For the last month or so, an army of editors, proof readers, indexers, graphic designers and digital artists have been polishing my book on the SAP economy. This is my fourth book, and it’s the first time I have got to work closely with many of these creative artists. It feels good to support them as they continue to hone their craft.
The schedule calls for media review copies to be sent out Thanksgiving week, eBooks to be available on Amazon in mid December, and hard copies in January.
From book being largely written to eBook availability that is roughly 75 days. That compares very well to the 200+ days it took Wiley to make available my first book, The New Polymath. The economics of book publishing are also moving more in favor of the author (so it appears – I will know in a few months once I tally the income statement for this book). All this would suggest a promising environment for that creative community.
Having said that 75 days is still too long. With blogging technology we have seen how quickly content can be created and distributed. I have impatient, digital readers like Dennis Howlett who keep asking why it takes so long. Part of the challenge is business books still sell in bulk as hard copies. The laws of physics in that channel make the prep a parallel rather than a serial task and it also slows down the eBook process. And let me take the blame too for scope creep. The book was originally supposed to be a 150 page eBook only production. Now it is a 300+ page eBook, soft cover and hardcopy deliverable. I owe it to the 25 powerful case studies I have lined up to add the extra ink.
But Dennis is correct. In our fail-faster, agile world, authors and the creative community around them have to get faster. For the next book, I hope I can shrink the 75 days down to 30.
Algorithmia is a marketplace where companies can buy small pieces of code or whole programs created by academics, ranging from language-recognition functions to analytics for Web traffic or predicting user purchases.
In contrast to Larry Ellison’s keynote last night which focused on systems of record and systems of engagement that Oracle is delivering in the cloud, Mark Hurd this morning had 8 CIOs representing some of the most complex enterprises in the world. They represent over 1.2 million employees and annual revenues of nearly $ 340 billion.
The contrast was striking – these CIOs are focused more on the term we coined ‘systems of advantage” in The Digital Enterprise. They have plenty of IT architects, they build plenty of custom systems, they are pushing the envelope on a wide range of supply chain, product, customer facing, globalization areas
Tim Theriault of Walgreens, whose mobile apps I have written about before, discussed their complex supply chain which provisions lobsters to stores in the Northeast and Elvis pictures in Vegas. He discussed home health care Walgreens sees an opportunity in since 2/3 of the US is within 3 miles of a store. He later told me they are using a “light” electronic patients record system from Greenway.
Jamie Miller of GE talked about the Industrial Internet (see here) . She talked about simplification efforts – core processes at scale with cloud like models, and innovation at the edge.
Filippo Passerini of P&G talked about global supply chain issues to keep shelves stocked to not disappoint 4 billion consumers that use its products. He described social listening as they do several product launches year, and the significant data visualization technologies they have deployed.
Yael Cosset of dunnhumby, which describes itself as a “customer science” company, talked about the Big Data of “consumer digital breadcrumbs” and the personalization and consumer engagement opportunities. He also talked about the future of “quantified self” data that wearable technologies are generating and opportunities for healthcare and CPG companies.
Albert Hitchcock of Pearson talked about the challenges in the educational publishing industry, talked about homogenization of customer data.
Stephen Little of Xerox talked about a transition from a manufacturing to a services business (they acquired ACS a few years ago and even the copier business is more about services). In a later breakout he described trends in vertical BPO (“smart city’ work and healthcare particularly healthy) and the far more competitive ITO market.
Rob Carter of Fedex talked about the large number of infrastructure, platform and business services they leverage. He has long been a “rock star” CIO and the SOA effort at such a large company is one of the most complex they have invested in
Kimberly S. Stevenson of Intel talked about IT productivity they have invested in – virtualization etc and now they are focused on business productivity as they move into wearables, mobile devices and other formats as the PC market has matured.
The session could easily have gone another couple of hours. As an example, once a year, GE does a full day update on the Industrial Internet and they break it out by impact on major verticals like Aviation, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Power & Water and Transportation.
Back in 2008, we started a new department called Zappos Insights. The purpose of this is to help external groups learn about the Zappos culture and hopefully to inspire other companies to think about how to use happiness as a business model for customers, employees, and business partners. In just the past three and a half years, we have had more than 50,000 people come through our free tours and in-depth training.
Our intent isn't to create Zappos clones or to push the Zappos core values on other organizations. Rather, we share the process and stories of creating core values--whatever they may be--and living by them. Research has shown that it actually doesn't matter what your values are. What matters is that you have them and align your entire organization around them. The power comes from the alignment rather than the actual values themselves.
I have raved about Cognizant’s Community event in the past
“Very few Cognizant sales pitches. But a very wide agenda and a relaxed atmosphere for its clients to learn and mingle with peers…I wish more user conferences followed this pattern. There is plenty of time rest of year to sell. Have confidence in your customers. Give them a couple of days to sit and think – yes even about the North Pole.”
Cognizant has allowed me this year to invite blog readers who are senior execs - CIOs, CFOs, COO, CMOs & CDOs across industries, as well as other leaders across disciplines - business process owners as well as IT folks to consider attending.
It’s at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, October 19-22. The agenda is already compelling (like some confirmed speakers below) and from past years i know it will be mind expanding. The community of innovative executives you get to mingle with is usually outstanding.
It’s an irony of the second Age of Reason that the abundance of data—the effervescence of sources and ease of delivery—makes so many more questions answerable while at the same time making it very easy to get lost. We’ve dedicated an issue to exploration, to a broad, cross-platform look at the fruits of Big Data.
If federal agencies regularly come to 18F for “agile” software development — a term for a rapid, highly iterative project management process — they might eventually make that a priority when seeking IT contracts with outside tech companies, Tangherlini said.
The group was also formed to advance a collaborative, creative approach to software development, said Greg Godbout, 18F’s senior team lead. The code for FBOpen, and all other 18F projects, is posted publicly online on Github, a software code repository, and the team encourages developers at other agencies to use the code to build new features into their own Web sites.
Matte gray, with the chiseled angles of a Nighthawk stealth aircraft, Ghost doesn’t look like a boat. Its 38-foot main hull is designed to travel above the water’s surface, propped up by two narrow struts, both 12 feet long and razor-sharp at the front so they can cut through ocean debris. Underwater, each strut is attached to a 62-foot-long tube that contains a gas turbine engine. Hinges allow the struts to move up and down like wings. While parked, or traveling through shallow waters, they can be extended to the side. In deeper waters, at speeds of eight knots or higher, they can rotate downward to lift the hull into the air, eliminating the jarring impact of waves.
During my visit to Oracle HQ in Redwood Shores this past week I wondered how they had managed to get the America’s Cup boat all the way from the docks to the lake in the campus. How did it manage the traffic on Hwy 101 for one? :)
Sergio Segal, a resident of the city and with even more curiosity than I have had spent hours watching and photographing the helicopter transporting the boat, the mantling and dismantling of the massive crane which hoisted it in place and the end result.
He told me he thought Sheedy Dryage was the contractor. I can believe it. Its website says it is “capable of performing almost any hoisting, rigging, or hauling task efficiently and safely”