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$19B vs. $x? A Mobile Messenger Gone Astray?

$19B vs. $x? A Mobile Messenger Gone Astray?

blackberry.JPGWith the recent headlines that Facebook would purchase WhatsApp for $19B, I started wondering what happened to BlackBerry Messenger (BBM).

 

About 4 years ago, BBM was a popular and secure chat platform; so secure that Enterprise IT departments loved it. BBM was an enterprise-grade app that was actually consumer friendly (in the BB world, enterprise-grade and consumer were two words that were not paired together on a regular basis)....

 

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Cost-Cutter or Game Changer?

Cost-Cutter or Game Changer?

Expectations are high these days for IT: company transformation via digitization, mobile, cloud. But IT is not just about hardware and software. It’s about processes, people, and execution too. You can have all the best technology systems in place, but if you don’t have the right talent, or methods, or people to deploy technology, you are likely to crawl rather than run out of the gate.Game-Changer.jpg

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Take Two Aspirin and Tweet Me @baskiyer in the Morning

Take Two Aspirin and Tweet Me @baskiyer in the Morning

Bask in Mexico.jpgI am not one for making predictions or New Year’s resolutions. After all, anyone can do a Google search and find plenty of lists like WSJ’s Market Watch, CNNMoney or The Economist.  

 

As I close one year and enter into the next, I find myself reflecting upon the past 365 days. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and speak with customers, employees, peers, suppliers, analysts, tech start-ups, and even some competitors. Lots of interesting conversations, some over a coffee, others over a beer.

 

Along with the proverbial “take two aspirin and tweet me in the morning”, I invite you to read further for some tidbits I’ve picked up along the way in 2013:

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Moonshots and IT

Moonshots and IT

moonshot definition.JPGAccording to Solve For <x>, moonshots live in the gray area between audacious projects and pure science fiction; instead of mere 10% gains, they aim for 10x improvements.

 

The combination of a huge problem, a radical solution, and the breakthrough technology that might just make that solution possible is the essence of a Moonshot.

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Inspired by TechWomen

Inspired by TechWomen

Last week was most inspiring: I met technical leaders from Cameroon, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe right here in Sunnyvale, on the Juniper campus. logo.JPG

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