Category: Cloud

One Year Later and IBM’s Social Business is Still Superior to Apple’s

In an article I wrote last year titled “Why Every Company Needs to be More Like IBM and Less Like Apple”, I compared the cultures of both companies and how over the past 25 years they had flipped: “Today’s Big Blue is the antithesis of Big Brother. It’s ‘Big Open’. A transparent, nimble, collaborative organization known more for listening and engaging customers than for dictating to them. While ironically, some say Apple now resembles Big Brother given their propensity for tight controls.” That article and the number of follow on pieces written to support and rebuke my argument stirred up a heated…

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Lean, Social Business and Schein’s 10 Dimensions of the The Learning Culture

This is a sequel of Edgar Schein Organizational Culture and Leadership review, focussing on the sole Chapter 20. In this chapter, the great man discuss Learning Culture and the Learning Leader. Schein shares Gary Hamel points of view regarding today’s market and economy : we have no idea what tomorrow’s world will be except that “It will be different, more complex more fast paced and more culturally diverse. This means that organizations, their leaders and all the rest of us will have to become perpetual learners.” Which somehow echoes what Mary Poppendieck said during Lean IT Summit 2011 : “In any industry nowadays, the fastest learner…

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Enhancing the Productivity of an Evolving Workforce

Here is an article I wrote for Workforce Solutions Review, a well produced magazine from the International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM).  It seems that there is some interest in Adaptive Case Management from a HR perspective — and for good reasons.  When I get the details of the publication issue I will include that here.  Meanwhile, this post outlines a vision for ACM and Human Resources & Management. Introduction In the past two years we have seen a dramatic increase in interest in a new approach for systems that support office workers.  Much of the focus for information technology deployment…

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Trash talk and FUD harms the Cloud industry

Over here we are anticipating this year’s Cloud Computing World Forum in London, but over in the US Larry Ellison, Oracle’s founder and CEO since 1977, has pivoted his position on the Cloud along with “crossing a line” to trash key competitors.  Elsewhere old guard software giants like IBM are mis-communicating the Cloud messages.  How does this help the the industry, the typical buyer in an SME, or the average CIO in a larger enterprise?  Actually this noise generated by the old guard of IT is significant in positioning the current status of the Cloud landscape, but what we really need is…

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Moving to the Cloud: Transitioning Software Companies to New Business Models

It seems that everywhere you turn today you hear about software in the cloud. Considering all of the marketing you might begin to think that the cloud business model, or software as a service (SaaS) was the only way left to purchase software. Of course that’s not the reality of the software world though. Certainly most, if not all new software companies that have launched over the last few years are leveraging the public cloud and the SaaS subscription based business model. But that’s only a small fraction of all of the software that is available today. Even considering the…

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