Enterprise hits & misses – a cheeky weekly review of which articles hit (or didn’t) on diginomica and beyond.
quotage: ‘This is an important development. Improving the tools that work with Hadoop should allow for broader adoption beyond those businesses that can afford in-house data science skills.’
myPOV: During a shorter US workweek and the launch of the Euro vacation season, the enterprise news stream was dominated by big data news and the subsequent hype festival. But was the news worth a closer look? Not known for his big data cheerleading, Den nonetheless sees something worth noting in the Alteryx/Databricks partnership, hitting on the democratization of data this partnership could further. I’m also interested in the so-called ‘real time’ potential this next wave of Hadoop-friendly solutions will provide.
Den addressed this from another angle in SAP HANA gets some Spark from Databricks. This story ties into open source relevance to the enterprise – a topic which has already prompted Den to explain his reasoning for sucking down some open source Kool-Aid. Real-time via Hadoop still seems a bit vague based on these announcements. As always, the subsequent customer use cases will tell the real story. But: if enterprises can ask ‘Do you Hadoop?’ with the same ease as consumers were once asked ‘Do you Yahoo?’ – that makes big data experiments much easier to try on for size.
Jessica’s latest use case, Why talent management is a matter of life and death for kids charity Plan International – a nifty story of how talent management relates directly to service non-profit missions – in this case with SAP’s SuccessFactors solution.
- Derek forged into provocative territory with Silicon Valley: It’s hard out here for a bitch and London gives Uber green light – but should we really let it skirt around regulation? – the latter of which sparked a spicy comment thread including fisticuffs with two diginomica moderators, a taxi driver, an Uber krishna with some anger management issues, and more – just another day at diginomica. Though I found both of Derek’s pieces well argued, and on topics that warrant open debate.
- You wouldn’t expect a piece titled Virtualization is dead, long live containerization to cause a ruckus, right? But Phil’s piece did. Phil, please try to tread more lightly amongst the virtualization purists in the future please. Side note: solid piece with necessary technical nuances.
- Stuart filed an important piece revisiting cloud data centers in Secret plans to rip up data sovereignty rules, but does data center location matter any more? I also enjoyed his take on legacy banks struggling to keep the moat clear from digital upstarts in Can legacy banks get their digital act together before the challenger pureplays take over?
- If you’re up for a bit more Howlett, his Systems of engagement? Ask PepsiCo’s CEO what she doesn’t know was one of our best this week. And HCM expert Luke Marson chimed in with a strongly worded guest post, Is the world ready for enterprise mobility?
Best of the rest
For more on the big data announces, who other than Doug Henschen, who posted a Q/A with Databricks leaders and also a piece on the Databricks Cloud: What’s Next for Spark? In yet another big data piece (Henschen had a fun week), he looks at whether Sparks is a Hadoop killer. Short answer: no. Henschen put the brakes on the Spark bandwagon with: ‘Our first take is that Spark has a lot to prove in real-world production deployments before it can reshape big data analysis as we know it.‘ Sounds about right.
- Even during the July 4 buildup, Holger Mueller found an event to boost his frequent flyer miles on (UPDATE: Mueller claims he drove to the event – awaiting his travel receipts), the Social Business Forum in Milan. Mueller’s take? Social business is alive and well. In a related piece, Constellation colleague Ray Wang offers up a useful take on the 7 Rules for Digital Business and Digital Transformation.
- I’m not usually a fan of ‘Vendor X is gearing up for some acquisitions, but Chris Kanaracus uses Oracle’s $10 billion bond liquidation as fodder for a good update/analysis on where Ellison and gang are headed.
- The first batch of Facebook ‘mood experiment’ posts were forgettable, but a bit more time for writers to actually think before they post has led to better analysis, such as this Information Week piece, Facebook Mood Manipulation: 10 Bigger Problems and Data Scientist John Foreman’s unsparingly titled Facebook’s solution to big data’s “content problem:” dumber users.
