, I was able to open the box, without tools.

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Strategy for Dummies, part 2 (small ones)

By: bogeyman August 3, 2017, 10:08 am

Why part 2? Part 1 is an article written some time ago, link is attached to this blog.

It is quite obvious that the target group for part one is bigger companies or companies which have a strong position in their own business area. Ideas of the article can be used also if you are planning to bring something totally new to the markets or some kind of new business model which will breach the old rules of the markets.

But,,, Yes there is always a but. +60% of the companies are one person companies shows. They are barbers and plumbers, doing very basic work, important but not so sexy. The growing part of these one person companies are the specialists. Very highly educated persons specialised to the certain niche and selling his/hers special know-how. Obviously one of the mega trends is the change in our working environment, we are moving towards self-employment. It is said that the old prototype of entrepreneur was a man over 50 years old and Toyota Hiace, today it is a woman under 40 and a laptop. One of the key questions is that are we ready for this? Does our social environment support this?

Are the one person companies having a sleepless nights when they are thinking of mega trends? Not really. Their issues are much more basic, like:
- what is the legal format of the company?
- what kind of premises I need and where they should be located?
- how I will organise the bookkeeping?
- what kind of investments needs to be done?
- how I will fund the starting phase of the company?
- from where I will found the 1st customers?

Then comes the 1st steps to the strategical thinking. There are some basic questions and answers to them which should drive the company. These are:
- who are our customers?
- who are our competitors?
- why are we better?
- what is our USP (=unique selling point)?
- is our message clear enough

Keeping these five basic questions in your mind the company should deliver. Then comes the next step, the growth. The 1st decision is that do I target for it. If yes, that is a different story.

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It is good to be a Finn

By: bogeyman June 21, 2017, 1:01 pm

Starting from the beginning, who and what the Finns? Shortly 5.5 million people living somewhere between 60 and 70 degrees North. In practice, at the end of the world or edge of the Europe, anyway far away from the hot spots of the world. If you look different type of country rankings it is quite strange how high Finland is positioned. For example :
- one of the world’s best education system (see PISA results)
- the second least corrupted country
- the best country of the world (according Newsweek 2010)
- the second best digital services in the world
- the second best in the freedom of the press
- the most literate country in the world
- the most “green” country in the world and I don’t mean the treehuggers, I mean Cleantech and recycling
- we are also efficient in Governmental crisis, last one took only 2 days (for example compare to the UK)
Of course there are some negative aspects, like we are the third most expensive EU country just to mention one.

Now the question is why we are so good? I have a theory, it is just a theory, not the truth although I’m writing of it. North from 60 degrees North, what does it mean, or actually what did it meant in the times before Supermarkets and McDonalds’? It meant that the food was available with reasonable effort only three months of the year, other times you had to work very hard. You have to heat up your accommodation, house, shed or even cave at least nine months a year. Still valid point. Finland is a long country about 1200 km from the South to the North. If you go to the North part of Finland, in summer daylight stays about 2 months which can drive you mad. During the winter time, there are no daylight for 2 months which can depress you. They key question is that who would voluntary live in these conditions? I’ll give you a hint, their name starts with F.

Now to the theory part. Due to these hard conditions during our history we have learned to focus on the key issues, no BS allowed, no time for it. Do everything once and properly. This is programmed to our cultural history and behavior. I hope that we won’t loose it.

By the way, today is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and the midsummer party is on its way. Enjoy!

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Shitty city

By: bogeyman April 1, 2017, 11:54 am

The story behind this is bit new for me. Originally my idea was to publish thi in www-keski-helsinki.fi pages but the lad who is responsible of our communication said that I used too much bad language (=dirty words). I think that the main responsible is the sing/song writer Kauko Röyhkä, but I accept his decision because he is high level pro on that area. However, I have my own site and I can blog whatever I want. So the 1st version is in Finnish and the 2nd version is translation to English. Sorry, my Swedish and French is a bit rusted.
There is a funny song written by Kauko Röyhkä called Shitty City. My understanding is that it is a story from Oulu (town about 700 to 800 kilometers north-west from Helsinki). That was the background for tourists ;-)
The key point in this song is that lassies had to go home early and it was boring place. By the way, I am talking about time late 70’s. The funny thing is that my friend (actually good father of my son) was diagnosed (in Vaasa, which was quite surprise). He was told to go OYKS (University hospital in Oulu). He went to town week or two before the operation and spend bloody good time there.
I know one lad from Oulu whose comment for this story would be interesting, so mr. R. Luttinen, any comments?

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Paska kaupunki

By: bogeyman April 1, 2017, 11:40 am

Mun nuppi on oudossa moodissa, komentaa mut nukkumaan välillä 19-20 ja sitten potkii ylös puolilta öin ja sanoo, etta pitäis kirjoittaa joku hyvä juttu. Viimme yönä en viitsinyt lähteä hakeen läppäriä alakerrasta ja kestikin kohtuullisesti aikaa, että muistin mikä idea oli.
Kaikki vanhat pierut (kuten minä) ovat kuulleet Kauko Röyhkän biisin Paska kaupunki, joka kertonee hänen kotikaupungistaan Oulusta. Biisi kuvaa paikkaa aika surkeaksi, varsinkin teinipojan kannalta. Toisaalta, mulla on kaveri jolta todettiin tossa joskus 70-luvulla (ei muuten uskois että Vaasan keskussairaalassa osataan tehdä diagnooseja) että hänellä on pikkuisen liikaa reikiä pumpussa ja hänet komenettiin OYKS:iin paikattavaksi. Kaveri menikin Ouluun viikkoa tai kahta ennen operaatiota, asui paikallisella leirintäalueella ja sanoi viettäneensä helvetin hauskaa aikaa.
Kysymys siis kuulukin, onko Kauko oikeassa vai onko se Oululalainen miesasenne?
Ja sitten oleellinen kysymys. Koska olen kirjoittanut tämän suomeksksi, niin meneeköhän se läpi Kehy:n tiedottajalta? En ole diktaattori, joten päätösvalta on Veräjämäen suunnalla. Jos ei mene läpi, niin joudun kai kääntämään sen Lontoon murteelle ja julkaisemaan omassa blogissani ja tarina menettää aika paljon.
Ja sitten, mulla on yrityskummiystävä herra Luttinen Oulusta. Kommentteja?

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The daylight-bloody saving time (part 2)

By: bogeyman March 27, 2017, 10:31 am

tweeted few days ago by using wintertime and normal time. Of coerce the correct term is daylight saving time.
As you might noticed I live in Finland, Helsinki. If you go 1200 km to north, you are still in Finland, place called Utsjoki. During the summertime the sun is shining 24/7. Good time to save daylight, collect it to bucket or tin can. During the winter, there is a long period when sun is shining 0/7. So that is good time to use saved daylight.
Anyway, my laptop handles the situation because of NTP (Network time protocol), digital TV and digibox handles the situation automatically. But, I have 3 traditional clocks on the wall and a wrist watch (nice Candino) and of course microwave and normal oven. Manual work. New car, no experience yet how it handles the situation.
And why we have this thing? I have allowed to tell me that it has been idea is from French government officers. And now they want to get rid of it. So make a stupid decision, push it through and the try to get rid of it. This keeps you busy (and important), which means your job is secured.

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The Malmi airport

By: bogeyman March 17, 2017, 12:42 pm

I have to comment this one, it is part of the Helsinki business policy.

It seems that Helsinki’s policy is to build sleeping suburbs but the main problem is that where the people who are sleeping in Helsinki are working. They can’t pay taxes to Helsinki if there are not working places. Majority of the big industry has deported outside Ring 3. We have two shipyards and ABB, that’s it.

It is interesting that London can have a city airport, I believe that construction areas there are more difficult to find than in Helsinki.

I have a constructive proposal. Helsinki conquered areas from Sipoo. Lets build city offices there and we get free sites from the city center from good places, even with sea view. That is win-win situation.

By the way, Malmi airport is built on the swamp, so building there is extremely expensive.

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The problem and the solution

By: bogeyman February 5, 2017, 3:50 pm

The western world has developed interesting habits. Corn in USA has to be pushed every food product (getting big governmental support). In Europe our agriculture markets are so controlled that working there is a big challenge. The producer can’t predict what is going to happen next year. They are in very desperate position, and the burocrracy of the EU is quite pain in the a.. What I get from that? I pay taxes, some of that goes to EU.
How Asia works? Do they hay have support for farmers? Or corn producers? I think nope. And still the economy and the food production works,
What if we press the reset button in EU agricultural economy and clear the major article of it in the EU budget, agriculture and make it free floating market economy stuff. Cool?

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2017

By: bogey_man January 15, 2017, 5:36 am

WEF (World Economy Forum) has listed 5 issues for 2917. They are:
1. Brexit
2. Donald Trump voted for president of the USA
3. Economical growth
4, Society rebuilt
5, Reaction to environment problems

1. There is now big question how to exit from brexit, the economy of UK can’t handle it, Too expensive.
2. This is going to be major issue for this and next three years. We have a random generator sitting next to nuc button.
3. Yes yes.
4. Interesting opening.
5. Does it really happen, hopefully!

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Travelling

By: bogeyman December 4, 2016, 11:22 am

A week ago I came back from Dubai, UAE. I visited my brother with my son. Trip was excellent because we had a local guide who told us what to do and where to go. We saw Burj Al Arab. Visited Burj Khalifa which is still the highest building in the world. Visited a mall (Dubai Mall) which had ice-skating area and also mall where you can do downhill skiing (Emirates Mall). And obviously we had to visit the desert.

The key difference to the Finnish culture is that if you have money. you will show it. I have not seen so many Ferraris. Lamborginies, Rolls Royces and even one McLaren’s sports car in one we (Finns) will always hide our assets.

The whole place felt so man-made that one was all of the time thinking is that real or fake. For example, Dubai mall had a real(?) skeleton of dinosaur. Bloody hell.

And now to the key question, water. This the key point, can they produce enough water? The problem is that they are wasting it like they are wasting everything, because of the oil money. We*ll see.

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Daylight bloody saving

By: bogeyman October 30, 2016, 8:40 am

Today it happened. I had to change time in four clocks (mechanical) and two electronic gadgets which are not using NTP. It is pain in the arse! What are advantages we get from this game? Looks like that it makes us busy in 2 mornings, spring and autumn. Yes, in theory we might save energy by this method. But what are the other effects? Like timetables of public transportation? I hope that someone will show me the numbers. My recommendation is that lets forget it.

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Messaging

By: bogeyman October 22, 2016, 4:34 pm

I'm representing the generation which messaging started by talking. In 60's and 70s. The pagers invented for the one way communication 80's there wasn't anything new in messaging words but the mobile came. In Scandinavian came the NMT (Nordic Mobile Telephone) which was originally working on 450 MHz area analogue system. It supported roaming!

In early 90's the 1st GSM networks opened (the 1t was Radiolinja in Finland, today part of Elisa plc.). GSM change our communication behaviour, it has SMS (Short Message Service) built incise. That changed our communication behaviour.

Today mobile phone is not any more a mobile phone. It is a gadget to communicate to our friends, familiy and partners. We are using Whatapp, Snapchat and even Skype (like me since 2000).

Nokia didn't recognise this megatrend, luckily they sold their mobile business to Microsoft.

Funny how far a short story of messaging drives you ;-)

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One man show

By: bogeyman October 2, 2016, 11:42 am

My company is a one man show. As a majority of companies in Finland. What about the structures we have? Those have been built for the big corporations model. That is not today's world. Today is something else.

In Finland there are 283 290 companies from statistics of Finnish Federation of Enterprises. Of which over 165 000 are lissies and lads like me.

What is my point? They key message is that the current environment where we are living doesn't follow fast enough what are the current mega trends. It is our big problem, we resist changes although the change is the only permanent thing we have.

Now back to the point. Today one man/woman companies will be the today’s fact. We have to understand it, change our regulation accordingly etc. Do we understand what is happening? Are our actions supporting/following the megatrends?

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A White paper problem

By: bogeyman September 17, 2016, 12:24 pm

This is the common problem with the writers. Now it has hit me. Or have I mentioned that when something pisses me off, I write a a blog. Recently nothing that type of news has happened. On the otherhand, am I too used to hear stupid news from the world? The news flow is so massive that it could be the case. Maybe it is a time for being off-line for a while! What about you?

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Bored of the Directors

By: bogeyman July 10, 2016, 10:37 am

Or the board of the Directors. What ever.

In the business world, the board of directors are following the owners will. It is a serious job, you follow the the status of the company, you think and plan for the future. The mission is clear.

Then we have the associations. They are funded by subscription fees. They have board directors as well. If they are big enough and having hired staff, things will go complicated. Basically the owners are the customers.

I'm involved to some of those. Unfortunately there can be seen as ego boosting, when there is a question of common money things will go funny or even stupid. Grow up!

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Brexit

By: bogeyman June 25, 2016, 3:43 pm

Good or not? What it really means? Let’s think about it.
I have done international business before EU. You can secure your income. It is doable, but you have to pay for it. If you are selling, there are few mechanisms what you can use. You can secure your income by hedging (is my verb correct?). Sale can be be done by letter of credit. Not so nice, but can be done.
The conclusion, Mr. James Cameron played his short term gamble and lost it! He shot to leg of himself, his party and and unfortunately to the Europe. Unfortunately this will reflect far away. EU funny rules blocks the wise decisions.

- UK out of decisions
- EU offices out of UK

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Visiting the shithole

By: bogeyman May 5, 2016, 2:07 pm

I have to do it. Once in a month, roughly. Because my Mum lives there and I have to take care of her things. Place is called Vaasa. Unfortunately my last day of the visit was ascension day. Usually I have to eat at least once a day, sometimes even more often. I didn't want to go to McSomething or SubSomething. I just wanted to have a proper lunch. Did I had it? Nope. No normal restaurants were open! So tourists visiting Vaasa in holidays take packed lunches with you. Interesting thing is that in Vaasa there is choir festival at that day, wonder how they are fed? Unless they are vegetarian. I found two flower shops which were open.
Local entrepreneurs should think how they are serving the visitors. This doesn't look good.
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The Editor

By: bogeyman March 25, 2016, 11:11 am

There used to be a professionals which were called the editors. It used to be a long term study of what you are writing about. They were professionals in writing and language. They could even use hyphen correctly.

What it is today? Follow the bloody Twitter and then copy-paste. We have lost the real editors. If you watch or listen the news today, how many of them are based on what someone wrote in Twitter? The internet has changed our world and this is one phenomena. News has to be short, less than 140 characters hopefully. Yes, one page of your laptop is just about acceptable.

In social media you can write whatever you can puke out. Your bad feelings or raise a campaign for something or against something what you don't like. If you are lucky, someone might follow you.

The key point is that news and messages in internet and social media are opinions not facts. That is the fact not an opinion. Watch everything you see in net as an outsider, avoid too tight connections. Todays media is like a fractile. You see details but can you see and understand the full picture?

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Light sabre

By: bogeyman March 19, 2016, 10:51 am

A short funny story. Early 2000 I travelled very often between Ireland and Finland. Usually via Heathrow airport which I hate. It is a airport which has lost/delayed my luggages. If you can, avoid Heathrow.

I went to Ireland about the Christmas time and I had to buy presents for the family. For my son I bought a light sabre, basically a tourch. Yes maybe a long one. I travel light, I've miles behind. So mainly I'm having only hand luggages. I started trip from Shannon airport to London Heatrow. But when checking in in Heathrow the light sabre was a problelem. It was too thrthning like thing. Really, a tourch. Light sabre stayed to London. Probably not better to repeat what I said to the lady in customs.

This story has a happy ending. MD of our Irish subcridiary hear the story. He bought the light sabre and sent it buy courrier to Finland.

Thanx Paul!

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The world is changing my friend Esko

By: bogeyman January 17, 2016, 11:22 am

Is a old Finnish saying. I've used it some time ago. Why? Because world has a habit to do so. The Change. Today the work life and the companies formats are under the pressure. We have used to the fact that there are companies in a certain format, general partnership, limited partnership, limited company, co-operative and public companies.

Today we can see two new type of formats of the companies, light weight enterprises (sorry about the translation) and team enterprises (a better one).

The 1st one is a format where you work as a freelancer and all of your invoicing and legal things to the government is one by co-operative company. The 2nd one is a joint venture of small, typically one person companies which do joint offering to reach bigger customer or serve customer better.

Why? This means that we are moving towards service society. Services are tailored to the need, not necessary productised (note: this is not a English verb, only Finnish). This is a new moving element in our economy.

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Playing with numbers (again)

By: bogeyman November 21, 2015, 12:29 pm

I'm still an engineer. And I play with Excel (or actually with LibreOffice Calc) and generally with the numbers. I'd like to share some details of the world of numbers (and something else).
24/7
How we operate. You watch your favourite series from Netflix when ever you want. You do your shopping on-line when ever you want.
2/5
Is Sunday more valuable to stay at home? Or Saturday? Bollocks, it is just a relic from the bible. There are process factories which are working 24/7. They have been doing that for ages.

My point is that the world has changed but our basic infrastructure hasn't. Child care etc.

Now the new or in reality the current rules of the game are following:
- you have to work 5 days a week, no matter is it Saturday or Sunday, same salary
-if the time is uncomfortable (night time for example) you are compensated (better salary)

The question is that when our environment/society is ready for this, can you get your children to the babysitter etc. Just an one simple example. Of course this is not the picture to all of us, but most likely it is for the majority.

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Bookkeeping (and some other professionals)

By: bogeyman October 24, 2015, 12:24 pm

I'm an entrepreneur if you haven't noticed. I'm serving my customers, listening their wishes and trying to serve them well. Lesson number one: listen your customer.

I’m involved in some associations in Helsinki. We have to have bookkeeper and auditor. But what to do when bookkeeper is starting to be a pain in the a.... The basic problem is, that you have to have one. Some of them thinks that they are next from the God and they can behave like they want.

Example: I am a vice chairman of the board of one local association of The Federation of Finnish Enterprises and we had an interesting incident with the bookkeeper. Bookkeeper was working with area organisation and had a problem with area's organisation’s MD. Before she was laid off, she terminated the contract and resigned from the association.

And the story goes on. My local association was using the same bookkeeper. When she left the association we decided to change bookkeeper, mainly because we want to use services done by our members. Our ex-bookkeeper had also recommend the principle. What happened, she was totally pissed off. The nasty thing was that the chairman of the board's company was a customer of the same bookkeeper. She terminated the contract.

And the moral of the story. There are some must services for the companies. They are musts but they NOT core of the company's operation. There is a Finnish saying, shoemaker should stay in his/hers shoe tree.

I didn't use any names in this story but you don't need to be a Sherlock Holmes to find them.

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Video killed a radio star

By: bogeyman August 22, 2015, 10:47 am

Was a hit in 80's. Today’s killer is internet. It is not targeting anyone but its effect is changing the business. Today the sufferer is the printed media. Internet has educated us to read short stories, no background, only headlines. What is the strength of printed media, the analysis of the of the background. Or is it? Our number one printed media in Finland is Helsingin Sanomat. Today (22nd of the August 2015) there was a half page story where lad who is living in the rented flat was complaining how the decoration of the yard has been done (bloody hell, buy own house decorate your garden your style). Is this story worth of being in number one news paper in Finland? Maybe the lad is a good friend of the editor.

Currently I see the only possibility for the printed media is the quality. Yes, the printed media has to be on-line. The earning logic is a challenge. No-one hasn't solved it yet, but where is a problem there is always a solution.

