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50% work at companies with fewer than 1000

February 16, 2018 Leave a comment

In the tech space, there’s often confusion about the “mid market or SMB” segments; there usually are no standard definitions between companies. I, hence, found the following chart in a report (Credit Suisse, September 2017) on Oracle’s potential opportunity in the mid-market interesting since it has precise numbers.

employment by firm size

Apparently while ~1/2 of employees work for firms with fewer than 1000 people, ~30% work for firms greater than 10,000.


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Nice stack view of the enterprise IT market

February 14, 2018 Leave a comment

Nice simple view of the enterprise IT market (from a report Nov 2017 report on AWS from Oppenheimer).

IT market stack

The only thing I would show differently is the relative sizes of the boxes so that you can visualize the large areas vs. the ones that are smaller.

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Doing less for greater success

January 17, 2018 Leave a comment

The WSJ has a review of a timely new book as people make resolutions for the new year.

great at work

Written by a recovering management consultant (Morten Hansen), he seems to extol what most successful people already do: focus. A couple of points caught my eye. One was his anecdote from consulting that it’s often the more junior consultants that have a hard time “letting go of the slides” and summarizing to just one. Another, was the fact that those who focused and said no to their bosses were ~25% higher in their performance ranking.

The key differentiating points in this book seems to be the reams of research (5 year survey of ~5000 people) on which the conclusions are based. His last book had good reviews on Amazon too. Maybe worth a read?

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Wisdom of ~500 CEOs synthesized

October 30, 2017 Leave a comment

I found this article in the NY Times from Adam Bryant on the top things he’s learned in interviewing over 500 CEOs pretty interesting. At first glance, I thought it would be the normal business pabulum, but there a few nuggets in there on life, hiring, leadership, culture etc. that I found interesting. Although, it’s hard to summarize, the quote about culture stood out for me.

People seeing who succeeds and fails in the company defines culture. The people who succeed become role models for what’s valued in the organization, and that defines culture.

Worth a read.

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Rethinking what drives success

September 5, 2017 Leave a comment

barking up the wrong treeI don’t often write about self help books. However, it’s not often that one comes across such an entertaining one as the new book – “Barking up the wrong tree” by Erik Barker.

It does a good job of calling BS on a number of success drivers and in a really fun way. The book is chock full of examples, anecdotes, references to other studies. Now granted if you have been keeping up with the other popular books, chances are that you would have heard about say 60% of what he says. But it’s not often that one sees Einstein’s “contract” with his wife in the same book as the success techniques of Genghis Khan.

Worth a read. At a minimum it will make you laugh.

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Nice podcast on blockchain

epicenterAlthough I’m probably the last person on earth to have “discovered” this, I have found this podcast – EpiCenter – on blockchain and related items pretty useful. The quality of the guests is high, the questioning clear and the pace of the conversation unhurried. Worth a listen.

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Amazon’s way on IoT

February 27, 2017 Leave a comment

I had big hopes in picking up this book titled “The Amazon Way on IoT“. I had heard snippets of the author on a podcast and thought the book may shed light on Amazon’s IoT strategy.

amazon-waySadly, it doesn’t. Not only is it a painful read, it’s also devoid of any real new information that one can’t Google. It would more beneficial for someone trying to understand Amazon’s plans on IoT to read the documentation. Caveat emptor.

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