Oliver Marks

Oliver Marks consults and advises with on international digital business strategy, 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. 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.

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

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 in Cloud

Getting the most value out of Collaborative Technologies

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 in Collaboration

The Business Resource Planning Farm League

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 in CXO

DreamForce clouds deluge San Francisco

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 in Enterprise Software

FaceBook Virgin Airlines Fiasco

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 in Enterprise Software

It's primetime for collaboration mashups

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 in Collaboration

A Transparency Engine for the World Wide Web

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 in Enterprise Software

IBM's Legacy World

IBM's Legacy World

I attended a regional 'Lotus Collaboration Summit' yesterday - a very helpful road show style event IBM put on to help flesh out the state of the Lotus universe and give partners a chance to demo their products to the customers in attendance.

October 22, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

The Future looks very Cloudy

The Future looks very Cloudy

I've just attended the one day, highly-focused executive 'Cloud Summit' conference. The Cloud—used to describe everything from internet-based computing utilities to Software as a Service — was examined and its future impact explored within the highly appropriate venue of the Silicon Valley Computer History Museum.

October 14, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

The Secrets of CEOs

The Secrets of CEOs

I just finished reading an advance US manuscript of 'The Secrets of CEOs - 150 Global Chief Executives lift the lid on business, life and leadership' by Steve Tappin, who is a managing partner in the global CEO & board practice of Heidrick & Struggles, and Andrew Cave, a leading English financial journalist.The book has a definite English slant despite being very much about the global economy, and provides fascinating insight through extensive interviews of the large enterprise CEO lifestyle.

October 6, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

The 'Social Media' Conundrum

The 'Social Media' Conundrum

I'm fascinated by '30's depression era attempts to foster business innovation, not least because of the financial challenges that seem likely to dominate our coming years. Surprisingly I've found The Rotary International Club is in many ways a precursor to the looser social media movement which has been a feature of Web 2.

October 1, 2008 by in Social Enterprise

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