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One of the things that struck me at RedMonk's Analyst Conference was how much innovation was being driven by very small groups of software developers - and how those innovations are enabling even more innovation by lowering the technical and financial barriers to the creation of new software. This is one of two articles about the RedMonk conference - "Innovation to Shake Up the Software Industry" gives additional insights into and examples of software innovation at the analyst conference I just attended. Dr. Innovation from Harvard There's some very exciting research out there by a Harvard professor I met with a few weeks ago named Dr. Karim Lakhani on the topic of how innovation happens with software development.  He is possibly the world's foremost academic expert on how innovation happens. One of Dr. Innovation's key conclusions is that innovation is driven by a co... (more)

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

In building, marketing and selling software, the biggest enemy isn't the competition.  Or "rivals" at work. Characteristics of The Enemy Your biggest enemies are smart - sometimes blindingly smart.  They're confident, and convincing.  And incredibly dangerous - because you trust them, and you think they're helping you succeed.  They may not be guiding your boat right into the rocks, but they're probably not taking you where you need to be.  And the difference between survival, success, and phenomenal success can come down to very slight variances in navigation over time. Who Is t... (more)

Roach Motels, "Privacy Third Rail," Bad Decisions & Klout

I used to think that Privacy mattered - that it was a big deal. I've come to the conclusion that privacy is a very complex, multi-dimensional thing.  People willingly give up their privacy all the time.  Privacy is increasingly "not a big deal". Evolution of "Privacy" As people go on-line more and more, there's an evolution in how people view their privacy. People willingly give up their current location on FourSquare, their opinions on Twitter, their friends on Facebook their business background on LinkedIn. People are ok with giving up astonishing amounts of their privacy. The "... (more)

Apple's Surprising and Disappointing Marketing Fail - Software Malpractice?

Apple's Surprising Marketing Blunder Along with hoards of other people, I upgraded my perfectly good iPhone 4 for the new iPhone 4S. Why? Siri. Am I happy?  No. I "listened" to the iPhone 4S launch - from live blog streams. I was honestly quite disappointed.  A faster processor?  The iPhone 4 was fast enough for me. Same "defective" exposed-glass design that is guaranteed to shatter the first time you drop it (my first iPhone 4 lasted two days).  Heck, you can't even show your new iPhone off because it looks identical to the old one. No crowds of people asking you "what do you thi... (more)

Modernization of IT: Solving a Legacy of Business Problems & Applications

I talk to a lot of CIOs. I met with one in early May who oversees the IT operation of a $6 billion yearly entertainment-related company with about 7,000 employees. This top-notch exec was all about transforming a huge investment in existing IT infrastructure into a new dynamic, extensible and agile platform that would propel the business forward - not hold it back. This guy is busy figuring out how to keep a Boeing 777 up in the air while simultaneously re-fitting aircraft to make it best-in-class. That's what IT should be all about. But in some organizations, it's not. Either th... (more)