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batye
batye
3/10/2016 7:35:34 PM
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interesting to know
@Mike, thank you, interesting to know... 

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jbtombes
jbtombes
3/11/2016 9:25:49 AM
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paradox
The services become more complex while customer interest in simplicity grows. Maybe not such a paradox. MSOs just need to offer more sophisticated solutions than what they do at SMB level, but avoid the confusion (in billing, rates, compliance, etc.) that may prevail in status quo products from competitors. And show enterprises how to save money.

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Ariella
Ariella
3/11/2016 12:34:23 PM
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@MIke in what way does it seek to tap into the healthcare sector? Would that be for insurance companies, physicians, or something else?

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Mike Robuck
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3/11/2016 1:20:50 PM
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Hospitals and satellite offices, the transferring of large files such as X-rays. Maybe even video consultations to a home-based patient. 

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Ariella
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3/11/2016 1:31:10 PM
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@Mike I see, so they would have to be sure their systems are Hipaa compliant.

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DHagar
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3/11/2016 5:55:22 PM
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@Ariella, absolutely correct!  I also believe that healthcare will want deep security capabilities as well - a weakness they are trying to address.

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batye
batye
3/12/2016 5:20:02 PM
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@DHagar  I could not agree more in Canada we have the same problem with heathcare providers keep forgeting about security...

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Ariella
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3/12/2016 7:16:12 PM
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@batye isthere a Canadian equivalent of HIPAA?

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batye
batye
3/12/2016 8:52:54 PM
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@Ariella  No as each province make it own rules/laws... 

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Ariella
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3/12/2016 10:10:06 PM
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@batye that's really interesting. I would have thought it would be nationalized, particularly in a country with a national healthcare system.

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batye
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3/12/2016 10:38:34 PM
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@Ariella yes and no as each province make it own rules and laws - what covered what not... our premier is into alternative life style - now transgender people have it better... but rest of population get the rough end.... in my case now I have to pay more for the Rx at the pharmacy counter...  same for my senior neighboor he screaming bloody murder at time of picking up meds... as in his case he have to pay twice as more now... go figure... 

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Ariella
Ariella
3/13/2016 10:15:58 AM
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@batye thanks for that insight. People in the US who believe socialized systems solve everythign really have no idea about this. They picture it as free healthcare for everyone with no cost at all for what they need. 

I also learned about a law in Canada that requires doctors to give patients who want to end their lives advice or direct assistance. This is a complete turnaround from earlier laws that made suicide illegal. In the US, I believe, assisted suicide is still illegal. But I can't help thinking that the economics of healthcare really enter into this approach. It would save the system so much money to have terminally ill people end their lives earlier rather than later because of the high cost of treatment and care.

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batye
batye
3/13/2016 3:08:36 PM
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@Ariella  it like we living in strange time... it a like changing something in the system premier gives priority to one group of people over other... and it becomes like in israel when jewish fighting palestinians over land... in Canada fight is about healthcare... I do not judge or discriminate as even in my extended family one of the kids is living as transgender... plus on my wife side of the family half is black and also few muslims :) on my side of the family many white and asians also few jewish... and new trenders -  jewish for Christ... last time during family dinner my head was spinning when one part of family argiuing with other part about palestine problem... and everyone saying they are right... 

or black side of my family talk about slavery and opression... 

on my jewish side one grop of traditionalist giving opinion to modern Jewsh for Christ group... 

it like global world at the family table... even everyone keep civil but opinions do fly... :(

mother in law try to keep it under control...

I do not know what to say...

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Ariella
Ariella
3/13/2016 4:29:41 PM
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@batye wow, you can think of your family as a microcosm of global culture. Of course, that could lead to differences. The way you describe it reminds me of a skit from a television show that went viral. I have serious doubts about Adele's song establishing harmony, here you have it: 



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batye
batye
3/13/2016 7:30:02 PM
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@Ariella it not a harmony but it family what I have... and it family... everyone have opinion and table get loud at the times... but we are family... 

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Ariella
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3/14/2016 8:53:41 AM
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@batye sounds like you're managing fine. Quite a few years back my relatives set up an online group that soon after had to be disbanded due to flare ups among them. Now they're trying agains with a WhatApp group. We'll have to see if it can be sustained without causing more divisions. 

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DHagar
DHagar
3/14/2016 1:11:38 PM
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@ Ariella, sounds like we can all relate - families are special blessings (and can be temporary curses)!  If we can work successfully within our families, we can work anywhere!   At least it sounds as if your family is still trying - that's all it takes!

