"they put the pieces together in a different way that succeeded"

“they put the pieces together in a different way that succeeded” – Bill Gates

In an interview for CBS’ ’60 Minutes’ program, Bill Gates talked about his relationship with Steve Jobs.  In it he talks about tablets, “We did tablets – lots of tablet – well before Apple did” he states, before conceding “they put the pieces together in a different way that succeeded.”  In the world of tablets,…

Can you prototype a contract? - do we have the right contracting skills?

Can you prototype a contract? – do we have the right contracting skills?

In one of my sessions at the recent IACCM EMEA conference which looked at contracting skills I posed the question that whilst we would rarely let a product get to market without some form of testing or prototyping, how many commercial or contract management professionals consider testing their contracting structures or agreements? If we look…

the ubiquity of apps

The Ubiquity of Apps – An Opportunity for Education

The Ubiquity of Apps – An Opportunity in Education (via innov8-Ed) It’s difficult to think about a world without apps, however, it is only five years since the launch of the iTunes App Store.  In this time apps have become ubiquitous and found across all platforms and not just the Apple iOS.  Over the past…

Travel Curation - the Future of the High Street Travel Agents?

Travel Curation – the Future Business Model of the High Street Travel Agent?

In a business world where companies are adjusting their business model to outsource all but the business critical and core activities, in the consumer world we seem to be increasingly insourcing more and more to meet our value for money aspirations.  A good example of this is the way in which many of us plan…

Has Blackberry created a new recipe that includes less Apple?

Has Blackberry created a new recipe that includes less Apple?

Some had said that the release of the new Blackberry 10 device and OS was its last chance.  There was certainly a lot riding on it.  Since Blackberry’s high point in terms of innovative poster child, other players, notably Apple, have taken that crown. Apple in particular, from its consumer roots, has created some revolutionary…