Kirk Klasson

HPE Builds a Boat in its Basement

But will it still float if they ever get it out? Recently, Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE) has been losing ballast like a leaky freighter in a raging storm. Coming off the much anticipated separation of HP into HP and HPE there have been a number of additional strategic transactions executed by HPE including the sale […]

Revenge of the Thingies…

With the Dyn’s DDoS attack, the future of IoT just got much more daunting. About a week ago, somebody, who remains at-large, launched an exploit of Internet of Things devices that deprived numerous users access to several prominent Internet sites. This type of denial of service attack was not new; in fact, prescriptions to remedy […]

Platform Strategies in the Age of AI

In case you missed it, platforms are now the rage in technology strategy. To be current means that you need to be developing a platform to capture multisided markets of producers and consumers to exploit and capture network effects that ordinary pedestrian business models cannot hope to attain. And, unbeknownst to all but a few […]

Facebook: The Cadillac of Social Media?

Honey, I just wonder what you do there in the back… Leaving the Pew polls aside for a moment when I close my eyes I imagine the typical Facebook user to be increasingly female, white, high-school educated, and of lower middle class income. They are also increasingly empty nesters whose preferred vacation venue is a […]

AI: The Next Cambrian Explosion

Will open sourced AI prove productive or problematic? Science generally agrees that life here on the rock began about 3.8B years ago, loitering on the edges of Gowanda, trying to figure out how to exchange genetic material for fun and profit. Then about 3.2 or 3.3B years later something happened. Nobody yet agrees as to […]

Digital Strategies…a Practitioner’s Perspective

A few years back something curious happened with the advent of the internet. Thanks to the business press, ordinary, even pedestrian businesses suddenly became glamorous technology companies. Even today, sites that do little more than sell shoes are talked about as the next big technology IPO and their CEO’s are extolled as visionary because they […]

Big Data: Sis, Boom, Bah!

Time for More Predictions… Well, it’s that time of year again, Q4’s are closing, burn rates are burning, time for more predictions. One of the biggest trends in 2015 was collectively referred to as Big Data, Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics. The analysts love this space and some have called it the biggest thing since […]

Ad Blockers: Who’s Zoomin’ Who?

Ad blockers, content and consumers. Oh, My! Well, here’s something that you don’t see everyday. Marco Armet, a coder, blogger, Tumblr co-founder and inventor of an enormously popular app called Peace just had a change of heart and withdrew his ad blocker from the Apple App store just when it was poised to realize enormous […]

Something Weird This Way Comes…

Lies, damn lies and accounting… Years ago there was an old joke about a CEO who needed to hire a new CFO. The interview consisted of a single question. Having narrowed the candidate pool down to three individuals the CEO decided to conduct the final interviews in person. So he asked the first candidate, a […]

Social Subsidization and Diminishing Returns …

Google’s recent admission that Youtube hasn’t turned a profit must have put a whole bunch of VC’s, and their vaunted valuations, on full pucker. The generally accepted premise behind most social media business models is a rudimentary production function. The simple idea that users generate content that drives activity that drives traffic that in turn […]

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