Control Theory Advantage

I wrote this in 2003… Six years later, looking at all the excitement about cloud computing and the maturity that has been achieved (see “A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing“), I am glad our ideas at ThinkDynamics proved correct. Applying Control Theory to the automatic management of data centers is the way forward. The computing […]

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Enterprise Ecosystem Social Network

(adapted from previous work in collaboration with Mike Wing, Jack Mason, Brian Goodman) In a global enterprise, where does the individual fit into the organization? How must the relationship between knowledge workers and global enterprises evolve and adjust? Does the focus move from the organization as a hierarchy to a smaller networks of connected people? […]

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Measuring Innovation Input

I spend a lot of time talking to clients about how my company manages  the innovation process, and the discussion invariably gets to the point where I’m asked about ways to determine the “best” innovations beforehand, so we know if we want to invest money to bring the idea and/or prototype to life, to production, […]

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Wikis or Blogs?

In an eye-opening blog post, Andrew McAfee  talks about “How to Hit the Enterprise 2.0 Bullseye“. His theoretical foundation is derived from Granovetter’s “The Strength of Weak Ties” — applied to social computing. In a nutshell, McAfee argues that the we need to look at social relationships from the perspective of their relative strengths. While […]

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Five Simple Rules

One of the “advantages” of working for a number of years is that you develop a small set of rules you apply to many (if  not most…) of the situations you encounter. The way you have those guidelines applied varies from project to project, however you need a way to make them known to the […]

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What is a Global Professional?

A global professional is one of the 300 million high-skill knowledge workers operating in today’s more competitive, dynamic world economy. In North America alone, knowledge workers are estimated to outnumber all other workers by a 4 to 1 margin. In a 2003 study, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that knowledge workers, “managerial, professional and […]

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