Monday, June 29, 2015

Your Car Will Know a LOT about you

imageIn the not too distant future your car will be a lot like your smartphone today.

It will know a lot about you and will give up your secrets when asked. Your car proclivities, like your grocery store purchases, will be catalogued and dissected to give you an ever improving experience.

This is a good thing.

Don’t Fear the Autonomous Car

The future will involve people doing less and less actual driving. Your car will be autonomous. Your car will be connected. Your car will join car platoons of other vehicles as it effortlessly weaves its way around traffic jams and gets you to your destination.

Let’s be clear --- it will NOT likely be YOUR car. Much like Software-as-a-Service we’ll have Vehicles-as-a-Service (VaaS). Of course, Uber and Lyft are pioneering this effort today. But, they are doing it with human drivers. Imagine that same service, on-demand and on-command, except with an automated vehicle.

No longer will we need to pay for a big suburban if all we need it a one or two passenger vehicle. And, when you need that big car – whether it’s a 5 seater or a 25 seater … it will show up on demand and on command.

In the future only the very wealthy (the enthusiasts) and the very poor will drive automobiles.

Your car will know where you go, when you go and how often you go. You wont care how fast the car will get you there. You will only care that it gets you to your destination.

The Docking Port Vehicle

imageA friend I worked with at K2 had an ingenious idea. He suggested that some people might have the equivalent of an Recreational Vehicle (an RV) and the vehicle would “dock” with your house. When you arrived home the unit (which is self-driving and autonomous) would dock, set the seals and allow free access to the house or to the RV unit. There would be no need for a garage or side yard parking area.

Then, when you are ready to go to bed … you sleep in the RV unit. Depending upon where you need to be the next day the RV would be in constant communication with the roads and it would undock and leave your home port at an appropriate hour to get you to your destination on time. Because the RV units and cars on the road are all sync’d up there could be slow 5 – 10 mph lanes dedicated to “RV Traffic”

I extended this line of thinking to be able to dock with hotels and other properties – gyms, friends RV’s, concert venues, the ideas are endless. Perhaps leading to the question amongst friends … “Where Are You Docking Tonight?” and they can say it with all sincerity.

Oh … and There Will Be Jobs

For the foreseeable future there will be jobs to build, maintain and develop the vehicles, the infrastructure, and the services that surround the VaaS Experience.

Humans will still be actively involved in the development of many aspects of autonomous vehicles. Some of these will be transitioned to more service oriented tasks.

And, perhaps, as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak predicts humans will become pets of the robots we will build … including the vehicles we will develop.

For the near term there is still a lot of work to be done. There is a lot of HUMAN work to be done. Including:

  • Logistics – Who can order a VaaS? Will there be age limits? Where will vehicles go when they aren’t needed (both immediately and when they need to be de-commissioned)? Who will pay for the storage of vehicles that are out of service?
  • Ownership – Will the concept of owning a vehicle still exist?
  • Priority Access – Will people be able to pay a premium for faster service? Or for a different kind of car? Uber does this now with “surge pricing”
  • Human Factors Engineering – How will automobiles change when there is no need for a steering wheel? Can more of the vehicle “space” be used? How to engineer a sleeper car? A Game Car? A <fill-in-the-blank> vehicle for whatever you can imagine?
  • Economics of the markets servicing the autonomous vehicle industry. This will be significant. The way automobiles are purchased, provisioned, serviced, etc.
  • Government RegulationsThere will be taxes in the future. There will be taxes levied to cover the costs of these vehicles, the roadways, the service industry that surrounds them and so much more.
  • Computer Programming – Currently humans have the upper hand here. Eventually processing speed as well as creativity will be outsourced to faster and more adaptable computing systems.
  • System Design – Roads, docking ports, working hours, on-call provisioning, payment systems, vehicle safety, etc.
  • Maintaining Roads and Bridges – At present there are a lot of human specific actions needed to maintain the roads. This may change rapidly, but not for a little while.
  • Much, much more … I’m only skimming the surface here.

Over time some of these (and many other) tasks will be automated and go to the next closest robot. This is not a doom-and-gloom post. This is a reality post. The reality is … Autonomous Vehicles are coming.

I embrace my robot overlords and here are three scenarios I envision.

Next Stop: Submarines and Space Ships. I’m ready.

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Image Credits: McViker, ROV.org, sportku


clip_image001Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and is currently the Chief Evangelist at K2.
Tweet him
@jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.


He is a contributing author to
Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Countdown to WPC – 39 Days of a Tip a Day

image The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) is taking place in Orlando, FL on July 12-17.

I am counting down the days with a Tip a Day until the event starts. I’m starting today on June 2nd 2015 with 39 days to go. I can use your help. My goal is to make these 39 Tips ready for you to Tweet (or repost to Facebook).

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I’m using ClicktoTweet to make it easy for you to share these as tweets.

Tip 37

Tip #37 – Women in Technology are very active at #WPC15 – Follow #IAMCPWIT & see https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/Pages/community/WIT.aspx

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Tip 38

Tip #38 – If you are a First Time Attendee to #WPC15 be aware that you have people ready to help you navigate the event.

