Who’s Who in Business Networking (2)…

characters.jpgMy buddy Kfir Pravda recently published an excellent, though slightly sexist, post titled “5 Characters We All Met in the Social Media Place“.  

Kfir introduces 5 obsessive/disturbed types –

·        The Babe – a good looking female, which about concludes her attributes.

·        The Plaxo Spammer – an obsessive distributor of (his/her) contact information.

·        The Obsessive Networker – an obsessive collector of connections in the various business and social networks. This character strongly reminded me of The Hunter Guy, I mentioned in my previous Who’s who post.

·        The Virtual Stripper – an obsessive story-teller, where the main hero is oneself…

·        The I-Am-All-About-Business Guy – a healthy individual desperately trying to separate between his professional and personal life, and evoking criticism in the process. This character somewhat reminded me of The Abstaining Guy, I mentioned in my previous Who’s who post.  

Kfir’s post is definitely worth reading and pondering. 

One comment, though –  

Kfir, I do not think of myself as a PC freak, but I do have one issue with your “babes”. I do not ignore the fact that the social media space is abundant with babes, but why not mention that some of them are male?…

Prof. Alice Shalvi is awarded the Israel Prize…

aliceshalvi.jpgThe Israel Prize (“Pras Israel“) is one of most prestigious awards in Israel. It is handed out by the Israeli Government every year, as part of the Independence Day ceremonies and celebrations. It is awarded to Israeli citizens who distinguished themselves with outstanding achievements in various areas, such as art, science, culture, Judaism and more.  

This year, one of the awardees was Prof. Alice Shalvi, who was awarded the prize for her lifetime achievements and contributions in the areas of education and women status in Israel.   

Prof. Shalvi was the headmaster of Pelech, one of the best high-schools in Israel, for 15 years. I had the privilege of attending Pelech under her rule. Prof. Shalvi is an extremely gifted speaker, who could mesmerize an audience of teenage girls (Pelech is an all-girl school) for hours. However, the reason why we learned from her so much (and we did) was her rare leadership style, leadership by example. 

Prof. Shalvi – Your students salute you. Congratulations from the bottom of our hearts.

Happy Birthday Israel…

harherzel.jpgWhat do Israelis do on Independence Day?  

Israel is a young country; It still struggles to generate a tradition, common national themes, if you will, for Independence Day.

There are several national ceremonies and celebrations that developed over the years, but I bet that if surveyed, many (if not most) Israelis would answer that they celebrate the occasion with a hearty barbecue (In Hebrew – “Mangal”…), involving family and friends.  

This year, on the Eve of Independence Day, I had the privilege of attending the Ceremony of the Kindling of the Torches. This Ceremony is held every year, and it marks the end of the Memorial Day and the beginning of the celebrations of Independence Day…   

This instant shift from the subdue mood of Memorial Day (most of us have lost friends and/or family members in Israel’s 59 years of continuous struggle) into the ecstatic mood of Independence Day, which I find to be one of the most defining and moving moments, was even more apparent while attending the ceremony in person. 

Happy Birthday Israel!  May “Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces” (Psalms 122:7) 

Oh, and we did hold the traditional family barbecue on the morrow…

The Historian…

historiancover.jpgI just finished reading “The Historian“, a novel by Elizabeth Kostova. The plot is basically a quest, which develops over time and space for the historical Dracula. It includes several interleaved narratives, and intriguing descriptions of Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria.

My aunt and I enjoy, basically, the same type of books. We both enjoy a good tale. Hence, when I started reading The Historian, I thought I might recommend it to her as well.  I asked her if she liked the horror genre, and she answered that she did not. However, she mentioned, she was in the midst of an excellent historical novel. Turns out both of us were speaking about The Historian.  

This goes to show you that like many excellent novels, this one pertains to multiple genres, and can appeal to multiple tastes. Highly Recommended.

SaaS without HaaS…

The-Marker recently published an article titled “A New and Wonderful World of Software” regarding SaaS – Software as a Service.  

The article is in Hebrew, but is basically outlines the known advantages of SaaS applications. An interesting point that is raised, though, pertains to information security.  

