Without surprise it was the mobility week recently. With Mobile World 2012 just closing, this has been a week of announcements and research publications. As eWeek tries to summarize it, here are 10 hot mobile Trends to watch at Mobile World Congress 2011:
- Bigger is better: it seems larger display are more desirable this year
- Android Galore: without Apple around, Android was everywhere leaving Windows on the side for next year
- Microsoft needs Nokia—desperately
- Dual- and quad-core processors are everything
- Fresh new designs aren’t needed? No revolutionary designs introduced.
- The “converged” device matters: smartphone bridging the gap with tablets
- There’s no changing carriers: disappointed if you wanted to hear some breaking news from Carriers though customer relations are in pain.
- Companies think there’s room for other operating systems: Mozilla announced its own mobile OS, Samsung did the same with Bada, running after Android and iOS.
- iPad 3 fear reigns supreme: anticipated announcement on March 7, even Google had to admit via Andy Rubin that they’re behind iOS.
- The enterprise is an afterthought: Mobile World Congress is all about consumers. To be analyzed with CIO client strategy in the enterprise.
$GOOG Google Play replaces #Android Market, new source for apps, books, movies and music (funny video 1’30)engt.co/zYiIaf
The announcement of the iPad HD, capturing all the buzz, is showing once again how much Apple is running the show. It looks like the entire industry is positioning itself regarding Apple and the impact of “The Barber Of Infinite Loop” on once the center of all attention Microsoft could be serious. Thus I encourage you to take a look at this Ray Ozzie interview video, the once Bill Gates visionary successor at Microsoft, who is starting a new venture and tells it very directly PC doesn’t mean desktop PC anymore but Personal Computing in a variety of form factor. What a thrilling industry!
Apple’s new iPad announcement: The numbers to know | ZDNet zd.net/ACGsNH
Video Q&A: Ray Ozzie, Bill Gates successor as $MSFT visionary on startups, Microsoft, … states world is over the PC bit.ly/y4WY1s
The Barber Of Infinite Loop: How The #iPad Could Give Microsoft A Serious Revenue Haircut – $MSFT productivity apps tcrn.ch/wrrKC7
“Microsoft and IBM executives Wednesday admitted feeling heat from Google now that the Web search giant is trying to make inroads into the enterprise market with its hosted suite of communication and collaboration tools.” says NetworkWorld.
Desktop productivity suites — i.e. Microsoft and Open Office — are beginning to appear as legacy apps for younger internet user generation. If you think about it, up to a few years ago, our desktop was application centric. You’d have to think about what application to use to either create, edit or read information. In this antic time, still valid for conservative users, Office was the place where we’d live on our desktop. Not anymore for Internet centric users, especially 15-24 years old.
Multimedia content, supported with the advent and success of Youtube, flickr, slide.com, and others not to forget podcasts, is paving the way to another information form factor. As a matter of fact, information streams to you via RSS feeds sitting on your desktop via Netvibes personal portal on the web and various widgets. Google apps are starting to give a clear headway towards SaaS collaborative “desktop” productivity applications, not to mention they’ve just completed another step in completeness with Tonic acquisition — a presentation sharing and collaboration solution for Powerpoint slides.
To sum it up, I believe we’ve moved from Desktop to Webtop with several key implication:
- Our digital environment is no more sitting on our PC but on the network,
- Our environment is no longer application centric but user centric i.e. information is flowing your way whatever the application required to exploit it should be. Various alerts are pacing your information day from blogs, information sites, our mailbox and calendar,
- Users are empowered to design their environment, not software vendors!
Webtop is a personalized web hosted desktop that you can use everywhere, from any device, that no software vendor would design for you. This is pure Web 2.0 attitude: users are designing their webtop “app” aggregating various components in an iterative and collaborative way — users recommend widgets and apps to others. Gone the day when software vendors were dictating their view of the world. Folks, we’re in charge again. And webtop already have vendors, check out Goowy.
Microsoft colleagues, can you feel the heat?
