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Friday, March 31, 2006
Werner Vogels, Amazon's CTO, asks the question to Robert Scoble and Shel Israel, Why should corporations blog? Warner Vogels writes,"We( Amazon.com) have a long history of promoting customers to use their voice about our products and our operations, so if you come to Amazon to tell us our business is going to really suffer if we do not blog, you better be prepared to defend your ideas with very strong arguments and hard evidence. We expect that from anyone, externally or internally, who wants to promote an idea within Amazon. This was my approach with challenging Shel and Robert at our lunch meeting. I wanted them abandon their fuzzy group hug approach, and counter me with hard arguments why they were right and I was wrong. Instead they appeared shell-shocked". He adds,"Beyond "a more human face" and "conversations with individuals from Amazon" there was no real response how blogging will make the product named Amazon.com better for our customers given all the techniques we already use from soliciting customer feedback to discussion forums to snooping weblogs and comments sites, etc."
Category :Corporate Blogging, Emerging Trends |
Mike Arrington’s Techcrunch publishes a comparative analysis of the major feed readers. The note says underscores the extremely competitive atmosphere surrounding this industry’s development. On a feature-set basis only, two companies stood out: Rojo and Bloglines. He writes that Google Reader and FeedLounge won the subjective feed-load test, which determines how well the application pulls up a particular feed. The test consisted of loading five feeds and taking the average of the load times and rating the reader on a five-point scale. While bloglines continues to be my favorite, I see that Rojo’s Mojo , feed tags and Google’s labels. The study finds Feedlounge & Google Reader scoring 4/5 and Bloglines scoring 3.5/5 & recommends, Google Reader and FeedLounge score the fastest in performance, Bloglines and Rojo are the best choice for a feature rich application (and Rojo blows Bloglines away on “web 2.0″ type features). I see that Bloglines is improving and would continue to use it.
Category :Feedreaders |
I saw this news item months back. InformationWeek writes about some alleged questionable behaviour inside Morgan Stanley. The magazine also carries an article on some mail exchange that is said to have happened with Morgan Stanley that relates to doing business with Wipro. I have read the article thoroughly and do not find anything incriminating about these two companies. I do know based based on market sources that this is at best a symbiotic relationship – both of them as far as I know do not enjoy exclusive relationships – they continue to pursue opportunities to work with each other competitors as well. What I found interesting in the article is the CXO level mail blocking that has happened there – so that CEO Phil Purcell, would receive E-mails from only their direct reports and Morgan Stanley board members. I find this obnoxious, so to say & am keen an answer comes to the question –“Whether cordoning off E-mail access in this way is a breach of Sarbanes-Oxley financial transparency rules – that appears to me as the only point to get discussed. (Some customary declaration :All that is written in this blog are purely my personal views).
Category :Emerging Trends, Email Revelations |
I recently wrote about Basab Pradhan & co launching Gridstone. Courtesy of Kaps spotted his newly launched blog. Subscribed. I only hope that lot more senior members of the india headquartered IT service companies begin to blog.
