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.

Latest Posts

Twitterank Creator Speaks

After my post yesterday afternoon about Twitterank, its creator Ryo Chijiiwa contacted me by email to ask if I'd like to hear his side of the story: I offered him a guest post. Over to Ryo:I blame the Family Guy.

November 12, 2008 by


Gullible Twitter users hand over their usernames and passwords - did you get your Twitterank yet?!

Mana from the heavens for cloud sceptics - on a day a lot of professional photographers lost all their images due to the failure of photo hosting site Digital Railroad which went under - as Twitter users fanned their egos en masse to parade their 'twitterank' to their followers.Twitterrank has no apparent purpose beyond a sketchy numerical rating, and there are rumors circulating on Twitter this afternoon that it is basically a fishing expedition.

November 12, 2008 by


Getting the most value out of Collaborative Technologies

I’ll be speaking at a breakfast briefing in London UK on the 20th November on the subject of ‘How to get the most value out of collaborative technologies‘ for Fujitsu Services, whose Graeme Mackay, Business Manager of Corporate Information Systems, will also talk about Fujitsu’s experiences around implementations and their internal usage. If you’d like to attend here’s the link.

November 11, 2008 by


The Business Resource Planning Farm League

The enterprise juggernauts in the Enterprise resource planning (ERP) space are duking it out in rapidly changing business conditions - SAP are offering packages of applications with zero percent financing, Oracle are on the acquisition trail, buying regulatory compliance rules company Haley, their tenth buy this year - in an effort to keep momentum.

November 8, 2008 by

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DreamForce clouds deluge San Francisco

Rock legend Neil Young surprised and delighted the audience at SalesForce's DreamForce conference today by having his electric and natural gas powered 1959 Lincoln Continental Mk IV convertible driven onto the stage (silent and beautiful) as the clouds above San Francisco unleashed intermittent torrential rain.Marc Benioff had previously made major keynote announcements, first introducing 'Sites', a new capability of the Force.

November 3, 2008 by


FaceBook Virgin Airlines Fiasco

There was a fairly major example of how external social networks can spin out of control last week: Virgin Atlantic (which despite its name is a major international airline that flies all over the world) have a FaceBook presence, with 6,944 members as I write this.Last week Virgin got a lot of publicity for firing '13 flight attendants for criticising the airline's flight safety standards and describing its passengers as "chavs" on a social networking website'.

November 2, 2008 by


It's primetime for collaboration mashups

As winter draws in throughout the northern hemisphere, the silver lining of the recession we are descending into for the collaboration tools industry is the huge use case justifications for strapped companies of all sizes to take advantage of their products.In an era which is going to see some enterprises in suffering industry sectors fighting for survival, the inevitable mergers and acquisitions are also going to create migraine inducing legacy systems integration issues.

October 28, 2008 by


A Transparency Engine for the World Wide Web

Every so often you come across a web application that is a game changer: the utility of browser plugin reframeit is a hugely powerful adjunct to your use of the entire web.The video above demonstrates marking up the transcript of a political speech with associated facts and links using reframeit that will be associated with specific areas of that content for as long as you want them to be.

October 26, 2008 by