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Updated: 2006-02-28T20:56:28-08:00

 



Site Abandoned

2006-02-28T20:56:28-08:00

This site is abandoned, please redirect to http://www.jeffnolan.com/. After 08AF posts (you figure it out) I am moving on from Typepad. I will no longer be posting on this site, or repsonding to comments. Please update your links and come...



What if Microsoft designed the iPod packaging?

2006-02-28T14:00:43-08:00

Too funny. Substitute your favorite German enterprise software company. via Scoble.



Ross fact checks Carr fact checking Wikipedia

2006-02-28T13:14:07-08:00

Third he claims that the media took a narrow survey and implied broad implications for quality with high-level coverage. This is somewhat true, and, well, what mainstream media does. And what Carr did with his first claim. But the articles...
Third he claims that the media took a narrow survey and implied broad implications for quality with high-level coverage.  This is somewhat true, and, well, what mainstream media does.  And what Carr did with his first claim.  But the articles did link to the actual study.
Ross is fact checking Carr who is fact checking Wikipedia in what appears to be a drawn out mission to discredit it as a reference source. Okay Nick, we get it... you don't like Wikipedia, think it's flawed. Got it, move along.

Two things bothered me about the Carr post, first it would have been better in the discussion pages that are attached to every Wikipedia entry, and secondly, he didn't provide any links to the source material he is quoting.


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Master of the 3 ring circus

2006-02-28T12:38:35-08:00

"Jobs then segued into how 40 percent of all autos sold in the US included integrated iPod support as an option," I'd like to see the fact base on that claim... perhaps he means "4 out of 10" automobile manufacturers...



Google and the DOJ

2006-02-28T09:55:38-08:00

It's interesting that Google has the support of the ACLU in their recent dispute with the DOJ about the subpeona for keywords and search results. I found this statement from the ACLU to be rather ironic: "It's never been a...



National Pancake Day

2006-02-28T08:27:22-08:00

Time to celebrate, today is National Pancake Day... also known as Fat Tuesday. Sorry IHOP is not serving up free pancakes.



BoingBoing blocked

2006-02-27T22:09:28-08:00

Censorship is breaking out all over the place, and when BoingBoing gets blocked you really have to wonder what the hell is going on. Last week, we reported that Boing Boing was blocked by entire countries including the United Arab...

Censorship is breaking out all over the place, and when BoingBoing gets blocked you really have to wonder what the hell is going on.

Last week, we reported that Boing Boing was blocked
by entire countries including the United Arab Emirates, and by many
library systems, schools, US government and military sites, and
corporations.

Today, we've learned that Internet Qatar, the sole ISP in the State of Qatar, has also banned BoingBoing.





Web 3.0 Wiki

2006-02-27T21:19:10-08:00

My more observant readers likely noticed an interesting link on my sidebar titled "Web 3.0 Wiki". The more curious of you clicked on that link only to be directed to a login screen, at least before today you did. The...



Are VCs the Real Chasm In 2.0?

2006-02-27T14:05:31-08:00

I think the answer's simple: VCs. VCs are great are crafting value propositions for enterprise software and semiconductors. They understand those industries very, very well. But they distinctly don't understand media and culture, and so they can't craft value propositions...
I think the answer's simple: VCs. VCs are great are crafting value propositions for enterprise software and semiconductors. They understand those industries very, very well.
But they distinctly don't understand media and culture, and so they can't craft value propositions (or build the right relationships, etc) for their portfolio companies - and that's when they invest in the right companies to begin with.
The short answer is: Yes

I was on a panel recently focused on web 2.0 in the enterprise and I made the comment, about 2/3 of the way through the panel, that it was interesting that all of these smart people were in the room expecting the software vendors to tell them how to implement web 2.0 when in fact the entire point of web 2.0 is to enable a high degree innovation and creativity in how it gets deployed. In other words, it's  up to the enterprise in question to find the right mix of software and application in order to realize value.

There was a comment in the above blog post that caught my attention. Michael respectfully disagreed with my statement on this and to be quite honest I think his logic was accurate as to why I was wrong to say what I did. However, as Ross pointed out in the same panel, Socialtext "sells features, customers figure out the benefits" and that I very much agree with and this is why I think it's accurate to say that not only are venture capitalists caught in the chasm, but traditionally trained marketing people as well (full disclosure, since leaving Ventures I have been part of a traditional marketing organization). Therefore, under the filter of traditional marketing I was wrong to suggest what I said, but considering that traditional marketing may not be appropriate for web 2.0 at this stage I'm still going to say it.






Only a few more days left....

