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Big kid - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Image via Wikipedia My son came in this morning to show me the trailer, Harry Potter is great and I read the books from day 1. Seems a bit sad its all coming to an end but the next 2 films look epic. Anyway, 3D glasses here I come an excited daddy...

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Paul Allen sues Apple, Google, Facebook, others over Web patents Image via CrunchBase This is super interesting .... check this out. I really cannot believe this guy when he is worth as much as a small country, should be fun to watch unfold .... its sort of the same as the RIM issue some years back. Licensing...

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Resistance is futile - Oracle to assimilate RIM? This is a great article sent to me by a colleague - Jonathan Fisher.  This sort of follow's up on my post on OpenOffice. Oracle has been quietly in the background building up a significant portfolio of enterprise plays. Considering all the posting I...

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BlackBerry troubles me ..... Apologies for the silence, I have taken a nice break from technology for a bit to spend some time with my wife and kids. Despite my tech break, the whole BlackBerry security sega has been washing around in my head. It smells and actually stinks -...

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Android tablets to Rock the Market! Great summary of all the new Android slates coming into the market. Check it here Related articles by Zemanta LG Launching Android Tablet in Q4 2010 (intomobile.com) Samsung to introduce Android-based tablet in Q3 (theglobeandmail.com) Motorola...

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Join the dots - news I am reading ... I thought I would post up a few interesting articles I am reading whilst drinking my cup of coffee. Take them on face value or look deeper :) IBM hits out at Microsoft over review // 0){if (nl.getElementsByTagName("p").length>= paraNum){nl.insertBefore(tb,nl.getElementsByTagName("p")[paraNum]);}else...

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Openoffice - lets open our eyes Everyone gets stuck into a habit. I use both a Mac and a Windows powered PC and until recently the MAC was my creative console for my Photoshop and iTunes activity. Even though I had installed a previous version of OpenOffice, it was dire and unusable...

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Have Microsoft lost the plot? Before you put pen to paper on a topic like this you have to challenge yourself before you make such a bold statement - so note the question mark. Peter Drucker wisely noted, "Business has only two basic functions: marketing and innovation." High tech...

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#Cisco Cius video - this is one serious service for enterprises httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEk2MI4ZGlQ&feature=related

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#Cisco enterprise desktop game changer - Cius tablet PC running Android This is a great move from one of the mega vendors. Recently Cisco unveiled its Cius tablet PC running the Android 2.0 OS aimed squarely at business users. This is a game changer. As you will see from one of my previous posts - back in Siemens over...

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Have Microsoft lost the plot?

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Category : Apple, Cloud, General, Google, hosting, Industry voices, Innovation, Microsoft, Mobile Devices, People

Before you put pen to paper on a topic like this you have to challenge yourself before you make such a bold statement – so note the question mark.

Peter Drucker wisely noted, “Business has only two basic functions: marketing and innovation.” High tech is uniquely a product of both. Inbound marketing leads to innovation, or at very least appropriately channeling innovation. Since technology markets are in perpetual change, and since the Internet has accelerated change, the key goal of marketing becomes tracking change and anticipating where this will cause money to flow.

Innovation requires vision and leadership -Microsoft has lost both. Gates had the vision, Jobs has the Vision and the ability to execute. Ballmer is an operations guy and for 10 years even when Microsoft have been out of the spotlight they have slowley been committing suicide – innovation and importantly the ability to make it happen which requires the vision to carry through.
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#Hosting automation for Telco / Carriers – choice is critical for the customer – check out Ensim, Paralells and EMS Cortex

Category : Amazon, Apple, Azure, BlackBerry, Cloud, General, Google, hosting, Microsoft, Mobile Devices, Mobile Operators

I was holding off on this post until a few things had passed but this is a really important one, its actually vital to how the hosting industry ‘pans’ out within the telco / carrier market – the hosting industry has quite literally gone ‘pete tong’ since the BPOS drive against partners.

The market is full of technical ‘diatribe’ – everything is about the Cloud in the IT industry. The reality is that it has been going on for years in various shapes or forms. Continue Reading

#Hosted Services – the right recipe for growth, prevent the lock in.

