This is an excerpt from our new book "Thinking of migrating to the cloud? Ask the Smart Questions" which is out in the fall. Simple decision, right? As every new software vendor "in the cloud" it would seem that migrating from on-premise to the cloud is the obvious answer. But it is not so clear cut … Continue reading Cloud – it’s all good right? Not for ISVs
Just recently Q9 wrote a suitably dour article on why the CIO hates Christmas – Bah humbug. It all hinges around BYOD and the power of the consumer as an employee. So in the cheery spirit of Christmas, I thought I’d turn my attention to the COO or Operations Director. The one who keeps the wheels turning, no … Continue reading 10 reasons why the COO hates Christmas
Digital disruption Cloud, social, mobile and big data are enabling new entrants in virtually every industry to disrupt the incumbents. "Being Ubered" was the popular term, but based on Uber's recent behaviour, "being Ubered" is starting to mean something entirely different!! Gartner has called it the Nexus of Forces. Forrester calls it Digital Disruption. IDC … Continue reading Disruption hits the entire value chain; blood on the streets
The late and great Douglas Adams, author of the The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide said: “The quality of any advice anybody has to offer has to be judged against the quality of life they actually lead.” Our world seems to be too full of analysts and consultants offering advice based on theory and supposition, rather than hard won experience. … Continue reading Great advice. Take the best advice.
READ TIME: 2 mins Tattoo decisions. We don't make many of them in life of business. But when we do make them we need to make sure that they are right. Because any reversing the changes are very painful. Here is a very funny spoof advert for Turlingtons Tattoo Removal Cream. In business there are … Continue reading Tattoo decisions – and science tattoos
Bootstrapping 101 Getting your first 1000 users is easier than you think Raising $23 as Silicon Valley Outsider in less than 30 months Growing and enterprise SaaS company How to succeed in building your own product in 2014 plus a bonus.. and probably the most powerful Getting your startup strategy aligned with your market: Book … Continue reading 5 must read articles for startups to supercharge you
You do it 15,000 times in you lifetime, but what is the initial impression you leave with the other person? Wimpy-limp wrist. Damp fish and clammy. Overly aggressive. Creepy-hold-on-too-long. Insincere. All this conveyed in less than 2 seconds. It has been traditional greeting, a symbol of peace and a key part of business deals for … Continue reading Making a first impression – the perfect handshake #leadership #managing
So many things, so little time There are great many products, services and ideas out in the marketplace. With the internet, you can now access them no matter where they are in the world. Users are swamped with potential options, and choosing what to focus on is the challenge. Prioritisation not more time People tell … Continue reading Urgent is more important than important and why no one needs more time
Working on shop floor as manager in BR Engineering one of my foreman came up to me at the end of the shift and said "the team have gone home". In fact he actually said. "F*ck me, the f*cking f*ckers have f*cking f*cked off" Same thing. I understood. But is swearing acceptable in the workplace? … Continue reading The cost of swearing in the workplace
The story goes that a motor bike roars up to a red traffic light in La Coruna in Northern Spain. It stops alongside a black town car. From inside the passenger glances out and sees the young biker leaning over the handlebars. His jean jacket has appliqued patches in a throwback to the 1970’s. The … Continue reading 56 billion reasons why you need the “2 second advantage” #zara #2sa #retail #tibco
Not talented - dedicated Watch this video and you will say - Wow! those kids are talented. No - they made a choice. A choice to excel. and that takes hours and hours of dedication (10,000 hours according to the research) and purposeful practice. But do these kids look like their are struggling and toiling. … Continue reading Dedication and purposeful practice (not talent)…..gets results
Psychopaths lack empathy, are pathological liars, have an enormous sense of self-worth, are impulsive, irresponsible and won’t accept responsibility for their own actions. They make up 1% of the total population, 25% of the criminal population. But do you recognize the traits. Perhaps in the upper reaches of your corporation or our Governments? The Psy-Fi … Continue reading Psychos in the Boardroom (or Government). Fascinating stats.