MyPOV: Yeah, I figure you're weary of coronamissives. I won't belabor it as much this week - there's plenty of other ground to cover. But amidst the barrage of
opportunitistic linkbaity viral-for-viruses non-experts passing themselves off as scientists and surgeons fear-mongering crapola, a thoughtful post by Kurt on where we can take this forward was the proper tonic. Want an upbeat take? How's this from Kurt:
Just as the global financial crisis of 2007-09 weeded out weak companies, over-leveraged borrowers and speculative excesses, today's COVID-19 emergency could lead to stronger, more resilient and efficient organizations, yielding decade-long benefits.
Kurt gives a number of examples of where we can apply this mojo, from supply chain rethinks to upping our virtual collaboration game. Kurt acknowledges the potential seriousness of this, from the virus victims to lost businesses. But:
The crisis can stimulate much positive change by cutting through stifling bureaucracies, eliminating moribund practices and inciting radical changes that entail some short-term pain, but yield long-term gain.
Agreed - IF we can manage a ruthlessly effective, panic-free response to the virus itself, while applying ourselves with equal rigor to a long term business rethink. Those are two big ifs, so let's get on it.
Diginomica picks - my top stories on diginomica this week
International Women's Day coverage - Speaking of responsibility, it's our collective job to make sure these types of days aren't handwaving exercises quickly forgotten, but chances to spark change:
- International Women’s Day - the best resources for women in tech - Madeline spoke to a slew of experts for this resource-rich roundup.
- International Women's Day - closing the gender pay gap at Fujitsu is an important work in progress - Cath shines a light on why "equal pay" isn't a cure-all for gender pay inequity.
- IWD 2020 - Gender balance is improving but we can still do better - Oracle NetSuite's Nicky Tozer takes stock of progress - and obstacles.
More top picks
- Assessing ERP upgrades in the 21st century - Brian takes ERP upgrade peddlers
behind the woodshed for a good ol' fashioned tail-whoopin'to task for applying the upgrade pressure. Before you upgrade, Brian implores customers to think big picture: "Great CIOs will be prepared and will have: Done a significant amount of research on many different ERP and non-ERP options. Great complementary solutions such as Uptake, Aera Technology, or Noodle.AI are out there. Have you fully explored the art of the possible?" Also see: Brian's enterprise month in review.
- Stuart takes on retail - It's a smorgasboard of retail tough love from Stuart, who hit on Kohl's modest Amazon success (Amazon alliance is boosting footfall in store at Kohl's, but not sales to any great effect), JC Penney's omni-slog (JC Penney CEO - "no quick fixes" in omni-channel retail transformation. (She can say that again!), and Target's unexpected digital setback (Digital growth slows, but Target stays on target for ongoing omni-channel transformation).
Vendor analysis, diginomica style. Here's my three top choices from our vendor coverage:
Zendesk Relate, virtual coverage. Officially, Zendesk Relate was cancelled, but at diginomica, we did the virtual Relate interview push:
- Zendesk CEO - 'We're a disruptive player in the CRM market' - Phil on why Zendesk thinks their "headless" customer experience platform is a difference-marker.
- GoCardless makes the connection between contact center performance and customer experience with Zendesk - Jessica files a Zendesk use case.
- Zendesk joins up customer service and sales with a suite approach - Phil with an analysis of what would have been the big news announcements of Relate.
A few more vendor picks:
- SAP and Azure - a marriage made in heaven or a Trojan Horse bound for hell? - A guest post from SAP expert and SAP Mentor Owen Pettiford. Yeah, the title is a tad link-baity, but the post itself is a sharp look from the field at the customer issues SAP is facing with SAP Cloud Platform versus the capabilities of the hyperscalers - Microsoft in particular.
- Deferring SAP S/4 HANA projects - the view from three customers - Den digs into the upgrade deferment decisions of three SAP (and Rimini Street) customers: "For its part, I firmly believe SAP is at a point where listening is not enough. Customers need to see SAP take action."
- DataStax shifts focus back towards the Cassandra community - Derek on a NoSQL player making a big shift: "It's a fine balance between carving out your own commercial value and priorities, alongside getting stuck in with the open source community." Indeed.