What is a next target of Internet’s hit list? Commercial TV broadcasters. Luckily, we have here one non-commercial operator in Finland which delivers sometimes something interesting.

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F... manager

By: bogeyman June 20, 2015, 9:58 am

I was working in a company which took a new application to manage its documents. Its name was Auto Manager. Because of its usability I renamed it to Auto F... Manager.

Yes, I'm already going sideways.... But now to the topic.

It is said that 5% of the population is a natural leaders and rest of them can be trained to be one. Bollocks. Yes, I believe to the 5%. The other part of the story is is more or less story of the companies which are doing management training.

Can you train a new Steve Jobs? Can you train Stephen Elop to be a leader?

The key point in management training is that the trainees have to filter the ideas presented to them and use them to broaden to views to expand the experience already archived.

Rest my case.

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About the side costs

By: bogeyman May 14, 2015, 10:54 am

Hi I'm bogey_man and I'm an entrepreneur. [Audience] Hi bogey_man! I'm typical entrepreneur in Helsinki area, one man company and specialist/consultant. Roughly 65% of members of the Federation of Finnish Enterprises in Helsinki area are like me. So in Helsinki area there are mine type of companies more than 4000 in the organisation mentioned before. In theory, if everyone recruits one person, it means more than 4000 jobs. Nationally this organisation has 110000 members which means about 70000 one man companies, which means 70000 new job possibilities. And now it is time to tell why not or why the case is really weak.

I'm also an engineer. When an engineer gets bored, he/she starts to play with Excel, in my case because I'm a Linux guy so I play with the LibreOffice Calc. See the file attached to the story.

Average salary in Finland is 18 Euros per hour, but when we are talking about specialists 50 Euros per hour is better guess. If the company invoices 100 Euros + V.A.T. (24%) lets see how the cash is distributed around.

Customer pays 124 Euros. Tax man gets 43.5 Euros, company gets 33 Euros, employee gets 32 Euros and insurance companies 15.5 Euros.

Keep also in mind that with the company's 33 Euros entrepreneur has to cover costs, like company premises, insurances, health care etc. And what if the employee isn't delivering 100 Euros in every hour of the day? Cost 50 Euros per hour stays. Do you want to be an employer?

This formula has developed a new type of entrepreneurship, team entrepreneurs. It means that one man companies are teaming up and sharing the business and risks.

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A standard day at the office

By: bogeyman April 19, 2015, 11:05 am

Has changed. I'm not a member of X, Y or Z generation. I'm an old fart. So are our structures. Unions and shit like that. It is really a big problem that we are against the change. It is somehow built in to our genes, maybe Mr. Darwin can tell us why, but unfortunately he is dead.

Today, the job is a project, not a thing for a rest of your life. As an employee you have to cope with it. If you do the project interesting, you will get the price as well the employee.

One wise man (can't remember who) said that the company success is pending of the happiness of the employees.

Now the question is that how our society is built for the future? It isn't. And it won't be if you you look the candidates of today's parliament’s election. Yesterday...

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Net and employer

By: bogeyman March 29, 2015, 11:30 am

Some time ago I saw an article of Apple's policy. The main goal is to shut up their employees mouth in social media, statements can be used as a reason to sack. Someone criticised the iPhone in Facebook and got sacked. US. Government officials decided that Apple's decision wasn't against the law. Now the employees are thinking where are the limits.

9to5Mac-pges leaked instruction from Apple where they defined the rules of laying off the people. Some of them are very normal behaviour of us. For example it is not allowed to comment the company or its products. Especially discussion boars are no-no. If you really want to say something, you have to underline that it is your own opinion, nothing to do with Apple.

Obviously you are not allowed to use company's email account to your private messaging.
.Naturally Apple's employee can't speculate about the new products (understandable) or comment the rumours. But they re not allow to discuss, speculate, gossip or comment within each other any rumour unless they are sure that there is a external or a customer in a reach.
Especially leaking is no-no (I accept this one).
Home-pages and Unaccountable is allowed, but you can't publish anything linked to Apple. Comments or pictures. Also you are not allowed to participate to sites which information is doubtful or possibly insulting someone.

Welcome to the free world, is this going to be our future? Very much controlled. Social media opened our world and now there is a trend to close it. Can you accept it? I can't!

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Traveling experiencies

By: bogeyman February 27, 2015, 5:10 pm

I'm a frequent traveller between Helsinki and Vaasa, according to Google maps 416 km from door-to-door. Roughly once in a month. Because I'm a engineer I'll summarise my conclusions in an excel-format (or actually LibreOffice Calc). I've travelled this route by three different ways recently, my own car, VR (Finnish government owned train company) and quite new private bus company Onnibus.com. Unfortunately, I've done this trip only once by Onnibus.com so the results learned don't have much scientific al evidence but the direction can be concluded. See the attached file.

The conclusion is that VR has a pricing problem. I don't think that 20cm more feet space is worth of the price that they charge. Some services, like WiFi are about virtual, yes they have it but does it connect outside world? Occasionally but not very often. But key point is that can the historical pricing model work today? Nope. Yes, VR has moved a bit towards today, but is it enough? If and when the competition comes to railways, what happens to VR? Competition has already begin to change the situation in long distance bus traffic and it is hitting the railways too. We'll see. By the way, VR is paying 100M Euros dividends to its owner.

From there we coming to the key issue. What is the mission of VR? Same issue is with electricity/energy companies owned by the cities. Is their mission to fund oversized budget done by the politicians? Today, yes it is. Should it be so?

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The Market Push

By: bogeyman January 21, 2015, 11:17 am

I draw the attached picture roughly 15 years ago while I was analysing how the mobile markets worked from the market point of view. Very simplified model is that when there is 1 operator, the issue is the coverage. When the second one comes, yes there are some competition but very light, based mainly on services. The third one is the bad boy who brings the price competition. After that market is quite messy and hard one.

The big discussion in Finland today is the price of the grocery. This market has been a duopoly for ages and the two major players has controlled the market. Now the third one has rose its market share so high the the two other ones have announced (or maybe joined to the) price reductions. We'll see what are the next steps.

One big challenge waiting for the grocery business is online shopping which still very small here in Finland. That is going to be the big shaker like it has been for printed media and it seems to be also already a big issue for the consumer products.

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Rekulation

By: bogeyman January 18, 2015, 12:18 pm

We Finns are creating rules. Shitloads. This kills our system. Yes, we are having a Nordic welfare society but... How many rules are required to keep our system up and running? One of the main discussions in Finland is what are the tasks for municipalities or towns (we have only one city here, maybe?). Today the problem is that we can't have the current structure. We have too many government officers. Why? Because we have created so many rules which have to be followed and controlled. The question is that can we recover the system? What we have to do? Especially, what we don't have to do (basic question when defining the strategy). My son said that we should run aground this shit. And start from the clean table. Why? The problem is a simple Excel-one, what are your incomes and what are costs. All of the SOTE-discussions and the other stupid rules can be loaded to the Excel and handled that way, do we have money (=taxes) to do it?

Regulation (did I misspelled it in the header?), is a good thing when we are talking about limited resources, like radio frequencies. But, there is always a but. Like today, we are overloaded of the regulation and will kill our good system.

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Copyrights

By: bogeyman January 3, 2015, 11:20 am

A big question of the current usage of the Internet. Internet is free for everyone and it gives you loads of free content. Is it free? Should it be free? My message is that workman should have his/hers salary. The big issue in the Internet world is the earning models.

Music business is a good example. It is under a big change. It started from the C-cassettes. Yes, the C-cassettes got a stupid tax-kind-off fee, copying fee. This fee went to mobile phones, memory sticks and what ever you can think about. Basically to every device where you can store data. On the other hand, music industry screwed up their business case by themshelves. How? They introduced C-cassette, cheaper media than the vinyl. What happened, it was more expensier than the vinyl. After that came the CD. Again cheaper media. But. Price went up again. Problem was that both new medias was easy to copy, so they created the possibility for piracy. I think mainly because of the pricing policy.

Then came the iTunes. It made a revolution to the industry. However, I think that Steven Jobs offered a fear deal to the music industry, from 0.99$ something like 0.79$ goes the record lable.

Today the challenge of the music industry is the streaming. Finnish artist, Anssi Kela estimates that he earns 0,002 Euros per stream. Minus taxes.

What is the moral of the story? The record labels are today useless, they don't create any value to the artists. You can easily break up without any label.

Bigger picture is that digitalisation will do the same thing anywhere.

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By: bogeyman November 16, 2014, 10:36 am

Douglas Adams was a cool lad, R.I.P. He new the answer. He also found out the question. Or did he? If we also keep evolution theory in our mind the picture is this.

I've been written about this earlier. But now it is the time to tell you the truth.

Yes we know the answer. The problem has always been the question.

Maybe I can open it, a little bit. If you are under 18, close your eyes now.

I'm man (I think). My main job is to distribute my DNA.

The woman has to allocate her time to the project at least for 9 months. So she is screening the distributors. Very carefully. And she selects. There is a winner.

Everything we see in this world is a variation of this phenomena, the fact of life.

Am I right or...

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Nokia's write off

By: bogeyman October 25, 2014, 6:46 pm

2007 Nokia acquired Chicago-based company named Navteq spending $8.1 billion. If you look from the money point of view, it was overpriced from Nokia's point of view. On the other hand, I have always said that when there are happening company buy-outs in US, more money is used than the brain power, so Nokia had to play the local game.

When considering from the strategical point of view, the move was brilliant. Nokia discovered in very early time that the navigation will be essential part of mobile phone's function. They screwed up their mobile business due to the other reasons.

Last week Nokia published their Q3 result. Result was O.K. But, they did 1.2B euros write off due to the Here unit ( Navteq). The reason was the change of the strategy of the unit.

Hmm. It looks like they understood the overpricing and finally they found out the good excuse to do the write off. Am I right or...

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Rules

By: bogeyman October 12, 2014, 5:46 pm

Whisky, Scoths, malt and single malt. I'm naughty. I'm an outlaw. Cool. How high the stupidity of of Finnish government officers can go? Forbidden word in your blog is a whisky. Really, one Finnish government office is trying trying to close some blogs if they are using word whisky.

It is also very important to define which size hospital can do the baby labour. Obviously it is hospital which does 1000 births a year. Doesn't matter that you have drive in Lapland almost 1000km's to find that size of bloody hospital.

We are having problem, I means we Finns. We follow the rules and that creates stupidity to our society. Are we going to continue like this? Is Alex our man? I doubt. Certainly Antti is not! So shit hit the fan!

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Crash landing of the bird

By: bogeyman October 4, 2014, 11:28 am

Game studio was founded 2003. They created many games without success but in December 2009 they hit the jackpot. Up to today over 1.7 billion game downloads. They moved to the other business area, franchising. Toys, candies, lemonade and whatever you can think about, their brand was there. Company was growing in incredible speed. New versions of the game was coming out steadily. But...

But then the shit hit the fan. Growth slowed down and the company is now planning lay-offs, 16% of its staff.

And who is the star of this story? Of course, Rovio Entertainment and Angry Birds. The star of Finnish game industry. They created really strong brand. They milked it really well, even tried to profile them as a Walt Disney of the century. Year ago everything look nice. What went wrong?

Gaming industry is rude. You have to be creative and renew your product all of the time. Rovio's problem is simple, they published the game 2009, but nothing new after that. Only variations. No new ideas in 5 years. That is a killer, especially in gaming industry. During the last years their growth was based on new business models, not their core business, games.

The lesson of this story is that yes, there are ways to expand your business by broaden your business area and/or model. It works for a while. But the core has to be in condition and it still has to be your focus area and developed all of the time, it is your mission. The other lesson is that this is not concerning only gaming industry, it is the issue which is a fact in every industry.

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Service bloody upgrade

By: bogeyman September 6, 2014, 1:41 pm

Web-hotel (INT2000) where these pages are, showed what is the way not to do service upgrade. They did a major change to their web-site including outlook, structure and service management. Outlook wasn't very good, but it is just my opinion. The change was made without informing the customers. The bigger problem was that they forgot to link service statistics to it. Nice. The change was made on Friday afternoon, my guess around 2PM. I noticed the problem around 4PM. Their customer service is between 9AM to 5PM, so I was lucky. I had chat with customer service and he noticed the same, uups the technical people forgot to link the statistics to the service. We'll let you know when they are back. Most likely they went to spend the weekend.
During their change they did several amateur mistakes:
1. The timing, don't do major changes on Friday if you are not prepared to do follow-up and bug fixing during the weekend
2. Document your service properly that you know what you need to test
3. Test heavily
4. Test heavily
5. Inform the customers
The change was made on the 4th of September, we'll see when the statistics are back.

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As a tourist, in Hellzinki

By: bogeyman August 2, 2014, 2:12 pm

I live in Helsinki. North part of it, in Paloheinä. In practice, country side of Helsinki. So I decided with my son to have a tourist trip to down town. Tour started by meat pie an coffee market square (kauppatori) with my brother and his wife who were visiting us (and others) from Dubai. Then we walked to decorated market hall (kauppahalli), Tähtitorninmäki and visited Hagelstam's Antiquarian (bought a book of development of Finland's independence, written in 1917, price 3 Euros). Then we walked around the Hietalahti's flea market and market hall. And then lunch. Back to the market square and blueberries to home. Tram to Töölö and visit to the Sibelius monument, most visited tourist attraction. Then back to home.

I enjoyed the trip. My son was excited too, he said that it was a new view to home town, or is it city? How you define which is city and which is town? I have a simple definition. City people are talking about distances in time, town people in kilometres.

Anyway, my recommendation is that study your home town/city, you will definately find something interesting. For people in Helsinki, locate the place in attached picture.

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Monopolies

By: bogeyman July 12, 2014, 10:43 am

I hate them. On the other hand, if you are entrepreneur, it is your goal. Or your wet dream. In theory it would be like this. But today the world is different.

The big discussion in Finland today is the penalties for Valio (70m€). Company which was almost in monopoly position and then came Arla from Sweden. The reason for penalties was using their market power, they were dumping the price of milk.

We use to have local monopolies, telephone companies. The mobile development broke that monopoly. Now they are suffering and wondering what to do. Good question, if your only asset is copper (or nowadays fibre) underground, what to do?

What we have? We have local electricity companies. They have the copper, underground or over the road. They are monopolies although you can choose the supplier.

We have also a very strong duopoly in grocery business, luckily due to the our German friend it is breaking up.

And what is the moral of this story? The world is changing. Rotten structures will collapse. You have to operate so that you dear to read it from the front page of the newspaper. Or web-site.

And by the way, congrats to Mum, 79 years!

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When there is smoke, there is a fire or a fag

By: bogeyman June 28, 2014, 8:34 am

Our “wise” Governmental officers has decided new rules for smoking cigarettes. No smoking in your own balcony, no smoking in a public beaches and of course, no brands to be seen on the boxes. Yes, this will solve the situation. Or does it?

Bollocks. Taxes of the cigarettes will generate a nice income to the government. It is very challenging to kill a milking cow. I was told that the packet of cigarettes in Australia costs about 20€. Do they want to get rid of the cash cow?

Forgetting the hypocrisy around smoking cigarettes, define them illegal. Nicotine patches for free to everyone who needs. Drug police will have bit more to do but life is a b....

The question is that is our Government thinking of the public health or income?

Smoking cigarettes is a bad habit. Luckily I don't do that.

After writing this, I've earned my cigarillo ;-)

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By: bogeyman June 7, 2014, 8:52 pm

I've written about this earlier. But now it is the time to tell the truth.

Yes we know the answer. The problem has always been the question.

Maybe I can open it, a little bit. If you are under 18, close your eyes now.

I'm man (I think). My main job is to distribute my DNA.

The woman has to allocate her time to the project at least for 9 months. So she is screening the distributors. Very carefully. And she selects. There is a winner.

Everything we see in this world is a variation of this phenomena, or fact of life.

Am I right or...

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About the memory leaks

By: bogeyman May 18, 2014, 7:18 am


I've mentioned that I got rid of the Facebook application in my mobile. The reason was that it was eating the memory although I wasn't logged in or using it. Now we have to think what is the reason? My 1st thought was FB is having lousy coders. On the other hand... If the target of the application is to collect as much information of your mobile behaviour as possible the memory usage is understandable.

In few minutes FB application ate memory roughly 16MB. How much information you dump on that? My name is less than 100 bits. What kind of information I delivered from your mobile in 16MB package?

It is funny that the teenager are leaving the FB. Their reason I mainly that their parents are using it. But...

Yes, we have a big brother. It is not your Mum nor Dad. His name starts with Z. And we accept him, very often like.

Why not to check how your mobile phone's memory is used.

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Fooled by the package

By: bogeyman May 11, 2014, 7:45 am

It was funny this morning when I watched the telly. The 1st ad was Sonera advertising its Spotify package and next ad was the Norwaygian's and no package.

The mobile phone industry, including the mobile phone manufacturing and the operator business have shown us the S-curve, what is the life cycle of the business. Unfortunately it is a fact of life. If I look from the operator point view the history it looks like this.

Early adopters, huge growth and ARPU was 40€+. Sonera and Elisa (Radiolinja at that time) collected those fruits. Then came the competition. DNA confused the Finnish markets, as it is logical to all of the busines'. There are always newcomers to pick the fruits.

The competition was too much to the players. Technology was a part other story and the player were able to convince the regulator to ease it. Package was the thing. And it is still. WTF.

When following the Finnish mobile operators the conclusion is very simple, Veli-Matti has done very good job, Sonera is a looser in this market and DNA is a question mark.

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Copper underground

By: bogeyman April 20, 2014, 10:33 am

What if your USP today is copper underground? How would you utilise it?

In Finland we have loads of local telephone companies which history is beginnings from the late 18's. Have they adapted to today? Nope. They are really local organisations managed by the locals, me and my fellas. They use to be The company of the area.

What is going to happen today? My mum will die, one day. She is going to be the last customer of the local telephone company having a land-line phone. This is the mega trend in that industry.

Some of the local telephone companies have tried to get out of their historical box, seeking new business' areas, some of them have spent their time to fight around Finnet and DNA (which seems to be stabilised today). There are some kind of development in some of the local telephone companies, some of them are going to security business (which is logical due to the copper) and some of them is moving towards cloud services (which is logic due to …). But... Always comes the but! What is the USP?

The starting point is:
- no-one uses land-line phones (except my mum)
- mobile data is going to kill land-line (is it going to be 4G or 5G or (n+1)G)
- the generation me and after me won't understand the copper because it won't deliver any value today.
What is the value you are generating to the your customers?

Shit hit the fan. What next?

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The world is changing my friend Esko

By: bogeyman April 18, 2014, 10:25 am

This is an old Finnish idiom. So true, like all of the old wisdoms. My way to write thee blogs is such that I have a idea or or theme. Then I save the template. This story is a collection of them. More or less.

The organisation which is the most likely has forgotten the headline of this story is the Finnish Lutheran Church. In 90's they were too slow to accept women to be a Preston (my wife leaft the company) statement. During 20's they were too slow to disagree of the Christian Democratic Party (what a f... stupid name to the party) opinion of the rights of the gays. I left the church. Company is loosing the paying customers (they are having right to tax their members).

It is a kind of pity that the management of the organisation don't have the balls and they are wasting the good work what is done by the base level of the organisation. On the other hand, this organisation has possibilities but they won't come by copying the catholic theme . Possibilities comes when somebody inside the organisation challenges it. Good work from Kai Sadinmaa. And by the way Soile, church is a house!

