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Zoho at a crossroads: Stepping up means stepping out
"Zoho, on the other hand, has been successful and managed to maintain their culture and the loyalty of their customers and employees without a lot of business model transformation. They will continue to grow with that outlier model for a while yet, I would think. Past experience says that they probably will reach that limit in two or three years — but I don’t put anything beyond them, including accomplishing a lot more without changing the model."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  zoho  one  zoholics 
3 days ago by jonerp
What’s Missing From Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant For CPQ
"Magic quadrants and market analysis grids are designed to guide enterprise buyers to the best possible technologies for their needs. The recently published Gartner Magic Quadrant for Configure, Price, and Quote (CPQ) Application Suites, 2018 (client access reqd.) doesn’t address the most challenging problem enterprises face making CPQ strategies work, which is enterprise-wide systems integration. Members of the CPQ vendor landscape are growing complacent and need to intensify innovation efforts too."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  2018  and  quote  (cpq)  application  suites  byline=louis  columbus  configure  cpq  crm  gartner  magic  quadrant  for 
6 days ago by jonerp
Five Ways Machine Learning Can Save Your Company From A Security Breach Meltdown
"However, 62% of CEOs have the impression that multi-factor authentication is difficult to manage. Thus, their primary security concern is primarily driven by how to avoid delivering poor user experiences. In this context, machine learning can assist in strengthening the foundation of a multi-factor authentication platform to increase effectiveness while streamlining user experiences."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  byline=louis  columbus  cybersecurity  machine  learning  security  breach  zero  trust 
14 days ago by jonerp
10 Ways Machine Learning Is Revolutionizing Manufacturing In 2018
"Improving semiconductor manufacturing yields up to 30%, reducing scrap rates, and optimizing fab operations are is achievable with machine learning. Attaining up to a 30% reduction in yield detraction in semiconductor manufacturing, reducing scrap rates based on machine learning-based root-cause analysis and reducing testing costs using AI optimization are the top three areas where machine learning will improve semiconductor manufacturing. McKinsey also found that AI-enhanced predictive maintenance of industrial equipment will generate a 10% reduction in annual maintenance costs, up to a 20% downtime reduction and 25% reduction in inspection costs. Source: Smartening up with Artificial Intelligence (AI) – What’s in it for Germany and its Industrial Sector? (52 pp., PDF, no opt-in) McKinsey & Company."
business  featured  posts  artificial  intelligence  cloud  computing  erp  digital  manufacturing  enterprise  software  factory  of  the  future  louis  columbus'  blog  machine  learning 
21 days ago by jonerp
Roundup Of Machine Learning Forecasts And Market Estimates, 2018 - by @louiscolumbus
"One of the fastest growing areas of machine learning IP is the development of custom chipsets. Deloitte Global is predicting up to 800K machine learning chips will be in use across global data centers this year. Enterprises are increasing their research, investment, and piloting of machine learning programs in 2018. And while the methodologies all vary across the many sources of forecasts, market estimates, and projections, all reflect how machine learning is improving the acuity and insights of companies on how to grow faster and more profitably."
business  featured  posts  ai  analytics  and  big  data  artificial  intelligence  byline=louis  columbus  machine  learning  patents 
7 weeks ago by jonerp
Building the Digital Supply Chain: Pushing the Bird from the Nest - by @lcecere
"I think this is a good context for a discussion today, on this blog, on the digital supply chain. Last week, I had discussions with digital supply chain leaders from three companies. The conversations were similar, “How can I get my business leaders to embrace a digital transformation journey?” In essence, today manufacturing leaders are flooded by presentations from consultants attempting to sell a message to begin a digital journey. The reason? It is a new gig. ERP projects are drying up and the consultants need to create their new market."
uncategorized  digital  supply  chain  new  business  models  insights 
7 weeks ago by jonerp
Microsoft Business Applications Analyst Forum – a scorecard - by @dealarchitect
"The event was very well paced and covered wide ground with slides, panels and demos. From a business process perspective, CRM dominated especially with recent moves with LinkedIn and partnering with Adobe. That was understandable because the audience was heavily skewed towards CRM analysts."
business  featured  posts  cloud  computing  enterprise  software  (ibm  industry  commentary  microsoft  oracle  saas  sap 
9 weeks ago by jonerp
Signs that your disruptive innovation is fading - by @denispombriant
"That’s a particularly nasty problem for social media companies and other tech vendors today as customers are rethinking their use. Ten years ago social media was hailed as a great new thing that could link people around the world and offer new possibilities for business and even world peace. Today not so much."
featured  posts  trends  &  concepts  crm  disruption  disruptive  innovation  humantech  onward  sloan  business  review  zichermann 
9 weeks ago by jonerp
Machine Learning’s Greatest Potential Is Driving Revenue In The Enterprise - by @louiscolumbus
"CIOs challenging the status quo of their organization’s analytics direction are more likely to rely on roadmaps for defining and selling their vision of machine learning’s revenue contributions. More than 70% of early adopter CIOs have developed a roadmap for future business process changes compared with just 33% of average CIOs."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  ai  artificial  intelligence  byline=louis  columbus  cio  machine  learning 
9 weeks ago by jonerp
Is Kodak’s blockchain initiative another blockchain mirage?
