On the eve of the main Boston Enterprise 2.0 Conference, it's worth taking a look at the state of the enterprise.
Real world collaboration strategies and tactics for enterprises.
With extensive senior management practical experience, Oliver consults with companies on international digital transformation strategy. Oliver previously ran HP's Global Digital Enterprise Transformation team, managed the Sony PlayStation 'WorldWide Studios' collaboration and workflow environment and has worked with the American Management Association, Sun, Docent/SumTotal Systems, Harvard Business School and McKinsey & Company on major initiatives around knowledge transfer and change management. Oliver has dual US/UK citizenship, speaks at various conferences and on the occasional webinar. He is based in San Francisco. His personal site is www.olivermarks.com.
There's a world of difference between empty containers and spaces and full ones, and software is no exception.The materials we create as we work together accumulates rapidly and can quickly become clutter, filling up containers and clogging up the communication pipes.
We're at an interesting tipping point between mobile technology, email and video partly brought about by odd business decisions.I've been using Flip video cameras to record discovery in interviews all last week and will be using them again this week with the participants permission; as I've previously discussed here they are a useful way of taking notes.
It's been a difficult Easter for online computing services: The Amazon EC2 service failed and Sony's Playstation network was out of service over the important holiday break and continues to be down as I write this.Much has been written about these failures already, with plenty of debate particularly from those who doubt cloud computing's credibility.
I met with Bobby Yazdani, CEO & President of Saba Software earlier this week at their Redwood Shores California headquarters. A substantial global company with 1400 customers and more than 19 million users across 150 countries, Saba is the piece of the enterprise stack jigsaw puzzle that first brought training and learning into the internet era after their 1997 founding.
Cisco CEO John Chambers has been bold in his experimentation with “co-ordinate and cultivate” over “command and control” at the helm of the forty billion dollar global behemoth over the last several years, as I have previously written here.Where Chambers is taking the Cisco Network next was the subject of an internal email (now made public by Cisco) which has been widely reported in the financial press and has subsequently seen Cisco's stock climb.
Sharepoint 2010 is now a credible platform player for collaboration and business social networking. The larger challenge: Changing user perceptions of what the tools are for, and what you can do with them.
If you were to write a brief history of Twitter, its zenith might prove to be surprisingly similar to San Francisco's summer of love, 3 months in 1967 when as many as 100,000 people converged on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.
Kaizen (改善) is a Japanese term meaning "change for the better", referring to a philosophy and practices that focus on 'continuous improvement' of processes in manufacturing, engineering, supporting business processes and people management. In its purest form it's a daily process, the purpose of which goes beyond simple productivity improvement with its ability to cross organizational boundaries into supply chains.
MarkLogic are an interesting and rapidly growing company in the enterprise space right now: essentially they replace the relational database model in ways that make their next generation purpose built tools fit your unstructured data.Their servers coral all the heterogeneous information companies create to index everything they see, pulling together information in context.
Working with international company workforces I'm often struck by the sheer diversity of individuals across cultures, age groups and skill sets who are confident in their ability to communicate and collaborate well. There seems to be a personality type that has a huge appetite for learning and using ever more frequent waves of new technology developments that is independent of any particular demographic, and who are eager to participate in group activities online or off.
The escalating unrest in North Africa and other parts of the world continues to make us wonder about the fundamental levers of control of the entire internet, and its uses for mass interactions and broadcasts.Bit.
Box.net got forty eight million dollars bigger today thanks to a Series D funding round led by Meritech Capital Partners, with new investment firms Andreessen-Horowitz and Emergence Capital Partners joining previous investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Scale Venture Partners and US Ventures Partners to help with Box’s growth as an enterprise cloud platform.
San Francisco & Silicon Valley are the epicenter of tech funding, with some VC's saying they will only finance companies located in the area because of the dense, rich local ecosphere of continuous innovation.Like San Francisco's meteorological micro climates, the various sectors seem to blow hot and cold with amazing frequency, but for now the funding world seems to be hitting full bloom around cloud and social software plays.
The 1999 US Gap 30 second TV spot above - 'everybody in vests!' - is now exquisitely unfashionable.