- Aaron Levie, The Post-PC Enterprise via TechCrunch
I have to start watching Ellis Hamburger’s (@hamburger) work more closely, because the comparison of enterprise software to the shifting world of New TV is one I made for the first time last week. And Levie is asking great questions (take a look at this post about work media’s silos in the enterprise).
In many ways, the enterprise software shift mirrors that of the media and cable companies fighting for relevance in a world moving to digital content (HT @hamburger). If users and enterprises can select apps that are decoupled from an entire suite, we might find they’d use a completely different set of technology, just as many consumers would only subscribe to HBO or Showtime if given the option.
Of course, every benefit brings a new and unique challenge. In a world where users bring their own devices into the workplace, connect to any network, and use a mix of apps, managing and securing business information becomes an incredibly important and incredibly challenging undertaking. Similarly, how do we get disparate companies to build apps that work together, instead of spawning more data silos? And as we move away from large purchases of suites from a single provider, what is the new business model that connects vendors with customers (both end users and IT departments) with minimal friction?
Full Story: Elance Blog
"Now fast-forward to today. Today’s high-performing organizations (Facebook,IBM, Apple, Amazon.com, UPS, JPM Chase) now move so fast that their product cycles move in months, not years. Their workforce is highly interconnected and shares information instantaneously. People are hired and rewarded for their deep expertise, not their ability to follow instructions. And they work on fast-changing projects and programs which evolve and change continuously.
Even more profoundly, today the managers are no longer really in charge. Customers are.”
Full Story: Forbes