This Transformation Feels Different. Disruptively So.

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Digital Transformation is here. Consider this: Travelocity changed how we purchase a hotel room. AirBnB is changing the very definition of a hotel room altogether. Taxi Medallions have been great investments. Until now, that is.  Uber is changing the very definition of a cab. Starbucks now deprives your bank of float altogether with its loyalty card that hangs on […]

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When software conforms to how *you* want to work…

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I rarely talk about SAP or my work on this blog. But something happened this week that marks a personal milestone for me and our team in this journey to transform how we work and connect with customers and partners. I’m privileged that my day job has been the vehicle to see this future state […]

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Digital chefs in the CEO’s kitchen

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Every time we let a new category of software run up the hype curve, we declare the need for another C-level Executive. Here are a few: ·      1990′s: Knowledge Management – Chief Knowledge Officer ·      2000′s: Innovation – Chief Innovation Officer ·      2010′s: Social Business – Chief Social Business Officer The assertion was super compelling for each of […]

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Time-bounding Innovation

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Pundits, strategists and even product managers often talk about future states with no timelines. In other words, “I predict that in the future, X will happen”. Here’s an example: This Huffington Post article claims that “Enterprise Social Networks May One Day Replace Email. (emphasis, mine). Sure, email will absolutely be replaced “one day”. But as witnessed […]

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Tasty Salted Pig Parts

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Tasty Salted Pig Parts is the tag line for Chef Chris Cosentino’s Boccalone, a meticulously well-stocked salumeria inside San Francisco’s Ferry Building.  I’ve hunted down salumerias in the back alleys of many little towns in Emilia Romagna. Trust me – Boccalone is really all that. I highly recommend it. What does this have to do with technology products? […]

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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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