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The times they are a changing

A recent piece in Investor's Business Daily, "Tech Trends Threaten Trade Shows," examined the impact of the Internet and other technologies on trade shows. One Red Hat executive goes so far as to say that new technologies "have made the old-fashioned spectacle of trade shows obsolete." That may be a stretch, but the main point is valid - companies are using new communication channels to ...

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Schwartz fights for Reg FD changes – Sun’s Schwartz, that is

In his blog post today, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz makes a compelling case for why the SEC should re-visit Regulation Fair Disclosure (Reg FD). He even includes a recent letter he sent to SEC Chairman Christopher Cox. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) implemented Reg FD six years ago. It was "designed to promote the full and fair disclosure of information" by public companies. Organizati ...

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Making a mountain out of a mole hill – blog style

Page one of the business section in today's Washington Post contains an important lesson for dealing with negative blog posts. In the piece, "Hard-Learned Lesson: Don't Try to Censor a Blogger," we read the story of an unwitting Washington, DC venture capitalist by the name of Murry Gunty. Back on January 19 of this year, Mark Pincus (founder of Tribe.net) posted a long entry on business ethics. I ...

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SOA hits YouTube

As a tease for its upcoming October 9 SOA announcement, IBM has a 36-second trailer on YouTube. It's well done. There are also three short video clips on YouTube that explain what service-oriented architecture is all about. Very simple, very effective. I looked at them quickly, didn't see a company affiliation - just a reference to a 24-year old U.S. male with the screen name of richneckyogi. Yogi's stuff i ...

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Be ready to back it up.

According to Lee Gomes' piece in today's Wall Street Journal (with an assist to the folks at Factiva), the word "breakthrough" has appeared in the headline of over 8,600 press releases over the years - many issued by technology companies. Makes me wonder how many times the words "leader" and "pioneer" have been used in similar situations - way too often, I'm sure. Without a dou ...

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You do what?

While watching CNBC recently I was amused to see the host introduce a software CEO by reading the company's tagline (the typical cliche-ridden gibberish about being the leading provider of something complicated). At the end of the introduction, the host paused, smiled slightly and said, with a chuckle in his voice, "What does that mean?" Ouch - what a way to start an interview! Too many executives ...

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The Golden Rule Applies to Media Interviews

I took part in a meeting yesterday where the CEO and Marketing VP of a client repeatedly referred to the outlets they want to appear in as "rags." This is pretty common in the business world - it's also a big mistake. Unless your last name is Gates, no reporter is all that jazzed to talk to you. Reporters are looking for good stories - you are simply a means to an end. Similarly, the reporter is a ...

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SOA, EDA, SOBA, SODA, mSA – enough already!!

Since its inception in July of 1968, 188 countries have signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. While the treaty has not led to the elimination of nuclear weapons, it has focused international attention on the need to curb the spread of nuclear weapons. The world of IT could use an Acronym Non-proliferation Treaty (I'll resist the urge to label this ANT - that would make me the first violator of the ag ...

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Middleware – it isn’t that bad!

"'Middleware' is one of those subject matters, like 'colonoscopy,' that makes me flee in horror."That quote comes from an e-mail exchange I had with a veteran business technology reporter at the Boston Globe in 2001. Not much has changed since that time - at least in the way people regard software development and middleware. With so many exciting things happening in other areas of technology today ...

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