Who will (can) stop Google? More importantly Stop from what?

google-io-2013Following the Google I/0 2013 key notes I asked myself who will (can) “stop” Google? And more importantly “stop from what”? Apple’s focus on exceptional customer experience and eco system dominance has given them their unique stronghold. It is fair to say that they have singlehandedly invented Mobile IT (smartphone/tables/applications). I believe however that as the mobile application world is moving from native apps to mobile web, there is a high chance that Google will be able to achieve big relevant innovations leveraging Google’s core asset of analytics, Data Warehousing and integration in the web on Desktop, Mobile and more and more the internet of things. This will lead to much broader innovations than just smartphone centric innovation especially when these assets will be leveraged in new non-digitalized industries such as Transport, Health, Education. Only time will tell 😉 Let me know what you think ? Continue reading

Reinventing our interfaces with “digital” devices

As we are entering a mobile world and use mobile / wearable devices we need to reinvent our interfaces with these devices.  Some are starting to call these NUI (Natural User Interfaces) in stead of GUI (Graphical user interfaces).

I have captured over time some technological innovations that I believe will enable that evolution.

I am convinced that once these technologies will mature, they will be instrumental to accelerate  the “digitalization/mobilization” by adding “contextualization” to  develop new digital workflows and processes that today were never really in the scope of IT.

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni

FiveDysfunctionsPatrick Lencioni’s  approach based on the Five Dysfunctions of a Team  has been instrumental for me in creating structurally different team dynamics.

Lencioni developed a very simple concept of how to build very effective teams based on his five layer pyramid. Initially I found Lencioni’s pyramid model quite simplistic, as is his story telling style used in the book.

I started  experimenting with his concepts a couple of years ago,  discovering that the power of the method is exactly it’s simplicity and easy comprehension.

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Stroke of Insight

_wsb_177x266_PaperbackJill Bolte Taylor is a brain scientist at Harvard.   Taylor experienced a massive stroke at age 37 when a blood vessel exploded in her left side of her brain. As a brain scientist she was in a unique position to be able to understand the impact of such a stroke.

Rating of the book 9/10. This book has been the book that years ago got me passionate about what the human brain is, what it’s impact is not only human behavior but more importantly how we feel and experience the world.

The book focusses on the importance of the left brain (non-rational) in particular as Taylor “lived” in the non-rational brain for many years before getting back her full brain functions. Once released of the filter of the rational brain one comes to realize how critical emotions are to enrich and balance our lives.

Alone Together

Sherry Turkle is a professor of Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT and has a PHD of Sociology and Personality Psychology at Harvard.

Overall I find that the book (Oct 2012) pictures well how new technology is impacting how we behave more often more intrusively than we would like to accept. I found the book provocative through it share listing of real life anecdotes yet not really able to synthesize the essence of the trends.

The book focusses on two distinct parts. In the first part, Turkle zooms in on the amazing evolution of “social robots” that are becoming more and more sophisticated in their ability to create the illusion of companionship. Turkle followed a young generation surrounded by many forms of social robots perceived by them as  “live” objects often providing better interaction that “real life” objects. Today the largest commercial application of social robots is for toddler day care and…. elderly care. In the second part, Turkle researches the “cyborg” younger generation,  networked “always on”, “tethered to the wireless web” enabling their ability to do multi-tasking, our twenty-first -century alchemy. Cyborgs are always looking for “moments of more” but quite often they are left with “lives of less” Continue reading