Posted in Cloud Computing, SOA, Web & Enterprise 2.0 on November 17, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

As we discuss Service Oriented Architecture, here are some resources:

Accenture Podcast on ITunes:   Podcast: How to Get Started on the Service-Oriented Architecture Journey to High Performance

Royal Caribbean Cruises example

Wikipedia, SOA’s extensions in Web 2.0


No correlation

Posted in Blog, Facebook, On-Line Advertising, Uncategorized, Web & Enterprise 2.0 on November 15, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

Remember Homework #7: well, there’s an official answer to the question: do more (Facebook) likes mean more votes?  And the answer is no no correlation:

My favorite quote:  “Trilogy says the Facebook margin of victory only explained about 13% of voting results. For gubernatorial races, that correlation is even lower, with the strength of a candidate’s Facebook presence only explaining about 0.8% of the vote margin. And for House races, there was actually a slight negative correlation, meaning a stronger Facebook popularity was associated with a smaller margin of victory.”

SaaS Examples

Posted in Cloud Computing, Presentations, Stuff You Should Read/See, Web & Enterprise 2.0 on November 15, 2010 by Kay & Project Management (the replies to the post are most helpful)

What are some examples of successful, self-service SaaS-model startups?

Classic SaaS businesses leverage a salesforce to close deals and rely on CLTV + CAC as primary metrics. Self-service SaaS is a similar model, with some big differences – no sales team, super low cost of customer acquisition, payback period on a customer is usually very quick. Both have a subscription model, but in self-service, there’s very little human interaction with customers.

Note that many “freemium” businesses also use this model, but it’s not just freemium, as many of these will have a single sale or advertising as a revenue model vs. the subscription to a web-based software service.

Some examples I’m aware of include: – online forms for small business – web surveys for businesses of all sizes – consumer focused genealogy research site – my company, focused on SEO tools & resources for search marketing professionals


Rand Fishkin, CEO & Co-Founder, SEOmoz

Bummed that there’s so few answers, but I’ve found a few more I’ll add to the pile:

Davide Di Cillo,   Designer & entrepreneur –


Facebook Super-logoff

Posted in Facebook, Intellectual Propery, Privacy, Social Networking, Stuff You Should Read/See, Web & Enterprise 2.0 on November 15, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

New Facebook privacy tip: ‘Super-logoff’

John D. Sutter
By John D. Sutter, CNN
November 12, 2010 6:30 p.m. EST | Filed under: Social Media

(CNN) — If clamping down the privacy settings on your Facebook page isn’t enough to help you sleep at night, take a cue from the youth of America.

Try the “super-logoff.”

Performing the trick doesn’t take superhuman powers. Instead of just closing a browser window or clicking the “log off” button at the top right of the Facebook homepage, some young, privacy-concerned users are simply deactivating their Facebook accounts each time they leave the site.

Then they reactivate their accounts to log back on.

Why go to all this trouble?

Well, for one, it’s not hard. Facebook makes it notoriously difficult to fully “delete” an account. But “deactivating” an account is easy — it only takes a single click, and deactivated Facebook users maintain all of their friend connections, wall posts, photos and the like. The upside, for the privacy paranoid, is that when a “deactivated” user isn’t on Facebook, no one else can see their profile, post on their wall or tag them in photos.

For privacy-minded people, it’s a soothing alternative. It gives them ultimate control.

Read more at article

Facebook e-mail?

Posted in Facebook, Stuff You Should Read/See, Web & Enterprise 2.0 on November 15, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

Submitted by Paige (and Ross mentioned it in class):

Coming Monday: Facebook’s Gmail killer?

If rumors are true, the social media icon is looking to launch a Web-based e-mail client.

Posted by InvestorPlace Friday, November 12, 2010 11:27:19 AM

e-mail © Digital Vision If you think you’re already addicted to Facebook, be prepared to spend more time on your social media page. reports that Facebook has sent out invitations to a special event Monday. Many people predict Facebook’s previously secret Project Titan, a Web-based e-mail client run through Facebook, will be unveiled.
Within the company, the project has been referred to as the “Gmail killer.”

Open Source Talks

Posted in Open Source, Presentations, Web & Enterprise 2.0 on November 12, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

5 Reasons to switch to Linux

Google Talks: Ubuntu Linux

Ted Talks:

Yochai Benkler on the new open-source economics
Cameron Sinclair on Open Source Architecture

Other Links:

Open Standards

Paige’s Link

Posted in Blog, Open Source, Stuff You Should Read/See, Web & Enterprise 2.0 on November 10, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

Blog post from (our book’s author) Phil Simon, courtesy of Paige!

He writes:

I’m very pleased to be joining Mike 2.0 as a featured contributor. Considering that I’ve written two books, maintain my own blog, and write for a number of other technology sites and publications, it’s safe to say that I have no shortage of opinions on different technology, data, BI, and management issues–the very topics that Mike 2.0 addresses. In other words, based on what I have seen and continue to see as a consultant, it won’t be hard for me to write a weekly post that I hope you find interesting.

OK, enough with the introductions. This week I was reminded about the reasons that the future of open source software is so promising. To be sure, I’ve got OS religion.

So, why am I so bullish on OS? Well, many reasons that will become apparent as you read my posts each week. Allow me to start off with a story from this past week….

(read more at the article)