As a Service

I’ve written two trend reports before this one, both available only on iBooks. I chose iBooks because my intended audience were most likely to have the devices that can access them. This time for my third, I’m moving away from iBooks and I created it in PDF. The intention is the same with regard to audience ease of access but the method is slightly different. Using PDF Expert which you can download for free, gives the best experience on an iPhone and iPad, but any PDF reader will work and on any device.

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Below you can either buy the report immediately or click on the image or title to get more info and other screenshots from the report. This page is part of my adventures section which captured all the kinds of things I have worked on and shipped over the years (and here are new trends I am watching – reports to follow). Below is a little more background.

The As a Service trend was started by the software industry which has now mostly been realised. Microsoft for example, has transitioned successfully into a Software as a Service (SaaS) company which I have witnessed first-hand (disclosure).

There are many components that define this trend and not all come from the software industry. But as software starts to eat the world, many are driven from there and many industries are starting to feel the effects, learn from and incorporate them.

As a customer success professional and long time participant in the SaaS space, having created and worked for several startups and now Microsoft, I’ve learned many lessons and seen this trend evolve. As it crosses the chasm to other industries, I’ve captured material and evidence in posts as I go. This together with my direct experience has gone into the writing of this report. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it.

Startup Innovation

I’ve written two trend reports, both available on iBooks only. I chose iBooks because of my intended audience – senior executives who are most likely to have the devices that can access them. The process of publishing for iBooks was also super easy by using iBooks Author – software that manages the creation and publishing side of things.

The context for both is Work of the Future and they were part of a series. My third to be was started but has now become much more about trend watching with frequent updates on various trends through posts on this site.

Below is the second I wrote:

INNERVENTURES

Executives in boardrooms are increasingly thinking, worrying and talking about a new factor that’s changing everything in their world – the growth, innovation and market power of small and start-up companies. In a recent survey of 250 executives at both large and small firms, about 40 percent said their industries were being disrupted by start-ups. Most respondents believed that small companies have significant marketplace advantages over their larger counterparts, such as a greater willingness to take risks and more flexibility.

In short, large corporations are focusing their attention on small and start-up companies as never before, cooperating with them, mentoring them, investing in them, behaving like them or acquiring them.

As the world of business moves faster, only those agile and innovative enough survive and thrive. A new breed of company is being spawned from the startup ecosystem or is created by entrepreneurial individuals working inside existing organisations, emulating startups and/or working with them. This second report covers the trend and documents those leading the way, their practices and it shows you a path.
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Mindful over Mind Full

I’ve written two trend reports so far, both available on iBooks only. I chose iBooks because of my intended audience – senior executives who are most likely to have the devices that can access them. The process of publishing for iBooks is also super easy by using iBooks Author – software that manages the creation and publishing side of things.

The context for both is Work of the Future and they are part of a series. My third is currently in progress here.

Below is the first I wrote:

Mindful over Mind Full

Technological innovation is advancing at breakneck speed. We are inundated with choices and overloaded with information. The pace is outstripping our coping mechanisms. Can technology itself help us catch-up or is it time for a new approach?

Mindfulness practice has its origins in the East and is based on ancient Buddhist practice rooted in meditation. It is more than 2 thousand years old and calling Mindfulness the “latest self-help fad” totally ignores how the practice is gaining acceptance among those who would otherwise consider meditation a bit flaky: Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Pentagon chiefs, FORTUNE 500 titans, among others.

Individuals and organisations are cottoning onto the benefits of Mindfulness practice which can be completely secular in nature. Organisations have understood that it’s a means to healthier and happier employees which leads to better results for the company. Employees are happier, more focused, stress free and more productive, making better decisions for themselves and on behalf of the organisation.

There are many ways you can create a more mindful organisation through team practices or by making space for individuals to practice on their own. This report is full of examples about how to go about doing this. Examples are shared of what leading organisations and leaders are doing already with dramatic results and what you could do too.
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