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Sad News

I just received an email this morning informing me that Cormac Ryan passed away last Friday after a battle with cancer. Cormac was a long time, active member of SCIP and I had the opportunity to speak with him several times during various events at SCIP, including SCIP08 and the 2007 European Summit in Bad Nauheim. I always enjoyed speaking with him.

A memorial service will be held this Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas.

Added by jon lowder on May 14, 2008 at 9:03am — No Comments

Machines of the future. Kill Sarah Conner or kill your job?

Some scary reading from NYU interactive telecommunications Professor, Clay Shirky, who was interviewed on io9 a couple of weeks ago on the subject of his new book, “Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations”.

The premise (and I’ll preface that I am no scholar of social web evolution) is that… Continue

Added by Dan McHugh on May 12, 2008 at 9:55pm — No Comments

Peak Email

My one-time partner in crime and fellow Oracle Collaboration Suite lover, Matthew Moore, has summarized 20 or so years of communications development in the IT industry and posted it for all to share.

I’m biased, but Matt’s bang on the money with this one. Email definitely needs to know it’s place in the whole communications scheme of things. It’s just one… Continue

Added by Dan McHugh on May 12, 2008 at 9:51pm — No Comments

Josh Bernoff on "Should you talk about your competitors?"

Josh Bernoff, a VP at Analyst firm Forrester, recently covered the topic of “Should you talk about your competitors”? You can read his post here at Forrester’s Groundswell site.

The comments covered range from the fully endorsing to the firmly against. Obviously, you never want to give your competitors a free run. This is even more the case… Continue

Added by Dan McHugh on May 12, 2008 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Trip Report: SCIP 2008 - Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals Annual Conference in San Diego - 14-17 April 2008

Derek Johnson & Greg Ervin Setting up the Aurora WDC Booth The SCIP annual conference in San Diego this month was my last field excursion for the spring (our baby is due to arrive May 9th) and, I confess, I was becoming more and more nervous that the downside risk of a poor turnout could make for a diminished return, not only, for Aurora’s investment as an sponsoring exhibitor, but for the CI community at large.

Having seen a steady arc of growth in recent years we’d been hoping to see a…


Added by Arik Johnson on April 30, 2008 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

What is RSS and Why Should I Care?

For me, RSS is second only to search on my list of the most useful web applications.

RSS is neither difficult nor particularly "high tech" once you wrap your head around the basic concept of what it does. RSS provides a visually easy way to scan a lot of different websites as they update.… Continue

Added by Kieran Michael Brown on April 12, 2008 at 7:42am — No Comments

Using Game Theory to Predict Competitive Behavior - a Free Live Webinar with Dr. Niall Fraser - Wednesday 9 April 2008

"Business is a game, the greatest game in the world if you know how to play it."

~ Thomas J. Watson, Founder of IBM

Coming up next week, Wednesday 9 April 2008, beginning at 1:00 PM Eastern / 10:00 AM Pacific time, Aurora WDC's COO and Director of Research, Derek Johnson, will be host of Aurora's next live, free 75-minute webinar, featuring Dr. Niall Fraser co-founder and principal scientist of Open… Continue

Added by Arik Johnson on April 3, 2008 at 1:36pm — 1 Comment

Last One up to the Cloud, Please Turn out the Lights.

Original here.

I was reading this article on Wired today about the 700 MHz spectrum auction that basically says that even though… Continue

Added by Kieran Michael Brown on March 21, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

A Couple of Articles about Social Networking

Graphic from le Monde.

I've recently read two interesting articles about social networking. In the first, from. Steve Rubel's blog talks about the coming ubiquity of social networking. He writes:

The online universe is about to grow even more complex, making it… Continue

Added by Kieran Michael Brown on March 20, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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