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Tip 39

Start Planning for your WPC Experience. Make a list of the sessions you want to attend. #WPC15 http://sessions.digitalwpc.com/sessions 

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Bonus Tip 40
(for June 1st)

Register Today. If you haven’t registered yet … now is the time. https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/pages/wpc/registration.aspx #WPC15

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What Can Your Expect?

A few things I’ll be covering include First Time Attendees (FTA’s), Sessions, Tracks, Speakers, Keynotes, the value of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) organization, IAMCP Women in Technology (WIT), the WPC Connect tool, the YouthSpark Hub, and the always popular WPC Charity Golf event, and perhaps a little about the parties.

I’m also going to have Bonus Time Posts that will start the first day of the WPC and run thru the end of the event.

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What Can We Do Together?

If you are looking to do more with SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure I’d like to connect with you. My company, K2, is honored to be recognized as a finalist in the 2015 Office and SharePoint Application Development Partner of the Year awards. In conjunction with the $153M investment from Francisco Partners K2 is ready to help customers around the world to maximize their investments in Microsoft technologies.

If you have any questions drop a comment here or contact me at any of the following options.

Image Credits: Microsoft Corporation

clip_image001Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and is currently the Chief Evangelist at K2.

Tweet him
@jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

He is a contributing author to
Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Living in the Age of the Goldfish Response Rate


Recent studies have shown that humans have reached a new low.

Humans now have an attention span that rivals a goldfish.

Goldfish supposedly have a memory of less than 10 seconds. Humans seem to have bested that with one study showing humans have an 8 second attention span.

Yes, we have beaten the lowly goldfish at something else.

What Can You Do in 9 Seconds?

Well, if these studies are to be believed you better learn to market, sell, service and support everything and everyone … all within 9 seconds.

A Microsoft study highlights the deteriorating attention span of humans, saying it has fallen from 12 seconds in 2000 to eight seconds

Smartphones are making humans subject to the whims of a passing squirrel. In this study – researchers have discovered that the human attention span has dropped by 50% in 15 years.
Fact Checking --- It’s a good thing. Another study has shown that goldfish can actually remember things for 3 and even 5 months.
While I think I know a few people with a Goldfish Attention Span Problems (GASP) I’m pretty sure most humans can pay attention for at least twice this long.
  • What’s your experience?
  • Do you know people with extremely short attention spans?
  • How do you get through to them? Do you adapt or do they?
Share your thoughts here in the comments.

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Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and is currently the Chief Evangelist at K2.
Tweet him @jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

He is a contributing author to Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Generational Problem Solving

During a Tweetjam with the always insightful Christian Buckley where the topic of conversation was The Use and Future of Groups within Office 365. It got me thinking about a quote from Albert Einstein. That quote is simple, elegant and applicable to this Group conversation.image

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

The Modern Tech Equivalent
As espoused the host of the Tweetjam and retweeted by the equally prescient Marc D Anderson
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Tech rarely solves a collaboration challenge.
It's a tool as part of the effort.
#collabtalk

Thanks to Christian and all the people that contributed to the Tweetjam. A complete listing will be available shortly. When it is I will update this post with a link. In the meantime you can check the Twubs site for the hashtag #CollabTalk or click on the image below. image
The Future Looks Bright
I’m optimistic that the challenges and problems introduced by the current technical and business platforms and philosophies are being looked at by a new set of eyes. Some of these eyes are from the up and coming (and now dominant workforce) of The Millennials. We are also begining to be a few Gen Z’s that will have a direct impact on the way the technology and business rules will morph in the coming decade.
Remember:
The Problem Cannot Be Solved By The People That Created It.
What do you think?
  • Can problems be resolved by the people that created them?
  • What will need to change to make change permanent?
  • Will problems will the next generation create for their kids?
Drop a comment here and let us all know.

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Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and is currently the Chief Evangelist at K2.
Tweet him @jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.
He is a contributing author to Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog.




Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fish Outta Water (FOW) in People Management

image Like the kids game Marco Polo there are times in business where you've gotta call fish outta water.

Applying FOW Thinking at Work

Some people just aren't suited for their role and no amount of intellectual horsepower will make up for a lack of passion, conviction or willingness to take to the time understand the business. This may seem a bit harsh and it is, but the business deserves everyone's best efforts.

When this happens you hope the person recognizes it and calls "FOW" on themselves.

But, when they don't, won't or can't ... management needs to step in.

Have you Ever ...

  • Called Fish Outta Water on yourself?
  • Called it on someone else? Or at least wanted to?
  • What were the results? Did you find it to be better? Did the person thank you?
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Note the the Reader: This is a flashback post from 2010. It was stuck in my drafts folder. I'm publishing today as a #TBT

Updating for Today: In honor of the Foo Fighters being the last band on David Letterman I'm linking to another post I wrote called - Is Someone Getting the Best of You?

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Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and is currently the Chief Evangelist at K2.

Tweet him @jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.
He is a contributing author to Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog.
 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Notes from the Trails - Microsoft Ignite Book Launch

Another Notes from the Trails I shot during the ride this morning.