Jon's grab bag - This one from Jerry is more on the creepy side of innovation, but I guess that's the world we live in these days: American schools enter the age of the electronic self-contained automated protective environment (ESCAPE) Finally, Barb looks at the latest tips and stats on the art of writing, including the debate on content length: Content marketing starts with effective business writing - how do you stack up?
Best of the rest
MyPOV: Some blog posts have the feeling of molten lava, building until that volcano of discontent erupts. I get that sense from Adrian's latest. He's reached his personal Hadoop tipping point.
As Adrian argues, no one wants to pitch databases anymore:
These days, owning a "platform" is everyone's target – from traditional BI and analytics, Data Integration, DBMS, and Machine Learning vendors, to cloud platform providers. Even the last remaining "Hadoop distributors" (who no longer wish to be called that) talk "platform." All of them substitute some pieces at some of the layers of some core stack.
So, why Hadoop? Adrian says time's up:
All this suggests the name "Hadoop" has outlived its usefulness as a way to identify what we are trying to do with the various technologies in our stack du jour. Perhaps it's simply time to talk about the use case – data lake, machine learning, operational data management, "your favorite here." Acknowledge that it's more descriptive, and more useful to use that as a basis for design, development, integration and operational planning.
Come to think of it, I'm not sure we need to talk about "big data" anymore either. How about matching the use cases up with the requirements for performance instead? Real-time, NoSQL or not, graph database or not, AI or not - isn't it all use case dependent? Yes. Though if we don't want to abuse the word "platform," we should pursue use cases that build on each other.
Top non-sensational coronavirus picks - a curated selection from folks who applied their expertise, instead of waving hands around:
- Security of Health Information - Schneier on Security
- How Startup CEOs Should Think About the Coronavirus, Part II - Dave Kellogg
- Coronavirus on the Latin Bridge - a meaty post from the Exponential View
- How people are using AI to detect and fight the coronavirus - VentureBeat
- Google Kubernetes Engine price change sparks discontent - Chris Kanaracus doing his pesky thing.
- Corporate diversity: Measure it if you want it to matter - McKinsey on why numbers - and corporate programs to track them - are relevant, if you want to get beyond platitudes and molasses-like progress.
- Physical Flaws: Intel's Root-of-Trust Issue Mostly Mitigated - this Intel hardware flaw is concerning, and complicated to unravel (Is it patched? Can it be?) This Dark Reading piece is the closest I've found yet to a coherent explanation (I might have gone with "somewhat mitigated").
- The CIO Must Lead Business Strategy Now - Constellation Research's Dion Hinchcliffe says he got a surprising amount of pushback on this piece, which in turn surprises me. Can't see another way forward for CIOs myself.
So, a driver pulled over with an expired 1997 license plate told police 'I've been busy'. I know the feeling, bro. Meanwhile, it's stiff competition in my headline-of-the-week contest:
- Alabama Lawmakers May Lift Public School Yoga Ban. But Saying 'Namaste' Would Still Be Forbidden - I love a clear line in the sand...
- ‘Ancient Sword of the Meth King’ seized in police traffic stop
- Sharks love jazz music but don’t get classical, scientists reveal - no surprises there..
It's Groundhog Day over at Microsoft: Microsoft Issues Windows 10 Update Warning (again, and again, and again...). Windows 10: where being an update laggard truly pays off.
Oh, and things aren't so great for the IBM of telecomm - Struggling AT&T plans “tens of billions” in cost cuts, more layoffs.
A couple weeks ago, Business Insider put out a truly crappy piece of enterprise
viral preening skullduggery "analysis" on the Oracle Cloud. I was looking forward to skewering it, but now they've had the nerve to sluff that piece off behind a paywall:
Anyhow, if you have access to this clicky crud for some strange reason, you can read it yourself. Basically Business Insider found a few random emails and tried to add it into some kind of narrative that might mean something to someone, somewhere.
That wasn't the only setback this week. Coronavirus concerns took out an event that gutted many: the cancellation of the marmalade festival:
I guess we're all spread a little thin these days... but we can work our way out of this jam yet. See you next time...
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