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Microsoft Online Bleeds leaving Google Search Unscathed February 15, 2010

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While a lot of the online community is a-buzz at the moment with Google’s latest distraction, the underlying battle for mindshare in the online World is perhaps better demonstrated by the recent posting of Microsoft’s Online Business losses.

As reported in CIO Magazine today, “This division has been losing hundreds of millions of dollars for two years (it reported a $466 million income loss for the last three months of 2009)”. Much of it due to the increased cost of gaining traffic. (Purchasing traffic through promotions and deals).

eg. the $10M USD recently spent to gain access to Twitter feeds mentioned in my recent post “2010: The Google v. Microsoft War to Intensify

And during all of this they haven’t greatly touched Google Search’s business, mostly cannibalising the Yahoo Search marketshare instead.

With the Microsoft/Yahoo search partnership threatened by this performance, how much more will MS be willing to wear before they reconsider the strategy?

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

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2010: CIO Focus – Cloud, Web2.0/Social, Virtualisation, Mobility January 20, 2010

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CIO Magazine published an article that has been summarizing the persistent view, and Tech Media interest over the last few weeks as all the pundits do the usual “What are we going to see as the primary focus for the new year in technology” pieces.

In summary, the research by Gartner that has been cited in the article emphasizes the focus on efficiencies that can be gained by leveraging lighter weight solutions like Cloud and Virtualisation, as well as embracing the wave of Web2.0/Social mediums and the greater networking/mobility needs.

Of particular interest is the degree of change of focus towards these technologies (in particular Cloud & Web2.0) as is evidenced in the following snippet…

“CIOs put virtualization as a top priority for 2010, up from the third position in 2009. Yet Cloud Computing  technologies shot up from the 16th slot to the No. 2 priority for CIOs. Web 2.0 technologies moved from 15th position to No. 3, and networking, voice and data communications hopped two spots from sixth position in 2009 to fourth in 2010.”

I’m seeing a stronger and stronger outlook for Cloud and Web2.0/Social technologies over this next year. Another likely disruptive technology on the horizon will be the mix of Google’s initiatives on it’s Nexus One smartphone and the release of Google Voice. While it is early days for the phone, and its maturity will be a work in progress, the powerful combination of the two will be something to watch.

Read the full Article here.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

2010: The Changing Face of the Internet – Globalisation December 29, 2009

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One of the interesting trends to watch unfold in 2010 is the release of the US centric controlling interests in ICANN with the late 2009 Management changes and the acceptance of non-latin characters for internet addresses.

When you think about it, this has the potential (and inevitable) eventuality of strongly changing the character of the predominantly english content of the web over time, and the knock-on effects that brings… How do you enter the website address for an arabic website in farsi? or a doublebyte website address for a japanese site in kanji?

How will an english speaking user even find such a site? (watch the power of Google Translate come to the fore)

Have a look at this article in today’s Australian by Mahesh Sharma…

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/innovations-to-spread-as-us-cedes-internet-control/story-e6frg8zx-1225814235591

He has an interesting outlook on the effects this may bring about, including the World shift of innovation, commercialisation and educational excellence as the US cedes control of this space.

With the emerging giants in China and India, this may very well take an interesting turn…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

2010: The Google v. Microsoft War to Intensify December 23, 2009

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A great Analyst piece was released by ComputerWorld today outlining the outlook (no pun intended) for the battle between Google and Microsoft in 2010.

Have a look at the article by Sharon Gaudin in the US that was released this morning:

http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/330795/news_analysis_google_microsoft_escalate_war_2010/

This snippet from the article is a good  summary:

[“These two companies really squared off this year,” said Jim McGregor, an analyst with In-Stat. “Both are looking for dominant positions in the Internet. For Google to increase its business, it needs to move into other territory. For Microsoft to have significant growth opportunities, it needs to become an Internet powerhouse, and they know it. This is not a war that is going to be won by one or two battles. This is going to be a prolonged activity.”

He added that the battle isn’t simply over which can be called top dog, because the fight is critical to both companies. “For Google, it’s about expanding, and for Microsoft, it’s about a life-or-death challenge,” McGregor said.]

I noticed with amounts paid for both Google’s ($15M) and Microsoft’s ($10M) ability to search the Twitter stream this week, we have a fairly healthy indicator of the battle between the two over online search.

http://www.itproportal.com/portal/news/article/2009/12/22/twitter-set-make-profit-2009-thanks-bing-google/

Another article this week alluded to Google’s current research (some 25 odd projects) into increasing internet speeds.

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/185239/google_races_to_speed_up_the_web.html

I think 2010 is going to be an interesting year in this space as we see the battle for domination of the web pan out.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

PR2.0 – Great Article on Social Media Tools as Influencers July 7, 2009

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The following Article has a great list of Social Media tools used as influencers by organisations at the cutting edge of the Social technology phenomenon .

http://www.briansolis.com/2009/06/unveiling-the-new-influencers/

Any student of Social technologies, media and networks would do well to give the article a thorough read. For that matter, the PR2.0 blog by Brian Solis is very informative in general.

Included are the following:

Searching the Social Web

Microblogs

Blogsearch

Forums/Usergroups

Listening & Conversation Management Systems

All worth looking at and the article is well written and very enlightening.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

IBM Backs Innovation Economics with Research May 21, 2009

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IBM has commissioned Access Economics to produce a report on the economic value of investing in Smart Technologies and Innovation Initiatives.

Reported today in ZDNet, the research backs the Federal Government’s investment in the National Broadband Network (NBN) and the $100 Million earmarked for the Smart Grid.

“The report maintained that going smart in those areas could cause a 1.5 per cent increase in GDP over 10 years as well as create 70,000 extra jobs to the economy in 2014 alone.

The report looked at scenarios where $3.2 billion was spent on smart grid technology, $200 million spent on water irrigation technology in the Murray-Darling Basin, $6.3 billion on integrated electronic health records, an undefined investment in transport technology, and $12.6 billion on a fibre-to-the-node network.”

It is interesting to see that this research by Access Economics backs the numbers submitted by the Industry during Queensland’s recent State Election.

Time for the Pollies across the board to take our industry seriously. Some Policy Advisors could do well by researching this in depth and advising accordingly.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com 

Stats on Social Computing Technologies & Organisations looking for Vista Alternatives February 10, 2009

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In recent days there have been a few interesting stats about the common Social Computing technologies such as Facebook, My Space, LinkedIn, Flickr etc.

These include the following diagram that highlights use of these technologies by Gender and Age Group…

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And this recent Australian survey, which I find to be very enlightening…

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A recent article on Google’s GMail being poised to take over marketshare from Microsoft Hotmail was also interesting…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
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Email is Mission Critical – The Stats are Compelling December 18, 2008

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In a recent Radicati release, stats from the study “Messaging & Collaboration – Business User Survey, 2008” show that corporate users on average are spending up to 25% of their working day sending and receiving email, receiving over 100 emails a day and sending 38 on average.

With a quarter of the average person’s working day spent handling email, how can any IT Infrastructure Business unit ignore that Email is mission critical to most corporate organisations. Yet, that is still, on occasion the very words I have heard.

While the sample for this survey was only 105 business users, it also highlights that email isn’t making way too quickly for the newer Web2.0 technologies. 

Not to say they aren’t increasing in popularity, it’s just that 25% of your day is still email. (I’d say more from my experience)

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
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