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To Move the Needle

I was reading an article on Wal-Mart’s e-commerce business recently and I came across the term “to move the needle”. Since I spend more time sewing on buttons than I do driving cars at the moment the first mental picture … Continue reading

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Breaking down silos

I got a grumpy tweet last week, during the Thursday #ESNChat session, for using the term “breaking down the silos”. I felt bad, until then I’d been agreeing with much of what Greg had been saying. The tweeter suggested I … Continue reading

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Gamification

Gamification takes the concept of rewards in games and applies it elsewhere, often to non-game websites. It relies on our natural desire for achievement and our competitiveness. Yu-kai Chou, an expert in gamification developed an Octalysis framework which identifies 8 … Continue reading

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Big Data

Big Data is often touted as a solution to all our problems, a panacea for all ills often by people who struggle to define it. So what is big data and what kind of problems has it solved? Big data … Continue reading

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Turnkey Solutions

A colleague came to me a while back really excited about a potential new supplier. The social solution they offered was perfect, fantastic, value for money and a turnkey solution. “Just think, we could have this in place in four … Continue reading

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Critical Mass

Wikipedia defines critical mass as the point when; a sufficient number of adopters of an innovation in a social system so that the rate of adoption becomes self-sustaining and creates further growth. When people will adopt depends on where they … Continue reading

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The Streisand Effect

Nothing to do with singing, everything to do with pointless and futile attempts at hiding or censoring information results in a surge of unexpected (and unwanted) attention. The name came about when Barbara Streisand tried to use the courts to … Continue reading

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The Cloud

Cloud storage, putting it in the cloud, cloud data; these and similar expressions are entering business language. The Cloud is being touted as a solution to all hosting, data management and infrastructure woes. The very name conjures up some thing … Continue reading

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SoLoMo

Have you heard this term yet? I have and every single time I have to unpack the three words that contribute to the term to understand what the speaker means. Social – Local – Mobile. It’s an attempt to coin … Continue reading

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Walled Garden

Traditional walled gardens protected the plants from high winds and frost, in fact they often create a warmer micro-climate as the brick walls release stored heat from the sun. They often sit alongside stately homes, where they would have provided … Continue reading

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