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When a company’s purpose changes, it is no longer the same company.

IBM recently announced plans to split into two companies. The company continuing on with the IBM name will focus on cloud and AI solutions, while IBM’s traditional managed infrastructure services will reside in a to-be-named NewCo.

I’m a huge fan of focus, so this is a good thing, perhaps even overdue.

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However, I have often said that a company’s purpose should be “forever” and if a company changes its purpose, then that probably means it’s no longer the same company. This planned change is a good opportunity to reflect on the fact that IBM is no longer International Business Machines. …


It’s not often that I get an extremely strategic piece of direct mail, but that’s exactly what happened yesterday.

Our family has benefitted greatly from the work of Ligonier Ministries over the years. Ligonier was founded by R.C. Sproul in 1971 and over the past five decades a community of smart people who love God and the Bible gathered around him. Together they have provided rich insights into what the Bible teaches and how it applies to our lives.

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Since Dr. Sproul’s passing at the end of 2017, the ministry has worked hard to continue the work he began and to assure Ligonier’s supporters that the work is still important and still true to the principles that he established. …


Lights and cameras teach us how manufacturers need to consider trade-offs as they develop products for this new era

Last week I started a new series of articles on the Connected Intelligence Revolution and the challenges that companies face in this new era. Specifically we took lessons from the residential irrigation industry and connected garage door openers.

Today we’re going to look at security cameras and connected lights to learn the simple lesson that companies need to make trade-offs in developing products for the Connected Intelligence era.

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Photo by Tobias Tullius on Unsplash

For some reason that escapes me now, several years ago we decided that it would be good to have a security camera watching the front of our house, so we bought a Ring doorbell. …

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