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  • jevon 5:24 pm on April 9, 2007 Permalink  

    Canada Worse than 3rd World Countries when it comes to Mobile Data Access 

  • jevon 11:25 pm on April 8, 2007 Permalink  

    What's next for the Enterprise? 

    The conversation around Enterprise 2.0 is getting more and more operational these days. As bigger and bigger companies are jumping in the game, the conversation is getting pulled in a lot of directions. That’s to be expected, but I also expect to fight it to the best of my ability.What’s really next for the enterprise?

    Is the next big shift in how people work together really as simple as a cheaper, prettier, version of Lotus Notes? Or a bigger more mashable of your old CRM tool?Is the next wave of Enterprise Computing really going to be all about moving more information, faster, to more people? Some think it is.

    I get a feeling in my stomach that tells me no.

    Our Quixotic Adventure


    The search for greatness is nothing new, and it might follow, on some level, that when we have a great idea, we want it’s impact to be as wide and deep as possible.

    It seems to me though, the more I look at it, that the most interesting new things are happening on a smaller and smaller level.

    Our attempts to put on a suit of low cost armor to do the same job of the knights of old is a sad, timid affair. Instead of going off to play by the rules of the old knights, is it possible we could accomplish must more by instead working by a new set of rules? Or simply: can we accept our obvious and sometimes less glorious role?

    The Power of Less Expectation

    Enterprise 2.0 has been describe in a lot of ways, old terms and other new terms are now being piled on to the Enterprise 2.0 brand, SOA, KM and others are all now all used in the same brush stroke to talk about the evolution in software delivery and information management.

    What if, instead of expecting new software to do it all, we simply expected the software to do very few things, and we started to let the people who use the software make the decisions again?

    Instead of giving people an amazing new online spreadsheet application, why not give them a place to talk about the latest numbers in their job, and what those numbers really mean? Sure, the finance department sees that the trend is towards flatter sales, but it’s your front line people who have the power to change that — why not let them find out sooner, and in a more meaningful way?

    Wouldn’t that change more, can’t we do that through using less?

    Rather than asking everyone to use a document repository to turn out the same old documents, what if a radical social presence tool instead let your employees find out who was working on the same ideas, so that they could share in whatever way they were most comfortable with? It could be a group blog, or a wiki, or it might just be emailing Word Documents.

    The possibilities for less are endless, and we need to start thinking more about taking down barriers, rather than just redesigning, redeveloping and recreating old barriers again.

    The next great pieces of software will be those that let the user control their own world and manipulate the world in the ways which mean the most to them.

    Are you thinking about how to give that control to people, or are you thinking about how to direct their destiny with your own hand?

    This post was written for the FASTForward Blog, don’t forget to follow the discussion over there.

  • jevon 10:29 am on April 6, 2007 Permalink  

    Blogs and clowning on the campaign trail 

    This post is related to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, refers to local politics and personalities, and will most likely bore the vast majority of my readers. Skip this one if you feel the need.

    Campbell Webster thinks that it is best to hide and obscure your convictions and ideas in the name of politics. Taking shots at Cynthia Dunsford and Nils Ling.As a crackerjack columnist in the local newspaper on PEI, and this being his second (at least) attempt to take a swipe at the blogging community, it seems that Campbell just doesn’t have enough interesting and original things to say. Campbell seems to like to regurgitate old ideas in weird semi-pompus language in the local news rag alongside Contract Bridge and advertisements for the local tractor pull.

    (More …)

    • Harold Jarche 12:32 pm on April 6, 2007 Permalink

      Well, I read what he had to say and I think that he raises some valid issues. Bloggers are the first wave to show us what it will be like to live in a transparent society. The inconsistencies that he has noted from Nils and Cynthia are a result of their blogs. He would not have been able to find such facts so easily from non-bloggers (Just wait until the MySpace & FaceBook generation put themselves up for political office).

      Cynthia and Nils have an opportunity to show grace when anyone can check on their every published word and use it against them. I wish them all the best in suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous comments, for surely more will follow on these highly visible targets.

    • Jevon 12:44 pm on April 6, 2007 Permalink

      Good points Harold, but my contention is that those are not really inconsistencies. They are the facts of life for being human.

      What Campbell (and others uninitiated?) are probably not used to is not blogging itself,but a politician being a REAL person, and doing things like admitting mistakes or simply acknowledging past decisions.

      I think political office is changing rapidly, and you are right — the myspace/facebook kids who are posting every single picture and incident right now are going to have no choice by to just own up to what their past is.

      What do you think GW’s Facebook would have looked like?! hah.

      Stephen Harper’s on the other hand, probably would have been clean. ;-)

    • Cyn 2:24 pm on April 6, 2007 Permalink

      The biggest pill to swallow for me, isn’t the fact that people can find out what I said 3 years ago (if that was the case I would have deleted my blog prior to running)…it’s the fact that in this game you find out who your friends are, and sometimes you get a surprise.

      You learn quickly that you can get enemies just for joining a political party, nevermind stepping forward to run for office.

      If I had something to hide believe me I wouldn’t have left it in blogland for all to see. And besides, if not for blogging I would never have met either one of you. My community would be much smaller.