"This ‘chasing the blockchain’ attempt to recreate itself does seem bound to end in failure, as Kerrisdale Capital describes. But it may be less to do with the indictment of blockchains and more to do with crude financials. Nevertheless, this fall of this once- titan requires observation to see who is right."
blockchain  business  homepage  slider  latest  news  crypto-asset  cryptocurrency  cryptographic  kodak  kodakcoin  kodakone  photos  wenn  digital 
10 weeks ago by jonerp
The Strong Shall Inherit the Nasdaq - by @anshublog
"But today, we live in a near utopian economy, at least here in the United States which contributes majority of earnings for many of these tech companies. The unemployment rate is lower than ever in last 10 years, demand is healthy, and everyone has more money than a year ago thanks to tanking gas prices."
business  cryptocurrency  stock  market  venture  capital 
10 weeks ago by jonerp
Data Scientist Is The Best Job In America According Glassdoor - by @louiscolumbus
"
Data Scientist has been named the best job in America for three years running, with a median base salary of $110,000 and 4,524 job openings.
DevOps Engineer is the second-best job in 2018, paying a median base salary of $105,000 and 3,369 job openings.
There are 29,187 Software Engineering jobs available today."
business  featured  posts  ai  artificial  intelligence  byline=louis  columbus  data  science  jobs  devops  engineer  glassdoor  50  best  in  america  machine  learning 
10 weeks ago by jonerp
Digital Trends 2018
"Digital transformation, then, is driving business change and technology innovation. Over the past few years, several technology trends have emerged or accelerated as a result of the modernization needs of businesses. For 2018, G2 Crowd research is tracking a list of these tech trends, and we’ve identified four broad technology areas that serve as the anchors or framework for ongoing analysis of technology trends, and their impact on modernizing businesses.

These technology anchors are:

AI
IoT
Cybersecurity
Digital Platforms"
featured  posts  technology  software  trends  &  concepts  2018  ai  analysis  artificial  intelligence  business  model  models  modernization  change 
10 weeks ago by jonerp
Greening the Cloud: Comparing the Renewable Energy Credentials of the Hyperscale Providers - by @fintanr
"Most large enterprises will struggle both to run data centers as efficiently as the hyperscale providers and to leverage their data centers to influence public policy or the make-up of power grids.

If there are green criteria to your projects, considering one of the hyperscale providers will serve you well."
aws  business  cio  cloud  cto  data  featured-data  google  infrastructure  microsoft  sustainability 
10 weeks ago by jonerp
The Salesforce MBA: What We Learned with FinancialForce, Twilio, StitchFix (Video + Transcript)
"We were very happy to have the Salesforce “Mafia,” consisting of four executives–three who have since moved onto their next ventures–on the Strategy Stage so they could discuss some important lessons learned from being a part of the 19-year-old SaaS powerhouse."
business  startup  lessons  case  studies  hiring  &  operations  retention  metrics  saastr  annual  sessions  the  journey  video 
11 weeks ago by jonerp
2018 Will be A Breakout Year For Supply Chain Analytics - by @louiscolumbus
"66% of supply chain leaders say advanced supply chain analytics are critically important to their supply chain operations in the next 2 to 3 years. The Hackett Group found the majority of supply chain leaders have a sense of urgency for getting advanced supply chain analytics implemented and contributing to current and future operations. The majority see the value of having advanced analytics that can scale across their entire supplier network."
business  technology  software  analytics  and  big  data  bi  byline=louis  columbus  logistics  louis  columbus'  blog  supply  chain  management 
11 weeks ago by jonerp
10 Charts That Will Change Your Perspective On Artificial Intelligence’s Growth - by @louiscolumbus
"Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing (NLP) are the three most in-demand skills on Monster.com. Just two years ago NLP had been predicted to be the most in-demand skill for application developers creating new AI apps. In addition to skills creating AI apps, machine learning techniques, Python, Java, C++, experience with open source development environments, Spark, MATLAB, and Hadoop are the most in-demand skills. Based on an analysis of Monster.com entries as of today, the median salary is $127,000 in the U.S. for Data Scientists, Senior Data Scientists, Artificial Intelligence Consultants and Machine Learning Managers."
business  technology  software  ai  startups  artificial  intelligence  byline=louis  columbus  louis  machine  learning  stanford  one  hundred  year  study  on  (ai100)  university 
january 2018 by jonerp
By 2020 83% Of Enterprise Workloads Will Be In The Cloud - by @louiscolumbus
"83% Of Enterprise Workloads Will Be In The Cloud By 2020. LogicMonitor’s survey is predicting that 41% of enterprise workloads will be run on public cloud platforms (Amazon AWS, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure and others) by 2020. An additional 20% are predicted to be private-cloud-based followed by another 22% running on hybrid cloud platforms by 2020. On-premise workloads are predicted to shrink from 37% today to 27% of all workloads by 2020."
