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So much is going on in nearly every direction everywhere that it's hard to get a bearing on
what is really going on anywhere: the US presidential election represents more than the
selection of the 44th president; the Beijing Olympics revealed more than quadrennial
athletic achievements (now we know that 1/100 of a second can create alot of space);
Georgia is now known to Americans as more than the favorite to win a college football league.
A few Web 2.0 notables from the summer:
- Mobility: I like my new 3G iPhone. I am offered over 800 Internet-based applications
from the related Web Apps store which range in price from free to $39.99. Two of my
favorite are Remote which allows me to control my home stereo from my iPhone as I stream
iTunes music via our wireless network (if I can do it , you can too!) and Netter's Anatomy
Flashcards which offer 900 intricate views of the human body to help doctors advise patients.
I can imagine similar applications on mobile computing devices for nearly everyone of our businesses.
- Mobility II: if the trend of cell phone purchases begun in 2005 continues through 2009, on
average, nearly every person on the planet will have bought a cell phone in this period. Each
of our businesses require a mobile strategy as these devices outnumber PCs 3:1.
- Which is why Microsoft purchased Greenfield and Google launched Chrome, it's open source browser.
Microsoft is not conceding the battle for advertising on the mobile device. Internet Explorer
may be the browser of choice on the PC and Chrome is a framework intended to convert the browser
to a desktop by enabling us to populate our browsers with applications of our choice (see Web
Apps above). Then such a desktop could easily be shared on our mobile devices which outnumber
- Batman with The Joker and Wall-E with Eva were favorite films (insert your own presidential
campaign comparison). It's worth noting that Wall-E was produced by Pixar and Pixar is owned by
Disney and Disney's largest shareholder is Steve Jobs. Now consider video on the mobile device.
- Closer to home, one son headed to college armed with converter boxes to watch Internet TV and to
play his PS3 on his 23" monitor. Attending school in Colorado, he researched and transferred his
banking, savings and investment accounts from North Carolina to Texas solely via the Web. In our
basement, or command center as we call it, I watched his brother so much enjoy on-line PS3 games
(it is almost like being in your own movie) that have I've almost given up on the battle over screen-time.
We've come a long way from Pong.
Internet Strategist, IBM jStart BusinessDevelopment Manager
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Tomorrow is Mardi Gras in my hometown of New Orleans. On this day convention defers to imagination.
And plenty of conventional wisdom has stepped aside already this year: in sports, the seemingly unstoppablemastery of Roger Federer and that of the Patriots ended in startling fashion; in the presidential campaign, Obama seems to have surged into a dead-heat with Hillary; and John McCain, counted-out in October, is now the odds-on favorite for his party's nomination.
So what is the wisdom of Microsoft's bid for Yahoo and how might we benefit from this gamble asthey try to prevent Google from doing to them what they did to AOL (America on Line).
AOL's model was to capture the customer in the AOL-only experience. No need to ever leave the world of AOL, whether you wanted to or not. Monthly fee revenue model.
Yahoo trumped this model by providing a portal where Yahoo aggregated content developed by others around the Internet. 'No need to leave, we'll bring it to you.' Banner ad & pop-up revenue model.
Google trumped Yahoo by using their search engine to take visitors all over the Internet where Google would keep track of their searches and visits to deliver related advertising. Advertisers, not visitors, pay Google.
Let's imagine what this merger might imply for our organizations aside from the reminder of the recent,sour history of such mega-merger attempts: e.g. HP & Compaq, AOL & Time Warner, Chrysler & Daimler.
The Internet's emerging technologies and uses are evolving rapidly to being about:
Innovation not Integration by connecting like-minded people regardless of location or employer. This is a design point for our systems and services.
Information not Application by connecting those who need to know with the content that they require.
Mobility and Advertising on the mobile device. Remember AOL and its garden wall approach? This is what the iPhone is doing to the garden walls of the Telecom companies. Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft spent $10b here in 2007.
As Tuesday's Rex parade circles Canal Street, the costumed crowd will shout the conventional "throw me something, mister!" Let's imagine what other opportunities are in store for them.
