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Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Peter Coffee, of eWeek fame.  Peter, as industry veterans may be aware, was eWeek's Technology Editor, and is now Director of Platform Research for Salesforce.com, a leader in cloud computing. Our conversation began with my blatant attempt at gaining insight about Salesforce's strategic roadmap, knowing full well only the CEO can answer those type of questions, but you never know what you can glean from a non-response.  Hey, I gave it a shot. Then the real discussion of our meeting began.  The economic advantages of the cloud computing model, comparisons of lifecycle costs (TCO) of services vs. acquisition + ongoing maintenance costs of legacy business models, costs of delay, and other detractors of legacy business models compared to the benefits of a public cloud offering like Salesforce.com, as well as the insights an... (more)

An A to Z of the Social Media Landscape: A to G

There is so much going on in social media, it’s difficult to keep up. So I’m starting a series on different aspects of the social media landscape. We start with social networking and bookmarking sites. I tried to focus on the sites with the most traction so the articles don’t get unwieldy. If the reader feels like I missed a social networking or bookmarking site with more traffic along with stickiness, please let me know (john@buyersteps.com). I’ll be happy to update the list if I feel your argument has merit. Also, if I made any mistakes, please let me know. There were a lot of numbers here and I learned long ago that I am not infallible by any stretch of the imagination. You can go to Part 2 (H-P) here and Part 3 (Q-Z) here. We’ll start with A-G of Social Networking and Bookmarks. In just a few days, I’ll release H-P and so on. Some of these sites are really sticky.... (more)

An A to Z of the Social Media Landscape: H to P

This is part 2 of 3 of a continuing series on Social Media Companies. You can go to Part 1 here. As with the A-G list, if you see any problems with the data or you believe a company should be on this list, please let me know. john@buyersteps.com H Hi5 +Social Glue Award Launched in 2003, hi5 is now one of the world's largest social networks and a top 20 website globally — with over 60 million monthly unique visitors. Compete reports 3.2 million U.S. unique visitors every month. Quantcast reports 49.9 million worldwide visitors, high indexes for male, 12-34, Hispanic and Asian, has kids, low income and low education score. Alexa has it ranked as the number 31 site on the Internet with 22.8 minutes per day and over 20 pages per day per user. I Imeem Imeem is a social network that enables users to discover, interact and express themselves with media, including music, video... (more)

Personal Branding Journal Launched on Ulitzer

Personal Branding Journal launched today on Ulitzer. The latest Ulitzer topic is created by Wiliam Arruda and edited by Dr. Hubert Rampersad. William Arruda: Dubbed 'The Personal Branding Guru’ by Entrepreneur magazine, William Arruda is a pioneering brand strategist, speaker, author and founder of Reach Personal Branding. He is credited with turning the concept of personal branding into a global industry. William delivers keynotes and workshops on the transformative power of personal branding for some of the world’s most successful companies. He energizes and motivates his audiences—and his private clients include some of the world’s most influential leaders. As a thought-leader, William is a sought-after spokesperson on personal branding, social media and leadership. He has appeared on BBC TV, the Discovery Channel and Fox News Live and he’s been featured in count... (more)

The Future of Cloud Computing – A Study

Recently, I became an executive advisor to Kaavo, a Cloud Applications Management software company. Kaavo is in a unique position to capitalize on the soon to be obvious need to manage applications on the cloud. It's interesting to see the cloud computing predictions and how it will change the way we work with applications. Overview A solid majority of technology experts and stakeholders participating in the fourth Future of the Internet survey expect that by 2020 most people will access software applications online and share and access information through the use of remote server networks, rather than depending primarily on tools and information housed on their individual, personal computers. They say that cloud computing will become more dominant than the desktop in the next decade. In other words, most users will perform most computing and communicating activitie... (more)

