Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Notice to everyone receiving this message

China Sourcing Alert    
Monday, May 24, 2004
Dateline: Qingdao, Shandong, China
After today's postings (and there might be as many as four postings today, although there will generally be three or four each week), I will be switching Bloget to a notification only service.
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Back in the Blogging Biz
A lot has happened in the few weeks since my last posting.  For one thing, I've created a Yahoo! Groups site ( http://tinyurl.com/2r3pa ) which is, for all practical purposes, a mirror of my Blogger blog.  Most importantly, it allows subscribers in China to access my Blogger content (and my Yahoo! Groups site will eventually be published in both English and Chinese).  It also provides a place for me to park various files, bookmarks, even photos.  For example, my bio can be accessed via http://tinyurl.com/3y3vt (with a bio in Chinese to be uploaded to the "Files" section next week) and a feature which appeared in The Los Angeles Times can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/2zvnp .  I've also created an AvantGo channel ( http://tinyurl.com/3dcej ) for those of you so inclined to read CSA anytime, anywhere.  For what it's worth, IMHO content-rich blogs make good reading on a PDA and smartphone; matter of fact, I'd say that blogs are a natural fit for these form factors.
From the content creation perspective (versus content delivery), I've decided to split into two blogs, China Sourcing Alert ( http://tinyurl.com/azkh ) for commentary on newsworthy items (with a publication frequency of about 1-2 times per week) and China Sourcing Monitorhttp://tinyurl.com/2bk7r ) for in-depth commentary (with a publication frequency of about 6-8 times per year).  In the past three weeks I've also met with three of the five CMM5 systems integrators based in China, and with the IT outsourcing heads of China's largest software company.  Exciting times in China!
David Scott Lewis
President & Principal Analyst
IT E-Strategies, Inc.
U.S. tel: +001.650.618.1475
China tel: +011.86.(0)532.577.8957
http://www.itestrategies.com (blog) & http://tinyurl.com/2r3pa (access to blog content in China)
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P.S.--In order to save a bit of time and to make blogging a more practical reality, I'm posting to Blogger and Yahoo! Groups simultaneously (and my AvantGo channel should automatically kick in).  I have no idea what will happen with formatting, however.

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