Monthly Archives: July 2014

Apple and IBM

Apparently, Apple has decided to partner with IBM in selling to the enterprise, as reported by CNBC and the Verge. Apple is open to new distribution channels, i.e.┬áIBM, to expand sales of its iOS devices into the enterprise. There are … Continue reading

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Is Greed Good?

I always find it interesting when I visit Europe and find Europeans fulminating over the American penchant for “excessive greed” by sellers and consumerism by buyers. This past week, I had the ironic experience of overhearing precisely such a conversation… … Continue reading

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Pricing Lessons from a Groupon

Last week, I had a lovely “prix fixe” dinner with my wife at a very good steak restaurant for 50% off, courtesy of Groupon. The Groupon was definitely valid when I noticed it, but the terms and conditions┬árequired that you … Continue reading

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A Free Nest?

Over coffee this week, I was discussing technology, startups, markets and business models. One of the topics that came up is Nest, the smart thermostat company that Google bought in January of this year for just over $3BN. At first … Continue reading

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PCI, POS and RTH (Road to Hell)

Two interesting events came to light in the last week for me. First, I am working on getting a company towards compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS or just PCI). These are the standards that govern … Continue reading

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