How Cloud Computing Empowers the Agile Enterprise

Public cloud service adoption is already a mainstream phenomenon in most organizations. Meanwhile, many large enterprises see a private cloud in their future. But choosing whether to invest in building an internal cloud infrastructure or buy from a cloud service provider will become more challenging – in anticipation, savvy IT leaders are becoming brokers of dynamic business technology solutions. Hybrid cloud resource management and progressive operational process adoption are the key focal points in preparation for this transition. Moreover, Line of Business demand for emerging use cases and just-in-time IT workload creation requires speedy access to a managed self-serve DevOps deployment model. That’s why comprehensive management and provisioning tools -- such as Red Hat CloudForms -- have become essential platforms. Besides, given the pervasive trends in the mark... (more)

SYS-CON White Paper: SFA Buyer's Guide

The right SFA solution can be an enormous benefit to your company's sales reps, as it can help them automate operations, eliminate errors, and forecast revenues. But, as is the case with any technology, you need to consider several important factors to make sure you end up with a solution that fits your organization's needs. Inside CRM's SFA Buyer's Guide has all the advice you need to make a winning decision. This white paper addresses topics such as: Key features Major SFA benefits Cost Click Here to Download This Buyer's Guide Now! ... (more)

GM Bankruptcy Briefing - Who Is This Man?

I don't know who this man is talking on behalf of General Motors but he sounds like the most incompetent job applicant college graduate who is participating in Donald Trump's Your Are Fired "Apprentice" TV show. If what he is saying right now is what GM was supposed to do in company's recent history, and if this man was part of this company's management team, he must immediately be removed from whatever job he is doing today, on July 10, 2009.   Please listen to his entire opening speech on launching this "exciting new company." Very nice Mr. GM Man, what you are saying is very nice indeed. Why didn't the company do all this in the past 50 years as Japanese took over the country like cockroaches? GM was one of the most badly managed companies in the world. GM is a Harvard MBA case study on how not to run a company. The GM image burned in my brain is the private jet... (more)

Business Martial Arts Lesson - The Foundation

Hapkido is a form of martial arts that is practiced heavily in Korea and is similar to jujutsu practiced in Japan. The word Hapkido itself comes from hap meaning harmony, ki meaning internal energy or strength and do meaning the way or joining energy. Hapkido in word and in action should emphasize the harmony of energy through internal strength. I was lucky enough to live near a couple of Hapkido masters that led me to earn a black belt after years of training and eventually teach the art myself. I believe Hapkido gave me life skills outside of being a better martial artist. At the request of a friend of mine, I’ve decided to share some of those lessons with you over the next few weeks. Laying a Foundation – Hapkido is a building program that relies on previous steps along the way to put you in the position to learn the nuances. The thing that frustrates people in tra... (more)

Twitter 101 Guide for Business

Twitter on Ulitzer As more and more people are using Twitter, there is more effort being made by individuals and businesses to leverage Twitter as a business tool. Twitter recently published a Twitter Business Usage Guide.  There are three sections to this guide that include Getting Started, Best Practices and Case Studies. Here is the usage guide intro from Twitter, I encourage you to read the actual guide. Every day, millions of people use Twitter to create, discover and share ideas with others. Now, people are turning to Twitter as an effective way to reach out to businesses, too. From local stores to big brands, and from brick-and-mortar to internet-based or service sector, people are finding great value in the connections they make with businesses on Twitter. When people working in the Empire State Building twittered that they were craving ice cream delivery, ... (more)

New Research Report - Netbook Shipments Twice as High as Laptops

Workers who commute or travel find that Netbooks are just much more travel friendly than larger laptops.  For salespeople who want more space in their bag or even marketers who will present using a projector, Netbooks make sense.  The truth is which applications being delivered on the cloud and the ever-accessible Internet, it's little surprise that Netbook purchasing has accelerated. From the world of things just keep getting smaller...this recent report from DisplaySearch, an NPD Company. Mini-Note PC (Netbook) Shipments Grow at Twice the Rate of Notebook PCs in Q2’09 Sort Date: 08312009 AUSTIN, TEXAS, August 31, 2009—In Q2’09, the total notebook PC market posted strong Q/Q and Y/Y growth as units surged past the 38 million mark, as reported in the DisplaySearch Q3’09 Quarterly Notebook PC Shipment and Forecast Report. The mini-note PC (netbook) market was particu... (more)