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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Talent development

Earlier this week I attended Fortune magazine's Brainstorm Tech conference which "aims to sharpen the thinking of (the very well heeled) attendees about the escalating impact of tech-driven change for all business and global society".There was a terrific menu of topics on offer: I live 'micro blogged' on Twitter (in this case using the hashtag #brainstormtech).

July 25, 2008 by

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GE's Enterprise Collaboration Backbone

General Electric, the venerable multinational that was founded in 1878 in New Jersey, have at their core a hugely sophisticated enterprise collaboration system that is arguably the largest in the world.I was able to see Dr Sukh Grewal, Manager of GE's 'SupportCentral' collaboration and workflow environment, present a succinct overview of this ecosystem at San Francisco's Social Networking Conference on July 10.

July 17, 2008 by


Free Taxonomy & Folksonomy Book

Following on from my previous post about AIIM's upcoming 'Findability' report, Daniela Barbosa of Synaptica at Dow Jones Client Solutions, has created a colorful free ebook called 'The Taxonomy Folksonomy Cookbook: Finding the right recipe for organizing enterprise metadata'Designed in the style of a 1960's cookbook, Daniela does a great job of discussing a pretty dry subject in very accessible and digestible terms.

July 15, 2008 by

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Broadcast or communicate?

When the Czarist autocracy was overthrown in the 1917 Russian revolution, fundamental changes in Russian society under the new political structure occurred.A fascinating example for me is that while most of the world was busy building out telephone communications infrastructure, the Soviets chose to focus on installing loudspeakers everywhere.

July 8, 2008 by


Conferences as conversation starters

Ten years ago Comdex - the gigantic Las Vegas hi tech conference and show - was reaching its high point. In that pre broadband internet era of CD ROM's, beige boxes and Windows 95, tens of thousands would converge on Vegas, stay in massively marked up hotel rooms and walk the haloed isles.

June 30, 2008 by