    • Campbell Webster 4:16 pm on April 6, 2007 Permalink

      Hi Jevon -

      Yikes! I’m not sure how you got “Campbell Webster thinks that it is best to hide and obscure your convictions and ideas in the name of politics” when my concluding point was…”If Ling and Dunsford are to make this transition gracefully, they will need to be candid about past opinions and associations” I.E. the opposite of your point…

      And I am not sure where you got this column was anti-blogging (a previous one was) – I actually think blogs are useful in revealing true opinions of leaders, candidates etc…Happens regularly these days…

      I thought your posting was pretty funny actually – I like the weird, semi-pompous swipe….And I do have a question for you:

      What do you mean by referring to tractor pulls? To me this is usually shorthand for ‘low-class’ or ‘hick’ or ‘backward rednecks’ Tractor pulls, like when people use the word “legion”in a joke, are used as a slur – an “I am better than those people” reference. In other words, its sounds snotty! Was it meant that way? My mother was a tractor, you know…so watch it.

      Your thoughts?

    • Campbell Webster 4:40 pm on April 6, 2007 Permalink

      Cynthia – To be plain – I am not your enemy and I am sorry you misinterpreted my column in that way…I am a commentator in a paper and you are a candidate…

      It seemed like a good topic, so I wrote about it…If as a politician you get unfavorable press, it does not mean the writers are your enemies – It just means they are doing their jobs…How many people did you brand “stunned arses” on CBC radio? A few dozen? Are you their enemy?

      It is fair comment when a candidate (you) proclaims their true Liberal identity but has blog comments (not your blog, but other ones) which seem to proclaim the contrary.

      Right now their is a thread on peiinfo.com blog that says this, for example:

      “I am so not a Liberal. Worry pas my friend, it’s NDP for me. That’s not too say that a certain someone else I’m pretty close too wouldn’t vote Liberal, but for me this time around…it’s anything but the Tories or Grits”

      It is being attributed to you from a past posting by a variety of bloggers – Is it really you? And if so what would be wrong with saying you used to support the NDP but now you vote Liberal? Bob Rae did it…And he almost became leader.

    • Jevon 5:21 pm on April 6, 2007 Permalink

      In re-reading my post after a trip to the gym, I can concede I was being a *little* over sensitive, I think due to your last article re: blogging.

      However, I don’t think there is a danger in however graceful the transition might be — but the act of dredging up old posts, comments and writings is a sort of cop-out, I call it taking yours pants off.

      To be honest: I miss seeing the annual run-up to the tractor pulls, etc now that I don’t get to see the ads in the guardian (I only get to read it online) — so I think that was just a hint of jealously, that and it gives readers unfamiliar with PEI a sense of the size of our communities.

  • jevon 10:47 pm on April 5, 2007 Permalink  


    The Enterprise 2.0 Rave will bring together leading thinkers in the areas of collaboration, knowledge management, e-learning, and social media with practitioners from a variety of industries – your peers – for an intense 24 -hour brainstorming session on the challenges and opportunities related to Enterprise 2.0 deployments.

    I will be there, helping facilitate a few discussions and just generally hanging out. If you are going to be there, or in New York the week of May 21, drop me a note.

    • Mark Kuznicki 3:18 pm on April 7, 2007 Permalink

      Huh?? A rave? Enterprise software folk with glow sticks all tweaked out on E 2.0? This is a joke, right?

    • Jevon 8:59 am on April 8, 2007 Permalink

      It’s true! I hope they get a water sponsor.

  • jevon 10:19 am on April 5, 2007 Permalink  

    Venture Law Lines: Last Call: Friends, Family and Angels Financing: How to Structure, Sell and Paper the Deal.

    Enrollment for next Wednesday’s breakfast seminar has been brisk, but there are still a few spots available. The deadline for registering (and our catering order) is Friday. After that, you can still show up, but I’m not sharing my bagel with you. Also attending will be the folks from Entrepreneur TV and some other press, looking for entrepreneurs to interview. THEY will get bagels, because they’ve already registered. You, maybe not so much.

    For information and a registration form, email info@venturelawassociates.com.

  • jevon 1:17 pm on April 4, 2007 Permalink  

    Clothing not from China 

    Discollection has a Suicide Girls branded dress for sale.

    Discollection is the sort of store that you could once find on Queen Street West here in Toronto. Kim, who owns Discollection, actually made these dresses by hand, and they are selling at only 150$ each. Kim also happens to be Kris Krug‘s girlfriend.

    I have a feeling this post won’t convince hordes of trendenistas to jump at these dresses, but I am thinking all you middle-aged men in khaki’s will have a niece or someone who needs a birthday gift soon.

  • jevon 11:27 am on April 4, 2007 Permalink  

    Shaping the future of secure Ajax mashups.

    Brent Ashley is one of those guys who comes out to a lot of tech events in TO and each time I have to get over the fact that such a cool guy, and one of the guys I have followed for so long, just comes to hang out.

    That’s what’s great about Toronto’s tech community these days, it’s full of cool guys and gals who just want to share neat stuff. Sure, there are a few pompus assholes who drop in and out or keep trying to make a big splash, but people really don’t notice them very much.

  • jevon 10:47 am on April 4, 2007 Permalink  

    Everything I need to know I learned from the iTunes Podcast Directory 


    A simple set of instructions shown before you submit a review of a podcast through iTunes.

  • jevon 9:17 am on April 3, 2007 Permalink  

    A Prairie Stowe Companion 

    Stowe is starting a weekly talkshow podcast.

    Is Stowe the Oprah of Web 2.0 or the Jerry Springer?

  • jevon 8:43 am on April 2, 2007 Permalink  

    iUpload Raises $7M 

    Burlington, Ont.-based iUpload, which deveops content management and online publishing tools wikis, blogs, forms, workflow diagrams, has raised $7-million in series A capital from Greylock Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners.

    • Tom Purves 7:36 am on April 3, 2007 Permalink

      Wow, good news, glad to see Canadian companies get funded.

      And this means I can hit them up for Techweek EnterpriseCamp sponsorship…

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