Wednesday 31 August 2011

Twitter stats redefined - now measuring true influence?

I had a small revelation the other day while on Twitter and chatting with Alan Berkson. As you may or may not known, I'm a self-proclaimed statishist, meaning that I really get excited by statistics, or stats for short

I did a few calculations on 20 Twitter people, taking their latest 1,000 followers, and looking at their followers' followers and "friends"

Does Google get enterprise? No - so what?

After a small conversation with Frank Scavo - whom I hold highly - it struck me: we old enterprise boys that keep kicking the #socmed chins might be on our way to retirement. Not saying that Frank's one of them, but I certainly count myself to the pack as I've only been around multinationals and global companies for the past 15 years. I've never consulted a national company - save governmental agencies - let alone SMB or even smaller

Sunday 28 August 2011

Don't we already share one world religion?

A Dutch tweep uttered the next wish today:

Ik geloof in één religie, die alle mensen met elkaar verbindt, en waarin ieder met zijn eigen visie de antwoorden op zijn vragen vindt.

which translates to: "I believe in one religion, that connects all people, and in which everyone finds the answers to his questions driven by his own vision"

Well, that religion is already here, isn't it?

Wednesday 24 August 2011

Social silos adding to enterprise silos? Not with proper Integration

Laurie Buzcek called out for Integration as a solution for the failure of Enterprise 2.0 and Social Business - which she equates to each other - and I couldn't help but think of Tibbr when reading her post
Dion Hinchcliffe responded with a post in which he also stresses the integration of social media with enterprise tools, albeit he's careful to stress that pure technology can't be the answer - apparently we're really beyond E2.0 now

Dion claims OpenSocial 2.0 is the answer but I fail to see how that will help us further: although an impressive amount of work, it is purely technical and relying on the fact that

Developers can create applications, using standard JavaScript and HTML, that run on social websites that have implemented the OpenSocial APIs

and I don't see that happen any time soon - the only successful 2.0 Social Tools are those that are 1.0 in nature: confined

Another Infographic bites the dust

Mindflash produced another Infographic, subtitled "Are companies allowing employees to use social media in the workplace?"
That title couldn't be more misleading. Yet another time it's proven that content and presentation hardly ever go along

Sunday 14 August 2011

Get into and out of your comfort zone

I had a small conversation today with Jen Olney, about her tweet

It's amazing what happens when you connect with those who align with your values - sparks fly and success is yours!

I agreed, but chose to disagree. Yes it's true, been there done that, and I understand the angle to this: coming out of the dark and finding "like-minded" that prove that you're not a raving lunatic after all, gives a great sense of relief.
However, I see another angle

Thursday 11 August 2011

Social CRM. Good riddance. Next: Social ERP?

Paul Greenberg, dubbed by some "the godfather of SCRM" wrote a post on ZDNET about Gartner's 2011 SCRM Magic Quadrant. Paul is not pleased with the 2011 SCRM MQ, and he wasn't with the 2010 either.
I'm with Paul on all his points against Gartner's selection and evaluation process, yet against him on berating Gartner. Although I don't think very highly of Gartner, if they fail to understand your love child, you just didn't do your homework very well

Tuesday 9 August 2011

What am I going to condone it for?

Yesterday evening, the BBC announced an interview with Darcus Howe,
to discuss if comparisons between these inner city riots and events that took place in the 1980s are useful or misleading
This morning, that interview took place - and bit the BBC in the ass (pardon my French)

Thursday 4 August 2011

The SI is dead. Long live the Supplier Integrator

Have we reached peak SI is a splendid post by Peter Evans Greenwood about the changing IT world.
On one side of the boxing ring there is the traditional system integrator, on the other side there is a multitude of change agents:
  • Business taking back budget for IT spend from local IT
  • On-demand and on-time (i.e. small) projects rather than "strategic" million-dollar ones
  • SaaS for a quick proof of concept over old-fashioned PoCs
  • Standardisation over customisation (what I call "Shop and Stop")
  • Consumerism outperforming enterprise shop offering
  • Overall decimation of the traditional SI Time & Material model

Tuesday 2 August 2011

Enterprise Architecture: it's like measuring the coastline

[Capgemini's Integrated Architectural Framework]

I've made the mistake once again: underestimating an enterprise's business and process flow while looking at it from a conceptual or logical point of view, before hitting what we call the physical layer. Call me an idiot please, yes you can

Let me use a few metaphors and make this an easy one to understand. I'll follow the model above