Oliver Marks

Oliver Marks leads the Global Digital Enterprise Team at HP, having previously provided seasoned independent consulting guidance to companies on effective planning of business strategy, tactics, technology decisions, roll out and enduring use models that make best use of modern collaborative and social networking tools to achieve their business goals. These are Oliver's views and not those of his employer HP.

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Own a Successful English Football Team!

Minor League Ebbsfleet United have a big day on their calendar on February 19th, with ownership of the club in the balance. The difference from all the other run of the mill sports stories is that the team are the world's first and only web-community owned football club - 30,000 members in 122 countries.

February 18, 2009 by


The Security Conundrum

The above xkcd cartoon does a great job of encapsulating the difference between a technology perspective on securing data and the realities of human nature.Keeping information secure is the top priority and responsibility of all IT departments, whether they are running extranets and vpn tunnels through their firewalls to their data, or experimenting with putting data in the cloud.

February 15, 2009 by

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Knowledge Plaza: Sophisticated Knowledge Workspace

There are various shades, strengths and weaknesses to competing software packages, with vendors catering to different user segments and market success often defining the direction of their products.Knowledge Plaza is a relatively new offering in the enterprise collaboration space and offers a very sophisticated set of tools aimed primarily at knowledge workers, and whose development has been influenced by a very large international consulting company.

February 12, 2009 by


From Command & Control to Collaboration & Teamwork

Cisco's John Chambers explains their approachI think this is a wonderfully succinct interview with Cisco CEO John Chambers by Harvard Business School Publishing, which is well worth 6.5 minutes of your life if you're interested in modern 'lead from the middle or behind' management strategy.

February 9, 2009 by

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$9 million ATM heist: the dark side of international collaboration

''The New York Fox News video report above by John Seutzman describes a well coordinated attack on 130 automatic teller machines (ATM's) in 49 cities worldwide within 30 mins, which jeopardized sensitive information and netted over $9 million.Shortly after midnight Eastern Time on November 8 2008, the FBI believes that dozens of people used hacked RBS WorldPay payroll cards (which are similar to debit cards) in a coordinated attack on ATM machines around the world.

February 7, 2009 by


Salesforce President and 2 Executives Gone

Reuters is reporting a big shake up at Salesforce tonight pst, with President and chief strategy officer Steve Cakebread resigning along with two other senior executives. (Cakebread is still listed as chief financial officer on the Salesforce website executive leadership page).

February 5, 2009 by


Collaboration & Partnerships in Orbit

My son Alexander showed me the above fascinating four part informal HD video tour of the international space station over the weekend, and it really made me think about the similarities between the enterprise business world and this collaborative environment.The 15 nation ISS partnership has various connected modules orbiting above you as you read this and sees 15 sunrises and sunsets a day at 17,210 miles per hour...

February 3, 2009 by


Getting on the wavelength

There's a solid, wide focused article by Tim Weber on the BBC News website's Davos coverage which articulates well the challenge many companies have in understanding and engaging with the internet on the most basic strategic level.

January 30, 2009 by