Yorgen Edholm, CEO of Accellion, is a Silicon Valley veteran with 25 years of Enterprise Software expertise. Mr. Edholm co-founded Brio Technology and during 12 years as CEO, took the company public and grew it to $150 million in revenues with over 700 employees and a customer base of over 5,000 organizations. In addition Mr. Edholm was President and CEO of DecisionPoint Applications, an Analytical Applications company. Mr. Edholm has served on several public and private company boards including most recently Hyperion (sold to Oracle), I-many, Resilience, Verix and Saama.
Mr. Edholm earned an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics and a Masters in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Trained as a concert violinist, Mr. Edholm studied with Ivan Galamian, and has performed in Carnegie Hall (2005).
I love that I can get an app for my calendar that syncs across all devices, use an enterprise solution to access business content on my tablet, and play racing games with my son from our mobile phones. However, apps that try to do all three – communications, business and fun – are too cumbersome. Developers today need to decide on one key area that they’ll improve with their solution, rather than trying to be everything to everyone.
Despite the fact that many of us, especially those of us in the technology industry, proclaim to be living in the era of mobile computing, most of the software solutions being developed and marketed today are not designed with a mobile-first perspective. Why is it that we, as an industry, are having such a hard time evolving our software designs to work with the new mobile form factor?
I live in Palo Alto, considered by some to be the tech hub of the world that also happens to have amazing weather, but its cell coverage is ridiculously spotty. Sweden on the other hand, where I grew up, has outstanding cell coverage but the weather is nothing to write home about. In December, Stockholm has about 6 hours of daylight and 18 hours of darkness. I’m still trying to find a place to live that has the weather I crave, alongside the connectivity I need to get work done.
We’re wired to do things faster, smarter, better – always looking for the next big thing to make our lives easier, our companies more successful, our countries more competitive. Sometimes this works well, like when the iPhone launched. Sometimes it fails spectacularly, such as the Apple Newton.
The average person is now armed with 2.9 mobile devices. As we continue to collect new devices, we as managers need to ensure we’re keeping our workforce productive as they make the most of the latest and greatest technological advances.
In today’s world a buzzing smartphone takes priority over anything else going on in the room, and it’s a growing pet peeve of mine. If I’m having a face-to-face conversation with someone it should have priority, yet this doesn’t hold true for a significant number of my coworkers.
My wife is wonderfully low tech, with an old, vanilla mobile phone. Last weekend she surprised me by deciding she now wants a phone with all the bells and whistles. I was worried that she’d been bitten by the new iPhone bug, which hit 9 million other people in one weekend, but her change of mind was more educated. She was learning from our kids.
How would you feel if a competitor picked up your product specs? An investor got a copy of your quarterly financials before earnings? An employee’s personnel file ended up with the press? Not great? Yet employees within your organization may be unknowingly gambling with the security of corporate data every time they use unsanctioned public cloud file sharing and storage services.
Are doctors violating HIPAA by sharing patient data in the cloud or from a mobile device? Are they saving lives in the process?
Last week I wrote about finding a better way to use sync technologies so that all employees can access the information they need, on the device they choose. What if instead of sync, you gave everyone direct access from their mobile devices to the latest versions of corporate documents? This is a new frontier in productivity: mobile access to enterprise content management (ECM) systems.