Then comes other decisions without balls. Smoking laws. Bloody hell! Borbid cigarettes, don't play with the taxes!

The key point of this story is that our decisions are compromises, not decisions. Compromises don't developed us, we will... Ask Darwin about what will happen..

Prologue: Finnish people are members the chruch if they don't resigng. I did. On the other hand what is the problem? The problem is that the mangement is out of the today. The bigger issue I that we are using the correct words, we are too polite. In 80's we had punk rock, today we need it!

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To be insured or not to be insured?

By: bogeyman April 5, 2014, 12:20 pm

You and me are having insurances. Even the governing law forces to have them. Our cars have to be insured due to the possibility that we may cause some harms to the other people. Our houses have to be insured for the fire etc.

Why we are taking insurances? We are outsourcing our risks to the professionals, insurance companies. But are they?

I'm having a house built in 50's. It not only a house, it is a project, continuous one. One can find always something to decorate. My insurance company is limiting their responsabilitites on plumbing, because it is too old. They are participating in to the cost of the accident and my costs are having a limit. Fair game. I have tested two other insurance companies, they said that they will exclude the plumbing totally. Next week I will meet the 3rd one.

The point is that why you take insurances? Obviously to avoid risks. So you take an insurance to avoid risks and the risk taking part excludes the risks. I think there is a problem.

I'm an entrepreneur, I take risks. Is your insurance company entrepreneur? No! It is just collecting your money.

In the good old days insurance was statistical mathematics. There were mathematicians who were counting the probabilities to certain incidents and that's how your insurance bills were defined. Today it looks like that your insurance company excludes all of their risks and randomly defines the price.

P.S. Link has nothing to do with the story. It is just bleeding good British pop-song made in USA. Reminds me of the years lived in Ireland.

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Sloppy coding!

By: bogeyman March 29, 2014, 6:33 pm


When I use to be young, around 80's there was always an issue when writing code, memory size. In their great wisdom, Microsoft had decided that 640kB is enough. Yes, I am talking about MS-DOS. Then came memory extension drivers and plying with them. Especially different Lan-drivers were a head-ache, they were eating memory from the main applications. When we had a memory problem or something time critical item, sub-routine was written by Assembler instead of C. But we survived up to the more modern operating systems. Then we ended up to the situation where the abstraction level of the programming languages went so high that one started to suspect conspiracy between the software and the hardware manufacturers, always needed more memory, more disk space and more MHzs. This development has delivered us coder generation which can be called sloppy coders.

This old heritage of non-sloppy coders still exists within people who are doing work in embedded world. They have to know the limitations of the used hardware and live with it.

Today we have a platform which is general like PC but in fact it is by nature an embedded hardware. Smart phone. I'm using an Android phone and today I'm suffering continuously “Memory almost full” messages. This is due to the fact that the sloppy coders educated by the PC world are writing Mobile Apps.

I have studied the issue. Discussion forums are also full of stories around this issue. Some of my observations. Yes, you have memory extension, SD-card. But it is only a limited amount of Apps which can be moved to it. Why? Some Apps are generating some kind of dynamic data which is eating the memory. Biggest memory eaters are Google applications, Play and I can't even install Google drive because of the memory eaters. FB is also pain in the butt (pardon my French). Play eats memory about 6MB without connection to net and FB eats 20MB. At least FB can be moved to SD, but none of Google Apps what I have. So we are in the situation that you have to buy new phone due to the application development. Reminds me of something...

The moral of the story is that good and cheap product are two different products.

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Syria's space programme

By: bogeyman March 22, 2014, 12:27 pm

I this joke? I hope that it is. Bloody hell...

Yes the stupidity of the dictator is unlimited. Does the power make one blind/stupid/what ever insulting adjective you can invent? Yes it does. In the business world this phenomena can been seen as laziness, kind of. One is happy of the current situation, don't follow what is happening and what is the result? You are going to die.

Coming back to Syria. It is really a sad situation that no-one dears to blow the whistle, one power blinded guy is doing a massacre. Luckily we don't have such idiots around us nearby...

About the dictators having a space programme. One is having it for travelling to the ISS and the other one is planning to move to the dark side of the moon ( http://www.ironsky.net/site/ ) .

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Business goes virtual

By: bogeyman February 23, 2014, 10:28 am

Virtual business buys an other one with virtual money. WTF? Facebook buys WhatsApp using its own shares. My point is that the value of the company in stock exchange is virtual. Yes, somebody is willing to buy part of the company defined in the exchange. The price of the WhatsApp was more than the value of top five in Helsinki stock exchange companies. And where is the issue? The value of the Facebook defined in NASDAQ. Is there a bubble?

Facebook's earning model is very simple, they are selling adds. FB's problem is that the teens which are the trendsetters are leaving the service. WhatsApp's business model is simple, 1st year free, after that 0.99$ per year. Currently they are having 450 million users, so it is quite easy to calculate the revenue. And the user base is growing fast. The interesting thing is that they say no to the ads. It is clear why FB is buying this company, they want the users. Other question I that when ads are coming to WhatsApp service.

Are 450 million users worth of 16B$? Luckily for Mr Z, he is spending virtual money which is in theory in NASDAQ. I smell a bubble.

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On-line 24/7

By: bogeyman February 15, 2014, 6:31 pm


Today we are expected to be on-line 24/7. If you don't answer to the email within minutes you are classified to be an unsocial person. You have to Tweet, update your FB-pages and write a blog.

In the good old days we wrote letters, if we were cool we wrote letter to the editor. And if the letter was published, we were the king. Almost a celebrity.

This is again one example about the fact that what is only permanent thing? The change. The question is that are you following the time and the trends what it brings to you. This I the part of the big picture what is happening to the media industry. What is the value what the professional editors are bringing? Today you are the editor, you can publish your news. You are the editor of your news, is it a blog, maybe tweet or something else.

Now we are coming to the Finnish history, when the lad from Savo (Eastern part of Finland) opens his mouth, responsibility is transferred to the listener. This I also the question of the today's media. Today you are not reading facts from the net, you are reading opinions. That's the key difference!

(This blog is a fact ;-) , not an opinion)

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The Change

By: bogeyman January 19, 2014, 11:27 am

Nothing is permanent. Except the change. Like earlier mentioned by the nature we are avoiding the change. And still it is here all of the time.

One example. How the music business screwed it up. They made two major mistakes. The 1st one was a bit smaller, the C-cassette. Media was cheaper than the vinyl, but they put the price higher than LP. Next mistake was the CD. Same thing. Media was cheaper than the previous ones. And the price for the consumers? Went up. And the result was the piracy. C-cassette can be copied as well the CD. What is the lesson you need to learn? If you find out an invention which reduces your costs you have to push it to your value chain.

What is the picture of the music business today. In practice the record labels are useless. Thanks to Steven Jobs who pushed the music business to this decade. He built business model which is fair to Apple and to the record labels. But is it fair to the artists? And then there is Spotify, is it fair to the artist? I'm not sure. There are music makers which don't use record labels, only their own web-sites. Is that the future of the music business?

The key message is that the music business is under big change, what is the next business going to the change in a big way? Books?

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The Gizmo of the decade

By: bogeyman January 12, 2014, 10:45 am

1985 I had a summer job, in PTT (Post and Telecommunications of Finland). My job was to calculate the attenuations between the switches. The best part of the job was that I had to measure samples, usually I picked the remote ones because they were potential problems. When I was doing the job, I got PTT car, big black Saab, with ARP or NMT phone. Both of them are analogue mobile phones. I was the king.

In 90's we spent our honeymoon in Scotland. Defined shortly, we had a book B&B in Scotland, train ticket which allowed us to travel by British Railways in three days in a month as much we could. And a phone card. And we survived.

94 I started in new job. I got a mobile phone, GSM, Nokia 2110. I was a gizmo king! Again. Even the customers were jealous because I had a mobile phone and laptop.

Today we all are having a mobile phone, my son has most expensive one in our house, my wife is has the next one (inherited from my son) and I have the cheapest one. Still, with it I can do what I need.

Can you think your life today without mobile, maybe my generation yes, but our children....

The gizmo of the decade is.... the Mobile Phone!

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That Woman

By: bogeyman January 4, 2014, 12:45 pm

It is an interesting fact that we Finns are always playing by the rules. Most likely we are the only nation which follows all of the EU rules, even the stupid ones. I don't try to claim that this is a heaven, yes we have criminals too, we have corruption and other not so nice phenomenas. But still, we are doing the right things. In my opinion on key point I that we are also trying to develop old things. One example is that if you check plumbing in UK or Ireland, technology is the same that we had in 60's. Don't even mention the roadworks.

We should utilise our reliability and our exactness. We have already done it in a small way. In Russia. They will buy from Finland, even higher price than same product from Russia smaller price.

What is the story behind the headline? That woman, I have seen her. My neighbours in Ireland were almost afraid of her! She is always on time. Time what was agreed. She was walking my son and neighbours daughter to the school. She was every day (except one morning when we got free night in Dromoland Castle in County Ennis) on-time waiting for Kelly-Ann. It was really funny to follow-up how big effort they have to have to get Kelly-Ann out on-time. When we had a kind of leaving dinner, they mentioned That Woman was always on-time waiting for Kelly-Ann.

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Kilometer bleeding taxation

By: bogeyman January 2, 2014, 10:38 am

I've been always been pissed off of different stuff. Today it is the car taxation. In Finland.

Today we pay taxes when we are driving and owning it. And obviously petrol has a tax. But are you followed?

Just one notice of the Ollila's team, how many of them are building of their business around GPS-tracking?

And then we are coming to the big picture. Our Minister of the area Merja Kyllönen recognises what is the problem (and is too stupid to open her...). Government wants us to use less energy. That generates less taxes to the government. This is a real problem. The message is that if you save your petrol consumption, you will see some interesting taxes.

And by the way, government say that all of the money collected from cars/driving goes to the road network. I say that our Government is seeking a new source of money. How to collect money from the cars, which uses less petrol?

We (or someone) is building the system, or planning of it, like Big Brother...

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Have you secured your a...

By: bogeyman December 21, 2013, 10:42 am

The world is full of risks. Is your house going to burn down, are you going to crash your car, you might have an accident which will destroy your capability to work. What you do? You take an insurance. Insurance companies business is around this subject, taking care of your risks. In theory yes, in practice no. They just want to collect your money and limit their risks.

I'm an entrepreneur, I am taking risks, I have to do. To get customers, to help my customers and to be a reliable player in the business world.

Recently I opened my current insurences for competition. And the result was interesting. I'm having a house built in 50's and my guess is that plumbing is from 70's. In their offer, they excluded the plumbing. So if I want to have insurance due to the risk and the insurance company excludes it. I think there is a problem in this formula. Especially the insurance company which made the offer claims to be most entrepreneur friendly one.

And now the quiz, why the headline had three dots? Hint, old english ;-)

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Funding

By: bogeyman December 15, 2013, 6:04 pm

It is the key word of today. And it sounds sexy. How to fund businsess of the shipyard. Is that sexy?How many millions you need for that? How many jobs you will save? Yes, the deal was funded, somehow.

In my opinion we have a bigger problem. Liisa has a has a barber shop in Kallio. She don't have a Mercedes Benz, not a Jaguar (poor lissy) but she has a bread and butter, every day. Liisa is renting 3 seats. Everyone gets their money and living. She wants to retire. Who will buy the shop? None of them? And then comes the mysterious investor... Or .. Am I dreaming.

Today investors are looking for quick wins, On the other hand, my hair still is growing which mean that I need to have a meeting with Liisa.

I am an engineer, so I'm playing with the maths. We have roughly 50.000 companies waiting for a chance of generation, like Liisa. Not a SuperCell, no a jackpot. But if I take Liisa as an example. 4 jobs times fifty thousand is what? My calculator is running out of batteries.

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Time to do a seppuku, Pisa results gone down

By: bogeyman December 6, 2013, 11:00 am

We have received our results, only the 12th. Now we have to execute all our teachers, Minister of Education and other related officers. Shame of them.

This is a good example of the media's blindness, or capability to look around. One simple target and everyone is running towards it. We have a good education system, but like everything it has to be developed continuously. And we do. This hazzle is only created by the media. I won't get sleepless nights because of the Pisa results. We were number 12, but how many were behind us? That figure you can't find out from the media. What that tells to you? Math problem in the media?

Then the question is that what is Pisa? Is it just an organisation which is collecting public funds? The world is full of those type of organisations. Maybe I am nasty or seen too much.

Anyway, although the Pisa results, Finland is still independent. Congrats to The Finland!

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IT programs by Goverment (or some id...)

By: bogeyman December 1, 2013, 10:08 am

HUS (Helsinki area's hospital) patient service application, 2011-2018, 166M Euros
Government economy-and personnel admin, 2008-2016, 122M Euros
The development of national service architecture, 2014-2017, 120M Euros
Taxman's service architecture, 2011-2019, 109M€

And then 120M Euro to x-road. WTF. What is it? How and who has defined it? What are the specifications? Something like in Estonia? Yes, because Estonia (IT wonderland) has it we have to have it too. When somebody mentions a public IT-programme, the Government pulls his/hers pants down and raises up the b... IT-programmes are so cool you must put your money to them, no common sense needed.

We have done one public IT-programme, successfully. The e-receipt. Good business for somebodies. Small company needs to invest something between 10000-20000 Euros to get the application and about 2000 Euros per month. I would have done web-application with strong security. Today we have application operated/owned by a duopoly. Due to the fact how the competition rules are interpreted, that is what we are suffering. Big ones rules and e-receipt-like of monopolies are build by the Government.

And it is yours (and mine) money!

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The Mission

By: bogeyman Movember 24, 2013, 2:43 pm

The law says that company has to create profit it owners. Bollocks.

Mission of the company is something different. Why it exist! Company has to create value to its customers. Earning the money is a side effect, it comes if you have following your mission. If your mission is to make money, your will finish your courrier like Enron. Court room!

Nowadays we are living in the different world than it use to be, you have to behave so that it can be seen in the news, especially on the net. Someone's have forgotten it, like KEVA.

I have a teenager in my house. And he has friends. Their values are my hope. Their thoughts are giving a future to us.

Coming back to the headline, you are followed (including NSA), and the social media. You have to operate in a way that it can be public.

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The moustache

By: bogeyman Movember 24, 2013, 3:15 pm

I had moustache, in 70's. Most likely looking stupid. Today some Aussie lads have invented the Movember, let your mousctache grow. What a bleeding idea, and mine is growing. My wife says that I don't look stupid as I should, I look pitiful.

Sponsored charity in Finland I quite new phenomena, coming from english speaking world. My years in Ireland familiarised me to it. The 2nd lesson happened in Finland. My son broke his leg some years ago. They had a charity walk, Because of his situation, I promised quite big euros per kilometer. And he walked. And I paid...

However, if we are able to do good things, why not to do it? Maybe I will publish my “under nose garden” one day. Before December.

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WTF

By: bogeyman November 24, 2013, 3:23 pm

In my world this is a teenage language.

Alcatel-Lucent landed a $2.1 billion financing package with Credit Suisse Group and Goldman Sachs, the telecom-gear manufacturer confirmed today. As collateral, the company was forced to put up a trove of patents from its Bell Labs unit and its data-networking unit. The money is intended to ease investors' fears about the company's solvency and to reassure potential customers.”

It is quite funny how thw the economy works, this type of shit is presented for us althouhg it is a old story. The mobile infrastucture has been dominated by Ericson, Nokia-Siemens-Networks is trying to to get a position there and actually they seem to be a player in the field.

Rumours are telling that NSN is plannining to buy Alcatel-Lucent! Bloody hell, yes in USA you can do stupid decicions, like Lucent to buy Alcactel (or vice versa). In Finland, just sell nonworking stuff to M.... mouse. ;-)

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Infrastructure LTD

By: bogeyman September 28, 2013, 2:59 pm

I'm just watching program from telly where is a Finnish opposition leader from the centre party. Funny thing is that I agree some of his taughts. Maybe I should shoot myself!

Finland is having one electricity network, privately owned and the owner is planning to sell it. This network is the core how the Finnish electricity is distributed around the country. My electricity bill has two components, the electricity and the transfer price. The transfer price is a element of the local network. I can choose from where I by my electricity but I can't choose the delivery of it. In practise it means that electricity prices goes down and transfer prices goes up. What this means, we have local monopolies.

On the other hand. We have three nation wide mobile networks. In my opinion we need only two, third one is a waste of money looking from national point of view, maybe even we could survive with one if it has been built properly.

Infrastructure LTD means that we would have a company owned by the government which will take care of the functions of the society which are by nature or due to the costs monopolies. Like electricity network, mobile network, telephone cables, water pipes etc. There is no from national economy point of view duplicate these. So lets nationalise them! Am I communist? No, I can do the maths from the national economy point of view.

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Renew or die

By: bogeyman September 6, 2013, 8:26 pm

Is my favourite statement. I believe that Nokia did it again. On the other hand, what did Microsoft? They did the same.

Nokia has an interesting history, 150+ years of Finnish industry. Starting from the timber and the paper, continuing to the rubber boots and then the electronics. Telecoms was there and the consumer electronics was the jackpot. They have had a bumpy ride during their history. Up to 90's their strategy was to do everything but two major management issues change the situation, suicide of the CEO and the next CEO and Managing Director didn't work together. Both were laid off. Then started Ollila's period and we know the results.

Keeping long story short, what went wrong? Arrogance. Believing that it is same procedure as usual. The mobile business changed from hardware store towards service business and Nokia was focusing to the pixels of the camera. You can't win only by adding more pixels to the camera. Microsoft haven't brought up anything really new. You have to something different. Really different.

Microsoft's purchase is a chance for both companies, possibility to new vision for mobile company and resources for Nokia to search for new diamond.

Off course there is the X-files part. When the Microsoft-Nokia deal was designed. My guess before Mr. Elop joined to Nokia.

Anyway, both companies are having now their possibilities to renew!

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The year in Paris

By: bogeyman August 4, 2013, 5:56 pm

I spent a year in Paris. And l learned a lot. Actually, I was a bit out from Paris, Montrouge. Just south from the ring road. Outside of the City. But my life there was nice and I learned a lot. One of the key things of the French culture is that you have to eat every day. Even twice a day. If all of those situations are nice and firm, your life is better.

The hotel where I stayed... When I came in, staff shacked my hand and welcomed Mr. Kangas. If my travel agency had a problem book a room for me to this hotel, I didn't have. Just a call to the hotel and the room was there.

One night the staff of the hotel asked me if I want to go with them. I said why not. And we went. At the end of the evening me and my favorite bartender were thrown out by a big black lad.

Luckily there was a member of hotel staff were with a small car and she who drove me and my friend to the hotel. He opened the hotel bar for me and him, no one else.

Please, don't tell this to me wife...

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Public me, Private me (Again)

By: bogeyman July 13, 2013, 12:27 pm

Have you Googled yourself? What did you find out? What if the Supo, FBI, NSA, CIA and all of the secret acronyms there are can read your FaceBook updates? Is your privacy unsecured? Bollocks! If you write something to Facebook, you have left your privacy. Todays megatrend is that there are no secrets.

On the other hand, you and your friends don't need to open your hart. We can use PGP for writing our emails and forget the Facebook! It is a pain in the below the zero if you are thinking of your life. On the other hand, you have to understand that the privacy is very limited.

