Apparently, Uber now allows one to set up profiles (e.g. business vs. personal).
This should enable consultants to reduce the time to find/file the right expense by automatically allocating the ride to the right card. Courtesy note from BusinessTravelNews.
A sign of our times. Another good one from the NewYorker.
The NYTimes reports that Google appoints ex-VMware exec to head its enterprise cloud efforts. Given that Google is probably #3 or #4 (after Amazon, Azure and IBM), it’s about time.
Nice little article on IBM trying to inject design thinking from the NYTimes.
Key highlights for me: They started in 2012, are on their way to hire about 1,500 design people and have trained ~8,000 IBMers (out of a total of ~300k). The quote that stood out for me:
These [designers] are millennials in Silicon Valley — they think Google is an old company. To them, IBM was a historical relic.
Good reminder on how the real battle is going to be for talent.
The Economist had an early review of a new book that promises a look into the future of professional work (including, I’m assuming consulting).
The summary seems to be that technology is going to take away a lot of the work that we normally do. I agree on the mundane things (gathering data, looking for trends, …); I’m less convinced when it comes to the non-sexy, but essential part of consulting (e.g. managing clients, understanding client dynamics / politics). Looks interesting.
Distribution of unicorn valuations. Not uniform at all.
(From NY Times)
I found this letter in last weeks’ Economist funny.
I see that United Airlines, facing huge competition, has appointed a railroad executive as its new boss (“The chairman’s flight”, September 12th). I am sure his experience with cattle cars will serve him well when squeezing passengers into planes.
It would be unfair to single out United, however. I think none of the US carriers (with maybe the exception of Virgin) know the meaning of service. Sad.