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October, 2007

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I joined Microsoft in June 2006 as a Platform Strategy Advisor.  I approach the intersection of business and technology as a business person first, and a technologist second.  This blog is a place to share my passion for how technology can enable business and IT strategy, and how businesses can use technology to enable people to achieve the results that really matter in their lives. 

In years past, I've held a variety of strategic technical and business roles at Ford Motor Company.  Prior to joining Ford in 2000, I was a public sector consultant focused on preventing the type of election debacle that later happened in Florida in 2000.    Before that, I served as Director of Elections for Douglas County, Washington, USA, where we conducted the first all mail-in ballot federal election in the United States. 

Beyond strategy and technology in general, other related passions include systems thinking, continuous learning, global business, and innovation. 

 

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    Building brand and transcending walled gardens

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    Ok - so I've been posting about Popfly a lot lately. Why am I so excited about Popfly? It's simple, actually. Popfly is more than a mashup maker. And it's more than a Mashout tool (for sharing mashups) -- though it is that, too. What makes Popfly so exciting...
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    Acropolis is Dead! Long live Acropolis!

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    The Acropolis team announced today that Acropolis will not advance from CTP to a supported release. (For more on Acropolis, see this post .) But, they also announced that they want to help customers who'd like to take Acropolis into production be successful...
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    I'm so excited about Ford SYNC (aka Windows Automotive)!

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    I can't wait to get my new Ford with SYNC! See a review here . Pricing is just $395. Learn more about SYNC here here . In one way or another, I've been involved in this domain for the last 7 years. In fact, I moved from Seattle to join Ford back in 2000...
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    Listen to The Man

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    "The Man" is Denny Boynton, and he is an eminently sensible one. Not only does he quote Shakespeare, he's a good guy with whom to share some fine rum and single malt. As if that's not enough, he's also got some very good, practical advice on the what...
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    Ordering by RFID at McDonalds... Do I have to?

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    Interesting stuff that McDonalds is doing in Seoul, Korea, to let customers order food with their cell phones. See here , and if your Korean is rusty, see here . The approach uses a flavor of RFID, which is sounds ok at first -- but it requires a software...
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    How to make Facebook app with Popfly

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    Tom Foremski has a post on ZDNet that talks about how easy it is to make a Facebook app with Popfly .  It's a good post in it's own right, but I especially like that he also includes two videos with Dan Fernandez (a Product Manager on the team building...
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    Popfly is growing up... Now everyone can mashup and mashout!

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    Technorati Tags: Popfly You might have heard that Popfly has graduated from Alpha to public Beta. Congratulations, Popfly! This means that anyone can now join the fun mashing up and mashing out (sharing your mashups). If you're not sure what I'm talking...
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    More on the rise of the Cyborg

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    Technorati Tags: Cyborg If you found this post on the "hive mind" intriguing, you may also find Clive's Thompson's article in Wired, Your Outboard Brain Knows All, to be worth a few minutes.  It's a different angle on the same fundamental...
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    Academia 2.0? The reponse to A Vision of Students Today

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    Technorati Tags: Adaptive , User Experience , Computing is a liberal art , knowledge , academia 2.0 Walter Stier posted a link to an interesting video made by a Kansas State cultural anthropology class on what it's like to be a college student today...
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    Platform vs. Cool? My take on Apple's business strategy...

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    Technorati Tags: Strategy , Apple , innovation , business , software + services , S+S Interesting article about the iPhone here .  Although entertaining to read, I disagree with the premise.  It did get me thinking about the Apple business strategy...
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    Now available for your review: .NET Source Code!

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    Technorati Tags: Microsoft , Silverlight , source code Is Microsoft changing?  Releasing .NET source code as shared source (using the MS-RL -- Microsoft Reference License) would've been unthinkable a few years back.  It's not open source in...
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