Oliver Marks

Oliver Marks & Associates provides seasoned, technology agnostic independent consulting guidance to companies on effective Digital Enterprise Transformation business strategy, tactics, infrastructure & technology decisions, roll out and enduring use models and management.

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Trust: the Satyam Partnering Disaster

The images above, taken from Satyam's website, are now worthy of the fail blog.The shock waves rippling through the markets following Satyam's chairman and co-founder Ramalinga Raju's admissions of accounting fraud are world news, being dubbed 'India's Enron'.

January 8, 2009 by


Is the PlayStation Doomed?

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.

January 6, 2009 by


The Semantic Enterprise

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.

January 4, 2009 by


Underwater Cloud Break

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.

December 30, 2008 by


Information Age versus Tactile Experience

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.

December 27, 2008 by


Obama goes offline January 20th 2009, stops using Blackberry

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.

December 21, 2008 by


Make the US Small Business Administration Super Venture Capitalists!

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.

December 18, 2008 by