Disclaimer: Crazy thoughts about being human in the exponential data era

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Abstract Person with Cogwheels Thinking Fast and Slow - With Copyspace

In the last two months I took the time to read Nick Bostrom’s ‘Superintelligence’ and ‘Sapiens’ and ‘Home Deus’ by Yuval Noah Harari. Both are interesting writers and philosophers. They have a fascinating view on the world and possible futures where Homo sapiens have innovated and progressed exponentially. But they also question if it was homo sapiens who made this progression possible or if there might be another explanation.  In this note to myself I am going to write down what I think what is going on and what it means to remain human (assuming we will have that option). And as the disclaimer said: these are my own crazy thoughts.  Continue reading

The future of you: digitally powered

aiThis week I enjoyed watching Dreamforce and got inspired for what the future might hold. Not only because of the upcoming release of Salesforce’s AI platform Einstein, but also Siri availability on the Mac and wireless earbuds from Apple led me to think about what this could mean for us in the future. It became obvious that we’re gradually shifting from personal computing to more intimate computing. And to me that’s an exciting future! Continue reading

The key to an $80 billion wearables market? Invisibility.

And the right platform for analyzing data, building additional apps and add value for your customers.

Fortune

Several factors have dogged the nascent wearable technology market. The lack of breakthrough innovation around batteries, for one, requiring wearers to plug in on-the-go gadgets more than they’d like. The lack of sophistication around tiny user interfaces is another, though that will no doubt improve over time.

But a big one? The social factor. Beyond the geeks of Silicon Valley and elsewhere, it’s just not cool to wear a watch, glasses, or headset that’s as big as a hood ornament.

That’s going to change, according to Juniper Research. The British market observer believes that the wearable technology market will grow to $80 billion by 2020—and the key will be making the connected gadgets virtually indistinguishable from their disconnected peers.

That means that Apple [fortune-stock symbol=”AAPL”] must be on to something as it continues to make atypical hires from the fashion and apparel world. Observers, including Fortune‘s own…

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From personal experience: working fully mobile for one week

Let me just start by stating that this experiment has nothing to do with Salesforce nor does it represent their opinion. I got intrigued to try this myself because I do work for a mobile first company and the fact that our CEO took the right decision by asking everyone to work from home due to bad weather but at the same time not slowing down on business. Talk about standing behind the principles of your vision.

The question I want to answer is;

‘ What are the conditions to work fully mobile without any limitations?’

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De highlights van week van de ondernemer 2014

Internet-of-Customers.021De afgelopen jaren ben ik trouw deelnemer aan de Week van de ondernemer voor diverse topbedrijven die het MKB van Nederland hoog in het vaandel hebben staan. Zo ben ik recentelijk gestart bij Salesforce.com omdat zij een verhaal hebben wat aansluit bij mijn visie voor organisaties van elke grootte en juist voor het MKB. Keep on reading..

Transitioning to the real cloud; choosing the right technology to enable your organization the right way.

A lot of things are going on in software land. The cloud is chosen more often as the right solution for SME’s all around the world. However, when talking to decision makers during a sales cycle they often see the cloud as the internet. They think Software as a Service (SaaS) is accessing software via the internet and that’s it. In most cases they are a victim of cloud washing. So what is cloud washing you might think? And does it even matter?  It does and if you are looking to really change and enabling your organization keep on reading so you can make the right decision as well.

Without naming my competitors I am going to tell a story which involves the following persons; the customer is a truck builder, the current software supplier and competitor is a cloud washer and I was involved with a true cloud solution. Continue reading

De technologiepessimist, – enthousiasteling of – optimist. Wie bent u?

Ontbijtsessie online ondernemen

Ontbijtsessie online ondernemen

Vandaag was de Week van de Ondernemer neergestreken in Breda. Ik was aanwezig bij de ontbijtsessie van Exact die ging over online ondernemen. Hoewel ik het verhaal al een aantal keer heb gehoord krijg ik elke keer weer nieuwe inzichten. Zo ook vandaag. De conclusie van vandaag, er zijn eigenlijk maar drie opties mogelijk. Wie bent u? Continue reading