SVP for Enterprise Social and Collaborative Software in SAP's cloud business unit, leading product management and go-to-market. Sameer has been cited in publications such as CNBC Business, The New York Times, CIO.com and Forbes on high performing collaborative organizations and trends in enterprise software. He blogs at Pretzel Logic.
By Sameer Patel on February 20, 2014
When the news of Facebook buying WhatsApp broke, the first thought that crossed my mind was: How much would it matter if Facebook went away in favor of a light wt Instagram + tweaked WhatsApp. That’s 90% of the native behavior. Seriously. WhatsApp can keep 450 million daily active users highly engaged with 35 employees. Instagram now has over a 150 […]
By Sameer Patel on February 9, 2014
The ethnic conclusions implied in the title of this Bloomberg article “Why Microsoft and Everyone Else loves Indian CEOs” makes me really uncomfortable. To be clear, I am very proud that someone from my ”-’hood” made it to the top of the heap. But what I celebrate here the most is not necessarily that Satya is [&hellip
By Sameer Patel on January 13, 2014
This story about the Waterwheel really moved me: “When Cynthia Koenig, a young social entrepreneur from New York, learned that millions of girls and women around the world spend hours each day collecting water from distant sources, she decided to create a new way to help people in poor communities transport water and it’s called […]
By Sameer Patel on December 24, 2013
A seriously content rich debate ensued in the past days on the validity of big data and accompanying algorithms that govern them. The central hypothesis we’re debating is MIT Professor Andrew McAfee’s assertion that algorithms are smarter than human judgement. Three sources you want to peruse if you want to play: Professor McAfee’s original Harvard […]
By Sameer Patel on December 16, 2013
As someone who leads products and even before I did, I’ve never understood the obsession with feeds and activity streams in the context of enterprise social software applications or for that matter, enterprise software applications. The bedrock of the fabled “Facebook for the Enterprise” meme was the feed and enterprise software applications rushed to re-produce […]
By Sameer Patel on December 1, 2013
Nora Aufreiter, Julien Boudet and Vivian Weng at McKinsey and Co. have published some excellent research on the current state of consumer email that came my way via my old pal and newly minted colleague, Maggie Fox. Just as Altimeter Research founder Charlene Li’s work on internal social technology usage showed less than what you might [&hellip
By Sameer Patel on November 18, 2013
This week marks two very significant milestones for SAP in the category of Business and Collaborative networks. Exactly a year ago, we launched SAP Jam – a purpose-built collaboration platform designed to work across business processes and to affect real business outcomes. Four quarters later, we are privileged to count well over 10 million subscribers on the […]
By Sameer Patel on September 22, 2013
I’ve always put a lot of stock in business execution. The first book and management thinker I was truly influenced by was not Porter’s concepts on Competitive Advantage but (the late) Professor CK Prahalad’s notion of competing on Execution. I’ve been specific about this in a post and Nilofer Merchant did a great job illustrating this in her Harvard Business Review piece.
By Sameer Patel on September 15, 2013
I recently had the chance to dig into challenges faced by Sales Executives with Rawn Shah, a prominent practitioner on line of business collaboration and columnist at Forbes. It’s tough out there for the VP of Sales: Depending on the size of her organization, she has 10 or 100 or even 500 reps to onboard.
By Sameer Patel on August 18, 2013
I sent a tweet to Hootsuite yesterday to ask how I could make some changes to my default settings. The support rep was extremely helpful and resolved my issue right away. Then this morning I get an email with a sales proposition with these choice value propositions. “I hope you don´t mind I write an