Category :Emerging Trends. |
Thursday, March 30, 2006
This is indeed an impressive show. FeedBurner service is used by more than 145,000 bloggers, podcasters and commercial publishers reaching 10 million subscribers in more than 190 countries. There are more than a quarter of a million feeds (including 43,244 podcasts). COO and Co-Founder Steve Olechowski shares his vision.As he sees it, "it’s taken the Internet industry, 10 years to figure out the right way to use XML. It started out with all sorts of proprietary formats and usage patterns and finally settling for simplicity". Echoing Joe Kraus, he says the new web movement has been helped by opesnource software( today the infrrastructure software is almost free), as well as the falling costs of hardware, hosting, and bandwidth. It’s allowed companies to start a business without a lot of outside capital. Now the growth & revenue model :FeedBurner makes money by creating incredible value for feed publishers. They in turn either pay us to use our services via buying service licenses or revenue sharing. FeedBurner is not a feed aggregator per se, but a feed management service, representing publishers and provide services for feed publishers. Simple and nice read and by the way Feedburner's imressive growth while offering very reliable service is an important thing to watch. Its perceived success ought to be attributed to its clear positioning and good execution and not just as bein in the growth area in the rigt time
Category :Feedburner, Emerging Trends |
Close to GM announcing it's much expected outsourcing decision, Nissan announces significant changes in approach towards IT services outsourcing. Nissan outsourced its entire operations to IBM in 1999, but is now returning its business analysis, architecture and other strategic IT functions in-house and is hiring new workers. The decision seems to resemble in many ways but not entirely like the decision that J.P.Morgan took on outsourcing almost an year back. Robert Greenberg recognized that the world has changed pretty substantially since the original outsourcing was done, both in terms of the competitiveness of the outsourcing marketplace and the increased use of offshore vendors. He shares his perspective –"One of the things that also took place with the original outsourcing to IBM was we probably outsourced too much. when you’re outsourcing: how much to outsource is always a contentious point". In his view, Nissan had outsourced a lot of the business analysis activity, the program management activity and the application and infrastructure architecture activities in addition to the physical execution & has now decided to bring those back internal and are now going though a fairly large hiring effort at the moment in order to do that. Besides, Nissan has made a decision as well to move its corporate headquarters from L.A. to the Nashville area. In terms of the deal constructs, as he sees it, there are very significant savings. In terms of what Nissan gains from a business linkage standpoint. I am not adding any comment( for obvious reasons) on this except for saying this approach looks interesting
Category :Outsourcing, Offshoring, Megadeals |
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Gartner’s Jim Sinur is quite focussed on the BPM industry and here he makes some
The BPM space winners are surprisingly not the big players but the best-of-the breed lot. It is time that we begin to recognize the players based on their capabilities and general strengths and not necessarily look at the big players for all types of solutions – Big players need to be grilled a lot more in their ability to provide emerging cutting edge solutions on specific niche areas– while they may be the starting posts for any enterprise procurements – as things evolve it may become the case that they may not be seen near the end posts in evaluation post everytime. Therein may lay the solution for the growth of the enterprise software sector and the ability of business to overall extract better value from IT. Bryan Stolle once wrote there is still much innovation to be done, especially as the market gets more and more vertically focused. With the current moods however many innovative vendors will have to shut their doors before they get the chance to be the next Salesforce.com. Big vendors also need to begin to get measured on new parameters like innovation /innovation absorption, to ensure that they stay along the curve of progress. As I wrote recently I do not see how the large platform players can overake the super special players( there are many of them - some have existed for decades - though a majority of them for just under a decade) or provide justice with specialized smaller companies like rules engines, collaboration systems, content management systems, document management systems, procurement solutions, business intelligence etc. Clearly there shall be several smaller companies that would co-exist as part of the larger enterprise ecosystem. Big vendors may not be the only choice for connecting all the dots in enterprise space(while unarguably they shall hold the central place there) - other specialist/niche players also hold a legitimatley well earned space - the sooner this is understood and get reflected in thoughts and actions - the better it is for the complete enterprise ecosystem - without further straining the already near fatigued corporate buyer sentiments..
Innovation, nichefication and superior value add still has its place in the enterprise software industry.
Category :BPM, Emerging Trends |
Courtesy of Tekrati saw the announcement of Jupiter Research & Kagan Research coming together to create JupiterKagan, as a major provider of research, consulting and thought leadership in the areas of media, telecommunications, the Internet and emerging consumer technologies. The new firm is expected to have the scale, depth and breadth necessary to help clients at a time of rapid evolution of the media and telecommunications industries, as the influence of the Internet on business continues to accelerate. Jupitermedia, the parent of Jupiter research has sold Jupiter research to Kagan Research. Where’s the fitment here -David Schatsky says that Kagan is a storied research brand, known for its rigorous, data-backed analysis of the media and telecommunications industries and its team of heavy-hitter analysts. And JupiterResearch, is the research company focused on the Internet and emerging consumer technologies. The rationale for the merger: combine the complementary assets (Jupiter’s syndicated research & Kagan consultative and appraisal strengths) and build a bigger, more influential research and consulting powerhouse that can advise clients at every phase of the media and technology lifecycle, from appraising a deal to programming content in a multi-platform digital world. The analyst ecosystem is undergoing a major churn( the changes happening here appears to be far more swifter than the main technology ecosystem) – its clearly becoming a bipolar sort of world –one which can accommodate big players like Gartner & Forrester on one side and the other side we shall see the emergence of specialist players and an interesting set of bloggers, all set to become a formidable force. While summarising Software 2005 deliberations, held almost an year back, I echoed one of the oft repeated view there - Internet’s disruptive power is bringing to the fore, questions of real value add by analysts given the fact more and more information is beginning to be freely available. A new type of analyst firm based on a different business model needed to emerge.Clearly somewhere customer expectations and awareness are triggering a series of changes in the analyst research ecosystem.
