So, the analysis is rolling in about what won it for Obama, which includes a great deal owing to big data and analytical models. The data came from public sector and commercial databases, combined into an obama campaign datawarehouse. Then there were real data scientists who knew how to build models and act upon them. Romney’s people also were doing these sorts of things, but importantly for me, chose to outsource much of the effort and thus were not able to own and exploit as much of the results and models as obama. This is the salient lesson, that in a world of increasing data-centricity, the successful organizations will not view data and the applications which sweat it as anything commodity. Rather they will need to see them as a core strategic requirement that, if anything, they will need to grow. Continue reading Own your data and the capability to sweat it
[Amazon](http://amazon.com) has disrupted the normally elegant landing page experience to get you what you want fast to share some horn blowing on their part. And the information must be disinhartitning to any competitors or even to those who aspire to these standards. Continue reading Amazon sets new bars for customer-centricity
Tom Davenport knocked together an interesting [summary of CC tools](http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/08/a_few_weeks_ago_i.html) that has some cursory analysis and applications. Worth a quick gander. Interesting also are some of the comments. It is amusing to see that the common angst of datawarehousing is still coming to new audiences as this drive towards larger adoption of data-centricity continues, namely *we need common definitions*. Ahh, ontology. A book that is referenced and praised in the comments that I haven’t read yet is [Customer Worthy](http://www.amazon.com/Customer-Worthy-everyone-organization-Think/dp/0981986919/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8qid=1345216632sr=8-1keywords=Customer+Worthy%2C+Why+and+How+Everyone+Must+Think+Like+a+Customer). Need to read this I think.
Educause is well known to the denizens of HE, and they have just released a new book edited by Diana Oblinger, [Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies](http://www.educause.edu/game-changers). With 17 chapters and an additional 21 case studies, the work is a compilation of authors’ views about how “Institutions are finding new ways of achieving higher education’s mission without being crippled by constraints or overpowered by greater expectations”. The authors are a collection of university presidents, provosts, faculty and others who are taking a serious analysis of how the face of HE needs to change to sustain. Continue reading Educause Game Changers book worth a look
I was reading an article on HBR about [leading through a team](http://blogs.hbr.org/hill-lineback/2012/04/good-managers-lead-through-a-t.html) and it made some good points about how micro-management will kill the team, and the difference between a work group and a team. Continue reading Leading Through a Team
Nilofer Merchant writes a [series](http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/03/stop_talking_about_social_and_do_it.html) on how business models have not sufficiently changed in response to social-era changes. Continue reading Organizational Change Models
A neat [piece](http://vgalovski.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/innovation-benchmarking-the-5-stages-of-grieving/) on the five stages of strategic grief and how to leverage it to get into innovating out of the problem. The five stages are detailed: denial, anger, rationalization, depression and through to acceptance, when the organization can begin to solve its problems through innovation. Thought provoking.
[Here](http://bit.ly/qyXeLU) is a synopsis of the *Dealing with Darwin* piece by Geoffrey Moore, which describes different stages of innovation and some levers. This is important as a model for crossing the chasm which is needed to reshape large, territorial groups in an enterprise and allow for an innovation culture to overtake a silo culture. Continue reading Innovation levers and attacking silos in your org
Someone posted a link in a discussion I’m in, and I had not seen this particular resource before. It appears very interesting, as it allows for free comparison between multiple values against match of terms in a job posting site for technology. The interface is nicely done as well, and it could be referenced via URLs. Continue reading Technology trends by job reference
Larry Page, a co-founder of Google and a co-creator of the amazing innovation culture at Google, continues to [sharpen] the company’s focus by now [shutting down Google Labs](http://searchengineland.com/google-labs-to-be-closed-86575) as seen in this announcement of [more wood behind fewer arrows](http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/more-wood-behind-fewer-arrows.html). This is all being done to prioritize Google’s product efforts. But what does it say about the data-driven culture of companies like Google and Amazon, and what does it say about Google’s long term innovation culture. Continue reading Google Labs shutdown – was it a data-driven decision?