It is summer. No news. So the lemmus lemmus (Norwegian lemming, meaning press) is following the on target, Edward Snowden. He told us an issue which anyone could have guessed, U.S.A. is following the net, using companies from U.S.A. like Microsoft. U.S.A. Has not yet find out the megatrend that everything you do will be public. There will be other Edwards. It is interesting detail that there is a EU rule which says that if Governmental organisations are using cloud services there servers have to be inside EU. Wonder why ;-)

What is your privacy? Is the netcam in your bedroom private? Are your messages in FB to your friends public? Should your emails in Outlook be available for NSA? Remember the megatrend, do the things in a way which can be shown in the front page of the newspaper!

Funny detail is that this same issue bothered me exactly 2 years ago.

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Adam and Eve

By: bogeyman June 22, 2013, 10:42 am

Had a problem with the fruit of the apple tree. Does the apple three have a problem? Apple has been branded around Steve Jobs and now they have to survive without him. Can they manage the situation? During his period Apple stole, copied innovations around the world. On the other hand they also changed the world by their innovations, like iTunes. The question is that do they have more ideas?

Apple have changed the music business, what else can be changed? The key message is that the only thing which permanent is the Change. You can't expect the business environment to stay stable, it will change. You also have to notice that the change is not a challenge, it can be a possibility.

Talking about the fruits of apple three. Steven Jobs was a lad who saw new possibilities and changed the world. My recommendation is that think big! Someone did that!

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Funding the SMEs

By: bogeyman June 8, 2013, 2:56 pm

How the SME's are financed is a big question. Bigger than you think. If we look the growth sector, no problemos. TEKES, Finvera and everybody are there. If they are already big TEKES gives grants, if they are small TEKES gives loan, taking a risk. But still quite funny guys who can loan gets grants and vice versa.

The current situation in Finland is really bad for the companies. Funding is almost impossible to get. Banks are very careful, they don't take any risks. You have to have minimum of 150% warranties and Excel-sheet which shows a hockey stick.

This has created an interesting business case. You can participate to kind of crowd funding, loan to the company. Typically the company is a AA+, loan is from 2 to 4 years. Interest rate for loan for the total period is 22-44%! Most likely the banker who organizes the loan takes 2%+. I've seen 3 cases. In theory, if everything stays like in the past companies can handle the deal, but no surprises allowed. Like they say, it is not the stupid who asks...

No we come to the real stuff. It is estimated that coming years about 50000 companies will need to do the change of the generation. Entrepreneur is going to retire. Statistics shows that majority of our business' are micro ones, less than 20 employees. Lets play with numbers. If in these companies are working with owner is 3 persons, we are talking about 200000 jobs! Owner is not driving Rolls Royce, but he/she is getting bread and butter from the company. So are the 3 employers. Owner wants to sell his/hers company and somebody wants buy it, good business, good reputation and steady customer base. Where to get the funding for this transaction? Banks? No hockey stick. TEKES? No new innovation. Finvera? No growth business. No possibilities to the crowd funding with mentioned interest rates. So, 200000 jobs gone!

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Outsourcing=Bad management

By: bogeyman May 9, 2013, 8:20 am

Every day's news is that the big company (usually publicly listed) outsources part of it's staff. What happens after that, they'll be laid off after the some time. Does this mean that some of our major outsourcing companies are the major laid off companies, like Accenture, Tata Services and some others.

It is a fact that if there is a function that you have to have, it is cheaper to do it yourself. It is a big question mark for the benefits of the outsourcing. It looks very good in your balance sheet but how it looks in your P&L?

Our quarter economy thinking has generated very bad management behavior, there are no chances to have a long distance plans, only the cheese slicer and hoping that this quarter or maybe the next one looks nice. But how about the future?

The structure of our economics is very complicated. There are structures which which Jon Doe can't understand. Those structures can crash our economics. They have done major crises starting from early 90's and we are suffering one right now. If we go backwards, it means gold is the hard currency. If we go forward, it means... What? I don't know but we have to think something else.

Our outsourcing started from China and India. Then it went to Vietnam and some other countries. China is outsourcing to Africa. When is the date when someone is outsourcing to Europe. Not far away. There were news that the US companies are coming back to USA.

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Lip service

By: bogeyman April 28, 2013, 10:14 am

We want to have small companies, shops from where we get our stuff. Small specialised shops where we get service by specialist. It is a richness which big city can offer. All studies underlines this.

Bollocks!

We want to take our car and drive to the supermarket near by, at least under 10 km away (no bad feelings of the carbon dioxide). This is a megatrend of today, we sleep on one area, we work on the other one and we go shopping to the 3rd area. For the consumer studies we have a totally different story. Why? Because we are lazy buggers, it is so easy to drive your (mine) car to the huge parking place and take the trolley and collect all of the stuff you need for the weekend. You can get everything by one stop shopping.

This development is maybe generated or at least supported the dual monopoly in the Finnish market. The two big ones are dominating the food chain of Finland. We don't really have competition in the grocery shops, the two are too dominating. Our hope is that the German one will grow enough to break the duopoly of those two.

Lip service is a nice expression, meaning you say yes but do nothing. When you have shopped from the small shop? Maybe now it is time to do that!

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Luimeanch(4)

By: bogeyman April 20, 2013, 5:45 pm

Still having stories of my favorite city in Ireland. There is a group of people of which we haven't seen much, actually 1st time in last summer . Travelers. It is a group people who has decided to stay outside of the normal (taxed) society. In Finland we can see of their culture by watching the TV show of their wedding. Small view we got last summer when group of Travelers landed to Porvoo.

My connection to the travelers happened in Galway. We were havig drink in the hotel bar and has been a wedding party. The show what they created was incredible. We had video camera with us because we wanted to look what we've taped in Connemara. The show around us was so interesting and we started to tape it. One them noticed and it caused a riot. We were smart enough and left the hotel bar before Garda (Irish police) came in. Every day I saw their camp by the dual carriage way from Limerick to Shannon, their caravans, horses and their everything. Quite interesting approach to the society.

One funny incident in Ireland was our gardener. Yes, I had a gardener. Came with the house rental. Anyway, once he saw a bottle of Paddy (Irish whiskey) in our house and he said that he knows where to get better stuff. From the mountains. Home distilled. He promised to bring me that stuff. Never saw him again. Hope that he had good craic.

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About the Lemmus Lemmus (Part 2)

By: bogeyman April 12, 2013, 11:42 pm

The big discussion today here in Finland is the teacher. Teacher who pushed out the teenager out of the lunch room. The question is that how much power can be used to the management of the teenagers? Are they allowed to show the mid-finger to everyone?
The teacher was interviewed by the press and he mentioned that he has placed several complains of the principal. And by the way. Rumors are telling that she was on duty for the last day for that post. Now she is having new one. Why this part of the story is forgotten? This is a Lemmus Lemmus phenomena, pick the part of the story and follow it, forget the other parts. Forget the whole picture. By the way who benefits...

That is our life.

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About the 42

By: bogeyman March 30, 2013, 7:25 pm

We all know the answers. But who knowns the question. I do!

It is bleeding simple, men has to distribute their DNA as much as possible. And the women, they have be involved to the project so long time that they have to be selective, find the best parts of the DNA. Everything we see is a variation of this fact. In our life.

Who is having the fastest car, biggest salary? Does it tell you something about the DNA?

Then it is a question of the selection. How we select the partner? One theory is that is a a question of the proteins. How we sense the proteins, by a smell.

Simple?

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About the quarter bleeding economy!

By: bogeyman March 24, 2013, 9:37 am

When the company places itself to be public, listed in a public stock exchange. What happens? It looses its freedom to the possibilities. After the IPO it is really difficult to do strategical movements, the CEO changes be a chicken. I define strategical movement when you are planning to grow faster than the organic growth is in your business area. Usually the companies done the IPO are limited that can they do big things or not. The old public companies, if they are operated properly are I in the good shape. Like Kone Oyj for example.

Stock exchange is a good way to fund a company. If the company needs more capital, it can do the emission. Or if it is a question of a merger, the values are easy to calculate. Question is that how many companies in Finland has done it? To be funny and stupid and everything else, do we need OMX Helsinki?

But... There is a always a but. How these companies are analysed? Well there are a group of just graduated lads and lissies who has whee been educated to read key figures defined by the economists. No understanding of the business of the corporation.

I'm repeating myself, but the quarter economy sucks! Hopefully I'm trying to leave this subject! One day.

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Wolfs, my next door neighbors. Waiting for them. (Canis lupus)

By: bogeyman March 17, 2013, 11:02 am

WTF, like the teenager living in my house would say. I don't understand what is the reason for this hate. In the Spain there are 49 million people and 2000 wolfs. In Italy 50 million people and 1200 wolfs. In Finland 5,5 million people, 150 ones. Bloody hell. Will they destroy our current way of the life. And the space.

It is really interesting how we (not me) are still having the hate attitude to the predators. On the other hand, what we are? We are the predators!

When the wolfe has killed a human? In Finland? Somewhere 1800! When the Finnish person has killed Finnish person? Today... Now. Why? When Finnish person has killed a Wolfe?

If it is true that the heard of five wolfs is killed by the local hunters. I'm very disappointed to this country and I won't to be proud of my background. Are you proud?

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About the Norwegian Lemming (Lemmus Lemmus)

By: bogeyman March 10, 2013, 11:04 am

This expression was introduced by former Finnish President Mauno Koivisto. He was describing how the press and media is working, especially in 90's. Somebody found a story and and everyone were following it. Nothing else mattered.

Do we have Norwegian Lemmings today? Yes we have. Today the big discussion in Finland is that how we reorganise the municipality field. The government doctrine is bigger is better. The problem is that the logic is missing. It is a question of the Excel sheet, not a question of compass. It is a question of the size of the municipality and its' capability to offer the services defined by the laws. It is a big joke when we are discussing what kind of combination we should have between Helsinki, Vantaa, Espoo and surrounding municipalities. It is quite obvious that these cities having +150000 taxpayers can handle the services. Yes, smaller municipalities might have challenges and they should openly think about how to fund the services.

Russia is making shouting about the Finnish way to handle parents who are not capable to handle their kids (especially Russian borne ones), North Korea threats by nuclear weapon. Finnish Government threat is the change in the municipality field.

For me it looks like that your, mine attention is attracted by something else that the real problem. What is the real problem? We know what it is in North Korea, we have the idea what it is in Russia. Do we know what it is here?

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The length of your working courier

By: bogeyman February 23, 2013, 11:13 am

I have written of this earlier, this is not a question of mathematics, it is a question of common sense. There are EU level discussion that you have to raise the age when you can retire. On the other hand, show me the company which has recruited 55+ person. Yes, maybe public company's CEO. So how many vacancies there are for to be a CEO in a public company?

Part time jobs for new mothers? Where are they? Haven't seen part time job culture here.

Early start for students. Big joke. If you work, you will easily loose the government support for studying, which is not enough to stay in the main business, studying.

Sorry to say but when company has to lay off people, usually they will start from the oldest ones. The other fact is that the Finnish laws don't support part time jobs, it don't deny it but it makes it bloody expensive.

Conclusion. You can stuck your the Excel-sheet below zero. If you want to change the situation, you have to change the structures.

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By: bogeyman February 9, 2013, 5:24 pm

By the way. These Limerick stories don't have any wisdom or logic. They just are my experiences with the nice people. Here are some funny stories or just a notices.

The River Shannon. For me the tide was incredible. Living in the west coast of Ireland it was natural. The difference of low tide and the hight tide was about 6 meters. When there were winds from the west and high tide O'Callahans' Stand was flooding. This happened once or twice during my visit. It was a challenge to drive to the office. I had to drive via pavement to get out (I was living close to the river Shannon, small hill but the road out was going down towards river).

Driving left side of the street. It is quite easy to learn. Pedals are orginised same way, gears are on the “wrong” side, that causes troubles occasionally. I had Finnish visitors once and the noise from the back seat of my car was incredible when I drove through first roundabout.

One morning when I was going to office neighbour's wife and daughter caught me. Dad had gone to the work and forgotten to do the tie for daughter's school uniform. So I did it. By the way, I think that we should have school uniforms here as well!

We Finns are quite precise people (usually). We had a arrangement with our neighbour (previously mentioned, I handled the tie for the older one) that their younger daughter walked to the school with my wife because my son was in the same one. They (neighbours) generated stress of the their schedules, my wife (the woman as they called her) was every morning at the agreed time waiting for the girl to take them to the Salesian Infant School (Catholic school operated by nuns).

One weekend we were walking over the old bridge to the city centre. There have been snowed, nothing like here today but still. One of my colleagues was walking of the other side of the bridge and he shouted “Go back to Finland and take this f.... snow with you”. He was smiling.

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By: bogeyman February 2, 2013, 6:06 pm

By the way. These Limerick stories don't have any wisdom. They just are my experiences with nice people. Kind of document or just a stupid strories.

How kids learn the language?

When we moved in to Limerick my son was age of four. Just before Christmas like described earlier. He was signed in to play school named For ever Friends. They said that it not a problem if he don't speak English, they can handle the situation.

After a half a year, spring we were worried. Play school ended and our lad didn't speak English and Autumn he should go to school. We decided to speak only English at home. We changed the language and he responded, in English.

It took a small time when he started to talk with other adults than me and my wife but nowadays I'll check my writing with him.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By: bogeyman January 13, 2013, 1:30 pm

I was about year ago in a event where was one Nokia guy speaking, if I remember correctly his name was Francois and he is working with the smart phones in Nokia. He was talking about the mobile ecosystems. He defined three types of ecosystems, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

The Bad is Apple, everything having a price. Steve Jobs hated free things. But it is openly bad. You know what you get. And you pay for it.

The Ugly one is Google and Android. They are collecting your personal information. Why? Because it is a tool to sell advertisements, profiling the targets. Who reads the terms of usage? It is very difficult to know how much Google knows about you.

The Good one is of course the Microsoft one. Why? Everything is open, no hidden agenda. Or is there? Indian security analyst Gaurang Pandya found out that the https-traffic of Nokia's Xpress browsers will go via Nokia's servers. They are also decoding the information. So all your private data like passwords and credit cars details is known by Nokia if your are using Xpress browser. Nokia has confessed this. The question is that where is the Good one. I'm using the Ugly one.

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Sick thing

By: bogeyman January 12, 2013, 11:50 am

We are living in market economy. Are we? In theory, yes. In practice I wonder. There are couple of areas where the market economy doesn't work. One of them is agricultural. For example EU's budget for agricultural support is over 50 billion euros. Half of the EU budget. And still we are having rallys organised by farmers in Brussels. It also has created funny features and rules inside EU. It is forgotten now, but there was a rule inside EU that how curved cucumber may be! Today here in Finland if you are farming in the greenhouse and you want to be subsidized by EU you have to farm over the year. Think about what it means in this latitude. In worst times we are having in south around six hours, less than six hours where we are having big greenhouse farming areas. And the temperature. What a waste of energy. Interesting detail is that the Queen of England raises the biggest sum of the EU agricultural support.

Today the big discussion in Finland is the ship building industry. Especially STX Turku and how they lost big deal to STX in France. STX Turku asked capital loan (50M€) from the Finnish government. They didn't get it and they lost the deal to France. The deal stayed inside the same mother company. Of course shipbuilding docks are independent companies. What were the differences? French dock was in better position from the funding point of view. This business is very capital intensive business. Were there other tricks? Who knows. At least French government is a co-owner of the dock.

However, the fact is that the shipbuilding industry has been very subsidized industry for ages. Governments are thinking that it is a strategical industry due to the war history of the world, especially in Europe. Is it really today?

What if we would move to real market economy in agricultural and shipbuilding business? Would our world collapse?

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STX, government supported corp. inc? And which one?

By: bogeyman December 28, 2012, 10:41 pm

Yes, we Finns suffered a big loss. We lost roughly a 900M€ deal.

Here in Finland there has been a big discussion should government put 50M€ to this deal. Note, it should have been a lended money. Government gave some 42M€ for innovation support and STX thanked. But they asked as well 50M€ loan and then the Finnish government chickened!

We are coming to the basic things, how much governments should support local industry? Where is the free competition?

We Finns are chickens when you think how much you can could pull the rules, so I'm were much looking forward to see the French version, especially how they did it. I can guarantee that it won't pass the EU regulations, does it change anything? We'll see.

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Flying corpses.

By: bogeyman November 18, 2012, 10:40 pm

In the airline business we are in the end of the line. It is the situation which will happen to all of the businesses'. It has happened previously. What happened? There are few standard strategical movements in my collection. One of the tools is the change of the rules. It is one of the most difficult ones but seen few times. Budget airlines and iTunes. Is the SAS going to be next body?

Sorry to say I believe it is going to be one. Why? Because it is negotiating with pilots. Negotiating is not a bad thing but it tells that there are history which is a load from 60's. That history will kill SAS, maybe tomorrow. What about Finnair?

One of the most successful airlines comes from Ireland, Ryanair. Very colorful CEO, very interesting stories while I was living in Limerick in early 2000. But Ryanair was one of the players who changed the rules. Ireland's national airline Air Lingugus almost died.

Today airline business is a good example how the business is running, you can't stay still, you have to be active. All of the time.

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Time to leave social media?

By: bogeyman November 11, 2012, 12:23 pm

One key thing what I've learned is that follow the teens! Especially if you want to understand trends around the new technology. I have one teen living on the 2nd floor of our house. He has deleted his account from the Facebook. Is that a trend? There are groups that are raising the flag towards that direction, actually recently published study said that 42% of Finnish users has thought about leaving the service.

When Facebook did the IPO its target valuation was 104B$. Then the value of the stock went down. In American way, rest of the story happens in court. Funny thing was that they said in IPO document that mobile is a threat to them, it is difficult to show advertisements is a small screen. The fact is that rating of the stock doesn't tell anything about the companies business, it is telling about the investors, The big question is of course that if you think of last IPO's of the new generation companies, which are real flyers? Maybe Google? LinkedIn?

The fact is that our teens are building the megatrends in the future. That is how it goes. The key point is that Google, Facebook and Micsoft has no bleeding idea of it! Do I. Nope. Just following the teens!

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Betting the horse

By: bogeyman September 15, 2012, 11:17 am

One big Finnish mobile company (guess which one) developed a new mobile operating system called MeeGo. They did a mobile phone using it. User experience was excellent. And it was time to dump it!

What was the problem? It is the same thing what I have mentioned many times. It is the bleeding quartal economy. Public companies are having very big challenges to playing in that environment, there is a too small window to do strategical changes. On the other hand, that big Finnish mobile player is doing a very big strategical change. The key change is that they are not controlling the whole value chain of their mobile business, they will be only hardware manufacturer, trusting on Microsoft's capability to deliver value to the consumer.

The MeeGo group left the company and established company called Jolla. They are developing mobile phones based on mentioned O/S. They are entrepreneurs believing their products, building future, especially ecosystem around it. Really interesting company.

Talking about RIM. It was a big player in North America. Even the President of USA was publicly telling using its' services. What is their situation today? Just about bankruptcy. Why? They didn't developed. One idea can carry the company to the one vision, to go further you need second goal. After the 2nd goal you need 3rd idea.

When you are really big and you face the change situation, do you trust yourself? Or bet the other horse.

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iAuctoritas

By: bogeyman September 9, 2012, 12:11 pm

People living in Rome had a term, Auctoritas. That told everything. It still with us. It is defining our position in the world where we are operating, Today, it is gadgets. Nowadays when I'm travelling (especially short trips), I'm having more electronics with me than the cloths. I am travelling with 2 mobiles, chargers for them of course, iPod and the charger and the laptop with a charger. One shirt and underwear per day, tooth brush and a razor.

