3 Search Engines that are not Google

Need three quick search engines to break out of the Google habit? Try these:

Wolfram Alpha – a computational engine that will give you historic weather data, compare chemical properties, or compute scientific calculations.

DuckDuckGo – Worried about privacy? DuckDuckGo is a search engine that will not track your searches and the results are surprisingly accurate and fast.

Biznar – search the deep and invisible web for business related results.

E-Reader Sales Expectations

Yankee Group‘s latest forecast predicts global e-reader sales revenue will grow from just $1.9 billion in 2010 to $8.2 billion in 2014, while unit sales will rise from just under 11 million in 2010 to nearly 72 million in 2014.

The forecast also predicts:

  • Worldwide installed base of e-readers will double each year.The installed base will grow at a CAGR of over 100 percent, from 12 million in 2010 to 127 million in 2014.
  • Europeans will snap up e-readers. The installed base of e-readers in Europe will grow at a CAGR of 143 percent from 2010 to 2014. The installed base of smartphones will grow at only 19 percent over the same period.
  • The average price tag for e-readers will fall. By 2014, the average retail price for an e-reader device will be $114, down from an average of $182 in 2010.
  • E-reader sales will generate more revenue in Asia-Pacific than in North America by 2014. In 2010, North America accounted for 57 percent of all e-reader sales revenue, while Asia-Pacific garnered only 34 percent. By 2014, Asia-Pacific will account for 49 percent of all e-reader sales revenue, while North America will account for only 39 percent.

Do you need market trend reports and data to help you succeed in business?  Contact  Tim for research help.

The Learning Effects of Monitoring

From the Working Knowledge blog at Harvard Business School, a recent working paper investigates the relationship between monitoring, decision making, and learning among lower-level employees.

Executive Summary:
It’s a challenge that all good managers face: How do you strike the right balance between encouraging autonomy among your employees and mitigating the risk that they’ll make bad decisions? Using both field and quantitative data from the MGM-Mirage Group, this paper discusses how management controls affect the learning rates of lower-level employees. Research, focusing on hotel casino hosts, was conducted by Dennis Campbell and Francisco de Asís Martinez-Jerez of Harvard Business School and Marc Epstein of Rice University. Key concepts include:

  • Tightly monitored employees were less likely to make independent decisions, even if their job descriptions allowed them to do so. They were even less likely to adjust their decisions to account for information they could easily show to their superiors to justify those decisions.
  • The lower frequency of experimentation in their decision-making leaves employees in tightly monitored environments with few opportunities to learn. The researchers question whether employees in these micromanaged environments made up for the lack of experimentation by paying more attention to and learning more from each experiment.
  • The researchers found strong learning effects among employees in settings where they were monitored by their bosses somewhat loosely. In settings where they were more tightly monitored, employees learned very little.

Download the full paper from the website. [this link is to a .pdf file.]

 

(Thanks to DocuTicker for bringing this to my attention).

53% of Adults Use Wikipedia

Pew Research reports that more than half of all adults on the Internet use Wikipedia to find information.   This is a great resource to check on trivia, dates, and quick facts.  But when you are looking for authoritative, in-depth, well-researched information it may not be a good idea to go to Wikipedia for answers.  It is best to turn to a trained professional who can search hundreds of commercial databases and online indexes, as well as find the perfect print resource (i.e. a book) or person to whom you can have a conversation about your business information needs.

Information Outloud is that resource.  I can take your information conundrum and find factual, authoritatve, supported research and provide you with an answer or a direction to solving problems.  Contact me and let me show you.

Q&A

Questions you may be asking:

  • What is my competition planning for 2011?
  • How do I find all of the available information on …?
  • What are the industry recognized best practices in …?
  • Who are the experts on … and how do I contact them?

I can find answers for you!  Give me your information challenges for 2011 and I will find you strategic, focused, valuable information you can use right away.

Email me at tim@InformationOutloud.com

UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics

The UN Conference on Trade and Development has released the latest Handbook of Statistics.  If you work in international trade or just need current world trade statistics to make better business decisions, contact me and let me help you with your information challenges.

The UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics provides essential data for analyzing and measuring world trade, investment, international financial flows and development. Reliable statistical information is often considered as the first step during the preparation of making recommendations or taking decisions that countries will commit for many years as they strive to integrate into the world economy and improve the living standards of their citizens. Whether it is for research, consultation or technical cooperation, UNCTAD requires comparable, often detailed economic, demographic and social data, over several decades and for as many countries as possible.