Lithium bets big and acquires Klout: Published deal size in question

When Kara Swisher broke the story last month, it seemed implausible, and perhaps even ridiculous to many at first. I theorized shortly thereafter why it might make sense for Lithium Technologies, known primarily as a customer community vendor, to acquire Klout, often considered both “the standard” … Read More»

Ascending towards the Social Business Summit

There's the Social Media Summit and the the Social Business Summit, the Social TV Summit, , and the Social Good Summit, but I'd like to present a different view on the Social Business Summit. In 1856, buzz grew as people first began to hear that the tallest peak in the world had been … Read More»

Enterprise Software Chronicles: A synthesis of the rapidly evolving customer technology landscape

Over the past several weeks, I've had the privilege to have hundreds of conversations with technology vendor executives, resellers and system integrators, consultants and companies of all sizes (enterprise, mid-sized, and SMBs) across a variety of industries; high tech, professional services, … Read More»

A year in review: Top 12 Posts of 2012

Happy New Year! Thanks for taking the time to visit, read, comment on, and share some of my thoughts from the last year. 2012 was a great year and I look forward to building on it 2013. Below are the Top 12 posts from 2012, measured by direct traffic to this blog (not counting syndicated links … Read More»

Rapid digital innovation fueling vast complexity and opportunity for customer experience executives

I was recently invited to keynote a series of executive events hosted by NICE Systems. For those unaware, NICE serves over 25,000 organizations in the enterprise and security sectors, representing a variety of sizes and industries in more than 150 countries, and including over 80 of the Fortune 100 … Read More»

And then there was One

And then there was one. From a competitive standpoint, this phrase conjures up images of one champion left among the many fallen. One champion bold enough, strong enough, and resilient enough to outlast everyone else. The immortal words of Hall of Fame Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi … Read More»

Seizing Opportunity in a Hyper-Dynamic Environment

This post is on behalf of the CIO Collaboration Network and Avaya Did you know that in the past 3 years, we've seen: Encyclopedia Brittanica go out of print after 244 years Newspaper Ad Revenue surpassed by Internet Advertising after 305 years Number of Landlines surpassed by Mobile … Read More»

Creating Measurable Business Value through Social Collaboration

This post is on behalf of the CIO Collaboration Network and Avaya Well, it's only taken us 3,000 years, but we're finally getting back together. You may be familiar with this story from Genesis. But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If … Read More»

Leveraging Social Business & Gamification to achieve Organizational Flow

Between Arousal and Control lies Flow. We could probably stop there (but don't - read on). Think on that for just a minute. Lots of Mindsparks emerge quickly for me. Between arousal and control lies 'flow' via @Mich8elwu at #digitslsurrey— guy stephens (@guy1067) May 26, … Read More»