The sum of the parts

In Born To Win, his book about the 1983 America’s Cup race, John Bertrand relates the story of Dennis Conner bragging that Bertrand and his fellow Australians would never beat Conner because Conner had a better boat and a better crew to sail it, a crew 100 percent made up of world-class, individual champions.

Bertrand said he didn’t need a team of individual winners because he had something better — a winning team.

The Australians made a lot of mistakes and suffered some spectacular hardware failures but, in the end, did beat Conner, a four-time America’s Cup winner.

In fact, Bertrand’s win took the cup away from the Americans for the first time in 132 years.

Synergy 2011

We just finished our start-of-the-year meetings in Hong Kong, Synergy 2011. Our resellers, who showed up in force, came from all over the world (you can find a list of NetDimensions resellers here).

Our resellers are a powerful, variegated group with clients large and small and up to the minute insights. They had a lot to say. I’ll share a couple of points that impressed me and give you a heads up on what our community is doing today and planning to do for the rest of the year.

In no particular order of importance:

Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated said the LMS

learn-blocksRecently, NetDimensions invited a panel of very smart people to discuss a provocative question: Is the LMS Dead?

The panelists were Charles Jennings, Craig Weiss, David Wilson and Richard Nantel, all very articulate and all more than a little opinionated. I moderated, which mostly meant I tried to stay out of their way.

It was great.

We were overwhelmed by the number of comments and questions we received during the webinar. Unfortunately we had no time to answer all of the questions during the event.

We know it’s important to get to those answers, as well as explore further some of the topics raised, so we are organizing a tweet chat session for you to talk to the panelists directly on Twitter.

On December 7th, at 8:00am PT / 11:00am ET / 4:00pm GMT, all our panelists will be on Twitter for 60 minutes to discuss the future of the LMS.

Just logon to Twitter and use the hashtag #lmschat to join the discussion with Richard (@rnantel), Craig (@diegoinstudio), David (@dwil23), Charles (@charlesjennings) and your fellow attendees.

The revolution has begun

mEKP_logo_finalRecently we introduced a new product, mEKP. It’s different. mEKP gives you the power to carry gigabytes of technical documentation, learning, career and personal development support, licensing and certification records, podcasts, video and a whole lot more — all in your pocket.

It’s secure. It’s multi-platform. It is, as Brandon Hall says, disruptive. This particular revolution began quietly but make no mistake, it’s already making waves. Think of this scenario — 2,500 teachers in a poor country, each with a mEKP stick giving her or him a year’s worth of professional development training, daily lesson plans, class handouts, various kinds of support collateral — all without Internet connections to the schools.

Change happens. We think (we hope) we’re contributing to some good change in the world.

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