http://www.managementexchange.com/blog/whos-really-innovative Fourth are the cyborgs, companies like Google, Amazon and Apple that have been purpose-built to achieve super-human feats of innovation. You won't find much industrial age DNA in these organizations. These companies have been built around principles like freedom, meritocracy, transparency and experimentation. They are so endlessly inventive and strategically flexible they seem to have come from another solar system--one where accountants are treated as servants rather than gods. The cyborgs don't just have innovative business models, they are filled with alien management practices--like Google's 60:1 span of control or Apple's top-to-bottom obsession with "joy-of-use." Like the tyros, many of the cyborgs are run by charismatic founders. But unlike most tyros, these visionaries--Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, Sergei Brin and Larry Page--haven't allowed themselves to become hostage to one particular strategy. They have worked hard to embed within their organizations a capacity for continuous renewal--and have mostly succeeded. Over the past few years Amazon has transformed itself from an online bookseller into a web services powerhouse. Google has spawned dozens of new online services that complement its core search business. And Apple has moved so far beyond its core computer business that it is now the world's second most valuable business. Unlike the laureates, the cyborgs are innovative in all kinds of ways; and unlike the tyros, they're going to show up on next year's "most innovative" list or the one after that. Problem is, with their bionic capabilities, the cyborgs can make the rest of us feel like dolts. If you work in a company that's merely human--one that's riddled with stale, conformance-inducing management practices--another chirpy anecdote about Google or Apple may make you puke. Your organization wasn't built from the ground up to be innovative. You figure you'd have an easier time stealing Angelina from Brad (or vice versa) than turning your company into an innovation hottie--and that's where you'd be wrong. Truth is, there are a few geriatrics out there who've cracked the innovation code. In my view, these born again innovators--companies like Procter & Gamble, IBM and Ford--are the most notable of all.
what is google earth?
Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program that was originally called EarthViewer 3D, and was created by Keyhole, Inc, a company acquired by Google in 2004. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS 3D globe. It was available under three different licenses, 2 currently: Google Earth, a free version with limited function; Google Earth Plus (discontinued), which included additional features; and Google Earth Pro ($399 per year), which is intended for commercial use. The product, re-released as Google Earth in 2005, is currently available for use on personal computers running Windows 2000 and above, Mac OS X 10.3.9 and above, Linux kernel: 2.6 or later (released on June 12, 2006), and FreeBSD. Google Earth is also available as a browser plugin which was released on May 28, 2008. It was also made available for mobile viewers on the iPhone OS on October 28, 2008, as a free download from the App Store, and is available to Android users as a free app on the Android Market. In addition to releasing an updated Keyhole based client, Google also added the imagery from the Earth database to their web-based mapping software, Google Maps. The release of Google Earth in June 2005 to the public caused a more than tenfold increase in media coverage on virtual globes between 2004 and 2005, driving public interest in geospatial technologies and applications. Uses og google earth
Google Earth is useful for many day-to-day and other...