2006-02-27T12:20:53-08:00

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Multicore software lags hardware

2006-02-27T12:17:13-08:00

With all of the noise being made about multiple core CPU's right now it is easy to forget that there is a massive development effort underway to bring developer tools to market so that the power of these new chips...



joinbode.com bust

2006-02-27T08:40:42-08:00

Interesting to see how Google can frustrate the best efforts of the best marketing organizations. Take a look at this screenshot, and witness the sponsored link for the Nike promotional site joinbode.com. Would you be interested in "exploring Bode's philosophy"...



Oracle's latest acquisition

2006-02-27T08:32:06-08:00

Funny. Thanks Morris. Ellison described ORACLE's long-term strategy to develop a scalable religious architecture that will support all religions through emulation. A single core religion will be offered with a choice of interfaces according to the religion desired -- "One...



Microsoft Dynamic Snaps

2006-02-27T08:19:44-08:00

Microsoft released some products for Microsoft Outlook last week in the form of source code packages available under their Shared Source license. Dynamic Snaps are plugins for Outlook that integrate with, among other things, Microsoft CRM. The new programs are...



More on Larry Summers and Harvard

2006-02-24T10:16:21-08:00

More on the resignation of Larry Summers earlier this week. But student response to the ouster suggests another long-term outcome. Although the activists of esteryear may have found a temporary stronghold in the universities, a new generation of students has...



Mashups are everywhere

2006-02-24T09:57:16-08:00

Star Wars: The Empire Brokeback, too funny. UPDATE: Top Gun: Brokeback Squadron is definitely the winner in this category.



SAP more valuable than ORCL, Street says

2006-02-24T08:42:17-08:00

SAP's market capitalization surpassed that of Oracle today. UPDATE: Jack makes a really good comment, he's absolutely right: Only undiluted--the diluted market caps (and more importantly, enterprise values): SAP Mkt: $64.30 b ORCL Mkt: $64.95 b SAP EV: $58.04 b...



Google could learn a few things from Microsoft

2006-02-24T07:44:36-08:00

I was talking with someone yesterday who is considering coming to work for SAP, he also has an offer from Google. One of the interesting comments he made was about how Google has a lot of people who are very...



The Free Press

2006-02-23T13:47:20-08:00

This is not technology related at all, but I did think back to the Google China episode a few weeks back when I read this op-ed in the Post today. What irritated me then was watching Google resist subpeonas from...



Larry Barbetta leaving Siebel, 'er I mean Oracle

2006-02-23T12:17:51-08:00

Larry Barbetta was unable to come to terms with Oracle on a new contract and has left the company. Larry, as many of you know, was running Siebel's analytics group and was slotted to run the combined Oracle business unit...



CoComment open to everyone

2006-02-23T11:02:42-08:00

CoComment has opened up their service to everyone, I've been using it for awhile and it's growing on me. I really like the capability of having an rss feed for all of the blogs I comment in. After less than...



Don't let the door...

2006-02-23T10:54:42-08:00

Got an email today, the opening line says it all: We have recently prepared a research report covering the window and door industry. hmmm let's see, technology investments or the window and door industry... not just the window industry either,...



Buying Open Source Companies

2006-02-23T10:44:45-08:00

This is a week old but I wanted to link to it anyways because it's a very interesting analysis. So JBoss triggered a phenomenon that they can’t seem to profit from. What to do? Well, one strategy might be to...

This is a week old but I wanted to link to it anyways because it's a very interesting  analysis.

So JBoss triggered a phenomenon that they can’t seem to profit from. What to do? Well, one strategy might be to rely on the greater fool theory:
get someone to buy you before anyone’s the wiser that there isn’t a
business here. So far, BEA, Novell, HP, IBM and Oracle seem unwilling
to play that role. Doing this professional open source stuff is harder
than it initially looks!


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007 Conflict Brewing

2006-02-23T10:11:04-08:00

Holy crap, Roger Moore is 78 YEARS OLD! That must mean Connery is like 187. BTW, I dislike all the Bond movies featuring Moore, they were too over-to-top with the gadgets and Moore comes across as a dork. Moonraker was...



Ziff Davis sucks

2006-02-23T08:52:18-08:00

Everyday I get at least 5 or 6 "web buyer guides" from Ziff Davis in my inbox. I have never (ever) read one of them and it pisses me off because I get so much crap. So I did what...



Wireless not proven safe, banned

2006-02-22T18:48:05-08:00

Wifi has been banned at Lakehead University in Canada (somewhere) because the dean isn't convinced it's safe. That’s because president Fred Gilbert won’t allow it until he’s satisfied EMF (electric and magnetic fields) exposure doesn’t pose a health risk, particularly...



