Chit chat with Dennis Howlett on #SAPJam’s 17M subscriber growth

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Dennis and I talk mostly about the culinary craft, these days. But he and I have been talking about the business of software for 8 years now. We’ve even rebutted opposing view points back and forth on our blogs back in the day (my all time favorite lob and volley).  And he was kind enough […]

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What modern CRM looks like in a natively-digital world

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Natively-digital businesses are here and they are disrupting the most fundamental industries that we have come to know over the last 200 years. Consider some of these examples from a previous post: Travelocity changed how we purchase a hotel room. AirBnB is changing the very definition of a hotel room altogether. Taxi Medallions have been […]

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Why Performance Management needs to be disrupted. Pronto.

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Possibly the most soul-sucking activity at work is the prescribed employee performance process. Whilst the intention is good, in practice, the chain between strategy and goals, and execution levers – the material and mentoring resources, analytics and technology to improve the odds of success, and finally, the measurement of outcomes as they relate back to business strategy, […]

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Who said giant bubbles in tech are a bad thing? SAP / Successfactors named leader by IDC!

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IDC just announced that Successfactors is a leader for Worldwide Social Technologies specifically related to its Integrated Talent Vendor Assessment. This one meant a lot as it directly put to test our stated product and go-to-market promise and singular focus on solving core functional KPIs, with purpose built collaboration software. Back in 2012 we entered the cloud collaboration […]

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Observing Americana. And Why Silicon Valley needs to get out more

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This past week I was with my family in Orlando, mostly bouncing from Beedo to Hagrid. Universal Studios is an extremely good random sample of mainstream Americana for Silicon Valley tech. Some observations that jumped out at me: Self-health tech need to er..stretch more: America is overweight and fitness bands haven’t really made a dent in mainstream America. I […]

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Why Facebook entering the world of work is an advertising goldmine. #facebookatwork

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So, Ingrid Lunden at TechCrunch announced that Facebook has finally entered the world of work. As far as the consumer market goes, think about it: Facebook is worth 212 billion dollars by having a strong hold on our actions, interests, and preferences from 5pm to 9am and some fraction of your work day. If only it could […]

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Why true disruption requires putting the last mile, first.

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I have a deep aversion to the word disruption. Mostly because in the context of innovation in technology, it’s carelessly used to invoke sensationalism that just ends up blurring the lines between baby and bath water. We saw this movie before with Facebook-esq Social Business where the use of the term ‘disruptive’ by some in […]

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