email-marketingWe all have a love/hate relationship with EMail. Go on. Admit it. We all want it to go away, but no matter how much we keep going on about how bad it is – we don’t disconnect. This is not to defend EMail. It does have serious problems. But if your car or phone has a problem – you fix it. You don’t just throw it away and / or stop using it. And you know that this isn’t the first time I have written about this.

Is EMail Broken was my first official post, back in August last year – even as I was getting into my stride on this blog. And then this one asking whether EMail is broken – and there is more….

I guess it started when I kept hearing the line that EMail is dead and broken – Social Media is the way. How people would say that the “First thing I do each day is ‘check my linkedIN / Facebook / Twitter”  Facebook Messages is EMail by another name. And really – SMS / MMS – more messages that use a different protocol to reach you.

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So the world is triangulating today.

A dialogue going on in one of my groups around Google – Mail and Apps – discussing whether Google is really going to be running the world's business email – and if so – in what time frame?

Then … this analysis re IBM's results from last quarter – one word summary – "Ouch"

And then … this announcement on Techcrunch …. 'Pivotal takes $105 million in funding from GE

…. the very space that IBM – according to the first link – is being threatened.

"Pivotal is building a new platform for a new era, setting the standard for Enterprise Platform- as-a-Service (PaaS). The company’s mission is to enable customers to build a new class of applications, leveraging big and fast data, doing all of this with the power of cloud independence."

All good stuff – depending on where you sit.

good-designI am not a designer – but I sure do appreciate good design. I like typography that works, frameworks and infrastructure that allow you to convey information clearly and consistently.

Downside is that as the bar has been lowered to allow pretty much anybody to write, publish and sell and app, roll out a web site or push out a product and in parallel it is amazing how little attention is paid to the user experience.

In my world of software – it also seems to me that there is more and more complexity for those developers to think about in the ever increasing variety of form factors phones of infinitely variable sizes, pads likewise. Computer monitors. TV monitors. And then all of that has to be wrapped up with more and more browsers and app guidelines and different code sets.

Delighted therefore to point you to this article – providing a veritable cornucopia of great design aesthetics in the mobile world. Enjoy.

 

This just caught my eye – why because I was trying to make sense of why a company with over 100 billion ‘in the bank’ would want to borrow money …..

Going Into Debt Will Help Apple Avoid Taxes:

Matthew Yglesias:

The statutory corporate income tax rate is quite high—35 percent—so it turns out to be cheaper to borrow the money and pay interest than to repatriate cash and pay taxes. 

Yeah, that’s insane. Luckily, this Apple situation will put a whole new light on the matter. 

…. of course !!!

Read the full article :: Going Into Debt Will Help Apple Avoid Taxes

This piece from Brian Solis just caught my eye – his conclusion …

If you’re a business, the takeaway is that sharing without analytics is essentially useless, that engagement is not as valuable as insight, and that seeing things in context is more important than being popular.

… and there’s the problem for the small business person – there is no easy cost efficient way for small businesses to sort out that noise to make sense of it.

Read the full article :: Without Analytics, Big Data is Just Noise

most_interesting_manThis one’s a little different, but I have always like the Dos Equis ads featuring ‘the most interesting man in the worl’d. So when I saw this – well – had to share….

To give you a clue – some of my favorite lines ….

– He lives vicariously through himself.

– He once had an awkward moment, just to see how it feels.

– The police often question him just because they find him interesting.

– In museums, he is allowed to touch the art.

– His business card simply says “I’ll call you.”

– He has won the lifetime achievement award, twice.

– When he drives a new car off the lot, it increases in value.

danlyonsDoesn’t matter what you read, where you read it, what the topic under discussion is – if you are absorbing mainstream media – the question you need to ask more and more is – can I trust them? And if you think you can … why?

I read a lot about tech, futures, sales, customers, politics, religion, music …. And in each of those disciplines, there are favorite writers that I checkout regularly – and the list keeps growing. The really good ones cross over between my silos of content interests – and the more they cross over – the more I hope one day I will meet the people – because I just feel that we will ‘get along’.

Now notice – writers – not media. The media has the agenda. Grant you – so does the writer – but it is more obvious, easier to track IMHO.

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JP-RangaswamiAnother blinding post from JP

He starts off with Music, transitions into the context of music – disappears into album art – talking of which if you want to see two master modern musicians waxing lyrical on album art – ONE DAY check out Steven Wilson and Mikael Akerfeldt duelling over great album covers in Akerfeldts album collection. (This isn’t that link – but I love how often they place themselves in front of album covers to talk about their music.)

His (JPs) point on album covers and packaging is spot on even of itself – I for one love the album art of the past and mourn it’s passing …. But I also believe that packaging continues to be one avenue that musicians can use to differentiate and offer something special to their listeners, fans, customers …. But that’s another story.

From then he moves into the death of the artist Storm Thorgerson – another loss of a master – and whilst talking of packaging, wanders over to David Byrne’s book How Music Works – and yes I do need to go get that one – looks fascinating.

Not connected to the Wired Article he wrote back in 2007 – and which my good buddy John Parker brought to my attention through this post on our Just Good Music blog. (And yes – far too many JPs !) – but that man Byrne does think a LOT about music. Love It.

And then from there, JP moves onto the point of his story – that indeed Context Matters. Well – of course it does – but we do seem to forget. Still – don’t take my word for it – pop over to JP’s site now and read it all … and if nothing else – get to the last 4 paragraphs.

That’s All.

I get that journalism has gone down hill.
I understand that nobody cares.
I realize that it is all about the headline.

EXCEPT when you read unadulterated crap like this on a site under the CBS banner – it really real makes you wonder.
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(MoneyWatch) The evidence has been clear for a while that Apple (AAPL) is no longer the singular dominant force in mobile. But the alarm bells have grown shriller. Supplier results suggest “lackluster iPhone demand.” Anonymous supply chain sources say that iPad mini unit sales could drop 20 percent to 30 percent this quarter, compared with the same period last year first quarter of 2013. [Update: The iPad mini was introduced in the fall of 2012.]

Think about that for two seconds ….

CBS is quoting Anonymous sources that iPad mini sales are dropping – 20 to 30 percent compared with the same period as last year. (when the iPad mini didn’t even exist).

So CBS chooses not to ignore it – but use it as a lead – offering their own correction on the data.