Michael Platt's WebLog

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Michael Platt's WebLog

  • Are crowds wise?

    There are a number of different conference formats going on such as camps, unconferences, geek dinners etc which are trying to tap into the whole wisdom of the crowds meme. I have been to a number of these and some are definitely more successful than...
  • Zapthink on Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0 and Mashups

    Zapthink have an interesting set of articles about SOA and Web 2.0 culminating in one around Model Driven Mashups . Whilst I agree with most of the article I am hesitant about the concept of a wonder toolset that does everything for you. Smacks a bit...
  • EA and EIT as a heuristic approach

    Following on from my post about the problems with Enterprise Architecture Andrew McAfee agrees with me about the issue in this post but suggests a heuristic approach to solving the problem. Whilst I am a great beliver in the whole Web 2.0 wisdom of the...
  • After the big picture: The details

    For the last six months I have been working on strategic architecture and what the future architectures for the business will look like. I have examined the drivers in the Business, Social and Technical space and how they will impact organizations both...
  • Strategic Architecture rather than Enterprise Architecture

    Inside Microsoft we have a twice yearly set of technical training for the people in the field called Tech Ready. I have just signed up to do a session and was looking through the list of other session to see what else was being covered. I noticed that...
  • Product and Consumer Lifecycles in Enterprise 2.0

    I have been thinking more on the topic of the customer lifecycle and its interrelationship with the product (or business) lifecycle. This diagram shows how these two connect today at the sales and shipping touch points. The main elements in...
  • Satisfied Customers: Customer Lifecycle Management

    Thinking more on the customer lifecycle management as opposed to product lifecycle management I realize that in focusing exclusively on the revenue side of things I am missing a very important point about customer satisfaction. Most enterprises realize...
  • Slime mould and the Mechanical Turk

    Following on from my thoughts about the flexible enterprise and slime moulds an interesting article from wired about crowdsourcing and the rise of mechanical Turk look-alikes . There is even someone selling $20 sheep which were created on Mturk for 2...
  • IBM on Innovation

    IBM run a Spark type event called the Global Innovation Outlook where they went round the world holding meetings and inviting senior thought leaders to discuss global issues, the results of which they have published here . The three topics they covered...
  • Mobile 2.0 in the Enterprise

    Someone sent me this link about Mobile 2.0, the conjunction of community and mobile and whilst I agree that tagging will clearly be important as the article suggests location awareness with be the cause of growth. I had a look at this area a while...
  • Web 2.0 in Businessweek

    Robert Hof has an interesting top story in BusinessWeek about Web 2.0 in the Enterprise which talks about how organizations should start getting involved in Web 2.0. Alas yet again he focuses on the intra enterprise uses rather than the extra enterprise...
  • Enterprise 2.0: ecustomer

    I gave (another) presentation about Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 this afternoon and struggled to get the point across to the audience, particularly with regard to the concept of a transparent enterprise and Enterprise 2.0. It seemed that the idea of a new...
  • The importance of Enterprise 2.0

    Andrew McAfee has been talking to industrialists about Enterprise 2.0 and getting the same reaction that I have been getting . I also totally agree with his conclusion: Enterprise 2.0, in other words, is about new communities, not communities' new...
  • Partners: A slime mould?

    I noticed that Andrew Mcafee has changed his definition of Enterprise 2.0 after my blog about the use of Web 2.0 technologies outside the enterprise to include customers and partners. This got me thinking about the whole partner space and supplier network...
  • Mining the Customer Relationship with Web 2.0

    I see that Dion Hinchciffe has blogged about the use of Web 2.0 Techniques in customer relationships and has come up with 5 techniques for using web 2.0 to reinvent customer relationship. At the end of the day trying to maintain relationships with your...
  • Edge Book

    I am thinking of writing a book about Edge Architecture. This is my proposed table of Contents: Introduction Overview User vs enterprise Consumer to enterprise Web in business Inside Outside Intro to drivers Consistent drivers...
  • A Crisis in the CIO's office?

    At the Gartner conference the fact that there is little growth in IT budgets and IT must demonstrate value to the business was called out . Kenneth McGee identified 9 actions that CIO's must carry out in the next three years in order to: "continually...
  • Gartner Gets Web 2.0 In the Enterprise

    Gartner really seems to get how Web 2.0 techniques will be used by the enterprise and, surprise surprise, seems to be one of the only ones do does so. As I have blogged before most Web 2.0 watchers such as Dion Hinchcliffe , Andrew Mcafeee , Nicholas...
  • Internet Business Research

    I found an interesting set of whitepapers at http://elab.vanderbilt.edu/research%5Fpapers%2Ehtm on business models on the internet. Alas they dont really cover the newer Ad based models but interesting all the same.
  • FAST and Stragegy Workshops

    I have been thinking a lot more over the whole area of strategy and Strategic Workshops and came across the FAST concept from John Hagel . This is very similar to the workshops I hold with Focus being the first half day on vision, culture and buisness...
  • Presentation 2.0 in Florida

    I have just got back from what feels like a world tour presenting Edge in London , Oslo , Miami and Ft Lauderdale. It was fun and I learnt a lot but got rather bored with doing powerpoints so on my last engagement to the South Florida Architecture User...
  • Enterprise 2.0: Beyond the enterprise

    So after a lot of thought I have come to the conclusion that Dion has really missed the point, along with Andrew McAfee and Nick Carr , about the use of Web 2.0 techniques in the enterprise. What they are describing is just another variation on Knowledge...
  • Push Vs Pull

    This is such a good paper that even though I have blogged about it before I have to bring it up again, especially as I found another one on the same topic which I totally agree with. Here's a quote: The New Economy has changed all of this. With the...
  • Customer Lifecycle, Consumer Lifecycle

    Thinking more about the whole area of consumer lifecycle I have been doing some research and come across the following: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Customer_lifetime_value http://www.whartonsp.com/bookstore/product.asp?isbn=0131428950&rl=1...
  • Strategic Planning

    Investigating further into the whole strategic planning area I found a couple of good wikipedia articles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_management http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_planning Looks like I wasnt too far off.