Is your company sales-driven or marketing-driven? There is a difference.

My colleague and friend, Hak, made an observation about types of firms based on whose hand is on the tiller. Sometimes I am reminded of the classic game The Secret of Monkey Island. Stan is a sales guy and it doesn’t much matter what he’s selling. There are basically two types; there are others, but they’re in the noise. They describe themselves when they describe their company philosophy. One type says they are “customer driven....

26 September 2013 · Katherine M. Lawrence

Rethinking the LAMP stack — Drupal Disruptive Open Source Part 2

Is Drupal a Disruptive Technology? What if Harvard College takes on Notre Dame in football. Of course we can beat them; after all, they’re only men. —Professor Harry H. Hansen, Harvard Business School, on understanding the limits of the possible. There is a lot of talk, some would say hype, about Drupal being enterprise-ready. Certainly Drupal is no piker system. From a relatively unknown Content Management System (CMS), Drupal has burst on the scene and now accounts for one-percent of all websites, which to some might seems small until we stop to think how big the web is....

2 December 2010 · Katherine M. Lawrence

Drupal Disruptive Open Source: Part I — From Brobdingnag to Lilliput

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5 July 2010 · Katherine M. Lawrence

Repositioning Interactivity - taking my Ferrari out for a spin

Laura spoke to the concept of interactivity. The gating step is how much data can be delivered how fast over what system to the destination. I look back ten years ago and Netscape was the rage. My customers changed markedly from 1990 to 1996. In 1990, they were mostly software oriented people who could pop the top of a computer and fix stuff as fast as Gyro Gearloose could. Ten years before that, most computers with any power were the size of a refrigerator and word processing was something that required a special set of hardware - and Wang was its name....

5 January 2006 · Katherine M. Lawrence

2006: Beyond Technology; interactive, HDTV, and Gen-X

Hollywood on the run. Hollywood is worried, although they have not yet had a full-blown panic attack. Their bedrock market - the one they have always taken for granted - is eroding beneath their feet. Generation X, is growing up and their tastes have changed. The once captive audience that grew up on the “Star Wars” movies that their parents took them to is finding that their own children are not nearly as impressed as the Gen-X parents once were with special effects....

4 January 2006 · Katherine M. Lawrence