Enterprise hits & misses - November 4

Profile picture for user jreed By Jon Reed November 3, 2013
Jon's cheeky end-of-weekly on which articles hit (or didn’t) on diginomica and beyond - for the week ending November 1, 2013.

A cheeky weekly review of which articles hit (or didn’t) on diginomica and beyond.

Cheerful Chubby Man
diginomica hit: Europe cloud debates by Phil Wainewright and Stuart Lauchlan

quotage: 'As a European, I’ve always been struck by the harsh reality that our region of the world has so much going for it in terms of ideas and intellectual property and sheer inventiveness, but has tragically lacked the necessary support from investors and from the market to become a tech powerhouse.' - Stuart Lauchlan

myPOV: Stuart and Phil have been covering European cloud issues from different angles since diginomica launched. This week marked a new twist, with Phil taking direct issue with Stuart's above position in the blog comments: 'But Stuart the single reason why European companies go to the US market to expand is that the US *is* a single market. And Europe is not.'  The debate comes down to whether the need for standard policies across Europe (something Phil advocates) will squelch the cloud innovation Stuart and Phil are both in favor of (Stuart has big concerns about over-regulation).

The guys fleshed out other angles later in the week, with Stuart looking at how the UK government’s cloud strategy challenges SI status quo and Phil taking issue with Cloud for Europe. You might think Phil would be in favor of Cloud for Europe given his prior blog comments, but objects due to altogether different factors, including a 'waterfall' project plan he believes puts Cloud for Europe in hot water from the get-go.

I'm not going to take a formal position on this one - it matters a lot more what these two UK-based bloggers think. Their friendly but strongly-worded exchanges remind me of how much we need civil, informed disagreement - and how unfortunately rare both the civil and informed parts have become.

Happy children eating apple
diginomica pick: Helping hands – purposeful collaboration lessons from CCE2013  by Den Howlett

quotage: 'Around mid-morning, the Odyssey team got us to engage in an exercise that can only be completed if everyone collaborates. Make no mistake. This was not some kind of whacked out therapy session or glommed cult job. This was a serious endeavor.'

myPOV: In a piece from Den I wasn't expecting, he describes a hands-on experience with collaboration at Constellation's Connected Enterprise 2013 event. Den found himself with five other team members tasked to assemble prosthetic hands during a time-limited exercise with a curve ball or two (such as a required team member swap).

That project sounds like my worst nightmare (I struggle to assemble simpler gadgets on my own). When a room full of collaboration experts and enterprise types are pushed out of their comfort zones, lessons are learned. I'll leave it to readers to come up with their own conclusions on how this applies to enterprise collaboration, but it's worth a read and a think.

Best of the rest

Waiter suggesting a bottle of wine to a customer

Intelligent Business Processes Webinar Q&A - by Sandy Kemsley. This is the first time I have featured Kemsley's work but hopefully you are tracking it already. If not, dig in with this meaty blog, slideshow, and replay link. When it comes to business process and BPM, she is the gold standard.  Factoid: she is also maddeningly fast to post useful blogs at events, all with a Nexus 7 tablet she can fit in a handbag.

Other standouts

Speaking of HfS, Den and yours truly will both appear on the HfS webinar Pardon the Disruption this Thursday Nov. 8. The one thing I can guarantee about this one - it will be memorable.

Multi-media: Bill Gates just made his 'favorite course of all time,' Big History, available online. Fellow Enterprise Irregular Jason Lemkin included a replay of a panel on startups selling to CIOs in his post on the subject. If you're in a SAPpy mood I have posted some audio podcasts live from TechEd on my JonERP iTunes feed, with more video to follow.


Overworked businessman
As someone who believes Klout has done more harm than good, I am forever intrigued by other views. Thus I was drawn to Why Your Klout Score Matters on Social Media Today and was treated to a post where the writer never takes a position. It's mostly about a very important marketing expert with a Klout score of 78 and her self-serving views. I did find one sentence that covers the topic of why Klout matters: 'She said Klout is significant for people who want to obtain Klout Perks from brands that share products and services with extremely influential individuals.' All righty then - that doesn't sound corrupt or inconsquential at all.

Other gaffes come by way of Skype, which is (almost) immediately pulling the plug on APIs that third party developers count on in December (there goes my podcast recording app). and Adobe, where the password security breach gets worse with each news cycle. Also - if we stop watching grueling online slide shows, will web sites stop making them?

Officially off-topic

While I'm grouchin', last night I watched two one minute YouTube videos preceded by 20 second advertisements (which I ignored - both ads had no relevance to the video or my interests). That can't be a sustainable business model right? (Forrester just nailed Facebook for this). Oh, and did you know that humanity squandered 14, 532 years watching the Gangnam Style video? On the other hand, that may be a better use of time than implanting a massive computer chip in your arm without medical supervision.

From the 'all is not lost' files comes news that Delta and JetBlue now permit electronics through all stages of flight (and check out that happy pic of happy travelers). Another way to squeeze out more productivity is to get out of meetings - Chirag Mehta shares his hard-won meeting-escape tips. Reminders of higher existential ground came via a provocative interview with Bill Gates and a nifty piece on how Steve Jobs spurred the iPad to success when all other tablets failed.

Finally, this feel-good story of the first boy in Britain to get a robotic leg implant is good evidence for my decision (for now) that robots aren't all bad (even if the implications for employment are troubling). If you need some tunes to fire up your Monday, check out this new (and perfectly legal, as far I can ascertain) YouTube/SoundCloud/Dailymotion music discovery/search startup. 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, Businessman Choosing Success or Failure Road © Creativa - all from Fotolia.com

Disclosure: Salesforce.com, SAP and Oracle are all diginomica premier partners as of this writing.