Lead story - The future of hands-free commerce - is COVID-19 the catalyst?
MyPOV: Overseas travelers to the U.S. have noted that the U.S. is
taking its sweet @ss time not exactly out in front on contactless commerce. But is that finally changing? As Chris notes in Is COVID-19 the catalyst for tapping into a contactless payment revolution in the US?:
In contrast, figures out this week in the U.K. from U.K. Finance... revealed that 80% of people made a contactless purchase in 2019, up from 69% the year before. That is, of course, pre COVID-19, which is likely to prompt a further uptick.
Industry giants see an opening. Stuart picks the story up in Tracking contactless - how Visa and Mastercard are planning for a COVID-19 bump for hands-free digital commerce. Health needs and CX converge:
Leaving the public health implications to one side, a shift to contactless tech also provides financial services providers and retail merchants with a better customer experience.
But a so-called "contactless revolution" can widen the digital divide - not exactly the type of tension we need in the U.S. right now. Chris puts it well:
The challenge remains the extent to which digitally-excluded customers and the unbanked may find themselves living in a cashless society by default, perhaps locked out from being able to pay for some goods and services.
There are potential solutions to these problems, e.g. contactless payment cards bought with cash. As with most things tech, a good rollout calls for a thoughtful design.
Diginomica picks - my top stories on diginomica this week
- Work From Home - providing enterprise features, security to network connections - Few of the linkbaity remote work pieces I've seen address enterprise scale and security. In his latest WFH installment, Kurt hits those issues head-on. He even unveils a lovely new "sassy" buzzword, intended a promising new collection of security technologies, SASE (Secure Access Service Edge).
- Hardly any stores, 25 years of e-commerce experience and selling comfy clothes - how Lands End has risen to the COVID-19 retail challenge - Think Lands End regrets pulling out of Sears in 2019? Yeah, I think not. Stuart on a brand that got hit by the Corona-economy, but not as badly as many peers: "The firm’s “limited retail footprint” has provided an unexpected benefit and a quarter of a century’s e-commerce experience has come to the fore."
- The personal experience movement - it's time we built real relationships - Barb on a new approach to serving the heck out of customers.
- AI and the Amazon - IIASA enlists ‘citizen scientists’ to tackle deforestation - Jess with an AI story even an AI
grouchhype avoider like me can support.
Vendor analysis, diginomica style. It was a news blowout from collaboration economy darlings, each with their dilemmas and upsides:
- Slack Q1 underwhelms - did it squander its lockdown opportunity? - Phil on a surprising earnings call: "While it may look as though Slack has missed a huge opportunity to sign up a massive new user base as organizations around the world were catapulted into remote working by the COVID-19 lockdown, Butterfield's argument is that it's not that simple." Phil reveals why Slack's latest gambit matters: Slack's Amazon partnership is about apps, not video.
- COVID-19 - an unwelcome validation of the rise of the Subscription Economy as Zuora customers outperform in the crisis - The pandemic has put Zuora's claims for the Subscription Economy to the test. So far, pretty good, reports Stuart.
- Zoom Q1 sees rocketing revenue as adoption soars, but what now? - Will Zoom find its way to profits and reputational excellence? I'm not sure yet. Phil unfurls the diginomica line of the week: "Zoom has paid a high price for becoming a verb."
Meanwhile, Derek's ServiceNow Knowledge 2020 coverage caravan rolls out, with the fun of a sit-down with quote machine and CEO Bill McDermott:
- CEO Bill McDermott - ‘ServiceNow will be the defining enterprise software company of the 21st Century’
- ServiceNow’s Chief Talent Officer on bringing a compassion equation to the enterprise in a COVID-19 world
A couple more vendor picks, without the quotables:
- Realistic growth is the order of the day - conversations with the CEOs of Workday, Planful and Plex - Brian
- MindFuel - a place for industry wide collaboration - a conversation with Darren Roos, IFS CEO - Den (watch this space for more on IFS' MindFuel virtual event).
Jon's grab bag - Neil examines the regulatory resistance to telemedicine in Telemedicine adoption amidst a pandemic - can we overcome the barriers?. Sooraj documents how a company avoided ransomeware by taking a wake-up call to heart in Aston Martin CIO - WannaCry pushed us into a cyber security refresh.
Guest contributor Simon Griffiths shares How to re-engineer business processes in uncertain times. Uncle Den opens up the digi-kimono, and details how
(not) to make your core team nuts to deliver platform upgrades in record time in How not to drive users and developers crazy.