Category :Emerging Trends, Analyst Firms |
Microsoft has a highly well integrated vision and it is one that resonated among the customers attending Convergence. Its weakness is that it relies on a broad and deep application and infrastructure stack that Microsoft is struggling to deliver, as illustrated by the most recent Vista and Office 2007 delays. Gates identifies five technology areas that are behind the development of role-based productivity across enterprise and desktop applications:
Category :MegaTrends, Emerging Trends |
While the framework of governance continues to evolve there is a widespread belief that along with the growth of the internet, more and more problems such as spam, viruses and "denial of service" attacks that can cripple large websites shall begin to be felt. It seems reasonable to assume that the number of devices on the network will continue to multiply in new and unforeseen ways. So researchers are starting from the assumption that communications chips and sensors will eventually be embedded in almost everything, from furniture to cereal boxes - "hundreds of billions of such devices". While today's internet traffic is generally initiated by humans- as they send e-mails, click on web links, or download music tracks- in future, the vast majority of traffic may be "machine to machine" communications: things flirting with other things – all ready to be connected wirelessly, and will move around.
Category :Internet, Emerging Technologies, Emerging Trends |
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Phil Wainewright recently brought out issues of information misrepresentation between two SaaS players – Salesforce.com & Entellium. I did not want to comment on this as I have seen on numerous occasions product companies play dirt and exchange slinging muds.In the process, some thing interesting has opened up - a new insight,coming directly from the insider camp. Courtesy of Dennis Howlettsaw this insightful assessment from one of the SaaS insiders. Entellium’s marketing director Natalee Roan lists the key issues that customers need to be aware of while embracing SaaS. Some key points with edits and my comments in brackets :
even with hosted CRM companies that advertise "No Software" –You buy more features then you can possibly use, on a long-term agreement that you pay for up-front, with no service guarantees if something goes wrong. Further, you wind up paying them to support their own product, and needing them or someone else to make the product work the way they told you it would before you signed on the dotted line in the first place.
Is this acceptable to you? A clear NO is the answer here.
Category :SaaS, Emerging Technologies |
I am attending the the Software 2006 Conference on April 4/5 in Santa Clara. Looking forward to meet a lot of interesting people. This time, the list of speakers look very impressive - Ray Lane, Shai Agassi, David DeWalt besides very rich set of breakout sessions. I will be blogging the event as well.
Category :Enterprise Software, Software 2006 |
Monday, March 27, 2006
Microsoft’s shipping problem is well known. Steve Lohr & John Markoff write, "The strategy of bundling more and more features into its dominant Windows desktop operating system to thwart competition and stifle innovation is now affecting Microsoft - it turns out that Windows is indeed stifling innovation - at Microsoft". Vista is getting more and more delayed. Windows XP, the previous version is now about five years old .In those five years, the authors point out thatApple has turned out four new versions of its Macintosh operating system, beating Microsoft to market with features that will be in Vista, like desktop search, advanced 3-D graphics and "widgets," an array of small, single-purpose programs like news tickers, traffic reports and weather maps. The problem is not lack of talent or other resources, but it seems, is largely that Microsoft's past success and its bundling strategy have become a weakness. Due to enormous reach, each new version of Windows carries the baggage of its past. Windows Vista is a sprawling, complex software construction project with 50 million lines of code, or more than 40 percent larger than Windows XP. Microsoft does not want to delink the past and destabilize the windows ecosystem – part of the reason for its popularity but could slow down progress and stifle innovation. Some argue that the key to vista’s success may be to delink the past and start afresh as Apple did by retooling and tailoring the Next operating system into what became Macintosh OS X. Apple does not have to worry about a massive business ecosystem which Windows carries. Now the question is can Apple come out with a game changing innovation – that could give some credible competition to Microsoft – in the process providing customers with choice.