Our new world specification started in the 90's. The 1st gadget was a mobile phone. It stayed quite long as a one or even most important toy, it was called as a yuppie teddy bear. Today the mobile penetration in the western countries is over 100%.

New gadgets are smart phones, MP3 players, GPS tools etc. With these toys we define our position in the society. How you define your iAuctoritas?

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Mobile business

By: bogeyman August 18, 2012, 6:58 pm

Or is there a business. Of course I'm observing what is happening in Finland, but it is a fact of whole business area. Everywhere, question is just about the time. And by way, there is a business, it's just a question how you handle it.

S-curve in Finland is in the saturation phase. It s very challenging phase for the operators. Telia-Sonera has more or less thrown the towel to the boxing ring. Elisa have taken the lead and DNA is following. It is obvios that Telia-Sonera's focus is not in Finland, it is in East-South where the growth is. Easy markets.

When analysing the mobile/telecom markets in Finland during 1990 to 2012 some things are very obvious:
Operators have difficulties to understand that they are in competetive markets. Actually they still have difficulties to accept it.
When marketing manager don't have ideas prices will go down
Or double services by price of one (ADSL + mobile)
Everyone offers the same, just price differentiation, no real ideas!

When analysing Finnish operators I have to give the 1st price to Elisa and the 2nd price to DNA. Looser is TeliaSonera which focus is somewhere else.

What is the moral of the story? This happens always, I mean the S-curve. The fact is that you've accept it and play accorringly. Wake up, you have to recover!

Why not to think about the possibilities...

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Money talks, BS walks

By: bogeyman August 4, 2012, 7:50 pm

I visited my bank manager and said I need a new mortgage. I also said that my rules are this: intrest rate is -1% and payback time is 100 years. I can still hear his laugh.

Euro-zone is having a funding problem, surprise! Shit hit the fan in Spain and the Euro-fellows are trying to help Spain, pumping money to them. But naughty Finland wants guarantees. Awful.

Strange. In this case, inside €uro, why would well balanced north subsidised corrupted south? Especially with their rules? The fact is that some of the current Euro-countries twisted the rules to be able to join the Euro. I don't know if their target was to be saved, but it looks like that.

EU itself is not a organisation which is known of deciseve decicion making, vice versa, it will do a suicide one day because of lack of decicions, waiting for compromises. One good example its stupidity is that half of its time it is spending in Strassbourg. Why? Because France wanted. On the other hand, EU has brought good things, Euro is one and Shengen is other. But is has serious problems. Like they say that the camel is a horse which is designed by committee. That is happening in Brussels and Strassbourg.

Only way out of this situation is (if we want to keep the Euro, and we should in my opinion) that rules defined earlier has to be followed. If you don't follow, penalties have to be painfull enough.

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The word what pissed me off!

By: bogeyman July 1, 2012, 11:59 am

Totally!

Is the package. Mobile operators are offering them. Cable-tv operators are offering them, calling me almost daily. Why?

It is again question of the competition and the capability to work with the challenge. In Finland it was very obvious what happened. During early 2000 mobile operators were fighting of the market share and they didn't find out the Pandora's Box. Regulation of the mobile business worked well in Finland up to mid 2000 (around). Around that time mobile operators were able to convince the regulator that they need the packages to be able to roll-out the 3G. And the regulator bought the idea.

Package means that you have a device and you are connected to the operator for a X period. Why? Operators problem is that the ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) was around 40€/month in early 2000. Those days are gone. Today it is something else but the operators have difficulties to cope with it. Their last life-line is the package.

Smaller operators in Finland have been agile. Elisa is the biggest one today and Sonera is loosing its position, maybe because of the fact that the HQ is in Sweden and the focus is in the other markets. But they all are offering packages.

But the package offering is still something which contains no value to the consumer, only for the offerer. If your marketing manager proposes packages, lay him/her off. In B2C business you have to deliver. B2B markets there are other aspects. Mathematics is different when you are talking about P&L and Balance sheet.

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Mobile corpses

By: bogeyman June 23, 2012, 8:39 am

Mobile business today is the most dynamic business in the world. It is changing really fast. Where are the original big ones, Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia? Nokia and Ericsson developed their skills in Nordic analog technology NMT and Motorola in the US based one. They were the big ones behind the GSM standard. Rumours are telling that if the was a hole in the standard, these guys quickly agreed the patch for it. Those guys were behind so-called 2G. Now we are just about getting 4G after 2.5G and 3G. G means generation.

The 1st body (at least heavily wounded) was Ericsson. They lost the track of the consumer behaviour. They tried to recover with Sony, especially Sony's strong brand Music Man, portable C-cassette player. If you are old fart like me you know the toy, I'm still having at least two of them. They didn't succeed.

In my opinion, Motorola was already half dead in the beginning of the GSM. There were nasty rumours about their technology. They had their moment with RAZR-phone but after that. Nothing. Sold out because they owned interesting patents.

Nokia's 1st problem was positive one. They developed excellent GSM phone called 2110. It was so good that they couldn't build them as fast as the markets were selling them. But they solved the problem and they are/were the logistics machine. This capability carried them to be number one position in the handset world. Today Nokia's future is really shady.

What happened. Shit hit fan? Nope, it is called S-curve. When the markets are saturating, new rules for the game are coming and these 3 lads didn't understand it, or didn't accept it. Originally the business was technology driven but today it is really consumer driven, especially how they behave and wants to use their mobile. In my pocket there are loads of high technology but I don't care. What it can deliver to me is important. Of course there is an other aspects in the markets. Everything around the one fruit is a religion. That is one way to take the markets.

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About the non-flying fat birds, again

By: bogeyman May 26, 2012, 10:26 am

As a Finn, I've been following about the discussion around Nokia. Unfortunately the discussion which been risen has been brought up by the people who really don't understand the facts.

Facts:
1.Mr. Elop is a messenger, he is trying to clean up and recover already made mistakes. Don't shoot him.
2.Mistakes were done somewhere in between 2000-2010
3.And the mistake was.... arrogance and keeping status quo

What the competitors did?
1.Apple have the habit to change the rules in business, and they did
2.Google is following that path with its own strategy

The key point is in the digital world that it changes, really fast. Nokia had challenges in early 90's and they handled them. The challenges were mainly logistical, demand was bigger than their delivery capacity. Today, Apple built up a new type of business model, not just for mobile phone but the full ecosystem meaning application and the distribution channel for them. Nokia didn't react (or act) to it and now the shareholders are suffering of it. Nokia Store wasn't successful enough compared to its competitors. It was obvious that they had to do something.

Today the key thing is in the mobile world is the ecosystem. Lad from Nokia said in one event in Finland that there are 3 type of ecosystems, good, bad and the evil ones. He had point in his message, but still, I selected the bad one.

When you are developing software there is a one fact. You have redesign and code your system from the scratch time-to-time. Is this done? Nope. What is the age of Symbian? It was very obvious that Nokia had to something and the options were following:
1.Rewrite Symbian
2.Join Android
3.Continue with MeeGo
4.Join Microsoft

My favourite was MeeGo but they decided differently. We'll see what happens, hopefully they'll recover.

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Jussi Kangas, R.I.P.

By: bogeyman May 15, 2012, 2:45 pm

Technician Jussi Kangas passed away in Vaasa, Tammikartano's hospital due to the long alignment at the 11th of April the 2012. He was born on the 18th of November on the 1936 in Ylistaro, Finland.

His working career started at 1952 in timber jobs and in 1955 he moved to Vaasa to work with Strömberg Inc (later on acquired by ABB) as a metal worker. He accomplished his national service in Kokkola and after that he returned back to Strömberg Inc. In 60's he started to study in the Technical College of Vaasa and graduated to technician, in electric engineering in 1963. That started a long career in Strömberg Inc. in various engineering posts. For example when using the metro in Helsinki, the sound of the electric engines of it reminds me of him, he was part of the team who designed the control of the engines of the metro in Helsinki.

He was very active in in labour union, also member of Vaasa's city council for many years and very active in local Lutheran church. Those organisations have noted his work by several badges of merit.

He had a wide collection of hobbies. He collected and work with stones, made jewels of them. He trained others to do it as well. Thing, which was very close to his heart was local history. He collected it, books and other material and documented it. In my opinion, that was one of his gifts to the Vaasa's area.

The thing which labels him in my opinion is his willingness to help others. There were no issues what he wouldn't tackle. If it is a question about the site policy of the city of Vaasa or snow works of grand ma in the neighbour. He delivered. I hope that everyone remembers this.

He got married in 1960 and this marriage delivered two sons of which I'm the 1st one.

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Fooling the Google

By: bogeyman April 22, 2012, 9:52 pm

Can you do it? Probably not, I just used the headline because it sounded funny and it rhymed. You have to be successful on-line. The question how you measure it.

If you are having a business, it is very obvious that you receive offers for the Google ads, there are shit loads of their agents. 1000 hits for price of x€. Not interested in. Here in Finland there are companies trying to cash hits and they have their case in court. Hits are nothing, I would pay something for real connections, like phone call or filed contact form on my web-site. Can I get that type of deal? Nope. Am I old stylish? Maybe, but I want value for my money.

The search engine optimisation is not a rocket science, even I can dot it. Type “liikkeenjohdon konsultointi strategia” to Google and the 1st non paid link should be … Because of the optimisation, I've received one RFQ, in two years (maybe I should write something to here).

On the other hand, it is quite funny what kind of search phrases will link to your web site, I'm surprised. Some examples of links to my web-site:
- telenor paperless office strategy
- 96% of the microsoft business actually is performed through partners idc
- runescape lottery logo
- economie when the shit hits the fan
- @pp.inet.fi @2010 txt emails managers -419 -eater -scam -scam -fraud -.co.uk
- to download free of charge advisers and indicators really
- guild wars lost my account info but i still got the cassete

Just to mention few. And these are more or less because of my blog. This means that the challenges in the new communications are different than we used to (at least my generation). We just have to cope with it!

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Mobile Payment. Game over, soon.

By: bogeyman assisted by Khail347 March 17, 2012, 10:39 am

This week I visited a seminar called Smart Urban Spaces. It is a project that has members from several European countries who are working around NFC-technology and how it can make our life easier. Of course, when it has word technology, in Finland it is like hard core sex. There are good examples, like the city of Oulu using NFC-tags to sign kids in to the kinder garden. An other application was city of Helsinki using a combination of a mobile phone having a NFC chip and a smart card provided by the public transportation of Helsinki for the European Championship sailing event participants to gain access to the event and the services in it. One story was about mobile payment and that was my motive to visit the event, and my blood pressure went sky high.

I wrote about it about 2 years ago. I spoke about it about 10 years ago in the ICT-event in Helsinki. Matti M, who commented on my blog 2 years ago, mentioned that the first trials of mobile payment were around 96/97. So how has the situation developed from 96? We have an organisation called Mobey Forum, http://www.mobeyforum.org/. What have they achieved? White papers and meetings! Interesting places like Cape Town, New York, Brussels and Amsterdam. Bloody hell! I hope that your company hasn't wasted its money to that BS.

Like I mentioned in my blog 2 years ago, this technology has been available more than 10 years, a secured one. What is the problem? The key issue is that who is the biggest loser? The banking sector including credit card companies have been pressing the break pedal, quite successfully. Who could have been the winner? Mobile operators. Why didn't they do it? Because of lack of courage(chickens!) and maybe some regulatory issues. Now the operators are building consortiums in some countries to do something in this area. Is it too late? My guess (educated one) is yes. What is going to happen? Someone who has big enough muscles will take the arena. Candidates are the Google and PayPal. And the biggest loser is.. Second price goes to...

Game over.

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Evolution

By: bogeyman March 10, 2012, 11:36 am

Some time ago one lad from UK issued a theory about the development of the species. His name was Charles Darwin. It is called evolution theory. Still some people (read idiots) denies it, they believe something else, called God. Evolution has made us what we are and in the future what we are going to be. Unfortunately, there is a risk that we destroy ourselves due to the fact that we are destroying our environment. One interesting example is that there was a arsenic mine in Devon, UK. It was closed about 170 years ago and the area is extremely toxic. During this 170 years nightcrawlers developed to be able to survive in this environment. Where we are going to be in next 170 years?

From biological point of view, evolution is easy. It just happens, you don't need to do anything. Or maybe just get a son or a daughter or several of them. We are good in the position where we don't need to do anything.

In the business world we have evolution as well. The difference comes from the fact that we can't be passive. We have to monitor the world actively and act, not react. If we are in the reacting mode, it is usually too late. Evolution drivers are called megatrends which are the parameters for your strategy towards your vision. One of the key the megatrends is the time. Or actually lack off it. Eastman Kodak had 132 years from the beginning to the end. Who remembers Digital Equipment Corporation? We are still enjoying some of their inventions. It lived roughly 60 years. What about companies under label “new economy”? Like Facebook, Google and LinkedIn. What is their expected life time? Most likely shorter than your or mine, especially if they don't develop all of the time. Yes, I am repeating myself but still, am I right or am I right ;-)

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About Eastman Kodak (from Stockholm)

By: bogeyman January 30, 2012, 12:01 pm

Company used to be a star, kind of Apple of its time. It is over 130 years old. They were the top player of the film industry. Their market share of the films in USA was over 80% and they were paying big bonus to their employers every year. They invented/developed digital camera, or at least they were one of the 1st companies to bring them to the markets. Something went wrong. Now they are under protection of chapter 11. Up to the 2007 they had laid of 27000 employees.

What went wrong?

Their down hill is estimated to start from the Olympics 1984 where main sponsor was Fuji. Kodak thinking them as a cheap brand. Film business started go down early 2000. Company didn't adapt to the change fast enough. They were already in digital business, but they didn't take it seriously. They tried to do business with Apple but they were not able to break through to digital business. The rest is history. Can they survive? Who knows.

The story is very important lesson that you have to be sensitive what is happening in the world. The only permanent thing in the business world is the change. Be sensitive!

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Luimneach (1)

By: bogeyman January 14, 2012, 5:35 pm

Nostalgic.

My son was giving a presentation to his English class and he decided to tell about his time in Ireland, Limerick. It raised memories, really nice ones.

Story starts from the summer 2000. I was a Business Manager of a unit which was very stable, boring by my standards. I went to my boss to tell that I'm getting bored with this unit. After thinking 10ms he said go to Ireland, we have a business unit there with challenges (or he want to get rid of me, which is probably better guess). And I went.

Anyway, this story is not about business, it is about the people. Especially how nice the people can be. Especially in Ireland.

The start was a disaster. When family came to familiarise themselves to the place the 1st stop was Heathrow. Fire alarm and we were standing next to plane outside of the terminal. When we got to Ireland, whole weekend was pissing rain and the weekend was more or less disaster. Still the family agreed to move there.

It was Christmas 2000. One week before it family came to Ireland. We were staying in the hotel. The container with our stuff came on the 22nd of December. We were quite in a hurry to make a Christmas for us within 2 days. But we did, we had a Christmas tree, ham (very important for Finns) and house more or less in order. We were ready to enjoy about the Christmas. The interesting thing is that in Finland the key day is 24th, but in Ireland it is the 25th. Neighbours has noted our arrival, all of them welcomed us, our door was suffering about all of the knocks.

Two doors down were living grandparents of Conor. Their conclusion was that my son felt alone and needed a pal for playing, doing kid's things. Michael drop Conor to our house and since that they were best friends. They didn't have a common language, just the toys.

Where would you leave your grandchild?

To be continued...

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Darwin and the business

By: bogeyman January 1, 2012, 12:03 am

I was watching BBC's programme First life, obviously Sir David Attenborough was there. He was giving a lesson to the business people. Same old story what I've been preaching all of the time. What it is? You have to remember and accept that the only permanent thing in this world is the change.

Keeping a long story short. How we have developed to be as we are today, and I don't believe any external touch like God or UFOs. The history of mammals is describing the path very well. In the beginning of the time the key requirement for the mammals was capability to reproduce. The 2nd issue was to adapt to the changes in the environment. These facts are actually the same shit where we are living in today. The capability to adapt has brought us to where we are today. The funny thing or should I say the contradiction is that we by nature are trying to avoid changes. We want to stay in the comfort zone. This is a example how your business should do. Adapt. Move out from your comfort zone. Keep on moving all of the time, but remember to think why and where you are moving. Every step you take have to have a good reason.

It is a boring attitude from me, but still it is a fact! The message is that how and to what you and your business is going to adapt in 2012!? I wish you good luck what ever your challenges are!

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The Time. Epilogue

By: bogeyman December 17, 2011, 11:43 am

I'm repeating myself so much that the readers (if there are any) will be pissed off. But the key message is that don't lie on the ground when there is a fire (weapons). Expression is difficult to translate from Finnish or at least the message is not easy to forward by an other language, but anyway, like I have mentioned million times or even more: the only permanent thing is the change. Most of the hassles in the world are due to the fact that people don't accept the change. It moves us out from our comfort zone. For example, would you have believed ten years ago that there would be discussions about the Internet etiquette or generations x, y and z?

All of the three previous stories are describing the change. Do you think that the change won't happen any more. Of course it will! More often and and with heavier effects! The question is that are you capable hang with it? I am. Just about. Hopefully. But how long can I cope with it, that is the challenge. Most likely, life is a b... But you have to live it!

End of the fourth part of the trilogy :)

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The Time. Part III

By: bogeyman December 12, 2011, 10:17 pm

Interweb! Like our friend, Homer would say.

Now we are talking about the megatrend! Late 80's I was working in a company which was importing IP-technology to Finland. At that time it was just a tool how your workstation was communicating with a computer. Then came Tim Berners-Lee. The change of our world started. We are now on-line, we have to be. Otherwise we don't exist.

SMS started the gap between my generation and the younger one. Maybe we are just about to be able to follow it, like terms lol etc. SMS created because of its 160 character limitation incredible amount of shortenings, credits to our younger generation. But it was a beginning.

Today it is a question of being on-line. What can you do there, how to behaviour there. There is a etiquette how to act there. That is the challenge. Me and my generation manages it, just about, but my parent's generation are challenged. Some of them manages the situation but some of them are denying it and its existence. When the public and private services are going to net more and more, this development is dividing the people in different categories. On-line and off-line.

End of the story. Maybe...

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The Time. Part II

By: bogeyman December 4, 2011, 6:56 am

During late sixties I was playing with the punch cards which my mum brought from the office. It was cool. Late 70's in school I had a touch of the 1st computer, Commodore Pet. 27Kb memory and c-cassette as a mass memory. Of course there were Vic 20 and Commodore 64. The one of the coolest game were The Dallas Quest and The Lazy Larry! Then came the PC, my 1st one was Ericsson PC with 8 inch floppy and 128k memory. Because I was engineer student, I built 128k more memory to it. MS-Dos was 1.0, later 2.11. Then came MS-Dos 3.x and the Windows. The big question at that time was that do you really need more memory than 640k. According to Microsoft, no.

Anyway, there was time of the minicomputers and the workstations like MicroVax and Sun but things came back to the PC. We had NT, Windows 2000 etc. and Mac lived its own life. Now we are looking what is going to happen with the tablets? Will they kill the PC?

Anyway, the trend is that the hardware is not going to be the issue. It is a standard. If we forgot the Apple.

To be continued...