We launched a book ... did you get your signed copy at the K2 Appit booth? If not ... I might be able to help. If you can't wait ... get your free copy to download to your computer right now here: http://improveIT.how

Just to be clear: I'm just one author of several.The Webtrends team made this happen. I'm proud to have been selected to work with the team to bring this to fruition.

I look forward to your feedback on the book. Thanks again to the Webtrends team of Jean-Marc Krikorian, Bob Schnyder and Loren Johnson.They are the brains behind pulling this together. Also, Mark Miller is the publishing wiz.

Also, thanks and congrats to the talented team of co-authors --- Karuana Gatimu, Heather Newman, Simeon Cathey, Kanwal Khipple, Sadalit Van Buren, Susan Hanley, Christian Buckley, Natalie Hardwicke, Richard Harbridge, Antoinette Houston, Agnes Molnar, Jason Schnur, Naomi Moneypenney, and Kunaal Kapoor.

It was an honor to work with you. I'm looking forward to the next time we get to work together.

I hope you enjoy this video. They are fun to shoot and I always enjoy the comments I receive. If you feel so inclined drop a comment here. Or just tell me what you think next time I see you.

Also, I take requests. If you want me to talk about something on my Notes from the Trails videos let me know.

See you on the trails!

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Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and is currently the Chief Evangelist at K2.

Tweet him @jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.
He is a contributing author to Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Can the Apple Watch Work for Businesses?

image Have you seen the ads yet? (How could you miss them … and all the hype?)

Would you pay $15,000 for a gold watch?

Would you pay $350 to replace your credit card?

These are two of the proposed price points for the Apple Watch.

The first price is pretty ridiculous for most normal humans, but it seemed to have the desired effect and impact … EVERYONE was talking about Apple.

The second price is a number that was bandied about and the idea is that when you have an Apple Watch you never need to pull out your credit card because you now have a device that carries all of that information. 

The idea is that having a device that carries around your preferences and personal financial information means you can become a part of a much smoother cycle of any business process. You and your Apple Watch become part of a Frictionless Commerce model.

The Average Person pulls out their
Mobile phone 100-150 times per day.
~ Daniel Debox, Founder of Ryple

Two Industries Will Be Impacted

Service industries and the medical industry. These are two areas that stand to benefit almost immediately from the Apple Watch. In a similar way I predict the Microsoft Band will also prevail in the medical device industry. However, I think the Apple Watch may have a shorter runway in that Apple seems to be smarter in that they are only using the Apple Watch as a gathering point instead of the data collection point. We shall see how this all plays out in the coming months.

Service Industries

Imagine a service technician arrives on the job site --- It doesn’t matter whether it’s a warehouse or your house.

Using the Apple Watch the technician can avoid distractions. They can take an occasional quick glance at the Apple Watch if needed, but that’s about it. The Apple Watch is on auto-pilot from the time they arrive because it’s geo-fence enabled. As tasks are completed the service technician merely needs to push a button. Companies like Invoice to Go are filling this niche and looking to make the Apple Watch the vehicle at the center of Frictionless Commerce. Imagine Plumbers, HVAC technicians, Cable TV installers and everything in between empowered by an Apple Watch. They can focus on the task and leave the detailed billing and information tasks to the system that backs them up.

  • CASH FLOW is KING
    • GeoFenced Location Based Task Management --- once the technician is onsite … the timer starts!
    • Task Based: This puts the onus on the task … not the worker.
    • Detailed Invoices: The device can provide a lot of detail … which can be provided to the invoicing system … which can be enabled in real time. Which means a customer can pay (or dispute) any services in near real-time.

Medical Industry

There is a coming boom in the medical industry. It will take some time and perhaps some slight changes in the way processes, devices and policies are enacted and supported. Eric Schadt, Director at the Ichan Institute for Genomics suggested the following three areas are ready for business with the Apple Watch.

  • Expect things like Bluetooth enabled inhalers – The device is connected to your Apple Watch for tracking and usage details.
  • People Self-Select .. load the app, join a study, opt-in. This is where Apple may be ahead of the curve. They are just the gathering point for the data. They can avoid some of the challenges with getting devices and drugs through the government regulation efforts by letting the companies that are best at that do what they do. Then, when they are done … your Apple Watch will be there to gather the information.
  • Longitudinal Studies are much more easily enabled. All that information being gathered can be harvested for long term studies, short term engagements and much more. And, it can be all on an opt-in basis. Sure, insurance companies and others may “strongly suggest” that some studies are opt-ed into, but again Apple can stay above that fray by just being a gathering point.

Can Apple Watches … be put to work … for Businesses?

The simple answer is yes. It remains be seen how they are rolled out.

But, the fact of the matter is that there are businesses already gearing up to provide software services for them.

When done right the process will be transparent and there will be no hoopla about the Apple Watch just doing it’s job.

However, as we all know … that’s not how Apple slices up their business.

Will you be setting up an appointment to see Apple to buy an Apple Watch? Drop a note in the comments with your thoughts.

Image Credits: Techcrunch


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Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and is currently the Chief Evangelist at K2. Tweet him @jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

He is a contributing author to Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog.