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So I ran out of space in my "hits and misses" column this week for my honorable mention section. Here's the links I would have shared: 

Is the Creative Economy also in Trouble? http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2014/05/09/is-the-creative-economy-also-in-trouble/   myPOV: provocative/interesting view of economic growth versus global stagnation and the (relative) impact of the Internet economy.

How Data Visualization Solved One of Retail's Most Vexing Questions http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/05/how-data-visualization-answered-one-of-retails-most-vexing-questions/  myPOV: Using heatmaps to track customer movements inside a store and other envelope-pushing use cases for retail. Maybe a tad creepy in some cases - "creepy insight" anyone? 

Enterprise Content Marketing Research: Where Does Success Lie in 2014? http://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2014/04/enterprise-2014-content-marketing-research/ myPOV: some useful data points, including problems content marketers face (big surprise: lack of time, struggles to produce compelling content, etc). Also a link to the full (free) report. 

How I Wrote Three Books in Three Years: http://www.copyblogger.com/three-books-in-three-years/  myPOV: one of the better productivity posts I have seen in a while, with good content on how research/info gathering feeds into content production.  
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myPOV: just about as spot-on a piece on outsourcing trends (what is working and what is not) as you will see. Outsourcing is here to stay but companies are far savvier about it. #ensw
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This quote from HP on how customers' needs for outsourcing have shifted popped out at me; ""The way the business used to work, it used to be the very big horizontal outsourcing [deals] where you take over people. Those really aren't happening that much anymore, What we're seeing now is much smaller deal sizes and the customers are wanting much more labour expertise versus just labour arbitrage," 

"So we have to shift along with that and we're making lots of changes in our portfolio." 

It's a savvy and more realistic view of outsourcing, something I have been debating with +Chris Kernaghan +Michael Koch and others....
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Interesting piece by Chirag Mehta of SAP on SaaS valuations and transitions of on-prem vendors.

This quote stood out: "Many people I have spoken to assume that SaaS is a volume-only business and you can't charge customers what you would typically charge your customers in your traditional license and maintenance revenue business model. This is absolutely not true. If you look at some of the deal sizes and length of SaaS contracts of pure SaaS companies they do charge a premium when they have unique differentiation regardless of volume."
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Lots of Hana case-examples discussed... many prefaced with "I can't name names."
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So here's the replay link for the webinar where I joined Thomas Michael and Cushing Anderson to hash out/speak out on Michael Management's SAP training survey. Windows wmv file direct link: www.michaelmanagement.com/files/Webinar/2014-05-01-SAP-Training-Survey-Results.wmv

Direct link to the PDF of the survey results: 

www.michaelmanagement.com/files/Webinar/2014-05-01-SAP-Training-Survey-Results.pdf

I wrote the foreword to the survey...on the webinar we dug into the alarming side of the reserach (undertrained SAP professionals and the links to project failure), as well as the better news about continuous learning. 

Oh, and another hard look at SAP certification based on the survey data...
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I wrote the foreword to the survey...on the webinar we dug into the alarming side of the research (undertrained SAP professionals and the links to project failure), as well as the better news about continuous learning. 

Oh, and another hard look at SAP certification based on the survey data...
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By yours truly, fresh on diginomica. Was good to compile the research since my last post on productivity. 

As in this quote from Alexis Madgrigal : "Nowadays, I think all kinds of people see and feel the tradeoffs of the stream, when they pull their thumbs down at the top of their screens to receive a new updates from their social apps. It is too damn hard to keep up. And most of what’s out there is crap."
 
G+ Newspick: Productivity or bust in 2014: expert tips - by @jonerp: Been a while since I hit on productivity, one of my favorite topics...here's the research and best ideas from last six months. "The vexing problem of staying ahead of tasks seems to be intensifying, not diminishing. Here's the best approaches I've seen." (via @jonerp) #ensw
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+Dagfinn Parnas makes sense. I suppose you also need a good facilitator/taskmaster to get the most out of that short window and keep folks on track without muzzling them too much...
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New on diginomica: Enterprise hits & misses – December 30 - Jon's cheeky week in review of which enterprise software articles hit (or didn’t) on diginomica & beyond - for week ending December 29, 2013.Author informationJon ReedJon Reed has been involved in enterprise communities since 1995, including time spent building ERP recruiting and training firms. These days, Reed is a (cough) blogger/analyst and also counsels vendors and startups on go-to-market strategy. He... http://ow.ly/2Cwxi4
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very true. I was sorry +John Appleby had to leave before +Ethan Jewett could grill him on climate change science. :)
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Thanks for the group invite Natascha  - I've done a series of pieces on B2B content marketing for diginomica, this one pulls in social media marketing http://diginomica.com/2013/07/26/questioning-b2b-social-media-results/
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+Natascha Thomson indeed - thanks for the push....was neat that SAP folks picked up on it. Best, Jon
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Now that Google has canned RSS alerts with Reader, it's time for RSS hackers to figure out solutions. 

