Is the nuclear family still appropriate?

Is the nuclear family still appropriate?

For a single person, or for DINKs (double income no kids), the role of the nuclear family doesn’t factor too much. But as someone who recently became a grandfather, I have started to wonder whether the nuclear family is actually a limitation and anachronism in the modern world. Continue reading

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How relevant are Gartner and other tech analysts really?

How relevant are Gartner and other tech analysts really?

I was at an event recently organized by Sage software in Johannesburg. This was an event to promote Sage’s independent software partners to other consultants and customers in it’s large community. I spent a lot of time talking with various people, many of whom operate fairly small businesses but are very knowledgeable of their area of business. It was only afterwards that I realized I was never asked how analysts rate our platform, rather we were asked what we did and how we might help. In other words, none of the attendees cared, or even knew, about Gartner. Continue reading

B2D marketing

B2D marketing

For about twenty years, my focus on marketing and selling enterprise software was on business decision makers foremost, and technical people second. The software I was involved in was large-scale, on-premise applications with a high initial license purchase. That has changed in the last two years. Continue reading

Slack vs Facebook Workplace – an initial comparison

Slack vs Facebook Workplace – an initial comparison

You may have heard that Facebook has launched a version of its flagship product for organizations, called Facebook Workplace. Facebook’s challenge, and opportunity, is that there are already other business collaboration and communication offerings on the market. The best known one is Slack. My company has been using Slack for a while, but we got an invitation to Facebook Workplace, so I have been checking out its features. My exposure to Workplace has been brief, but I thought I would share some of my initial impressions about the differences between Slack and Workplace. Continue reading

Victims of their success

Victims of their success

The original seed of this post came from my experiences at Los Angeles and Heathrow airports last year, but the seed germinated recently when I read about the troubles ordinary people have in living in San Francisco, and the commotion around Dan Lyon’s critical book about HubSpot and the Silicon Valley culture. Continue reading

US VCs should get off their arses

US VCs should get off their arses

US-based VCs (venture capitalists) should get off their arses and realize that there is a greater world out there than what they hear about on the US East or West coast. I’m not talking about Europe or Israel either. I’m echoing what Ben Parr said in a recent Tech Caucus email that:

we in the Silicon Valley / LA / NYC bubble have no clue what’s happening in Africa.

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Helping SMBs move to the cloud

cloud-computing-626252_640The increasing adoption of cloud computing by businesses doesn’t appear to have convinced many small and medium businesses (SMBs) in the UK to move their business application from on-premise to the cloud. The three common concerns mentioned are:

  • security of the cloud, particularly data privacy,
  • complexity of migration, the amount of time is takes to migrate, and the downtime while migrating,
  • cost of migration, with many believing that the costs are high.

Although I haven’t found the evidence, I suspect the same reluctance holds true for SMBs in other countries. The question is – are these concerns valid, and how can SMBs mitigate their concerns and the risks. Continue reading