Category :Microsoft, Emerging Trends, Vista, Emerging Technologies |
Nicholas Carr finds Scobeleizer as the bully of the blogosphere. In some parts I agree with him and in some parts, disagree with Nick. Nick is right in pointing out that it is very important for someone to keep cool and project a dignified image about the company and keep corporate language in the blogs – normally associated with corporate. I disagree with him in trying to sanitize the blogs with a framework for bloggers from the corporate world – I think the blogosphere movement has its own trajectory and focus – after all scobeleizer is not running something like the Mini-Microsoft blog ( which manages to get international attention anyway in large numbers) .
Category :Blogging, Emerging Trends |
Saturday, March 25, 2006
All of us know leadership is all about vision and orchestrating the troop towards fulfilling a shared vision. I came across this nice piece by Bruce MacEwen, the creator and host of "Adam Smith, Esq." a widely followed site which addresses the business side of the practice of law writes on the difference between implementers, managers and leaders. I can not resist quoting him. Excerpts:
You've got $5 million in the bank, and they do too. Their VCs want them to succeed every bit as much as your VCs want you to succeed. This gets you into a horse race, which no one wants: it's exhausting and expensive". She adds,” Web 2.0 isn't all that – she adds its not a rising tide lifting all boats here & points put that Web 2.0 is not the magic bullet some people seem to think it is either. It ain't the features, it's that AND the business.
My Take: These views are similar to what I echoed several weeks back. As I wrote weeks back, its time for a reality check on Web 2.0 movement. Web 2.0 is clearly getting disproportionate coverage in the blogosphere. Web2.0 share in the real world as delivering value to business and society is indeed limited - if we look at the enterprise software – they directly are responsible for making the business machines hum and improve- be it airline scheduling, dispatching crude oil or treasury management or powering the stock exchanges of the world. I sort of agree with the view web 2.0 movement lacks meaning & magic. I am fine with already established players like Amazon & Google getting web2.0 tagged – am also fine with finding a productive niche to thrive in the information value chain. Moving forward like in the e-business space, we need to have the wisdom and mechanisms for cross-integrating/leveraging web 2.0 applications for larger benefits – this calls for standards in development, build & integration blocks – all this would come only out of a solid base of web 2.0 apps that get built beneath – truly a tall order given the fragile nature of several web2.0 entities. In this overcrowded and overhyped market, clearly if one is building a product for just the Web 2.0 community, its likely to be headed nowhere- in a small crowded market, the means to get out of the niche segment looks quite difficult. We can definitely see a petering out of the web 2.0 momentum as we see it now and several entities would disappear – but one hope is that out of this something robust and strong might emerge – but we have cut through the hype. In the enterprise software segment, we are now beginning to see good ideas getting funded and enterprises are getting launched. As Ray Lane recently wrote in respect of enterprise software companies, opportunities exist for companies pursuing the innovate – dominate paradigm. Managing to wim angel and VC funding on selling hype alone won't assure a strong business model - essential to success of every enterprise.Moving forward, I believe in general that good companies with robust business models will always get funded and would swim through tides to make it – cool websites with presentable fonts are not necessarily ones with good business models.
Category :Web 2.0, Innovation, Venture Capital |
Courtesy of Information Aesthetics, came across the map of the internet backbone of the united states. The map shows all the 134,855 of routers in the extremely detailed map of the US Internet backbone. The colors represent who each router is registered to: red is Verizon, blue AT&T, yellow Qwest, green is major backbone players like Level 3 & Sprint Nextel, black is the entire cable industry put together, & gray is everyone else, from small telecommunications companies to large international players who only have a small presence in the U.S. It needs to be noted that while AT&T & the likes may own the pipes, the internet infrastructure ownership appears to be a different thing. Here's the link to the detailed PDF map. Ben Worthen has an excellent post covering the details. As one can see the net neutrality issue - which concerns the carriers, the content dealers and infomediaries is more complex an issue that it meets the eye. Not a great news for the incumbent Telco’s. The future of several VoIP players revolve around this.As a recent OECD workshop on internet infrastructure discussed, the top unsolved problems in internet operations & engineering are still rooted in economics, ownership and trust (EOT). As i wrote earlier, The principle achieves this by adopting the basic principle that broadband operatorsshould have full freedom to "police what they own" (the local network) while restrictionsbased on inter-network indicia should be viewed with suspicion. This non-discrimination principle works by recognizing a distinction betweenlocal network restrictions, which are generally allowable, and inter-network restrictions,which should be viewed as suspect - More on this topic can be found here. The issue looks tricky with logic and reason telling that telecom and cable players may prevail but history tells that innovators and swift players move fastly and more cleverly and establish themselves.
