3 minutes is all it takes

TED Talks Ideas Worth Spreading

I just stumbled upon this video on TED. The truth is that I stumbled upon it a long time ago, but found it again yesterday evening. The video is a 3 minute lecture about how to create a movement, held by Derek Sivers who is most famous for founding the company CD baby in 1998. The video does not need a long introduction as it more or less speaks for itself.

What amazes me with this video is Derek Sivers ability to send such a clear message in just 3 minutes time. The message is so easily acceptable and understandable for the audience, which actually makes the speech persuasive.

I believe that Derek Sivers is making a good observation. “A leader is nothing without his first follower.” This is where the gift of persuasion comes in handy, as a Leader is always in the situation of persuading others. I especially like the final conclusion that Derek Sivers comes to. “Be supportive of the first mover and be the first follower.” According to Derek Sivers the first follower deserves the same credit as the leader, because the first follower is what actually makes the leader. I believe that he is on to something.

We can learn a lot form this little 3 minute lecture and it is inspiring that we only need 3 minutes to understand a deep meaningful message. If you feel inspired there are thousands of other great videos on www.ted.com. If you stumble upon some great inspiring lectures that have a great message, feel welcome to share with me in a comment on the right. As the slogan of ted states: “Ideas Worth Spreading”. Don’t forget to spread great ideas.

TED Talks Ideas Worth Spreading

You are Vulnerable

High Tech

You might have noticed that AlexanderHold.com have been offline for the past days due to the flooding’s in Copenhagen. AlexanderHold.com is hosted by a Danish web operator and the servers are not at my disposal. For websites of this kind, it is very normal to outsource the hosting as it simply makes no sense moneywise to be hosting locally. This is not up for discussion. However this has started some thoughts of mine, about the whole concept of hosting in the Sky regarding companies.

In these years it is heavily debated whether or not the companies should jump on the wave of Cloud Computing. I have always been a great supporter of the concept and I do also believe that we within the next 5 to 10 years will see a dramatically shift from devices operating on local hardware to devices taking advantage of supercomputers located on remote server farms.

However the little incidence that I have been witnessing for the past days have put my mind to be more sceptical and I have come to understand company security experts’ concern about losing control of vital business elements. The problem is that companies today are 99% dependent on their IT to be doing business. You might not be doing business on the web. However all economical as well as stock data is all gathered in ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems, such as SAP and Axapta. Without these programs running the most companies cannot sell anything, simply because they have become too dependent.

As I see it.

The discussion whether or not to outsource the ERP to a Cloud solution comes down to risk vs. revenue. A company being very risk averse will never go for the cloud computing solution, where an innovative and risk seeker would go for the solution in the Sky, because it is smarter, more functional, modern, and overall a great cheaper alternative. The problem is when disasters strike, like the flooding in Copenhagen and all business suddenly enters a standstill. Will the operator prioritise your business in favour of others, or will you end up being shut down for several days?

The essential part of this article is not to discuss the pros and corns of the new technology of Cloud Computing, but to stress the necessity of considering the vulnerability of the company’s key functions. When knowing the vulnerable elements of a company, you have the opportunity to minimize the risk and do an analysis of risk vs. profitability.

I discovered that I was vulnerable and that I had absolutely no options in the current situation, but to wait for the operator to fix the problem. Knowing this, I am aware that I should not singlehanded depend on one source being functioning, but I should have others sources located on others systems available.