A Nov. 30 article in the Business Journal covered some of our experiences
with being a company listed on Wikipedia, and with that listing being
I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the lessons we learned and
provide some simple advice for those of you who would like your organizations
listed on Wikipedia.
Wikipedia Moderators Make Hitler Look Like a Hobbyist
First, never post your organization on Wikipedia without understanding "the
rules" for all such articles. Your page will be speedily deleted, and you
will have created a history for yourself of having been deleted. When you
move to repost your article, you could be judged antagonistically as
"spamming," even though that might not be your intent.
The rules of Wikipedia govern a wide range of concepts, from worthiness for
the existence of the article all the way to covering the nature of the ... (more)
Seven years ago we set out to build a technology that would solve the immense
problems faced by business in adoption of technology. If you are not familiar
with those problems, you need to familiarize with the now canonical Standish
Groups’ Chaos Report, which among other things documents only a 32% rate of
software projects completing successfully.
During our journey, we encountered many cool things. From the beginning, we
were early adopters of the LAMP stack; Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. Further,
we were able to leverage all sorts of open-source tools like WYSIWYG
controls, ... (more)
When my friend who works at an electronics retail store emphatically affirmed
he knew what cloud computing was, it made me both nervous and excited.
Cloud computing is becoming a ubiquitous concept. It has mass-market
implications for the technology industry, and it is advancing at speeds
rarely seen with any major technological evolution.
As a business leader, do you know why cloud computing is important to you?
What parts of your business should you be migrating to the cloud? Do you know
what you don't know about cloud computing?
First, cloud computing is about reducing complexity.... (more)
For those of you that haven’t seen it, one of the titans of our industry,
Larry Ellison (Oracle, early investor in Netsuite, Salesforce) recently was
filmed explaining rather humorously that the concept of “cloud computing”
is essentially just marketing hype.
I’m of the opinion that Mr. Ellison didn’t get to where he is by
completely misunderstanding or arbitrarily dismissing major trends in the
marketplace. The value proposition of cloud computing is clear and
significant. Because my firm, WorkXpress has delivered the value first
hand, I would even go so far as to say that it... (more)
Mark Twain was credited with saying, "I didn't have time to write a short
letter, so I wrote a long one instead."
People figured out long ago that a letter with fewer words, though more
powerful, was more difficult to write. It seems technologists only now are
beginning to learn that lesson.
Just a few years ago, technology was better when it had more features.
Technology with fewer features was more primitive - think of digital versus
analog. Whether you were in the auto industry or you were building software,
it was your job to add features. If you were a marketer, it was your jo... (more)