Spain's new tax on linking to Spanish newspaper articles is ill defined and short sighted and ends up protecting a dying industry, while undermining a vibrant one. In fact, it makes no sense at all. http://bit.ly/1xXpBrs
While it seems clear enough that that the role of IT is changing, it's always nice to have some actual data to back that up, and a new survey by Avanade found that expectations about IT really are changing and that's having a huge impact on IT 's role inside organizations. http://bit.ly/1ndG3Tn
Surely, you've heard of Bring Your Own Device, but did you know that's only scratching the surface of the Bring Your Own movement because once you empower people with a super computer in their hands the flood gates open to the idea of BYO-e where e stands for everything. http://bit.ly/1kQ8YsC
I've been thinkng about a big change for a long time now. I write about disruption and innovation and as I looked at ways to disrupt my professional life I saw just how difficult it really is to do. It takes a bit of courage and a leap of faith and with two kids going to college in the Fall, it also takes a dose of common sense.
I thought about several ways I could change my professional life. I considered becoming an analyst or running the content marketing arm for a company, but as I thought about these ideas, I realized at my core, I love being a journalist and the change I wanted for myself didn't necessarily involve changing careers.
Then last month, fate intervened. My friend and fellow technology journalist Rob Pegoraro suggested I go to South by Southwest. It was a conference I had long considered, but with Rob's push I finally did it. At one of the sessions, I got to see three female tech journalists I have long admired -Kara Swisher from re/Code, Alexia Tsotsis from TechCrunch and Jemima Kiss from the Guardian.
At the end of the session, as is my habit, I went up to chat with the speakers and I met Tsotsis in person for the first time. We had known each via Twitter, but had never met in person. As the conference went on, I came up wth a story idea, one that didn't necessarily fit with my batch of current client publications, so on a whim, I pitched it to Alexia. And that was it. I didn't hear back from her.
Then, by sheer coicidence as I was getting ready to fly home from Austin, I ran into her in the airport restaurant and we chatted about the story idea. We talked over a price and I walked away with the assignment, which I wrote on the plane on the way home and submitted the next day.
Little did I know that series of fortunate events would lead me to alter my professional life, but after writing one more article, Tsotsis suggested I write for her regularly. I met with her fellow editors Matthew Panzarino annd Leena Rao by phone, and we struck a deal on the phone for me to become their new Enterprise Writer.
And with that, quite quickly, I had disrupted my professional life
The new gig would require a significant time commitment, which meant altering my current lineup of clients in a fairly significant way:
For starters, I've cut back my work with CITEworld from 8 stories a month to 4. And I'll be writing customer stories instead of stories about consumerization in the enterprise.
I'll be giving up my editorship at FierceContentManagement where I have spent the last 5.5 years covering content management and related subjects.
It will not be easy saying good-bye to Fierce where I've built the content management publication, forged relationships and enjoyed my time immensely. Nor will it be easy changing my role at CITEworld, a publication I've watched grow from nothing, but TechCrunch was an opportunity that was just too good to let pass me by and I've decided to grab it with both hands and move to a bigger stage.
I'm thrilled to be joining TechCrunch and although I'll miss the gigs I'm giving up, I feel like this is the sign I've been waiting for, that move that I knew I wanted to make, but I just didn't know how.
BlackBerry's latest brilliant idea is a cell phone with a keyboard. Why didn't I think of that, but you might be surprised to learn that the company is leading the way in an important developing market, and who knows, maybe it could offer a path to salvation. http://bit.ly/1gIae1A
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For years, the reaction of big entertainment to internet disruption has been to to restrict and punish its customers with digital rights management. It always seemed counterproductive to fight the internet and their own customers, and evidence is mounting that DRM was never a very good idea. My latest on Computerworld.http://bit.ly/1fgLoCL
We've seen the CEOs of Microsoft, Blackberry, Nokia and Acer go down this year and it's not a coincidence. The industry has shifted and changing CEOs is a desperate attempt to stem the tide. What we are seeing is the scenario defined in Clayton Christensen's Innovator's Dilemma playing out for us as smartphones and tablets redefine the industry and old guard companies struggle to change. http://bit.ly/1cYkw9i
While many companies understand the power of digital transformation, most are timid about going all in on an implementation, assigning it to a small group inside marketing. But it takes much more than dabbling to succeed as a digital business. It requires buy-in across the entire organization. http://goo.gl/Q7Na90
Digital transformation takes more than simply dabbling in social media and content marketing, it takes a total commitment to the customer and completely rethinking how you interact with them in digital terms.http://bit.ly/19nGAcG
The messages we hear today about digital disruption, organizational upheaval and technological shifts are all huge concepts for any business to wrap its arms around. And any time someone tells you need to transform the way you do business, you have a right to be skeptical, but the times really are a changin' and you need to rethink the way you interact with your customers and how this affects every aspect of your business. The trick is to see this as a series of incremental steps instead of a huge single directive.http://bit.ly/17RGG8F