Do you remember our Y2K problem eight years ago? On January 1, 2000, all of
a sudden, there was no Y2K problem. For many years every software company
collectively made billions of dollars on Y2K projects. Y2K became an industry
inside the software industry. I recall meeting a computer consultant who
claimed to be fixing the Y2K problem on QuickBooks on a local PC used by a
local mom and pop shop, a "hire a nurse" small business.
Unfortunately Web 2.0 was not so lucky.
Forget about the IBMs, Microsofts, Oracles of the industry for a moment that
forayed into the Web 2.0 craze simply because of the buzz that started a
couple of years ago. For the rest of the software vendors and the VC-based
start-ups who bet their entire business on Web 2.0, the season is
unfortunately over for now.
The new game is played a little differently now in the... (more)
Cisco's January sales were down 20% from a year ago. Its customers are
holding off their purchasing decisions under the current economic climate.
The only growth potential the company has today is in the virtualization
market, which is expected to increase by more than 40% in 2009.
Cisco is not exactly a software company. Like Dell they need to come up with
a sustainable proposition for their customers. So far what we have seen from
Cisco is a virtual router. The word on the street is that next week they are
expected to announce their game plan, per... (more)
New Media on Ulitzer
Take a plastic world globe and place a pin on roughly where Silicon Valley
Then tie a piece of yarn to the pin and extend it to any country around the
With a quick visual conversion, the length of the yarn shows the approximate
number of years for that particular country to get hit with the
"new-media" tsunami forming in the United States.
What am I talking about?
Europe and Asia Historically Followed U.S. Two Years Behind
Well, traditionally for any technology trend to reach from the United States
to Europe and Asia took a couple of years.
If we... (more)
Wednesday morning I received new photographs of Sofia from the State
Department in Washington, DC. Sofia remains in Syria since being abducted in
Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story
The day after my last tweet regarding the lack of any new information about
my abducted daughter Sofia since March 4, I received an updated letter on
Thursday, April 7, 2011, from the State Department on Sofia's welfare in
Sofia was abducted by her mother from the United States to Syria last July,
following her diagnosis of GDD with possible autism. She had 13 remaining
medical appointment... (more)
New-Media on Ulitzer
This year we have seen almost every company, every blogger and his duck,
feverishly posting their "annual predictions" before the December 31
deadline, as if there is such a deadline, and as if anyone cares about what
they think in most cases.
This is followed by a dozen or so 'paid' predictions news
releases every day by companies who are pushing their "wish lists from
2010" as "predictions" and hoping that they come true.
If you do a quick Google search on "2010 predictions" you will land on a
predictions potpourri of more than 5,000 stories (the last time... (more)