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Ariella
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3/14/2016 1:17:04 PM
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LOL @DHagar yes, well, there are quite a lot of cousins on that side. Many of them are very outspoken and stubborn, which increases the likelihood of clashes with each other, as no one wants to concede to the other. In a business organization having that kind of group would make it difficult to reach consensus at times.

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DHagar
DHagar
3/14/2016 1:33:52 PM
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@Ariella, "In a business organization having that kind of group would make it difficult to reach consensus at times."  Indeed!  That may be one reason most companies don't allow nepotism.

But learning skills of conflict management help us weather the family trials and make us more effective in organizations.  So learning how to adapt, work together, and lead help us on all fronts - that's probably what makes you effective with those insights.

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DHagar
DHagar
3/14/2016 1:08:59 PM
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@batye, "it a like changing something in the system premier gives priority to one group of people over other.."


That's the problem, in my view, with governments making the choices - they tend to be political (favoring who wins and who loses), which does not take into account the individual the specific circumstances, or the outcomes.

Governments are good with some things that protect us all, but when they make decisions that allocate resources, determine who wins/loses, etc., they fall short.

I still believe in the overall fairness of individuals to make better decisions.

You sound like the peacekeeper in your family - along with  your mother-in-law - so you are United Nations Part #2!

Great to hear your noble thoughts!

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batye
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3/14/2016 1:45:57 PM
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@DHagar  in Canada gov always play favorites or paying back for votes...  sad reality...

on the other hand in my family during funerals each member follow they own religion tradition... it normal for us... but funeral directors sometimes get lost :(.... 

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Ariella
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3/14/2016 1:50:56 PM
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<on the other hand in my family during funerals each member follow they own religion tradition... it normal for us... but funeral directors sometimes get lost >@batye I'd imagine that could be somewhat confusing. I supose they think they're trying to cover all the bases, just in case.

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DHagar
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3/14/2016 1:26:33 PM
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@Ariella, your observations about HIPAA are astute.  Our HIPAA laws were originally designed to protect our consumer rights, in the private markets, against providers sharing the information without employee's consent, and the requirement to provide privacy - it also covers the employers.  So actually, it was a consumer protection against the private industry initially.  Now that we have the ACA (Obamacare), it has more of a government context.

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Ariella
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3/14/2016 1:29:44 PM
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@Dhagar yes, and it has increased the burden of paperwork and tracking for physicians. I do believe that is one of the factor contributing to smaller practices being swallowed up by chains. For example, the pediatric practice (not a tiny one but one that had been independent) was taken over by ProHealth a bit over a year ago. Other doctors I knew who had their own practice joined the urgent care facilities.

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DHagar
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3/14/2016 1:39:01 PM
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@Ariella, regarding the burden on doctors, etc., you are absoutely correct - it has disproportionately burdened them.  The small provider has high cost, heavy burdens, and all have detracted from their ability to deliver care and maintain their small practices.  It has not been factored into the equation and they have paid the price.

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Ariella
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3/14/2016 1:47:46 PM
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@DHagar yes, it's too much to keep up with for smaller practices. The same holds true even for hospitals. The larger ones have been acquiring smaller ones. In fact, the hospital in which one of my kids had a procedure is sought after by two competing hospitals on Long Island. But so far it has resisted the takeover offers.  I did, however, recently notice while passing it in the car that another local hospital was taken over by one of those larger names. I think that was fairly recent.

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DHagar
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3/14/2016 1:55:04 PM
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@Ariella, indeed - small providers cannot make the required investments on top of running their practices.  And hospitals don't have the economies of scale. 

I think that's one of the potential downsides of what we are creating.  Some of those private doctors and small hospitals have truly provided good care.

I fully agree, the future for small providers is difficult and most are joining larger systems, being acquired, or closing down.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
3/15/2016 11:10:23 PM
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 the future for small providers is difficult and most are joining larger systems, being acquired, or closing down.

@DHagar:

Can't agree more with you. This trend has become more common these days. We are hearing such stories on daily basis. Survival has become a big challenge for such small companies. Pretty obvious scenariois - they must compete with mainstream. Often times that becomes a chanllenge for multiple reasons and limitations on their end. Several of those small shps are getting lucky in terms of an opportunity to join a larger system while others are setlling the other way around accepting a not so pleasant end to their story.

 



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mpouraryan
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3/16/2016 12:58:22 AM
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Ingram got bought out for 6 Billion.   This underscores the high valuation and how it becomes ever more difficult for the "small" to "midsize" players to actually be a player.    Frankly, I find it scary because even if you find a "niche" to be good at, you will eventually want to get out if the price is right.

