John C. Stame's "Precipio" Blog
We are seeing more being written about Cloud computing and cloud platforms
today, and there is strong validation that the future of computing will
include significant innovation and value in web/cloud platforms.
Microsoft’s Cloud strategy is materializing, and as part of our overall
Software plus Services strategy, our Cloud Platform vision is coming
Back in December 2007, I wrote a post on Cloud Services that was prompted
after I read an article in Business Week on another companies ambitions and
“wisdom” in the clouds. Today, we are seeing more being written about
Cloud computing and cloud platforms, and there is strong validation that the
future of computing will include significant innovation and value in
A leading industry analyst firm has listed Cloud Computing as one of the
“Top 10 Disruptive T... (more)
The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), one of those public interest media
watchdogs that never cottoned to the whole Yahoogle business, has asked
Senator Herb Kohl, chairman of the antitrust wing of the Senator Judiciary
Committee, to tell the Justice Department to “either oppose or ensure
meaningful safeguards” are attached to the pending Google and Yahoo online
It said in a letter to Kohl dated Thursday that the axis “raises very
troubling consolidation and monopolistic issues” given advertising’s
“emerging core role as the principal means of supporting online editorial
content” and unmodified will inflict “serious competitive harm…on this
vital sector of the US economy.”
It figures payments to newspapers will be reduced and journalism will suffer,
an argument that the Paris-based World Association of Newspapers made last
week in opposing ... (more)
Recent remarks by Scot Wingo, chief executive of ChannelAdvisor, a
Morrisville, N.C. e-commerce consulting firm, at a financial conference
indicated that he thought Google would be launching against PayPal later this
Now Google CEO Eric Schmidt has denied this intention in a sort of non-denial
fashion, stating that Google does "not intend to offer a person-to-person,
stored-value payments system." He did say that the company is developing
"payment services (that) are a natural evolution of Google's existing online
products and advertising programs."
Google has created a subsidiary named Google Payment Corp. One analyst said
he believes Google will develop a service to complment its Froogle
shopping-comparison service, rather than develop something that could
potentially compete with eBay's PayPal across the board fo... (more)
Microsoft this morning made a $44.6 billion hostile bid for the floundering
Yahoo, striking at a point when it has become evident to all and sundry that
Yahoo doesn’t have a pray of turning things around on its own let alone
Yahoo’s first official reaction was basically to say it’ll think
about it. It said it would evaluate the offer “carefully and promptly
in the context of Yahoo’s strategic plans.” It did not give a
timeframe for a response.
Although it looks pretty boxed in, it could of course try for more money.
Microsoft’s move throws open the door to rival bids, but Microsoft
thinks Google’s hands are tied. Its market share would raise
insuperable antitrust issues, Microsoft said, to a counter-offer.
Yahoo is the most visited site on the Internet, though it has failed to
monetize its popularity a... (more)
At the end of this month, at its Professional Developers Conference,
Microsoft intends to unveil something that CEO Steve Ballmer yesterday
referred to as "Windows Cloud." Ballmer explained that "Just like Windows
Server looked a lot like Windows but with new properties, new characteristics
and new features, so will Windows Cloud look a lot like Windows Server."
Speaking at an IT event in London, Ballmer explained that Microsoft
recognized the need for a new operating system designed for the cloud.
"We will introduce one in about four weeks," Ballmer said, adding:
"We’ll even have a name to give you by then. But let’s just call it for
the purposes of today ‘Windows Cloud’."
Such a move by Microsoft has been long anticipated, though at this stage
experts don't know whether Microsoft's plan is to release a version of
Windows Server built to manage the special needs of ser... (more)
Dave Gwozdz, CEO of Mojiva Inc. today issued the following statement.
“The news that Google acquired mobile advertising player AdMob for $750
million confirms the legitimacy of the mobile advertising industry, and
overcomes any skepticism of whether small screens can offer big opportunities
to reach mobile consumers,” says Dave Gwozdz, CEO of Mojiva Inc., which
operates a mobile ad serving platform and mobile ad network. “The fact that
Google has placed a premium on owning a mobile ad network is very notable.
