In this brief satirical effort, Brian and Jon present you their "Vendor Innovation Keynote Survival Guide" and BS Detector. Advice for vendors on what not to do, advice for attendees, e.g. "bring your safety glasses." The guys cover drones delivering pizza, auto-driving cars on stage, celebrity keynotes, stand-up comics from hell, and other keynote mishaps. We also cover all the hot topics that all vendor will suddenly be doing incredible amazing things with, e.g.
In the audio-only version of this informal video hangout from Mark Finnern's departed treehouse, Finnern reflects with Jon Reed of diginomica on what he learned at SAP in the early days of building enterprise tribes. Now a consultant, Finnern explains why companies should be passionate about communities - not just for customers, but for competitive edge. Finnern also makes his case playfulness as a way of energizing companies and breaking down silos. The guys also discuss Finnern's keys to a successful enterprise communities, and where companies run into trouble.
The Acumatica Summit provided the first - but likely not the last - blockchain keynote demo of the year. This one had some legs, with live product from Acronis. I spoke to the Acronis team afterwards, and shot a quick video. My chat with two Hyperledger enthusiasts adds more on why 2017 is a big year for blockchain. Not for hype, but for proving use cases at scale.
Retail is tough, but online retailer Shoebacca is winning. At the Acumatica Summit, I found out how they are pulling it off. Shifting from internal IT hassles to a customer focus is a big piece of the puzzle. So is reaching millennials. Shoebacca shared why they took the early adoption risk with Acumatica Commerce.
In this live, on-site podcast from the Acumatica Summit, Jon Reed of diginomica talks to Acumatica CEO Jon Roskill about the state of cloud ERP and Acumatica's direction. Roskill shares his views on the multi-cloud and why customers expect to move from cloud to cloud without being tied to one vendor. The guys also discuss why open APis are key to modern ERP. Then there is the problem of project failure/cost overruns due to excessive customization.
In this edition: why AI exposes vendors who aren't ready, and why marketers aren't ready for AI. Plus: contrasting skeptics and optimists on robots on the robotic future of work. And yeah, we've got your Trump versus tech companies roundup.
To polish my analytics chops, I took a 24 class analytics course online. Here's my review of The Great Courses' Big Data Analytics offering - as well as some big data misconceptions highlighted by the instructor. Short version: this course works well for certain skill levels, but not others.
I don't see a good deconstruction of clickbait often. A recent piece by FirstRound makes the case, while presenting a worthwhile alternative. Content that solves customer problems wins. Here's how it's done, and how it's measured - along with my critical review.