One of the most exciting things entrepreneurs and forward thinking enterprises do is to launch something new. A new product or service introduction can dramatically change an organization. It’s not just the revenue reward; it’s an opportunity to grow your organization in many dimensions.
Go slow to go fast. Something Penney's new CEO might have considered when taking dramatic changes to regain Lasting Connections with customers.
The Enterprise Architect, and technical architects in general, have only been recently recognized by business. This is much in the same as recognition for true technical roles themselves became recognized by within the enterprise not so long ago. There is has been much debate over what the role of an Enterprise Architect (EA) is, their skills, where in the organization they should reside and what are the responsibilities. I present for your consideration, my point of view on the Enterprise Architect.
Gamification is the use of game techniques to encourage audiences to adopt behaviors, generally, for consumer-oriented products or services. Audiences are becoming more broad everyday, the sponsor of the games become more diverse. Techniques used encourage audiences to adopt a behavior (keep playing to achieve some goal, try to have “more” than other competitors) are fun oriented and usually with a bit of competitive edge.
You've probably heard by now, Apple may be considering a bid for the Internet streaming site Hulu.
Founded in March 2007, Hulu is a company formed byNBCUniversal, News Corporation, The Walt Disney Company and Providence Equity Partners. The company has its own management team. Apple already has a strong media portfolio which is delivered via iTunes. Adding Hulu would increase that substantially. Hulu's owners are reportedly trying to sweeten the deal for potential buyers by adding some level of exclusivity of content.
Google is silently launching what appears to be a unified search interface.
At today's Apple developer conference Steve Jobs will do the usual announcements of new products. My instinct tells me this wil be more about services than products and have the usual Apple "polish" on them. The star of this announcement (besides Steve Jobs' appearance while on medical leave) will be iCloud. My prediction is that iCloud will be the new normal of killer services/products from Apple and here's why.
Nokia is making a move to revive its declining handset share. For the first time, in a long time, Nokia is making an aggressive move in US markets. The Astound smartphone handset, available from T-Mobile, is priced at $79.99 USD. It runs the legacy Symbian operating system and hosts a variety of snazzy features. I've personally been a long time fan of Symbian based phones and prior to that the Psion devices that were powered by the predecessor operating system.