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The Time. Part I

By: bogeyman November 26, 2011, 9:23 am

According to physics, it is not constant. According me, there are time lines which are getting shorter and shorter. My generation has gone through many very big changes. My parents were part of the change from agricultural society to industrial one. Funny thing is that we still can see glimpses of the agricultural society, like lunch time at 11 o'clock. What are the changes of my generation? Some examples will follow.

If we start from the technological point of view, the 1st thing is the telephone. Although it is technology, it is obviously having effects to our social behaviour. One important milestone in the telephone history according to Finnish Wikipedia was 1876 when Italian inventor Antonio Meucci invented teletrofono, but there were issues with Mr. Alexander Graham Bell in USA. Obviously switches were manual in the beginning but the automated switch was developed/patented Almon Strowger in 1891. Or at least the key components.

Then came the mobility. Finland was the forerunner in this technology. The 1st network was ARP, analogue and the switching happened manually. Then came the NMT, 450MHz version and later on 900MHz version which introduced the 1st hand-held mobile, “Gorbachev”. When the GSM arrived, it was digital and European standard, our world was changed totally. Then came 2.5G, 3G, 3.5G and now 4G is raising its head. These technologies has change our world totally. They have also change our social behaviour. When you had last time your mobile switched off just for fun, not being in the aeroplane?

To be continued..

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Strong as Samson

By: bogeyman October 29, 2011, 5:48 pm

Psychiatrist and lawyers destroying mankind sung Procol Harum for ages ago. Today, I would say it is bankers and lawyers. On the other hand, I would say that the lawyers are only the tool, not the reason.

It is a fact that the banking industry has screwed up seriously. The question is that how much it should have been regulated? In my opinion, all of resources/businesses which are operating with limited areas should be regulated. Good example here in Finland is electricity. Basically you can buy electricity to your house from what ever company in Finland. Free competition. Bollocks. Then comes the transmission price which is defined by your local electricity company. And the electricity price won't rice, only transmission price. Maybe I should hire a lawyer...

Sorry, I went to sideways again. Back to the topic. I have a problem. Serious one. My mouth is faster than my brains. Time to time it is causing problems. Today it is causing more and more. Why? Our tolerance of bs. versus insult is narrowing. This means that we are going towards American extreme. Story goes that in Washington there are 1 lawyer per 1000 inhabitants. Do you want to be like that? I don't! Let there be bs!

But still I'm Strong as Samson ;-)

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9/11

By: bogeyman September 11, 2011, 9:11 am

When there has been major catastrophes important for me and when them happened I've been in Limerick, Ireland. One morning, on the 28th of September 1994 at the hotel after the breakfast I was watching CNN and there was coming story about the Estonia. 852 died.

The other story was of course 9/11. I was living in Limerick at that time. I was organising a golf event for WMA (Wireless Messaging Association) and I was visiting Adare golf club, one of the best clubs in Ireland and having a lunch in their pub. The place was full of American tourists and the TV was on CNN. My phone was beeping all of the time, colleagues were updating me of the situation. The atmosphere in the pub was incredible, kind of once in the life time. One story about the 9/11. We had one guy visiting from UK, subcontractor. He was preparing a big computer for a customer delivery. When he heard what happened in USA, he panicked. He took first plane to UK, left all of his stuff to Ireland.

9/11 caused tighter security to air traffic. 2002 I moved back to Finland but still I was visiting Ireland quite often. Around the Christmas I bought from Ireland a light sabre to my son, you know the thing used in Star Wars. No problems in Irish security check. But the security lady in Heathrow thought that it was scary! So it was left to London. Thanks to my friends in Ireland, my son got the light sabre in that Christmas by an other arrangement.

And what is the moral of the story? Currently it looks like that I should stay out of Limerick! Pity, I love the city!

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Management isms

By: Sergeant Bogeyman September 4, 2011, 10:49 am

Theory says that 5% of us is a natural leader or manager. Rest of us can be trained. Partially I believe in that. 5% yes. The training part I doubt a bit, yes you can improve your skills but you have to have the base.

There was a study among students in Finland, which is done annually. Study was about what are the best managed companies in Finland, or felt to be one. They interviewed 1700 persons in early summer 2011. It is quite funny what were the results. Loosers were the government, Lidl and Nokia.

Winners were Google, Nokia and the Finnish Army!

This is interesting. Army is a clean line organisation, very old type of organisation. The key point of the line organisation is that it delivers. Quality. In Finland we have one other big organisation which is working like the army, Finnair. It is very important for them that they are delivering quality, all of the time. And we understand that.

The point here is that are the young people waiting for a new management style? Bollocks. They are waiting for a management, good one.

Eric Schmidt from Google says that most likely Steven Jobs is the best CEO ever seen in the business. His track record is very dashing. And story tells that employers didn't dear to go same elevator with Steven. Not a nice guy but genius! And how is Apple organised? Sounds like line organisation with a strong leader. But what is going to happened now to Apple after Steven Jobs? It went down once.

There is a industry which are creating management isms and trying to cash with them. Keep your head cool when you meet them.

What is my ism? JFDI! Tracks are leading to Ireland! Try to find out!

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Patents!

By: bogeyman August 25, 2011, 1:33 pm

Originally idea was a good one. Cover the good or excellent idea so that the inventor's idea wasn't stolen. Today it is a tool for big game for big companies. Motorola was a active member of the group when GSM was raising up (Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia where the drivers of that standard). Motorola loose their position in the mobile word, but because of the history and their activities in the pioneering time of the GSM they are having a good portfolio patents. That is the reason why Google paid $12.5B. Nothing to do with Motorola's business.

Then there are companies like Lodsys and Qualcom. Maybe I should not mention these companies in the same sentence but their behaviour pisses me off. The fact is that Qualcom has developed mobile technology, but their moral can be challenged. If your own business is not working, should you try to challenge everyone else in the business sector because of your patent portfolio?

Lodsys' strategy is clear, they buy patents and raises court cases. That you can define as a hyena strategy.

One aspect is also that in US you can patent almost everything, their rules are much easier than ours in Europe.

This is a sample again that life is a b... Says me who has a patent registered in US.

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About the two fat birds which flight capability is not so good. Or about the other one.

By: bogeyman August 21, 2011, 3:38 pm

I decided that I won't write any more about this subject. But still it is disturbing my attention. Especially because there was an article in local newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, about guy who was leading the development of Meego in Nokia. He felt that Nokia didn't put enough resources to it. The question is why should they, The answers is that you have to renew yourself time to time and now is time for Symbian. Is the answer Microsoft? Everyone is having their opinion.

Mobile development community has shown their interest in Microsoft environment. This is a good message to Nokia. On the other hand, Microsoft's market share in mobile world is quite sad, you can it is a looser level. Is it going to raise with Nokia? Possibilities are there!

On the other hand. Nokia started to distribute N9, Meego phone. It received very good comments about its usability and technology. Interesting thing is that it is not going to be sold in UK and Germany. Why? There is a rumour that it isn't going to be sold in the countries where Microsoft localisation has been done. And what is the logic here. I don't have a glue. Generally, I don't believe in Nokia's strategical movements. They are destroying their legacy.

Story is not a happy one. Guy in Meego development went to HP to develop webOS. Life is a b...

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U.S.A. Inc.

By: bogeyman August 14, 2011, 11:42 am

CEO Barack Obama, staff (population) over 540 million. Company's economy is 14500 B$ (GDP). It's debts is 14500B$ and raising. Company spends more money to the health care than any other, per capita or compared to GDP. Most common reason for private bankruptcy is the health care bill's. Post office is about in bankruptcy. Public sector is over 30% of the GDP. What if USA Inc. would go public? Would you invest? By the way, CEO's post is open in 2012. Are you interested in?

One third of the debts are to public institutions and funds. One third is owned by FED and other local investors and the last third are China (1000+B$), Japan (1000-B$), UK (0.300+B$) and other countries. Current CEO of course didn't generate this problem, he inherited it. Because of the CEO election, problem solution was very political game, and it didn't really solve anything. It just was pushing problems to the future.

In real world, can you operate a company this way?

And by the way, if you are interested in the CEO position in this company, there are some cool toys for you. Like world biggest and most powerful army and NASA.

Cool... Or is it worth of everything else around?

And the World Bank thinks that Europe is having a financing problem. Interesting.

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Flashes

By: bogeyman August 7, 2011, 12:03 pm

It is funny how one's memory works. It can be sound, music, smell or what ever which can bring you to the history. For example, I visited first time in Ireland in 1994. It was winter time and still when I smell the burning turf that is Ireland.

Music is a one big reminder. Majority of those memories I don't dear to publish. I moved to Ireland in 2000 and music reminds of the time. Finnish music like Bomb Func Mc's Freestyler and Darude's Sandstorm was everywhere, even in Ireland. Of course U2's Beautiful Day was a big thing. Those are Ireland for me.

I have one funny memory. I spent few summers in my cousin's farm in Ylistaro (in the middle of nowhere). Every bleeding morning I woke up about 6 o'clock when the milker started in the neighbourhood. That sound I can still picture.

And then the car my dad had at the time :) (60's) (white one)

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Public me, private me

By: bogeyman July 13, 2011, 7:10 am

One thing which has changed in our world is the social media, actually there wasn't one in the good old days. Today we have to think what part of our life is public and what is private. It has open our society in a good way. I think although today Wikileaks is having a personal (or person) problem it has given us a path. Social media is generating revolutions. Of course, that development in a short term may shake our world in very disturbing way but in a long run, I believe it is going to be good development.

Part of the story is that how one sends messages to the crowds. Social media is a efficient tool for that. The other part of the story is that what it can tell about you. Are you behaving in a way that you dear to see it on-line? Especially if you are in politics and/or in a high position.

The negative side of the story is that where you can draw the line of your privacy. Especially when you here the news that your mobile and/or your navigator is collecting the data about your whereabouts and sending the data somewhere. What kind of data is collected by the sites where you have registered? Do you really read the terms of the service when registering to it? That is alarming! Be aware and use your brains when using the social media!

But today, am I public or private me? That is the question. At least I know I'm bleeding old, but starting to get younger ;-)

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So what the f... happened to Nokia?

By: bogeyman June 18, 2011, 8:53 am

Same thing happened to Motorola. They just didn't fall from so high. It happened also to Ericsson. Those three were the big ones in GSM business, actually they were the GSM. So is it time for death of Nokia? (Death might be a bit dramatic but serious downsizing anyway)

The difference is that when the business is changing from the technology business to the consumer sales, the rules are changing. I think that the 1st warning for Nokia was Blackberry, unfortunately they didn't recognise the warning signal. Of course, Blackberry wasn't a consumer service but it showed the direction, not only the technology but the service as well. Especially to the direction where Apple is good.

What is the root cause? Arrogance basically or laziness to change. By nature we are lazy and we have serious difficulties to move out from our comfort zone. That has killed many companies. Motorola, Ericsson and Nokia forgot the world. World and consumers don't follow them, they have to follow the consumers. When the gizmos are coming to be day-to-day stuff, rules are changing. Follow your teenager kids, then you might stay on the map. But what will happen on the 21st of June, does it save the day for Nokia?

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Gizmos

By: bogeyman May 29, 2011, 12:44 pm

I think that the 1st gizmo was Sony's Music Man, portable C-cassette player. Since that we've been addicted the toys what can be taken with us where ever we go.

I'm counting that my gizmo history starts from early 80's when I was summer trainee in PTT of Finland (although I'm still having a Sony). I was doing measurements between exchanges in remote areas and I was driving the car equipped by ARP or NMT phone (analog ones). At that time, it was really, really cool. Late 80's I was equipped with NMT phone in my car, 30*20*6cm size, not really a portable one. Me and missus did our honeymoon trip in early 90's to Scotland. We were equipped with a book named B&B in Scotland and phone card. Phone card was used for booking the next sleeping place and for reporting to a friend in London who was worried about us. Mid 90's came and I got the Nokia phone, 2110. Since that, I've been all of the time more or less on-line.

Then came social media and everything else. You can hang in the net forever. The world has changed quite dramatically during our life time. Today I can't even imagine the situation where I would be without my mobile or Net. What about the generation after us? Their life is very much on-line, like ours.

The obvious question is that can we and our kids be off-line? Do we want to be off-line? What if we try? (Says guy who is writing to a blog ;-)

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SkypeMS! Sold! $!

By: bogeyman May 14, 2011, 7:14 pm

Skype, the excellent Swedish/Danish service. Guys behind it are quite brilliant, they have sold it twice. That is really good way to make money. On the other hand, the service has so big need in the market that it is easy to sell, even twice. The story goes roughly like this:
- Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis sells Skype to eBay by 2.6B$
- eBay sells 70% of it to investor group by 2.75B$
- Investor group and eBay sells Skype to Microsoft by about 8.5B$
Owners (Investor group) gets:
- eBay 2,55B$
- Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis 1.10B$
- Silver Lake, Andreessen Horowitz and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) 4.76B$

And what the f... Microsoft is doing with Skype? There are different kind of speculations, like that are improving MS Office's position against Apple's iWorks and Google's Docs. Integrating Skype to Xbox could also a good idea. I don't have any figures, but by following a in-house teenager, Messenger is loosing its market share for one reason or an other.

And now the Devil's Advocate part. Mr. Ballmer has said that Skype continues to work all of the current platforms, like Mac and Linux. Tony Bates, CEO of Skype seconds him by saying that that was one term of the deal. For how long? Do they have to develop it? Do they have to fix the bugs?

I really hope that this is not a nail in coffin of one my favourite service.

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Mickey Mouse versus Birdhouse and something else

By: bogeyman May 1, 2011, 1:43 pm

Europe is totally out of the picture. We haven't understood the game. It is not any more question about the gizmo's, it is a question about what we are doing with the the toys, and how we are doing them with them.

Apple has been always good on to understanding of the users and how they are using the toys. Apple and especially Steve Jobs has been incredible, I would be lying if I wouldn't admire his work. His talent to creating a fuzz around the products is incredible, and the creativeness around the products that also needs to be mentioned.

I'm a Finn so of course I'm having an emotional relationship to what is happening here. Nokia's problem is that they are doing perfect gizmo's but they don't know what to do with them (their customers). Hopefully Mickey Mouse will help them with that. This marriage is anyway having the potential to be a winner. Microsoft developed the general kind of industrial standard.

And what about our friend, Linus Torvalds? Then there is a 3rd party, Linux community. Question is that are they real players today? Especially because the they are scattered, too many distribution versions. Although, their communities are doing excellent work, even better than the commercial networks, can they be trusted? Should the community do something? Because the Linux community is not a commercial environment, it has a lack of management. I really hope that they will cope that.

The question is that is our world going to be Microsoft? Is our world going to be Apple? Or is our world going to be Linux?

These three environments will be our future, I hope that there will be at least those three, hopefully some more. We need possibilities, hopefully there are not a dominant one!

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Offices and toilets without paper!

By: bogeyman April 23, 2011, 3:49 pm

CEO of Xerox (sorry, I can't remember his name) said that there will be paperless toilets before the paperless offices. And he was right. Yes, there are paperless toilets in Japan. But where are the paperless offices? I had a friend who used to work in Telenor (Norway). She told me that early 2000 Telenor was declared to be a paperless company. What that meant. Everybody were printing all of the received documents at the end of the day they had to shred them.

What is the problem here? One of the problems is A4! It is a ISO 214 standard where w*h is 210*297, the relation is 1*1.41. Why that is a problem? My laptop display relation is 1*0.57 and the external display what I'm using is 1*0.79. Trying to read A4 documents having at minimum 2 columns with these displays is really paint in the below the zero! The challenge is that when the computer industry and the printing/advertising/media industries will use the same standards. Maybe then we are going to have real paperless office.

What about iPad and similar toys? In one of the local newspapers Ville (26) said that iPad is cool because you can read it on the sofa, can't you read the newspaper there? Will the tablets change the world? I doubt, but I can be wrong. As usual.

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Saving the ice

By: bogeyman April 10, 2011, 11:14 am

I am more or less repeating myself. Boring! But...

Iceland is voting for icesaving programme. It is again question of the issue that who owns the wins and who owns the losses. In my opinion the country of Iceland, especially the people (tax payers) are NOT responsible of the individual businessmen who have tried the lottery, in creative way. Netherland and UK should have strong enough regulation for their banking industry that this type of accident should not happened. Defenatelly it is not a problem or issue of Icelandic people.

And what is the moral of the story? What I've mentioned already wins and losses should be equal in market economy! Even in country level. Yes, EU can save the country, but it has to happen in the way which is acceptable, there has to be penalties for the party who has screwed up. Otherwise, the moral of the people, you and me, will suffer.

I hope that Iceland will say no!

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Hot Stuff, Mobile Ecosystem!

By: bogeyman March 31, 2011, 10:23 am

The hot stuff of today is ecosystem. Everyone is talking about the E-word. Some of the opinions which I'm going to express here are based on the seminars which took place in ICT exhibition in Helsinki on the 23rd and 24th of March. Sources are panel discussion which topic was: ''Was Finland's future screwed up or renewed? Nokia 2.0 - New ecosystem'' and presentations by ''Monty'' Widenius (Mr. MySQL) and Mikko Hyppönen (Mr. F Secure). And of course, views are filtered by me or even developed by me.

Family Microsoft is basing their story on the fact that 96% of the revenue to Microsoft is coming via partners. This means that they have to serve their partners, actually the revenue sharing is favouring the partners. It is also a fact that Microsoft is controlling or has a good grip of the business world. That is the reason why Nokia married Microsoft. Microsoft is having a good ecosystem to partner with it. Quite open and easy to join. But one interesting aspect was raised in the ICT event, what is the biggest bot-net in the world? Microsoft's one! What if the shit hits the fan a big way? Who will control the big net? In a big way I mean almost 3rd world war. What is possibility for it?

The Apple! Apple ecosystem is really interesting. There are good points and the other ones. I have to admit that they have done some really good movements to change the digital world, but also they are controlling their ecosystem really heavily, in business world that is called micro management. It is also very obvious how much they hate free stuff. Your freedom is limited, but secured.

What about Open Source? I've been using Linux (Ubuntu) about 2 years. I have had 2 problems. For the both them I have found temporary solutions (posted before I've noticed the issue) and the final fix has come usually with next update. It is a fact that this community (Linux) is so proud their development that they will fix all of the problems. The good point is that community will do good work with testing and it also very often secures the continuity the application although the original developer is out of the picture for some reason or other. The challenge is the business models, you have to accept that there are not any quick wins. All of the licensing models are based on the fact that you have to deliver good work for sometime and then you'll be awarded.

Question is that what is your camp? I've chosen mine and I'm a happy little camper!

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iBusiness and the fortresses part 2

By: bogeyman March 25, 2011, 11:00 am

Part one on the March 27th, 2010, 11:44 am (scroll down if you need a reminder)

Some weeks ago there was a interview of Bon Jovi in Sunday Times. He claimed that Mr. Apple Steven Jobs has full responsibility that the music business is in crisis. He (BJ) thinks that value of the recording in the eyes of the youth has collapsed. The sale of the sales of the CD's has collapsed.

There were also other stupid comments which are not worth of digital “air time”.

I'm not a fan of Apple, vice versa. But I have to admit that they have done good work in certain areas, for example they have brought the music industry to the new age. Record labels don't accept that. Of course because it means that they are more or less useless. The challenge in this new business model is that are the copyright owners getting the compensation what they have deserved.

