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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The Future of the Web

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 in Collaboration

Humanitarian Collaboration

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 in Mobility

'ESME': Social messaging within an enterprise SOA environment

'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.

August 4, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Talent development

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 in Collaboration

GE's Enterprise Collaboration Backbone

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 in Enterprise Software

Free Taxonomy & Folksonomy Book

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 in Collaboration

Broadcast or communicate?

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 in Enterprise Software

Conferences as conversation starters

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 in Enterprise Software

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