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JohnFeller 110000RUW6 Tags:  telcos google mobiledevices yahoo advertising sport microsoft iphone 2,005 Visits
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
I was in the Apple Store on Park Avenue last Wednesday, the day of the announcement of Apple's partnership with Deutsche Telekom. This plus the $1.4 for 1 Euro exchange rate drew at least 1,000 people into this largest of Apple retail stores. A sweeping view of the store gives one the impression that there is more of a trade show going on than sales being transacted. People are talking, testing, laughing, calling their friends over, surfing the web. There is little product in sight and the sales assistants mainly provide info and advice on products. I've never had a big-box type of sales pitch in any Apple Store. This reminds me of my friend JP's obsevation (his blog is confusedofcalcutta.com) that first we have Conversation, then Relationship, then Transaction. BTW, the 10 check-out registers at this Apple Store were occupied, with a long queue, for the entire hour that I was there.
BTW2 - Apple stock at $149.00 today; up from $86 on the day in February when the phone was announced. 10 shares purchased at announcement would have paid, with the profits, for the iPhone and a lunch to celebrate.
BTW3 - my retail clients ask about Web 2.0. I tell them that I've been in Apple Stores in Durham (NC), San Francisco, San Antonio, Chicago, and New York. The experience is the same: conversation, relationship, transaction and meshes perfectly with the experience of iTunes and the devices themselves. There is presently no better model. cperrien
JohnFeller 110000RUW6 Tags:  mobiledevices apple telcos gadgets google widgets iphone 1,856 Visits
Google announced on Friday July 20 that it would be up to $4.6 billion for the premiere chunk of the wireless spectrum (700 mhz) that will become available next year. Their stated intentions are consistent with their investments in mobile search capability and their support of the iPhone. Just as the iPod organized the inefficient and uninteresting market of portable mp3 player, Google and the Apple iPhone seek to add coherence, hence value, to the take-it-or-leave-it world of current mobile phone offerings ('this phone comes from this carrier with this set of features. Period). Google intends to turn cell phones into commodities, like televisions or land-line telephones, where a customer buys the device and contracts a carrier such as Verizon or Sprint and adds the software in the form of widgets and gadgets that the customer desires (my iPhone for example, has access to dozens of these small applications in addition to those pre-loaded such as weather, stock prices, address book). There are plenty of regulatory and entrenched competition to overcome (meaning lobbyists at the FCC), but Google has the deep pockets and my teenage son has no interest in his primary screen (cell phone) being only a phone. He wants a true mobile, upgradeable device that he is able to customize to suit his lifestyle. cperrien
I met JP at the Web 2.0 Roundtable at the IBM Palisades in late June (http://mba.tuck.dartmouth.edu/digital/)
He is the President and CIO of British Telecom's Global Services Division. I am fond of telling my customers that whatever the form of community and information exchange - electronic, paper, iPhone, in-person even - there will always be a need for at least two kinds of ships: leadership and scholarship.
JP provides both and both are immediately apparent. To keep my praise to a tolerable level, please know that if one searches the letters 'JP' on Google, his web site is the 7th hit. He welcomes your participation in and linking to his blog: http://confusedofcalcutta.com/
A couple of his ideas that I like:
1) first there must be Relationship, followed by Conversation, then Transaction.
2) Web 2.0 is an 'abundance mentality' not a 'scarcity mentality.'
I do not intend to trivialize his thinking with these blurbs and how I wish many more Presidents and CIOs had the courage & wherewithall to extend themselves in such an honest and sincere manner.
Believe me, you'd like to have dinner with JP. cperrien
Disclaimer, I am an long time Apple fan and was an Apple developer prior to joining IBM.Plus, I bought a Newton 13 years ago for $700. So, an 8 meg iPhone for $600seems like a discount.
Purchased phone last Friday, about one week after availability. Out of box to fullactivation and connection to home wireless system required less than fifteen minutes(mostly for me to find the password for our home Wi-Fi network).
Screen is larger and clearer than the combined screens of my video iPod and my formercell phone.
When receiving a call, iTunes pauses; when call ends, iTunes resumes where it left off.Many, many such well-considered features.
Phone + Browser + Music Player, all of high quality. Mobile payments, mobile bankingetc cannot be far behind.
Just as Nadal gives Roger Federer a challenge, the iPhone will shake-up the 'garden walls' of the Telcos. The USA now has the opening to enjoy the benefits of mobile computing as have our friends in Asia for several years. cperrien