How immersive can a world be?

Importance of Bibles

In my last article, I introduced ‘Transmedia storytelling’ (TS) and the way bible-sunset-2it can use new technologies to achieve its goals. Now, we’ll inspect, in depth, the fundamentals of TS.

One of the main pillars of TS is the capacity of its diverse literary and creative works to converge into a single, well identified experience. This is the ‘immersive world’. What is important to understand here is that ‘immersive’ does not refer to any specific engagement, but a mix of correlated things. Usually, we speak about the latest things, but now it’s time to investigate the prior.

Achieving that goal is not simple. First of all, an author cannot obtain an immersive world by himself/herself. We know that nature is not ‘monochromatic.’ When a writer creates something, he/she etches the history in his/her own style. The people in the story is a reflection of how he/she visualizes things. Therefore, the total experience of this world is not converging, it’s flat! So, TS makes  the need for contributors, the prosumers, quite obvious. The stories, having different creators, offer a kind of 3D vision of that world. More contributors lead to more depth. [Read more…]

Seven Best Practices for Salesforce Validation Rules

mobile-web-app-testingAn opportunity must be closed and must always have an order number. Whenever a lead is created, an email address must be provided. If the client has a UK address, then the account must always be handled by the UK Sales Office.

These are classic examples of scenarios where you may choose to use Validation Rules in Salesforce. In short, validation rules ensure that your data in Salesforce meets the necessary requirements. It can be anything from business requirements to the requirements for your integrations.

The 7 Good Practices:
  1. Never, ever create validation rules directly in the Production environment
  2. Run rules as narrowly as possible
  3. Remember to notify users when there are new rules
  4. Be careful not to create too many rules
  5. NEVER use specific IDs in a validation rule
  6. Please be aware of the difference between layouts and validation rules
  7. Do Testing, Testing and more Testing

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Challenges of a CIO (Part 1)

Image Credit: CIO Vietnam presentation

Image Credit: CIO Vietnam presentation

In the following months, I will be blogging on typical CIO challenges and describe potential ways to approach the challenges, exemplified with the story of a fictitious person. The story begins when he assumes the post of CIO in a typical medium sized company.

Peter Sommer joins Olfama Company as CIO. During the interviews, he learns that management is not pleased with the performance of the IT organization. All change projects involving IT are running late and have overshot the budget. Many of the critical IT-systems are old-fashioned and parts of their functionality are already outdated. Most of the systems were originally bought as standard systems, but almost all of them have been modified and adapted heavily during the last two decades. The IT‑budget has had a history of constant increase until it was cut significantly last year. This led to lower quality of IT‑services, particularly, service desk response time and system availability. [Read more…]

Are you a T-shaped individual?

In an earlier post, I had warned about mini-waterfall in disguise, putting forward ‘cross-functional’ as a better term to describe team cooperation than ‘multi-disciplinary.’ So, how do you recognize cross-functional teams that are not multi-disciplinary teams in disguise? Well, they form the category of T-shaped professionals.

T-shaped as in tester-shaped? No, not really… T-shaped refers to the shape of the letter T. It refers to how well one performs, both individually and as a member of a group.

A combination of these two dimensions result in four possible quadrants: [Read more…]

Bitcoin 2.0 Enables Networks Where Trust Is Not Needed

22A problem mathematicians have been working on for a long time is how different parties can know if information exchanged online represents the consensus, without the need to rely on a third party. Until recently, this was considered impossible. This problem is also known as the Byzantine Generals’ Problem. To quote from the original paper defining the problem: “[Imagine] a group of generals of the Byzantine army camped with their troops around an enemy city. Communicating only by messenger, the generals must agree upon a common battle plan. However, one or more of them may be traitors who will try to confuse the others. The problem is to find an algorithm to ensure that the loyal generals will reach agreement.” In a system with intermediaries, it is always possible that one of the parties is consciously or unconsciously filtering or changing information. The solution to this problem must by definition therefore be a system where trust is not needed. This requirement can only be met by decentralized systems. [Read more…]

Get started on building Apps

I’ve put together a series of videos on getting started with Apps creation. Check them out:

The first video focuses on things that you should keep in mind before starting an application project.

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Manage project or deliver?

dilemma-270x300There are times when the implementation team (comprising developers, testers, UI designers, etc.) is considered not good enough to complete a project or get things done on their own. There is a general tendency to include senior management to the list of “responsible people” for important projects, as it’s commonly believed that the management can solve all problems.

If senior managers are not seen or heard, everything is considered to be OK. A bit like “no feedback is good feedback.” However, when there’s a problem, senior managers feel an urge to solve those, as they think it’s the most  reasonable thing to do. [Read more…]

16 Tech Trends the Big VC’s are watching

369c560The founders of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz have invested successfully in just about every significant startup you can think of. And when they talk, I listen. Now they have put up a list of 16 major tech trends they are watching, or as they say:

We don’t invest in themes; we invest in special founders with breakthrough ideas. Which means we don’t make investments based on a pre-existing thesis about a category.

Accompanying the list are insightful descriptions of the opportunities in each category. In this post I want to highlight a few of these insights by making a selection out of their descriptions. [Read more…]

25 Disruptive Technology Trends 2015 – 2016

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In this slidedeck by Brian Solis (Altimeter) 25 technology driven trends are presented. You will recognize some of the stuff in there from the last months of 2014 (like Blockchains), but Solis listed the trends that will evole troughtout 2015 and 2016. Topics include cyber security, mobile payments, drones, bitcoin, social media, digital, omnichannel, attribution, customer XP, music and movies.  [Read more…]

My 5 picks from CES 2015

CES-2015It’s about connectivity at this years CES 2015. The internet of things (internet of everything) is connecting the internet to a whole range of things from guns to pets. The biggest trends at CES are smart homes, connected cars, wearables and TV’s. But although it might not look like it, CES is more than just gadget overload. In this post I picked 5 products that to me resemble the broader trends of this years CES.  [Read more…]