Happy children eating appleDiginomica picks – my top four stories on diginomica this week

Cloud service adoption is not a cost-cutting exercise – Never thought I’d see cloud service adoption compared to the five stages of grief – but Kurt Marko pulls it off. The vinegar is on the house:

Remember these points the next time you hear the cloud-is-more-expensive straw man being trotted out to justify keeping your outdated private data centers. Arguing just on cost is like criticizing an iPhone because it’s more expensive than a flip phone.

Vendor analysis, diginomica style. The fall season is winding down, but diginomica is still tarmacking. Here’s a few from the road:

More picks from my itinerary absurdia:

A couple more vendor picks:

Jon’s grab bag – In the wake of hate crimes where the perpetrators left a disturbing online trail, Jerry asks a tough question: Is it time to is pull the plug on hate speech online? Can AI help? (Me: yeah, “AI,” even in its current clunky form, can help, but it can’t save us from ourselves either).

Den argues for an expanded view of developer ethics in Could the new kingmakers turn us into puppets? He quotes from a piece on AI ethics: “Governments and citizens alike need to be far more proactive about setting the AI agenda.” Yep, that’s you and me. Finally, Den navel gazes slices and dices diginomica’s own results from a Gartner tech strategy assessment in Do you know your ETA from your elbow? (Yes, the diginomica team took a Gartner survey, like I said, vive la contradictions).

Best of the rest

Waiter suggesting a bottle of wine to a customerMy top four picks from the enterprise blogosphere this week:

  • Tech Leaders Look To IoT, AI & Robotics To Fuel Growth Through 2021 – Louis Columbus parses data from a global KPMG survey on the real world impact of the biggest tech buzzwords, including blockchain. Most useful? Notes and charts on the most impacted industries by technology.
  • The next finance transformation starts with the CFO – McKinsey delves into CFO disruptions – transform or fall behind. The biggest problem – only a small percentage of CFOs are using automation, and only 25 percent have digitized their finance function. Yet CFOs are expected to do more – today.
  • The Most Important Thing about B2B Personas-Common Ground – Gartner’s Hank Barnes throws some productive cold water on the B2B personas fad cure-all-du-jour marketing rage: “The rush to personas continues in B2B.  But the value returned from that investment sure feels questionable.” But hey – don’t cancel your personas infographic on my behalf.
  • CRM’s Oligopoly – Not sure if the CRM market is mature enough to justify an oligopoly. Or, to put it another way, the omni-channel hasn’t been conquered and thus I see openings. But – Denis Pombriant has a useful overview of the key players he sees.

Honorable mention 

Will Putting a Red Hat On Make IBM Cool Now? – If you’re not Red Hatted out yet, TEC’s PJ Jakovljevic piles on.
5 nations now demanding Mark Zuckerberg testify on Facebook’s data misuse – The water’s getting hotter, but will Facebook take a bath?
Overcoming IT project failure – Josh Greenbaum on how ProQ wants to change project outcomes – An overdue podcast with Josh and yours truly: “Up to 2/3 of all enterprise software projects fail to deliver their expected value. Will your project be one of them?

Whiffs

Overworked businessmanAlways tough to narrow to three whiffs amidst the PR flotsam and miscellaneous buffoonery, but that’s my job this week. But first, your “who says tech isn’t sexy?” headline awards:

Cue the whiffs. Start with a blue screen travel fail:

Oh, and back to Jerry’s point on machines screening hate speech – not necessarily, as Twitter just reminded us, via the social media spank tunnel they created and now get to experience for themselves: Twitter Listed A Trending Topic For “Kill All Jews” After A Brooklyn Synagogue Was Vandalized.

On a lighter, culinary note:

And if your levee is breaking because some schmucks got voted into office this week, take heart in this perfect duck. Ducks > schmucks.

See you next time… If you find an #ensw piece that qualifies for hits and misses – in a good or bad way – let me know in the comments as Clive (almost) always does.

Most Enterprise hits and misses articles are selected from my curated @jonerpnewsfeed. ‘myPOV’ is borrowed with reluctant permission from the ubiquitous Ray Wang.

Image credit – Happy Children © Anna Omelchenko, Waiter Suggesting Bottle © Minerva Studiom, Overworked Businessman © Bloomua, Businessman Choosing Success or Failure Road © Creativa – all from Fotolia.com.

Disclosure – SAP, Oracle, Workday and Salesforce are diginomica premier partners as of this writing.





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