 

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DHagar
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3/16/2016 4:42:58 PM
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@ms.akkineni, yes, and that is particularly the case with healthcare providers.  They are just moving into digital transformation and do not have the infrastructure, expertise, or culture to compete with the resources of the large systems.  So they are truly at a disadvantage.

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DHagar
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3/14/2016 1:22:31 PM
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@batye, yes, security has to be a backbone of any system dealing with healthcare, whether government, private, or consumer.  And healthcare has a long way to go.  Most of the investments have been in the EHR  (Electronic Health Records) to comply with the Health Information laws passed in 2010.  They have not considered that once you go digital, you are exposed unless you build in the security.   This is a key opportunity for Service Providers working with healthcare.

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batye
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3/14/2016 1:41:26 PM
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@DHagar  yes, but in Canada first they do things and think after... and security it always last... on the agenda...

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DHagar
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3/14/2016 1:51:36 PM
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@batye,  "doing things first and thinking later" - Canada is not alone - we do that too!

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
3/15/2016 5:12:57 PM
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@DHagar:

Absolutely in agreement with you. Lot of that is due to the time race.

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DHagar
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3/15/2016 5:21:20 PM
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ms.akkineni, great perspective.  Yes, everyone wants to win, but the winners will be those who effectively deliver better goods and services and winning will be the result that others are trying to achieve.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
3/15/2016 7:25:11 PM
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Winning is the only thing, as Lombardi reminded us.   The problem, though, is that the power of choice becomes less and less--and in the end what is aspired for in terms of service suffers in the end.   

How do we change it?

 

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DHagar
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3/15/2016 7:48:38 PM
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@mpouraryan, thoughtful points, as always!

Here are some thoughts in response:

- Winning is everything - agreed in the terms of Lombardi - it depends on your definition of winning.  If it is being better than your opponent, and therefore outperforming your opponent, that is a great goal.  If it is winning at all costs - playing at the edge of the rules, trying to destroy your opponent - you may win occasionally but you will not be a champion.

- For a good part of the last century, we solely defined winning in business by short-term gains, stock prices/value, etc.  And the debate has been how we can maintain incentives to win in the long run and build better business and companies.
It seems that due to the rapid pace of change that the debate has changed and that the model of success is pursuing winning by being the best player in the business game providing the best products and services.  Now with leading companies like Apple, Cisco, AT&T, Huawei, et al, you can see that they embrace winning as a result that comes from being the best.  That is the kind of competition that is good and embraces the best of winning.

So I think we can recognize and put up for examples the leading companies and the leaders/management that truly strive to build better products/services and companies - that wins in the long run.

 

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
3/15/2016 11:01:13 PM
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@DHagar:

Now with leading companies like Apple, Cisco, AT&T, Huawei, et al, you can see that they embrace winning as a result that comes from being the best.  That is the kind of competition that is good and embraces the best of winning.


Awsome analogy in your post. I just quoted this statement because i am completely inline with the concept of winning as you mentioned here. For that exact reason I consider Apple as the biggest winner of recent times and 'Steve Jobs' as the greatest visiionary who left behind him an era of invention to this world which is never to be forgotten for sure. I truely believe that is WINNING.

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DHagar
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3/16/2016 12:24:35 PM
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@ms.akkineni, thank you - we share the same vision. 

This is a true win/win solution that is sustainable, in that it continues to produce value and receive value.

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mpouraryan
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3/16/2016 1:01:05 AM
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I am not sure that it has, Per se, Changed.  Although Amazon, for instance, has defied the rules as it has not made much money yet it continues to be the juggernaut that it is.    I would also note that winning, ultimately, is a subjective principle.  That's the challenging part, isn't it.   What is also of concern is how getting bigger will stifle the very creativity that we've come to expect from such transformational efforts.

 

 

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DHagar
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3/16/2016 12:29:42 PM
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@mpouraryan, you may be right about "Change Per Se" for all - including the followers.  But the leaders have changed - maybe that will generate momentum?

Good point on the size and big minimizing creativity.  I think that is true - that's why the innovative companies continue to "branch off" new creative divisions (i.e., Google, Apple, etc.) to support and grow the innovations within a big company.  I think this is a true challenge.

Re:  Amazon - they are disruptive, I do not yet know if they are a leading value creating company - I think the jury is still out on that - although their stock is rising.

I think we will know the winners who are original from those that are not.  I think this has truly created a more competitive race and the need to change is no longer optional.  Maybe that suggests a better future for products/services?