- I rarely recommend media content I haven’t already consumed, but I’m making an exception for Steve Bogner and team’s HR Technology Roundtable with Naomi Bloom. Bogner always puts out quality and Bloom’s first appearance on the series should be a dandy. If not, I’ll put it in the whiffs section next week. 🙂
Honorable mention: HfS’s Phil Fersht keeps his hits and misses appearance streak alive with Steps the outsourcing industry needs to take to survive. Constellation’s Barry Murphy continues a strong series on enterprise search, and Larry Dignan provided some refreshingly common sense cloud definitions in Hybrid cloud: Which way will the balance tip between public and private?. And: Vijay Vijayasankar serves up career-tips-a-plenty in Independence – view from the corporate jungle.
Just one big social media whiff, though it was a doozy – of sorts. I’m not a fan of knee jerk apologies with overly scripted language. Facebook meantime is slowly backtracking from its mood experiment debacle, offering new tiers of apologies (we’ve moved from reluctant to condescending on the apology scale) each time another PR levee breaks. I personally thought the story was overblown (you get what you pay for – Facebook is, after all, diabolically ‘free’), but our own Derek DuPreez convinced me there is more at stake here.
When Facebook flails, Google doesn’t like to be left without a dance routine, so they are doing the regulatory Lindy Hop with European lawmakers and media sites over the ludicrous ‘right to be forgotten’ mandate. ‘We are learning as we go’ is a refreshing Google admission, and also an understatement. Meanwhile, it might be a context problem, but Google’s Larry Page extolling the future of part-time work ventured into that tone-deaf-billionaire arena that is causing so much tension at Google bus stops in San Francisco.
Closer to the enterprise, I was scratching my head at this piece on the so-called arrival of social business, which fails to close the credibility gap. It seems that dropping the names of the likes of McKinsey and IBM is now sufficient. But the last time I checked, consultants don’t write on parchment. These aren’t the Dead Sea Scrolls.
And: where are the links to the studies cited? Where is the data? (I see one proof point). Then this assertion on crowdsourced innovation: ‘The old paradigm of a few smart guys working in a garage to develop the next big thing has shifted.’ Really? Because I know several startups in stealth mode, and I don’t think their investors are going to endorse a brainstorming session on Facebook. Here’s the McKinsey link. See – that wasn’t hard. But parsing the data to find out if Colonel Mustard did it in the ballroom with a lead pipe will have to wait.
Crowds can execute on good ideas – sometimes – but since when can they invent them? A few guys and gals huddled in the garage plotting the next big thing is alive and well – and thank the gods for that. Otherwise I would have to crowdsource my hope for the future.
Speaking of how-not-tos, here are 19 of the cheesiest ‘business teamwork’ photos of all time. (If your company uses one of them, perhaps this is the ammo you need). Oh, and on the subject of real people, I found these 11 Characteristics of Authentically Happy People spot on – though we’ll have to get a genuinely happy person to sense test them, rather than an aspiring curmudgeon.
If you haven’t seen it, this dude who flew a drone through fireworks got some awesome footage – though evidently he did a very naughty thing from a safety standpoint. For some barely-safe-for-work lunatics goofing with fireworks, this video may give you a Monday guffaw or two.
Monday following a long weekend can be rough, just don’t make it rougher by emailing your entire company about your plumbing snafus. For headline of the week, I’m going with By 2045 ‘The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,’ And That Could Be A Problem (Ya think?). I’m going to leave you pondering the thousands of fish making the most of an abandoned mall in Bangkok. Now that is crowdsourced social innovation. See you next time.
Which #ensw pieces of merit did I miss? Let us know in the comments.
End note: big sloppy thanks to Dennis Howlett who surfaced a shocking number of whiffs and misses over his office table in Spain as I wrote this edition.
Image credits: Cheerful Chubby Man © RA Studio, Happy Children © Anna Omelchenko, Waiter Suggesting Bottle © Minerva Studiom, Overworked Businessman © Bloomua, at the seaside © olly – Fotolia.com – all from Fotolia.com
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