Eric D. Brown, D.Sc.

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Links for Jan 20 2013

  • Bridging the Chasm Between IT and the Business

    Quote: The future has to be one in which the massive tensions that exist between IT and the business unit are resolved – companies that find ways to meet the needs of both sides of the divide help to move the discussion from one of risks, problems and barriers to one of rewards, benefits and outcomes.

  • Strategy is Delivery

    Quote: ….start with delivery, not strategy. Stop writing marketing plans and start thinking thoughtfully about what you can deliver next. Find the quick do. Stop implementing big campaigns and start experimenting. Iterate wildly off those experiments. And each step of the way, remind yourself to keep it simpler, clearer, faster.

  • Scaling Up Without Losing Your Edge – Susan Davis – Harvard Business Review

    Quote: When demand is spotted — say, a need for financial literacy training and microfinance products tailored for teens, in the case of ELA — the organization doesn’t waste time figuring out how to do things elegantly. It moves. It then assesses the pilot and adapts accordingly, which could mean eliminating the entire program if necessary. To do this requires stringent internal monitoring, and BRAC is often its own harshest critic via an independent research and evaluation division set up in 1975.

  • Stacks get hacked: The inevitable rise of data warfare – O’Reilly Radar

    Quote: Data warfare is real. In some cases, such as spam, it’s been around for decades. In other cases, like tampering with a competitor’s data, it’s been possible, but too expensive, until cloud computing and new algorithms made it cheap and easy. And in many new instances, it’s possible precisely because of our growing dependence on information to lead our daily lives.

  • Asking Smart Big Data Questions – Social, Agile, and Transformation

    Quote: The best questions usually target more strategic transformations and often require correlating information from multiple data sources. The answers may demonstrate collaboration opportunities by showing how activity performed by one organization affect others. They help connect customer behavior to operational activities or decisions around the supply chain.

Links for Jan 13 2013

  • Ideas are the Core of a Leadership Philosophy

    Quote: Great leaders lead, with ideas, not through positional power, authority or command. Ideas have significant power to shape the future of people, organisations and even nations. Ideas frame and form our understanding of the world. Ideas inform our beliefs and norms. Ideas drive our behaviour and actions. Ideas have enormous power to inspire change and transform worldviews.

  • Front Load Your IT Projects

    Quote: The challenge in many IT projects used to be developing and implementing solutions. And that’s still a big and important piece, but it’s typically no longer the hardest or most critical factor for success. Before moving toward solutions, considerable time should be spent defining things up front, reviewing options and approaches, acknowledging and contemplating the organizational challenges, considering the broader context. The project team, stakeholders, vendors, sponsors, and others can then be engaged to debate issues, make decisions, and commit to a path forward.

  • Fanning the Flames of Big Data –

    Quote: At the end of the day, if we can help fan the flames of Big Data, maybe CEOs would start to trust CMOs and their teams, CMOs would become data analytics driven, claim their unfair advantage, and we would see the CMO job tenure last longer.

  • The Technology Model is changing from Computing to Consumption

    Quote: Digital technology in general and mobile technology in particular is changing the basis of the compute model.  Mobile devices shift value from the technical ability to compute data to the personal ability to consume information and media.  Sure we talk about the processors in the latest smart phone, but that is an aside.  In fact companies that have touted compute over consumption often find themselves in nerd niches rather than appealing to the mass market.

  • How People Learn

    Quote: Alison Gopnik, says “I don’t think there’s any scientist who thinks the way we typically do university courses has anything to do with the best methods for getting people to learn. ”

  • Who Owns Your UX Philosophy?

    Quote: I’ve come to appreciate the important of a single person in the company owning the UX with this person being the arbiter of discussion around how to implement the UX. There’s nothing wrong with lots of different perspectives, but a single mind has to own it, synthesize it, and dictate the philosophy. But first, they have to understand the difference between UI and UX, and – more importantly – the product-oriented execs who approach things from an engineering perspective need to understand this.

Links for Jan 6 2013

  • Open data is not a panacea « mathbabe

    Quote: When important data goes public, the edge goes to the most sophisticated data engineer, not the general public. The Goldman Sachs’s of the world will always know how to make use of “freely available to everyone” data before the average guy.

  • Michael Fauscette: Breaking “Things” into Smaller Pieces

    Quote: One of the byproducts of the Internet is a phenomenon that is impacting all sorts of things, the trend of breaking things into smaller and smaller pieces, dramatically changing the subsequent consumption models. The ability to connect everything using the Internet opened up new business / economic models, new ways of working, new ways to build and manage relationships and many new ways to design  and use technology. From commerce to business processes to software applications the change is starting to create many new options.

  • Rands In Repose: The Process Myth

    Quote: Anyone who interacts with process has a choice. You can either blindly follow the bulleted lists or you can ask why. They’re going to ignore you the first time you ask, the second time, too. The seventh time you will be labeled a troublemaker and you will run the risk of being uninvited to meetings, but I say keep asking why. Ask in a way that illuminates and doesn’t accuse. Listen hard when they attempt to explain and bumble it a bit because maybe they only know a bit of the origin story.

  • Everything is not equally good by David of 37signals

    Quote: The flow of new ideas is far more important. Throw ‘em up, bat ‘em out. Declaring “oh well, that didn’t work out like I thought” is an incredibly liberating feeling. I might even go as far as to say it’s motivating. It’s like clearing your desk or emptying your inbox. Ahh, a fresh start!

