Enterprise hits & misses: June 16

Profile picture for user jreed By Jon Reed June 15, 2014
Summary:
Jon's cheeky weekly review of which enterprise software articles hit (or didn’t) on diginomica & beyond - for week ending June 15, 2014.

Enterprise hits & misses - a cheeky weekly review of which articles hit (or didn’t) on diginomica and beyond.

Cheerful Chubby Man
diginomica hit: Vishal Sikka, next CEO of Infosys by Den

quotage: 'The business model transformation is something of a conundrum. Sikka knows perfectly well what roadblocks he can expect to come across but then Infosys has put a transformation package in place that seems to be working. Does he tinker, leave alone or apply the scalpel? It is too early to tell.'

myPOV: In two separate pieces, Den parsed his reactions to Sikka joining Infosys before (Amazeballs! Vishal Sikka lands at Infosys as CEO) and after the analyst call (Sikka on Infosys – the emphasis is on education). With services firms of all flavors grappling for the right mix of automation, cloud services, talent management and intellectual property development, Sikka has a monster of a challenge ahead. But: I have seen him hit adversity, endure setbacks, and push forward. Sikka has a knack for pushing organizations towards a greater sense of purpose, beyond a slavish adherence to tired business models. If he can infuse that into the rank and file, I like his chances.

Happy children eating apple
Diginomica pick: Uber-chaos across Europe as Luddite taxi strikers try to defy digital innovation by Stuart. MyPOV: One of Stuart's finest, for several reasons I lack the space to pontificate on. Look - just read the goshdarn thing, ok?

Customer use cases: It was a stellar week for use cases this week, with Derek filing several during his U.S. travels to the Pegasystems PegaWORLD event:

Vendor coverage: Den filed editorial and video from PowerPlex, Plex's customer event. Check out:  PowerPlex 2014 – happy customers speak volumes, and Reflections on PowerPlex 2014. Phil riffed on DocuSign and the unbearable permanence of paper (great title Phil!). Stuart was on top of a story we're going to hear a lot more about before the summer is over: Larry Ellison and a database so fast that customers think it’s broken.

Quick hit: Den's post Weekend teaser – Workday ads, genius or bleh? caused a weekend flap. My first reaction - over the top, not genius, but definitely not blah, or bleh. Provocative, effective. I have a low tolerance for the 'vendor wars' this ad flirts with, but: give me a creatively articulated position anyday. What really chafes me? Predictable, compulsively defensive reactions after another vendor's announcement. That's not what this was.

Best of the rest

Waiter suggesting a bottle of wine to a customer
Oracle In-Memory Option: 6 Key Points by Doug Henschen

quotage: 'Oracle CEO Larry Ellison on Tuesday promised performance gains without compromise with Oracle Database In-Memory, an option set for general release in July. But in a familiar pattern for in-memory technology, the claims must be accompanied by a few important caveats.'

myPOV: Henschen followed up Ellison's Database In-Memory PR festival with a level-headed piece that drills a number of caveats and fine points. Vendor jabs aside, customers are the prohibitive winners as database vendors are not only upping their smack talk, but pushing their capabilities. Hadoop, document-oriented databases and open source momentum are applying more incumbent pressure. I'll force myself to remember that good news the next time I read (yawn!) assertions about '1000x performance improvements' - always without disruption, of course.

Other standouts

Whiffs

Overworked businessman
While we're on this subject of Sikka, I never picked this as a whiff because it had a mean-spirited effectiveness about it, but what a piece of irresponsible horse dung this 'article' was. Yes there was a dash of truth mixed in, but what really ticked me off were the nationalistic stereotypes and lowballisms. To call this an 'opinion' piece would be too high a compliment, an insult to those who make the concerted attempt to have informed opinions.

Meanwhile, it was tough competition for worst customer service meltdown of the week between Jet Blue and T-Mobile. As for Jet Blue, if employees need to go through 'sensitivity training' to not be cruel to a three year old on a tarmac, I'm not sure a class can help them - sounds like a dire case of soul rot. Verizon doesn't like to be left out of the whiff section, but even I didn't expect this headline: Verizon says it needs to kill net neutrality to help the disabled.  Okie dokie!

Officially off-topic

It wasn't all whiffs - The World Cup has been riveting enough to keep me lingering in the home office (here's a network viewing and streaming guide). And how about this entrepreneur who built an asthma monitor to save lives.

Speaking of admiration, Spurs coach Greg Popovich is someone to take heed of. After enduring a brutal loss in last year's NBA Finals, the team regrouped and came back stronger. During the title celebration coach 'Pop' lingered on the side, content to have his players take the spotlight. That kind of thing burns the curmudgeon right out of me.

Want more outside-the-box innovation? Then Meet the Cute, Wellies-Wearing, Wikipedia-Reading Robot That's Going to Hitchhike Across Canada. Oh, and those who think 'big data' is just a marketing confection must now reckon with the lingerie startup using big data to engineer the world's best bra.

A few media picks: If the World Cup doesn't do it for you, and season 2 of Netflix's 'Orange is the New Black' isn't your cup of quirky tea, perhaps you'll want to check out the BBC's six episode 1999 classic 'Walking with Dinosaurs'? (It's streaming on Netflix, not sure where else).  A bit rough for some youngsters, I found it engrossing. And there's two more companions, Walking with Giants and Walking with Monsters. Giant carnivorous whales that ate Great Whites for snacks, volcanic events, extinctions... Science! See you next time...

Which #ensw pieces of merit did I miss? Let us know in the comments.

Most of these articles are selected from my curated @jonerpnewsfeed. “myPOV” is borrowed with reluctant permission from the ubiquitous Ray Wang.

Image credits: Cheerful Chubby Man © RA Studio, Happy Children © Anna Omelchenko, Waiter Suggesting Bottle © Minerva Studiom, Overworked Businessman © Bloomua, King Checkmate © mystock88photo - all from Fotolia.com

Disclosure: SAP, Workday, Oracle and Plex are diginomica partners as of this writing.