When joining Veeva one of the CEO book read recommendations was Zero to One by Peter Thiel… His ideas at least, even if he didn’t write it. On the way back from a recent work trip to Korea I dropped in to a book shop not realising that all the books would be in Korean!
For years I’ve been the resident Excel guru who knows how to run a pivot table and not stuff up a vlookup.
This year I thought I would take my meagre skills and try and super charge them by adding buzz words like analysing and visualization. And now I’m a data scientist and paid a million dollars a year! So I’m still no data scientist but I have learnt some nifty Excel tips and tricks and heap of things that I didn’t know were possible.
I think one of the most under-addressed elements I’ve seen in organisations is who is allocated power. As usual I’m going to make some references to Influencing People – a class that I completed on Coursera recently.
Disclaimer: I’m an Atos employee and Atos are part owners of the Canopy solution. I also work on a client site using Documentum in an EMC OnDemand environment.
EMC have made quite a sales pitch around their OnDemand environments. The idea is that you can hand over the running of the environment to EMC in either a cloud or on premise solution. Using standard building blocks they can deploy environments quicker and manage them easier. In the Documentum world this is a pretty fantastic thing as bringing together the server and database teams and finding a consultant who has had time to test install the latest release is quite a feat.
Before WindowLogic were acquired by Atos I hadn’t even heard much about Canopy. It’s mainly a European based solution with data centers in Germany, France, Spain, UK and most likely many more. It turns out that they also host Documentum environments out of their German data center.