business  technology  software  amazon  aws  re:invent  web  services  byline=louis  columbus  cloud  computing  enterprise  adoption  landscape 
january 2018 by jonerp
Cryptocurrency and central banking - by @denispombriant
"So far, cryptocurrencies lack any macroeconomic structures for managing things like inflation and recession and on exchanges they behave much like stocks. As we’ve seen in many mergers and acquisitions company stock can be used in part or in lieu of cash to enable the transaction provided both sides agree on the value represented by the stocks. But as an everyday currency that one might use to purchase groceries or pay a utility bill, cryptocurrencies are still way behind the curve."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  bitcoin  blockchain  cryptocurrency  economics 
january 2018 by jonerp
The Commodity Container Story - by @fintanr
"This actually raises one of the thornier questions around using bleeding edge software such as Kubernetes. Enterprises, even the most forward looking, are somewhat conservative – and as such are generally going to be running at least one release behind (in areas such as operating systems we frequently see upgrades, beyond security patches, running out at least 18 months and beyond). There is a reason long term support is a lucrative source of revenue for vendors."
aws  business  cio  cloud  native  cto  devops  infrastructure  orchestration  research  serverless  strategy 
december 2017 by jonerp
Voice and the Future of the Platform Companies - by @fintanr
"We have entered into an era where massive scale is a differentiator – and companies are happy to share the underlying work that has facilitated them operating at scale. Much of the emerging technology landscape, from cloud native to artificial intelligence, is being shaped by projects that companies, like Google and Facebook, have had a hand in either inspiring or creating. But if their revenue streams begin to be threatened will the model of openly publishing research and contributing to various projects change?"
aws  business  cio  cloud  native  deep  learning  strategy 
december 2017 by jonerp
Innovative, Disruptive, Enterprise Focused and Boring – Choose Four. Reflections on SAP TechEd - by @fintanr
"The conundrum for SAP is how to attract new developers while keeping their existing users happy. TechEd is not going to be this forum, but SAP have clearly recognised this and are reaching out into other communities."
business  cio  cloud  foundry  native  community  conferences  configuration  management  containers  cto  internet  of  things  leadership 
december 2017 by jonerp
The Hidden 80/20 of IT Spend: Where to Mine for Savings - by @jasondbusch
"On the webinar, I’ll be sharing quite a bit more on the topic of how best to drive IT category savings, as well as picking the brains of category experts who have much deeper knowledge than I do. But for now, I’ll tease you with a few ideas below on the category savings side. (Hint: Driving IT category savings starts with the same strategies and techniques that you would apply to other areas from a strategic sourcing and category management perspective.)"
business  category  management  general  news  l2  procurement  strategy  &  planning  technology  twenties 
december 2017 by jonerp
Dont write off SAP yet - by @dealarchitect
"Not sure why it feels the need to exaggerate progress on S/4. In SAP Nation 2.0 I profiled progress of several next-gen products and I wrote “As we have seen earlier with Oracle, Microsoft and JD Edwards, a next-gen product takes years of development and maturation. Migrating a legacy customer base takes even longer. Those are just the laws of physics. SAP may be able to bend them slightly with S/4, but will likely not be able to break them.”
business  featured  posts  enterprise  software  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  sap 
november 2017 by jonerp
Navigating the Supply Chain Management Fault Line - by @lcecere
"Fire the narcissistic supply chain leaders that believe that they have the answers. We don’t have the answers. We have historical practices, not best practices. Stalled progress on metrics: 90% of companies find themselves stuck on key supply chain metrics (cost, inventory, growth, ROIC)."
big  data  supply  chains  digital  chain  3pls  artificial  intelligence  business  process  outsourcing  cognitive  computing  innovation 
november 2017 by jonerp
Raising the Bar – for clouds, renewables and digital – Part 1 - by @dealarchitect
"Amazon started off very well, delivering price cuts just about every quarter. But now, managed services partners have jumped on the bandwagon and dilute its attractiveness. Salesforce is actually confirming its service partners make $ 4 to 5 for every $ 1 it charges. Not very comforting to customers who thought that went away with on-premise systems."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  saas 
november 2017 by jonerp
The New Kingmakers Then and Now - by @sogrady
"The good news is that this developer-driven fragmentation has yielded an incredible array of open source software. The bad news is that, even for developers, managing this fragmentation is challenging. And if it’s challenging for developers, what of the businesses they work for? Businesses, after all, have a much lower threshold for change, a far lower ability to absorb innovation. An individual may prefer what’s new and shiny, but businesses prioritize stability and predictability."
business  models 
october 2017 by jonerp
The Elements of Disruption - by @barnes_hank
"
Technology – While not the sole element, technology innovations often play a significant role
Business – Shifts in business models and practices that change the rules of buying and selling
Industry – Identifying changing industry dynamics, or regulations (or sometimes ignoring them)
Society – Leveraging societal trends that provide new ways to build awareness, interest, and “tribes”"
go-to-market  business  disruption  elements  industry  society  technology 
october 2017 by jonerp
Xero tells accountants it’s Digital or Die
"Damon Anderson, Director of Partner at Xero, comments: “Over the next few years, small businesses and their accountants will need to embrace digital or run the risk of quickly being extinct. Our report shows that one in ten small business owners and a fifth of accountants in firms still use paper ledgers – a tool that dates back to the year 1299 – with many losing hours to menial administrative tasks. It’s time to work smarter."
business  homepage  slider  latest  news  accountancy  accountants  blockchain  fintech  sme  xero  xerocon 
october 2017 by jonerp
Microsoft Quantum: A Trudeau Moment for the Wider Industry? - by @fintanr
"Announcements from Microsoft aside, it is important to note that IBM made a splash around their Quantum Computing work last year, and have an environment you can access today via the IBM Quantum Experience. As with Microsoft, the work of IBM is the result of years of research across multiple disciplines by scientists such as Dr Charles Bennett and Dr Jerry Chow."