The article quotes some key speakers who claim that one of the main pain-points in SaaS is a psychological barrier, deriving from firms’ apprehension of storing their sensitive information in a remote server.  

I tend to agree. I have experienced the same apprehension during the period I made use of the Salesforce.com CRM. I was quite reluctant to upload detailed information into the CRM, and eventually, this was one of the reasons I gave it up altogether…  

I hope that a trend of SaaS without HaaS would soon emerge, pure Software as a Service, without Hosting as a Service. This means that my information would be kept solely on my servers, while I would be able to run, upon demand, the software itself from the supplier’s server.  

True, this would add a layer of complexity to the software, which would have to identify and deal with cases in which the information is not stored properly on my servers.  

However, SaaS without HaaS is technologically feasible. From the vendor’s perspective, potential advantages that come to mind are –  

  1.  Reducing the SaaS psychological barrier. Of course, the vendors would have to convince the Customers that none of their information leaks in the process of using the software.  
  2. Reducing costs. No need to cater for the information hosting, storage, backup, etc.  

Your thoughts? Yes, dear readers, this is another invitation to comment…

Enough 2.0?…

stop.jpgMy buddy, Tsahar, wrote a mutinous post regarding the excessive use of the 2.0 suffix, titled Enough 2.0. He admits that he might be a bit edgy because of the holiday, which was a bit more suffocating that usual, but he does make an interesting point.  

So, for those of you who aren’t Hebrew readers, and cannot enjoy the source, following is a crude translation of the highlights:  

“Change the disk, change the keyboard, or simply change the title, as long as you stop reusing (the term 2.0), especially when the context of the 2.0 to content is extremely vague. 

I don’t have anything personal against the figure 2, but recently, it causes me to become quite edgy. This happens especially when it appears in its community version, 2.0, with another word before it.   

There are ample examples: The Passover holiday became Passover 2.0. In parallel, the Haggadah vas converted to Haggadah 2.0, and our email was full of greetings 2.0….  

So, it may be the unbearable crowdedness during the Passover Seder (2.0?), and maybe I have become less tolerant to title reuse, but I am desperately demanding: Enough 2.0!!!. “.   

In Tsahar’s defense, the Passover Seder, which is usually a large (and long) family gathering, can definitely weigh on one’s nerves.     

However, Tsahar does raise a valid point: 2.0 – banal term that should be banned or brilliant marketing? 

I vote for brilliant marketing. Marketing 2.0, that is…

Tact in Business Networks…

chinese_invitation.jpgI was presented today with an interesting “moral dilemma” with regard to Business Networks, which got me thinking… 

Let’s say that you are part of a business/social network, and that you receive an invitation to connect from a person with whom you do not want any connection what so ever.  

What’s the “right” or “polite” thing to do? Decline the invitation? Ignore it? Somehow make it disappear from you list of invitations? Should you accept it just out of politeness?

I am not sure there is a text-book answer for this dilemma. Hence, I will share with you my practice in two relevant cases:   

The first (and more straightforward) case is when you receive an invitation to connect from someone you don’t know, was not introduced to you by someone you do know, and does not provide a good enough reason for his request. I receive such invitations on a regular basis (mostly via Skype), and tend to quickly “decline” them (and even block the user). My underlying assumption is that in most of these cases the intent is malicious.   

The second case is when you receive an invitation to connect from someone you do know (perhaps from years ago) or from someone who has been introduced to you by an acquaintance. 

From my perspective, this cases in similar to someone approaching you in a convention. They may be acquaintances you vaguely remember or simply networkers doing some legwork. Chances are that you will never speak to one another again. However, the polite thing to do is to shake hands, exchange some small talk, and perhaps even exchange business cards.    

In a similar manner, I would always accept the on-line invitation of an acquaintance or someone who is referred to me by an acquaintance. These sore of invitation have yielded concrete business for me in more than one cases.  Moreso, in the remote possibility that any of my connections would abuse his welcome, by spamming or in any other way, I would always have the option to remove/block this user…     

P.S. This is as good a chance as any to share with you the fact that my blog has presently accumulated more than 100 views. However, I am still waiting for the first comment, so…