Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
RSS and business
I must admit most people around me - socially - go blank. Even some people at work. And I work in IT. They may use it but the name escapes them. It's just how some things work. And you don't always take an interest in the how, just the what.
So it surprises me that InfoWorld can report that "In fact, a recent Pew Internet Foundation survey found nearly one in three individuals consumes RSS feeds. But for enterprises, the most telling response was that 63 percent of these RSS users subscribe to work-related feeds."
The claim of one in 3 "individuals" surprises me. Maybe these are unusually IT-aware individuals. I'd personally be surprised if 1 in 3 individuals in the street had even heard of RSS. Maybe 1 in 10 - and that's a big maybe. But once you do know what it is and what it does it's not a surprise that people find it useful. That 63% of actual feed users use RSS for work purposes is probably about right - but I'd love to see the data!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
IBM TV - another way to get the SOA message across
Friday, November 10, 2006
Dell dies a death in network gear
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Netflix and its ilk - is there a future?
Now how would you analyse that? You could do a SWOT. You could do an environmental assessment. You could consider core competence. Let's just do some of that now.
They are strong with online presence and do a great job at getting DVDs out to customers and back. So they could leverage that online presence to go for downloads, but the movie companies want to sell DVDs, not rent 'em., so that could be a problem. You need to have a usage limit or a time-lock of some sort if you do rent 'em out by download. Still, it's do-able.
What about threats? Bigger capacity DVDs may mean more business, or multiple movies per DVD - which is possibly less business or less revenue per disc anyway. Kiosks that burn single copies are a threat. Downloads are obviously a threat, but are restricted by download speed. Now if that speed limit is broken by Internet-over-powerline - or any other technology - then that could be serious. It would have to be super-fast, however, or super-easy. That's either a lot of bandwidth or some means to pre-load much of the content to customer's machines before they select it. That's do-able, too.
Environmental threats include the cost of fuel (affecting delivery cost) - which is sure to rise.
Now Netflix are thinking no real threat for 5 years and they expect to be doing good business in 15 years time. With what you know about the speed of change in IT, and the imminent arrival of WiMax and IP-over-powerline, what do you think?
Forbes has a nice overview of Netflix and the threats to its business plan here.