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Owen, my youngest, is a typical 3 1/2 year old boy, energetic, physical and fearless. He's been riding on a glider bike for the last year, and loves to blast down hills with his feet in the air, scaring the daylights out of his Dad. For those of you unfamiliar with glider bikes, it's basically a pedal-less two-wheeler that you propel like a scooter with your feet. I've been watching him scoot around on his glider wondering how he would do with pedals, would he need training wheels at all?? Would he be faster than his three older siblings at getting on a "real" two-wheeler? (They all transitioned from training wheels between the ages 5 and 6, one with virtual ease, one with a few tries and one with six months of struggle.) On Tuesday last week, the answer became clear. Owen said, "Can I ride Addie's bike?" I said, okay sure. Owen hopped on, I gave him a little push a... (more)

Five Ways Your Cloud Go-to-Market Better Be Above Average

Talking about his new book, "That Used to Be Us," at a recent speech at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, best selling author Thomas Friedman said, "Average is over. Everyone must define and develop their extra, that unique value add that justifies, in this world of rising curves why they should be hired or promoted." Friedman goes on to make a case that to win in the global market, American education must nurture students to become more creative and unique. Friedman goes on to discuss the emergence of the "hyper-connected world" one where you cannot only outsource labo... (more)

The 4th C - How the Cloud Changes Everything in B2B Marketing

"The Cloud Changes Everything" is heard so often that it is a cliché. But then again, distributed energy production and transmission enabled our 20th century manufacturing revolution and the interstate highway systems changed our society. Those of us who practice B2B technology marketing are living in the most interesting time of our careers. Not only is social media changing our communications channels faster than our ability to manage them, but cloud economics and delivery is changing our products and our customers. In order to thrive and succeed in cloudy times, we must be dis... (more)

Why Experience Will Be Key to 2012 Cloud Sales and Marketing

When I was a wet behind the ears sales rep in the Rolling Meadow's Illinois branch office in 1986 (yes, they had computers back then :)), I remember the big sign that hung on the wall: Calls + Demos = Sales Our office sold everything from PCs to copiers (yes, IBM sold copiers) to mini computers (S34, 36, 38, and later AS/400 and RS6000s) and the biggest S360 Mainframes. Though the sign belonged to the "Office Machines", i.e., Copiers, team, I quickly learned in my territory of small manufacturers and distributors, the key to selling the minicomputer lay in not just having the r... (more)

High Impact Cloud Marketing - A Formula for Success

Most CEOs I talk to have a jaded, if not skeptical view of marketing. While they recognize the importance of marketing to their long term success, they have a hard time understanding and measuring how well marketing is doing. And while more mature organizations have a good handle on very well tuned marketing metrics and measurement, the question is still always out there. With the advance in marketing automation, new channels of communication, and the avalanche of marketing data now available, marketing has evolved, in many CEOs view, from a black art, to a black science. Hidden... (more)