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 a decade ago, Cisco pulled the market as it changed the desktop paradigm for voice 10 years ago.
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
IBM have been watching in the sides lines. I think they know more than most that getting involved in the marketing education process is expensive and with a brand like theirs probably unnecessary, spent your money developing your offerings and keep talking to your customers. I think IBM will emerge as a powerful player as the market evolves,they have the customer base and you never got sacked for buying IBM. Check out the video below on IBM’s traveler offering – doesn’t really excite me, maybe its the video Anyway, worth digging into in more detail.
The only area that I bring into question is their ability to operate in highly price sensitive markets which seeming from some of the recent press releases is where they want a slice of the action – mobile. It’s certainly an interesting tie up with Android for Lotus notes – clearly restricting them to a niche customer base and without the support of the carriers sales team I personally cannot see any take up. That said, if they start to port their IM, Presence and Collaboration tools onto Android it will certainly see off Microsoft and Apple’s advances into their Notes customers.
I just picked up these two articles – very interesting. Will post up later some thoughts …..
I feel traitorous in what I am about to say, I have been one of those ‘start up’ guys who injected time and passion into the carriers over many years – I passionately and genuinely believe that this is where the hosted applications market is now at. The Hosted Exchange market specifically has completely commoditised, gone are the days of strong margin, service led value sales – this is plain, simple economics.
Communities are as old as the hills being at the core foundation of societies very existence. More specifically in the IT services world communities have helped to drive, develop and create value on a truly wide scale due primarily to the gift we have been given – the internet.
Look at VMWare – they have quite literally given back the power to the communities of ‘experts’ . It used to be the Sys Admin guys – the NT or Unix crew but they have changed this with VMWare being the center of the universe, a trendy brand and something for everyone approach gaining support across the business – hence why all the sys admin guys are now in the VMWare camp.
Call 2 weeks ago from O2
“Mr Evans, as a valued customer you are entitled to an iPhone upgrade and a more competitive plan blah blah” – no thanks! Quick maths
1. iPhone is out of contract
2. I am on an old contract – ok minutes, unlimited data
3. iPhone is a little ‘battered’ but works
Why do I want to pay £180 to upgrade my iPhone and be charged more money each month on my contract for a package that doesn’t give me the same value?