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Can Discounted Hardware Compete with Apple?

July 10, 2012

Microsoft Store in Danbury, CT


Global Apple stores are brimming with traffic with municipalities tripping over each other to get Apple to open stores in their areas. At the same time, the Microsoft Store in the Danbury Fair Mall in Connecticut had a fraction of the foot traffic of the nearby Apple Store this past weekend according to fellow TMC blogger Tom Keating. The good news for Steve Ballmer is Tom likes the layout of the Microsoft store better. These are his exact thoughts:


My next thought was, "It's better." The Apple Store has this clean simplistic design with lots of white and clear plastic, but it lacks the fun factor and has this almost cold, hospital, sterile-like atmosphere.

Should RIM Be Judged on its Hires or Fires?

July 3, 2012

No company wants Apple as a competitor as the company has more momentum than the euro crisis. But that is the challenge companies like Nokia and RIM face on a daily basis. Yesterday I delved into the problems RIM faced because it had an email-centric view of the world which was just as keyboard-centered as it was focused on asynchronous corporate communications.

This morning I had a chance to speak with Luca Filigheddu who is the new BlackBerry Developer Evangelist for the Italian market.

E-mail Focus Built and Hurt RIM

July 2, 2012

Compaq’s iPaq ( pictured), brought to market early last decade was a blockbuster device from the standpoint of its aesthetics. It had a bright color screen, had great audio at the time and felt good in the hand. Competing the Palm 7 black and white wireless device, it was less practical from a battery perspective and didn't have cellular connectivity build-in but was infinitely more easy on the eyes.

Within a few years after the release of the iPaq however the industry started to shift from wanting the most gorgeous device to one which provided the best email experience.

It's Time for Apple to Allow Default iOS Browser Choice

June 29, 2012

Google’s Chrome browser was released for iOS today and it is getting good reviews. After becoming the leading desktop browser it has also become the number one free app on the iTunes App Store. But there are two big problems for Chrome running on Apple’s mobile devices. First of all the browser is slower than Safari because Apple doesn’t allow other developers access to its Nitro Java engine.

Connection Cloud Brings the Power of 4GL to the Cloud

June 27, 2012

Please enjoy my latest column from TMC's Cloud Computing Magazine which I invite you to subscribe to.

As enterprises move more and more of their data into the cloud, the reality is they lose more control over the data they store on services from companies like Netsuite, Oracle and Salesforce. In order to get programmatic access to your data you need to become familiar with the APIs of each vendor and then deal with the intricacies of what information they make available.

And let’s say you decide to switch from one cloud vendor to another – you have to first get the data out into a new proprietary cloud format and learn a new set of APIs to get at the data.

A Social Aggregation Site No One Wants to be Part of

June 26, 2012



It’s interesting that many on the internet think the future of media has to have a curation component – some even suggest aggregation as an important area of focus. I couldn’t help but think about these suggestions when I happened upon a website We know what you are doing which categorizes public Facebook posts in ways which the posters will likely not be happy about.

For example, there is a category titled “Who wants to get fired” with posts which seem to all have the text “hate my boss” in them. There is also a category titled “Who’s hungover?” which basically is a search on the word “hungover.”

Oracle Customer Experience Live Blog

June 25, 2012






The event is about to begin.




Judy Sim CMO takes the stage




Mark Hurd President takes the stage.

Mark started off talking about the need for happy customers.

Only 30% of customers can engage with customers on mobile - few of these people have insight on the mobile experience and fewer even can transact on a mobile platform with customers.




Anthony Lye Senior VP Oracle CRM takes the stage

It is very easy for companies to copy one another. we all recognize a great experience with a company - there is downside when there is a negative customer experience.

Our customers want help to deliver a good customer experience. Historically you had to use a number of niche vendors to to provide good solutions.



























At Oracle Event in NYC

June 25, 2012

Is a Negative Comment From Dell a Positive?

June 21, 2012


Fifteen years ago Michael Dell infamously said that Apple should shut down the company and return the money to shareholders. Big mistake. But honestly, at that time most everyone who wasn’t in the cult of Apple would have agreed.

Now, ex-Dell CEO Kevin Rollins says no one wants a Microsoft tablet as they are happy with Android and Apple.

TMC Interviews From the Cable Show in Boston

June 20, 2012

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