Thursday, October 11, 2012

What's Going On? All in 2 decks, 1 event, a link and a song

Feeling zonked? Here's your wake-up call.

Social Business, Big Data, Mobile Apps, Content Marketing, e-Commerce, SCRM, Social Collaboration, Data Analytics, Digital Advertising, Customer Experience Management... whew!

With so many buzzwords out there in the digital ecosystem - each with tons of content, and changes within each coming rapid-fire - if it all leaves you feeling a bit zonked and wondering: What's Going On?... worry not! You can find it all here in 2 decks, 1 event, a link and a song.

2 Decks

Keep calm and carry on through these two slide decks - the best 360-degree panoramas of 2012:

  • The State of the Internet - Henry Blodget and Alex Cocotas of Business Insider provide a comprehensive overview of the digital industry. [ Slide Deck ]

  • Internet Trends - Landmark presentation by Mary Meeker and Liang Wu citing the need for re-imagining business models, thanks to mobile and social. [ Slide Deck ]

1 Event 

Oct 21-25, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

An event to discover what businesses are focusing on now - and what's coming next. Think Big.

Follow the IBM event on Twitter @IBM_iod. Track it via hashtag #IBMiod. This multi-track event includes in-depth forums on Information Management, Business Analytics, Enterprise Content Management and Leadership - featuring leading speakers and keynote sessions. Must Attend.

A Link

If you're still hungry for more, here's a soup-can full of finely curated quality content - the best of the web in 2012 all rolled into one blog post.

Bonus: Two eBooks loaded with tips and insights from digital/ social media marketing experts:

  • Enterprise Social Media Management - [ Download free eBook ]
    Best Practices from 30 Thought Leaders on Social@Scale compiled by Sprinklr

...and a Song

After all that, if you still find yourself wondering "What's Going On?" ...

you can choose to hum along with Marvin Gaye or vent it all out with The 4 Non-Blondes


Just ease your nerves in sweet surrender to the charms of this soothing song.

I still haven't found what I'm looking for - U2 (Joshua Tree, 1987)

Whatever you choose to do, don't settle for status quo. Keep hunting. Keep searching. As Steve Jobs said "Stay hungry. Stay foolish." And as Einstein advised: "Never Stop Questioning".

* Many Thanks to @PRNews for the picture of the 'slightly zonked' girl (above) from their Twitter caption contest.
* Huge Thanks to Shelly Kramer of and Amy Vernon of Internet Media Labs for the links to the eBooks.
* Special Thanks also going out to U2 for making the most amazing music over the years. 36 and still going strong.

Monday, October 1, 2012

THINK: a mobile app + a film to make the world work better

The 5-step Path to Human Progress: Seeing, Mapping, Understanding, Believing, Acting

I recently downloaded the IBM THINK app - an approach to making the world work better.

A wealth of information on the app with rich display and great views, it's a celebration of the fascinating world we live in. Easily the most loaded (if not downloaded) app I've seen.

An excellent learning tool for kids (and adults), the app is a fun way to snack on interesting facts about remarkable human achievements.

The THINK app features a cool, short film introduction. Beautifully shot and edited, it narrates, through 4 distinct stories, the systematic approach mankind takes towards advancement.

The app (and the film) explore how, over time, human progress is shaped by a patterned process:
Seeing --> Mapping --> Understanding --> Believing --> Action.

Free Download: Available for iPad and Android tablets,  you can download your THINK app here.

Think Exhibit, NYC - Celebrating IBM's 100 Years (1911 - 2011)

The app was born out of IBM's Centennial Exhibit in New York to explore the enormous potential of science and information technology to make the world work better. Learn more here.

Watch more screenshots of the app on the Flickr photostream here.