In this edition: why IoT adoption is slowed by lack of open standards. And: why tech companies are taking action on H-1Bs, and that's not all. Feature charts erodes trust; does AI erode the middle class? Your whiffs include Megadeth getting puppet-mastered, and IoT devices running amok.
I headed to the NRF retail extravaganza with burning questions about how retailers succeed in Amazon's shadow. Thanks to a slew of meetings and demos with startups, analysts, and assorted industry players, I got some answers. Here's a five point roundup, complete with graphics and videos.
Mark Finnern's career is steeped in community. The danger is to build an enterprise community that is sterile and flat. That doesn't impress buyers or improve customer experience. During a recent video shoot, Finnern and I discussed the art of enterprise community.
At Inforum 2016, I nabbed an exclusive sit-down with Mike Bolvin of Graybar Canada to learn about his experience with Infor's Pricing Science for Distribution. Bolvin shared their early results, and challenges overcome.
In this edition: financial software nears closer to modernity, and Dinosaurs trample Unicorns (usually). Plus: the ethics, surprises, and dark side of AI (poker has fallen!). Customer service is bogging us down with useless "empathizers." Your whiffs include premature desolation, a Southwest (dis)service, and, of, course, bad Super Bowl commercials.
In this on-site podcast, live from the annual Acumatica Summit, Brian Sommer and Jon Reed discuss the latest moves from this high growth cloud ERP upstart. The guys discuss Acuamtica's multi-cloud message, their surprise integration with Salesforce, and whether their "deploy anywhere" architecture might prove to be problematic at scale.
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.