LinkedIn losing it’s sheen?

Aside from being “headhunter heaven” and a site that most business don’t block their employees from accessing online, I have never been able to find much technically to like about LinkedIn. The site resembles something built on old technology which makes forum discussion posts awkward to create, impossible to edit and difficult to moderate.

New discussion features recently removed the ability to flag topics as promotional which largely opened the floodgates for bloggers who create thinly veiled advertisements,

Weak forward guidance and the slowest quarterly rise in ad revenue for two years were to blame. The firm turned in a $8.4 million loss on revenues of $862 million for its Q415. That’s revenue growth of 34% year-on-year, while full year revenues were up 35% to $2.99 billion.

Via: LinkedIn takes a beating from Wall Street – diginomica

Wayne Schulz is a consultant who writes about the ERP industry and technology related news.

Linkedin Updates Groups: New App, Unlisted Groups Available Soon


LinkedIn has emailed moderators of various groups to expect some changes to LinkedIn Groups which apparently will happen “in a few weeks”.

The biggest changes are the addition of  unlisted groups and what LinkedIn describes as “content filtering”. Previously groups themselves could be private, though their existence would show in a search of groups. The content of groups was able to be set as either private or public and viewable only by group members. Under the announced restructuring, it appears that open groups will no longer be offered by LinkedIn. Under content filtering is appears that LinkedIn may begin controlling how frequently certain content appears in your group feed, similar to how Facebook’s edgerank newsfeed algorithm filters posts and controls which friends’ content is seen first.

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Wayne Schulz is a consultant who writes about the ERP industry and technology related news.

Sage Adds Microsoft , Mastercard as Summit Sponsors



With their annual Sage Summit conference less than three weeks away Sage’s conference website lists the return of Microsoft as a Diamond sponsor. Mastercard   returns this year as a Platinum sponsor.  The conference kicks off Tuesday July 29, 2015 with  The Sage Conversation keynote on navigating a changing world with Sage CEO Stephen Kelly, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), and Deepak Chopra.

Wayne Schulz is a consultant who writes about the ERP industry and technology related news.

Sage Summit Vegas – Sponsorships Now Open to Sage Partners

In what I believe is a first – Sage North America will allow partners to sponsor and exhibit in their trade show area. Previously the show only accepted sponsorship from those companies selling software products to end users. During the first few iterations of Sage’s inaugural customer conference partners were barred / discouraged from attending unless they also were accompanied by one or more of their customers.

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Wayne Schulz is a consultant who writes about the ERP industry and technology related news.

Sage Summit 2013 Wrapup



I attended Sage North America’s annual partner and customer conference from  July 21-26, 2013 which was held at the Gaylord National just outside Washington DC. Here are some quick Sage Summit 2013 bullet points for everyone to digest. Many of these items are from conversations with multiple partners as well as briefings from Sage.

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Wayne Schulz is a consultant who writes about the ERP industry and technology related news.

When Will LinkedIn Improve Group Administrator Tools?

linkedin admin

If you administer LinkedIn groups of any size you’ve probably noticed an annoying lack of tools allowing you to review questionable discussion content from brand new members  before it is posted to your group.

Due to the vast amount of spam and blatant self-promotion from new members  most LinkedIn discussion groups are forced to moderate new member content for a certain number of days. During this time any new discussions from the members are held for moderation and require approval before being posted live.

There are three main discussion areas: Discussions (the main area which receives virtually all of LinkedIn’s traffice, Promotions (self-promoting posts about member businesses – webinars, etc) and Jobx.

Unfortunately most new users mistakenly place promotional posts into the discussion category which can result in active members either leaving your group or complaining about “spam” in their discussions.

LinkedIn will flag new posts from members who have few contacts or are new to your group  (see image above) however the problem is many posts can include links to marketing “landing pages” or other “request more information” which you might require to be more properly categorized as promotions. Unfortunately LinkedIn’s moderation tool doesn’t allow you to click on those links before posting the discussion – which means that spam content is potentially approved for a short time and viewable to members.

What I hope LinkedIn will do is improve the administrative tools so that moderators of their discussion groups have something like a “preview” button which shows the content prior to making it live into the main discussion areas.

Wayne Schulz is a consultant who writes about the ERP industry and technology related news.

The Truth About Instagram (and most other social media photo sharing sites)


Instagram is a popular photo sharing site, now owned by Facebook, where users are able to upload photos and share them with friends. The photos can be slightly modified by using different filters to change coloring or turn a color photo into black and white. This parody video by site strikes at the exact nature of the site (and many other photo sharing site) which tends to be highly repetitive photos of similar everyday objects and poses.

Use Google Advanced Search For Competitive Research

Did you know there’s a quick way to use Google and  search online for new publicly posted documents from any company you may be researching?

The key is to use the SITE: filter to limit results to JUST the company domain in question. When you are typing in your search – simply insert the filter SITE: followed by the top level domain of the company you are researching.

Example – to search this site you’d type in SITE:ERPLIFE.COM followed by a space and then your search.

You’ll see that when you filter out results that the only pages returned are those that are both from the domain you are searching and which contain your search term(s)

You can further narrow results by using FILETYPE: and searching for just files of a specific type such as PDF or JPG.

Use Google Advanced Search if you can’t remember the syntax to type directly into a Google search field.

Google Advanced Search