Satiricus breathed a sigh of relief as he sauntered into the Back Street bar. The Budget was done and he wouldn’t have to put up with all the nonsense that went on under the cover of “debate”. There would be the last day, when there would be voting on the individual “line items”. But since usually the Speaker didn’t even bother to look up after asking, “Those in favour say, ‘Aye’,” Satiricus didn’t plan on showing up.“But Sato, dat might be de day wid de bigges’ action!” exclaimed Cappo, after Satiricus had unloaded his opinion to the fellas.“Trust me, Cappo, listening to the vote on the line items is like looking at grass growing!” exclaimed Satiricus.“But yuh na rememba if Jagdesh get two a dem guvment MP fuh vote ‘gainst de Budget, de whole guvment gat fuh resign?” asked Bungi.“That’s right,” confirmed Hari. “If a government can’t pass a “spending bill”, it’s just like a no-confidence vote!”“I think Jagdesh will wait for the real no-confidence motion afterwards,” said Satiricus, as he downed his beer. “And I just can’t take it anymore with the antics in Parliament.”“Yuh mean like yuh ole fr’en’ Rum Jhaat who seh w’en PPCEE call fuh save suga’, da jus’ like w’en Volga seh dem guh hiya only Pee’nSee people!?” asked Cappo.“Abee cane cutta neva get mo’ dan 50% fuh show up,” pointed out Bungi. “De PPCEE sh’u’da seh dem only guh hiya Pee’nSee people too!!”“To cut cane under the boiling sun?” asked Hari. “Naah!! Volga was talking about air-conditioned jobs!!”“Rum Jhaat was just trying to suck up to Volga,” said Satiricus. “I asked him if he had no shame.”“Shame?” asked Cappo. “’E waan fuh keep ‘e jab. But fish ah play ah sea, ‘e nah know watah ah boil fuh am!!”“Yep!” agreed Bungi. “But since ‘e already ah dead meat, e’ na good fuh nobady!!”“Well, fellas, I have some bad news,” said Hari. “Not being a friend of Volga or a born Pee’nSee, I was just fired from my job at GRA.”“What?” asked Satiricus. “What are you going to do?”“Sell plantain chips!” said Hari.
0Shares0000Kenya’s Collins Injera offloads against Fiji on day one of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Vancouver on 10th March, 2018. Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World RugbyNAIROBI, Kenya, March 19 – The Kenya Rugby Union said on Tuesday it had reached an agreement with seven dissenting players to return to the national team for the remainder of the World Sevens Series season.Kenya have been forced to field a team of inexperienced players in the opening six rounds, after the KRU and the senior squad members failed to strike a deal over new salary contracts before the start of the campaign. The exiled players, including all-time leading try scorer Collins Injera and former national team captain Andrew Amonde, had refused to take a 50 percent pay cut in terms offered by the cash-strapped KRU but will return for the final four legs of the series.“The Kenya Rugby Union held a meeting with the senior Shujaa players (who participated in the 2017/2018 World Sevens Series) and agreed to terms on a return to work formula for the remaining part of the season,” the KRU said in a statement.Kenya face the threat of losing their full-time place in the Sevens World Series as they sit in 14th place, four points above Japan in the relegation spot.The next leg of the series takes place in Hong Kong, where the Shujaa finished second in 2018, between April 5-7.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)
2. Marco Reus – A long-term target of Chelsea continues to be Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus. The attacking midfielder has been linked with many top European clubs over the past year, but the desire for another European Cup at the Bridge, may increase Chelseas resolve to sign the player. The German international has been riddled with injuries this year, but has already acquired 10 goals in 19 appearances for the club this season. Reus, who also scored in five consecutive games in February, has a rumoured £20m release clause in his contract a price that would be no problem for the Blues. With their spending power, Chelsea would also have no problem in out-competing other teams for wage his demands, which appear to be a modest £120,000-a-week. The prospect of Eden Hazard and Reus running the wings for the club is mouth watering and would easily improve Chelseas chances of progressing far in next years Champions League. 