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Google Goodness

Google I/O has been a gushing fire hose of geek news goodness this week, full of gadgets and new services that have implications for the enterprise. As you can probably tell, I am a big fan of tablets, so I am fascinated by the new Nexus 7. In demos, the... Read More »

Revolt of the Planet of the Apps

I think it’s clear by now that I will do just about anything to work in a reference to the greatest film meme of all time, Planet of the Apes. Let’s just say that I have a very indulgent editor. You da man, John Taschek. [Ed. note: Planet of the... Read More »

New Social Apps to Speed the Demise of ERP Hegemony

“Mr. CIO, tear down these walls.” OK, so that’s not exactly what President Ronald Reagan said as he stood outside the Brandenburg Gate nearly 25 years ago. But it is how many employees feel when forced to use ERP systems when what really need is software that is faster to... Read More »

Refuting Cloud 'Lock-In': Zero, One, Too

Arguments against the cloud are a lot like Disney movies: every few years, the people who make money from them get to re-release them to a whole new audience. My informal measures of cyberspace FUD are now showing just such a cyclical spike in an oft-heard excuse for postponing cloud... Read More »

Collaboration is a Feature, not an App

When you need to know something at work, do you leave your desk to go to the "communication room"? More likely, you reach out and pick up a phone, or grab a keyboard and send some kind of message. We expect to have communication available where we are, in the... Read More »

The Social Revolution Has Just Begun

Depending on whom you ask, 2011 was either the year of the iPad or the year of social. The truth is that they were and are equally weighted because they are catalysts for each other, and while each can exist without the other, imagining such a thing is like trying... Read More »

Rumination, Inspiration, Innovation

Innovation may look like an act of invention, but it seems to me that the most important innovations begin with a question. More poetically, as RFK famously paraphrased GBS, "There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were... Read More »

'Mobile' is More Than 'Portable'

There was a time when a handle on the side of the box was all it needed for its vendor to call it 'portable.' (Yes, I have carried a 28-pound Compaq Portable through an airport, and I don't long for the chance to do it again.) Don't fall into the... Read More »

When Products Become Participants

In his keynote this morning at Cloudforce DC, salesforce.com Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff launched the model of The Social Enterprise as today's necessary combination of technology and culture – not only for competitive companies, but also for mission-focused governments and nonprofits. Both Marc and co-presenter Dan Burton, the company's... Read More »

The Trick is Keeping It Going

When I started writing this post, I was grabbing some breakfast before my opening keynote at Toshiba's "Fast Forward" conference in Las Vegas. I'm here to talk with people about thinking outside the (literal) box of business devices like printers. In a world where we'll be driving to work with... Read More »