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Can Slack Fend off the Giants to Succeed in the Enterprise?

Can Slack Fend off the Giants to Succeed in the Enterprise?

Every CEO and management team of an up and coming company needs to figure out a way of punching above their weight in order to avoid being squashed by much larger competitors once these turn their attention on them. Slack, a team messaging and collaboration tool already successful with smaller businesses, is facing just such a challenge this year, as it launches its new enterprise offering. Does the company stand a chance of succeeding among enterprise customers in the face of growing competition from giants like Microsoft, and even Google and Facebook? If so, how?

Facebook – Technology Platform or News Publisher?

Facebook – Technology Platform or News Publisher?

More than any other site that congregates large numbers of users, Facebook has recently been taken to task for the fake news items that were widely broadcast and read during the 2016 presidential election season. Although CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been moving closer in recent weeks to admitting that the company is more than just a “technology platform”, he still demonstrates considerable reluctance to take responsibility for the news items, authentic or fake, that appear on Facebook pages. Who is in the right in this controversy? And (how) can Facebook avoid becoming a dumping ground for unreliable information?

The Public Cloud: Is There Still Room for Google?

The Public Cloud: Is There Still Room for Google?

In recent months Google has demonstrated its determination to compete with AWS and Azure for leadership in the public cloud infrastructure space for the enterprise. It took them a while to get serious about this, but in late 2015 they brought in Diane Greene, founder of VMware and an acknowledged heavyweight in enterprise computing, and since then have lured some prestige customers from AWS and other cloud service providers. Is there still time for Google to pull it off, or are they too late to put Microsoft and Amazon on the defensive? Guest columnist Hakan Jakobsson presents some strong arguments against Google’s chances of success.

Whither Twitter? A question of strategy

Whither Twitter? A question of strategy

Several factors, including disappointing quarterly results since Twitter’s late 2013 IPO, constant pressure from Wall Street investors on the company’s sluggish user growth, and a recent 8,500-word open blog by venture capitalist Chris Sacca critiquing the company’s strategy and proposing an array of corrective measures, culminated in the announcement last Thursday of Dick Costolo’s decision to step down as Twitter’s CEO after five years in the role. This development provides us with a good opportunity to examine Twitter’s strategic challenges and opportunities. What should the new CEO do to stabilize the business and define a winning direction for the company?

Breaking Bad – Will Uber Blow It?

Breaking Bad – Will Uber Blow It?

What on earth is happening at Uber? The company, which in recent months has continued its rapid growth, has been busy disrupting the taxi industry globally since its inception five years ago. Unfortunately, the company appears to be causing not only controversy – some of which is inevitable when a new business model upsets an entrenched industry such as the taxi and limo business – but getting itself into hot water all over the place, including most recently in the U.S marketplace and political scene. This begs the question: Will the company’s board rein in the CEO and management team before regulators step in, or will the company’s arrogance prove to be literally a fatal flaw?