6 getty 5. Raphael Verane – Jose Mournihos number one target for next season appears to be Real Madrids defender Raphael Varane. The Chelsea manager already appears to be losing patience with Gary Cahill at centre back, shown with 20-year-old Kurt Zouma getting more first team action. Mourinhos fears of his defensive back line would have been reinforced with the two set-piece goals Chelsea conceded on Wednesday. Varane is a long-term target for The Blues and appears to be unsettled this season, with Pepe and Sergio Ramos ahead of him in the pecking order. However, Real Madrid will be reluctant to sell a future first team player to a European rival and wont part with the 21-year-old for anything less than £30m. Varane would bring pace and power to the Chelsea back-line and is tipped by many to be a future defensive great in Europe. 1. Mauro Icardi – Relatively unknown at the start of the season, the 22-year-old Argentine is now the joint top scorer in Serie A this campaign. The Inter Milan striker has 15 league goals already this season and is another hot prospect of a perfect all-round striker. Diego Costa is currently Chelseas top choice in the strikers role, but competition for the forward spot is low, with Loic Remy and Didier Drogba unable to prove viable opposition to the Spanish striker. It is understood that Mourinho wants another top striker at Stanford Bridge to give more options in attack and a bid of around £30m for Icardi will prove the perfect tonic to this problem. 3. Douglas Costa – Another midfielder that might be on his way to Stamford Bridge in the summer is Brazilian midfielder Douglas Costa. The 24-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk player has 3 goals and five assists this season and would add quality and power to a Chelsea midfield that struggles for such qualities without Nemanja Matic. Barcelona are also rumoured to be interested in the player, but with the Spanish giants unable to sign anyone until January 2016, the Blues are in pole position to sign him. The Shakhtar star has also admitted recently that he is still keen on a move to London, claiming he is eager to move from the Ukraine and play in the Premier League. 6 6 4. Paul Pogba – Another problem that was highlighted on Wednesday night for Chelsea was the lack of power the team appeared to have in the midfield. The Blues were out-muscled and out-played in the middle of the park against the 10-men of PSG, a problem that Mourinho will want to solve if he is to challenge in next years campaign. Pogba has 10 goals and eight assists for club and country so far this season for Juventus and brings pace, power and skill to any midfield. The 21-year-old has often been linked with a return to Manchester United, but Chelsea appears to be the French internationals preferred destination if he is to leave the Italian champions. Perhaps the most eye-catching part of Pogbas play is his close control and ability to beat an opponent. He now averages three completed dribbles per game and he successfully completes 75% of his take-on attempts, stats that continue to improve. It is this ability that values the French midfielder at around £70m, but paying big money hasnt stopped Roman Abramovic 6 Click right to find out which players Mourinho has his eye on Despite Chelsea disappointing exit from the Champions League, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is set to back Jose Mourinho with a new contract and a huge war chest to add to the squad.Chelsea went crashing out of Europe at the hands of Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday after a 2-2 draw at Stanford Bridge, conceding two goals from set pieces and looking weak in the midfield.Mourinho will know that his team were far from their best, but for a man that demands perfection, an improved team will go a long way to satisfy his desire to win the Champions League with Chelsea next season.To improve a team that looks set to win the Premier League this season is no easy feat, but Abramovich is rumoured to be setting aside more than £70m to improve on this years European run.But which players can come in and improve the squad? talkSPORT takes a look. 6 6
