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.
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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. Check out article »
Being a Manchester firm, my old lawyers and also someone I tried to do business with (unsuccessfully I may add) – I just keep following the press. Really, same old story it was that building.
In reality the legal market has been inefficient for too long – these types of things were bound to happen. Partners happy – they made their money, I feel sorry for the staff
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. Check out article »
Following on from the last post, the Apple response. They were pretty sure they had the winner! Never take on the marketing might of Apple
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I love this video – really clever but looking back how very wrong
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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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.