business  cio  cloud  infrastructure  leadership  research  strategy 
september 2017 by jonerp
Want to Really Understand What all the Hype of Cryptocurrency is About? - by @msuster
"Because so many of us (myself included) love out technology providers, few have begun to fully grasp how much centralized control, for example, Amazon has over cloud-based storage and processing and it’s even more dominant in eCommerce and physical, last-mile distribution. I love that Amazon can deliver me products a mere hours after I order them but fast-forward 20 years and if they have no real competition for last-mile distribution this eventually could produce negative consequences for the market and for consumers."
business  featured  posts  technology  bitcoin 
september 2017 by jonerp
Toys ‘R’ Us Files for Bankruptcy But Keeps Stores Open
"The move comes as retailers head into the busiest shopping time of year. The company said it was “well-stocked as we prepare for the holiday season and are excited about all of our upcoming in-store events.”
business  news  bankruptcy  toys  r  us 
september 2017 by jonerp
Dissecting the Headwinds and Tailwinds of Digital Transformation - by @lcecere
"At the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit last week Gita Gopinath, a Harvard University economist, forecasted worldwide global growth at 3.6%, but only 1.9% for the more advanced economies in Europe and North America. In contrast, she forecasts growth rates in the emerging economies of Europe and Asia at 4.8%. For the global multinational, powering global growth in China and India is tougher, and with greater intellectual property risk, than driving a digital transformation in North America and Europe."
big  data  supply  chains  demand  digital  blockchain  transformation  growth  headwinds  internet  of  things  new  business  models  chain  tailwinds 
september 2017 by jonerp
Cloud Native Technologies in the Fortune 100 - by @fintanr
"Container usage, which, at its most basic level ostensibly maps to developers using Docker, is running at 71% across Fortune 100 companies. Kubernetes usage is running in some form at 54%, and Cloud Foundry usage is at 50%. In terms of public references with commercial suppliers Cloud Foundry leads the way, with twelve of the Fortune 100 publicly stating they are using Cloud Foundry, Docker and Kubernetes both have two public references. It is important to note that while public references are an interesting proxy, they are but the tip of the iceberg and in our conversations we hear of substantially more usage of the gambit of cloud native technologies."
aws  business  cio  cloud  foundry  native  containers  cto  infrastructure  research 
september 2017 by jonerp
Introducing "The Super User (R)evolution" Unleashing the Collaborative Forces Already in Your Enterprise
"The "Initial Super Users" Era: In the late 90's and early aughts, it was recognized that companies would do better to assign internal end users to provide guidance to other end users at least for the training for the initial go-live. Sometimes this role was made more permanent, thus extending beyond go-live but such extended roles were seldom formalized or respected and usually simply petered out for lack of management support and respect."
business  process  owners  center  of  excellence  end  users  help  desk  knowledge  transfer  kpi  power  super  user  networks  thrive  after  go-live  competency 
september 2017 by jonerp
Bitcoin and estcoin cryptocurrency craziness
"ET deliberately separates blockchain from Bitcoin/ICOs/cryptocurrencies. This occurs for two underlying reasons:

we believe that blockchain technologies have profound potential, even if as yet unproven, for enterprises
we regard the cryptocurrency/ICO investments arena as changing too fast as well as being beyond our competence.

This may have to change. But, for the moment, it explains why we spend so little time on cryptocurrencies."
blockchain  business  features  homepage  slider  latest  news  bitcoin  bitmain  cryptocurrency  e-residency  estcoin  ethereum  fintech 
august 2017 by jonerp
Microsoft’s Monopoly Hangover - by @benthompson
"This is why I don’t give Ballmer too much credit for Office 365 and Azure: the products of Microsoft’s future were there, but the Windows-centric business model was constricting every part of the company to an ever-shrinking share of the overall market; Nadella’s greatest success has been taking off that straitjacket."
articles  business  models  cloud  computing  culture  differentiation  enterprise  evolution  of  ibm  incentives  making  money  microsoft  product  management 
july 2017 by jonerp
Adobe EOL Flash, Everything Continues To Move To Mobile - by @fintanr
"The web has morphed from the early days of flash to a mobile first environment. One only must spend a few moments looking around in any public location to see how people are consuming content. We recently had the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at some of the operations for Wimbledon courtesy of IBM, and one status screen particuarly caught my attention."
business  cio  javascript  mobile  strategy 
july 2017 by jonerp
How AWS And Azure Competing Is Improving Public Cloud Adoption - by @louiscolumbus
"Only 37% of current Azure users expect to add or replace their Public Cloud provider, compared to 53% of current AWS users and 50% of GCP users. The study found that approximately 40% of respondents expect to add or replace their cloud provider in the next two years, compared to 43% who predicted that last year. Companies who have adopted Microsoft Azure are least likely to replace/add other vendors, as only 37% of current Azure users expect to add or replace, compared to 53% of current AWS users and 50% of GCP users."