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Often officials from developing nations are invited as observers to the summit but have no formal roles. Among those invited to this year’s gathering is Chinese President Hu Jintao. Critics view the annual economic summit as a Cold War relic that needs to be reconstituted. It was formed in the 1970s, but economic dynamics are far different three decades later. The astonishing growth of some Asian nations and parts of Latin America have altered the math. Yet expanding or changing the membership is not on this year’s agenda, nor is it likely to be on next year’s. Few officials from member nations seem eager to talk about the subject. White House aides insist the president is more focused on substantive issues. Igor Shuvalov, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s top summit adviser, acknowledges that Russia lags behind the other seven members in terms of current economic output. But stay tuned, he says. “We believe the importance of Russia in our global world will change. We have very talented people and well-educated labor. We have oil and gas,” said Shuvalov in a telephone interview with U.S. reporters. “We will develop very quickly as one of the major G-8 countries.” Even now, Russia is economically “stronger than some G-8 members,” Shuvalov asserted without offering backup data. “I don’t want to name those countries,” he said. What is now known as the G-8 was formed in 1975 as the Group of Major Industrialized Democracies. At the time, it consisted of the United States, Japan, Britain, France and Germany – undisputedly the world’s five biggest economic powers at the time. Italy was added in 1976, Canada in 1977 and Russia in 1998. The group holds annual summits. Economic themes are supposed to prevail, but often are overshadowed by events of the day and global politics. Last year’s summit in Scotland was jolted by multiple terrorist bomb blasts on London’s transit system. This year’s session probably will dwell on North Korea’s recent barrage of missile tests and the nuclear aspirations it shares with Iran. Robert Hormats, vice chairman of Goldman Sachs International and an expert on economic summitry, advocates expanding the G-8 to include other modern economic powers, especially China. “When this group was formed in the 1970s, the members were the main influences on the globe. Now you’ve got a lot of other countries that have a lot more influence than they did 30 years ago and who are not in the process,” said Hormats, who helped presidents Carter, Ford and Reagan prepare for economic summits. China’s membership could help the G-8 this year deal with North Korea, Hormats said. He noted that last year, the summit partners called on the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to produce more oil, yet neither Saudi Arabia nor any other OPEC member are participants. This year’s summit is in Putin’s hometown, St. Petersburg. It is Russia’s first time to hold the rotating G-8 presidency, a controversy itself given Putin’s moves to restrict political and economic freedoms. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright have said Russia should be excluded. But others want Russia to stay and for other nations to join, including nondemocracies that are big economies. TOP 15 ECONOMIES The world’s 15 wealthiest countries based on World Bank tabulation of 2005 gross domestic product. Amounts are in U.S. dollars, adjusted to reflect purchasing power. Group of Eight members are in uppercase. 1. UNITED STATES, $12.46 trillion 2. JAPAN, $4.51 trillion 3. GERMANY, $2.78 trillion 4. China, $2.23 trillion 5. BRITAIN, $2.19 trillion 6. FRANCE, $2.11 trillion 7. ITALY, $1.72 trillion 8. Spain, $1.124 trillion 9. CANADA, $1.115 trillion 10. Brazil, $794.10 billion 11. South Korea, $787.62 billion 12. India, $785.47 billion 13. Mexico, $768.44 billion 14. RUSSIA, $763.72 billion 15. Australia, $700.67 billion – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The G-8 summit that President Bush and seven other world leaders are attending next weekend in Russia is often billed as a gathering of the world’s leading economic powers. It is not. Consider: China, now the world’s fourth-largest economy and the nation with the most influence over renegade North Korea, is not a member. Neither is India, the world’s largest democracy and one of its fastest-growing economies. Nor is South Korea, Brazil, Mexico or Spain, each with a larger economy than G-8 member Russia’s. In fact, Spain recently inched past member Canada as the world’s No. 8 economy, according to a World Bank tabulation.
