Enterprise

The Way Forward for Innovation in Australia

Old innovation ecosystem models are broken, it is time to realise the open models based around startups (particularly scalable global product based tech startups) are the key to our future.the-way-forward-for-innovation-in-australia

The above diagram by StartupCommons summarises the change in focus at a macro level, we also need to look at the basics of our cultural approach to select digital natives from diverse global backgrounds to represent our interests. Run your eye over most of our nation’s government and industry bodies and the focus and representation is a woeful, old, monoculture with computing science degrees a rarity and real recent internet entrepreneurship dangerously absent, they are similarly rarely constituted of independent non-aligned experts with fresh experience.

If these people can’t serve real customers ever let alone recently (in the last decade) how can they serve our society?

This path forward is so obvious other nations have ‘productised’ the right approach in order to give (and sell) to the world.

Read the full (non country specific) report from StartupCommons here.

Blockchain hot spots

As blockchain outstrips bitcoin in fintech what are the hot areas? CB Insights has some insightful views, looks a bit like Google Trends…

Software Entrepreneurs Must Go Mobile-First Or Die

Mobile has long been the catch cry for startup and enterprise Business Technology experts alike. This article originally from TechCrunch gives a very well prioritised list of how and why with examples.

Microsoft Has Just Launched Its First Android Smartphone, The Nokia X2

This new MS CEO is unlike any other, after Office on iPad and Salesforce.com now there is this droid phone, talk about changing strategy …

What We Do

For some time now the question ‘What do you do?’ has been a little bit of a long answer here at Cooper & Co.

We have a diverse range of interests but there are key underpinning motives, values and desires about improving our world with a mix of commercial and non-commercial sustainable activities.

These are captured in our revised one pager ‘ Cooper & Co: What We Do’ which holds at the core our values of developing best practice entrepreneurship, disruptive and sustaining innovation and business technology strategy.

The activities are grouped as follows, all around the core activities of Business Technology Strategy which we define as tech and tech enabled business large and small.

Cooper & Co – Investing, delivering and managing Business Technology Strategy

Enterprise & Mid Market Segment

Commercial

  • Large Transaction Due Diligence Consulting (pre and post transaction, buy and sell side representation e.g. acting CIO/COO)
  • Expert Opinion and Mergers & Acquisition consulting – advisory support with a focus on technology, operations, strategic alignment and execution
  • Project Consulting (e.g. acting CIO/COO and similar) strong background in marketplaces, real-time, finance and trading and high volume retail

Non-Commercial (Pro Bono / Volunteer)

  • Social channels sharing best practice
  • Special Interest Groups (advocacy)
  • Best practice and industry commentary blogs

Tech Startups

Commercial

  • Angel equity – cash investment
  • Advisory Consulting – commission based referral to experts facilitating trade sales
  • Products (creation, development, experimentation, joint ventures)

Non-Commercial (Pro Bono / Volunteer)

  • Tech Startup Ecosystem Advocacy
  • Mentoring / Assistance (e.g. Pitch coaching for SydStart)
  • Community Events (e.g. SydStart now StartCon) and Industry Associations / Policy 

New Tech Landscape

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The New Technology Landscape Guide by Cooper & Co

All stereotypes are wrong we can confidently predict with tongue firmly planted in cheek. When it comes to technology industry classifications this is certainly the case but we decided to publish this New Information & Communications Technology Landscape Guide to help people understand the changes the industry is undergoing.

No longer is it simply enterprise/business with their major suppliers and smaller nimble suppliers.

Now the position of the major suppliers is no longer disputed, they are at the top of the stock exchange food chain and are the leading enterprises in their own right dominating markets globally.

What is not clear and is consistently underestimated is the role of the digital creative (typically entertainment or ex-advertising and marketing centric and usually providing services or services bundled with a complete deliverable e.g campaign, game, movie, television advertisement – of which they only do a relatively small number each year) and the tech startups (typically disruptive innovation and product centric and since it is standardised/productised and usually internet software and software/hardware focused they are typically scalable to very large numbers).

Think of the difference between ‘digital creative’ and ‘tech and tech enabled startup’ to be something like the differences between Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Or in the case of advertising perhaps New York and Silicon Valley. They both have some level of entrepreneurship and technology but the differences are stark when it comes to scale, productisation, mindset, methodologies, talent portfolio and language.

To all you industry observers and commentators in all sectors, we hope you find this useful. Comments very welcome.

Note: Originally published Mar 12, 2013. Revised to correct typos and add more context (language, timeframes, stakeholders).

If you like this you might also be interested in how to manage it with Enpoma for Apps.

Enpoma Alpha Is Coming

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Application Portfolio Management has finally come of age and is available instantly for all large and small firms in the form of Enpoma for Apps – Enterprise Portfolio Management for everything from simple apps to complex mission critical multi-server platforms.

The pre-release (alpha) version of Enpoma for Apps is entering limited testing with enterprise prospects in a few countries. Some of the simpler screen shots will give you a feel for what it looks like.

Enterprise Portfolio Management (EnPoMa) is a small simplified centralised approach to managing large complex distributed sets of assets.

In this case we are focused on the technology and operations ecosystem assets (systems, vendors, stakeholders, responsibilities) much of which is generally referred to these days as apps even though in the enterprise world these apps may involve hundreds of servers, interfaces, people and other assets and liabilities including full stack inhouse and external components and IaaS, Paas and SaaS costing hundreds of millions of dollars.

Enpoma for Apps is a mobile, tablet and web app for enterprise senior management and their direct reports helping deliver strategic insight & management of an organisation’s technology.

  • Typically 80% of a large enterprise enterprise tech and operations s budget is spent on business as usual (i.e. keeping the lights on) the remaining is spent on pruning (decommissions/upgrades/consolidations) and innovation.
  • The idea is to help them innovate more by better managing risks (e.g. vendor, technology, concentration, geo, skill, key person) and opportunities (consolidation, diversification, acquisition etc) and more.
  • Enpoma gives you dashboards that pinpoint areas to focus on and more importantly what is not being focused on. Where you are making progress on understanding (the stages of knowing) and where you need to do more.
  • The app is available for instant deployment via our platform provider and thereafter accessible via the web and native mobile apps with granular access security controls
  • You can read more on our earlier Enpoma product announcement.
  • We are using a major platform as the foundation for the Enpoma innovation suite so we can focus on your business technology management and strategy challenges while our platform provider handles the significant burdens of high end security and reliability for the enterprise market
  • All the usual major certifications and security are covered by the platform including but not limited to –
    • ISO 27001 / ISO 27002
    • CISSP / CIPP / MSSPs / SAS 70 Type II / SysTrust
    • TLS / SSL end to end
    • TRUSTe CPS / JIPDC / EU SH

If you would like to participate in this limited release trial your firm could qualify for early access and discounts for the first year of use so please contact us using the form below.

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Please note that while most of our target market are likely to be larger firms, smaller technology centric firms and early adopters who want to be ‘ahead of the game’ strategically (e.g. for an upcoming investment or merger/acquisition) or who are operating a complex/diverse technology environment will also benefit.

If you heard about us via a closed audience notice (e.g. professional forum or direct mail) please let us know via the comments.