Managing & Leading

Cookies Trumps Sponges; Slow Beats Fast

Cookies Trumps Sponges; Slow Beats Fast

New studies show that children raised with the help of hyperactive action junky SpongeBob are being out-aced by kids raised with slower paced media forms. Once again this just shows how brilliant and ahead of their time some children’s shows were a generation ago. The Friendly Giant, Mr Rogers, Captain Kangaroo and Sesame Street may [...]

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Trend Summary Worth Reading

Trend Summary Worth Reading

Don’t miss this terrific little article on Top Ten Trends – it touches on shifts in consumer behaviour, buying behaviour & technology, retail, media, etc http://www.retaildive.com/news/10-trends-shaping-the-future-of-retail/404793/

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Digital Lessons & Trends

Digital Lessons & Trends

Those following this blog know that I reduced blogging frequency for a career as TV Commentator (just kidding! tho commenting on tech firms eg Blackberry got me almost too much attention of the nonpaying kind (TV interviews etc). The real reasons I cut back were to be a volunteer coach for some Seneca students, and [...]

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BB’s Bold Days Over, Private Days Begin

BB’s Bold Days Over, Private Days Begin

Was interviewed by CTV News the evening of Sept 21st on Blackberry’s fate. Time to take a look back. The ‘crackberry’ was a groundbreaker launched by Waterloo-based Research In Motion in 1999. The amazing ingenuity lasted nearly forever, in ‘tech years’. 14 years of success in the fast-shifting tech world is worth saluting. Especially for a small [...]

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Well, Duh…

Well, Duh…

Well Duh, if you have been reading this blog for the past couple years, or seeing my rather candid televised live interviews on CTV News starting in January 2012, you know I’ve long said this is inevitable. Blackberry is either going Private (to get out of the spotlight and EVENTUALLY sell out) or putting itself up for sale right now. [...]

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Threesome Spells Conflict

Threesome Spells Conflict

Is trouble brewing on the Enterprise? Not the Star Trek Enterprise, the Enterprise I.T. market. Threesomes present BIG potential for conflict. Feelings of betrayal, exploitation. Microsoft makes a deal with Oracle on Clouds. Okay. Then Oracle cozies up to salesforce.com- presumably to enhance their future BigData access & B2B ties.  That potentially put Oracle between Microsoft and the customer (the [...]

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Big Data Is HOT!

Big Data Is HOT!

My last full time role in Big Data was in 2008- a long time ago. I’m still occasionally involved (a NYC private Equity firm hired Spitfire to assess the data assets of a regional USA player; I’ll immodestly admit the client said our input was far more valuable than that of Bain!). Big Data principals [...]

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June in Retail: Lots of NEWS Traffic!

June in Retail: Lots of NEWS Traffic!

June was stunningly busy in retail. In terms of news, at least. If  you follow retail (why wouldn’t you? It’s a terrific forum for battles of strategy & execution!), fyi some links: WINNERS: Sobeys buys Safeway Canada. In any acquisition, the ‘culture fit’ is a huge issue- and that certainly remains unresolved. But the geographic fit is exquisite [...]

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Adobe-Lion Battle a Mindless Affair

Adobe-Lion Battle a Mindless Affair

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: “a Lion wanders into a an Adobe home…”. If you upgraded your popular software lately, you’ve likely met compatibility issues. My upgrade from Leopard to Lion was  inevitable; some complementary programs no longer support 2009-era platforms. But in the 5 weeks since an upgrade to Lion, I’ve found [...]

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‘Aberblunder’ Bobbles It Again

‘Aberblunder’ Bobbles It Again

For a supposed style icon, Abercrombie & Fitch isn’t showing style in how it handles its image. Two years ago, I ripped A&F for a not-so-subtle blunder when they tried to ‘bribe’ the lowbrow JerseyShores reality TV show. They indiscreetly slammed down a big money offer when Mike ‘The Situation’ proclaimed his love of the brand. Clearly, a non Blue Blood sporting more muscles than [...]

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