Current Zenit St Petersburg boss Roberto Mancini Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has been approached by AC Milan about becoming the club’s new manager.The San Siro side are on the hunt for a new head coach after sacking Vincenzo Montella earlier this season.Gennaro Gattuso has since taken the reins and he is expected to remain in charge until the summer.But Milan are then looking to appoint a long-term successor and, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, they have approached Mancini.The Italian is currently managing Russian side Zenit St Petersburg but he would be tempted by a return to Serie A.Mancini’s salary could prove to be a stumbling block, though, with his present pay packet reportedly worth over £130,000-a-week. 1
24 February 2006The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has thrown its weight behind a multi-million rand project to kick-start indigenous livestock breeding among emerging farmers in North West province.In an agreement signed with the University of North West and the province’s department of agriculture in Mafikeng on Thursday, the IDC committed to provide R7.5-million over five years for the purchase of Nguni cattle and provision of basic infrastructure.The project, the brainchild of the IDC, involves the supply of 12 Nguni cattle to 12 communal farmers annually over the five-year period.The farmers will be expected to breed calves before returning the original dozen cattle, which will then be passed on to other farmers.Nguni cattle have a high fertility rate, with a short calving time and long reproductive lifespan. The are also resistant to most parasites, and adapt easily to difficult grazing conditions.Speaking at the signing ceremony, the IDC’s Neo Sowazi said the partnership aimed to develop and promote a potentially lucrative export market for organically produced Nguni cattle beef.“We anticipate that in the coming 10 years, our farming communities will have captured a substantial corner of the global organic beef market,” Sowazi said.The project will be managed by the Animal Health centre at the University of North West’s Mafikeng campus. “Our veterinary surgeon will also involve students in the processes of artificial insemination and immunisation,” said the university’s Professor Sevid Mashego.The first batch of the cattle are expected to be delivered to the first beneficiaries within the next month.According to North West Agriculture MEC Mandlenkosi Mayisela, the beneficiaries, who have yet to be identified, will have to be people who are “passionate about cattle breeding and business”.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews
Kelly Marnewick, the EWT’s carnivore conservation specialist, hopes to developa more effective conservation plan for the vulnerable cheetah.(Image: Wikimedia Commons) Marnewick tracks cheetah in the Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Pretoria.(Image: Mike Tippet) Marnewick with her dog Diesel, who is trained to sniff out cheetah droppings. MEDIA CONTACTS • Hayley Komen EWT communications manager +27 11 372 3600 RELATED ARTICLES • Cheetah guru wins Tyler Prize • Biggest nature park in the world • Kruger Park marks 110 years • West African lion linked to Asiatic cat • Raggies to help shark conservationEmily van RijswijckFrom fitting flappers to alert large birds to the dangers of power lines, to counting South Africa’s cheetah population in the Kruger Park through an ingenious tourist photographic competition, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is leaving its mark on nature conservation in the country.With 38 years of hands-on conservation experience in Southern Africa, the small NGO has projects on the go in all nine South African provinces as well as in Kenya, Botswana and Uganda. It is also currently collaborating on projects with countries such as Tanzania, Namibia and Sudan.After so many years the EWT’s main focus continues to be the initiation and maintenance of on-the-ground conservation research and activities.Among its success stories are greater conservation efforts for the African crane and South Africa’s many vulture species, as well as getting communities more involved in conservation efforts.Spotting the cheetahEWT specialists are deployed throughout Southern Africa to engage in applied fieldwork, research and communication with relevant parties. One such specialist is Kelly Marnewick, the EWT’s manager for carnivore conservation.Tracking South Africa’s most elusive big cat, the cheetah, is her passion. She is now busy with her doctorate which focuses on cheetah living outside protected areas, and plans to use her research to determine the status, range use and habitat selection of these animals.In the end, she hopes to come up with a better conservation plan for the magnificent cats, which are listed as vulnerable on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in future.“We really know almost nothing about these animals. There is limited data available on cheetah.”Marnewick has been tracking cheetah with her sniffer dog Diesel for many years now and with her contagious enthusiasm for wildlife, has been instrumental in changing the attitudes of farmers in the areas where she works. Some farmers view wild animals such as the cheetah as vermin, and will readily destroy them either in retaliation for livestock theft, or in anticipation of the killing of livestock.Free-roaming catsCheetah are elusive creatures, roaming over large tracts of land in order to avoid confrontation with their arch enemies, lion and hyena – in protected reserves these two predators are responsible for most cheetah deaths.Marnewick tracked a cheetah over a remarkable range of 1 500 square kilometres.