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Mr. K. Marx and the market economy

By: bogeyman March 13, 2011, 10:17 am

Are we really living in the market economy? I don't believe. It is very often happening that when everything goes fine, all of the business men are cashing the results. But when the shit hits the fan (my favourite English expression) everyone are shouting nations and their central banks to help. Is it so that wins are yours and the risk is restricted and/or socialised? It is now the situation what we see in Europe's crisis areas.

This is our current problem, we allow people in banking area to play but when shit hits the fan and especially because of their action could disturb the monetary system, central banks are covering the situation. This means that the wins are private and losses are common. So basically we are not living in free market economy. Example, if I make a bet with you about who will win the American Idols about 100 Euros. If I win, I got the money. If I loose, you got the money but my friends will cover my losses (hopefully they'll be me friends after that). Is that how the market economy should play? Maybe I have read wrong books. For me this looks like something what Mr. K. Marx has written about. Almost. The key question is that what would happen if we allow big disturbance in our monetary system? Maybe that would educate the players!

I think the issue is that how the monetary system can be screwed up by 19 years old bleeding bankers without any consequences? Why we are accepting this? Do we want to solve this problem? It is not a rocket science!

Thumbs up for Japan!

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About the marriage of two turkeys (expression borrowed from somebody)

By: bogeyman February 20, 2011, 11:42 am

Nokia's move raised emotional reactions especially in Finland. It is very obvious when you are in small a nation with a big company. I'm trying to do analysis now without a emotional burst.

Microsoft is almost a monopoly. Nokia is the biggest player in mobile world, somewhere in 30 to 40 % market share. In theory this looks like a perfect marriage. So what is the problem? One Finnish magazine defined it as a marriage done in hell.

Today the real world is open or opening and I mean digital world. The philosophy/model of Microsoft and Nokia don't work. I'm actually surprised that all of the Apple's products are still so popular. It is more or less because their user experience but I believe it will not be permanent. Still, I believe that Linux type of approach will rule one day, it is not a question about the software purchased. It is a question about the service and support.

The question to Nokia is that what is your strong point? It is the mobile hardware and the logistics around it. If your weak points are applications and distribution of them, should you go to closed environment?

Nokia and Microsoft are talking about the ecosystem. Obviously, because that is their problem. Internet economy has changed the earning models in high technology area and both Nokia and Microsoft are not the key players in modern earning models. Are they bringing something new (even old) to the market? Nope.

Who initiated the discussions between Nokia an Microsoft? Mr. Elop (or eFlop like mentioned in the social media)? I don't believe on that, the beginning has happened before his time.

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Bye bye Nokia

By: bogeyman February 12, 2011, 12:07 pm

Nokia has loosed its market share. In smartphones Apple and Android-based mobiles has been pain below zero and Chinese vendors are coming to cheapphone segment. Microsoft hasn't succeeded in mobile markets at all. In the PC world it is having many different issues. First of all, it is trying to get monopoly type of position there, it is trying to kill players who are stepping to its toes, like we saw in browsers. Luckily regulators were awake. Open Source is generating pressure, like Linux and OpenOffice. So will marriage of two loosers make a winner. I doubt.

In my believe, this is not only lost for Nokia, it is a lost for whole mobile (software) industry in Finland. Here is quite big group of companies working with Symbian. Of course, Symbian is more or less at the end of its life so the industry is anyway in the crossing, a new variable don't make their life easier. The question is that should they go to Android camp or Microsoft or do they have capacity and skills for both.

Nokia developed MeeGo operating system with Intel. I think that was smart move if you want to have own operating system. One of the key points is that you are open, Linux based MeeGo is that, everything else is stone age, like Windows. Now CEO Elop is saying that it is temporary solution. So when and most likely if they get one MeeGo phone out, it is going to be flop. Who would buy temporary product? Who would develop applications to it? Good excuse to say that it was good idea to go to Windows.

One of the Nokia's problems has been that is hasn't been able to keep its time schedules. All of the recent models have been delayed, like the MeeGo phone. How long does it take to develop Windows mobile, especially when you have to design control-, alt- and delete-buttons. Luckily the blue screen is operating system feature, no hardware planning required.

Are we going to remember Mr. Ollila as a man who made Nokia big and down-sized it? Nasty rumours are telling that Mr. Elop owns Microsoft's shares but not Nokia's.

Anyway, most likely I'm using last Nokia phone, looking towards Android.

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Social media for dummies, like me

By: bogeyman January 28, 2011, 6:26 pm

It is now middle-aged. I mean social media, if the beginning is calculated when the 1st email was sent, in 1971 when someone created application which could sent messages from computer to another in Arpanet project. The 1st kind of chat was BBS using dial-up modems during 1978 and the 1st social web-pages were GeoCities in 1994. 1997 we got the 1st instant messengers, Windows Messenger and AOL Instant Messenger. 2002 started Friendster which was model for Facebook. Then came Twitter and the question is that what next? For example there are already trends which are hinting that Windows Messenger will die.

Social media is fun or at least entertaining. But... there is always but. It also important that one uses his/hers head when operating with social media. The 1st risk is that what you write, no business secrets, don't complain about your customers, avoid telling your exact travel plans (home empty, burglars are welcome) etc. The fact is that whatever you write to net, it will stay somewhere forever, almost the whole history of internet is recorded somewhere, earliest records are from 1980's. The 2nd risk is that someone tries to fish information from you, it can be harmless looking application in Facebook. Rule of thumb is that use your brains and stay alerted. Then there are virtual criminals like someone is steeling your furnitures in Habbo Hotel and hate groups for example threatening somebody's life in Facebook.

Then some interesting aspects, this was raised by Technology Review. A married couple was having common account in Farmville game. In the case of divorce, what will happen to virtual property? Should you add also virtual property to your prenuptial agreement?

What about comes social media and your business. Have you received loads of offers which are telling that it is must for your company be in Facebook, Twitter and where ever. Your business can't survive without them, you will die... Again, it is allowed to use your head. One of the key issues in social media, especially corporate communication is that the sent message is meaningful for the audience. This way it is going to be meaningful for the company and it will strengthen the brand. You have to choose correct channel depending of the nature of your business. For example, I don't believe that company doing paper machines needs Twitter.

The fact is that social (new) media is here to stay. It has and will change the world, we can't ignore it. We have to change our behaviour accordingly, like Wikileaks has shown that the old behaviour will have problems with new rules. Basically it is trying to be a honest media but occasionally some mistakes are happening so use your head, again. Interesting to see how many if any revolutions are agitated by social media in Africa and Middle-East.

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Little Mari had a little ice cream shop

By: bogeyman January 8, 2011, 1:16 pm

Mari, age of 8 years decided to create business of her own. She started a ice cream shop/kiosk in Turku. It was shown in TV in the news as a lightening. What happened? Local healthy inspectors made an inspection to her premises. Licence to do business would cost +100 euros. This story happened in last summer.

I've mentioned earlier that bureaucracy has raised its head here in a bad way, is it a question of afraid or what? It seems that the old rule of government officers' is valid, if don't do anything, you don't do mistakes. Of the mistakes you will be fired. If they do something, it is really comma f... stuff.

Is this the way how we support entrepreneurship in Finland? This is an example why Turku is a synonym for a.. in Finland.

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Letter to S.C.

By: bogeyman December 24, 2010, 11:09 am

Dear Santa,

I've been a good boy. I have updated my status in Facebook, LinkedIn and all of the places where I've registered. I have also re-cycled my rubbish. Newspapers and all of the paper rubbish is handled, and I'm having a compost, bottles and other glass stuff, metals and batteries are collected. So the problem is not here. It is the question of the values. I hope that you are thinking the environment as well, feed your reindeer with organic food.

On the other hand there are places in this world which would serve better as a parking places. I hope that they don't spoil our Christmas.

Anyway, I wish you and all of my friends and others peaceful Christmas and happy New Year.

bogeyman

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Branding f... Finland, license to kill :)

By: bogeyman December 6, 2010, 8:52 am

For me branding means something to sell. So how much you will you pay about Finland? It has very clean brand, water is excellent and it is very green oriented. That means it is future proved. It will educate you! No extra fee! The best education you can get! We are going to be international trouble shooter (like 007).

The other side of the coin is that here is bleeding cold most of the year. Cars are expensive. Houses are expensive. Booze is expensive. Mainly everything is expensive due to the taxation. Bureaucracy is raising its head. For example, you have a flat and you are planning to change the water tap in your bathroom. You have to inform the housing cooperative and they will charge you about receiving the announcement. Hopefully they will charge you under 150 euros. And talking about mother-in-laws...

On the other hand the people behind the branding underlined one important issue of the Finns. We are very result oriented people, we are not satisfied by the old solutions, we are always seeking new solutions even to old problems. One funny story which most likely gives you a hint of our mind setting. I was working in a Finnish company which had operation also in Ireland. One guy from Ireland came to work in Finland. He told once that Finns must have telepathic connection to each other. He was testing software with group of Finns and one guy came to the lab and said we should do testing this way. Other Finns said OK. And so they did. “Seamus” was surprised because no collective decision making, just goal to target with a new method.

This gives a license to kill for us! And now independence day's special offer... Veri gud prise, just foor u mi frend!

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A bit more about the 42

By: bogeyman November 27, 2010, 12:11 pm

You think that we have experienced big changes in the business life. Airlines are suffering. Telecom operators are suffering. The world has changed. That is BS. That is called competition. Airline business used to be regulated business, no real competition. When it opened the budget airlines came to the business and they are having totally different strategy to the business and the old airlines which are carrying the burden of their history are suffering. Can they get rid of the burden? There are major obstacles, like unions which might kill the “old” airlines, at least some of them. Telecom operators are operating in the regulated area. If you are mobile operator the frequencies are limited. If you are fixed operator, there is no reason from national economy point of view to do double/triple fiber/copper network. In this situation the regulator should do its job and guarantee that the operators don't overprice their services. If the operators are whining, the regulation is working.

And now some facts about the 42. Industrialisation period is about 100 years old. From the marketing and business point of view it can be modelled this way, production driven, sales driven, demand driven, customer oriented and total (segmented). Without going to the details there are also other ways to model the business. I'm using very often the S-curve, which describes the life cycle of the product. The message is that the market will saturate and the requirements varies depending of the position on the S-curve.

And now the 42 fact. During the industrialisation period what has changed? Nothing much, really. Two nuances and one change or addition. Nuances are that the time frame of the S-curve is shorter and shorter and because of the internet you have a global distribution channel, which means everything is global, no boarders. The change is internet economy where Google is good example. Big amount of small (=cheap) transactions can create to you big income. This should explain quite many things what we have seen in the business life.

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Good companies and Bad companies

By: bogeyman November 2, 2010, 10:06 am

Bogeyman is back! Thanx for Khail347 of opening of the gaming world. Maybe old farts like me can learn something.

I'm bit repeating myself but I'm trying to bring a new angle to my message. When following the discussion forums which are looking especially stock markets and other financial issues you see occasionally that company is lousy. Like recently Nokia. How it can be lousy, it has made money for ages and is doing. It is paying dividends and has shit loads of cash. So what is the problem? The problem is that stock value is going down. Why? The same guys who complaining the quality of the companies are trying to make quick wins and they are following the analysis of the young stock analysers who don't have any experience of the business where the companies are. It is like blind is walking the blind. Of course there are also behind the issues what I've mentioned earlier, strategical changes don't really fit to quartal economy, results of the strategical changes can't be seen in a quarter.

Åbo Academi's professor Alf Rehn has raised an interesting discussion about the Finnish management styles. Swedish people introduces a term Management by Perkele, which should describe Finnish management style. Is it really so? I think we have gone more and more towards civil servant type of approach, if you don't do anything, you don't do mistakes and from mistakes you will be punished. Because of this attitude we have lost the creativity which partially comes from taking risks, don't over analyse everything.

My own thesis for creating the business team are as following, you need one crazy, one who applies the brakes, one who does it (R&D) and one who sales the shit. The link attached to this blog is Alf Rehn's interview, unfortunately it is in Finnish, but those who understands, enjoy.

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The earning models of online games

By: Khail347 October 13, 2010, 2:51 pm

Nowadays the most played games in the world are MMORPG's. Which stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game. They have grown to incredible volumes in the last 5-8 years. For example the all-known game World of Warcraft. The company behind it, Blizzard, bases the game around addictiveness. Addicting a person is usually the only way to get them to pay around 15$/€/£ a month just for a game. Blizzard is in a good position now, since they have over 10 million people playing their game. Count 15x10 000 000 it is at least 100 000 000 is taking into count some possible discounts etc. But 100 000 000 a month is a lot. Of course there are the standard expences (running servers, company space and etc.) but still this would be a incredible amount of profit, and still adding the sold game copies would grow it even more. This is one earning model and also the most profitable one if it is done correctly.

Then there is the game without a subscription fee that is funded with sold copies and micro payments (buying small pieces of additional content for the game) for example Guild Wars. Guild Wars has approx. 5,5 million players, not very active anymore though because the game is quite old already. Which brings me to another detail, I myself played Guild Wars for a couple of years, and you clould see that when there wasn't a subscription fee for the game, they came up with less new content. They did make 3 games and 1 add-on pack for the series but after you grinded through those there wasn't much left other than Player versus Player but that was not the main attraction for most. Guild Wars 2 is coming up next year so until then...

After those there is still the free game with that gets the player addicted with a free version of the game with limited content and the full game and content for a subscription fee. For example Runescape is like this. Runescape is my MMO of choice since it has a lot of content and the company that made the Jagex brings new content for the subscribers all the time. Also the monthly payment is 1/3 of WoW's fee (5,95$/€/£). Runescape has around 20 million players of which roughly 15 million are free players and around 5 million are Paying for the game. A lot of Runescape is based around long time achievements for example if you want to max out a skill it takes anywhere from a few weeks to years.

The final one of the popular earning models is the completely free game that is funded by mere micro payments for example the finnish social media/game thing Habbo Hotel and the MMORPG Runes of Magic. These type of games addict people with the free game and then try to get people to buy little things within the game for a small fee (e.g. A new sword in Runes of Magic)

These are the current most popular earning methods in online multiplayer games. In the future someone might make an even more efficient one but that we will only see with time.

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Don't go to Europe! You will die! One day! Anyway...

By: bogeyman October 9, 2010, 8:12 pm

t looks like that USA is giving a recommendation that its citizen's shouldn't go to Europe due to the risk of terrorism. And now some statistics by Google.

Car Crash statistics: There were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. The financial cost of these crashes is more than 230 Billion dollars. 2.9 million people were injured and 42,636 people killed. About 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States -- one death every 13 minutes

Gun deaths per 100,000 population (for the year indicated):

Homicide Suicide Other (including accident)
USA (2001) 3.98 5.92 0.36
Italy (1997) 0.81 1.1 0.07
Switzerland(1998) 0.50 5.8 0.10
Canada (2002) 0.4 2.0 0.04
Finland (2003) 0.35 4.45 0.10
Australia (2001) 0.24 1.34 0.10
France (2001) 0.21 3.4 0.49
England and Wales (2002) 0.15 0.2 0.03
Scotland (2002) 0.06 0.04 0

What is the chance to get hit by terrorist in Europe to compared to the car accident in USA or something else. I'm very disappointed that Finland is only on the 5th position;-)

The point here is that you will die, I'm going to die. Like one Finnish singer sung "You don't survive of the life alive". And the conclusion, if you stay in USA you have bigger risk to die than in the visit to Europe;-) Sorry that this sounds like travel advertisement.


And where is the beef? It seems that the organisations funded by the tax money wants to proof their importance one way or an other. Is this the right way? Bollocks...

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Companies behaving badly!

By: bogeyman September 30, 2010, 6:44 pm

Do you want to know about my recent experience of customer service? No! I'll tell you anyway!

I booked the regular service to my car from Automaa company, Ford and Peugeot dealer here. I mentioned during the booking that I'll wait for the maintenance, so the lady said that you have to be there before the rooster farts. So I was there, yesterday morning at 7:30, gave the car key to the lad who said everything is O.K. He showed me the route to the coffee shop where I could spent some time, 2 hours were the expectation. I was working with my laptop in the coffee shop and after 1,5 hours and I ran out of battery. I haven't the charger with me because it should have been only 2 hours trip.

I went back to the service desk and noticed that my car hasn't move from the parking place. I mentioned it to one guy behind the desk and he said “I don't know, I started 8:00”. I said to him that I'm not interested when you started, I'm interested why my car is not under service. He checked the situation and found out that previous day's jobs were unfinished, so that was blocking the situation.

Question 1: Should they have told me about the situation day before or latest in the morning?

When I got car back (eventually) I asked about the compensation. They gave 10% off the spare parts. Basically it means it was roughly 5% of the service price and 10% of my lost of the working time/invoicing.

Question 2: If you/your company screws up, who should pay the price. You or your customer?

Luckily we are living internet time. Companies are having feedback forms on their web-pages. So I filled in the form. Have I received any feedback? Nope. After 24 hours and one working day.

Question 3: How quickly you should answer to the feedback received from the Net?

My answers/opinions are 1. Yes. 2. You. 3. Next working day. What are your answers?

And this is a bad example if you didn't notice.

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Windy places

By: bogeyman September 12, 2010, 3:55 pm

I'm not meaning high hills or sea. It is the company management, especially CEOs. Those places are very windy, we've seen that, latest Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. There are enough examples like HP's Mark Hurd. CEO's post are like the coach in any team, like ice hockey or football. If the team don't deliver, you can't change the team you have to change the coach. It also method to shake or wake up the team. In this case, I believe that it is a wake up call. Nokia has been a market leader and still it is. But competitors are eating its crown jewels, high end mobile markets. Its image has suffered of that and the big money, rich pension funds of USA are leaving or has left company and that is big image loss. Is the N8 going to save the day, I don't believe. Most likely it will do some recovery, but Nokia has to change and start to listen the users and their wishes. One simple advise is that if you have teenager kids, follow their behaviour with the mobiles and then you start to understand future mobile megatrends. Will the new CEO from Microsoft save the day? I don't believe. It might give a bit credit towards USA, which might help a bit but the root cause will stay.

Still coming back to windy places. When CEO is recruited, he/she is having very often one mission. For example to expand the company by acquisitions or mergers etc. When the vision have been reached, CEO leaves the company as originally agreed. This means that all of the changes in top management are not due to unsuccessful operations, they can be also planned.

P.S. I'm writing this in train on Friday the 10th going from Helsinki to Vaasa to spend weekend with my old friends. Some of them I've known about 45 years. Friends are excellent invention. I'm expecting good craic (sorry about my Irish accent). BTW this blog is distributed from in the middle of nowhere.

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The identity crisis of The Penguin

By: bogeyman August 28, 2010, 12:16 pm

I got pissed off to the Mickey Mouse operating system about two years ago. It was pain in the ass to clean all of the time the register when you have old installation of the operation system. Laptop was getting slower and slower. What I did? I changed to Linux.

Now my laptop boots up very fast, crashes very seldom if ever and is very stabile. Really good collection of applications are available and the best part the story is that they are free of charge. User interface is very good and logical and you get very good support/help from the community. Sounds like computer heaven. Sounds like everyone should use Linux but why they don't?

I'm using Ubuntu distribution version which is quite popular. I'm quite average user, I don't use any special applications, more or less my usage is Office type of applications. The limitations comes from the special applications, for example I can't synchronise laptop calendar to my mobile. Wammu doesn't support my mobile. The point is that very very niche applications are not available for Linux. Why? One reason is that Linux is having too many distribution versions and it is very expensive to create software packages to all of the distribution versions. For the smaller companies it is a show stopper.

