It would seem, seeing this headline, that even the tech sector is unable to avoid the consequences of this economic downturn. When even bellwether Microsoft must slash jobs, it must be impossible to create a sustainable business model that has the elasticity to weather a severe economic slowdown.
I believe Apple has established a management and operations pattern that may prove a model for sustainable business operations that, while not necessarily immune to economic trends and conditions, could prove more stable and thus less prone to the "hire wildly then lay off" pattern so many companies and industries seem subject to.
Is Apple an enigma, or a new business model? Share your comments.
I got my invitation to Google Wave on Friday and finally had a few minutes to check it out last night and today. Started my first wave on "cloud computing." Seems fitting to discuss the topic in a new, cloud-based collaboration platform. Of course, I continue to have dialogs on cloud computing in other media, but couldn't resist trying out Google Wave with such a fitting topic.
Right now I've only got about 5 colleagues in Google Wave along with me, but that'll grow over the next few days. I'll post more observations as my community grows and I have more reasons to work in the environment.
Meanwhile, I'm in it and learning my way around. Stay tuned!