Are Physical Sales Seminars Still Relevant?

I recently attended a Marketo seminar held at the Sofitel in Redwood City. The title of the seminar was “Silicon Valley Revenue Rockstars” and was replicated in a number of cities. The focus of the seminar was on how the role of Marketing is being transformed from primarily brand creation and management to a function that is held accountable for  revenue production.

Are Large Incumbents Structured and Motivated to Innovate? Spin Ins Might Help

I wrote about the dearth of innovation within large companies a couple years ago but I didn’t post anything in this blog on the topic. Based upon a number of conversations I’ve had lately, I thought I would dust off  and update what I’d said previously and reintroduce the idea here.

I look forward to any feedback you might have. 

Does Amazon’s Woes Put a Cloud Over “Cloud Computing”?

On Saturday, April 22nd, Steve Lohr from the NY Times wrote a column titled, “Amazon’s Trouble Raises Cloud Computing Doubts“. The article asserts that outages with Amazon’s cloud computing services will likely force many companies to rethink their strategy to rely upon outside vendors for their compute and storage services.

The Value of Growth for SaaS Companies

I received a report from SaaS Capital titled “Leaders and Laggards: SaaS Growth and the Cost of Capital”. The subject of the report is how the public markets value a high growth SaaS company (their definition of high growth is >25% YoY).

The report states, “13 public SaaS companies tracked by Pacific Crest Securities have increased in value 40% since the beginning of 2008. During that same period, the S&P index has yet to return to its pre-recession value.”

More on User Experience – An Interview with Jon Innes

I recently made a post positing the notion that “killer applications” start with “killer UI”. Unfortunately, the vast majority of business applications are sorely lacking many of the ease-of-use UI features that consumer software is known for.

I thought it might be interesting to follow up that post with an interview with Jon Innes. Jon and I were colleagues at Siebel Systems and he has worked on enterprise software for Siebel and SAP as well as consumer software for companies such as Intuit and Symantec. He is currently a consultant who helps companies understand how to improve user experience. Jon is a member of UPA, HFES, and ACM CHI with a graduate degree in human factors psychology from New Mexico State and imminently qualified to discuss the impact and importance of UX/UI. He can be reached at info @ uxinnovation.com.