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AI and Industrial Automation: Don’t Count the Incumbents Out!

AI and Industrial Automation: Don’t Count the Incumbents Out!

Internet giants like Google’s Waymo, Uber, and Amazon as well as fast-growing disrupters like Tesla keep grabbing all the headlines on autonomous vehicles, commercial drones, or other advances in AI-powered industrial automation. But the authors of a new book, What To Do When Machines Do Everything? argue that we should not discount the chances that industrial incumbents such as GE or Siemens, or automotive stalwarts like BMW or Mercedes, might actually win the key battles against powerful and richly-funded tech AI companies due to their superior knowhow in critical areas.

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?

Pivot or Divot? The Decisive Difference between Strategic Pivots and Frustrating Flails

Pivot or Divot? The Decisive Difference between Strategic Pivots and Frustrating Flails

“Strategic pivot” has been a fashionable buzzword for several years. Now wildly over-used, it can be misleading and cause poor decision-making by investors, entrepreneurs, and management teams. So I thought it was high time to try to define what a successful pivot looks like versus a wasteful flail.

Google 2, Oracle 1: The Fast-Growing API Economy Survives a Major Scare

Google 2, Oracle 1: The Fast-Growing API Economy Survives a Major Scare

In 2010 Oracle sued Google over patent infringement regarding the use of 37 Java APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) when it developed the Android OS for smartphones. The latest of three lawsuits – following the original 2010 case and the 2012 appeal – just ended in favor of Google. Software developers, enterprise customers, users, and industry participants can all breathe a sigh of relief. Assuming this verdict sticks it will reinforce current business practices around APIs, and in the process help the API-fueled growth of startups and others developing APIs for new business and consumer applications to continue.

All Shook Up – How AWS is Pulling Off the Impossible in Enterprise IT

All Shook Up – How AWS is Pulling Off the Impossible in Enterprise IT

Since Amazon’s Q3 earnings announcement, AWS (Amazon Web Services), has been grabbing more headlines than ever. The nine-year old unit is breaking records as the dominant cloud infrastructure services provider, rapidly becoming a default choice for enterprise and government organizations. How have they pulled this off, and can anyone give AWS a run for its money?

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?