A writer who I follow was bemoaning the lack of change in banking the other day. Now the point was perfectly valid – until he took a pop at P2P lending. As I follow social banking – and as one of its great supporters, I had to disagree. But it raised an interesting question. How do we measure disruption?
The writer in question was James Gardner, who’s the general manager of Spigot, the leading business process software vendor in the innovation space.
In theory, he should know. But then he suggested that it could be “nearly 100%”. That sure had a disrupting effect on me – because that’s plain silly…
I mean, there are some great web browsers – and they’re all free, for Pete’s sake. Gaming calls for the latest technology. People happily buy that, don’t they?
But for some reason, we have to placate the stupid and design sites like its 1999. Web designers are told that they must maintain full compatibility with everything. Not just for browsers maybe a version behind, but stuff from another age.
Well, I think it’s time we ask the question. Should we push or just follow?
You know, technology works when it helps you do things you need to do easier. But its really cool when it lets you do the things you like to do better!
You basketball fans will know that the European Championships are currently on. There’s an app for that – and here it is… Its a really well designed app for iPhone and will be the go-to app for hoop fans. And at $1.99, if you don’t want to miss a game, you shouldn’t miss this.
The app’s of course available in the App Store right now. So why not give it a try? Makes a change to talk about this rather than the Euro as a basket case!
OK, OK. I wouldn’t have put this on here but it’s Jen Aniston and its the weekend. Anyway. You don’t want to hear from me. Here you go…
Well. Not a whole lot for me to say after that, is there. Have a great weekend!
Email. Its been around for over 40 years. And up there as our No 1 business tool. But things could be about to get very interesting in Inbox world.
As they say on Wall Street, what follows are some forward-looking statements. Therefore take this as my personal view, as the outcome is far from certain.
Three events have got me thinking about what might happen. Let’s set the scene. And taking the stage are RIM, Microsoft, VMWare, Zimbra and SalesForce…
Although owned by Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest isn’t as hated as its parent. Strange, because really NatWest’s no better – some may even say its worse.
I’d like to talk a little about NatWest, but lets concentrate first on RBS as a brand. What can be done with a brand so damaged it’s lost the trust of its market?
I’ve just read a Management Today supplement about West Yorks Fire Service. Remember how Public Service budgets are meant to be getting cut back?
It should have cost a tenth of that – and it’ll only reach 60% of their users…
Now this is going to sound like some obscure, “out-there” philosophical question. But think about it. Is progress slowing down? Imagine the Wright Brothers today, taking that flying contraption to an airfield. Where would they have made it – and would they have been allowed to fly it?
Or imagine James Watt building his steam engine in a lock-up round the corner. Then imagine the local council or police’s reaction to the noise it made!
Have we lost our reckless invention culture – do we just do Internet apps now?
My apologies for this deviation from my usual style. But we need some help. A lot. Not for some worthy charity, but for a nation. Britain is being dragged deep under water by BT, after we survived the shipwreck caused by the SS Banking’s collision with a financial reality iceberg.
We must divorce BT from the cosy relationship it enjoys with central government. Its smug monopoly on the mechanism for change, its incompetence.
We need a publicly revered figurehead to drive this forward. A digital Joan d’Arc. Martha, we need you.
I was an NCR IT field engineer. Every day, my boss would hand out repair tickets. These told us what IT system problems we had to sort out that day.
The boss never gave the guy the urgent jobs. He’d just take the tickets he liked. He must have taught a lot of people that trick. I see them everywhere.
Keepers of the process, the emperors of the end office. The checkpoint Charlies.
As a bank marketing slogan, the co-operative’s good with money is pretty good. Just a pity then that the rest of the bank’s processes don’t match. Because behind the ethical faÃ§ade this member-owned group strives to portray, lies a dark, Dickensian approach to those it does business with.
Here are three disturbing examples – from the inefficient to downright destructive – that soil the fluffy image it would prefer us to associate with it…
Its funny how we can sometimes be carried along by the current without realising. Following the innovation bandwagon, for instance. Every businessman knows they must constantly innovate to compete and survive. We shouldn’t get hung up on that word. People can either innovate or they can’t. Innovation isn’t a measurable action, its a mindset.
Every day, I read the endless diatribes about why we can’t innovate here or there. Listen to these coffee-shop philosophers and you’ll want to give up and go home. Hold on though. I think they’ve got it all wrong. Fundamentally wrong…
Another snowy morning. Another day’s news of travel woes and broken services. Wasn’t this supposed to be the age of technology?
Looking around my neighbourhood, middle-management cars struggle past on route to some distant office to connect to some services located somewhere else. They’ll sit at their desk to phone customers who again, will be somewhere else. Noticed the common thread here?
I stopped at my local Marks & Spencer Food, I just fancied one of their Â£10 deals. Spotted a guy I used to know. He’d managed the IT department for a large utility. Noticed he was wearing an apron. He was stacking shelves.
Then I suddenly shivered. Have I seen my future. Is this my next big career move. Is this what a lifetime’s technology strategy has in store for people like me?
Where will all that knowledge go, if its not passed on, how can we move forward. Will the new me never get the chance to learn from my experience?
When talk turns to the Cloud, the hot ticket currently is the location of information. Security’s no longer the biggest concern, its where data is stored which is key.
Cloud players like SalesForce and IBM are looking to their own national storage, but its expensive and inefficient. So why not use a storage Cloud for it?
It doesn’t look like National Australia Bank’s woes are going away any time soon. Conflicting stories emerging from CEO Cameron Clyne’s office sure isn’t helping. First reports suggested that an upgrade failure took down all the Bank’s systems. But as the dust settles, a rather different picture is emerging.
NAB’s prolonged outage initially attributed to a glitch may have been deliberate. If its true, then NAB’s troubles are far from over. They may only be beginning…
I guess every executive’s PA must be starting to think about it at this time of year.What do I get my boss for his secret Santa?
The tie and cuff links won’t do. So last year. The colour-coordinated boxer shorts?Well, no. That suggests you know a bit too much about him.
So what on Earth do you get the kind of man who’s got everything – and who’s corporate-raided everything else?
Well, everything on a stick of course. The Verbatim Store â€˜nâ€™ Go Executive. Cool. Very cool!
Available in 8 to 64Gb with a rapid 200x write-rate. But he won’t understand that.Just tell him its real stainless steel. Did I mention it was cool?