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Big Data, Business Intelligence, and Predictive Analytics all make up a segment of the Productivity theme of computing in late 2014

An important segment of the productivity theme for computing in the fall of 2014 is composed of big data, business intelligence and predictive analytics. Early stage ISVs with solutions in one of these three high demand needs will benefit by Read more ›

Microsoft’s October 20, 2014 Cloud Briefing includes some fine tuning for its “Mobile First, Cloud First” message

In the first few moments of Satya Nadella’s opening remarks at Microsoft’s Cloud Briefing, October 20, 2014 attendees were treated to a finely tuned presentation of the now familiar “Mobile First, Cloud First” market message. Nadella prefaced his remarks by Read more ›

Let’s not underestimate the importance of hybrid cloud computing to Microsoft’s recent successful business quarter

During Microsoft’s recent Q1 2015 earning conference call, Brent Thill of UBS asked a question at the start of the analyst Q&A. This question provided Satya Nadella with an opportunity to present something about the importance of hybrid cloud computing Read more ›

Apple is likely to hit serious headwinds rolling out two innovations

Update: as of Monday morning, October 27, 2014, Bloomberg reported CVS had joined Rite-Aid in nixing Apple Pay Apple doesn’t appear to have a lot of history successfully accomplishing change management campaigns, but, in this writer’s opinion, two recently debuted Read more ›

Google’s earnings for the latest quarter miss analyst estimates, leading to some negative sentiment on the long term health of its ad business

On Thursday, October 16, 2014, Google reported earnings after markets here in the US closed. Fiscal performance for the latest quarter failed to meet analyst expectations, for both sales and net income. A lot of business writers produced copy on Read more ›

Once scoffed at as a shrinking and increasingly irrelevant market, enterprise business maybe a blue sky opportunity driving HP’s decision to split up

Have tech consumers located in enterprise businesses become the new, blue sky frontier for mature ISVs? If Professor Emilie R. Feldman is correct, then the answer is “yes”. She contends Meg Whitman’s decision to retain operational management control of Hewlett Read more ›

SaaS offers running in the cloud, with full featured client side apps, hit some marketing head winds

As of mid October, 2014, two recent well publicized online security events — one related to Dropbox, the other to SnapChat and an app named SnapSaved — illustrate cloud hosts attempting to distance themselves from app developers providing the SaaS Read more ›

When features reverberate from product to product, consumers are likely to become indifferent while markets take the on ramp to commodities

Over the last year, or more, the same computing hardware feature set — very thin portable computers with ultra sharp displays, light weight, and rapid boot times — has reverberated across devices from different manufacturers targeted to the same market. Read more ›