Enterprise Social Software

2006-02-22T16:05:32-08:00

Stefan Schulz works for Shai Agassi in what is loosely described as a special projects group. I've know Stefan for a long time and on one of his recent trips to Palo Alto he took the time to show me... Stefan Schulz works for Shai Agassi in what is loosely described as a special projects group. I've know Stefan for a long time and on one of his recent trips to Palo Alto he took the time to show me a system that his group had built for managing our employee alumni networks. Now what is interesting about this system is that it not intended to manage company alumni networks but rather our employee's university alumni networks.At first I  thought that it was  interesting but I couldn't quite figure out what the value of it to SAP was, however then I had the ah-ah  moment when I started looking at the profiles of the people in the system. There is a lot of detail about not only where you went to school and what you studied, but the areas of research that they worked on or have interest in. I can't link to the system because it's internal only, but I will give you this screenshot of it to give you a sense of what they are doing. Amazingly, they already have 5,087 profiles accumulated, about 16% of our total employee population. In another corner of our SAP Labs group is a team called "Design Services" and they are working on a bunch of really interesting projects, but one in particular caught my attention. It's called Harmony and it loosely described as a "Friendster or LinkedIn for enterprises". I don't know if this will ever be a product we offer but they are certainly intending to build it into our internal systems because one of the most significant challenges anyone in a large company faces is finding people who have worked on similar things as you, or have a background that is particularly relevant to a project or team. On a related note, be sure to read this article about the work that SAP is doing in search technology.I have said many times before that blogs, wikis, search, and social software are the new base platform for enterprise knowledge management. This isn't an earth shaking prediction, it is rather obvious given the failures of traditional KM solutions, and also reflect a continuation of the trend of consumer technology crossing over into the enterprise. All of this is exciting for me because it signals attention being devoted to improving the way that people work together - collaborate - as opposed to simply improving the way a business process functions. The easy group forming attributes of blogs and wikis, along with the information retrieval capabilities of good search are force multiplied when you can rapidly bring together people in your company based on project requirements, experience, academic backgrounds, and peer recomendations. Technorati Tags: social+software, blogs, wikis, search, SAP, knowledge+management [...]



Meet the new retail, same as the old retail

2006-02-22T14:42:55-08:00

I had a board of directors meeting last night for KIPP Bayview Academy, which for me is a fun board because it's smaller than most and has a nice social element to it (everyone is around the same age, no...



Naming Conventions

2006-02-22T13:55:46-08:00

I was thinking that the title of Jeremy's post should be "how to make sure everyone reads your post" but it's certainly better the way it is now. On a serious note, it is interesting to watch how aggressively PR...



FreeCRM

2006-02-22T13:29:25-08:00

FreeCRM.com is an on-demand, web based CRM provider having a three year old track record of delivering on-demand CRM and has over 25,000 customers.The unbelievable offer of $14.95 per month is for their Professional Edition CRM. Amazingly, they actually do...



SOA/ESA open thread

2006-02-22T13:13:35-08:00

I'd love to hear your thoughts on what the benefits of a pure SOA application framework are. While the technical benefits are important, of equal interest are the actual end-user business benefits for companies investing in this technology. Here's a...



Wireless Strategies 2006

2006-02-22T11:59:46-08:00

Henry Wong from Diamond TechVentures sent me this invite to a wireless strategy forum being hosted at Pillsbury Winthrop on 3/8. Looks interesting.



Evaluating vendors

2006-02-22T11:52:37-08:00

Andy Hayler has a post on criteria and methods for evaluating vendors and it reminded me of something we used to do (and may still do, I really don't know) for managing the process of evaluating customer requests for new...

Andy Hayler has a post on criteria and methods for evaluating vendors and it reminded me of something we used to do (and may still do, I really don't know) for managing the process of evaluating customer requests for new features. The idea was simple, each customer has 100 votes (I don't remember what the exact formula was for determing the number of votes you had) they can use, if they have 100 features they would like they could put in 100  feature requests with 1 vote each, however if they had just 2 feature requests and one was critical and the other a nice-to-have they could put the critical request in with 90 votes and the other in with just 10. The point is that you had 100 votes that you could use in a weighted fashion.

An important thing about using a weighting system like this one is that the weights must add up to 100.
The point here is that it forces you to make trade-offs: you can have
an extra functional criteria, but you must reduce the existing weights
to make sure that the weights still add to 100. This gives the
discipline to stop everything being" essential".

This is a good methodology for evaluating vendors, products, or any purchase for that matter


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Podcast pitch

2006-02-22T11:51:50-08:00

This is a first, I received an email with a podcast pitch for a new investment opportunity: Wireless ISP, OneVoice Communications, is well on its way to converting Jamaica into the World’s first completely wireless-based nation. Through its wireless Internet...

