Remembering Mike Hammer

30. September 2009

Although it’s nearly one year old, as I came across it again, its worth reflecting: Tom Davenport about the death of his Reengineering-inventor-colleage Mike Hammer:

Donnerstag, 20. November 2008, 18:31:05 | Tom Davenport

You probably heard that Mike Hammer, often known as the “father of reengineering,” died unexpectedly at age 60 few weeks ago. I worked closely with Mike for seven or eight years, and together we started a successful research program on IT management called PRISM. Anyone who writes on the “next big thing” owes him a major debt, and I learned a lot from him.

What we owe Mike for most is his relentless focus on business processes and their radical improvement. The only next big thing that he was really interested in was how organizations can improve how they do their work. In Isaiah Berlin’s taxonomy, he was clearly a hedgehog–he knew one thing really well, and that thing was his lens on almost every aspect of business.

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Beppe Grillo sulla Economia

30. September 2009

Beppe Grillo ist wohl Italiens berühmtester Kabarettist, stark auch engagiert für eine Neuorganisation der Linken in Italien.

Er hat seinen ausgezeichneten  Blog

Grillo_economiaAus diesem der Link zum Video über den Zustand der italienischen Wirtschaft. Wenn Sie italienisch können, ein Muss!

The Power and Danger of Iconography

30. September 2009

Barack Obama ran an unprecedented Presidential campaign – utilizing the power of design to help secure the seat of the President of the United States of America. However, his iconic emblem, the ever present “O”, holds more power than even Obama knows. Bill Whittle points out the dangers of branding an ideology with an icon and how, perhaps, the powerful symbol will be used against the very man it built up.

Siehe den Video:

Eric Schmidt on technology, innovation & the global economy

29. September 2009


Some interesting statements:

Eric Schmidt speaks at a forum jointly hosted by Google and the Pittsburgh Technology Council on September 23, 2009 in Pittsburgh, PA.

We are looking forward to visit Google next week in Mountain View!

Need to Supercharge Your Business? Think Like a Designer.

25. September 2009

Mention great product design, and the responses are predictable: You’ll hear about Apple or perhaps BMW, companies that make stuff its customers touch, feel and enjoy. Tim Brown, the CEO of design powerhouse IDEO, is on a mission to change that idea, or at least expand upon it.
check Paul Sloan on and his interview with Tim Brown

How Facebook Copes with 300 Million Users

23. September 2009

VP of Engineering Mike Schroepfer reveals the tricks that keep the world’s biggest social network going.


23. September 2009

wufoo.tiff – Simple to use web form builder.

Move over Enterprise 2.0, it’s now Social Business Design

22. September 2009

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September 21st, 2009  by Dennis Howlett

Given the relatively friendly pounding I took over my Enterprise 2.0 – what a crock post, it’s gratifying to see that it has stirred some interesting interpretations and thoughts on the topic. That’s always good and especially pleasing when one considers that most blog posts are the equivalent of digital fish wrap: something that’s readily disposable and as forgettable as yesterday’s news. But all frivolity aside, this is a serious business, one that is consuming a lot of cycles and will be chewing up much consulting time as different firms make plays in this space. I’d hate to think user companies are wasting their money along the way when there are so many important things driving IT’s attention. The good  news is that at last, a few well intentioned people have moved the conversation forward to something I can understand, even though I remain far from convinced. Read the rest of this entry »

Enterprise 2.0: what a crock (“alter Hut”)

22. September 2009

by Dennis Howlett (allerdings schon vom 26/8)

I’ve been following the so-called Enterprise 2.0 meme for some time and you know what? It’s a crock. Forget Dion Hinchcliffe’s pretty failure pictures or Mike Krigsman’s guest post of failure. Examine the basics and look back at history.

Some years back I was a hack attending an IDC (I think) conference where Western Digital presented their use of forums as a way of getting customer feedback on what they were offering plus improvements they could make. At the time it was deemed a success. No-one bothered calling it Enterprise 2.0 or anything close. It was part of doing business. Fast forward to the present. We’re regaled with reasons to ‘do’ the E2.0 thing. But what has changed out there in enterprisey land?

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How Much Are You Worth to Facebook?

21. September 2009


“Facebook and others have tapped into the power of viral loops to build massive audiences in record time. Now they’re using these growth engines to create the future of online advertising.”

Recommended article by ADAM L. PENENBERG, Fast