business  featured  posts  amazon  aws  web  services  security  cloud  computing  landscape  louis  columbus'  blog  saas  early  adopter  research  economics 
june 2017 by jonerp
Strategic Technology: Cloud Native Data Science - by @fintanr
"But there are serious difficulties. Standing up and maintaining Hadoop infrastructure is not for the faint hearted. As my colleague, James Governor, recently noted “that giant sucking sound is the sound of Hadoop being sucked into the cloud”. To paraphrase the “infrastructure as a product” mantra that we heard from the team at OpenAI, your big data infrastructure needs to be self-service and easily extendable. We have noted in the past that your big data infrastructure is just dial tone. The ability of your team to use it efficiently is far more important."
aws  business  cio  cloud  native  containers  cto  data  deep  learning  machine  strategy 
june 2017 by jonerp
SapphireNow – is SAP poised to lead the industry again? - by @dealarchitect
"I also did not like Plattner announcing in his keynote S/4 is “basically done” or the fact that he said some bloggers had confirmed to him he was correct. Not this blogger – to me S/4 is where R/3 was in 1995. As we saw over the next decade, SAP (and other ERP) vendors had to expand functionality in CRM, SCM, EAM, BI and many other categories. SAP also had to launch a wide range of IS, industry solutions."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  analytics  big  data  cloud  computing  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  saas  sap 
may 2017 by jonerp
DockerCon: The Enterprise Cometh - by @fintanr
"Docker have been working steadily over the last few years to build strong enterprise relationships, and when it comes to the enterprise the big three are IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. The announcement of Oracle offerings within the Docker Store marks a significant moment in this evolution."
aws  business  cloud  native  community  conferences  containers  infrastructure  microservices  orchestration 
april 2017 by jonerp
Cloud Native – Solid Roots, Time To See Beyond Kubernetes - by @fintanr
"We do want to highlight that the team running Cloud Native Con are actively trying to improve things – from organising child care, offering free passes, travel support and so forth. Their parent organisation, The Linux Foundation, has also started to put in place specific policies around speaker and panel diversity and other areas. Small steps, but steps in the right direction none the less."
business  cio  cloud  foundry  native  community  conferences  containers  developers  infrastructure  microservices  monitoring 
april 2017 by jonerp
Avoid the Spreadsheet Swamp with a Low-Code approach - by @dt
"Why do we let ourselves navigate in to this swamp without that mode of thinking? This is where a new category of applications, called Low-Code platforms, is springing up to provide a 21C, more safe, more secure, cloud native solution to these ad-hoc needs that every organisation is faced with. This is an emerging space, and we’ll be looking at it more over the coming months."
agile  business  events  low-code  software  tools  ctrl  o  excel  rapid  application  development  spreadsheet  hell  swamp 
april 2017 by jonerp
Why has Standalone Cloud BI been such a Tough Slog? - by @kellblog
"Just as RDBMS themselves failed to deliver information democracy with SQL (which, believe it or not, was part of the original pitch — end users could write SQL to answer their own queries!), BI tools — while they helped enable analysts — largely failed to help Joe User. They weren’t easy enough to use. They lacked information discovery. They lacked, importantly, easy-yet-powerful visualization."
bi  business  objects  cloud  entrepreneurship  epm  ipo  m&a 
april 2017 by jonerp
Research Summary: Artificial Intelligence Delivers Mass Personalization In Commerce - by @rwang0
"Lack of relevance leads to lack of engagement. Contextual relevancy can be correlated to an immediate effect on the top line. Constellation estimates that lack of content relevancy often results in 83 percent lower response rates in the average marketing campaign. Conversely, personalized contextual relevancy by time of day, geo-spatial location, weather, and identity improves commerce conversions between two to three times over normal non-personalized campaigns."
2017  ai  anticipatory  analytics  apps  strategy  artificial  intelligence  augmented  humanity  b2b  e-commerce  b2c  big  ideas  bigdata  business  transformation  cadence 
april 2017 by jonerp
50,000,000+ Views Later: What I’ve Learned About Content Marketing - by @jasonlk
"Blogging is “dead”. Notwithstanding the continued overall growth in our content, as a group, direct traffic to SaaStr.com has declined over the past 24 months — substantially. Yes, in aggregate, we get perhaps 1m views on our SaaStr.com content, but very little is direct to the homepage. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t blog. SEO, links from social and other sites still perform well. But far fewer people go straight to blogs. As you probably could guess. See, e.g., why Mark Suster moved to Medium for his blog."
business  content  marketing 
april 2017 by jonerp
Social media marketing maturity - by @denispombriant
"Scandals and uncertainty have rocked the online ad industry, raising questions for advertisers on value versus cost. Facebook and Google are hogging the growth, leaving publishers and their ad clients with uncertain futures. But what are the alternatives? And when will readers get fed up with invasive, ad-heavy UX? Yes, gory screen shots are included."
business  featured  posts  crm 
april 2017 by jonerp
What the Internet of Things will look like 10 years from now - by @tomraftery
"Connected Transportation will enable tremendous efficiencies, and a major increase in safety as we transition to predictive maintenance of transportation fleets, as vehicles become autonomous and have vehicle-to-vehicle communication protocols as the norm, and as insurance premiums start to favour autonomous driving modes (Tesla cars have 40% fewer crashes when in Autopilot mode according to the NHTSA)."