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mpouraryan
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3/16/2016 12:54:08 PM
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Thanks as always @DHagar for your perceptive thoughts.

The essence of leadership, as I see it, is about change--and transformation is at the heart of it.    I remember a former CEO I worked for talked about how companies were like the Titantic and changing course was hard.    This is a risk that the Majors (Amazon; Apple; Google et. al) have to guard against to stop being complacent.   As we are witness to the apparent new announcement by Apple next week, we'll have to see if and when Apple for instance can maintain the magic, whether Amazon can be the true "value creator" and Google can continue to amaze--as they clearly have with DeepMind.

Truly interesting times...no  question...

 

 

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DHagar
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3/16/2016 4:48:34 PM
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@mpouraryan, great thoughts on leadership and change - I think that is the critical need.  Love the analogy of the Titanic!

Have you heard who won the final Go round?

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mpouraryan
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3/16/2016 7:31:04 PM
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AlphaGo Closed the deal  The Final score was 4-1.   What I hope all think about is this profound column published in the New York Times today as I share the closing thought: "...We still have a long way to go, but the implications are profound. As when James Watt introduced his steam engine 240 years ago, technology-fueled changes will ripple throughout our economy in the years ahead, but there is no guarantee that everyone will benefit equally. Understanding and addressing the societal challenges brought on by rapid technological progress remain tasks that no machine can do for us..."   Here is the link for reference: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/opinion/where-computers-defeat-humans-and-where-they-cant.html?ref=technology

 

 

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DHagar
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3/16/2016 7:38:28 PM
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@mpouraryan, thanks for the update.

More thanks for that excellent article.  We need to think carefully about our future and make certain we design a future that enhances our quality of life - not shrink it, or distribute the benefits exclusively.  Goes back to what we share in the recognition of the importance of effective leadership with clear vision and integrity.

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mpouraryan
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3/16/2016 7:39:39 PM
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The question is whether the courage and the vision exists.    That's the ultimate challenge being faced by all.

 

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DHagar
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3/16/2016 7:46:14 PM
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@mpouraryan, courage and vision indeed are the hard parts.  That's where we can each make the choice to do our best and that makes a difference.

Note:  As long as we set that as our goals and share with other like-minded (i.e., Telco Transformation) there is hope!

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
3/16/2016 7:51:18 PM
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What I humbly underscore is this: What we must do though is to avoid group think and think about the current "fad" which has succumbed many players that we have all been witness to.    I was thinking about this especially as I am seeing reports about, for instance, instagram starting to be more like Facebook--isn't one Facebook enough?  Then what's the point of instagram?  Same issue with some of the on-going evolutions we're witness to....

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DHagar
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3/16/2016 8:24:00 PM
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@mpouraryan, well said!  And absolutely, one Facebook is More Than Enough!

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batye
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4/1/2016 8:11:49 AM
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@DHagar  from what I see on social media even one Facebook is too much for some,,, as it like addiction...

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DHagar
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4/1/2016 3:12:47 PM
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@batye, here - here!  I am with you.  I hope we develop a Facebook alternative that takes hold - I am ready!

 

 

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batye
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4/2/2016 4:37:27 PM
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@DHagar I see some people leaving facebbok as it becoming too much... but I hope for something better...

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DHagar
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4/4/2016 1:32:41 PM
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@batye, I sure hope so.  It is a fad, in my opinion, that has run its course.

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mpouraryan
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4/5/2016 12:39:39 AM
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The key is to keep things simple--FB seems to want to pack a lot which will present profound challenges.

 

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DHagar
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4/5/2016 12:54:07 PM
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@mpouraryan, agreed - simple is good!  I believe FB is trying to be all things - and that is why I labeled it a "hopeful" fad.  It doesn't serve the true interests of the customer as well.

Like the sounds of the alternative - hope it catches on!

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mpouraryan
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4/7/2016 5:02:12 PM
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One very interesting contention I saw on the washington post was how Twitter is evolving into basically a "cable company" as Cable is eyeing the enterprise sector as they nabbed deals to stream NFL & MLB games.    I wonder how that would factor into long term strategY?

 

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DHagar
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4/7/2016 6:26:36 PM
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@mpouraryan, that is interesting with Twitter.  Good questions.  It appears that they are identifying the "best play" and are keeping their eye on the combination of connectivity and content.  The connectivity platform I believe is broader and could fit Twitter very well.  Fascinating to watch - telco musical chairs!

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mpouraryan
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4/7/2016 6:35:40 PM
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I would humbly suggest that the challenge is one of scalability along with user engagement and interaction.    The jury is still out.

