To keep up with changes in technology or customers’ needs, companies are pushing more decision making down to their employees. Employees need to have better information and better connections with coworkers and the company vision.
— Adam Pisoni, co-founder and CTO of Yammer.
Yammer originally allowed employees to chat and share ideas quickly, but since launching in 2008 it has evolved into a Facebook-like experience with the added ability to store, share and co-edit documents. More than 5 million corporateemployees, 85 percent of which are at Fortune 500 companies, reportedly use Yammer. That success drove Microsoft to pay $1.2 billion last year to acquire the private, social network, with ambitions to roll Yammer features into Microsoft’s SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 applications.
Just prior to moving into new offices next door to Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco, Yammer co-founder and CTO Adam Pisoni sat down to talk about why empowering employees is central to his product and company culture, and essential for any business that wants to thrive in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world.
Amid swirling debate over the strengths of fabs versus fabless chipmakers, shrinking geometries and node transitions, VLSI Research analyst Dan Hutcheson shares his perspective on the industry today, the future of Moore’s Law and the transition to 450-milimeter wafers.
Total Google 2011 Revenue: $37.9 Billion.
Total Google 2011 Advertising Revenue: $36.6 Billion.
Total US Newspaper 2011 Advertising Revenue: $23.9 Billion.
Just saying (with the caveat that the Google numbers are global and newspapers have other revenue streams such as subscriptions and events).
Image: Detail from Breaking Down Google’s 2011 Revenues, via WordStream
Computerworld explore whether Congress will crush the technology industry if it U.S. budget cuts kick into gear for the next 10 years.
MIT President played out this scenario during a talk in Silicon Valley last month.
Excerpt from American Innovation Losing Its Shine?
American ingenuity and innovation, the twin engine of the country’s economy since World War II, is in danger of losing steam and job growth potential if federal legislators allow “automatic” spending cuts to kick in next year rather than earmarking federal funds to advance education, research and manufacturing, according Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Susan Hockfield.
“The big question is: Where will our much needed jobs come from?” she asked. “Will we let other nations lead or will we seize the lead?”
Spending cuts may help solve America’s immediate budget deficit woes, but Hockfield warned of dire consequences to not making critical, long-term investments that will drive the innovation economy that has generated more than half the new jobs in the last 50 years.