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Re: Facebook As AOL – Better Than Sex?

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Re: Facebook As AOL – Better Than Sex?

Oliver Marks puts together a nice piece about the rise of Facebook juxtaposed against what people were saying about AOL back in the mid-to-late 90s.

I see his point, that looking at the Facebook revenue model leaves one wondering where the true impact of the social network is. The ad model does not appear to be generating the revenues of a Google. They are not the giant retailer that Amazon is. So, the question is, ...

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“Revenue Performance Management”

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“Revenue Performance Management”

A thought from this interview – Phil Fernandez on YouTube @ Dreamforce: Eloqua and Marketo have both started using the term, “revenue performance management” to describe their market. A quick Google search indicates that a number of other players have as well – Qlutch, Cloud 9, Right 90, among others.

Is this term really going to stick?

Dan and Chip Heath wrote a book about the stickiness concept. One of the key things that ...

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Coding For Performance

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Coding For Performance

Everybody hates it when they have to wait for an application to do something. Even when an application performs a task that the user knows will take several minutes to complete, the user still wants to see real-time progress of that task. A great example of this is downloading music to a portable player. Unless that progress bar is constantly moving, even if in only small increments, the user at least knows that something is happening (and ...

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What Does The Aprimo Acquisition Mean?

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What Does The Aprimo Acquisition Mean?

So, the news broke today that Aprimo has been acquired for $525 million in cash by Teradata, the data warehouse company. Teradata boasts enterprise-level clients like Walmart, AT&T and Dell. These clients use high-end solutions from Teradata to manage the massive amounts of data that flow in from B2C or large-scale B2B enterprises.

Aprimo, similarly, boasted many large enterprise clients including Kodak, Warner Brothers and BoA. Their product suite evolved from a marketing resource management tool ...

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Technology Never Comes Before Process

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Technology Never Comes Before Process

Over the course of my career in enterprise systems implementations, I’ve seen a lot of projects succeed. I’ve also seen my fair share of failures. Sure, many of the successes were SaaS-based rollouts. They’re naturally easier to roll out given the relative lack of infrastructure pain. No need to worry about servers and client machines because a credit card and a browser are typically all that’s needed to have a working, vanilla application.

Even so, I’ve seen ...

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Commenting Code Effectively: The How AND The Why

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Commenting Code Effectively: The How AND The Why

One of the most important skills a developer must have is the ability to comment their code effectively.  Over the years I have heard horror stories about companies acquiring other companies or developers taking over projects that other developers started were the code is trashed and they start over. 

Alternatively, hundred of hours are spent attempting to document the existing code base.  The problem with both of these approaches is that you can never capture the reason why things were ...

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