Monday 29 November 2010

Do you Fear the End-Of-Year - like Judgment Day?

Targets - Selling targets, purchase targets, license targets, billable hours targets, call-close targets: if you work for a large company, you probably have some. Sometimes also called Key Performance Indicators (KPI's).
But did you choose them, or were they forced on to you - whose are they? Yours? Your company's? Or theirs?
And what is their goal - really?

If you're a salesperson, you get sales targets. If a marketing person, there are marketing targets. When you work for a systems integrator (SI), you'll probably have billable hour targets.

Thursday 25 November 2010

Klout. Nail. Coffin. Who cares?

[Showing true and visible Influence, "The swirl at the wingtip traces the aircraft's wake vortex, which exerts a powerful influence on the flow field behind the plane"]

This is my last post on @Klout - period

Tuesday 23 November 2010

The social threshold - why cross it?

I live in a small town, just a few hundred households. With the dense population overhere, it's less than a square mile altogether, half of which being pastries, ditches, and other greenish stuff.

I chose to live here on purpose.We were driving down the highway, looking for towns to live in, and I said to my wife "I want to live somewhere where people still say Hi to each other". One minute after that, we ended up in the town where we've been living for over 10 years now

Friday 19 November 2010

E1.0 is childhood, E2.0 is adolescence

Our oldest daughter is starting to become an adolescent. Even from a distance, you can see and sometimes almost feel the hormones racing through her little kids' body. It's part of life and a process to undergo, but Oh my - what a ride. Did time erode the memories of my own adolescence? I guess it did

A while ago the thought crossed my mind
@hjarche @esauve Most enterprises are like families where the kids are 30-40, still living there and still treated as kids #wirearchy
and I tweeted that

Thursday 18 November 2010

Why I think @Klout is Krap

After my last post it wasn't hard to come up with this devious title. At the defrag conference, Philip Hotchkiss from Klout took the stage, resulting in a few tweets about the perceived value and accuracy of Klout
Update 18th November 16:03 CET: Philip tweeted me that it wasn't him, but a colleague - without saying who that was. So, it wasn't Philip - who, by the way, is Chief Product Officer at Klout
I have had my share of issues with Klout here and here, and via email.
On the first one, I got no reaction from Klout - they just fixed the problem behind my back without ever getting back at me.
On the second one, I got one rather silly reaction from their Marketing Manager who isolated a tiny issue and ignored the vast majority.
Being extremely unimpressed with the quality and consistency of Klout's service, I tried to unsubscribe and delete my account. I couldn't, no such functionality. I asked via email, and first had to explain why I wanted to do so. After a few emails and two weeks, Klout reported my account to have "been successfully removed" - as it turns out, that was a lie

Tuesday 16 November 2010

Capgemini's comma-splice: results over people?

An obvious screenshot from the renewed site, here's the latest Capgemini slogan
Capgemini presented a glossy new site this Monday, announced and talked about on Twitter.

It looks really suave, but not everything has moved correctly: the Capping It Off blog seems to have been broken, still showing my last one, but without the picture and posted by someone else than me - oh well. If you move the slider in the Media box from Video to Blog, it's there on Capgemini's home page - a nice tribute ;-)

Sunday 14 November 2010

Enterprise 2.0: a simple SWOT analysis

My last blog post, Enterprise 2.0: The Prodigal Parent, caused quite a stir. Countless reactions in the form of tweets, comments and blog posts, followed. Critics, hand wavers, and everyone in between, of both camps and others, had an opinion and voiced them, one more successful than the other - IMO strongly depending on their ability to exclude themselves from the discussion at hand

I strongly dislike debates - they serve the ego. It strikes me that every single person who has blogged on this issue, has taken the time to react to comments posted - except one. I commented on Andrew's post, yet I'm still waiting for his response (but certainly not holding my breath)

I didn't start it all to be deemed right. I didn't start it either to divide. I started it all, in order to unite

Wednesday 10 November 2010

Enterprise 2.0: The Prodigal Parent

Stranger titles have appeared on this blog...

Following the Enterprise 2.0 conference on Twitter via its hashtag #e2conf, I noticed a strange phenomenon: most tweets weren't about Enterprise 2.0, but Social Business

In a post of over a year ago, appropriately titled Social Business Design - the beginning or end of E2.0?, I wondered what Dachis' definition was going to do to Andrew McAfee's, and now it seems, the time has come to pass the verdict

Monday 8 November 2010

A Company's Four Seasons

Lately I tweeted and viewed some tweets and pics about Autumn, or Fall for you Americans out there, and today I thought that the season-life cycle isn't only for nature, or humans, but companies as well: there are Four Seasons to a company