Friday, 24 September 2010

Larry's magic numbers - bite him in the butt

At Oracle Open World, aka #oow10 on Twitter, a lot happened. Fair to say that, whatever you think of it, at least it stirred up things. "Cloud in a box" (bringing back to me fond memories of my first AS400, and later my first ICL mainframe), putting down as not-Cloud, Larry sure got things going this week

A tweet on Oracle R&D from Michael Fauscette, however, was too bold:

#oow10 R&D budget over 6 yrs grew: IBM 6% total, SAP 60%, Oracle 192%

It was his tweet, but it's fair to assume those figures were copied from the Oracle-stage or -screen. By the way you might want to read this related post by Vinnie Mirchandani on the special treatment of analysts by Oracle

Monday, 20 September 2010

Why the EA isn't ready for #E20

As an enterprise Architect, I like to think in little cubicles. Not the 10 square feet cubicles as depicted above, but more like this one:

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Failure is the means to the goal of Success

Failure. #FAIL. Miserable failure. The agony, the shame, the hurt ego, the lost pride.
Somehow we need to be right, and fear to be (proven) wrong. How come?

It's not in our genes, but in our head. When we became adolescents we started to mistake goal for means: but the means are not success, the means are failure. When you fail over and over again, in the end there's only success left

Friday, 17 September 2010

Twitter's accidental path to monetisation

I like a challenge every now and then, and when I'm lacking them, I usually create them myself
For the past weeks and months, I've been watching and wondering about the speed Twitter moves with towards scarcity

If you paid attention in economics class, you'll have learned that scarcity is key to profit and loss

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

How locked-in are you, really?

In over a dozen years working in the field of Business Process Integration, I have seen many, many forms of lock-in. In Core-business versus business criticality I explained the misunderstanding most businesses suffer from.
Typically, the less knowledge a company has of something, the greater the lock-in - and vice versa

Monday, 13 September 2010

From profitability to extortion: IT comparison

In August I wrote the Product to service financial ratio, that dealt with the fact that there is a certain ratio between what you pay for a product, and the service provided on it
A twitter conversation on (vendor) implementation cost to software license cost ratios was the source for that.
Today, I present a different comparison: vendors, consultants and system integrators: those that build, advise on or implement the software

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Social from an Architectural PoV

From an architectural Point of View, the world looks rather classy, and simple. "Errrr yeah dude, it's round, looks like a world even, at least a world like we know it, Jim"

All kidding aside, this post is a serious attempt to turn debate into dialogue. If you ask me: "what is Social all about"? my answer will be: there are many shades of Social, neatly cubicleisable (inventing that word as we speak)

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Twitter economics: corset creates value

Commenting on The Spirituality of Social Media by Mark Schaefer, I found myself in immediate need of another blog post when I wrote
I see amazingly, astonishingly little verbal abuse on Twitter. The awesome strength of 140-character limitation forces us all to be sparingly with our words, and think very well about them