Category : BlackBerry, Cloud, Feature it, General, Google, hosting, Industry voices, Microsoft

The hosted services market has now reached that point of maturity where hosted exchange vendors are ten a penny. Personally I started in this market back in 2003 when margins were ‘rich’ for hosted services like Exchange, SharePoint, BlackBerry etc and subsequently went deeper into the vertical SaaS industry because I saw the writing on the wall. We built the business fast because we focused on value – we targeted lawyers, accountants, professional services industries – we not only gave them a great messaging solution, we partnered with software vendors who would offer them compliance, security and services like BlackBerry. These were not Microsoft technologies but services the market actually wanted. Continue Reading

Which flavour cloud – elastic, azure or a bit of apple sir?

Category : Amazon, AWS, Azure, Cloud, Facebook, Feature it, Google, hosting, HP, IBM, Microsoft

Firstly, I have not managed to finish this post. It was only meant to be a quick run down which has just got bigger the more I am thinking about this. Anyway, it’s not a deep technical view more of a pull it into a single page who are the main players and some wildcats. So in no particular order -Google, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, HP, Salesforce, Acadia (Cisco, EMC, VMWare tie up). I have also looked at Facebook – interesting spin? and one who I am sure is waiting in the sidelines, Apple.
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Category : General, Microsoft

Most days I am on my daily commute from my home in Cheshire to deepest London- enough said ….

I just fired up the Internet to see what’s going – a really interesting article on the windows7 launch- how Microsoft have made great profits by receiving the full shipping price and the PC vendors are taking the hit with discounts to get us consumers to buy.

I thought the title was the interesting piece that caught my eye.

What are Microsoft up to? It’s like the big software giant is using a defensive strategy to drive it’s innovation into the market. They spent years building a strong and very loyal community of partners and resellers only to now turn the tables – they are attacking the core of their channel.

Yep- google and cisco are causing them problems (big) but surely there was a better strategy than to compete head on/undercut your distribution network.

Cisco says it’s all- they play to their strengths, the power of the network, the power of their distribution channels to market. They look after their partners, they know it’s the way to deliver innovation to market- the butterfly effect if you will.

The hosted exchange market is imploding – BPOS. Why devalue your offerings and importantly put a price in the market that fundamentally kills your channel? I was talking to someone yesterday and it was mentioned that there are 100+ partners in the UK for SPLA and exchange specifically- after this fallout there maybe 10 left.

Ok, so being blunt some deserve it because they have created the ‘devalue’ effect by knocking prices down, to get you as the consumer in so they can sell you a phone line, minutes, mobiles etc etc but hey its economics and business. Irrespective, that’s a great strategy for killing a key income stream around cloud services. There is clearly a strategy- clearly a google one and possibly to scoop the ruined businesses up who were their partners.

The more I look at this- pitcher plant.

So the title is quite fitting- it’s happening across the board- the hardware vendors and the hosting community.

I think it’s a fear factor strategy- come on Microsoft, play to your strengths- your relationships, innovation and distribution network.

Someone once told me- if you play someone else s game you cannot win. Play your own game …..

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The battle of the big guns ……

Category : Apple, Cloud, Free Thinking, General, Google, HP, IBM, Industry voices, Microsoft

Working on this one!

In the past 15 years working in the land of information technology, you could see the patterns forming in front of the train. Who was going to take on who, the battle for supremacy in the world of IT services.

First a rant that came to mind – I really hate those adverts on TV that say ‘retrain and learn to use one of those computer things and you will make great money’ – they should be banned for misrepresentation by the advertising commission. All they are good at is marketing to those people who get suckered into the imagery of corporate life they throw in front of you. The facts about working in the IT industry – whether you are software, hardware, carrier, applications, services etc etc etc etc is that its a hard slog. A new level of competition, serious hours (working time directive my **** that’s cooked in 3 days) and you are dealing with some of the most intelligent people in the world. Seriously, some of the people I have worked with are super bright – they write software like the stuff that enables us to do this, write systems that can make millions and loose millions in a second (not so bright). Continue Reading

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