In my opinion Linux community should think how many distribution versions there really should be. I think two, one for workstation and one for server. This would boost the success story of Linux.

Hopefully the link will clarify my message.

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Market economy

By: bogeyman August 9, 2010, 4:59 pm

Our world is simple. It is very simple to model it, meaning the market economy. Like I have earlier mentioned, no big changes has happened. S-curve is still very valid model of the business world. In the beginning, non competition phase, life is easy. But later on it is going to be tougher and tougher. Should it be this way? Yes, it is called the market economy. The nature of the beast is that. Especially we should enjoy it! For a consumer companies will produce products and services all of the time cheaper and more cost efficient way. The other side of the coin is the fact that the companies are having tough times, at least they can't rest too much. A one good example is that here in Finland there has been discussion about that should government support air companies because they are planning to close routes to certain destinations? Definitely not! Government shouldn't sponsor unhealthy business. Airlines are today in tough situation, but that is how it happens, all of the business' will go that way. Today it is the airlines, tomorrow something else, maybe yours...

Can it be helped? Should it be? I say NO! If we are claiming to live in the free market economy, we should forget ideas like that and do our best to live with it.

And by the way, I now the secret around 42. All of it. It is even more simple than the market economy. Maybe one day I'll share that information...

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Quarter bleeding economy

By: bogeyman July 13, 2010, 10:03 am

That is one of the worst things what we have ever invented. Especially in public companies it makes life quite hard for public companies. Why? When you are doing strategical actions, three months is too short time. Usually even in one year you don't get results of your movements. The headache comes from the fact that public company is followed in three months cycle. And who follows the company or analysis it? It is 25 to 30 years old company analyst working for investment bank. MSc in economics, no experience in doing real business and no understanding of the industrial section/branch. Yes, they can calculate key figures from the financial report, that is what they have learned in the university. And what is the problem? There are people who believes this crowd because they don't either understand. This creates situation that the price of the stock has nothing to do with its real value. In these conditions it is really difficult to do long term plans and actions.

Of course the other side of the coin is that the owners have rights to get good information how their investment is taken care of. In my opinion we should think about new type of financial indicators to companies because this way we make long term development extremely difficult.

And by the way, it is the day!

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Quality of The Life

By: bogeyman June 24, 2010, 12:02 pm

This time of the year one can forget the business aspect, at least in Finland. Fact is that the country is closing down for the summer. Nowadays it is not so total total than it used to be, but still. It is our value in the quality of the life. We need free summer as long as possible, because winters and autumns are pain in the a... And the closing time is the mid-summer.

There is also other way to make your life (quality) better. Some years ago I was working in France in a tough project. Lots of problems and fighting with the agent and the customer. Anyway, the project had a happy ending, but I learned some important things from my French colleagues. Very simple but very important. One has to eat every day, even three times a day, or even more. Make all of your meals pleasant peaceful non hurry event that is the French way. And of course, three dishes.

This way I can guarantee, your life is much happier and the quality of your life is high! Enjoy your mid-summer, I will!

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Birdhouse versus Wellies

By: bogeyman June 11, 2010, 3:35 pm

What on earth I'm talking (writing) about! This goes again back to 80's when there was MSDOS three point something. Then came Apple McIntosh and its shape was similar which is typical for birdhouse here in Finland, so it got the nickname. Nokia used to be a conglomerate in the 80's and 90's and it did also wellies and tyres. And now there is a war between birdhouse and wellies. So I'm trying to do a brief and simplified analysis of these companies.

Apple has been very good in user interfaces and they still are. Because of them, we are having windows type of user interfaces and the mouse. User interfaces in iPod and iPhone are very creative and what we easily forgot is that their market share in the computers in graphical user segment is about 90%. What is their biggest skill? They are brilliant to in creating marketing hype. They almost steel marketing ideas and according to some court cases also technology. But the company value in stock exchange has gone sky high.

What is Nokia? It is a shit load of engineers who are capable in creating excellent technology. They are also a logistics machine. They have learned their lesson when they created 2110 model which was a huge success and it created a positive problem, how to produce enough. Due to their logistics skills it is very difficult to beat them in low end mobiles. Their headache is the high end phones where iPhone and others are challenging them. They are active in court which usually means that the business is not in so good condition. Stock price is very low.

Apple can very well segment customers and be strong there. The question is that will their closed world be a problem? What about Nokia? They have to change. Either change the strategy so that they'll stay in low end phones only or change the approach in the high end phones towards direction that customers wants/expects. Copying doesn't help, especially if they are lousy ones. You have to have own bright ideas.

And here is a one bright idea, my latest and greatest invention, a double mouse! Patent is pending ;-)

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Life is not always a bitch!

By: bogeyman May 31, 2010, 10:55 am

This morning I watched one morning show from the telly where they were telling a story about the lost car keys and that remind me about the one event of my life. I lost my engagement ring to my kitchen in Helsinki and found it from the Hotel Savoy in Bern after a half a year! And this story is true!

One morning when I was going to office I tried to put my ring to the finger, it was a bit swollen and the ring got stucked. I pulled it out, I pulled it out but it didn't got out. I pulled it and 'bling', I got it away but it disappeared. I looked everywhere, even the central heatings pipe holes, but no. It was gone, no idea where it can be.

About half a year that that event I was going to a meeting in London and after that to Bern to meet the customer. In the evening at the hotel room I took a plastic bag for laundry from my suitcase. I noticed inside the bag there was a bit off litter (we had a chipmunk at that time), I shook the bag and 'bling', my ring fell off.

And the story. The chipmunk's litter was in the plastic bag which ended up to my UK-Swiss trip. So there is still humour in real life.

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eB00k

By: bogeyman May 21, 2010, 7:19 pm

It is happening again. The same thing what happened in the music industry. My claim is that the big part of the piratism is due to the fact that the industry didn't transfer the price reduction of the media to the consumer prices. Of course, one part of the story is that the technology made it possible and easy. But the history seems to repeat itself.

What is happening in printed media, especially books. We are getting iPads and other cool stuff for reading eBooks, but what the media is doing, they are digging the bunkers. Example, one number of Popular Science costs to the iPad 5$, but the annual subscription of the paper copy is 10 to 20$. Even authors (some of them) are saying that they don't want to be published electronically. Why is that, authors/writers I don't understand. Maybe they are manipulated by the publishers whose concerns I understand but don't accept. Lets study the value chain of a book.

There is a writes/author who writes a book, in the best cases, the book. It goes to the publisher. Publisher has (1) a editor who cleans the book. Then it will go to (2) the printing house and we'll get books. Publisher also takes care of (3) the marketing (at least should do). Then it goes to (4) the distribution, (5) wholesaler and (6) to the retailer. So it is very obvious where is the bogeyman, steps (2), (4), (5) and (6) will disappear. Good for us (consumers), bad for those whose business is based on the mentioned steps.

What I'm saying here is that we should pay valid money for the valid phases and work, workman has earned his/hers salary. But the lazy buggers who don't want to change when the world is changing can die. One might be able to slow the evolution, but one can't stop it. In the worst cases, industry just will create new type of piratism.

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Financial Crisi$

By: bogeyman May 12, 2010, 5:26 pm

We are recovering from it, hopefully. EU and IMF is promising a shit load of money just to recover Greece from its problems. There has been a lots of discussion that should we help Greece. In theory it is a fact that in this case the wins are private and the risk is socialised, meaning that Greece will be saved by EU and IMF. But think about the consequences if Greece would go bankruptcy. All Euro-zone would go to chaos and what would be the price of that? Hopefully EU learns the lesson from here and creates real control/follow-up tools to monitor Euro-zone countries so that this can't happen again. Greece has do a heavy clean-up operation to make its economy to healthy level, it is going to be painful but the it is always the fact that invoice will follow. I hope that there are no new surprises waiting in Mediterranean area.

Greece is only part of the story. Big part of the crisis comes from the financial markets. It seems that in that business everything is allowed, at least up to time when the shit hits the fan. It looks that all of the greediness and collect-money-to-my-pockets is normal attitude in Wall Street, there are no limits in greediness. People are developing new and creative financial instruments which are generating money for a while. But every in 10 to 20 years everything collapses like we just have seen. Unfortunately this is a one example of the fact that these markets should also been open and track record should be visible.

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Mayday, Mayday it is the May Day!

By: bogeyman May 1, 2010, 10:13 am

I like the title, now I have to tell you a story.

Traditionally the May Day in Finland has been a party of labour unions. In my opinion it is time to blow up those organisations or do you want to go marching in tomorrow with a heavy hangover, even with the hangover? Of course, employers counter part(s) has to be blow up as well. Come on, we are living in 2010 and those are relics from 1950's or earlier. We may see now some kind of changes but that is a Mickey Mouse stuff, because also old contradictions can be seen (for Finnish audience buses in Helsinki). In my opinion, our society don't go forward if we still keep this old stuff with us. I think the big question is how we can move our labour markets to the 2010+.

I would rather see May Day as a good summer starting party for a drunken students! Why? They are the future and if they can have a good craic (Irish term for a good party) once a year without any pressure of the society, its cool.

So lets enjoy one of the Finnish National Boozing Day!

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Value in iBusiness

By: bogeyman April 22, 2010, 5:30 pm

Coming back to the ICT event in Helsinki where I did visit. I want to comment the social media also, especially its value in marketing.

I'm trying to to package my understanding of the issue. Of course one has to understand that in the business world the value of social media is not only a channel to where you push your ads, in the best cases it is also a community, which can help you to improve your customer service/experience and the product itself. Usually in that order. One of the key points is that this is not a change of the marketing channel, it is a question how the world is changing. This change has been already day-to-day stuff in some development communities, like Linux-word. Now it has come visible for you and me, average John Does by Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and many more similar services. And it won't go away.

There are a couple of interesting features in social media, for example the community starts to regulate itself especially when it is big enough. What is the critical mass, difficult to say, it varies. The key point here is as well like in 'old type of business' is that you have to have strategy and proper plan to enter and keep your business in the social media. It is not enough to put page in Facebook and wait for your 1st 1M Euros. The strategy has to contain how you keep your community active, how you bring value to the community. If you do your thing well, (social) media will pay you back.

On the other hand, is the social media as a advertisement channel or generally customer relationship tool really what it is claimed to be? We saw in the event complicated formulas how to calculate the value of reached people (active in the group) and numbers of people who wanted to develop the product. As an old fashioned business man I rather would see difference how much I sold before and after the campaign. This might be nasty a comment, but at the end of the day that's the measurement. I don't say that social media doesn't work, but today around it is too much mystification. It needs more realistic measurement tools before it will really fly in the business community.

And I just have to say this (here we go again...). Country Manager of Google Finland was complaining that the Finnish companies are not very active in search engine advertising, could it be something to do with the value ;-)

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Mobile Payment

By: bogeyman April 15, 2010, 1:35 pm

I visited ICT event in Helsinki this week. Especially the keynote speakers and the panel discussions were interesting. Mobile Internet panel touched one of my favourite subjects, mobile payment.

The funny thing of the subject is that I was speaking of it in Mobile Expo (I think that was the name of the event) in the same place about 7 to 10 years ago. I was young (hah, very funny) and enthusiastic at that time and sure that it will fly any day. All of the technology and the business models were there. What happened, or why it didn't happen?

For a long time mobile payment haven't been question about technology, it has been question about regulation and stakeholders. Regulator in Finland wants to have very detailed information in your mobile bill what you have bought and operators don't want to invest in their billing systems. Either statements don't hold water. Question is that how big effort you should (operator) do to be able to invoice bottle of lemonade? This was also mentioned in the panel. The key in these micro payments is that they should be very cost efficient. On the other hand, the investment is not so huge. I was early 2000 in team which actually developed that type expansion to the billing system and it was prepaid system which means that it had real-time requirement. We used commercial rule-engine and the cost was under 50k.

The real challenge comes from the stakeholders. Who would be the biggest losers? Banks and credit card companies, they are trying to protect their business. Now the situation looks like they are trying to get in to mobile payment markets, trials are already ongoing. My concern is that if there are too many players, prices will fly sky high, not usage.

Still, I believe that mobile payment will happen one day, we'll see when that day is.

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Fortresses

By: bogeyman April 2, 2010, 4:46 pm

I've been talking (writing) about the fortresses but haven't explained what I mean. Clarification coming now.

Basically I'm talking about monopolies or same type of conditions where free competition is not working or can't work. In these conditions there are always some kind of regulation which should work and that pisses me off when the regulator don't work properly, lazy buggers. I have mentioned earlier one example, Finnish electricity markets. You can buy your electricity from where you want. So there is competition. Bollocks, you have to pay the transmission costs to your local company who owns the cable to your house. Funny thing is that electricity prices are not raising, but the transmission prices are. What is the solution? From national economy point of view it would be very stupid idea to build second cable to yours/mine house. Lets separate cable from the electricity production, lets nationalise the cable network or something to that direction. Then the real competition would start in the electricity production.

Same thing with the frequencies which are also limited resource. Competition worked for a while for mobiles. It was quite heavy (competition until operators succeeded to lobby package deals to regulator. With the package I mean that you get the phone by monthly fee and you are tied to the operator for a certain time. That killed the real competition. The transmission of TV and radio signals is monopoly in Finland and regulator is not really controlling the prices collected from TV and radio companies. Same time regulator's other hand is wondering how to fund our national TV and radio company (YLE) when the transmission money is flying to France via Digia, who takes care of the TV and radio signals.

I hope that everyone of us can build a fortress, life would be much easier.

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iBusiness and the fortresses

By: bogeyman March 27, 2010, 11:44 am

Coming back to what I've mentioned earlier. Lets talk about the basics. Everyone is talking about the free economy, but is it? To be honest, everyone who is talking about the wonders and the beauty of the free economy wants to have monopoly. Why? In free economy you have to deliver all of the time, in monopoly life is easier. Luckily for you and me, it is nowadays more difficult to have a monopoly. There are still some fortresses like electricity companies. One interesting example is the record labels and what has and what will happened in their business.

Brief summary, in early 70's we had vinyl, mid 70's we got c-cassette and early or mid 80's CD started to be the thing. Cool, everyone were the winners. Music media became very handy, but something went wrong. The cost for the music industry went down but they decided to be greed and didn't transfer the advantage to the consumers. If you compare costs of the chain LP-C-cassette-CD. CD is the cheapest. But the selling price was opposite. CD is the most expensive! I believe that with this strategy record labels created or at least motivated markets to create pirate markets. Obviously the ease of technology was part of the story. What had happened if record labels had done the right thing, move their cost reduction to consumer prices?

Now record labels are facing the real challenge. Distribution channels are changing totally, again. We are having iTunes, Spotify, Nokia comes with Music and shit loads of web-sites from were you can download music. And the prices are reasonable. Question is that for what you need record label, maybe only for marketing. I wouldn't buy shares of a record label. This is an example of iBusiness.

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Milking with the Milk

By: bogeyman March 17, 2010, 8:29 am

I'm again sideways, just a bit, but still. But I have to say this because I hate stupidity more than anything else.

Finnish supermarket group S decided and published that they won't sell any more Valio's (major Finnish dairy producer) milk. Surprisingly it generated a small fuss. In practice we have here in Finland two major dairy producers, Valio (Finnish one) and Arla (Swedish one). Both are selling Finnish milk but Arla is also importing milk from Sweden. So what. Situation ended to our Prime Minister's statement (I think in his blog) that he wants to have Valio's milk in his local shop. For f... sake, is that really worth of Prime Minister's statement? Even our main newspaper Helsingin Sanomat organised blind testing for Finnish and Swedish milk! I hope that they had twinkle on their eye, otherwise I'm loosing faith in free journalism.

It looks like Finnish government is loosing it. Prime minister had 20.000 good reasons to make noise about milk, all of them were euros received party's election campaign. There are also other unclear issues of the funding of his and party's campaign. When combining big 112-centre to smaller one Ministry for Internal Affairs decided to close the bigger one because the smaller one was in her home town or county. When deciding of the funding of Finnish national broadcasting company (YLE) Ministry of Communications decided not to decide anything and transformed the decision to the next government. It is nice to have a good management.

I'm not a fan of the opposition, vice versa. I believe that we would be even in deeper shit if our opposition were under control. It looks that there might be light at the end of tunnel, some of the younger generation politics seem to have brains with them and I don't mean Mauri and Paavo.

And now I'll try to wrap this up and push it back to the main road. Somebody once asked me why I don't participate to the politics. She obviously thought that I have skills for it, big mouth, which is open all of the time and especially at the wrong time. In my opinion, majority of the people who ends up to the politics have the problem that their skills don't match to their ambitions. So they end up to following the old civil servant's rule: if you don't do anything, you don't make mistakes and from mistakes you'll be laid off. I prefer business life, you have to deliver all of the time.

I hope that the story doesn't remind too much of Creutzfeldt-Jakob's.

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T Rex with a Golden Handshake

By: bogeyman March 9, 2010, 7:59 am

Director contract, what it is? Basically it means that you are on the employer's side when the war begins. It means also that if you screw up or the shit hits the fan, you're out, in nano second. That's why in the contract there usually golden handshake. Typically it is from half an year to one year salary. And unions hates it.

Or do they... Dockers are currently on strike here (Finland) and the main issue is about the golden handshake, they want to have one year handshake. They need it. When this strike can/may kill Finnish export industry, harbours can be closed and the lads needs the money. Fair. Or is it?

Unions are dinosaurs, maybe they were useful in 50's. I believe that they understands that themselves, but they just tries to hide it. It is again question of the comfort zone, it is really difficult to do things other way. That's why they try to show that they are important or meaningful. Even my 13 years old son asked that what is the point on strikes at these times when it is more important to keep everything up and running to avoid losses.

Conclusion: break the bleeding union infrastructure or hire 13 years old to manage them.

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MS Excel's adventures in MoF

By: bogeyman March 5, 2010, 7:07 pm

MS Excel is an excellent tool. I now it, been using it for ages. As an engineer I can use it for everything, I've used it even for recruiting. But it is very dangerous tool to give to idiots. They will believe that the result of Excel is truth, nothing but truth.

Some wise arse(s) in the Ministry of Finance decided to save Finnish economy. After playing with Excel some time the result was: retire later. Using lyrics from one song it looks in Excel f... fantastic. But, there is always a but (single t). Unemployment percentage in Finland was 9.5 in January, age group 15 to 24 same figure was 22.7, over 7% bigger than last year. It is also a known fact that when you are over 50, it is almost impossible to get a new job. So Ministry of Finance has ordered us to stay longer in working life, hopefully they will also tell us where that job is. My Excel didn't do that.... Oh shit, I'm using OpenOffice.

This went to sideways from the main topic, but I had to tell this. Sorry about that.

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Married But Available

By: bogeyman February 27, 2010, 3:15 pm

Few days ago I saw from the telly a good program about business. I would say that it is MBA level education. In this case MBA doesn't mean Married but Available. What was the show? It was Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (USA). There was guy who was having Italian restaurant in New Jersey.

Why it was so good? Although his vocabulary is limited (I think that is his brand) he is working with basics. The fact is that business hasn't changed in big way during last 100 years. One change and two nuances. The change is the internet economy, nuances are S-curve time scale is shorter and everything is global, no boarders any more.

And what were the lessons?

Manage/control your business properly (business is for the customers).
Cost control; price your product according your costs, no over sized storages, no over sized product portfolio.
Quality! Don't insult your customers with bad quality.
Know your target segment and market your services accordingly.
Stay focused!

Simple...

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