Tag Archives: Cloud Computing

What a pivotal year in our industry! Mobile, Cloud and Social making new leaders


What a pivotal year in our industry! Let’s face it, IT has been attesting more evidences that its tectonic forces at work did let emerge new leaders and previous ones fade.

Combining this to Big Data and associated analytics to get a modern business insight, let’s attest we’re already in a new world. Get ready if you’re not already! CIO, CMO, CDO or CEOs, don’t let your competition harness these revolutions before you get a chance to compete or lead: initiate change now.

Working in a social enterprise: On boarding @salesforce experience


I’ve just completed my third week at salesforce.com and I wanted to share with you the light and colors of this amazing on-boarding.

My first day already had a special flavor. What would a geek like me do when arriving in the lobby? Foursquare it! And as I’ve included the @salesforce handle in my message that of course got spanned on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook among others – I’m becoming lazy and all my accounts are chained- the salesforce team back in the Bay Area using Radian 6 spotted me within minutes as a new hire. What a surprise when I got a response message on Twitter from the official @salesforce feed stating “Welcome to the family”. I felt it as a social hug if you will, a good first impression of a social enterprise.

This very first day I could feel the energy, passion, commitment and team spirit of this fast growing company individuals. If you were not aware, Salesforce has been to date the B2B software vendor to reach the $2B mark the fastest. It was not Microsoft, Oracle nor SAP. Combined with the think different kind of attitude and this desire to show the world that cloud computing is a must for all enterprises, Salesforce employees seem all to be part of a burning quest: Born Cloud, Reborn Social.

Another clue that I have been joining a cloud company, I could finally behave at work just as I had been in my day to day life: everything on the cloud – my music, my videos, my books, my address book, my email, my calendar, my files from multiple devices, my bank accounts… The ultimate mobility lies in this, just give me a connected device and I can operate within minutes just from everywhere. Computing has truly become a utility, plug and live! Salesforce.com is walking the talk. Good to feel.

As a matter of fact I was totally able to operate with the corporate environment at the end of the very first day, using a Mac at work, my personal iPhone certified and even a request for me to buy an iPad for work. What a difference from any other company I was given to work for before.

I’ve been meeting a lot of people at salesforce since this first day and I can attest there is a true company’s culture by which we all live by. Someone summarized one aspect of it with this quote “Type A people environment where A.H. cannot survive”.

I believe such a company is due to succeed big time because of the people. I’ve been given to compete against very large companies before and I know it: a small gang of passionate and committed individuals with strong beliefs and a quest at heart can make a huge difference.

To be continued…

Week in review: Big Data’s impact on the world – Enterprise Apps gold rush to the cloud


Big Data is pursuing to bubble up as the topic of choice for the beginning of 2012, even during Davos. Not surprising when one can attest that the cloud computing model is making significant progress all over the planet and even in my home country, France, where skepticism used to be the attitude regarding it. In turn, leveraging the cloud leads to Big Data, in a business context as well, to try to extract from all sorts of data streams meaningful business insights.

Big Data’s Impact in the World
Steve Lohr, in the New York Times, develops some examples in various areas and highlights some interesting numbers.

I won’t come back on Facebook IPO as the entire planet just twitted and blogged about it. But let’s step back 5 years ago and remember how people where viewing Facebook back then. It changed big time, Facebook is no longer a youngster phenomena but a business eye opener. Amazing 180° view of the world for a company supposedly going to be valued more than $100B now. Don’t you think? We’re already in a new world. Social Media is now a reality to most businesses, Marketing cannot ignore it anymore and mobile devices are becoming rapidly the #1 entry point to it. By the way, what is the revenue Facebook is making on mobiles ;-)? (None for now, but stay tuned).

By the way, recently SAP acquired Successfactors for $3.4B, Salesforce.com did the same with Rypple and Oracle with Taleo for $1.9B and RightNow, check this out. The enterprise apps gold rush seems to be on the cloud.

As Larry Ellison said about cloud computing in 2008: “What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?” Not there yet apparently 😉

So are you ready for Big Data, cloud computing, social networks and mobile internet?

Week in review: Social Networking Bubble – Value of User Experience – Winston Churchill leadership lessons


Are We in a Social Networking Bubble? 
Coming back from the Bay Area, I can attest IT is on a roll again. The front stage vendors have changed and the topics making a lot of buzz are Big Data with Hadoop, Cloud Computing and PaaS with a heating battle accelerating, Mobility with a head to head competition between Apple and Google Android and of course social networking with a search for talents and executives move (100k+ job posts in the Bay Area).

All of this could make one think that we are living through a new bubble, thus I found this analysis pretty thoughtful and interesting.
Additionally, here are some recent data about VC’s investment in the US: Venture capital investing hits 10-year peak, sparking bubble talk.

