Blogs

June 6, 2011

Is Big Data Real and Can IBM Execute on its Vision?

It is inevitable that data would emerge as the most complex and important topics of the next decade. The expansion of the amount and types of data that we have been accumulating across more systems—physical and virtual, applications, and electronic devices – is astounding.  These environments generate huge amounts of data – from structured to […]

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May 24, 2011

What Three Smart Moves Brought LinkedIn This Far?

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 […]

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May 23, 2011

Can Hewlett Packard Make its Own Luck?

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 […]

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May 16, 2011

Can the Power of Open Source Change Industry Dynamics?

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 […]

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May 4, 2011

Can IBM Build a Strong Cloud Partner Ecosystem?

Despite all of the hand wringing surrounding Amazon.com’s service outages last week, it is clear to me that cloud computing is dramatically changing the delivery models of computing forever. We simply will not return to a model where organizations assume that they will consume primarily their own data center resources.  The traditional data center certainly […]

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April 11, 2011

Yes, you can have an elastic private cloud

I was having a discussion with a skeptical CIO the other day. His issue was that a private cloud isn’t real.  Why? In contrast to the public cloud, which has unlimited capability on demand, a private cloud is limited by the size and capacity of the internal data center.  While I understand this point I […]

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April 11, 2011

Can a small business act like a giant with SaaS?

It isn’t easy being a small fish in a big pond.  How does a small mortgage company leverage its ability to be nimble in a competitive market? I believe that SaaS offerings are initiating a revolution with broad implications for business models and competitiveness. It is becoming increasingly clear that with the advent of sophisticated […]

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