Sony, putting aside the human toll of massive restructuring, is a fascinating example of the carnage happening in the business world today, and the stifling of innovation in large companies. Today's multinational conglomerate had humble origins in post WWII Japan: Masaru Ibuka started a radio repair shop in a bombed-out building in Tokyo, and was joined by his colleague Akio Morita a year later.
Real world collaboration strategies and tactics for enterprises.
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.
The video above by Manu Sporny of Digital Bazaar provides a clear and simple overview of the semantic web for 'newbies', explaining the limitations of the internet in its current incarnation and the potential of next generation intelligent agent machines to help us find information.While the greater semantic web shows great promise, it is going to be an immensely complex process linking up all content on the entire internet as it continues to grow - effectively tagging everything online.
In my previous post I discussed how historically railways were the supply chain backbone of the US economy (as was the case with many other nations) 120 years ago.Globally the internet is remarkably similar today: although we tend to think of it as a "network of networks" consisting of millions of private, public, business, government and academic networks, once you go global the fundamental plumbing pipes are surprisingly fat and few.
Venture capitalist Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, an early stage fund specializing in investing in IT enabled services 'that have the potential to change the structure of markets', blogged ideas yesterday about the internet's disruption of retail. This is epitomized by the sad state of 'bricks and mortar' (shopping in actual shops) retail this holiday season.
In a month's time Barack Obama will be inaugurated in Washington DC as the 44th US President.It seems likely that a president elected largely as a result of a hugely successful online campaign notable for its transparency will have to give up his Blackberry and email - the US Presidential Records Act is currently not equipped to deal with modern communication.
We are heading into the eye of a financial storm that has been threatening for months, and inconceivably large amounts of bailout money is being bandied around by the powers that be in the USA, with similar actions taking place in other countries around the world.Most revenue is generated by small business in the USA and for example accounted for nearly 30% ($4.
Corporations are like sharks, who have to keep moving forward to breathe...or they sink and die.
Andrew McAfee of Harvard Business School, who coined the term Enterprise 2.0 and with whom I am on the advisory board for the conference of that name, wrote a fascinating blog post earlier this month: 'The Enterprise 2.
Tokyo is currently the largest city of origin of Twitter messages in the world, more than twice that of second placed San Francisco and New York in the USA as of this summer.(Incidentally, while the Japanese Kanji language Twitter service, which only launched in April of this year, contains advertising, the rest of the planet's Twitter service currently does not).
There is an interesting book and associated US public television series I'm intrigued by entitled 'Leading with Kindness: How good people consistently get better results'The two authors areWilliam F. Baker, Ph.