Oliver Marks

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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.

Oliver Marks professional work is defined by an objective viewpoint of the broad spectrum of vendors and options available to his clients and readers of this blog. Oliver provides an impartial perspective of vendors and is focused on contractual affiliation with end user clients in order to select appropriate solutions. As such he has no business relationships with the companies or services he recommends. The opinions, concepts and views put forward in this blog are solely those of Oliver Marks.

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Don't put your neck on the line...

Don't put your neck on the line...

Investing in long lasting, good quality ergonomic work furniture costs about the same as a new computer, but isn't as seductive as a new Apple laptop despite many great design attributes. (...I bought an expensive new office chair and am justifying it to myself!)

January 18, 2012 by in Hardware

Mobile and the mainstream

Mobile and the mainstream

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.

May 1, 2011 by in Hardware

Quality over quantity

Quality over quantity

2011 should be the year where we begin to see much tighter business definition into various verticals for the word 'social', which  is currently extremely fuzzily focused and meaning different things to different interest groups.This week sees the run up in the USA to Super Bowl XLV, the 45th edition of the final game of the US National Football League season.

January 30, 2011 by in Hardware

Useful ReadySteady Flip Camera Image Stabelizer

Useful ReadySteady Flip Camera Image Stabelizer

Despite the amazing advances in hi def video devices there are still huge issues with the competence of the person behind the camera. Lighting and camera stability are two fundamentals of watchable video, and if you own Flip cameras I'm sure you've been disappointed by your herky jerky footage of important occasions you'd been looking forward to seeing, whether business or pleasure, which turned out to be virtually unwatchable.

November 25, 2010 by in Hardware

GoPro Hero HD: Wearable Digital Video Cameras

GoPro Hero HD: Wearable Digital Video Cameras

To see more amazing video like the base jump above, a quick search on youtube or other video sharing website under the tag gopro will yield all sorts of sporting footage. GoPro make wearable video cameras designed to capture sports footage which are also designed to be attached to the outside of high velocity racing vehicles, onto boats and surfboards and just about any other use you can think of.

April 4, 2010 by in Hardware

Flipping Fantastic

Flipping Fantastic

Getting the most out of Flip video camerasThe picture above (a still from a Flip video) is of my venerable old three chip Sony VX1000 video camera, Frezzi light and associated 10 pound battery belt. In the foreground is a Flip video camera.

November 21, 2009 by in Hardware

Is the PlayStation Doomed?

Is the PlayStation Doomed?

Sony, putting aside the human toll of massive restructuring, is a fascinating example of the carnage happening in the business world today, and the stifling of innovation in large companies. Today's multinational conglomerate had humble origins in post WWII Japan: Masaru Ibuka started a radio repair shop in a bombed-out building in Tokyo, and was joined by his colleague Akio Morita a year later.

January 6, 2009 by in Hardware