Google pulled another clever trick on RSS purists by removing Google RSS alerts when the killed Reader. They renamed RSS alerts “Reader alerts” to give them an excuse to kill RSS alerts when they killed Reader, even though Google RSS alerts were not Google Reader dependent – they could be consumed by any newsreader. Whatever...

You can convert your Google RSS alerts to email alerts, but if there’s one thing RSS is better at than email, it’s processing keyword alerts quickly. 

So what do you do? 

You hack.  

Google Alerts recently noted that RSS alerts are “temporarily unavailable” which implies the possibility of return. I wouldn’t count on it. Google Alerts have been perceived to be on the chopping block at any rate. And Yahoo’s RSS alerts are going away soon also, they were supposed to be gone already, though mine are still working.
So what are the options? 

1. Mentions – Mentions is a new site +Derek Loranca  pointed me towards: https://en.mention.net/.  The site is more comprehensive than I need (it tracks all social mentions beyond what Google Alerts typically provides). It’s also on a “free trial” for 30 days but then you’ll likely be paying. I’m not opposed to paying for good services, I pay for Newsblur RSS, Evernote, etc, but I’m not sold on this one yet. But if you want to configure a broader mentions service that supports RSS, this could be a good bet. Mentions WILL import your existing Google Alerts. 

2. Make your own email-to-RSS recipe with Internet automation services like IFTTT or Zapier. I wasn’t able to find a good recipe on IFTTT for this, and the post I found on Zapier http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-build-an-email-to-rss-notification-machine-with-zapier/  Did not do the trick for me. 

3. Use an email-to-RSS provider. There are only a couple of them left now. I tried them, and I found email to RSS to be the one that was fast and reliable: http://emails2rss.appspot.com However, there are some nuances to this personalized hack that you should pay attention to.

Here’s the best setup: 

a. (optional) – you need a gmail account with plenty of filters available. My gmail account I use for alerts, newsletters and discussion forums is already using almost all the max (20) filters. So I needed to create a new gmail account which forwards all my mail. This gives me 20 new filters to work with. 

b. (not optional) – I recommend a separate additional gmail account with a separate password for a couple reasons. First, emails2rss does require you to log in with your Google account, and I’m very wary of any third parties having access to my Google account. Also, the way that Google verifies email forwarding, your gmail address will be exposed publicly on your own RSS feed, at least temporarily (emails2RSS lets you clear that feed if you need to). Call this your “special alerts account.”

c. Once you have created the necessary accounts, you’ll need to start routing your alerts and forwarding them by email to your “special alerts email account.” Set up your gmail filters to forward relevant alerts to the special alerts account. 

d. Within emails2rss, you log in with your special email alerts gmail account. You can now easily setup one of two things: 1. An RSS feed for all of your alerts, or 2. You can set up individual RSS feeds in emails2RSS for each of your keyword alerts. Keep in mind you will have to verify the forwarding for each additional email/RSS feed you setup, which means that setting up each one takes a bit of time. 

My take is that given the effort involved here, until someone comes up with a simpler approach you would only use this hack if you have a few keywords that you really want to track via RSS. Otherwise, you can stick with email alerts from Google for now. 

But, as more alerts services shut down their RSS options, variations on this hack may come in handy. 

For me, I do have a few keywords I really do want to track in RSS, but more than that, I am not willing to accept the cancellation of a certain way of consuming information. I’d rather hack and do this on my own terms. 

When this kind of hack works, it’s satisfying because it’s a vote for your own autonomy over what the walled garden Internet companies want us to do. And yes I now put Google in that category. 
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+Jim Spath - yeah, Feedly was down for denial of service....I ended up on the paid (affordable) version of Newsblur and after some adjustments, am happy as a clam.... :)
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