Enterprise 2.0 gets a fillip: Microsoft-Yammer, Oracle-Vitrue, Salesforce-Buddy Media


So Microsoft has spent USD 1.2 billion to buy Yammer. Few days back Salesforce acquired Buddy Media for USD 0.689 billion and about a month back Oracle acquired Vitrue for about USD 0.3 billion. That makes the Microsoft acquisition of Yammer the 3rd social media startup acquisition in last one month and a total spending … Continue reading

Is IBM following the right strategy?


Is IBM a globally integrated enterprise focused on worldwide collaboration or is it an organization which is rotten to the core? Do you think that Samuel Palmisano (IBM CEO who retired last year) built IBM into the world’s leading information technology company or has he destroyed almost every one of his predecessor’s real accomplishments? It … Continue reading

Big Data – Is it a solution in search of a problem?


If you look at the predictions made for 2012, you will find a new entry which was not there last year. Be it Gartner, Forrester or McKenzie  – “Big Data” finds a place in the prediction. So, what is big data? Is it the next path breaking technology which will change everything or is it … Continue reading

Trend in Cloud Computing Adoption – 2012


What can we expect from cloud computing in 2012? Where will cloud computing be one year from now? Basic premise of (1) economy of scale, (2) pay what you use and (3) better utilization through sharing will remain intact – though some reports challenging the extent of cost saving will emerge. Amazon will extend its … Continue reading

Apple, Google, Amazon – Three tech horsemen – who is the Fourth?


If you consider CNN Money survey it is IBM which has beaten Microsoft by a whisker. They did not consider Facebook as it is not publically traded. If you listen to Eric Schmidt, it is off course Facebook. Off course anybody from Google will consider Facebook in the list because Larry Page is turning Google … Continue reading

Microsoft spends more on R&D than Google


[Update September, 2012 – R&D spend data from Dan Lyons’s post (figures are R&D spend as a % of revenue Google – 14%, Microsoft – 14%, Samsung – 6%, Apple – 2%] This is true not only in absolute dollar term but also true as a percentage of revenue. In fact, Microsoft spends more on R&D … Continue reading

How IBM Watson has influenced Google?


Try searching for “The capital of Oman”. What do you expect to see? Couple of sponsored link followed by ten resultant pages – right? Wrong. You will see the following. When did Google introduce this feature? It was done quietly. There is a news item on 23rd March, 2011 in Realwebseo talking about this feature. … Continue reading

Microsoft – Where will it be in ten years?


Can you think of a product category where one organization, in an open market, has maintained complete global dominance with 90%+ market share for close to 30 years? The only one that comes to my mind is “Operating System for PC”. Can you think of another? The other one which comes close is the “Office … Continue reading

Is HTML5 a game changer


To answer this question we first need to look at what way it is different from HTML4. Here are the salient features of HTML5 arranged in the order of importance (my opinion). Offline working: Like Google Gears it allows mechanism for ensuring Web applications are available even when the user is not connected to their … Continue reading