Interestingly – and surprisingly – it was quite easy to keep track of everything I read online over the last week, it was however very hard to come up with a list of highlights, so much content is rehashed or dumbed-down, spoon-feeding us how we should think and react.

However, there were a few gems that caught my attention, loosely categorised below.

The most Thought Provoking blog I read this week was this:

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130123161202-1213-if-why-and-how-founders-should-hire-a-professional-ceo

I have since asked a few business founder friends who both do and don’t have professional CEO’s what their thoughts on the topic are, something I will probably blog about myself later in the year once I have developed a stronger opinion.

The Coolest looking App I discovered this week was http://www.cardmunch.com/ it’s been around a while and is now owned by LinkedIN but nifty idea.

Business Intelligence wise I thought the summary on how SaaS is creating data silo’s was one of the better ones I have read recently on that topic, the concept of a “digital landfill” is quite a cool analogy and technology wise Attunity’s big data integration sounds very promising:

http://www.idevnews.com/stories/5339/Survey-CIOs-Bullish-on-Cloud-Benefits-But-Worry-About-SaaS-Data-Silos

http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2013/01/26/should-we-worry-about-a-digital-landfill/

http://reseller.co.nz/reseller.nsf/inews/business-intelligence-and-analytics-need-to-scale-up-gartner

http://www.thevarguy.com/2013/01/28/attunity-integrates-hadoop-big-data-transfer-features/

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/13/business/smallbusiness/data-analysis-helps-stores-compete.html?ref=smallbusiness

a new app I discovered referred to in the article above is http://chartbeat.com/

On the People, Organisational and Personal Brand front I learned the term “ambivert” and enjoyed the link between HR and Predictive Analytics:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-leadership/why-extroverts-fail-introverts-flounder-and-you-probably-succeed/2013/01/28/bc4949b0-695d-11e2-95b3-272d604a10a3_story.html

https://keen.io/blog/41079734225/how-to-write-your-demo-day-pitch

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130122130846-36792-how-and-why-to-write-a-personal-brandprint?trk=mp-details-rr-rmpost

http://www.recruiter.com/i/5-things-that-hr-predictive-analytics-will-actually-predict/

Forrester confirmed we are in the right business both Business Intelligence and Software Product Development wise. And this article reminding us that stories are a powerful marketing tool was quite timely as we refresh our website content:

http://blogs.forrester.com/andrew_bartels/13-01-03-global_tech_market_to_grow_by_54_in_2013_and_67_in_2014

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/blog/sustainable-stories-powerful-tool-communicates-vision?intcmp=122

The role of Women in Business & their impact on Global Economy were themes I picked up on this week from the coverage of the World Economic forum in Davos:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/01/25/at-davos-investing-in-women-emerges-as-a-business-strategy.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-business/9828646/Davos-2013-Women-problem-will-only-be-solved-by-appealing-to-delegates-wallets.html

And just because I used to work for Transpower something we should all keep an eye on because it will hit our electricity bills one way or another http://business.scoop.co.nz/2013/01/24/stoush-brewing-over-radical-electricity-transmission-scheme/

I hope you managed to find something of interest reading wise in this list. Cheers Vic.