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Can Open Source Companies Be Successful?

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Open source is dramatically changing the IT landscape on many levels. For example, open source helps existing software companies jump-start their entry into new markets. Rather than trying to convince customers and partners to adopt a proprietary platform, creating an offering on open source platforms allows users to leverage tools they are familiar with. In addition, open source platforms often have the support of active user communities and are continually evolving to support new technical and business capabilities. While there are clearly benefits in the use of open source, there are issues that you need to keep in mind. Companies...
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Is Facebook Responsible... for Security?

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A few weeks ago I wrote a guest blog on Harvard Business Review’s Online site. The blog which is linked to below basically explains what happened to me when my Facebook account was hacked.  One day after this article appeared I received the following message from “Barry” at Facebook: After reviewing this report, we determined that the profile you are reporting violates our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. As a result, we removed this profile from Facebook. Needless to say, I was relieved that I had my identity back. I still wonder what would have happened had I not had the...
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  When I started working on my latest book, Smart or Lucky? How Technology Leaders Turn Chance into Success, I thought a lot about what makes one company sustain itself over decades while other companies fade away.  What does innovation really mean and how does it happen? Innovation is not an easy achievement. Many companies that find themselves in trouble proclaim that they will improve their fortunes by through innovation.  While it makes sense it can be somewhat perplexing.  Shouldn’t companies always be focused on innovation? Isn’t it logical to assume that if a company were consistently innovating that they would...
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Can HP survive its DNA?

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This blog was originally published in Harvard Business Review I remember attending a Hewlett-Packard meeting for industry analysts in the early 1990s and hearing HP proudly declare that it was becoming a software company. Software had turned into a stronger driver of revenue in the computer industry than hardware, and HP management had realized that it had to make the shift to sustain its growth. I raised my hand and asked Lew Platt, HP's president at the time, how much of overall revenue he anticipated would come from software within five years. His answer: by the end of the decade, about...
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The following is a guest blog that I wrote for the Harvard Business Review. I joined LinkedIn in 2007. I can't remember why. After connecting to a few dozen people, I still couldn't fathom what the purpose of LinkedIn was, especially for an already-established professional. Yes, I knew these people, but to what end were we connecting on this site? But for some reason I stayed on for the ride, more as an experiment than in any effort to gain value. I was fascinated with the platform this company was building and wondered what its business model might be. Even after...
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The following is a guest blog that I wrote for the Harvard Business Review. HP finds itself in a complicated position. While the technology giant's second-quarter revenue increased by 3%, its relatively new CEO, Leo Apotheker, was forced to lower the forecast for revenue for the fiscal year. He blamed the Japan earthquake, the anemic PC market, and a troubled services organization. Wall Street did not take kindly to the news. While HP was once the technology leader that could do no wrong, market watchers are now concerned that the company does not have a clear strategy to overcome its problems....
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After spending two days at the Red Hat Summit last week, I started thinking about the power of open source software and how it has transformed the software industry. When I was writing my new book, Smart or Lucky, How Technology Leaders Turn Change into Success, I analyzed the success and failures of companies that attempted to cement their offerings as a standard in the market.  In the 1980 and 1990s companies like Microsoft were able to establish their platforms as a de facto standard. Fast forward another couple of decades and it is becoming clear that open source has changed...
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