Will Price: Innovation Happens Elsewhere

I spoke at an SAP offsite meeting today about web 2.0, community development, innovation and speed. I wish I had read this first. While there may be very innovative things that are going on today inside SAP, I made the point that we are not in the innovation business, we are in the commercialization business. It doesn’t matter how cool the thingamy is that you just created, what does matter is getting it into the hands of people who can use it for some productive purpose. I was excited to hear so much of the discussion about how we compress product cycles, roll out incremental updates that are non-disruptive, and capture collective external innovation just as critically as internal.

As such, businesses need to be architected to leverage the innovation of others. Certainly the multiple benefits – cost, innovation, wealth – standards and open-systems have made possible speak to the value of building businesses that are premised on the axiom of distributed innovation.

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Streaming video on a Mac?

Can anyone tell me how to view WMV files on my Mac? The Flip4Mac plugin for Quicktime won’t install on Intel Macs. I’ve been looking for a utility to convert WMV to MOV but not having much luck. I’m not the only one that is dismayed by the lack of support for WMV.

The Internet is getting less and less friendly to Mac users who want to watch live streaming video. It’s something that’s been bugging me more over the past year, but I’ve kind of learned to accept it at this point, simply being grateful that Flip4Mac was able to handle some newer Windows Media files and that YouTube and Google Video are in a platform-agnostic flash-based video format.

Google deletes Official Google Blog and someone else claims the address

ooooh, that’s kind of embarrassing. Maybe this will inspire them to make much needed improvements in blogger.

Update: We’ve determined the cause of tonight’s outage. The blog was mistakenly deleted by us (d’oh!) which allowed the blog address to be temporarily claimed by another user. This was not a hack, and nobody guessed our password. Our bad.

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