Destroy the Enterprise

Chapter 2 of Tom Peter’s book titled Re-Imagine, introduces the concept of the destruction imperative. In this chapter, Tom argues that the American economy is driven by destroying jobs in old large enterprises and rebuilding new jobs in novell ventures.

Thank You Sean Alexander

Earlier in the year I had emailed Sean Alexander requesting help with streaming Windows Media content in a particular fashion. I was rather disappointed when I did not hear back from him and for the first time I was beginning to lose hope in the transparency and open communication channels that Microsoft had started through the various employee blogs.

Imagine my surprise when Sean replied with possible solutions to my questions including an offer to continue to help if what he suggested did not work.

This is just a note to say thank you Sean. Your help has certainly reflected positively on Microsoft.

Apreso Classroom

Have you heard of Apreso? If you haven’t perhaps I might be able to shed some light on how this product is revolutionizing classroom education.

Apreso is a company that specializes in classroom education. They have two products, Apreso for PowerPoint and Apreso Online. In the former, the goal is to capture the audio/visual interaction of the professor alongwith the corresponding PowerPoint presentation that would typically be given in a class room setting. Once created, a student can view the presentation online and simultaneously listen and see the professor. With Apresso Online, the product captures the audio experience in the classroom alongwith all the actions that happen on the instructor’s computer .

While I may not be a fan of online education, the one hour demonstration on the product was a clear insight to how education is changing. For example, consider a statistic where in a single week during the Summer Session, the Fox School of Business was capturing over 2,000 minutes of classroom education.

Demonstrations of the product are available online.