Enterprise Software – On the Brink?

Going to be on a Future of Enterprise Software panel today organized by the German American Business Association a bit sensationally named: Enterprise Software at the Brink SaaS, Big Data/IoT, the big paradigms of recent years seem to have run their course. Time to take stock and look at where we are today, and even more interesting, where we are …

AI Enhanced Community Management?

Kevin Kelly recently closed his The Next 30 Digital Years Long Now talk saying, “It is easy to predict the next 10.000 Startups! Take topic X and add AI.”. Salesforce put a stake into the ground by boldly claiming that you can now create your first AI-powered community using their platform. So far details are scarce what exactly Einstein is …

The Purpose -> Passion -> Engagement Connection

Recently I stumbled upon these highlights from last year’s Santa Fe Institute Symposium. These insights really resonate with my thinking around community engagement: “In Unleash Your Inner Company, John [Hagel] explains that passion and purpose can create the fundamental positive feedback loop that powers your company.” Powers your company as well as your community. If you can align the larger …

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Podcast Notes: How to Create an Enterprise Community!

Update: Jon Reed did an amazing summary post of our conversation on Diginomica: The Art of Enterprise Community. The Podcast is now available too. When I moved to Mill Valley, my landlord allowed me to build this treehouse. I highly recommend the experience. To be able to sit in something that you mostly built with your own hands is very rewarding. …

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Spreecast Enabled Listening to the Edges

In the early 90s SAP was dominating the Enterprise Software Market with their R/2 product on the IBM/Siemens mainframes. IBM was coming out with the AS/400 computer for the mid market and so SAP was developing their next solution R/3 for it. Hasso Plattner once told the story that 9 weeks before they wanted to show the new product at …

SAP Successfactors a Better Fit for LinkedIn

You probably have read the news today about Microsoft buying LinkedIn. I think SAP Successfactors would have been a better fit. In 2009 I was part of a team that negotiated and created a link between the SAP Community Network (SCN) and LinkedIn. That was before LinkedIn’s IPO and SAP Ventures had also invested in them. We called it Community Bio. You were …

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Hopfully I never have to buy a Tesla

Growing up in Germany especially as a boy, you obsess over cars. You read Auto Motor @ Sport, the flagship car review magazine from cover to cover. You dream about being a test driver for that magazine. When my old man got a new car I would sit in it for hours and just take it in, push all these …

Jamie Foxx’ Grandmother to the Priest: “You Stop That!”

The confident grandmother of the actor and musician Jamie Foxx’s stood up in a Texan small town church when the priest started to preach about homosexuality: “God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve.” She stood up and said: “You stop that!” The whole church went silent, and she said: “Let me tell you something. I had this nursery school …

What Would You Improve If Your Basic Needs Were Met?

Tire Marks after St. Rafael Italian Street Art Festival 2015 — Pic by me :-) Basic Income from Wikipedia: An basic income is a form of social security system in which all citizens of a country regularly receive an unconditional sum of money from the government to cover their basic needs: food, shelter and health insurance for them and their loved ones. It …