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Samir Ghosh

Samir Ghosh

Samir's passions include software, marketing, entrepreneurship, parenting, dogs, triathlons (swimming, biking, running), golf, photography, and nutrition. Samir has been a core member of 3 successful software startups, and management at Microsoft, IBM, and Procter & Gamble. He has lived and worked in US (NYC, Boston, Chicago, LA, San Francisco), Belgium, Holland, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sweden. Samir loves helping tech companies from early startup through growth stages.

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12Jan 2011

Contextual Social CRM, an example of Social Contextual Collaboration

January 12th, 2011|Categories: Collaboration, CRM, Social|1 Comment

For decades, CRM (primarily used for SFA) has been “that critical application that really is not used.”  This is because CRM is typically top-down driven, but bottom-up resisted.  Executives want a better understanding of how sales is doing, but sales people do not want additional tasks that only take time away from earning their commissions.

After decades of technology product and customer application implementation experience, I have learned some immutable lessons, one of which is – top-down driven initiatives that are perceived as detrimental to the users (e.g., more work) fail to meet their objectives.

First, benefits at the bottom

Social-enabled (see “‘[…]

2Jan 2011

“Social” in Business: Disambiguation

January 2nd, 2011|Categories: Social|Comments Off on “Social” in Business: Disambiguation

The English language can be pretty ambiguous at times.  For example, “Services” can refer to web services, software as services, or professional services.  Likewise, “Social” has different connotations.  Business leaders may have a negative perception of “social” applications because they think of lost worker productivity on personal social networking sites like Facebook.  But “social applications” can also refer to social-enabled applications.  These are applications that have incorporate successful “social functionality” (features) from social media applications like Facebook, Wikipedia, WordPress, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

This “social functionality” has empowered customers to the point where companies run scared of Social Media.  The only way […]

19Dec 2010

What is “Social”?

December 19th, 2010|Categories: Social|1 Comment

With all of the attention on “Social”, there seems to be confusion and a need for a comprehensive map for navigating all of the terms and players.  “Social Network”, “Social Media”, “Social Collaboration”, “Social Software”, … What does these mean?   Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, Yammer, Chatter, Jive, Qontext, … What’s the difference?

Who & Why: First consider who controls the community.  Individuals select whether to join “Social Networking” sites like Facebook or Linkedin.  Organizations or workgroups within organizations determine whether to use social tools for implementing external customer communities or […]

12Dec 2010


December 12th, 2010|Categories: General|Comments Off on Welcome!

This blog focuses on leveraging technology to improve working together, encompassing issues around collaboration, communities, and social networking.