In a meeting recently, in my new job at Sage, we were discussing with R&D about the client model in our new world. Interesting debate among specialists that are seeing the world through RIA (Rich Internet Application), RDA (Rich Desktop Application) and the fading 100% HTML or client/server models. It clearly shows we’ve been moving fast in a connected world were web based applications are weaving into desktop based applications.
But now the non connected world enters web based applications and the very last argument pleading for desktop based applications is just going away, even before being connected to the Internet will be as natural as receiving daylight (a bit futuristic I must admit, but you know me by now I like to provoke). Give it a try and install it. Are you as curious as I am to see what the next Google/Microsoft battle is going to be?
One thing for sure: user’s information environment is already partly on the web and on his desktop. I’m not a big fan of this as users need to decide before searching or operating where the information might be or be sure they carry a laptop with them at all times. My bet is user’s information are going to move 100% on the web with a solid secure access and backup. The device we will be using to access and manipulate this data is secondary and might just be borrowed when we need it.
Interestingly enough, not only do they acquire one of the most powerful web media buyer but they also acquire web design services through its Avenue A/Razorfish division.
One thing is sure, as I was wondering after Google’s DoubleClick acquisition in “Would you have Google as your middleman”
, Microsoft had an answer to the Internet titan move. Sad news for web ad agencies, competition and battleground have changed in your world within a few weeks (see chart). Read this Microsoft Storms Madison Avenue
article in AdvertisingAge for more on the earthquake.
But folks, let me enjoy my vacation fully, I’ll be back in June.
First of all thanks to those of you asking me to write more often, much appreciated. One of the reason I didn’t write too much recently lies in the fact that I started to work in a new company and I’m overwhelmed with new information to absorb and categorize. I wish I had a Wiki built in my brain, so everyone could contribute. But that would be brain 2.0 isn’t it?
So fellow marketers, I’ll be getting back to a better post frequency as soon as possible and of course I’ll let you know rapidly what company decided to have me on board. The one thing I can tell you at this point is that I’m back to the Enterprise Application Software gang. It’s going to rock there and I’ll be writing about it in the near future.
I just wanted to drive your attention to this interesting joint Intel and Google announcement I read in Advertising Age: Intel, Google Join Forces for ‘Virtual Marketing Storefront’. Let’s get rid of the bells and whistles, Intel is agreeing to have Google as the middle man to manage partners co-marketing on-line (at least for on-line advertising for now). Strange move isn’t it, and I don’t buy it. If one vendor is serious about his ecosystem, one needs to manage it and not leave this to third parties having a biased interest that might hurt the vendor’s strategy.
I don’t have anything against Google, and I should say I praise them to have vigorously made Web 2.0 strong, but I would not let Google be my middle-man, instead I’d have Google be my ecosystem provider. Not to mention that Intel’s partners would probably benefit from an integrated approach to their co-marketing experience with Intel. On-line advertising is far from being enough.
Apart from this, if you didn’t notice Google’s accelerated pace to expand their business footprint, here is a quote that says it all:
“This month alone, the company has announced its intent to acquire ad-placement giant DoubleClick; struck a deal with Clear Channel Radio to sell ads on its radio stations; added support from several major radio-station systems for its Google AdSense for Audio program; and partnered with EchoStar to sell TV commercials over the satellite broadcaster’s Dish Network. ” — Beth Snyder Bulik, Advertising Age
Hey fellows at Microsoft, it’s about time for you to react to try to grab some of the $125 billion advertising market Steve Ballmer claimed he was after.
