More trust and transparency, less command and control

Managers with outdated notions about controlling employees are misusing technology to monitor and micro-manage those employees, according to Microsoft-sponsored research published by the London School of Economics. InfoWorld reports that The Future Role of Trust in Work, released this week by the LSE, collated research from 15 field studies done around the world over the […]

How a blog will help Macy*s NY

My PubSub subscription that gives me RSS feeds of blog posts that contain the phrases “organizational communication” or “corporate communication” (see earlier post) continues to provide some really interesting news and information. For instance, Workers Rights and Comfortability: Key to Productivity at Macy*s Herald Square, a post today in the Positive Energy Activates Constant Elevation […]

Communication challenges for Oracle and PeopleSoft after acquisition

CNET News: PeopleSoft’s board of directors has approved a takeover deal with Oracle worth around $10.3 billion, ending a long-running and bitter battle and creating a major software maker. CNET News | Oracle buys PeopleSoft for $10 billion So while the acquisition endgame is in sight for investors and shareholders, a great deal of work […]

The FUD begins in Oracle and PeopleSoft deal

Creating fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) about your competitors in the minds of their customers is a tactic common in the enterprise software industry, especially when you see a significant event like an acquisition that will upset the fine balance of players in a mature and consolidating market. It’s all part of the friendly business […]

Microsoft ramps up the FUD

Following the announcement of Oracle’s acquisition of PeopleSoft on 13 December, I wrote about the outbreak of fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) that began with comments by an SAP executive. Now comes news about moves by Microsoft seeking to lure PeopleSoft customers away. Microsoft-Watch reports that Microsoft didn’t waste any time in trying to win […]

Music for better decision-making

In its January issue, Wired magazine reports on a new technology that transforms stock market data into music-based sound to communicate meaning: Abstract snippets of clarinet and harpsichord waft from their workstations. But the financial advisers at Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, and Credit Suisse First Boston aren’t listening to Philip Glass. They’re the earliest adopters of […]

PeopleSoft shakeout begins at the top

Oracle Corporation fired PeopleSoft‘s co-president and chief financial officer, Kevin T. Parker, and three other top executives, a day after assuming control of the rival software maker in a $10.3 billion takeover, according to a report in today’s New York Times. Oracle terminated W. Phillip Wilmington, co-president; Nanci Caldwell, chief marketing officer; and James Shaughnessy, […]

Don’t be dooced in 2005

Very good article on BBC News Online today on the pros and cons of blogging in the workplace. Entitled Looming pitfalls of work blogs, the BBC piece discusses employee blogging and potential legal pitfalls for both employer and employee (covering some similar ground to that published on this topic by ComputerWorld in early November), and […]

Oracle plans big cuts

Following completion of its PeopleSoft acquisition, Oracle is in the process of a mass layoff of staff that’s expected to cut thousands of jobs, Infoworld reports. And it’s not just PeopleSoft employees who will go – reports such as Infoworld’s talk only of ‘cuts’ and ‘layoffs’ without specifying which company. Some financial analysts are expecting […]