Rick Lilly joined Ondema this week to lead our business development efforts. Rick’s 25 years of technology experience include managing global cross-functional teams, leading the adoption of Agile in Cisco IT, and managing dozens of complex technology platforms, services, and projects across a range of functions.[Read more…]
What you don’t need: another company sending a meaningless COVID-19 response email.
What you might need: a company taking action on behalf of its customers.
We’re intent on helping you continue to execute during this difficult time. Here’s a small sample of some of the things we’re doing:
- Through 2020, Limited accounts* are now free for new and existing customers. These accounts are a great way to loop in individuals and businesses in your ecosystem to seamlessly share information and collaborate. This is especially helpful when face-to-face interaction or travel isn’t an option.
- We are hard at work building the features you asked for: creating duplicate items to limit manual data entry, CSV import for batch uploading, resource utilization visuals to increase efficiencies, and more.
- All customers now have access to unlimited free training sessions with an Ondema technical representative, conducted via Zoom.
To say the coronavirus (COVID-19) will impact our way of life for the foreseeable future would be an understatement.
The business landscape has changed. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, businesses are enacting semi-remote or fully-remote operations, an unfamiliar model for many.
Ondema has been a fully-distributed company, with employees in multiple states, since 2017. We’ve experimented with remote work frameworks and tools to capitalize on upsides and minimize downsides. Furthermore, the product we provide, the Workspace, is designed for collaboration independent of physical location.
We’ve done this for a bit, but are by no means experts. Our hope in sharing what’s worked for us is that it may help some businesses adapt to remote or semi-remote models in the era of COVID-19.[Read more…]
I had the privilege of serving in the US Marine Corps from 2003-2011 as an AH-1W Super Cobra pilot, an expeditionary unit Air Officer, and special unit Forward Air Controller (FAC). For the unfamiliar reader: my job was providing and coordinating fires in support of ground units, both from an attack helicopter and while embedded with ground units.
I deployed to combat three times. I had purpose, experienced the intensity that life has to offer, and witnessed the indomitable will of the human spirit. Perhaps most rewarding during my active duty days was serving alongside some of the finest humans I’ll ever know. Those were good years.
Throughout my time on active duty there was a pattern of motions for keeping pace and delivering optimal results in dynamic environments. The highest likelihood of mission success always centered around one thing: agility.[Read more…]
Benedict Evans of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (“a16z”) recently published a blog post titled “New Productivity.”
It got us pretty excited.
As Ondema’s positioning and product both mature and come into focus, we learn more about how we’re a part of a massive shift in how software is applied and consumed across value chains.[Read more…]
Note: this is the second post in our Industry 4.0 series. Check out our first in the series: the Primer on Industry 4.0.
Manufacturers are under increasing pressure to provide better products and services around those products, at lower cost, faster, and with greater flexibility.
The technological forces driving this change are collectively referred to as “Industry 4.0.” We encourage readers to think of the term as a broad spectrum of tools available to achieve the competitive edge and profitability in the new manufacturing economy, and also as a term that implies “evolution” vice “revolution.”[Read more…]
Note: this primer is the first in a series of Ondema blog posts about Industry 4.0.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution? Industry 4.0? The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)? What’s behind these marketing buzzwords?
Manufacturing is in the early stages of being radically transformed by technology – again. Industry 4.0, another way of referring to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is the name given to the infusion of today’s (and tomorrow’s) technology into evolving manufacturing systems.[Read more…]
What is an “elephant in the room?” It’s a metaphorical idiom used to describe an obvious problem that people don’t want to address or talk about.
Talking about the elephant in the room can be tough. So much so that taking the path of least resistance is the easy answer. At least in the short term.[Read more…]
“Other kids’ games are such a bore!
They gotta have rules and they gotta keep score!
Calvinball is better by far!
It’s never the same! It’s always bizarre!
You never need a team or a referee!
You know that it’s great, ’cause it’s named after me!”-Calvin and Hobbes
What is Calvinball doing on a company blog? What does it have to do with operating a business? Quite a bit, actually.
I enjoy nerding out on spreadsheets. They’re excellent for financials, basic data analysis, and modeling. However, managing complex work with spreadsheets is tempting fate. Managing complex work at scale with spreadsheets is dancing with the devil in the pale moonlight.
Once your business gets to a certain level of complexity and/or scale, you’re going to need a better tool.