Volume is not enough, User Experience is key: Android’s Market Share Collapses As Apple Surges Thanks To The iPhone 4S
I am a big believer in the importance of UI for user adoption and as the main User Experience differentiator. User Experience, as I did state many times, is nowadays critical to stand out in crowded world. Any business not giving some thoughts on this is exposing itself to tough competition. Apple vs. Android is a very good example of how User Experience makes a difference in a very competitive market that saw key leaders like RIM Blackberry and Nokia decline, attesting to it.

Winston Churchill’s Leadership Lessons
Let’s close with some lessons learned from Winston Churchill leadership, though this ebook is not that great 😉

  • Seize the day,
  • Never hesitate to occupy the limelight
  • Do the necessary
  • Learn to be eloquent – but don’t get carried away by your own words
  • Stick to your guns – but know when to compromise

Have a great week.

Best Internet Trends Presentation – Web 2.0 Summit


KPCB Internet Trends 2011

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As usual, Mary Meeker delivered this presentation during Web 2.0 summit and summarizes important trends in our industry with a lot of meaningful data.

Internet Trends 

  1. Globality – We Aren’t In Kansas Anymore… 
  2. Mobile – Early Innings Growth, Still… 
  3. User Interface – Text -> Graphical -> Touch / Sound / Move 
  4. Commerce – Fast / Easy / Fun / Savings = More Important Than Ever… 
  5. Advertising – Lookin’ Good… 
  6. Content Creation – Changed Forever 
  7. Technology / Mobile Leadership – Americans Should Be Proud 
  8. Mega-Trend of 21st Century = Empowerment of People via Connected Mobile Devices 
  9. Authentic Identity – The Good / Bad / Ugly. But Mostly Good? 
  10. Economy – Lots of Uncertainty 
  11. USA Inc. – Pay Attention!

Emmanuel Obadia in a podcast (French)




BFM : L’innovation en Europe et le secteur des logiciels
09 juillet 2011
Actualité : baromètre BVA/Syntec pour 01Business&Technologies. 
  • GAEL SLIMAN, Directeur Général adjoint de BVA opinion, 
  • BRUNO VANRYB, PDG d’Avanquest Software et président du Collège des « éditeurs de logiciels » du Syntec Numérique, 
  • EMMANUEL OBADIA, Senior Vice President Enterprise Products chez Sage. 
Coup de pouce à une start up : Jérôme Valette, directeur général de aEnergis, une start up qui optimise la collecte des déchets grâce à un système de capteurs radio.

B2B Marketers’ Priorities and Pain Points for 2009



According to Marketing Sherpa new research, the previous one was conducted in Feb 2008, B2B marketers will focus on:

  1. Dealing with lengthening sales cycles
  2. Doing more with less
  3. Web 2.0 and social media marketing
  4. Focusing on lower-cost, high-impact lead gen tactics

I will obviously only highlight the point 2. which wouldn’t have been on the list a few month ago. I remember being looked at as a strange animal when pitching about Marketing 2.0 back in 2007. I heard many things as “this is just a fad”, “you’re always trying to bring up something new”, “Our customers are not 15 years old”, etc.

In the marketing area, social media and Web 2.0 importance is raising under this economic downturn period we’re in, more rapidly I anticipate than if the business was going to grow. I’m expecting Cloud Computing and new software subscription business models to come up more rapidly in the IT space for the exact same reason. The economic downturn is an incredible opportunity to reconsider what we’ve been doing so far, to challenge deeply our fundamentals, to stress decisions that were not that urgent otherwise. A good thing in my views though of course I suffer just as everyone out there of this downturn (mood downturn as well by the way).

The research points out that many marketers still find Web 2.0 usage within their marketing campaigns arsenal a challenge. First and foremost because Web 2.0 is still new for a lot of them. They’re not digital natives and tend to relate to the activities they’re comfortable with (Webinars, White papers, etc.). Their top challenges, according to the research are:

  1. Social media development/integration
  2. Developing emerging Web 2.0 content, such as videos, blogs and podcasts

My take would be for you, already a blog reader ;-), to start your day in the office tomorrow by deciding to integrate in one of your planned campaigns a Marketing 2.0 technique. Try to pick the one that is intuitively the most relevant to your audience (start a blog or a podcast, foster a community or integrate an existing one, turn a major topic of interest into a wiki for and by your customers, start a twitter micro-blog for one of your offer) and do not forget about including video material as we discussed earlier this month.

I would also support this recommendation from Marketing Sherpa:

“Mapping content to the sales funnel “ is an immensely important aspect of success in lead nurturing for the complex sale. It deserves to be among the top priorities because some of the others – Web 2.0, social media and traditional content – are at their most effective when mapped to the sales cycle.

Marketing 2.0 will make it big in 2009.