A cheeky weekly review of which articles hit (or didn’t) on diginomica and beyond.
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.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
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.
- Microsoft Nails It...Almost - by Paul Greenberg. I always appreciate Paul Greenberg's unapologetically long form posts. Brevity is not always the highest achievement. Certainly not in Greenberg's case, where he makes the detailed case for Microsoft, despite the fact that in CRM - his specialty - they are not there yet.
- No one handles disclosures with as much upfront sincerity as Esteban Kolsky; Is Oracle at a Junction Point in Its History? is a good read to take you from OpenWorld into whatever's next.
- Constellation's Holger Mueller asks: Can we please stop the [silly] CMO vs CIO spend debate? Well sure, Holger, when you put it that way.
- In the Dreamforce preview category, we have a post from TEC's P.J. Jakovljevic, Is Kenandy Turning Into a Manufacturing Workday? Meanwhile, Information Week's Doug Henschen was on top of a sneaky-big story, Salesforce.com Enables Private App Stores.
- Senior managers are almost as disengaged as their subordinates sounds like one of those misleading post titles I can't stand, but it's actually based on data from 5,000 employees surveyed. The writeup comes from Christa Degnan’s Manning of HfS.
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.
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.As someone who believes Klout has done more harm than good, I am forever intrigued by other views. Thus I was drawn to
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?
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.
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