Layering social on top of ERP could be viewed like putting Facebook icing on top of the old ERP (cake) stack.
A complete ground up rethink of ERP goes against the precedents of incremental evolution and senior managements comfortable in avoiding risks.
The type of innovation needed likely matches the leap of faith taken to author purpose built languages for ERP by visionaries unsatisfied with waiting around for oop derivatives C++ and Java.
Three examples that leapt ahead and generated huge ERP profits: ABAP from SAP, Dexterity from Great Plains and X++ from Axapta.
Today, Facebook and SNS peers have leapt ahead utilizing distributed storage of social data using NoSQL from Cassandra, instead of living waiting around for the SQL server database vendors.
Back in 97, MRP/Accounting was redefined as ERP. This meant adding people relationship modules like CRM, SCM, and HRM. Marketing updated the brochures, and sales sold more.
Typically, it’s taken new companies like Agile to add external relationship management for engineering change management. And ERP has been stuck in a rut defined by the code written to live behind the firewall.
Since then, the leap to Enterprise Relationship Pull has been limited to incremental steps within existing ERP products.
An accident of haphazard innovation, from a startup or a lab deliberately focused on solving the enterprise relationship pull problem across the firewall, is surprisingly overdue.
We are, as software developers, in various states of alone-ness.
A company I worked at once had been operating for years under the assumption that it was OK for software to take months to integrate and deploy; they had never heard of continuous integration. They thought it was normal to rewrite…
“Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course? Each of us has such a bank. Its name is time. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow.” You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success. The clock is running. Make the most of today.”—(via poeticheartache)
thoughtbot currently consists of 14 developers and 5 designers. This summer, we organized into 4 smaller teams. We rotate teams every 2 months.
We started our third rotation this week, a moment which prompted the designers to create movie posters for their new teams.
The benefit of team…
“We manage our sales pipeline so that we don’t start new projects right before a rotation.
Another goal is for teams to work on as few simultaneous projects as possible. With our previous free-for-all, some people had to work on 3-4 projects a week. That’s too much context switching. With the rotations, it’s easier to schedule fairly and easier to keep the weekly projects down to 1-2 per team.”
Hi Mr. Boulton! Thank you really for asking me to stay with Engineering. My course is Industrial Engineering. I'd love to try hard but my heart is just following where my mind wanders, and where I feel I'd do best: Architecture. Also, I've got very few units allowed to fail and the chances of passing subjects for 2-3 more years are so.. impossible. This means if I can't do better, I'll be kicked out of school. If only I was a tad bit smarter/focused with Engineering, I'd definitely stay.
Just found your ask. I’m glad we had chance to chat and discuss in real-time. I understand exactly where your coming from. Engineering requires a lot time and sticking at the game of learning much of which you’ll never actually use, except that your mind is being trained to cope with blizzard of facts necessary to be a professional. Certain US universities for example Stanford now don’t want students to declare their major until they come back to study in the 2nd yr. During my degree student could move around for 2 semesters (then that was it). I know I encouraged you to endure, and this still might be the best path because IE will open doors to Architecture via a masters degree. But after checking out your Tumblr some more, I can see your passion for Architecture is your personal passion. Because the world is becoming more competitive and at the same time resources scarce, personal and work passions increasingly need to be aligned to be successful. There is no longer the time to work at one thing and hobby at another and be successful (and you will need to fit in a 3rd make a family).
Given that world is changing so rapidly and other universities like Stanford now allow flexibility in declaring the major until the 3rd yr, I think you should go ask the engineering dept about accommodations to move from IE to civil engineering. Civil has a couple of tracks closely related to Architecture. Good Luck.
The fallout from Google’s Buzz social networking aggregator continues: the company has agreed to settle aclass action lawsuit over concerns that the service’s original configuration violated users’ privacy. While Google has made numerous changes to the service since its February launch and maintains that it did no wrong, the company has agreed to pay out $8.5 million to end the litigation.
Buzz launched in early February to a lukewarm reception, which was quickly followed by an enormous controversy over concerns that the default settings revealed private information. At the heart of the problem was an auto-follow feature meant to facilitate quick adoption. Users quickly found, however, that it could reveal their Google accounts to people they’d like to avoid. Journalists were concerned that confidential sources could be revealed to the public, while one woman noted that her private Google account was auto-followed by her abusive ex-husband.