The market has definitely matured to the point where it makes sense for
online behemoths to try to combine networks, analytics and delivery
technologies in the hopes of capturing a share of this growing market.”
Gwozdz, one of the nation’s most qualified mobile ad experts, has
tremendous insight into the mobile advertising industry and can speak
directly to t... (more)
Cloud Expo on Ulitzer
Ulitzer.com announced today "the World's 30 most influential Cloud bloggers,"
who collectively generated more than 24 million Ulitzer page views.
Ulitzer's annual "most influential Cloud bloggers" list was announced at
Cloud Expo 2009 West, which took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center,
Cloud Expo 2009 West drew more delegates than all other Cloud-related events
put together worldwide.
"The world's 50 most influential Cloud bloggers 2010" list will be announced
at the Cloud Expo 2010 East, which will take place April 19-21, 2010, at the
Jacob Javitz Convention Center, in New York City, with more than 5,000
expected to attend.
Detailed information on how to become a Ulitzer blogger can be obtained
Ulitzer New Media Power Panel at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA,
during Cloud Expo 2009 West.
"Ulitzer New Media ... (more)
Cloud Expo on Ulitzer
SYS-CON Events (http://events.sys-con.com) announced today that the "show
prospectus" for the 5th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo
(www.CloudComputingExpo.com) is now shipping.
5th International Cloud Expo will take place April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob
Javits Convention Center in New York City with more than 5,000 delegates and
over 100 sponsors and exhibitors participating in the conference.
Cloud Expo is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held five times
a year, in New York, Silicon Valley, Europe, Japan, and Brazil.
Over 200 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals became part of
Cloud Expo since its inception, more than all other Cloud-related events put
"Cloud Expo was announced on February 24, 2007, the day the term ‘cloud
computing' was coined," said Fuat Kircaali, founder and C... (more)
Teresa Ragan, in an exclusive guest editorial for MX Developer's
Journal, writes: Aside from the sheer excitement of digging into new
technology, why bother designing and developing with rich media in mind? From
a business standpoint, does it really pay off? According to key
organizations, the response is an absolute "yes," and the data is rolling in
to prove it.
Previously regarded as experimental, expensive, or difficult to implement,
rich media-centric Web sites are now critical to companies' business
strategies. Gartner's research found "Companies that emphasize customer
experience as a strategic objective enjoy up to 60% higher profitability and
are twice as likely to exceed analyst expectations." A university study
concluded that products displaying interactive features are 70% more likely
to be purchased than products with static images. And for companies doi... (more)
SearchForce, a leading provider of on-demand paid search marketing solutions,
has formally unveiled its flagship product that optimizes online advertising
campaigns. SearchForce's Search Marketing Management Platform empowers
companies to optimize keyword selection, manage large-scale campaigns,
control bid management, and create landing pages for pay-per-click (PPC)
marketing. SearchForce's Search Marketing Management Platform stands apart
with its optimized algorithmic keyword bidding, extensive automation, and
centralized functionality to support advertisers' complex requirements.
"We were impressed with the breadth of functionality and lower total cost of
ownership that SearchForce's system provides," stated Sherman Hsieh, Group
Director for Web Marketing at Siebel Systems. "Using SearchForce, we expect
to realize an increase of 50% in our search marketing ROI and... (more)
According to Associated Press reports, confirmed by Reuters, Google will
propose at a meeting of European policymakers in Strasbourg, France today
that national regulators agree on a basic set of global privacy protections.
Peter Fleischer, Google's Chief Privacy Officer, will argue that the future
health of the Internet, the global economy and Google's own business agenda
depends on the world's success in moving beyond the current patchwork of
conflicting privacy rules.
As Reuters' Eric Auchard explains:
"Google has recently stepped up a push for policy changes and industry
self-regulation to fend off criticism over the unprecedented access to
personal information the Web provides.
Because its stated mission is to organize the world's information and make it
universally accessible, Google has come under fire for the threat its
services pose to privacy.
A recent move ... (more)