The Business Process Management (BPM) market.

An interview by BPM guru Bruce Silver hints at the state of the BPM market. Outside the military, though, BPM is one of the major consumers of simulation. Wikipedia defines BPM as “a set of activities which organizations can perform to either optimize their business processes or adapt them to new organizational needs”. BPM involves…

Macroeconomic modelling: basic ideas and definitions

Very useful resource provided by the University of Melbourne. Thres also a useful page describing some actual models. Theres a neat definiton of the Lucas critique: “One of the main purposes of simultaneous equations estimation is to forecast the effect of changes in the exogenous variables on the endogenous variables. However, if the exogenous variables…

How much information? for how long?

Ive just found the UC Berkeleys School of Information Management and Systems (SIMS) report which tries to quantify the information we generate. The results are fascinating: we are generating more and more information. Are there limits to this? In 2002, “print, film, magnetic, and optical storage media produced about 5 exabytes of new information.” (1…

Be warned in Singapore, but no Common Ground in Europe.

According to Channel News Asia, the Singapore authorities are warning the public that they intend to hold a major anti-terrorist simulation exercise on the public transport system in January 2006. They are not giving the exact day. This is a contrast to the secrecy which surrounds exercises elsewhere – remember the European avian flu exercise,…

Virtually there

Just spotted Virtually There, an essay by Peter White and Naomi Rosh White, from First Mondays October issue. Makes the point that virtual travel redefines the nature of travel as well as imitating it. After analysing how people continue to communicate, as they travel, with friends at home, the essay points out that: (a)”continued communication…

Second coming and Second Life – is there a connection?

Heaven (or paradise) and cyberspace have characteristics in common. This is an insight from The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace by Margaret Wertheim. The question is, does this matter? Does it make any difference? Some thoughts for Christmas. I found “The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace” in an Oxfam shop the other day, and read it over…

This weblog: eleven months on.

This posting is my Christmas self-indulgence: its about this blog and the act of blogging. I started blogging almost a year ago: first entry 21 January 2005. Since then Ive averaged slightly over one entry every two days. This essay is about the blog itself. Editorially, I try to vary the approach. So if I…