Link: Allstate Technology Chief Develops The Uber Of Roadside Assistance

Success: “The Good Hands Rescue Network digital platform was launched in August 2016. Since then, we have seen a revenue lift in the tens of millions that is likely to grow to the hundreds of millions.”

Business value/metrics: “After a year, we are averaging around 25,000 rescues a month… With the end-to-end digital process of the request, response and time to arrive, we are seeing an average actual time of arrival (ATA) at 27 minutes, which has reduced the wait time by almost half. This is consistent with our primary objective of reducing the amount of time a motorist is stranded.”
Original source: Allstate Technology Chief Develops The Uber Of Roadside Assistance

Link: Yahoo! dismemberment! begins! as! Oath! offloads! Flickr!

“Yahoo! acquired Flickr in 2005 and planned to fold it into the Yahoo! Photos service. But the Flickr brand proved more resilient and Yahoo! ended up running it until now, albeit with Yahoo! as the preferred authentication provider. The service has remained popular with photographers, but trails the likes of Facebook and Google in terms of sheer quantity of images stored.”
Original source: Yahoo! dismemberment! begins! as! Oath! offloads! Flickr!

Link: Yahoo! dismemberment! begins! as! Oath! offloads! Flickr!

“Yahoo! acquired Flickr in 2005 and planned to fold it into the Yahoo! Photos service. But the Flickr brand proved more resilient and Yahoo! ended up running it until now, albeit with Yahoo! as the preferred authentication provider. The service has remained popular with photographers, but trails the likes of Facebook and Google in terms of sheer quantity of images stored.”
Original source: Yahoo! dismemberment! begins! as! Oath! offloads! Flickr!

Link: Jeff Bezos admits Amazon has ‘the weirdest meeting culture you will ever encounter’, Business Insider

In the letter, he explained that writing a brilliant, long memo requires the writer to understand the subject well. It also requires the writer to “improve results through the simple act of teaching scope.” By that he means doing a great job requires effort, not speed. “A great memo probably should take a week or more” to write, he said in the letter.

“We read [the memos] in the room. Just like high school kids, executives will bluff their way through the meeting as if they’ve read the memo. So you have to carve out time so everyone has actually read the memo – they are not just pretending,” he said.
Original source: Jeff Bezos admits Amazon has ‘the weirdest meeting culture you will ever encounter’, Business Insider

Link: The Contradictions Of IBM’s Platform Strategy

“IBM is a systems company with a very large portion of its revenues and an even larger part of its profits coming from these two platforms, the System z mainframe and the Power Systems – now sometimes called the Cognitive Systems – line. The core systems business – meaning the servers, storage, and networking hardware and the operating systems and transaction processing software plus any financing needed for it – comprises about a third of IBM’s revenues and more than half of its gross profits, by our estimates. Various database and middleware stacks up on top of this, generating even more platform revenues and profits, but this is tougher to peel away.”
Original source: The Contradictions Of IBM’s Platform Strategy

Link: The Contradictions Of IBM’s Platform Strategy

“IBM is a systems company with a very large portion of its revenues and an even larger part of its profits coming from these two platforms, the System z mainframe and the Power Systems – now sometimes called the Cognitive Systems – line. The core systems business – meaning the servers, storage, and networking hardware and the operating systems and transaction processing software plus any financing needed for it – comprises about a third of IBM’s revenues and more than half of its gross profits, by our estimates. Various database and middleware stacks up on top of this, generating even more platform revenues and profits, but this is tougher to peel away.”
Original source: The Contradictions Of IBM’s Platform Strategy

Link: Oracle Kills JavaOne

Ran from 1996 to 2010 as it’s own conference, and the as part of Oracle OpenWorld. Now to be focused on more than just Java:

“Oracle Code One is our new developer conference that’s inclusive of more languages, technologies, and developer communities than other conferences.
Expect talks on Go, Rust, Python, JavaScript, and R, along with more of the great Java technical content that developers expect.”
Original source: Oracle Kills JavaOne

Link: Modeling the future enterprise: people, purpose, and profit

“One answer is in a straightforward metric—how new technologies like cloud, cognitive, mobile, IoT, mobile, etc., impact industries via the gross domestic product (GDP) by industry by region. Looking at the improvement opportunities in healthcare, energy, government, and the supply chain, among other domains, IDC has identified $18.5 trillion in annual economic value add by 2020. That’s a 25% increase in global GDP.”
Original source: Modeling the future enterprise: people, purpose, and profit