Category :Internet Backbone, Emerging Opportunities |
Friday, March 24, 2006
Courtesy of Businessinnovationinsider saw this article on the power law for razors.
The Economist has a hilarious article on the trend of increasing number of blades inside shaving razors.
Category :Emerging Trends, Hyperbole |
Category :India, India Metaphor, Emerging Trends, Emerging Markets |
Thursday, March 23, 2006
While in a conversation with a serial entrepreneur , I asked him the question when he narrated a new idea for a venture – where’s the revenue model here – he said forget it – build the traffic- we can figure out the revenue model. Of course, I was flabbergasted – but in this new age world, that is anyway the norm. Fred Wilson writes about his preferred business model - "Give your service away for free, possibly ad supported but maybe not, acquire a lot of customers very efficiently through word of mouth, referral networks, organic search marketing, etc, then offer premium priced value added services or an enhanced version of your service to your customer base".He adds that the best examples of this business model are when the customer implicitly understands why the paid service has to cost money. More storage costs for photos or virtual storage are good examples. Termination costs on other carriers networks in the Skype model are another. When it is just additional features that don't carry an incremental cost to offer, it may be harder to convert free users to paid users. But if your free service is loved and you do a good job articulating the value that comes with the paid service, you can convert to paying users with good results
Category : Business Models, Emerging Trends |
Michael Robertson launches Ajaxwrite via his note titled –“Bye Bye Microsoft Word, Hello ajaxWrite”.
Category : AjaxWrite, Emerging Trends, Emerging Technologies |
In an age where people ask questions like -"What if a great man of the last century – Gandhi, say – had had access to the communications networks of our age when he made one of his most important speeches?" The result is 'Telecom Italia Gandhi', an astonishing 60-second spot that has just started airing in ItalySuch an ambitious project with such a high-profile director needed the very best in VFX support, and Framestore CFC were delighted to fill that role. The result is the video titled, Telecom Italia Gandhi. If people can think about yesteryears and relate to current day technology anc could come up with such interesting stuff, what if the current hero's(technology)advance could look like say 15 years from now. On a serious note, some answers/indicators are coming out. Kevin Schofield points to microsoft research's recently released report called Toward 2020 Science, a painstakingly written report from a wide body of experts in terms of a broad look at how computing is going to affect the sciences over the next 15 or so years.
(Image Courtesy : Microsoft Research)
Category :Science 2020, Emerging Technologies, Emerging Trends |
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
(Via John Paczkowski)Google Video rocks. A former Apple customer service representative shows what he feels led to his dismissal. Here’s the link to the funny video. This follows the widely circulated video of how the iPod would like if Microsoft had designed it. Both are highly enjoyable videos to watch. Google Video's mauy be rewriting the rule - the new rule - say it with vidoes - after all the age of pictures are passe!!
Category :Emerging Trends |
NYTimes sees signs of shift toward high-value work to India are becoming more visible. Silicon Valley Bank executives find twice as many Indian start-ups looking for capital investment than even a few months ago. The article adds, Bangalore is becoming a hunting ground for venture capitalists looking for promising investment opportunities. As I wrote earlier, in the early-stage investing business, there are a few small funds that are local to India but have not done too many deals and highlights venture money goes into early stage, pre-product or pre-revenue companies in the US , while a majority of the private equity is going into late stage businesses in India.
Category :India, Venture Capital, Emerging Trends |
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
The next chapter in the remaking of longhorn is already published. Now comes the announcement that the consumer launch of Windows Vista operating system was supposed to happen in the second half of 2006, but Microsoft will now ship this in January 2007.
Category :Microsoft, Vista, Emerging Trends |
IDC believes that these types of disruptive business models will ripple throughout a variety of software markets in 2006 & the role of SaaS delivery in the software industry continues to grow. Traditional software players have recognized the importance of SaaS and numerous SaaS-focused companies are entering the marketplace.
