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Google/Android/Motorola vs Microsoft/Windows Phone/Nokia

October 18, 2013 – | Comments Off0 views
Google purchased Motorola and Microsoft acquired Nokia for the same strategic reasons and at approximately the same time, namely to strengthen their position in this increasingly mobile world. How these acquisitions have played out offer some revealing insights into these two technology giants.

1. Both used substantial profits from other businesses to fund the multi-billion dollar acquisition price, and cover annual operating losses that are expected to continue for the near foreseeable future.

2. Both saw strategic value in patents/intellectual property, in light of an increasingly litigious common enemy, Apple.

3. Both saw a strategic fit between their core businesses – search and PC/Desktop – and handheld devices, which could not be fully achieved by simply offering a smartphone operating system.

4. Google wants to replicate (in the mobile world) Microsoft’s PC/desktop dominance, which was achieved through a thriving eco-system of vendors, partners, developers, OEM’s, etc. So the Motorola business unit is explicitly separated from the Android development teams, to retain the loyalty/trust of Motorola handset competitors including Samsung, HTC, LG and others. In the end Google wants Android to be as powerful in the mobile space as Windows is in the PC world.

5. Microsoft in contrast, suffering from both Apple envy and virtually no manufacturers willing to build Windows Phones, is going “all in” with Nokia.

The 2013 Holiday season should be dominated by Android and Apple purchases, with Microsoft a distant third. But Microsoft’s long-term commitment to the Windows Phone/Nokia platform – regardless of its next CEO – is a very good thing for businesses and consumers, as it will keep Apple and Google on their toes.

Gates’ Internet Tidal Wave 1995 Memo, 2000 Justice Antitrust Case, Ballmer’s Legacy, What Microsoft Should Do Next

August 26, 2013 – | Comments Off0 views

Here is my assessment of Ballmer’s legacy and how Microsoft as an organization responded to Gate’s 1995 Internet Tidal Wave memo and the Department of Justice 2000 antitrust case. Hopefully you’ll find some new insights and let’s start with my grades for Ballmer:
Strategic D: After becoming CEO in 2000 he correctly prioritized the importance of tablets/touch screens, mobile software/smartphones, smart …

Fingerprint Scanner in iPhone 5S, Voice/Video Biometric Sign-on

August 21, 2013 – | Comments Off0 views

There is lots of hype around the recent iPhone 5S release because of its inclusion of a fingerprint sensor developed by Authentec – acquired by Apple last year – for increased device security and mobile payment functionality. Couple of observations.
First Authentec was acquired for $350 Million as much for its intellectual property – which strengthens Apple’s position against Samsung and …

Angelbeat Internal Cloud Deployments – The Power/Weight of Legacy Apps

August 21, 2013 – | Comments Off0 views

The challenges and pro’s/con’s of moving Angelbeat’s internal infrastructure to the cloud provides some valuable insights to organizations of all sizes, who are undoubtedly grappling with similar issues. IT at Angelbeat is fairly robust, including onsite and remote/traveling workers, >250,000 contacts maintained on Exchange, customized CRM/event registration apps developed in 1999 (when Angelbeat was formed), a dedicated server/data center/storage room, …

Big Brother Is Watching: How IT, Mobility and Social Media Affect The Individual Privacy vs National Security Tradeoff

June 9, 2013 – | One Comment | 39 views

Six weeks ago, the two terrorists who planned the Boston Marathon bombing were captured in a matter of days. This was accomplished because today’s incredibly powerful hardware and software can sift through billions – if not trillions – of multimedia data generated on social media sites through handheld, mobile devices. The biggest criticism against government/law enforcement officials was their reluctance …

Cyberbullying Must End: CIO Parents, Stand-Up Children

February 23, 2013 – | One Comment | 112 views

Angelbeat is increasingly involved with anti-cyberbullying campaigns, as IT directors at K12 schools around the country rely upon our expertise in an age of budgetary constraints and growing on-line dangers. As a parent with three children, this subject has great personal relevance to me.

Cyber-bullying is much more dangerous than “traditional” bullying because it is instantaneous, can go viral without geographic …