Stories by Rob Enderle

The dark side of early retirement

Instead of working to retire early, smart folks tend to find work they enjoy so they don’t want to retire. Columnist Rob Enderle can’t understand why anyone would want to retire at 35, calling the idea ‘idiotic.’

Written by Rob Enderle02 Oct. 15 16:52

The art of a successful tech company turnaround

Turnarounds are a bit of a passion for columnist and consultant Rob Enderle. More often than not they are done badly. Enderle talked with a client about how it pulled off a turnaround.

Written by Rob Enderle25 Sept. 15 17:34

How to do layoffs right (when you absolutely have to)

The tech industry has a history of doing major layoffs too frequently and often badly. The reality is this can and should be avoided. Columnist Rob Enderle discusses why layoffs should be seldom used and how to do them right when necessary.

Written by Rob Enderle18 Sept. 15 20:52

How a ‘Tiger Team’ can make internal audits strategic

Often transformational efforts at companies, though good in intention, fail in execution. Columnist Rob Enderle recently learned of a successful effort happening at NIC, an Internal Audit Tiger Team. Here’s a look at what it is and why it’s working.

Written by Rob Enderle04 Sept. 15 18:41

Can Cloud collaboration and data analytics cure cancer?

After decades of research, the data needed to cure cancer exists, but, unfortunately, writes columnist Rob Enderle it’s not being shared or analyzed effectively. That may be changing thanks to Intel and Oregon Health and Science University.

Written by Rob Enderle21 Aug. 15 20:01

Trump vs. Fox News signals a major focus group fail

I was reminded of why Steve Jobs hated focus groups when I watched the Fox News coverage of the Republican debate, specifically with respect to Donald Trump. Part of that coverage was to have a focus group expert query a captive focus group about their pre- and post-debate impressions -- he instead showcased why most firms should never use focus groups.

Written by Rob Enderle18 Aug. 15 03:50

8 must-have tools if you work from home

I've been working from home for well over a decade now, so it would be tough to move back into a corporate environment. However, working from a home office isn't for everyone and while there are some huge advantages, there are some drawbacks as well.

Written by Rob Enderle08 Aug. 15 04:50

Why don't tech companies get marketing?

Over the last couple of decades marketing has become an almost forgotten skill in the technology segment. This seems strange and partially explains why Apple, which was the only marketing-driven company in the segment, was so massively successful. So because engineering skills were more highly valued there seemed to be a sense that these talented engineers could take over marketing rolls as CEOs who lacked marketing training came on board and gutted or never created effective marketing organizations.

Written by Rob Enderle01 Aug. 15 00:30

Office romances are affairs to avoid

Most of us have heard the warning: "Don't date anyone you work with." If you've been in the workplace for a while you have likely either been in an office romance, had someone that worked for you get into one or watched a co-worker destroyed by one.

Written by Rob Enderle25 July 15 03:09

How to find career happiness: Stop chasing the money

When I started working on my undergraduate degree, one areas I focused on was manpower management -- the study of how to manage and motivate people. A lot of work went into understanding what got employees up and focused and how to match people to the jobs they would most enjoy.

Written by Rob Enderle18 July 15 02:46

Why happiness beats money when choosing a tech career

I've had an incredibly varied and generally fascinating career. I dropped out of college after two years to work full time at Disney. When they fired everyone in management who didn't have a degree, I walked off the job and went back and finished my Associate in Arts degree. Then I went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree and ended up working in commercial real estate after turning down an interview with the firm that would eventually become Microsoft. (Yes, I still kick myself in the butt for that one.)

Written by Rob Enderle11 July 15 01:09

Security threats and why you never want to name anything

There is a bit of a name fight going on with a new class of security software. Traditionally, this has been called UBA, for User Based Analysis or Analytics. However, recently newer firms are coming to market arguing that the name should have more to do with the benefit the technology provides and reflect that the breadth of analysis goes well beyond users. Thus, you have ABD, or Active Breach Detection, and this could as easily be DBD, or Dynamic Breach Detection, or even SJIASSFYCAWCTYWTAAWTAS or Some Jerk Is Already Stealing Stuff From Your Company And We Can Tell You Who They Are And What They Are Stealing.

Written by Rob Enderle04 July 15 01:57

What drives your company? Marketing, sales or engineering?

I recently saw my first in-person presentation by Larry Ellison, who arguably is the most successful salesman in the world. Oracle is a sales-driven company, and while that isn't unique, it is rare in the enterprise solutions business. Steve Jobs was one of Larry's closest friends, and Apple under Jobs was marketing-driven (with a heavy design emphasis), which was unique. Jobs was a marketing genius often compared favorably to PT Barnum and Walt Disney.

Written by Rob Enderle27 June 15 00:12

How to stop the security breach tsunami

It seems like almost every week there is a new security breach in either the government or in private business. The latest had nothing to do with China, instead it appeared to be more of a revenge attack by one baseball team on another.

Written by Rob Enderle20 June 15 01:43

U.S. surveillance programs are killing the tech industry

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, ranked as the most authoritative science and technology think tank in the U.S. (second in the world behind Max Planck Institutes of Germany), has just released its latest report on the impact of the existence and disclosure of the broad NSA national and international spying programs.

Written by Rob Enderle13 June 15 00:22

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