Rats, coffee & software

Here are some of the insights and observations that were shared via Twitter this past week.

If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain. ~ Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.” – via Nick Milton

Horses for Sources: Why Oracle’s acquisition of Taleo shifts the innovation onus onto the service providers:

Companies buy software because they want standard process that can be automated with as little human intervention as possible.  For process flows such as recruitment, if Taleo can provide you with the steps you need to automate an end-to-end recruitment process effectively, then the only way to find more value (or dare I say “innovation”) from recruitment is in those areas that cannot be automated – such as assessing the cultural fit of a candidate, or making a judgement call that the candidate has potential which his or her former employers had previously failed to unleash.

Sarah Lacy Why Oracle May Really Be Doomed This Time – via @rstephens

But to win, Oracle will have to change its strategy as dramatically as it did in 2006 when Ellison famously announced that software innovation was dead and just started to buy everything. Buying once-hot companies like Taleo and RightNow isn’t going to cut it this time when there are better products in the market like Workday and Salesforce.

The Speculist – In the Future, Everything Will Be A Coffee Shop – via @jhagel

Universities Will Become Coffee Shops
Book Stores Will Shrink to Coffee Shops
The Coffee Shop Will Displace Most Retail Shops
Offices Become Coffee Shops … Again

@MartijnLinssen – Why it pays to keep rats on starvation diets

I merely showed them the stats. And they’d go on, and stay at the company for many years to come. And I’d think of my wife’s quote “The company’s goal is to keep their employees just not dissatisfied enough”.

@euan – “social business is just the web becoming part of our work life

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