Second Anniversary at SAP

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Today, April 2nd, marks my 2nd anniversary at SAP. I wrote this when I joined to describe what I felt was the opportunity to really change how work gets done. Few get the chance to define and execute a product and go-to-market strategy at a large company such as SAP. I’m privileged to be one […]

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More Needles, Less Haystacks

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This is a lovely article over at the Wall Street Journal by Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkell B/ Rasmussen about what they characterize as “Thick Data”. Here is the basic premise: In fact, companies that rely too much on the numbers, graphs and factoids of Big Data risk insulating themselves from the rich, qualitative reality of their customers’ everyday […]

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Digitizing vs Digitally Transforming. #CeBIT14

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CeBIT 2014 was an incredible event last week. My second time speaking, my keynote this year was in the social business arena hosted by Kongress Media and covered a topic that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately as we move past transactions business and well past social business, both from a customer and a product / […]

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What if Facebook made Facebook go away?

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When the news of Facebook buying WhatsApp broke, the first thought that crossed my mind  was: How much would it matter if Facebook went away in favor of a light wt Instagram + tweaked WhatsApp. That’s 90% of the native behavior. Seriously. WhatsApp can keep 450 million daily active users highly engaged with 35 employees. Instagram now has over a 150 […]

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On Satya Nadella and being Indian….

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The ethnic conclusions implied in the title of this Bloomberg article “Why Microsoft and Everyone Else loves Indian CEOs” makes me really uncomfortable. To be clear, I am very proud that someone from my  ”-’hood” made it to the top of the heap. But what I celebrate here the most is not necessarily that Satya is […]

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Problem Sizing

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This story about the Waterwheel really moved me: “When Cynthia Koenig, a young social entrepreneur from New York, learned that millions of girls and women around the world spend hours each day collecting water from distant sources, she decided to create a new way to help people in poor communities transport water and it’s called […]

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Is Big Data all that? Consider the source.

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A seriously content rich debate ensued in the past 24 hours on the validity of big data and accompanying algorithms that govern them. The central hypothesis we’re debating is MIT Professor Andrew McAfee’s assertion that algorithms are smarter than human judgement. Three sources you want to peruse if you want to play: Professor McAfee’s original […]

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