featured  posts  technology  software  3d  printing  business  networks  connected  agriculture  cars  healthcare  manufacturing  transportation  distributed  iiot 
march 2017 by jonerp
Business Intelligence And Analytics In The Cloud, 2017 - by @louiscolumbus
"Public cloud is the most preferred deployment platform for cloud BI and analytics, and the larger the organization toe more likely they are using private clouds. 46% of organizations selected public cloud platforms as their preferred infrastructure for supporting their BI, analytics, and data management initiatives in 2016. 30% are relying on a hybrid cloud platform and 24%, private clouds. With public cloud platforms becoming more commonplace in BI and analytics deployments, the need for greater PaaS- and IaaS-level orchestration becomes a priority."
featured  posts  technology  software  analytics  business  intelligence  cloud  computing  startups  erp  louis  columbus'  blog  as  a  service 
march 2017 by jonerp
Strategic Technology: Security, Digital Transformation & Cloud Native - by @fintanr
"The gambit of tools and vendors across the cloud native security space is quite large, but in the short to medium term most enterprise sales deals of cloud native offerings will be built, to a significant degree, with security considerations at their core."
business  cio  cloud  foundry  native  configuration  management  containers  cto  developers  infrastructure  legal  orchestration 
march 2017 by jonerp
CIO playbook: Digital transformation at scale - by @mkrigsman
"The problem is how do I get my idea to a business application through my organization. Through prototyping; through testing; through experimentation; and then to scale?

I still see clients where the proof of concept is running for two or three years because they can’t scale it. There is no process within the organization to scale it, no capability to do so."
business  featured  posts 
march 2017 by jonerp
Event Report: #GoogleNext17 On Path To Enterprise Ready - by @rwang0
"Just two years ago, analysis of Google’s enterprise efforts showed very little enterprise credibility. The sales team barely understood enterprise, the products were rife with transient talent, and customers had no input into the product direction. With the recent house cleaning in the management and product teams, a commitment to enterprise by Eric Schimdt, and a host of new enterprise class alliances and partnerships, Google is rapidly building a worthwhile option for clients across the five entry points to cloud maturity."
2017  apps  strategy  artificial  intelligence  big  data  business  transformation  cdo  chief  collaboration  officer  digital  financial  hr  information 
march 2017 by jonerp
The Dogshit Bar: A Memorable Market Research Concept - by @kellblog
"So before drilling into all the details that product management can obsess over, step back, and ask some fundamental questions first.

Does the product solve a problem faced by your organization?

How high a priority is that problem? (Perhaps ranked against a list of high-level priorities for the buyer. It’s not enough that it solves a problem, it needs to solve an important problem.)

What would be the economic value of solving that problem? (That is, how much value can this product provide.)"
business  featured  posts  advertising  david  ogilvy  entrepreneurship  innovation  market  research  marketing  new  products  ogivly  polls 
march 2017 by jonerp
Content Marketing Isn’t Marketing Content - by @ross
"For example, when at SlideShare I developed customer stories with a simple model. I’d have the customer agree to 1 one hour call and follow up by email. On the call I’d have a writer with a journalism background join and I’d ask a standard set of questions about the company, problem, solution and benefit. After the call I’d discuss with the writer the story we want to tease out and most important quotes. The draft blog post was shared and approved with the customer."
business  featured  posts  content  marketing  demand  generation  demandfest  saas 
march 2017 by jonerp
Mark Zuckerberg Takes on Fake News, the Importance of the News Industry And the Rise of Filter Bubbles in New Manifesto
"Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg emphasized the importance of a “strong news industry” in his 5,000-plus word manifesto published this afternoon. Calling the news “critical to building an informed community,” Zuckerberg said Facebook will do more “to make sure this vital social function is sustainable.”
content  strategy  social  media  web  advertising  dollars  business  models  facebook  fake  news  local  mark  zuckerberg 
february 2017 by jonerp
Offshore has become Walmart…as Outsourcing becomes more like Amazon - by @pfersht
"It’s the same dynamic that is impacting the use of affordable offshore people services to be augmented, or even replaced by the almost-free fruits of intelligent automation. While Walmart was always an attractive outlet to push products to market, suddenly that business model is no longer viable when you can push your products to customers without the need for new investments in capital infrastructure or staff."
business  featured  posts 
february 2017 by jonerp
DevOps and user experience at Concur - by @mkrigsman
"It’s a real change from a traditional model where you’re used to (and I think this is no longer [the case]) ─ I think it was the previous process that a lot of companies went through in developing software. You focus on the functionality. I think it’s now about focusing on the service itself, and that goes to not just the development engineers who are building it, but from a product standpoint [of]: How are we delivering it? How do we upgrade it? How do we manage it? And that’s user experience. It goes all the way back to the very first part of the very front part of the process."
business 
february 2017 by jonerp
Top Tech Trends for 2017 - by @mfauscette
"Intelligent Applications: Embedding AI inside applications can enable many capabilities, but generally they fall into 2 broad categories – 1. The ability to automate tasks to relieve workers of more mundane tasks, freeing up more time for higher value activities and 2. Take large datasets and find the relevant data in some defined context, supporting business decisions."
featured  posts  technology  software  trends  &  concepts  ai  analysis  analytics  apps  ar  artificial  intelligence  big  data  business  models 
february 2017 by jonerp
Strategic Technology: Utilisation versus Business Velocity - by @fintanr
"here are four common problem threads that generally emerge once you start to dig into the companies. The first two are almost always immediately obvious – a very traditional IT department and business units operating in very discrete silos. The third is a little more insidious, it is the culture of blame embedded in the overall organisation. Most companies will talk of openness and transparency in their culture, but few companies have organisations that genuinely facilitate this openness and transparency. The final thread is that of mistaking tactical projects for strategic initiatives."