This is a first, I received an email with a podcast pitch for a new investment opportunity:

Wireless ISP, OneVoice Communications, is well on its way to converting Jamaica into the World’s first completely wireless-based nation. Through its wireless Internet service and proprietary booths and kiosks, OneVoice Communications will be able to “bridge the gap” and provide Jamaica with island-wide Internet access that reaches everyone.

OneVoice Communications is currently seeking additional funding and has created the following podcast to explain why OneVoice Communications is a good investment.

You can access the podcast at http://www.misukanisodden.com/clients/OneVoiceElevatorPitchPodcast.mp3




Harvard

2006-02-22T11:07:53-08:00

It's too bad that Larry Summers got fired from Harvard, which is essentially what happened. I find the entire episode rather disturbing but couldn't quite put my finger on why until I read this: Summers' intrinsic aptitude comment, like the...

It's too bad that Larry Summers got fired from Harvard, which is essentially what happened. I find the entire episode rather disturbing but couldn't quite put my finger on why until I read this:

Summers' intrinsic aptitude comment, like the Mohamed cartoons, exposes the conflict between free inquiry and multiculturalism. Multiculturalism, whether practiced by Islamic fundamentalists or radical feminists, holds as its highest value that no one should be permitted to hurt the feelings of privileged minorities.
and this:
The controversy over Summers' remarks shows that the multicultural left has a strong dislike of even considering ideas contrary to their world view.
What if Harvard decided to study the differences between men and women when it comes to math and science and comes to the conclusion that there are real differences that explain why women are less prone to enter the field of mathematics or basic sciences, will Summers get his job back and an apology?

This article in the Washington Post highlights an important aspect of this  story that hasn't been told.
"It says that one group of faculty managed a coup d'etat not only against Summers but against the whole Harvard community," said Alan M. Dershowitz, longtime law professor at Harvard and a Summers ally. "He is widely supported among students and in the graduate schools."
According to a poll the Harvard Crimson did on the topic, Summers did enjoy strong support with only 19% of the students polled supporting the decision to resign. In the end, Harvard is the real loser here by allowing a single department to derail the significant transformation of Harvard as a whole.

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Typepad site to be abandoned on March 1st

2006-02-21T23:44:49-08:00

Okay, I've come to the conclusion that the only way I can get my traffic fully moved over to my new site is to stop posting on the typepad site. On March 1st I will abandon this site for good,...



Memo to Guy Kawasaki

2006-02-21T23:38:00-08:00

not everything has to be a list



Salesforce.com reliability issues are Oracle's fault...

2006-02-21T13:21:44-08:00

uh-oh, looks like the SFdC issues may be more serious than they were leading everyone to believe. Sources close to the company have confirmed to The Enterprise Software Observer that recent outage problems at Salesforce.com are being caused by the...



Business plans are underrated

2006-02-21T10:59:54-08:00

I'm a fan of business plans, although like every other rational and sane person I hate writing them. One of the things that I proposed and implemented for SAP Ventures was the notion of doing a comprehensive investment memorandum to...



Quote of the week - Jerry Sandoval

2006-02-20T22:49:43-08:00

"I have tremendous respect for veterans and I have sponsored many resolutions at the Board of Supervisors supporting veterans' benefits. In fact, I put a $120 million measure on the ballot in 2002 to rebuild San Francisco's War Memorial." Supervisor...



PHP

2006-02-20T17:19:10-08:00

Tim Bray has an interesting post on PHP, which actually gets interesting in the updates (which he appends to from email because he doesn't have comments, pity). When SAP did the Zend investment a lot of time was spent on...



Vandalize my blog, please

2006-02-20T16:49:10-08:00

I think I still have my Troll, although he hasn't posted any displays of his cutting mastery of the English language lately. I hope he didn't run away... please come back Troll. Hopefully this site will lure him back if...



Personal Megite

2006-02-20T16:01:51-08:00

Sweet! I have my own personal version of Megite. I've been using the general service for about a week, I'll try my personal version for a couple of days to see how it works. Thanks to Mathew Chen for setting...



TiE Event summary - web2 in the entreprise

2006-02-20T09:33:04-08:00

Zoli posted an awesome summary of the TiE event I spoke at last week on Web2 in the enterprise. He was also kind enough to put up the notes on Writely for review before posting, but to be honest I...



TechCrunch 5 a hit

2006-02-20T09:00:04-08:00

This is a little late, but I wanted to post it anyways. Mike's 5th TechCrunch party on Friday night was a great time. With at least 400 people in attendance you just knew it was going to be a fun...



Map Builder brings maps mashups to everyone

2006-02-20T08:07:59-08:00

Map Builder is a site I found that enables you to do your own Google or Yahoo! map mashups. While clearly not for the "average" web user, this is still a pretty low barrier capability that enables a wide spectrum...