- Large ISVs Will Spin Off On-Demand Versions of Products
Jeff Nolan rightfully says that with predictions like this and for the price tag, IDC owes the people who actually paid for this report at least 5 freebies.As I see it the report findings are thoroughly disappointing and evidently has no depth or meaning nor there are any great revelations based on the ten titles listed. Some of these may be disputable as well.I see that analyst community seems to be the only one that can go on and on without established means of checking how much were their original thinking /prediction and how much of them became true. Guys – impossible for such parties to go on .
Category :Saas, Emerging Technologies, Emerging Trends |
R.L.Narain has invited my views on James McGovern's post on non-suitability of Ruby for enterprises.
Update : Had erroneously referred to James McGovern's post as that of James Governor's post earlier - apologise for any inconvenience this could have caused to both James McGovern & James Governor.
Category :Emerging Technologies, Emerging Trends, Enterprise Architecture |
The official Google Blogsite has some interesting details - It all started as a small project led by a few engineers in Bangalore and later joined by more engineers and finance enthusiasts in Mountain View and New York. It points out that one need not remember the ticker symbol, interactive charts that enable you to zoom through different time periods, headlines mapped right on the charts and are based on Google News, which means you're seeing unbiased and relevant results from more than 4,500 English-language news sources
Category :Google |
Too often Microsoft gets bad publicity – for a change lets look at some of Steve Ballmer’s recent interviews – sensible, it appears to me.
Category :Emerging Trends, Opensource |
Monday, March 20, 2006
There is so much buzz going around centered on India in the last few days. Starting with IBM announcing the setting up of global solution center,a development watched around the worls with considerable interest. Dell’s recent announcement to double the headcount of its employees and begin to locally manufacture, are all indication of the increasingly felt depth of talent and a sense of bullishness about what the future holds for it in India . Businessweek recently covered Nokia focusing on locally manufacturing to tap markets in chindia. Rightfully so, the recent visit of President Bush to India was seen as attributable to its growth potential. Demographics is favouring India big time – half the population of India(that’s about 600 million) are under 25, when every economy including china’s are expected to get impacted due to ageing population. This is also helping fuel some globally noticed developments like Novatium's low cost PC's. Before I begin to get hate mails about jobs getting stolen and some going ahead and predicting that few more years these investments and jobs would migrate to Africa hollowing out new asian beneficiaries, I want to just point out that trade works both ways. Just saw a Toyota ad in businessweek claiming that it has created around 400,000 jobs in the US and dig deeper – you may find that on account of the expansion of the Indian economy , it is that theglobal banking players like Citigroup & BoA are increasing their presence in India.
In Blur, the speed of change, Stan Davis & Christopher Myer wrote about the three factors in the wired world-speed, connectivity, and intangibles, that are driving the increasing rate of change in the business marketplace. They predicted that blur should be embraced because it will only increase over a period of time. Its not without reason that Bill Gates talked about business@speed of thought some years back.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
The NYTimes has an article on Indian lunch served to offices in the bay area and around the world.The lunchtime scene of office delivered Indian food is being played out each weekday in the United States in metropolitan areas with large South Asian populations.They depend on delivery workers to bring them the home-cooked foods of their upbringing, often prepared by cooks working from home. Having such a lunch is a way of life in Mumbai, India, where dabbawallas or tiffin-wallas (men who carry tiffins, the containers that hold the food) use an elaborate, 120-year-old system to transport lunches to workers at mills, shops and offices. The Mumbai’s amazing dabbawlaah’s are well known around the world. Hold – there’s a small difference though - Remember - The dabbawallah originated when India was under British rule: many British people who came to the colony didn't like the local food, so a service was set up to bring lunch to these people in their workplace straight from their home. Nowadays, Indian businessmen are the main customers for the dabbawalas, and the service includes cooking as well as delivery. This is delivery of food cooked from respective home/ dabba’s and not just food bought for money alone ,distributed for eating. The BBC has made documentaries on Dabbawallah’s,top business schools have made it a case study. Anycase it is interesting to see new (lightweight) food chains emerging around the world. But it should be studied as to how long do these new US based chains continue to exist - from longeivity perpsective ( too often linked to owner interests/passion)- may be there is a case to instituitionalize such food chains across the world/continents. How about a membership that can be useful in any major metro in the world!! Personally speaking,for me - however it would be less appealing - I am not a home food carrier and thats right from the time when I was out of school!! Today, it is almost out of question, considering my busy schedule and working days that are literally packed with so many meetings at different places and my travel takes me to on average 2/3 cities a week. However, no doubt there is no real substitute for home food/regular food from trusted sources - there exists the business opportunity. Scale up opportunities - think aloud.