business  cio  cloud  cto  infrastructure  leadership  strategy 
january 2017 by jonerp
The changing outsourcing world: Conversation with Malcolm Frank of Cognizant - by @dealarchitect
"The third, it’s sort of obvious but not talked about enough, is the IT backbone. What the CIO has built over time and is responsible for are primarily systems of record to support an industrial business model. Yet, suddenly IT now has to support a real-time digital business model. Just think through of it: If you’re Airbus or Boeing or you now have hundreds of sensors on every plane. How do you maintain that whole IOT infrastructure? How do you manage the data that is being thrown across an entire fleet? How do you analyze that data? How does that then integrate back into your systems record? How do you create new systems of engagement based on top of that? And how do you then keep it all secure? There are some big challenges in front of CIOs today."
business  technology  software  globalization  and  industry  commentary 
january 2017 by jonerp
Digital experience and white glove customer service at Brooks Brothers - by @mkrigsman
"What we’ve really been working really hard on in the last couple years is trying to figure out: If John Smith comes to the store, and he’s never been into that store before, but he’s been a customer for 10 years, we are missing the mark if we don’t give him personalized service based on the information we already know about him."
business 
january 2017 by jonerp
Strategic Planning Is A Mindset! - by @infullbloomus
"Do you think this way naturally about every aspect of your life? Few people, including me, do so, but it is possible to train our brains to be analytical, to think critically, and to reflect carefully on how to get from where we are to where we want to be. Of one thing you can be sure: without exception, if you don’t know where you’re going, if you haven’t set goals quite firmly, then you sure as hell won’t know when you’ve achieved them and, even worse, you may waste your life wandering around without having accomplished anything."
business  outcomes  follow  the  yellow  brick  road  reflections  on  life  strategic  hrmds  planning 
january 2017 by jonerp
​FinTech and Blockchain: Are banks dead? - CXO Talk w/ @mkrigsman
"It’s complicated because you have to go through a lot of central banks to do those cross-border business for retail and institutional finance, it takes time, and it’s on average roughly you pay $25 for each additional transaction. And parts like Ripple, for example, other ledger providers, they will simplify that, and there’s a collection of six banks already working on that. They are using the technology for their cross-border business within the bank. The next step is they build a network to exchange those transactions, and the infrastructure will be simplified for that, speed is different, and then also the cost to market because the projection is that a transaction that will cost today $25 will come down to less than a dollar."
business 
january 2017 by jonerp
Monetizing Personalized Transportation Experiences by Exploiting Big Data - by @esimoudis
"Understanding the passenger and enabling the creation of personalized transportation experiences to address the challenges brought by the introduction of ACE vehicles and Mobility Services under a new hybrid model that combines car ownership with car access, relies on a rich set of insights derived from the continuous exploitation of big data using machine intelligence. Taking advantage of these opportunities will require that incumbents accept to be in the insights-generation business rather than just in the manufacturing and distribution business."
autotech  big  data  innovation  business  model  driverless  vehicles  machine  intelligence  self  driving  cars 
january 2017 by jonerp
CIO view: Inside the World Health Organization - by @mkrigsman
"I want to see all my warehouses worldwide. I want to see how many of that item I have left there, and superimpose all the water points here, and tell me how many medical centers I have in a radius of 25 miles, or tell me, what helmets are here. You have the streams from the media center, and you have the maps that you can superimpose, you’ve got all the infrastructure information that you need at your fingertips in near real time."
business 
january 2017 by jonerp
Women in technology: Advice from Intel and Biogen - by @mkrigsman #cxotalk
"During our wide-ranging conversation, these leaders explain the value of diversity, how men can contribute in a positive way, and the importance for women to take control of their own career paths."
business 
december 2016 by jonerp
Is SAP Still in SMB Stealth Mode? Watch Out, Changes are Looming
"But this is not a “one size fits all” solution. SAP also offers SAP Business One and SAP ByDesign. Up until recently, it also marketed Business All in One, but in fact that was/is not a separate product. It was a version of SAP ERP packaged with industry templates and best practices, purportedly designed to simplify the implementation, thereby making SAP ERP more digestible for the mid-market. Because it was essentially the same product but with a different name, it also added some confusion. SAP appears to be backing away from that branding. I think that is smart. Can SAP S/4HANA work for this midmarket? The answer is yes, particularly where that smaller, midsize company is a division of a large enterprise that has standardized on SAP solutions. But these will be the exceptions to the rule."
uncategorized  analytics  business  bydesign  one  cindy  jutras  cloud  digital  transformation  erp  mint  saas  sap  smb 
december 2016 by jonerp
Lecko on collaboration and Microsoft on Teams at SMILE - by @dt
Consider me skeptical about the Yammer part... "Later in the day Rich Ellis of Microsoft talked with Marc about the new Teams product and how it fits in to their strategy. Rich was at Yammer before they were acquired, and was very clear in explaining that “Yammer is going nowhere!”. There were a few chuckles around the room, but he went on to explain Yammer is a key part of their strategy and onward development, providing broad collaboration across work groups. He commented that Satya (Nadella, the Microsoft CEO) jumps in to Yammer to connect and join in the conversations happening across the company."
