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 companies with the sole purpose if making money through IP.
A firm owned by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen today sued Apple, Facebook, Google, YouTube, and seven other companies, charging them with infringing patents filed more than a decade ago.
Great summary of all the new Android slates coming into the market.
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The world must seem like a very lonely place if your BlackBerry at the moment. Technology aside, BlackBerry has always had an intensely loyal following due to clever design at every level.
The users loved the ability to scratch their ‘itch’ easily – its like wearing a watch, we just check it even though we don’t need to know the time. The IT folk embraced it because it was now in their control, they have the BES and it stopped you or me doing anything they did not want us to do. The security teams stamped it because of the unique way in which it ran – the first private cloud service if you will from device through network and the network operators loved it, fat margins and a legitimate reason to hook you into a data tariff. Continue 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
Behind the formal complaints from small technology companies and trade associations that are often the trigger to antitrust reviews in Brussels, a power game is being played out between some of the industry’s leading household names.
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 compared to Office.
The recent update and probably the Oracle influence has changed the landscape. The new version is super easy to use, more open than office in terms of file formats and lets me do everything I need to do. I think we all are guilty of being down on the alternatives to Office but why pay for something when you can get a comparable solution for free? Continue Reading
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.
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
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
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.
Just a little picture of a great boat in San Fran – 09!
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.