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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'Is enterprise collaboration an oxymoron?' Be the Voice Podcast with David Spark.

I recorded a 25 minute conversation about my enterprise collaboration consulting work and blogging with David Spark a couple of weeks ago for his 'Be The Voice' thought leadership series of podcasts, which is primarily focused on how to drive business growth.David summarized our conversation pretty well on his site: I put forth some pretty candid views on how people collaborate (or in some cases don't!

August 27, 2008 by

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The Perils of Showboating

My friend David Spark sent me the link to the above video while we were chatting online this morning, and I facetiously commented it was a little like TechCrunch vs ZDNet.The bizarre contest above, which appears to be between a Capoeira performer and a boxer, doesn't end well for the showboater...

August 24, 2008 by


The Future of the Web

The semantic web can be quite a hard concept to grasp when discussed in an abstract way: the above video is a particularly useful, clear exposition of the enormous promise and power the future of knowledge sharing holds.Parallax, a novel browsing interface designed by David Huynh to manipulate Freebase, shows how contextual connections can be made with machine readable data to provide a much richer results set which in turn can spawn fascinating visual representations, and more.

August 12, 2008 by


Humanitarian Collaboration

I was recently fascinated by presentations by Bob Iannucci (CTO, Nokia) and Ken Banks of kiwanja.net at the Supernova2008 conference in June around mobile technologies in the developing world.

August 10, 2008 by


'ESME': Social messaging within an enterprise SOA environment

There are interesting community driven enterprise developments around SAP's 'Netweaver' SOA ('service-oriented application') and integration platform, with a sophisticated Twitter - style tool created by a diverse group of international users taking shape.Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send updates (otherwise known as tweets) which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.

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