Archive for the ‘Cloud Services’ Category

Intel: How a tech leader can lose its mojo

April 17, 2013

Intel - How a tech leader loses its mojoAs one of the powerhouses of the personal computing revolution, Intel, along with its partner in crime Microsoft, came to symbolize the Wintel era of increasingly powerful (read energy-hungry) and standardized (read price-driven) desktop and laptop computers.

Despite the rise of smartphones and more recently tablets – both requiring small, low-cost, low-power chipsets – Intel continued to back its PC-driven empire, which continued to crumble at a historic double-digit rate.

Following the release of it’s latest quarterly results on Apr 16, this translated to a -17% decline in net income, its 5th consecutive quarterly fall.

How did this tech leader like go from great to dismal and how could they recover? (more…)

Case study: Creating increased client growth for a new enterprise SaaS offer

February 25, 2013

Creating increased client growthThere are many emerging technology companies filled with talented people with a knack for designing and creating great one-off products and services. However, to stimulate growth such companies also need the ability to quickly create and commercialize competitive, market-driven offers appealing to a broader range of clients.

We recently helped one particular Web firm transform a one-off product into a growing business opportunity. (more…)

The continuing rise of Amazon

November 26, 2012

Amazon’s mobile app

With the passing of Apple’s late CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs, the title of most innovative technology business leader can arguably go to Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos.

Here is a quick look at the rise of Amazon and some of the reasons behind the success of this mix of seemingly unrelated businesses.

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Helping Small Businesses thrive with integrated communication and collaboration apps, delivered as a service

April 19, 2011

Mid-sized and Large enterprises have been traditionally well served by telecom and IT vendors such as Verizon, Orange, IBM, HP, Microsoft and Oracle.

However, when it comes to Small Businesses, the ICT market leaves much to desire. In particular: (more…)

Sneak Preview of Orange’s ‘La Collection’ 2010 – Part 1

November 27, 2009

Last night, I was invited to attend a private showing of Orange’s upcoming services and applications.

This is the first part summary of the services and capabilities that we can expect from Orange in the next 6-12 months, within France and beyond.

With the ever-increasing importance of multimedia and social web services, Orange is striving to offer its customers services that provide more interactivity and sharing, while simplifying the setup and usage processes. Within the home environment, it is positioning the TV as a key rallying  point for “more shared entertainment.”

The following products and services demonstrate how it is trying to fulfill this vision: (more…)

The Rise of Music-as-a-Service: Hear and Now

November 19, 2009

I have been a passionate lover and collector of music for nearly 30 years, and a lot has changed since the day that I bought my first portable radio and record player, and today, where illegal music downloading continues menacing the industry’s established commercial model. However, through more effective regulation and the arrival of more attractive music offers (See The Economist: Singing a Different Tune), there are fewer and fewer and incentives to obtain music illegally.

The changes in the music industry have enabled listeners to get quicker enjoyment and a much richer experience in a variety of ways. Based on my own listening history – described in detail below – we can see that music has shifted from an album sales-driven business to one focused on receiving a personalized, listening experience.

This fundamental product-to-service shift is changing the way people consume and enjoy music around the world, (more…)

More ‘cloud services’ on the horizon

November 6, 2009

Clouds_SunsetThere is currently a lot of discussion on cloud computing and cloud services in the media and in the industry.  While some might believe that this is a new trend, many services are already available through ‘the cloud’. Furthermore, as broadband access continues expanding, the range of cloud offerings will grow larger day-by-day.

From and end-user standpoint, cloud services offer:

  • On-demand capabilities, scaling according to user needs
  • Instant service access via the Internet, with no upfront investment needed
  • Predictable price schemes, offering cost savings and convenience over other do-it-yourself options

Following this definition, here are some examples of different ‘cloud services’: (more…)