The Importance of Thinking (and Talking) Big

The Importance of Thinking (and Talking) Big

Starting with why

I am a huge fan of Simon Sinek and his Golden Circle framework.

Having a clear, precise vision that you can articulate both internally and externally can serve as a powerful tool for inspiring and motivating others as Sinek explains using the examples of Martin Luther King Jr, the Wright Brothers, and Apple.

Oftentimes, people and organizations spend too much time on ‘what’ and little time understanding ‘why’. As such, vision is little more than a generic statement on a web site: it lacks meaning and is disconnected from everyday life.

Investing time to determine the right ‘why’ and then explicitly articulating it (i.e., talking big) can have very practical benefits for your company in terms of credibility, trust, and value.

Similarly, individuals can also benefit by better understanding their sources of motivation.

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IT is from Mars and Development is from Venus

IT is from Mars and Development is from Venus

Last week, I was having lunch with a former colleague. He wanted to get my feedback on a new online service he was developing. When we started discussing target markets and users (which he had not considered deeply), he immediately mentioned ‘developers and IT.’

This is not the first time I have heard developers and IT used synonymously and interchangeably.

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Will the Real SaaS Please Stand Up?

Will the Real SaaS Please Stand Up?

“Cause I’m Slim Shady, yes I’m the real Shady
All you other Slim Shadys are just imitating
So won’t the real Slim Shady please stand up,
please stand up, please stand up?”

– Eminem

Recently, there has been an amusing back and forth debate around what constitutes ‘real’ SaaS (Software as a Service).  One side believes that if a solution is not multi-tenant, then it is not truly SaaS and is simply warmed-over on-premise software that is hosted. While the other side believes multi-tenancy does not matter provided you have a ‘modern application architecture’ (whatever that means).

This debate is silly.

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Big Data

My Love-Hate Relationship with Big Data

“It’s a thin line between love and hate…”
– The Persuaders

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Let me use this occasion to confess that I am conflicted: I both love and hate the term ‘Big Data’.

I detest ‘Big Data’ for the simple reason that it has become so pervasive and so overused as to be rendered meaningless (perhaps even more so than ‘cloud computing’).

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