collaboration  enterprise  social  network  office  software  business  digital  transformation  lecko  microsoft  teams  office365 
november 2016 by jonerp
Sisense announces bots for Slack, Skype, Facebook Messenger and Telegram - by @ron_miller
"What bots do is provide a way to use natural language to interact with software, and when done well, they can surface the value often hidden inside a software package, directly to non-technical end users."
enterprise  tc  sisense  business  intelligence  bots  artificial  facebook  messenger  slack  telegram  skype 
november 2016 by jonerp
Bricks Without Clay - by @sogrady #data
"Data, on the other hand, is a resource that can be accumulated only over time and with difficulty, expense and commitment. There’s a reason, for example, that Amazon and Google have created devices like the Echo and Home, respectively, and it’s not to sell low-margin, infrequently upgraded devices to consumers."
business  models  data 
november 2016 by jonerp
“Talk to You in 2021”: When There Isn’t Budget - by @jasonlk
"But your champion at the company? She may still be looking for a win this year.

Identify her real problem in your space — if there is one. Deliver it for her. Solve her problem.

And that budget may just come from somewhere, somehow, if it isn’t too big in absolute terms."
business  1  -  stage  2  topic  growth  sales  &  customer  success 
november 2016 by jonerp
Microsoft cloud annualized run rate hits $13bn in strong first quarter
"At various times, Microsoft's critics have said that both Bing and Surface should be cancelled. Both now look to be reasonably well established businesses; Bing is claimed to be profitable, and while Surface's finances are murkier it appears at the very least that Microsoft is building it into a strong brand that is showing some ability to influence the broader PC market."
ministry  of  innovation  technology  lab  business  finance  financials  microsoft 
october 2016 by jonerp
HCM Fertile Ground for Data Science - by @fscavo
"Admittedly, many of these questions raise the specter of “Big Brother,” and employees may push back if they begin to feel as if they are being profiled. But with the stakes so high, can any business leader afford to not consider tools that, properly applied, could mitigate significant risks to the business?

In private conversations, some HCM providers (not necessarily the six highlighted earlier) indicate that they are thinking about how they can address these types of issues. They may not be talking about them publicly, but new applications of data science for HCM may be coming soon."
business  process  improvement  hcm  software  selection  adp  analytics  anaplan  artificial  intelligence  big  data  science  entelo  hr  hrtech 
october 2016 by jonerp
“New Owner’s Manual for Twitter Buyers” - by @anshublog
"Google has the money, the business skills to run an ad business just like Facebook but lacks experience with social networking. This makes it a bigger gap which strategically it needs to fill and may be willing to pay for but makes it a riskier bet than it is for Facebook."
business  featured  posts 
september 2016 by jonerp
On Digital Transformation - by @sogrady
"The point here isn’t to laugh at the unnamed investors, the point here is that predicting outcomes generally, and digital transformation specifically, is hard. Hard enough that very highly paid and educated professionals who do nothing but evaluate businesses that intend to transform industries digitally fail more often than they don’t. Expecting that your technology supplier, then, can be responsible for shepherding you through this process is probably not reasonable."
business  models 
september 2016 by jonerp
Did Randstad just pay $429m too much for Monster? - by @pfersht
"However, in the case of Dutch staffing giant Ranstad, buying the shriveled remains of a legacy resumé-based online recruitment firm that made its name during the dot.com days, my reaction is simply one of “Why? Just why?”. The business was cratering (albeit slowly, but steadily) in a world where most people just don’t use Monster anymore to do their recruiting and job hunting – it’s a business from a bygone era. But there’s always someone out there ready and willing with the ego to resurrect a dinosaur (or a Monster in this case). So I asked the question to our HR-as-a-Service analyst, Mike Cook, to give us the answer…"
business 
august 2016 by jonerp
Oracle Acquisition of NetSuite Is a Mixed Bag - by @fscavo
"Oracle took another step in its strategy of growth by acquisition by announcing a bid for NetSuite. But apart from helping Oracle in its race with Salesforce.com to get to $10 billion in cloud revenues, what are the benefits of the deal to Oracle? How does it help NetSuite, and what does it mean to the broader marketplace? Looking at the big picture, there are certainly benefits, but there are also several concerns."
crm  selection  erp  acumatica  business  one  cloud  financialforce  intacct  netsuite  oracle  rootstock 
august 2016 by jonerp
Data Driven Software Buying Decisions - by @mfauscette
"Peer review communities: Well I’m a little biased here since I work for one, but there is a lot of valuable data to be gleaned from peer reviews. From a references standpoint the crowdsourced nature of the reviews, which are in reality in-depth surveys, the information is much more likely to meet all 3 criteria."
featured  posts  technology  software  analysis  analytics  business  modernization  networks  problems  transformation  collaboration  common  enterprise  community 
july 2016 by jonerp
We’re Not Buddies:  Thoughts on Managers Too Preoccupied with Being Liked- by @kellblog
"Don’t have protégés. Don’t have favorites. Don’t be buddies with your employees. I once went so far as to suggest that managers should view employees as AWUs (asexual worker units) which was a bit over the top. But the spirit wasn’t entirely wrong. We’re here to do a job and my role is leader."
business  leadership  management  startups 
july 2016 by jonerp
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