Enterprise hits and misses - Oracle OpenWorld blowout coverage as event season hits its final push

Profile picture for user jreed By Jon Reed October 26, 2018
In the latest “Jon feels the road burn” version of hits and misses, he picks the highlights from the week’s biggest shows, the best of the enterprise web, and, as always – your weekly whiffs.

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Diginomica picks - my top three stories on diginomica this week

Oracle OpenWorld, diginomica style. Derek, Jessica and Madeline hit every session imaginable. Den provided analysis via his pre-briefs. Kurt added context. You can see the extensive news analysis and use case stories in our complete Oracle OpenWorld collection. I'll pick just one per team member here:

Oh, and I'm not letting this "buzzworthy" piece by Derek get away without a wretched pun on my part: Oracle OpenWorld 2018 - Oracle and the World Bee Project create a buzz using smart hives to conserve declining bee populations.

Meanwhile, Den was delving into SAP TechEd Barcelona and surfacing ABAP cloud debates:

Watch for his TechEd wrap on Monday with embedded podcasts. Phil wrapped his fruitful Twilio expedition with:

That leaves me and my aimless wanderings brilliant forays cross-coastal midadventures across events of all sizes, documented in stories like:

I also did the podcast wrap with diginomica contributor Brian Sommer, The Sage Intacct Advantage Review - CFOs, finance transformation and the Gaylord hotel experience, wherein I gave Brian 30 seconds to air out his unequivocal endorsement deep appreciation undying love for the Nashville Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

Best of the rest

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My top five picks from the enterprise blogosphere this week

Just because it is Accenture, IBM, Deloitte or another top-tier firm does not ensure value. The responsibility for value extraction lies with the client.

Can I get an amen? Now if I can just talk UpperEdge into swapping out the web site stock photos for pictures of their team in action...

The Internet of Things Needs an Infusion of Web Technologies - this New Stack ditty dates to October 11. The analysis just scratches the surface but important issues on lack of IoT standardization are raised. On my enterprise conversations Facebook page, IoT smarty and startup wizard Mrinal Wadhwa reacted:

Agree that we're stuck in a PoC hell. However, this view of "Let's fall back to the old internet protocols because the broad acceptance of newer more efficient protocols hasn't succeeded so far" is not a good plan. Efficiency in these protocols is often the difference that makes a product viable or not. Often the people who invent these new protocols are trying to make a device viable in extreme conditions... very low power, limited connectivity etc.

Three more top picks:

  • Developer Talent is Now the Biggest Challenge to Companies - Another New Stack ditty, riffing on an illuminating survey: "Access to developer talent is now more important to companies than access to capital! About 61 percent of executives consider this a potential threat to their business." Not sure that flies as a universal, but it's an important debate.
  • The Current State Of Cybersecurity Shows Now Is The Time For Zero Trust - Louis "trust no one" Columbus schools us with more data on why "Zero Trust" security is non-negotiable for ethical companies - make that all companies - going forward.
  • Email Is Dead. NOT. - Alan Lepofsky of Constellation Research picks up the email/productivity debate. I get caught in the middle of this one as I continue to believe email is a massive corporate productivity drain. But I argue for ring fencing email not attempting to kill it. Email would be harder to kill than spreadsheets.


Overworked businessman

Always tough to pick four whiffs but that's my job this week. Nice to know someone else needs to push away from their desk:

Sidenote: thanks to Wailgum for lookin' out. Meanwhile, I had another setback in my quest to become an AI art collector:

Remember that your-kettle-is-as-black-as-my-pot warning I issued to Apple for calling out Google on ethics? Well, here's some turnabout for ya: Google warns Apple: Missing bugs in your security bulletins are 'disincentive to patch'. But hey, as long as Apple fixes the bugs, why should they bother with the transparency they demand of other tech companies? Don't know about you, but I find that high horses bring saddle burns.

Finally, will some please just return the $4,000 inflatable colon used for education stolen in Kansas? Talk about zero trust security - if you can't trust the people with a massive inflatable colon what is the world coming to?

See 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.