 

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DHagar
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4/7/2016 6:39:15 PM
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@mpouraryan, great point - I believe scalability is an inherent challenge in all designs.  We should not overlook the fundamentals!

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mpouraryan
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4/8/2016 4:48:34 PM
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If anyone is able to right the ship of Twitter, it is Jack Dorsey.   But the challenge continues ot be growth--and as you noted, whether people get tired of it--how many features can one "pack in"--we all know that 80% of the features typically are not used anyway unless one is "hard core".

Challenging and interesting times...wishing you all a fab W-end!!

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DHagar
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4/8/2016 6:19:40 PM
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@mouraryan, I am with you on Twitter.  They seem to have the "right stuff' though in the features and the consumer-focused services.  So I am betting on them as well!

Thanks - you have a great weekend as well!

 

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mpouraryan
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4/8/2016 6:56:04 PM
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Thank you very much m'aam.

On a side note, thought you all might enjoy this..in line with the deliberations you and I have had on the "human touch"--glad to see we're not alone in the universe:
Kentaro Toyama on Why Technology Alone Won't Change the World. The University of Michigan professor believes that to solve human problems, human skill is needed more urgently than ever before.
by Jan Alexander


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DHagar
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4/8/2016 7:19:53 PM
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@mpouraryan, thanks for sharing!  More kudos for the human race - that's what makes life truly meaningful!

 

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mpouraryan
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4/9/2016 2:00:54 PM
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Thank you for your comments @DHagar.   To add to what this brave soul is advocating, I thought the following was quite appropriate:

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

The only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason.
- Terry Goodkind 

If we would guide by the light of reason
we must let our minds be bold.
- Louis D. Brandeis 

The ultimate authority must always rest
with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Despite the strides made in "AI" (with Google Deepmind, etc.) it is still up to us to make sure this is never ever forgotten.  To me, that's the ultimate transformation.   Whether it is realistic is another key challenge we all need to realize.

 

 


Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

The only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason.
- Terry Goodkind 

If we would guide by the light of reason
we must let our minds be bold.
- Louis D. Brandeis 

The ultimate authority must always rest
with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama


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DHagar
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4/11/2016 6:08:33 PM
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@mpouraryan, thanks for sharing!  These are great!


Absolutely, if we do not keep the human spirit, intellect, and humanity,  in the picture - we will potentially lose all integrity - everything then becomes a matter of "utility".  That would be a world I would not choose.


As long as we keep thinking, learning, growing, and sharing - we will keep the important things in perspective

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mpouraryan
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4/9/2016 2:07:25 PM
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Re: paradox
As I finish off my visits, i wanted to report on the Washington Post Article here on Twitter and hope all will have a chance to share their thoughts:
Twitter is basically a cable company now
Twitter's deal with the NFL has some in the cable industry "very concerned."

By Brian Fung  •  Read more »

Have a great weekend team!!



 
Twitter is basically a cable company now
Twitter's deal with the NFL has some in the cable industry "very concerned."
By Brian Fung  •  Read more »
Twitter is basically a cable company now
Twitter's deal with the NFL has some in the cable industry "very concerned."
By Brian Fung  •  Read more »


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DHagar
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4/11/2016 6:10:51 PM
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Re: paradox
@mouraryan, thanks for info. on Twitter.  That's what I see as well.  They are doing a great job of reinventing themselves and executing well - "ew"!

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4/13/2016 2:00:33 PM
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Indeed @Dhagar--but interesting enough, it appears that it is not as "cool" as it is perceived as a recent matrix that came out noted that Snapchat is the "go to" for the teens that has surpassed Instagram..also with some of the recent developments coming out of Facebook Developer Conf. in San Francisco in going after Twitter in a different way with Messenger and build-in intelligence for chats, for instance, it will be interesting to be witness to.

 

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DHagar
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4/13/2016 7:01:04 PM
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@mpouraryan, thanks for insights.  I have heard that as well, that the cool factor is shifting the popularity.  If anyone can keep pace with the changes though, I think Twitter can.  Let's hope they do!

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4/16/2016 8:01:30 PM
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Thanks @Dhagar--they are certainly trying but the challenge is to remain "cool".   Who kneew that Instagram would stop being "cool" and now the Transformational Tool is "Snapchat".    Dizzying at times...isn't it?

 

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DHagar
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4/18/2016 2:25:09 PM
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@mpouraryan, "dizzying" indeed.  That's why Moore's Law - which initially applied to the advancement of technology - is still relevant in describing the pace of change, the multiple combinations of change create new opportunities in and of themselves.