“Cheetah do not recognise international boundaries and this means that our conservation planning also needs to break down boundaries,” she said.A long-term goal for the EWT is to increase the number of free-roaming cheetah in South Africa.The idea is to connect smaller South African reserves, especially in Kwazulu-Natal and the Waterberg area of Limpopo, with those in Botswana and Zimbabwe as well as the Maputo Elephant Reserve where free-roaming cheetah populations occur in stable numbers. The Limpopo cheetah population is already connected with Botswana and Zimbabwe.These areas have several small reserves with cheetah reintroduced, and the long term plan is to develop mechanisms where the animals can move freely between these reserves and negate the need for intensive management of their populations, said Marnewick.Cheetah thriving in KrugerThe Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga is home to the country’s only unmanaged, viable cheetah population. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African lowveld, this world-famous reserve of nearly two-million hectares is one of the country’s top tourist destinations and home to the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.Every five years the EWT holds a cheetah tourist photographic survey to establish population numbers in the park. The results of the last survey, conducted in 2008/2009, revealed that the park has an estimated 400 of these mammals.This is a healthy number for cheetah, confirmed Marnewick, “but we are not going to sit back and relax.”Fulltime cheetah project Complimenting Marnewick’s research, the EWT recently appointed Vincent van der Merwe as a fulltime project coordinator to focus exclusively on cheetah in small fenced protected areas. In South Africa, cheetah have been reintroduced into 37 reserves and a population of approximately 280 cats now occurs in fragmented subpopulations.“The need to manage these fragmented populations as a meta-population was identified as a key conservation issue at a habitat viability assessment workshop for cheetahs in South Africa,” said Marnewick.In addition, Van der Merwe will also build up a national DNA database for the species over time.Marnewick warned that the reintroduction of cheetah into small fenced areas in the long run is not a good option for the survival of the species, because it leads to gene pool deterioration.The best option is to come up with creative conservation efforts. Both cheetah and wild dogs have the ability to survive and breed in human-dominated landscapes under the right circumstances.Threats to survivalWhether captive or free-roaming, the cheetah faces many challenges. About 80 animals are killed each year through incidents such as road deaths, snares, hunting and habitat destruction.Intelligent animals, these cats also make fantastic pets, said Marnewick. As a result, the legal and illegal trade in live animals is making a huge dent in populations.To address the trade threats to leopard and cheetah, the EWT’s Carnivore Conservation Programme, in conjunction with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi), is implementing a project to assess the scale and impact of consumptive utilisation of leopard and cheetah, and their body parts.Marnewick says the EWT will continue to work closely with all concerned parties including the government, NGOs and other industry members.“We want to ensure that trade in these two species is managed in a sustainable way and that the populations of these key species in South Africa thrive.”And then there is the conflict with landowners. The largest part of South Africa’s cheetah population occurs outside protected areas on privately owned cattle and wildlife ranches. Marnewick has found over the years that the only way to change perceptions among farmers about cheetah is to support the information with “hard facts”.But she has also found that in general there is more tolerance to carnivores on farmlands than before.International collaborationThe EWT also has the weight of major international conservation agencies behind its efforts.In 2006 the IUCN’s Cat and Canid Specialist Groups, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Zoological Society of London, initiated a rangewide conservation planning process for wild dogs and cheetah.Conservation groups put wild dogs and cheetah together because they have similar needs and face similar threats.Three regions were defined to assist in this process: East Africa, Southern Africa and North and West Africa. The EWT is the country partner for the Southern African region.“This means that our work, as defined in the South African national action plan, is supported through this regional project,” said Marnewick. “It holds a lot of respect due to the affiliation with the IUCN and the experienced, respected people who head up the process.”EWT fundraising and marketing manager Vanessa Bezuidenhout added: “I think it is time that we in South Africa realise what we have and what we stand to lose.”
