Gmail Free Storage Thing of Past

Nobody could see THAT coming!

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When people hit those caps, they realize they have little choice but to start paying, or risk losing access to emails, photos and personal documents.

Source: Bloomberg

Why Companies and Government Do “Innovation Theater”

This article previously appeared in the Harvard Business Review. The type of disruption most companies and government agencies are facing is a once-in-every-few-centuries event. Disruption today is…

Valid question…

Source: Steve Blank Why Companies and Government Do “Innovation Theater” Instead of Actual Innovation

What People Hate About Being Managed by Algorithms

Uber ran a study to figure out, how people feel about being managed by ‘the platform’. And to no surprise, Captain Obvious helped with the results. Drivers working for the company, feel like they are managed by a micromanager, watching every small step and worse, criticising every small mistake, leads to worse, sometimes toxic results. There is way to go for algorithms to catch up with social achievements.

It’s like having a micromanaging boss who’s always watching you.

Source: What People Hate About Being Managed by Algorithms, According to a Study of Uber Drivers

Salesforce buys Tableau

Salesforce buys Tableau for an amount of $15.7B, in not only its largest M&A deal to date, but probably one of the largest deals ever.

Salesforce buys Tableau for an amount of $15.7B, in not only its largest M&A deal to date, but probably one of the largest deals ever. After Google only acquired Looker earlier past week, it seems the race for Business Analytics is on.

SaaS giant Salesforce announced that it has signed an agreement with Seattle-based data visualization and analysis platform Tableau for $15.7 billion in stock. Both companies’ boards of directors approved the deal, which “is expected to be completed during Salesforce’s fiscal third quarter […]

Source: Salesforce To Buy Tableau For $15.7B In Its Largest M&A Deal To Date

Google to Acquire Looker

Google announced it plans to acquire acquire business intelligence platform Looker in a $2.6 billion all cash transaction.

Google spent $2.6 billion all cash to acquire business intelligence platform Looker.

Google LLC today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Looker, a unified platform for business intelligence, data applications and embedded analytics, in a $2.6 billion all-cash…

Source: Alphabet : 06.06.2019 Google to Acquire Looker more | MarketScreener

#SAP Leadership Announcement

Some huge changes to start the Weekend with at #SAP. As Executive Board Member and President of the Cloud Business Group Robert Enslin decided to step back from his role and pursue an external opportunity,  Jennifer Morgan will succeed him as president of the Cloud Business Group (CBG). Adaire Fox-Martin will assume the role of president in the Global Customer Operations.

Morgan and Fox-Martin Expand Responsibilities

Source: SAP Leadership Announcement

Tech for Managers

First, I was excited to see a “Web Technologies for Managers” course exists.

Then, I reminded myself how often I rant on the internet that “tech is dead” and all industries get digitized. It’s not too long ago that successful companies required their managers to have an understanding of the business they are in. That is mechanical engineers managing car manufacturers, electrical engineers managing electronics businesses. Only the digital industry seems to have technical managers and business managers.

I periodically remind people how difficult the question “are you doing business or technology” is any tech driven. Even McDonalds has their managers flip burgers to start their engagement with the company, to give them an understanding of how the business looks like really.

Next time you hear this question, or worse, ask this question, ask yourself: “Am I in the right business”. Likely, you are better qualified doing something else. The reasoning for this harsh thought is simple. Assuming you see yourself in the high tech business and expect your counterpart to do business with you, you need to radiate confidence about what you are doing. Asking this question high tech managers clearly transports you only know half of the story.

Being an engineer and a business person, I haven’t taken the course itself, hence I cannot recommend it. But I can recommend any person in the business to flip burgers for a few weeks, or the digital equivalent, follow a few technical tutorials. Preferrably from the company you are working for but also, Google, AWS or Github offer plenty of free courses to get your hands dirty. And all of these are free of charge, there is no excuse not to understand technology to that extent that it adds value.

Nevertheless, here is the link: “Web Technology for Managers“. Go learn something.

What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager

While doing a bit more research on Product Management, I found Julia Austins thoughts on HBR the topic. She reflects on three primary considerations for the role: Core CompetenciesEmotional Intelligence(EQ) and Company Fit

Her original aritcle is here, the HBR release is here.

Idea meets Market

Unternehmensgründung gehört im Spätkapitalismus ja zum guten Ton, Startup ist eine Szene in der man in ist, wenn man drin ist. Das die Realität häufig härter ist, liest man ja meistens nur in den unteren Teilen der Berichterstattung. Sehr schön fasst das Video, das vergangene Woche auf Facebook aufgetaucht ist, den Prozess von der Idee über den Businessplan und Angel-Money bis zum Markteintritt zusammen.