I don't think we will be bored!

Again, that makes staying current (ie Telco Transformation) is a necessity today!  Otherwise what you know today is replace by new things tomorrow.

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mpouraryan
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4/18/2016 2:30:30 PM
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Re: paradox (Brief thoughts)
I think we've scratched the surface in this transformation journey.    The challenge is to make sure that this is sustainable--While guarding against this I have noted throughout our deliberations:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/weekend/2015-04/25/content_20537968_3.htm

 

 

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mpouraryan
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4/9/2016 2:07:26 PM
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As I finish off my visits, i wanted to report on the Washington Post Article here on Twitter and hope all will have a chance to share their thoughts:
Twitter is basically a cable company now
Twitter's deal with the NFL has some in the cable industry "very concerned."

By Brian Fung  •  Read more »

Have a great weekend team!!



 
Twitter is basically a cable company now
Twitter's deal with the NFL has some in the cable industry "very concerned."
By Brian Fung  •  Read more »
Twitter is basically a cable company now
Twitter's deal with the NFL has some in the cable industry "very concerned."
By Brian Fung  •  Read more »


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mpouraryan
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4/8/2016 4:46:20 PM
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Musical chairs is a nice way to put it--and as reports we're seeing about Verizon & Google trying to pick up pieces of Yahoo, it continues to keep those of us "glorified geeks" as fascinated as ever!!!

 

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DHagar
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4/8/2016 6:09:08 PM
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@mpouraryan, I am with you - that is interesting to think of the Verizon/Yahoo - I am not sure if that is as good of a fit.    I would think the Google/Yahoo would be better.  Some of the players are moving into new territory where I am not sure they are as well prepared (ie Verizon) for fully optimizing the opportunities.

Yes, this will be as good to watch as the Presidential race?

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mpouraryan
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4/8/2016 6:35:17 PM
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I view Verizon as a bit of a better fit to intergrate it with AOL to help push content--I have been amazed that AT&T has not gone after it especially in light of the long-standing partnership they've had on content.    As for the @POTUS 2016 campaign, it is a nice reality show--but until the parties sort it all out, not worth watching--I for one will try not to add to the billions contributed by the media..and at my company, the Daily Outsider, we won't be....

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DHagar
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4/8/2016 7:17:22 PM
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@mpouraryan, I am with you on the political assessment - hopefully the discussions will get more meaningful!

Understand thoughts on Verizon/AOL - I still am questioning whether that was a good fit.  If so, the Yahoo is a good alignment.  Let's see if Verizon can line that up well and truly be competitive.

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mpouraryan
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4/9/2016 2:09:58 PM
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Re: paradox (Brief Thoughts)
I am sorry @Dhagar...forgot this as well on Yahoo...the predicament seems to be challenging for Yahoo ever more as we await consolidation & transformation....

Onward to the weekend....

Yahoo is expecting to see another 15% decline in revenues, with its earnings dropping by over 20%, according to a report by Re/code. The report cites a sale "book" that was handed out to potential Yahoo buyers.

 

 

Yahoo is expecting to see another 15% decline in revenues, with its earnings dropping by over 20%, according to a report by Re/code. The report cites a sale "book" that was handed out to potential Yahoo buyers.Yahoo is expecting to see another 15% decline in revenues, with its earnings dropping by over 20%, according to a report by Re/code. The report cites a sale "book" that was handed out to potential Yahoo buyers.

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DHagar
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4/11/2016 6:15:30 PM
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Re: paradox (Brief Thoughts)
@mpouraryan, interesting perspective/report on Yahoo.  I agree with the analysis and believe their only way forward is a sale.  They lost their way.  It will be interesting to see what piece they now play in a perspective buyer's picture.

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4/13/2016 1:58:07 PM
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Re: paradox (Brief Thoughts)
The Yahoo Garage Sale is now in "Full Force"--I was jealous as I was assessing it on the number of unique visitors:  1 Billion!!!    Companies like the Daily Mail (and many probably know this) are in the running.   We should know soon!!

On a more crucial note, something I shared with the New IP community is also worth noting here..because this is at the heart of transformation and i could not disagree with a single Syllabus:

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/yahoo-proves-that-even-the-biggest-internet-giants-decay-and-die-20160412-go45sl.html?eid=email:nnn-13omn625-ret_newsl-membereng:nnn-04%2F11%2F2013-technology-dom-technology-nnn-smh-u&campaign_code=13ITE007&promote_channel=edmail&mbnr=MTA3MTMwMzc

 

 

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DHagar
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4/13/2016 7:09:28 PM
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@mpouraryan, garage sale is a good title - sad but true.

