My Top 5 Forbes Posts
It’s been awhile since I posted here. I have been focused on my Forbes column and writing a new book so I’ve had little time to write. But I did want to post 5 of my most popular articles over the last 6 months. Let me know if you like them:
I’ve spent the last two months traveling around the U.S. and Europe visiting Fortune 500 executives and Microsoft Technology Centers (MTCs) and the journey has left me feeling both energized and alarmed. Energized because I am seeing a dramatic rise in the attention given to social business and the foundation for it is being laid by social CIOs. These CIOs and their executive counterparts understand how the social and mobile transformations are changing the game. Never has business…
If you’ve ever worked for an extraordinary CEO you may have described the situation in nostalgic, harmonious tones. Like your first year of College where everything is new and exciting, and the possibilities are endless.
The list of the world’s CEOs regularly includes celebrities, billionaires, big egos, risk takers, and failures. What it does not include are social media experts; but that’s about to change. When IBM(NYSE: IBM) conducted its study of 1709 CEOs around the world, they found only 16% of them participating in social media. But their analysis shows that the percentage will likely grow to 57% within 5 years.
With 6 billion global mobile subscribers and over 35 billion apps downloaded to those devices, one begins to wonder how secure this situation is for businesses. In fact it’s not. The situation can best be described as turning an organization’s network security into Swiss cheese, where holes are opening up from devices everywhere.
There are only 3 enterprise-gradetechnology products I’ve ever seen that sell themselves. Two of them are from Apple; the other is from Atlassian. How many Apple salespeople have ever called you to sell you the iPhone, or iPad? Zero. How many Atlassian salespeople have called to sell you Confluence? You guessed it – zero.