Category :Dabbawallah, Emerging Trends |
Saturday, March 18, 2006
The Economist has a nice overview on the open source movement and its apparent limitations.
"New business models are being built around commercializing open-source wares, by bundling them in other products or services. Though these might not contain any software “source code”, the “open-source” label can now apply more broadly to all sorts of endeavor that amalgamate the contributions of private individuals to create something that, in effect, become freely available to all".
The article rightly points out,it is unclear how innovative and sustainable open source can ultimately be. The open source method has vulnerabilities that must be overcome if it is to live up to its promise. For example, it lacks ways of ensuring quality and it is still working out better ways to handle intellectual property and the potential risk of abuse as anyone can contribute. Even if the cracks in the management of open source can be plugged, it might nevertheless remain only a niche activity—occupying, essentially, the space between a corporation and a commune. There are two doubts about its staying power.
Category :Opensource, Emerging Trends |
With innovation occurring at the intersection of technology, business and society, there is a fore of compulsion to look at the emerging trends in these three dimensions in a concerted way. For GIO 2.0, IBM assembled 248 thought leaders from nearly three dozen countries and regions, representing 178 organizations, gathered on four continents for 15 “deep dive” sessions to discuss three focus areas and the emerging trends, challenges and opportunities that affect business and society. This time the principal focus areas have been taken as future of the enterprise, transportation & environment. It answers some key questions on the focus areas like with the future of the enterprise centered on the new foundational structures and organizing principles and their impact on competition, management, research etc., On transportation – assessing the impact of mobility and balancing advances of conflicting forces and their impact on the growth of global economy and on the focus area of environment the report assesses sustainability issues , regulation and technological innovation. The complete report is available here and a summary of findings is available here.
Category :GIO 2.0, Emerging Trends, Innovation |
Friday, March 17, 2006
While the esteemed Ray Lane & the well known Matt Miller keep publicly exuding increasing confidence of investors to back new initiatives in the more challenging enterprise space , many tell me that the risk propensity shown by the VC’s in general are coming down. Sramana Mitra captures its best : As she sees it, “In 2006, the classic venture capitalists have pretty much shunned the notion of risk capital, in favor of growth capital”.
Category :Emerging Trends, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley |
A nice perspective about the recent spate of internet acquisitions. The article points out that post the tech bubble burst, old-media businesses are rushing back to the Web, planting their flags on-line as the Internet eats away at newspaper and television audiences. "It's a cognitive shift for the media sector that's only starting to register with many companies. Media companies are hunting for so-called sticky sites that have little to do with news content or programming, but offer enough gimmicks, such as photo publishing, music broadcasting or community networking. They want sites that keep people surfing longer and exposed to more advertising". Interactive websites that allow people to post their own content and connect with other users are the prize most companies seek.
Category :Emerging Trends |
Besides being the pioneer of offshoring, GE is more famous for its fabled management strength of management, GE is also one of the highly regarded all time innovators and relies on heavy duty research in a concerted way. Not for nothing that GE tops the list of most admired companies. Courtesy of Heather Green, saw this : GE’s Researcher’s Blog - Edison’s Desk. This is marvellous. 100 plus year old GE research has been a major force in pushing the frontiers on many arenas – from medical imaging to jet engines to lighting. GE has always been a pioneer or early adopter of new ideas and its researchers are now ready for interactions vis blogs. This should be very interesting considering that GE’s forte runs into every major scientific discipline and constantly pumps out game changing technologies to the market. To give an idea of how significant this is – IBM, the largest amasser of patent regularly publishes research journals (so are Intel, Sun etc.)– highly acclaimed they are – but are in the old format only, mostly HTML/PDF files or printed on glossy papers – In my quicksearch, I could not find a corner within the IBM world where there is an exclusive blogspace for its researchers ( mostly working on basic science). Another pioneering move – so to say – taking research to the masses !!!
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