Laissez les bon temps rouler! cperrien
A 2x monthly email that I send to customers:
- Please don't ask about the extent of the aftershock of foolish borrowing and
careless lending. On so many fronts in our globalized marketplace, at both the individual
and enterprise level, we're probably going to have to heed the advice of Tancredi in The Leopard:
"If you want things to stay as they are, things will have to change."
Meanwhile, other engines maintain their hum and will move closer to the center stage of
widespread technical adoption in 2008. Two examples that I track are video as a story-telling device
and the elevation of the 3rd screen to our 1st screen.
- Last Christmas season my high school son and two of his classmates won a contest at the local
upscale mall by producing a sixty second video to promote the shopping season. They won
$400 in equipment for the school and $600 to split three ways. The recently concluded 2007 contest
enjoyed a threefold increase in participation and and a tenfold increase in prize money: $6,000 in
equipment and $4,000 to split. Clearly, the mall, the merchants and the aspiring film-makers see
solid business value in consumer generated, good-enough, easy to deploy video to tell their stories.
- So much is happening on the mobility front that it may not be obvious, although GPS features
and related acquisitons (Navteq by Nokia and Tele Atlas by Tom Tom) are getting plenty of press.
With the $10b that Yahoo, Microsoft, and Google spent in 2007 to acquire search and advertising
related companies and the popular reception to Apple's iPhone, we will soon have the sort of mobile
computing capabilities that consumers in other parts of the world have enjoyed for several years.
The driving force behind all of this activity is control of search on the mobile device. The
revenue model is that Location Awareness facilitates Search and Search enables targeted Advertising.
Curious is our notion that the 1st screen is the TV and the 2nd screen is the PC,
yet we all carry a 3rd screen nearly everywhere we go. "Can you hear me now?" will rapidly
migrate to "We know where you are and can help you to find and to pay for what you want.
Just text me." regards, christopher perrien
I grew up in New Orleans where parochial school children enjoyed two entertaining annual holidays:
- the well advertised Mardi Gras, a Tuesday day-off in mid Winter
- the Wednesday after Halloween to celebrate All Saints or All Souls Day
The headlines are occupied by the rise of oil, the fall of the dollar, the kick-off to the presidential
race (so far it's been preseason) and the finale to the sub-prime collapse.
Amidst the dour mainstream news, consider the escalation of the Microsoft vs Google campaign which
should influence our own 2008 planning:
- Microsoft invested $240mm investment in Facebook (1.6% stake) last week and Google countered immediately
with an open standards alliance, Open Social, including LinkedIn, Ning, and Orkut (Google's own social network).
Google does not want Facebook to become the operating system of social networks. Quick aside:
News Corp.'s 2006 100% acquisition of MySpace for $580mm looks brilliant.
Are we blindly returning to Act II of the dot-bom? I think not and I believe that Social Networking
or Community Building as promoted by Facebook and others could be adopted by our own kinds of enterprises
to better connect our widely dispersed knowledge bases: employees, customers, partners, supplier in the spirit of
'What if we knew what we all knew?!'
Right now I have eleven (11) applications opened to manage my work inside and outside of the firewall: email, sms,
two types of instant messaging, two browsers, plus the associated tools for calendar, address book, word processing
and a mobile phone. I would value a workspace where I could link all of my activities to 'connect those who know
with those who need to know, regardless of their employer. I see a Facebook-like model helping me to achieve this.
Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, is quoted in Monday's NY Times: "One of the things to say, very clearly, is that
social networks are very real. If you are of a certain age, you sort of dismiss this as college kids or teenagers.
But this is very real." Google closed over $700 today, up 54% YTD.
'Start small, grow fast, get involved' might be a productive way to explore the potential of Social Networking
or Innovation Networking in 2008. No holiday required. cperrien
The competitive advantage sought by the likes of Nokia, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, RIM, Apple is the theme of 'I know where you are (GPS or cell signal); tell me what you're looking for (search); I'll help you to fulfill this need (location-aware advertising).' cperrien