Great article - simplicity and producing value are still the keys - simple focus that is hard to execute.

Thanks for sharing!

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mpouraryan
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4/16/2016 8:03:09 PM
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Re: paradox (Brief Thoughts)
Some of the sites I visit (and for now I'll focus on the presidential sites) give me a headache because it is so "video intensive"--i get that but trying to find stuff is just a challenge.    The balance is to be "cool"..but at the same time stay relevant.   I guess Yahoo lost that.

Wishing you all a fab Weekend!!



 

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mhhf1ve
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4/16/2016 8:27:39 PM
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> " The balance is to be "cool"..but at the same time stay relevant.   I guess Yahoo lost that."

Yahoo has been pulled in a thousand directions at the same time, so it's a miracle that it's lasted as long as it has already. I think Yahoo has kept at least some of its usefulness, even if it's lost its "cool" factor. 

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mpouraryan
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4/16/2016 11:17:22 PM
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Yahoo as a brand will endure--and some of the very things Marisa Meyer did in moving Yahoo towards a more mobile friendly future (the so-called hail mary that some alluded to) will help whoever ultimately takes it on.     

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DHagar
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4/18/2016 2:33:19 PM
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@mhhf1ve, good assessment.  I agree about Yahoo - at least they have retained their credible functionality, or they wouldn't be of interest to sellers.  Whoever buys them can now provide focus and position the capability of Yahoo into a value chain that can be competitive, I believe.

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mpouraryan
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4/18/2016 2:38:09 PM
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Re: paradox (Brief Thoughts)
The question is who--if the Owners of the Daily Mail Prevail, who knows where they'd take Yahoo?    

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DHagar
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4/18/2016 2:49:21 PM
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@mpouraryan, good thoughts.  I believe that whoever bids and prevails will have a very "strategic" purpose in mind for buying Yahoo - I think they will have done their due diligence - Note:  Price will be another interesting matter - So I think as we see who wins, it will provide clues as to their plans for Yahoo.  And then we will be able to watch and see if they can deliver and really make the acquisition pay.

This will be interesting to watch.

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mpouraryan
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4/18/2016 2:56:17 PM
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The earnings tomorrow will be key along with the comments on the pending bids.      As I noted, I believe the brand will endure--as the Thrifty Ice Cream Brand has endured.  The question where it all goes? 

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DHagar
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4/18/2016 4:12:43 PM
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@mpouraryan, good analogy with Thrifty ice cream.  We will follow the Yahoo bread crumbs and find where it leads.

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DHagar
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4/18/2016 2:29:09 PM
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@mpouraryan, agreed - just being cool for cool's sake is hollow and does not hold one's attention.  I think some of the political sites think just throwing technology into the message is cool.

Yes, I believe Yahoo lost its focus.  It will be interesting today to see who the bidders are!

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mpouraryan
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4/18/2016 2:35:08 PM
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Re: paradox (Brief Thoughts)
Bidders had til today to submit bids for Yahoo--this I shared on my Personal Twitter Feed earlier on the predicament said it all--and I am seeing reports the numbers will not be pretty tomorrow.    Sometimes, transformation can take the wrong turn......

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mhhf1ve
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4/5/2016 3:12:52 PM
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Re: paradox
Who knows where computing is going... in 30yrs or so.. we may have practical quantum computers. What will we do with far more computational power than we might ever need?

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mpouraryan
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4/5/2016 10:54:19 PM
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Re: paradox
What we can agree with is that some of the players we know now will dissipate for sure.  I was reflecting upon this as I saw the recent management turmoil at Intel (as reported in Today's Wall Street Journal) as it struggles to adapt to the transformation we're witness to and deliberate here all the time.    Cable also has its' continued challenges as content providers continue to race towards a "decoupling"..>Starz just came out with its' App.

Fascinating times....

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vnewman
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4/4/2016 1:44:27 PM
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Re: paradox
@mpouraryan - It will be interesting to see if there is any backlash from the new algorithm IG is going to start using to show you "relevant" posts first.  This is indeed much like FB and I'm guessing the outcry will be somewhat similar.  I just love when I see people's IG posts on my FB timeline.  That's my favorite :) (sarcasm)

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mpouraryan
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4/5/2016 12:40:41 AM
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Re: paradox
We will be watching--the tools do make sure that we keep tabs on the World--no question.  Whether it can be sustained is another big question on this transformation quest.

