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

The HP Way - misunderstood. Bottom line tops all

The HP Way was not gentle. The principles that Bill Hewlett and David Packard set down to run Hewlett-Packard, HP, are not always accurately reported. For example, recently I heard a seminar where the speaker waxed on about corporate values. The speakers cited the HP Way, and nowhere is there a mention of a bottom line. I beg to differ. It’s rule number one. Packard writes, profit, [is] a measure of success, a source of strength; maximize it so long as you do so in ways consistent with the other objectives;...

29 August 2005 · Katherine M. Lawrence

The HP Way - more than a myth

The HP Way is legend. It was Hewlett-Packard’s set of guiding principles - a sort of yardstick - a road map. I had not been with the firm very long when I first heard the words HP Way. At an HP staff meeting, a manager berated one of the team. The subordinate responded without blinking, “that’s not the HP Way.” The manager changed tone immediately. At that moment the founders’ principles were in the room even though Hewlett and Packard where elsewhere....

29 August 2005 · Katherine M. Lawrence

Carbon Paper is Cheaper--the billions no one wanted

A laser printer sits by my desk. Not far away, an ink jet printer. In grade school had someone described such devices, it would have been the stuff of science fiction. Even in the early 1990’s, an office of over 200 people shared one Apple laser printer whose price had just dropped to $5000. The other laser was in the President’s office and off limits to the rest of us. Can you imagine the pandemonium to get things printed right before an important presentation to our Company President?...

11 May 2005 · Katherine M. Lawrence