Monthly Archives: June 2015

Deodorant for Software

Although the title for this article might imply suggestions for Proctor & Gamble’s IT department, instead we will address how badly code can “smell” and how and when to prevent it. In business as in software, the concept of a “smell … Continue reading

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Old URLs Don’t Die… They Come Back to Haunt You

What do Heinz Ketchup, QR codes and adult Web sites have in common? Apparently, everything. QR codes are those two-dimensional barcodes you often see on ads or consumer products. Just like regular barcodes encode numeric information, QR codes encode full text. They often … Continue reading

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Agile Advertising

Friday I had lunch with a friend who does marketing for a pharmaceutical company. He described to me the process by which he manages major ads. “Ads are very expensive,” says he. “First you have to develop the concept, which can be $10,000 or … Continue reading

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Growing Independent: Laptop to Smartphone to Wearable

When does a personal technology – a computer, a smartphone, a watch – “grow up”? There is a slow but continuous process I have observed with every new personal computing technology. Stage 1 – Child: The new technology provides unprecedented flexibility. … Continue reading

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More Fun To Higher Sales

For many years, business was assumed to be “staid” or “proper”. Certain dress and behaviour was appropriate for outside the office, and never to be seen inside. While the distinction between professional and unprofessional behaviour (thankfully) still exists, businesses have begun to … Continue reading

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Why Does My Infrastructure Cost So Much?

Yesterday, I had an enjoyable late evening conversation with a colleague of mine, a first-class information security and compliance consultant. We have collaborated on several projects in the past, and it always is a pleasure working with him (contact if … Continue reading

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Pricing Inversions, or Smart vs. Lucky

Pricing is one of the most important – and mysterious – parts of a business. Price too high, and you lose customers; price too low, and you leave lots of profit on the table. An entire price consulting industry exists, with … Continue reading

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Nothing is New Under the Sun Server

As Ecclesiastes said, “there is nothing new under the sun.” Last week, we explored how much of the innovation in the tech business is just retooling existing processes, while much innovation exists in the technology itself, which enables those businesses. It turns out, even in technology … Continue reading

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The Best Laid Schemes Of Mice And Men

I have always loved the contrast between companies that are quick and light, focused on doing the right thing, and are nimble in execution and change on the one hand, and those that must plan everything down to the minutest … Continue reading

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There Is Nothing New Under the Sun

Following on our review of Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report, today we will look at the  “Re-Imagining” section. On slides 28-44, the report looks at business processes and how they have changed over the last several decades. Here are some salient … Continue reading

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