Everybody can Change the Web - You may recall my first tagline. From the very beginning, I knew the web should be from the people and for the people. And when I look back I am very happy to see how this has all worked out. Mark is doing an awesome job getting us all participate in the web and Steve, well, is brilliant as always executing my ideas.
Enterprise Content Management made simple - This was a tough one as the whole idea of ECM is odd. Why put everything in folders and boxes when it should be open and free. But we did and when you look at Larry and Sergey, they adopted the concept very nicely in Google Docs. +1 for them. I think it is just a matter of time before we’ll see this all moving to the cloud.
And while I am personally not so much into the whole money thing, I read that the Open Text stock price increased by 500% since we got acquired. It seems they also do well. But enough about me, what about you? Is your vision really to “Discover the real weaknesses...”? Sounds very depressing to me. Are you by any chance German? For me the RedDot concept is not about features and functions, is it a philosophy and vision. I understand you don’t think that way, so allow me to give you my perspective how things will develop.
Empower Your Sources - To focus on content is such a narrow thinking. I envision a future in which all sources are empowered to participate seamlessly to the benefit of its holder. Content, talent, ideas, knowledge, you name it. Only if all of those source can participate in the day-to-day activities of an organization, greatness can be achieved.
Encourage to Engage - I believe in people! And to make it work, we’ll need to have them all feel invited to participate, share and engage in dialogue. The “legendary easy-of-use” needs to be expanded to everybody in the organization. This includes more than posts, likes, and comments, we need to make participation as easy as a smile, a thought or an idea.
With this I wish you a great time going after those vendors and identify their weaknesses. Just keep in mind that many of those people are my friends and some are true inventors. I hope their leadership has the courage to let them take risks and innovate. You should entertain more dialogues with them and hold them accountable to their promises and based on the latest post, the door for a dialog is open.
This letter was send to me by my old buddy RedDot. I keep a close relationship to him and for full disclosure I like to add that I was once the CEO of the company behind his idea.