6 December 2013 “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” President Jacob Zuma said as he announced the passing of former president Nelson Mandela in a live address on national television shortly before midnight on Thursday. “My Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed,” Zuma said. “He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20h50 on the 5th of December 2013. He is now resting. He is now at peace. “Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss. His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, his compassion, and his humanity earned him their love.” Zuma said the nation’s thoughts and prayers were with the Mandela family. “Our thoughts are with his wife Mrs Graca Machel, his former wife Ms Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, with his children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren and the entire family. “Our thoughts are with his friends, comrades and colleagues who fought alongside Madiba over the course of a lifetime of struggle. “Our thoughts are with the South African people who today mourn the loss of the one person who, more than any other, came to embody their sense of a common nationhood. “Our thoughts are with the millions of people across the world who embraced Madiba as their own, and who saw his cause as their cause. “This is the moment of our deepest sorrow,” Zuma said. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. “Yet, what made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves. And in him we saw so much of ourselves. “Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together, and it is together that we will bid him farewell.” Zuma said that all flags in the country would fly at half-mast until after Mandela’s funeral. “As we gather, wherever we are in the country and wherever we are in the world, let us recall the values for which Madiba fought. Let us reaffirm his vision of a society in which none is exploited, oppressed or dispossessed by another. “Let us commit ourselves to strive together – sparing neither strength nor courage – to build a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa. “Let us express, each in our own way, the deep gratitude we feel for a life spent in service of the people of this country and in the cause of humanity. “This is indeed the moment of our deepest sorrow,” Zuma said. “Yet it must also be the moment of our greatest determination. A determination to live as Madiba has lived, to strive as Madiba has strived, and to not rest until we have realised his vision of a truly united South Africa, a peaceful and prosperous Africa, and a better world. “We will always love you, Madiba. May your soul rest in peace. God Bless Africa. Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika.” SAinfo reporter
8 May 2014 Democracy was the big winner in South Africa’s fifth free elections on Wednesday as people turned out in huge numbers, especially in the country’s urban areas, to vote in a poll that, with few exceptions, went off peacefully and efficiently. “Today’s successful election is indeed a testament to the country’s active citizenry, which is crucial for any vibrant democracy,” Phumla Williams, acting CEO of the Government Communication and Information System, said in a statement. “The nation’s fifth democratic elections have undoubtedly added to our legacy of regular and peaceful elections.” Briefing journalists at the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC’s) central Results Operations Centre in Pretoria on Wednesday evening, IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula said voters were continuing to come out “in their vast numbers to participate in this fifth general election. “The most pressing challenge we are facing at the moment is an extremely high turnout at voting stations, especially those in urban and metro areas, where long queues continue to be experienced at a number of voting stations,” Tlakula said, adding: “It should be remembered that we have the highest number of registered voters [25.3-million] in South Africa’s history for these elections.” Tlakula said the high turnout had led to some stations requiring additional ballot papers. “We are pleased to report that our contingency planning in this regard is holding up well, and materials are able to be quickly provided to voting stations where they are needed.” The IEC had printed and distributed over 62-million ballot papers – including national and provincial ballot papers – for the elections. The IEC said the voting process had gone smoothly at 22 363 voting stations across the country, although a few incidents of violence had been reported at isolated voting stations. Phumla Williams said the country’s security forces have been on high alert throughout the elections period, adding that, to date, 97 people had been arrested and 131 cases registered for election-related offences. Four people are reported to have passed away on election day. Two people died while waiting to cast their vote, while two political party agents were involved in a fatal car accident. “We wish to convey our deepest sympathy and condolences to their families and loved ones,” Williams said. On Thursday morning, election results were pouring in at the IEC’s National Results Operating Centre in Pretoria, with over 28 percent of votes having been counted by 7am, just 10 hours after polling stations closed at 9pm on Wednesday. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter
Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name *E-mail *Website At the Microsoft SharePoint conference in October, Steve Balmer likened the current state of SharePoint to the early days of the PC market. Microsoft is following their standard gameplan for product success of blending the elements of a highly programmable environment with rich developer tools and a well-recognized User Interface. Using this criteria, comparing SharePoint to PCs reveals similarities.Balmer fully recognizes that in the near term that SharePoint is not ready to land a strong blow to Open Text, EMC and IBM high-volume, transactional and process-heavy enterprise solutions. But that’s not what they’re targeting initially. Microsoft is following the same path that SQL Server took. Because developer tools for SharePoint are easy to use,the platform is attractive to departments and groups with limited resources. Microsoft is targeting “the many applications companies build with one man year or less of development.” Microsoft development tools let even non-programmers dabble and build small applications that can fill the needs of small groups.It is very likely that the world will see a lot of SharePoint applications developed over the next five years. And many of those applications will be considered as successful in fulfilling the needs and requirements of small groups. But is that a good thing? When viewed from the enterprise level, administration of many different departmental solutions can become unwieldy, not unlike the problem of managing data by spreadsheet rather than via a central database.Ultimately when a company sees the benefits of providing a centralized approach to data management, the challenge will be to pull together many highly-customized SharePoint worlds into a single unified view. December 4th, 2009 Leave a Comment Category: Enterprise Content Management, Technology ‹ Compliance: Insurance Regulations and the MAR Innovation: Applying Agile Outside the Boundaries of Software ›