11 Jan

Trellix See Big Potential in Small Business

ASP News:

"[Says CEO Don Bulens] It was a myth that the Internet was all about "e"-enabling small businesses – to turn them into electronic enterprises. That is not going to happen for decades […] The majority of the opportunity is around a Web presence. It’s not about e-commerce. It’s not about e-backoffice. Small businesses simply want a Web presence that they can create themselves, that consists of a domain name, perhaps email, and of course a Web site."

09 Jan

Yahoo to create customized Web sites for Cigna

Computerworld:

"As part of its plan to bolster its offerings for the enterprise market, Yahoo Inc. said it has signed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar agreement to develop customized Web sites for Cigna Corp. The deal will give Cigna’s 16 million health care members the opportunity to have personalized benefits Web sites based on the My Yahoo interface".

09 Jan

Microsoft taps IBM exec for post

CNet:

"Microsoft has named Mike Sinneck vice president of worldwide services. Sinneck, who formerly served as vice president for business operations at IBM Global Services, will be in charge of developing Microsoft’s integrated consulting services and product support."

I take that as a hint that Microsoft wants to grow services as a business unto itself, as opposed to just a sales support tool. It used to be that services where a cost center, there just because large customers required it.
Now is probably the time where they want growth through services as well. It’s not as high margin as software, and it will piss partners off. But partners saw it coming, and other players already do the direct+indirect dance. Consulting is a way to camp at customer sites and get a more strategic position within accounts. Overall, Microsoft needs to fight Oracle and IBM (and to a lesser extent HP/Compaq and Sun) on their own ground.

07 Jan

Obligatory (nasty) commentary about Apple: what a great machine for receptionists

Apple is a great brand name and Steve Jobs a clever CEO (I mean that), since they can get people excited about overpriced old technology. Note to Apple: LCD screens look great on the outside but suck where that matters, as everyone who’s got an excellent 19" CRT for the price of a 15" LCD will attest. But hey, there must be a market for people who adjust the position of their screen all day long. It’s well known that many people got harmed by repeatedly trying to move their move their "old-fashioned CRT displays". Doh.
"VIDIA GeForce2 MX graphics processor for photorealistic games and spectacular 3D graphics". Yeah right, that’s enough for your lousy screen (and there are no games for Apple anyway). For non-geeks, the GeForce2 MX chipset belongs in the lower end of the market. My recommendation (based on my current config): an Athlon XP PC with lots of RAM, an ATI Radeon 8500 and dual 19" CRTs (I’m just waiting for that additional piece of cable to run at 1600x1200x2). At least Apple got the mouse right this time (must have figured Hobbits didn’t exist by now). And the DVD writer is not "revolutionary", it’s available elsewhere and not very useful to start with (at the current prices).
It’s a shame since Apple occasionally come with great stuff (Airport, Firewire), only to dilute them in fashion statements they price out of the market. Do I sound angry? I’m not (I care, but not that much), however "It

07 Jan

Using Microsoft Outlook with the Internet in mind

I’m currently using Outlook 2002 which I can synch with MyYahoo to get web access to e-mail, tasks, contacts and calendar, as well as some sharing abilities. BTW I can’t believe the best things at Yahoo are free, but that’s not the topic at hand.
What I’m looking for is more integration between Outlook and Windows Messenger, specifically at the contact list level.

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