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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?

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?

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?