  • Why big data might be more about automation than insights — Data | GigaOM

    Quote: Big data technologies are like manufacturing robots: they let people do what they’re already trying to do, only faster than before and at a much greater scale. But as with any other product, that analyzed data is nothing without humans to do something with it.

  • “The Tinkerers”: How corporations kill creativity –

    Quote: Modern-day American companies, especially large public companies, simply find it difficult to justify the inevitable overage of resources required to foster truly free-form tinkering. Even if they appreciate it, their investors rarely do.

  • The First Job of a Leader is to Face Reality – George Ambler On Leading in Turbulent Times

    Quote: Leading in turbulent times requires leaders to face and deal with reality for success. Facing reality means that leaders take time to continuously assess and orientate themselves to the fast changing business environment. Facing reality requires leaders to remain open to new information, ready to adapt their strategies in support of their vision.

Links for Dec 30 2012

  • Amazon: Five predictions for 2013 | Internet & Media – CNET News

    Quote: Amazon, the e-commerce juggernaut, will likely keep steamrolling every category it can possibly deem relevant to its business strategy

  • Digging In: Founders: Stop Pitching, Start Engaging

    Quote: Authentic engagement will get you a lot further than plastering your pitch everywhere. Build relationships–and that takes time and consideration–and you’ll get closer to achieving your goals.

  • Jim’s Notebook: Think Twice

    Quote: Aside of that, there are problems with information-gathering: it is much more selective than most would care to admit.   We have certain expectations and are keen on information that is in line with what we anticipate, but dismiss anything that doesn’t fit as being irrelevant, or focus or scope so tightly that we a fail to consider the breadth of relevant factors and possible outcomes.

  • Why 2013 Will Look Like 1613, And What It Means For Marketing – Forbes

    Quote: First, communities will become meaningful, or they’ll disappear. Guilds were partially an organizational substitute for prior feudal communities run by nobles lording over serfs. Trades emerged during the Renaissance to harness application of new technologies, and unions organized to address changing social structures during the Industrial Revolution. All of these groupings got ever-harder to join, and required things of its members in exchange for real benefits (including dues).

  • PLOS Computational Biology: Ten Simple Rules for the Open Development of Scientific Software

    Quote: If you have the choice, embracing an open approach to development has tremendous benefits. It allows you to build on the work of other scientists, and enables others to build on your own efforts. To make the development of open scientific software more rewarding and the experience of using software more positive, the following ten rules are intended to serve as a guide for any computational scientist.

Links for Nov 25 2012

  • Digital Strategy Does Not Equal IT Strategy – Mark P. McDonald – Harvard Business Review

    Quote: Having a digital edge matters. According to our research of more than 2,000 companies, firms with above their industry average levels of digital revenue outperform their peers. They grow faster. They have higher net margins. They are more capital efficient and deliver more to shareholder equity. They deliver more because leaders think broadly about how digital technology creates value and revenue. They think about how it will combine to create new capability rather than replace old operations. That is the essence of a digital strategy.

  • Just How Big is Big Data?

    Quote: Big or small, collecting information is only worth the effort if you use it to improve your business. Don’t fear the data buckets, make them work for you by dealing with one bucket at a time.

  • Make Results Matter More than Face Time – Ellen Galinsky – Harvard Business Review

    Quote: We wanted a results-based work environment where if you meet financial results and you meet client service scores, you can work whenever you want, wherever you want . . . work when you’re most productive, when you’re most engaged. And we’ll change the culture so that what really matters are results.

  • The Adaptive Enterprise: New Directions for MDM? | Hub Designs Magazine

    Quote: MDM initiatives have the right capabilities and strategic purpose to underpin business agility and the adaptive enterprise. Master data can be extended to provide improved use of information systems and repositories throughout the enterprise. MDM can stretch its data muscles to take on new business requirements and objectives where data and process are key components, and now venture into new categories that need MDM to better serve the enterprise. To achieve agile business actions takes highly disciplined approaches to MDM and data governance; and it takes flexibility bred into information management DNA to be able to quickly but reliably handle change.

Links for Nov 4 2012

  • McKinsey Report Highlights Failure of Large Projects: why it is better to be small, particularly in IT

    Quote: Its time for CIOs to offer a different answer that goes beyond ‘value assurance’ imperatives that boil down to the recommendation to do large projects better.  Creating technology-intensive business transformation is everyone’s responsibility and an area where we need to find new answers to new questions.  Those answers start by recognizing the realities we all face rather than returning to past failures and failure modes.

  • When Savvy Equals Stupid – A Lesson From HubSpot – techguerilla talk

    Quote: Mistakes happen in all organizations.  A single lapse of judgment is not enough reason to dismiss a company from your life.  As far as HubSpot is concerned you’ll need to make up your own mind, that’s not for me to say.  As far as your own company is concerned, make sure you know exactly where your line in the sand is and that everyone else does too.

  • Losing wait

    Quote: Movement matters. When you start the doing, you immediately gain new and useful information. People start to understand things more clearly. They may not jump on board, but they’ll be able to give you concrete feedback as to why they’re not on board (allowing you to separate real concerns from unimportant ones). And you’ll start to feel more prepared as you start leading the way through these first hurdles and sifting through the first bits of new information.

  • The End of Legacy

    Quote: The premises vs. cloud debate really has nothing to do with premises vs. cloud. It is more about financial models and outsourcing. Yes, the notion of reducing HVAC and other premise costs do come-up, but rarely as the primary driver. The downsides of hosted models have to do with loss of control/ownership of the data and use of the public Internet.

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