Best of the rest
Genuine change is about action, not platitudes or P.R. festivals. Ergo, I enjoyed Jason Corsello's Diversity & The Future of Work — We Can No Longer Sit on the Sidelines! Corsello has a similar ax to grind, and wants to see companies push for corporate change as well:
As leaders of people and organizations, those same executives can stand up to racism by the examples they create in their own companies.
Where to get started? That can be an excuse or a legit area of question. To counter this, Corsello runs through ten action steps, from addressing pay inequity to rolling out mentoring programs, a la Slack's "Rising Tides" for diverse, emerging leaders. I doubt any organization could give themselves a solid grade on all ten - including diginomica. We all have work to do, but it's the right work.
- Zoom's Commitment to User Security Depends on Whether you Pay It or Not - Did Zoom step in it again? From a P.R. standpoint, definitely. From a policy standpoint, well, that's a debate worth having. Security ace Bruce Schneier frames it well, but check the updates and reader comments for a rounded view.
- Google DeepMind buzz dissipates after AlphaGo highs - Funny thing about hype? Sometimes when the buzz goes away, the good work gets done. This from the DeepMind team: "We have created a unique environment where ambitious A.I. research can flourish." Doesn't sound like they are giving up because the page views went down, does it?
- How To Build A Business Case For Endpoint Security - Beef up security? Not without a business case. Louis Columbus lays it out. "A financial services company recently calculated their annual benefits of E.S. initiative will be $475,000, and the costs, $65,000, will yield a net return of $6.30 for every $1 invested."
- Could Automation Kill the Security Analyst? - The author denounces her own headline about three paragraphs in (automation goes hand-in-hand with the human side of security), but the piece remains useful.
- Emotions at Work - We aren't getting away from an emotionally-charged workplace anytime soon. One of the best managers I know, Vijay Vijayasankar, dishes out tips and lessons.
- Enterprise Software Communities - audio podcast with Jon Reed. Yep, I took a turn on the podcast hot seat, with Tim "sharp questions" Rodman of AUG, Acumatica's independent online user group. Gotta love this pitch: "An AUG Blog Audio Post is basically an Acumatica Podcast Episode without the fancy background music. Our two rules: 1. No Editing. 2. Publish Immediately." And so it was.
Speaking of incredibly exciting developments in A.I. respect for the bruising lessons of tech history, I got a kick out of this weekend's discovery:
Enjoyed MIT's "Artificial Intelligence Progress Report" - from 1972. (PDF link to report: https://t.co/4iPJ2mvPph)
Parent page: https://t.co/MbOdMBB7pz
-> I think some of today's marketers stole some "natural language" buzzwords from this paper :)
— Jon Reed (@jonerp) June 7, 2020
But hey, there's good news: A.I. has come a long way from 1972, making our workplaces so much better:
This startup is using AI to give workers a “productivity score” https://t.co/Ac2f1x1uqz
"The tool also gives each person a productivity score, which managers can use to identify those employees who are most worth retaining"
another one for the AI -> workplace dystopia file
— Jon Reed (@jonerp) June 5, 2020
Speaking of the future, McKinsey got way ahead of themselves with this extravagant headline:
Flying-cab drivers wanted https://t.co/bGDnZrKXL2
-> there may be some delay on your job application processing..... I'm sure hiring will pick up very soon though, Meantime, just watch Blade Runner a few more times....
— Jon Reed (@jonerp) June 2, 2020
Without doubt, the most concerning whiff of the week: The May jobs report had 'misclassification error' that made the unemployment rate look lower than it is. Here's what happened. Thankfully, even after the three percentage point error, the news was still better than expected, but that's a market whopper nonetheless.
I need to leave you with a lighter headline than that. How about Bill Would Prevent the President from Nuking Hurricanes.
Not quite light enough? Okay, I'll revert to animals. How about this video of a pet cockatoo strenuously objecting, in many languages known and unknown, about a pending trip to the vet? See if that doesn't put a smile on your Monday. Catch you next time...
If you find an #ensw piece that qualifies for hits and misses - in a good or bad way - let me know in the comments as Clive (almost) always does. Most Enterprise hits and misses articles are selected from my curated @jonerpnewsfeed. 'myPOV' is borrowed with reluctant permission from the ubiquitous Ray Wang.