Business Blog Roundup

businessblogroundup2.jpgIBM’s HealthNex blog rings in the new year with a call for a radical transformation of the health care system. Among the Big Blue recommendations are improving information technology and reimbursing providers for increasing patient health.

EDS predicts that the Next Big Thing will be utility computing, in which computer resources are provided on an on-demand and pay-per-use basis. Amazon, eBay, Google and Yahoo are among the leaders in providing “serious utility computing for the masses.”

An Indium Corporation blogger notes that Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA), the new chair of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials, is promoting federal legislation similar to California’s Electronic Waste Recycling Act, which bans the sale of electronic devices containing certain hazardous substances. Several other states, as well as the EU, have such Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS). We’ll be watching this issue carefully.

Michael Dell’s keynote address at the Consumer Electronic Show is a Dell blogger’s opportunity to promote the company’s new products.

Jeff Jaffe, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Novell, blogs about his company’s technical strategy for 2007 and beyond: “The world’s best and most interoperable Linux surrounded with management services that leverage our footprint to build a business solving customer problems in heterogeneous systems management.”

GE Global Research blogs about a new way to Bring Good Things to Light, a GE Healthcare imaging system which enables surgeons to see inside the human body using fluorescent dyes.

In another sign of the decline of the dead-tree media, the D&B company Hoovers blogs about how the recent bankruptcy of global book distributor Advanced Marketing Services could cost book publishers as much as $200 million.

Amazon’s blog touts the success of Der offizielle Blog des Amazon Partnerprogramms in Germany and its counterpart in Britain.

At ING’s My Cup of Cha, Nobel Prize winning professor Muhammad Yunus declares that credit is a human right. This would mean that lending could become an obligation, observes the blogger. Bankers beware!