What is the biggest threat to the internet as a source of information exchange? The music industry dinosaurs that are stuck in copyright hell? The control freaks in the telecommunications industry that wants to end net neutrality? Google?
Financial analysts are being asked to sign documents agreeing that they will only publish their research “in physical form” and not allow it to be “included in an electronic retrieval system” before Tuesday’s briefing by Standard Life, a British company.
I spent last week without internet access. The office where I was working only had closed network access, Bluetooth on my laptop has failed so I couldn’t use my mobile as a GPRS modem, the hotel I was staying in had no connection, and when I tried to used a local WiFi hotspot my credit card was rejected.
In order to get any new project or initiative underway in a large enterprise, you need at least three people: somebody with the idea or business problem, somebody who can implement or at least prototype a solution, and somebody who can promote it. This is our rule of three for innovation management.
The internet revolution has proved a headache for most information providers. How are you going to charge for online access? Tim O’Reilly seems to be close to cracking the problem for book publishing:
At work, we are all fighter pilots. We have to deal with large amounts of constantly changing data in an environment with many disruptions. Information is no longer a scarce resource: attention is.
In an uncertain, changing world, most decisions are wrong, and success comes not from the inspired visions of exceptional leaders, or prescience achieved through sophisticated analysis, but through small-scale experimentation that rapidly imitates success and acknowledges failure.
Google with its simple do-as-I-mean interface reigns supreme on the web. With an ever-growing focus on simplification in navigation, it is instructive to step back and challenge the goal occasionally.
You know a technology has reached mainstream when you are no longer surprised by who is adopting it. In that sense, it is completely non-news that the Jesuits in London are launching Pray-As-You-Go just in time for Lent. One new prayer and meditation every day, already formatted for your iPod or mobile phone, and perfect for your daily commute.