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mhhf1ve
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4/5/2016 3:14:18 PM
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Re: Algorithms
I think it's interesting to see FB and IG's algorithms being debated... when other services like Twitter and Google search and G+ seem to fall by the wayside because their algorithms aren't as engaging.....

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DHagar
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4/7/2016 6:31:31 PM
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Re: Algorithms
@mhhf1ve, great thoughts on the algorithms.  That is something that FB has done well and continues to invest in.  Without question they have fully engaged the customer and that has contributed to their strong market position.  If they continue to develop effective algorithms that serve the customer, they will continue to be a leader.

Note:  I heard one of their key people interviewed last night on Charlie Rose and he defined their role as enabling digital communications - sounds like they will be investing in algorithms for the seeable future.

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mhhf1ve
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4/5/2016 3:10:49 PM
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Re: paradox
> Michael Polanyi, who said, "We know more than we can tell." It's a phenomenon that has come to be known as "Polanyi's Paradox."

That's a great tidbit -- and such a common occurence, even outside the world of CS and AI. We all know more than we can tell.. in a variety of fields/topics/etc.

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ms.akkineni
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3/16/2016 2:55:34 PM
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the need to change is no longer optional... 

@DHagar:

This is so true. We are living in a challenging era where change has become kind of mandate provided you like to be complaint in all aspects. Ofcourse there is always a choice where you don't mind to remain just your oneself and off the stream.

Change here refers to one and all: An individual, companies both small and big and every single entity. In these evolving times all entities mentioned above must be ready to welcome any and every change and be ready to adapt. This is the key if you want to grow in all aspects.

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DHagar
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3/16/2016 4:51:16 PM
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@ms.akkineni, well said.  Which brings us to the core issue, you either have to be willing to let go of the past and learn (and fail fast) or continue to use the old ways.  Those who move forward create the new opportunities - but are willing to learn new things.

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3/16/2016 7:32:30 PM
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Re: paradox
..I would also humbly add one more point:   Those who don't learn from history are bound to repeat it.

 

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DHagar
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3/16/2016 7:39:49 PM
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Re: paradox
@mpouraryan, there you go!  It is only progress if we are truly moving forward - not backwards.

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3/16/2016 8:23:17 PM
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Re: paradox
As I finish off visits here "In Community", I wanted to share this as well for all to consider because the questions raised here goes to the heart of the very transformation we continue to deliberate here:  

http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21694528-era-predictable-improvement-computer-hardware-ending-what-comes-next-future?fsrc=email_to_a_friend 

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DHagar
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3/16/2016 8:35:49 PM
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@mpouraryan, thanks - that article is excellent as an overview.  Thanks for keeping us thinking!

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batye
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4/1/2016 8:10:36 AM
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Re: paradox
@mpouraryan  thanks for sharing very interesting... make me think... :) 

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DHagar
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3/11/2016 5:53:51 PM
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Re: paradox
@Mike, that would be a great industry for them.  X-rays and increasingly telehealth is becoming a service providers are moving into as well as insurers are paying for.  But the healthcare industry will definitely want deep expertise, as they want proven systems that help them deliver care more efficiently.

If they do develop their niche, they can ultimately play a role in the use of home health devices and IoT - would be a great market.

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jbtombes
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3/11/2016 7:08:01 PM
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Re: paradox
Nothing brand new here. One of Charter's early marquis biz/services customers in Wisconsin was Marshfield Clinics - a couple of hospitals, several dozen other locations. Providing a complex network strong enough to handle imaging, data records, etc., they won that account from incumbents years ago. Assuming it's still live.

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DHagar
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3/14/2016 1:17:34 PM
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jbtombes, great prescription for success - customers just want their problems solved.  Those MSO's that can assist in providing solutions will win customers.

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3/11/2016 10:33:54 PM
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Money, Money, Money
I wonder what the cost would be to enterprises and how it would affect (if at all) the cost to the average consumer. 


Also I wonder if it would lead to faster overall improvements on the network. 

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4/5/2016 3:18:12 PM
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Cable in the enterprise sector...
> "Taking a page out of its residential and SMB playbooks, cable operators can make inroads in the enterprise sector by simplifying the complexity for their customers..."

I do wonder, tho, how some cable operators can make inroads when many cablecos are locally-restricted. I thought that was the whole reason why cablecos were "stuck" serving SMBs -- because SMBs are usually local or geographically-restricted businesses. A national chain or enterprise doesn't want to necessarily deal with not having all of its offices on the same cableco. 

Has anything changed to make cableco more able to service nation-wide offices?

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