I just couldn’t help but coming back on Google (GOOG) latest news, accelerating innovation and dominance — read Google expands office software for more on businessweek.com — attacking both Yahoo and Microsoft at the same time :
“Google announced Friday it would pay $3.1 billion to acquire ad-management technology company DoubleClick Inc….Google announced the acquisition Tuesday of Tonic Systems Inc., a startup based in San Francisco and Melbourne, Australia. The company specializes in collaborative presentation software and is expected to contribute to future versions to Google’s productivity suite.” — businessweek.com
This InformationWeek Google’s Deal For DoubleClick Could Be The End Of Yahoo article emphasizes the advertising acquisition even more, and finally here is what reported on earthtimes.org about the Google Clear Channel deal:
“Google Inc. and broadcaster Clear Channel Communications Inc. have signed a multi-year advertising sales agreement under which Google will start selling its advertising on radio stations, thereby making its entry into what is described as offline media — radio, TV and even print publications.”
If you didn’t realize that Google is clearly moving on two fronts at the same time, SaaS dominance together with entering end-to-end advertising via the on-line door, you’ve just been living on an island without any kind of media access since January! No later than today, MediaDailyNews reports about how the ad industry major players are reacting about it: Google Looms Over Ad Research Summit, Seen More As Friend Than Enemy.
What business are we in folks? Software or advertising … it may be both.
The open source world is about to welcome a competitor to SharePoint from Microsoft. In 2007, O3Spaces from the Netherlands will release its open source version of its integrated collaboration and document management application for workgroups and small businesses that use OpenOffice.org or its commercial sibling StarOffice. It is already available in its professional version, you can take a look at this quick tour to figure it out, and read a Sharepoint feature comparison here.
It is important as SharePoint is central to Microsoft Office 2007 launch. People Ready is all about collaboration and probably the most compelling reason to upgrade your office suite software. Web 2.0 drives this collaboration attitude, motivating all individuals to do it easily over the network and from very different devices, including our cell phones.
Let’s not forget that desktop productivity software is also making its early steps in the Software as a Service (Saas) world. Just keep in mind what Google is doing with Writely and its online spreadsheet service, offering native web collaboration, all for free!
2007 will definitely be a very interesting time for the office suite market and probably give us some indications on whether customers are keen to stay only with the old licensing model or move partly to the open source model or the Saas one.
Following our question about where Microsoft business model was going – read Hey Microsoft, are you becoming Googled? – and now that all 3 Internet titans have published their quarterly results, let’s stop for a while and understand who is ahead of the curve.
Assuming financial analysts and investors are doing their due diligence properly, we could rely first on their feel for it. So, looking at the comparison chart between all three stocks Microsoft (MSFT), Google (GOOG), and Yahoo (YHOO) for the last 6 months, Google seems to ride the wave, Microsoft catching up and Yahoo heading south. Google even afforded to reach a new stock price all time high of $484.64 on 23 October, briefly surpassing $150 Billions for the first time! Remember, they acquired YouTube for $1.6B in stock… that’s a dime.
I’m pretty in line with this view of the world as it reflects today’s perception of who are the leaders in the on-line business. Here is a quote from AP on Monday supporting it:
“The third-quarter performance underscored the substantial advantage that Google has built over chief Internet rivals Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp., leading most analysts to conclude that the company will continue to dominate the online advertising market while it explores other potentially lucrative opportunities.” — Michael Liedtke, AP Business Writer
But one should also keep in mind that very few players in this industry have the financial muscle to create and maintain huge architectures supporting Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery to the masses. We’re talking $Billions fellow marketers, not VC money (sorry Netvibes fellows 😉 ).
Why should WE care? Well, if you only rely on search engine market shares to place your search marketing bets, the game is pretty simple: Google 49.2%, Yahoo 23.8%, MSN 9.6% according to Nielsen Netratings. Google market share surges even to more than 80% in some countries like France. The reason why we should care is Marketing 2.0 again. Search Advertising is powerful but not enough. Why would all these major players invest in Web 2.0 emerging companies otherwise? The question is for us to understand what are tomorrow’s business models in a variety of industries like software, music, videos and what have you. If revenue is bound to come from on-line advertising in the future, it clearly means all other advertising form factors will decrease. Our marketing-mix, in a Marketing 2.0 era, will then significantly change and above all, marketing performance will be heavily impacted. To be digged.